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The 2011 Chase is Set, Gentleman Start your Engines!
by B C,posted Sep 12 2011 11:38AM
Kevin Harvick wins at Richmond International Raceway: #29-Kevin Harvick won the “Wonderful Pistachios 400” Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 18th career win 4th of the season.
#99 Carl Edwards finished 2nd followed by #24 Jeff Gordon, #6 David Ragan, #22 Kurt Busch, #18 Kyle Busch, #14 Tony Stewart, #39 Ryan Newman, #11 Denny Hamlin and #5 Mark Martin. The pole sitter, #00 David Reutimann finished 26th after being involved in a wreck mid-race. There seemed to be a lot of paybacks and wrecks throughout the race which made for a wild night in Richmond. It felt a little like Bristol, but with major points on the line at the end of the race.
Now with the Chase starting at the next race at Chicagoland Speedway, the points have been reset with #18 Kyle Busch and #29 Kevin Harvick leading the points with 2012 points a piece.
#14 Tony Stewart and #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. lock up 9th and 10th place in the Chase with not winning a single race in the first 26 races this season. The Wild Card positions are set and going to #2 Brad Keselowski (3 wins, 11th in points) and #11 Denny Hamlin (1 win, 12th in points).
There were 11 lead changes among 7 drivers and a record tying 15 cautions for 85 yellow flag laps.
Kyle Busch wins the Nationwide Series race at Richmond: #18 Kyle Busch won the “Virginia 529 College Savings 250” at Richmond International Raceway for his 8th win of the season and the 51st of his Nationwide career. #60 Carl Edwards finished second, followed by #6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #20 Ryan Truex, #09 Kenny Wallace, #2 Elliott Sadler, #88 Aric Almirola, #32 Reed Sorenson, #31 Justin Allgaier, and #87 Joe Nemechek. There were 6 cautions for 48 laps and 10 lead changes among 4 leaders.
Driver standings for the Nationwide Series following Richmond:
1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 950 2) #2-Elliott Sadler 934 -16
3) #32-Reed Sorenson 905 -45 4) #88-Aric Almirola 882 -68
5) #31-Justin Allgaier 875 -75 6) #38-Jason Leffler 826 -124
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 786 -164 8) #66-Steve Wallace 765 -185
9) #62-Michael Annett 744 -206 10) #11-Brian Scott 736 -214
The 2012 Sprint Cup Series Chase kicks off this Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway for the “Geico 400”, air time is 2pm on ESPN.
The Nationwide Series kicks into high gear Saturday afternoon at Chicagoland Speedway for the “Dollar General 300”, air time is at 3:30pm on ESPN 2.
The Camping World Truck Series returns Friday night at 8pm racing under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway for the “Fast Five 225” on SPEED TV.
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