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Kyle Busch Wins STP 500 At Martinsville Speedway


One day after earning his first and long-desired grandfather’s clock at Martinsville Speedway for winning Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race, Busch swept the weekend by winning Sunday’s STP 500 Sprint Cup race. AJ Allmendinger finished second, followed by Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski to round out the top 5.

Prior to Saturday’s Truck series win, Busch had gone winless in his first 30 career starts in Sprint Cup (21), Xfinity (1) and Truck Series (8) competition at NASCAR’s oldest track. Now Busch, who dominated by leading 352 of the 500-lap event, has matching grandfather clocks, courtesy of the half-mile bullring.

Other storylines from Sunday’s STP 500 include:

  • AJ Allmendinger’s runner up finish was his best since winning at Watkins Glen in 2014.
  • Denny Hamlin, who won last year’s STP 500, saw his day end when he wrecked on Lap 221. Hamlin, who has won five times in his Sprint Cup career at Martinsville, suffered his worst career finish there ever in 21 starts.
  • Danica Patrick closed in on the top-five before being shuffled back late in the running and had to settle for a a 16th-place finish.
  • The top-finishing rookie was Ryan Blaney, who wound up 19th, one spot in front of fellow rookie Chase Elliott.
  • Aric Almirola made an early exit due to engine problems and finished last in the 40-car field

NASCAR’s finest will run it’s first Saturday night race of the season next week in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.