On his 24th birthday, Kyle Busch won going away at the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway for his third victory of the season. He became the youngest driver to capture 15 career victories.
Busch passed Jeff Gordon on lap 352 for the lead. Tony Stewart finished second and was followed by Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman and Mark Martin.
Busch celebrated in his usual understated style, with a series of burnouts at the finish line, a victory stance atop his car and a lap with the checkered flag. This week he added a reverse crowd dive off his car at Victory Lane to the repertoire.
"This car wasn't perfect all night. It was good, but it wasn't perfect. I knew that when we had practice," said Busch, who credited his crew chief Steve Addington for putting together a strategy that allowed him to break away at the end of the race.
With an eighth-place finish, Gordon overtook Kurt Busch for the points lead. Stewart is third. Denny Hamlin is fourth and Kyle Busch moved up to fifth. Newman moved up and into the 10th spot thanks to his fourth-place finish and David Reutimann fell out of the top 12. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was not a factor in this race and finished 27th, is mired in 18th place.