"Road To Richmond" Takes a Weekend Off
While the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and teams have a weekend away from the race track, it doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about the “Road to Richmond.”
With the points standings so close right now (currently only 13 points separate 10th-place Kyle Busch and 13th-place Greg Biffle, just 100 points separate seventh-place Ryan Newman from Biffle and 14th-place David Reutiman is 76 points away from the 12th spot), anything could happen in the coming weeks. There’s only six races left before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Richmond International Raceway for “One Last Race to Make The Chase,” and much of the top-12 field could come down to the checkered flag in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Saturday night September 12.
The names directly circling the bubble right now include:
Kyle Busch (10th)
With three wins this season, Busch is only second to Mark Martin in the win category in 2009. However, consistency seems to be a problem for Busch who has two DNF’s and eight finishes outside the top-20 in the first 19 races.
Mark Martin (11th)
The winningest driver this season with four total victories, Martin has also been plagued with inconsistency. Six finishes outside the top 30, including three DNF’s (the most of any driver in the top-15 in points) could come into play and put Martin in danger of losing a Chase spot.
Matt Kenseth (12th)
Kenseth won the first two races of the season but has only two top-five finishes since then. If Kenseth makes the 2009 Chase to the NASCAR Sprint Cup, it would be his sixth Chase in six tries.
Greg Biffle (13th)
Biffle finds himself in an odd position. Ten consecutive weeks Biffle held on to a position in the top-12 in points but after a 31st-place finish in Chicagoland, Biffle is on the outside looking in.
When NASCAR returns to Richmond for the doubleheader weekend September 11-12, drivers will be battling it out to be one of the top 12 in The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Anything can happen on the “Road to Richmond!”
Get your tickets now to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle it out “under the lights” for “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” Tickets for the Saturday, September 12, 2009 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 start at $40 and can be purchased by calling the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 866-455-RACE (7223) or by logging on to www.rir.com. Additionally, tickets are also available for Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Tickets start at $35 and include WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday only.
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