Richmond, VA-- Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated a total of 119 of the 250 laps of the Busch Series event under the lights Friday night to grab his second win of the season in only his third start. In what marked Earnhardt's first race as a car...
Richmond, VA-- Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated a total of 119 of the 250 laps of the Busch Series event under the lights Friday night to grab his second win of the season in only his third start.
In what marked Earnhardt's first race as a car owner, he drove his No.8 Chevy to victory in dominate fashion as at times he pulled out to a whopping lead, on occasion, nearly the distance of an entire straight-away. "It was a great car. It would do absolutely anything I wanted it to do."
One thing is for sure, the driver can't assume all of the glory for the win. "I've got to give a lot of credit to the guys that built this car and came here to work on it. I don't know how they built such a great car. The thing had so much power it about ripped the track up coming off the corner."
Brewco Motorsports' Jamie McMurray placed his career best showing by scoring the runner-up position. McMurray charged hard in his No. 27 hoping to grab his first career victory.
His second place finish wasn't for lack of trying. McMurray led 42 laps, but fell short on his charge to the checkered. "All in all I was really happy just to get to run second tonight." Entering Richmond coming off of a 32nd place finish last week at Darlington, it was clear the second spot was far from disappointment. "I ended up getting into the wall, just had a disastrous night. So to come back and do this, I'm really proud of it."
Although the win was a clear drive-away for Earnhardt, the event had more then its fair share of incidents. A total of 11 caution flags flew throughout the night.
Trouble began on lap two after rookie Shane Hmiel and Casey Mears had slight contact. Mears' 66 Dodge hit the wall, slid down track and collected the No. 10 of ppc's Scott Riggs. The No. 26 of Ron Hornaday and the 54 of Virginia native Kevin Grubb also suffered damage.
The scariest moment came on lap 68 when the No. 49 of Derrike Cope hit the wall extremely hard in turns one and two. Cope was alert, but track workers removed him from the car and he was taken to a local hospital for X-rays on his right shoulder.
The eighth yellow of the night flew on lap 127 after contact between Hendrick Motorsports' Jack Sprague and the No. 46 of Ashton Lewis. Both cars were engulfed in flames as they came to a rest in turns three and four. Both drivers were okay.
Some other victims of short track racing under the lights; RCR's Johnny Sauter who entered the event with high hopes despite his low qualifying effort, Foyt Racing's Larry Foyt, and Bristol winner Jimmy Spencer, who suffered engine trouble.
Darlington winner Jeff Burton, BACE Motorsports' Tony Raines, and ppc's Jason Keller finished in the top five. The man whom Keller is chasing in the points battle, Roush Racing's Greg Biffle finished sixth. Hank Parker Jr., Michael Waltrip, Scott Wimmer, and Kenny Wallace closed out the top ten.