Winding "Road to Richmond" Continues Through Windy City Saturday

“Race to The Chase” Continues at Chicagoland for Race Three of the 10-Event Spectacle

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The "Road to Richmond" includes a stop at Chicagoland Speedway this Saturday.

With another race “under the lights” on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule this Saturday, it brings to mind the short-track night racing fans will see at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 11 for “One Last Race to Make The Chase”—the final race of the 10-event “Race to The Chase.” But first things first. This weekend the series visits Chicagoland Speedway for the third of the 10 events, and there is plenty to talk about in the point standings.

As we near “One Last Race to Make The Chase” on Saturday, September 11 at Richmond International Raceway, drivers must focus on this weekend’s race and record strong finishes to either stay or climb in to the top 12 in the point standings. After Richmond, only the top 12 drivers in the point standings will earn a spot in the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Here are some drivers to watch at Chicagoland Speedway this Saturday:

Jimmie Johnson          The new daddy has the highest driver rating at Chicagoland Speedway (112.8) and boasts five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Johnson is tied with Denny Hamlin for most wins this season (5), so he’d love to jump on top, as wins equal 10 bonus points in the reset Chase standings after Richmond. Despite an impressive average finish of 8.1, he has yet to record a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Chicago. He’s looked good as of late, with two wins, three top-fives and four top-10s in June.

Ryan Newman             After last weekend’s race at Daytona, Newman dropped one spot in the point standings to 15th, but he’s only 80 points behind 12th-place Carl Edwards for the final Chase position. Newman won at Chicagoland in 2003 and his last three races there have been top-10s. For even more motivation, Newman has three drivers on his heels that are within 100 points of him.

Kasey Kahne               He may not seem like a good pick for Chicagoland with an average finish of 25 and only one top-five, but you can’t argue with how well Kahne has run recently. Of the past five races this season, he has four top-fives and is riding the momentum of a runner-up finish last week. That 2nd-place bumped him up four spots in the standings to 16th and has him 154 points out of 12th.

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 for the Saturday, September 11, 20010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race start at $40 and can be purchased by calling the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 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.  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.

Family seating, presented by Virginia 529, is also available.  Designated Family Sections will feature a special price on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for kids 12 and under.  Kids 12 and under will be admitted at half price in the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 when accompanied by a paying adult. In addition to the special kids pricing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and continuing to prohibit alcohol in Family Sections presented by Virginia 529, smoking is also prohibited in those sections.

*** Driver Rating Formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.

About Richmond International Raceway:

Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the new-for-2010 Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider .

 

 

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