All the wins belonged to Kyle Busch throughout the NASCAR weekend at the Martinsville Speedway. In fact, he’s coming home with not one, but two grandfather clock trophies following his victories at the shortest and tightest of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series short tracks.
On Sunday, the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing driver took victory at the STP 500 race in Martinsville. And as he did, he radioed a single question from his crew following his celebratory burnouts, “What time is it?” The grandfather clock trophy is the traditional award given after winning races in Martinsville.
Busch landed in seventh position following the qualifying session, but being in the mid field has clearly not stopped him from fighting his way to the front. In fact, he ended up leading 352 of the 500 laps all the way to the checkered flag during the race to make his first victory of the season and 35th of his career.
At the same time, the laps he led during the STP500 also mark the most laps led in Martinsville since Bobby Hamilton had led 378 laps during a Sprint Cup race back in April 20, 1998 where he raced from pole to victory.
On lap 489, Jamie McMurray ended up shredding a tire and caused him to lose control in Turn 2. This led to final race restart. During which time, Busch managed to pull away from No. 47 driver AJ Allmendinger almost easily as he crossed the finished line .663 seconds ahead. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Busch also scored victory at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in his own equipment.
Following the Martinsville race, Busch is now up two places in the driver standings to third place. Kevin Harvick continues to be the leader, followed by Jimmie Johnson.