Mood shifts highlighted the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway
Kyle Busch was forced to start at the back of the pack after making an unapproved adjustment to the fenders of his Toyota that he flattened in qualifying.
Track position is critical to how the car behaves and the driver’s level of confidence.
“The separation of three and four is just absolutely horrendous. That’s where we’re going to get beat tonight,” Kyle Busch said during the opening segment.
“Haven’t even got a chance to adjust on it yet, buddy,” crew chief Adam Stevens replied. “Thought you’d be a little more positive than that.”
It took about three hours, but Busch finally found his positivity when he flashed under the checkers ahead of the field.
“Hell yeah, Richmond sweep boys. That’s the way you do it there,” Busch said.
He also had a few choice words for his fans: “Being able to start dead last. Come up through the field and win this thing. That’s right Rowdy Nation: all for you, baby.”
Here are some of this week’s highlights:
- “We got a penalty. We got a stop-and-go here, gotta come to pit road.” – Erik Jones’s spotter
- “For what?” – Jones asked
- “I believe something was on the deck lid.” – Jones’ spotter replied
- “Inexcusable; absolutely inexcusable.” – Jones
- “It’s so loose. Literally plowing the center. The worst we’ve been since the beginning.” – Denny Hamlin
- “Now boys, that’s what I’m talking about. Way to step up.” – Austin Dillon
- “He did that [expletive] on purpose too. He did it on purpose. He had a black flag at the line, just so you know.” – Jeffrey Earnhardt’s spotter after the No. 96 was spun by Matt Kenseth
- “The 6 just wrecked him so he didn’t have to pit under green.” – Ryan Blaney
- “We didn’t need that.“ – Jeremy Bullins, Blaney’s crew chief
- “My bad, drug up the splitter and hit him. I’m sorry about that.” – Matt Kenseth
- “Good job guys; solid night.” – Kevin Harvick after finishing second
- “I don’t know if we could’ve run with them if we had track position, but good adjustments.” Martin Truex Jr. after finishing third
- “Hands down we could’ve. Clearly we had the best car.” Cole Pearn, Truex’s crew chief
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