"I was just really just managing the fall-off and just trying to be consistent with the laps, but stickers (new tires) were definitely faster in the first round than they were in the second and third round".
Busch said Richmond is "getting a little trickier" due to the combination of its aging race surface and the current Cup vehicle.
Busch has been among the top ten in this season races.
Denny Hamlin would love to think he has an advantage when it comes to racing at Richmond Raceway. However, it was mistakes that cost the No. 22 Team Penske Ford valuable track position for the final 148-lap green run to the checkered flag. "Obviously, a year ago was really good for us there, even though we didn't have the best auto there in the spring, (crew chief) Adam (Stevens) and the pit crew guys were able to put me in a good position to win and we capitalized on that, as well".
Coming back from the errors, Logano saw Truex and Clint Bowyer grow larger in his fron windshield.
"I was watching them race and thought that if I was just patient and saved my tires, I could get them", he added. I think that's where our strength is and we've had some moments in some of these races that we've kind of been knocked off that we've been able to rebound and come back up through.
Inspection issues continued for Elliott, Hamlin and Tifft, as their cars failed a second time through inspection. They were seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Joey Gase.
The qualifying times for all eight NASCAR Cup Series teams were disallowed and each driver will start at the rear of the field.
No racing next week for the Easter break.
"Been a crappy start to the year", Larson said. We had a decent green-flag cycle that got us up again ... and then we reeled in the 19 (Truex) and the 14 (Bowyer) from pretty far back. "Everyone at JGR is doing a great job...we've been chipping away at it, so hopefully we can get better from here on out".
Kyle Busch led 101 laps and finished eighth for his ninth straight Top 10 finish to start the season. The top four finishers in this race will be eligible for the bonus when the series races next at Talladega Superspeedway in two weeks.