It marked the 75th time he has raced on a short track in NASCAR's premier series, and perhaps the best chance he's had in those 17 chances to come away with a victory, but instead he dropped to 0-for-75 on short tracks for his career.
No, it was Richmond Raceway, a track branding itself as "Richmond Raceway Reimagined" with a new infield development project. He held off runner-up Kyle Larson, who led a race-high 200 laps on Monday.
(32) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 402.
Richmond is an impound race, meaning that the teams do not have a typical happy hour practice session due to the cars being impounded following qualifying.
"I have not - we are not 15th and we do not have the points that we were penalized for", Elliott said. "They won this race for us". "They got us off pit road first those last two times that we came down for tires and got us to where we needed to be". Busch is a 4-time victor of this race, with the last victory coming in 2012.
"I don't know if you can shoot for four in a row", he said. For them to have 249 wins, if you could ever just get one to be amongst the people who have won there, I think would be pretty cool in itself. Our guys are wonderful. It's tough when you pull a group that do not go to the race track every week and put them together and say 'Hey, go race against these guys.' Because these (Cup drivers) are the best in the world to do this.
Busch would continue the climb, breaking into the top 10 on lap 33 as he passed Jamie McMurray in the No. 1. Fast facts: It was the second win in as many weeks for Busch.
Ryan Blaney (40-1): While this has not been his best track, Blaney has suffered more from track incidents as opposed to running poorly. Newman's engine blew up after the contact and he was forced to bring his vehicle to the garage. But there were three cautions in the final two-dozen laps. Brad Keselowski made a narrow escape, squeezing past and almost grazing the inside wall that borders pit road.
Like the first stage, the entire second stage was run under a green flag.
Joey Logano won the first two stages in a race that was remarkably caution-free until the final laps.
Logano was followed by Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch and William Byron.
It was a Team Penske show up front, with Joey Logano winning and teammate Brad Keselowski finishing second.
STAGE 1: Logano won the opening stage after leading 62 of the first 100 laps.
One Toyota driver is looking for his third straight win of the 2018 season and that's Kyle Busch.
It was also an eye opener for the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, who started from the rear because of an unapproved pre-race adjustment to the auto and drove through the field to fifth. Harvick, who also had a three-race winning streak this season, is the only other driver with multiple victories.
Fans will be able to walk on the track prior to tomorrow night's race, and have the opportunity to actually sign the start and finish line.