"The Road to Richmond" Motors Into Michigan International Speedway
Three Races Remain Before the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase” at Richmond
"The Road to Richmond" turns to Michigan this weekend.
With Michigan International Speedway this weekend’s stop on “The Road to Richmond,” the attention continues to focus on the Wild Card element. There’s only four races left, including the Wonderful Pistachios 400 on Saturday, September 10 at Richmond International Raceway, for the “bubble” drivers to make their mark and race their way to the 2011 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Looking through the top-20, there are a few drivers who are feeling the heat and need to do something to be sure they have a spot in the Chase. Drivers teetering on the “bubble” who have fared well at Michigan in the past include:
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Michigan could be a lucky charm for Earnhardt Jr. It’s where he got his last win in 2008. He currently holds on to the ninth position in the points standings and has the eighth-best driver rating at Michigan (94.5).
Tony Stewart There’s no doubt Stewart is feeling a bit of pressure, sitting in 10th, the final spot in the points race outside of the two Wild Card positions. He and Earnhardt Jr. are the only two drivers in the top 10 who don’t have a win this year. He’s got a chance of bringing home a good finish this weekend with one win, 10 top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes in 25 races at Michigan.
Denny Hamlin The defending race winner, Hamlin is returning and hoping to add to his win column, giving him a better chance of being in the Chase. As it stands right now, he’d take the final Wild Card position, but he’d like to be a little more comfortable with a second win this season. He knows how to get to Victory Lane in Michigan, will this weekend be his chance to do it again?
Greg Biffle Currently 13th in points, with no wins, Biffle ranks highest among the driver looking to battle their way into the top-10, or take a Wild Card spot following the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond. With two wins, seven top-five finishes and two top-10 finishes, Biffle holds the second highest driver rating at Michigan with 106.1, just behind Carl Edwards.
Expect these drivers to continue to be in the thick of the 2011 Race to The Chase, as the road ends at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 10 for “One Last Race to Make The Chase”—the Wonderful Pistachios 400. Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only those in the top 10 and two Wild Card positions will be eligible for the championship over the final 10 races of the season.
Get your tickets now to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle “under the lights” in the Wonderful Pistachios 400 “One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Advance tickets start at $45 and can be purchased by calling 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. 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.
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, alcohol is also prohibited in Family Sections presented by Virginia 529.