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2014 Toyota Owners 400 weekend: Busch third in both RIR races

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Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch finished third in both races he entered this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, including a run from 16th to third in the final few laps of the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night.

Rain plagued the track on Friday, as the drops started shortly after Nationwide Series qualifying was completed, leaving the Cup field to be determined by practice times. The rain lasted into the evening, pushing the start of the Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250 back three hours before the green flag flew.

Busch, who started eighth in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry, led the JGR teams on Friday niht with his third-place finish, while Elliott Sadler finished sixth in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota after starting 13th. Rookie Daniel Suarez, who started 12th in the No. 20 Silent circle/Telcel Toyota, finished 19th, one lap down, in his Nationwide Series debut.

Kevin Harvick won the ToyotaCare 250, followed by rookie Chase Elliott. Kyle Larson and former JGR driver Brian Scott rounded out the top five.

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Busch started 19th in Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400, bringing the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota Camry home in third after a wild ride on new tires earned him 13 spots in the final nine laps of the race. Matt Kenseth, who started 12th in the No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Tools Toyota, finished the race fifth after leading 35 laps late in the race, while Denny Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota, finished 22nd after starting 28th on the field.

Former JGR driver Joey Logano took the checkered flag over Jeff Gordon. Brad Keselowski finished fourth.

The Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series are back on track next weekend, May 3rd and 4th, at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.

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