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Posted (04/28/2012) -

RICHMOND, Va. –  The Raybestos (engineered by Alcon) equipped Joe Gibbs Racing cars dominated in the Sprint Cup Series for the second week in a row with Kyle Busch taking home the trophy at Richmond International Raceway. The No. 18 driver, who won the previous three spring races in Richmond, beat leader Tony Stewart out of the pits during the last controversial caution of the race and pulled away by 1.095 seconds during the last nine laps for the win.


Busch started the night in the fifth position and remained in the top five throughout the first half of the race while fellow Raybestos equipped, Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards paced the field leading a race-high 206 laps. Edwards looked like the car to beat but was hit with a drive-through penalty by NASCAR after a restart on lap 319, dropping him back to 15th and out of contention for the win.


Tony Stewart inherited the lead from Edwards and pulled away from the field by over a second until NASCAR threw the last caution flag of the night for debris with 13 laps remaining. However, TV cameras were unable to find the debris on the track and Stewart later commented that a “water bottle” was the real problem. Busch was in position to take advantage and capitalized by beating Stewart off of pit road.


“I don’t know where that last caution came from, but it was our saving grace,” Busch said in Victory Lane. “It was a gift. We came down pit road and (crew chief) Dave Rogers and the guys went to work and gave us a great pit stop, got me out front. (That) gave me the lead so I could restart the race how I wanted to. That was the win right there.”

With nine laps to go and trailing Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. caught Stewart but ran out of laps before becoming a threat to Busch.  Earnhardt Jr. finished second behind Busch, Stewart, Hamlin and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five. With the win at Richmond, Busch captured his 24th career victory and 96th Cup victory for Joe Gibbs Racing.


The Joe Gibbs Racing and Roush Fenway Racing cars were equipped with the Raybestos (engineered by Alcon) Short Track package at Richmond International Raceway. Since package release, Raybestos (engineered by Alcon) brakes have won 13 of 21 races on tracks less than a mile and six of seven at Richmond International Raceway. Alcon designs, manufactures and provides technical support for Raybestos branded calipers, rotors, hats and hardware for use with Raybestos racing friction in NASCAR competition.

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