McMurray's Win at The Brickyard an Unexpected Turn on the "Road To Richmond"
Daytona 500 Winner Has Outside Shot at The Chase
Brickyard 400 winner Jamie McMurray takes part in the customary kissing of the bricks following his victory.
Jamie McMurray became the third driver in NASCAR history to win the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same season with his victory at Indianapolis Sunday, an unexpected twist on the “Road to Richmond” that gives McMurray an outside shot at a Chase berth with just five races remaining before “One Last Race To Make The Chase” at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, September 11.
Sunday’s Brickyard 400 had a familiar feel for much of the afternoon with Juan Pablo Montoya pacing the competition in search of his first Sprint Cup Series victory on an oval. For the second consecutive year, Montoya led the most laps (86) at Indy, but after a late pit stop cost him track position, Montoya crashed with 11 laps remaining and was relegated to a disappointing 32nd-place finish.
Last year, it was Jimmie Johnson who benefited from Montoya’s pit road speeding penalty to win a second-straight Brickyard 400, but on Sunday Montoya’s misfortune allowed his teammate to collect a historic win and rekindle the hope of making The Chase. McMurray climbed to within 151 points of 12th-place Clint Bowyer for the final spot in The Chase with six races remaining in NASCAR’s regular season, including “One Last Race To Make The Chase” at America’s Premier Short Track.
McMurray’s task to make The Chase remains daunting with three other drivers between him and Bowyer for the final spot. Bowyer used a fourth-place finish Sunday to make his seat on the Chase bubble a little more comfortable for the time being, but veteran Mark Martin is just 62 points behind following an 11th-place finish at the Brickyard. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s bid to make The Chase took an unfortunate hit Sunday, as he was collected in Montoya’s late-race incident and finished 27th to drop to 14th in the standings, 93 points behind Bowyer. Ryan Newman is 15th in the Sprint Cup Series standings, 147 points back of Bowyer, following a 17th-place finish at the Brickyard.
The “Road To Richmond” continues this weekend with the series’ second stop at Pocono Raceway. When NASCAR returns to Richmond for the doubleheader weekend September 10-11, drivers will have one last shot 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 “under the lights” in “One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or by clicking here. Additionally, tickets are also available for Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Friday tickets start at $30 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.