ROAD TO RICHMOND REACHES AN ALL-TIME EXCITEMENT APEX AS NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES VISITS "AMERICA'S PREMIER SHORT TRACK" THIS SATURDAY FOR "ONE LAST RACE TO MAKE THE CHASE" Eleven Drivers Are Vying for Only Eight Spots in the...
ROAD TO RICHMOND REACHES AN ALL-TIME EXCITEMENT APEX AS NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES VISITS "AMERICA'S PREMIER SHORT TRACK" THIS SATURDAY FOR "ONE LAST RACE TO MAKE THE CHASE"
Eleven Drivers Are Vying for Only Eight Spots in the Top-12
Richmond, VA (September 9, 2009)--Has there ever been this much excitement leading into a NASCAR race? Probably not; and consider the fact that this is the track that annually hosts "One Last Race to Make the Chase" and has produced some of the most intense on-track battles throughout its 57 years of NASCAR racing. So you know this has to be serious.
There are a jaw-dropping 11 drivers still in contention for eight spots left to be determined in the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. After Saturday's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, there will only be 12 drivers calling themselves championship contenders. Four are already locked in--Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin.
Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers, Kyle Busch and David Reutimann all have a chance of making the Chase--some have a better chance than others--but a chance, nonetheless.
Never in the previous five years of the current Chase format have we seen such uncertainty heading into "One Last Race to Make the Chase"--the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Which is why this year's short-track battle "under the lights" is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated and exciting events of the entire season, and maybe even the most thrilling "cutoff race"...ever.
There are too many drivers to list as "Who to Watch" this week. You really have to watch them all, from top to bottom. You have the drivers who are locked in and those who feel pretty comfortable. But with 10 bonus points in the Chase for every race won during the first 26 events of the season, even the top drivers are looking for a win. Then of course you have the "bubble" drivers who need strong runs to secure their spots in the Chase. And even those who don't have a shot at the Chase would love to put a Richmond win on their resume, along with taking home one of the most sought-after pieces of hardware in all of sports. The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 trophy is one-of-a-kind, featuring a custom-built Paul Reed Smith guitar, engulfed in metal flames, valued at approximately $20,000.
The weekend begins on Friday, September 11, with a full day of on-track activity, featuring the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race "under the lights." Friday's ticket includes practice and Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, as well as practice and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250. Friday's tickets are $45 (reserved) and $35 (general admission) in advance. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday only. For tickets and information, log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-RACE (7223).