Kyle Busch charges from back to win at Richmond in overtime

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Kyle Busch charged from the 32nd starting spot to win in overtime Saturday night at Richmond Raceway and score his third consecutive Cup victory, matching what Kevin Harvick did earlier this season.

The last time two different drivers won three consecutive races in the same season was 2015 when Busch and Joey Logano did so.

Busch took the lead off pit road with 32 laps to go and led all but one lap the rest of the way. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver held the top spot through two more cautions.

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“The pit crew tonight, they won this race for us,’’ Busch told Fox in Victory Lane after his fifth career Richmond triumph. “Got us where we needed to be.’’

Chase Elliott finished second and was followed by Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick in a race extended two laps by overtime. Elliott, winless in Cup, scored his eighth career series runner-up result. His father, Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, recorded eight second-place finishes before he scored his first series win.

Martin Truex Jr., seeking to score his first career Cup victory on a short track, saw his chances end on a slow pit stop with 10 laps left that dropped him from second to 11th. Truex, who led a race-high 121 laps, finished 14th.

Stage 1 winner: Joey Logano

Stage 2 winner: Joey Logano

How Kyle Busch won: He took the lead on pit road late and stayed out front through the late restarts.

Who had a good race: Chase Elliott rallied late to finish second for his best result of the season. … Denny Hamlin’s third-place finish matched his best result of the season set in the Daytona 500. … Joey Logano (fourth) has placed in the top four in the last three races at Richmond. … Kevin Harvick (fifth) earned his seventh top-10 finish in the last eight races. … Jimmie Johnson finished sixth after hitting the wall early. He fell a lap down before recovering. … Matt DiBenedetto tied his season-best result by placing 16th. He’s finished 16th, 21st and 16th in his last three races.

Who had a bad race: Martin Truex Jr. appeared headed to his first Cup win at a short track until late cautions proved to be his undoing. A bad pit stop ruined his night. He finished 14th. … Ryan Newman suffered damage in a late incident and finished 37th in the 38-car field. … David Ragan, who ran in the top 20 during the event, finished 33rd after a late crash.

Notable: Kyle Busch’s 46th career victory ties Buck Baker for 15th on the all-time list. … 46 Wins – Kyle Busch-Buck Baker comparison. … Busch’s 14th win at a short track ties him with Jimmie Johnson for most among active drivers. 

Quote: “I don’t know what we’ve got to do to win one of these short tracks. Tonight, we beat ourselves,’’ Martin Truex Jr. said to Fox after the race.

Next: The series races at Talladega Superspeedway on April 29.

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NASCAR Power Rankings: Kevin Harvick still No. 1 after quiet Vegas

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Kevin Harvick didn’t have a flashy night Sunday in Las Vegas, but it didn’t keep him from retaining the No. 1 spot in this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings.

After winning the Bristol night race, Harvick finished in the top 10 in the first two stages in Vegas before placing 10th at race’s end.

Kurt Busch’s win at his home track vaulted him into the top 10 as 12 drivers received votes.

More: Playoff standings after Las Vegas

Here is this week’s NASCAR Power Rankings:

1. Kevin Harvick (Last week No. 1): In the last eight races he’s won three times and finished outside the top 10 only twice.

2. Martin Truex Jr. (Last week No. 5): Placed fourth for his 11th top-five finish in the last 14 races.

3. Alex Bowman (Last week unranked): Finished fifth for his second top five and fifth top-10 finish in the last six races.

4. Denny Hamlin (Last week unranked): Left Vegas with a third-place finish to snap a three-race streak of finishing outside the top 10.

5. Kurt Busch (Last week unranked): Snapped a 46-race winless streak with his victory and advanced to the Round of 8.

6. Kyle Busch (Last week No. 3): Finished sixth after a “dismal” night. He has four consecutive top 10s.

7. Brad Keselowski (Last week No. 5): Finished 13th to give him two finishes outside the top 10 since he won at Richmond.

8. Chase Briscoe (Last week unranked): Opened the Xfinity playoffs with his second consecutive win.

8. Chase Elliott (Last week No. 2): Led 73 laps, but had to settle for a 22nd-place finish in Vegas.

8. Joey Logano (Last week No. 3): Finished 14th for his second straight finish outside the top 10.

Also receiving votes: Erik Jones and Chris Buescher.

NASCAR announces changes to Kansas playoff weekend

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Citing “programming changes,” NASCAR announced shifts in the race dates and start times for its visit next month to Kansas Speedway.

The Xfinity, ARCA and Truck Series races have been shifted, while the Cup race remains at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 18.

The biggest move is the Truck Series race shifting from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.

Here are the changes.

Friday, Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m. ETARCA Menards Series on FS1 or FS2; network TBD at a later date (previously at 10 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 4 p.m. ETTruck Series on FOX (previously Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ET on FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET Xfinity on NBCSN (previously 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

 

Xfinity Series playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Chase Briscoe opened the Xfinity Series playoffs by earning his second consecutive win.

His victory Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway gives him 57 playoff points and an automatic spot in the Round of 8.

Harrison Burton holds the final transfer spot. He has a two-point advantage over Ross Chastain.

Behind Chastain below the cutline are Michael Annett (-10 points), Riley Herbst (-14) and Brandon Brown (-20).

Below is the full Xfinity Series playoff standings going into Saturday’s race at Talladega (4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance. Drivers in yellow are in the remaining playoff spots.

Xfinity Series playoff standings

Cup playoff standings after Las Vegas

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Kurt Busch flipped the script on the Cup playoff standings with his win Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He entered the Round of 12 as the last driver in the playoff standings, but is the first driver to clinch a spot in the Round of 8.

Replacing Busch in the bottom spot of the playoff standings is Austin Dillon. He is 32 points behind Alex Bowman, who holds the final cutoff spot.

Behind Bowman is Kyle Busch (-9 points), Clint Bowyer (-20), Aric Almirola (-27) and Dillon.

“Obviously, the 1 car (Kurt Busch) was not a car that we needed to win a race,” Clint Bowyer said after Sunday’s race. “It’s been a hell of a battle back there with cars that are kind of in the same wheelhouse as far as points-wise. (Kurt Busch) winning changes that landscape quite a bit, but we’re only 20 points out.”

Here is the full playoff standings entering Sunday’s playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC).

Drivers in red are below the cutline to advance to the Round of 8. Drivers in yellow hold the remaining available playoff spots.

Cup playoff standings