It was just one of those loving, NASCAR race nights, a relatively calm affair for a.75-mile track.
Truex fell into a minor slump in recent weeks, failing to finish better than 30th in his last two starts.
"You just got to work, man", said Busch, 32, after claiming his 46th Cup Series victory.
Busch started 32nd, his worst starting spot ever for a Cup victory.More news: Carl Frampton beats Nonito Donaire in Belfast
"Pats on the back, everybody", Busch said on his radio after taking the checkered flag. Then in the final round of qualifying, Martin Truex Jr. snagged the pole with a lap time of 21.799-seconds.
There was no shortage of storylines entering Saturday: Would Busch win his third consecutive race? "The pit crew tonight, they won this race for us". It's his fifth career Cup win at the Action Track. The first came in 2015, when he won his only championship. "We did it a couple years ago and now I don't know if you can shoot for four in a row", he said. "But we'll give it a go anyways; we'll see what we get".
The end was a bitter pill for Truex, who ran up front all night.
The No. 41 auto, which led for 98 laps, finished in 11th place.
All the front-runners pitted, and while Truex's team struggled mightily in the No. 1 pit stall, Truex could only watch as contender after contender beat him off pit road. He lost at least seven spots by the time NASCAR had sorted out the next restart starting order.More news: FAA expected to order accelerated engine checks after Southwest accident
It marked the 75th time he has raced on a short track in NASCAR's premier serieswhere he dropped to 0-for-75 for his career. After beginning the restart in third place, he managed to make a late push to finish in first yet again. And while he may not have won, his fourth-place finish tied for his best result of the season to date. McMurray got out of his vehicle, and team manager Max Jones went over to make sure he was OK; he said he was, and then he feigned any frustration as he walked back to the garage, saying "nothing" was going on between the two and he didn't have a problem with Larson. 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.
All but lost in the late-race battle between race victor Christopher Bell and runner-up Noah Gragson was a career-best, fifth-place finish by Austin Cindric in his first competition at Richmond Raceway. "And we just made some really good adjustments that got us rolling towards the front, especially on long runs". However, a mishap on pit road late and a vehicle issue ended his bid for his first career short-track win.
NO YELLOWS: Other than cautions for the stage breaks, the yellow flagged remained out of sight through 350 of 400 laps. But he was the beneficiary again on the next-to-last caution, putting him in a position to log his fifth top-10 finish of the year. "Having a short run there at the end was definitely in our favor, so it was nice to be on the good end of things for the first time in a while".
So, with Talladega awaiting next weekend, what about a fourth win a row?
The series heads to Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday for the Geico 500, 188 laps around the longest - and fastest - oval track in NASCAR at 2-2/3 miles long.More news: Key player for Game 3: Timberwolves vs. Rockets