The CHASE is on the charts this weekend. Coming into Darlington the bubble riders were looking at all options to cross over to the win and try to relax for even a week. Carl Edwards padded his position with the win.
Now all eyes are on Richmond. It is the last chance to win and clinch or run well enough to hold points to edge in.
With the green flag at Richmond just days away, the season winners with their spot in the CHASE secure are;
Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch.
Winless so far but riding the points are;
Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer.
Richmond may be the crossover race to the CHASE but the pressure is on for those drivers without a win to push and push hard. They are in a position that requires nothing less than up front driving. If those final laps creep up and they are not in the top 5 their bubbles could burst. The cards will be dealt when they unload the trailers, the “flop” hits at practice, qualifying will see the “turn” and Saturday night the checkered flag will be the “river”. It doesn’t really matter which cards are dealt as “all in” will be the bet. It is win, top 5 or likely finish the season out of the championship run.
For race fans this should all add up to an exciting evening of racing. The clinchers aren’t going to set back and relax as they will want to pad their CHASE position on the grid. The bubbles will be driving with an “all or nothing” mindset and every other driver will have an “I win I’m in” attitude. This all sets the scene to be on the edge of the seat from green to checkers.
The final chance at the Sprint Cup CHASE at Richmond is Saturday night with the Federated Auto Parts 400 (9-12).
Friday night (9-11) is the Xfinity Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250.
The K&N Series also races Thursday night (9-10) with the UNOH 100.
Richmond International Raceway is on tap for three nights of speed plus the action of the final fight to make the CHASE.
Let’s go racing!