Bowyer Wins,Chase Set

Clint Bowyer

(WOMR file photo)

Last Saturday night resembled a 1970’s tune that is forever stuck in my head, to quote an old James Taylor song, “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain”.  The Richmond race was inundated with the rain thing, and in the end Clint Bowyer was hot as fire, as he led the pack to the checkered flag in the Federated Auto Parts 400 Saturday night!

However the sub-plot, Saturday night, was probably the most interesting underlying story, that is who would be the wild card drivers that make the Chase?

Jeff Gordon never knew where Kyle Busch was in the running order throughout Saturday’s rain-plagued Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International; crew chief Alan Gustafson simply told him who he needed to pass.

With 10 laps to go Gustafson became animated on the radio, emphasizing to Gordon he had to get the #55 [Mark Martin], which was second. It was Gordon’s key pass and it came with less than five laps remaining in the 400-lap event. Gordon’s runner-up finish allowed him to place 15 positions ahead of Busch in 16th, and earn the final wild card spot in the Chase by a mere three points.

“I felt like I won the race tonight,” a happy Gordon said. “When that was over, they told me I was in the Chase, we made it, I mean, I was ecstatic. I was going nuts.”

Gordon’s performance meant all four Hendrick Motorsports teams will contend for the championship; a pre-season prediction made my owner Rick Hendrick. When the championship battle begins next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, Jimmie Johnson will be seeded second, Dale Earnhardt Jr. seventh, Kasey Kahne 11th and Gordon 12th.

Check out the unofficial results of the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond.

Here is the seeding for the first race of the Chase.

Now are you ready for some REAL racing?

Twelve drivers, ten races, one championship, who will be the last driver standing!



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