Hey readers. Here's my take on Richmond race weekend! The Trucks were off again this time.
Friday was the Nationwide race, which started late due to rain. Kevin Harvick won with 202 laps led, followed by rookie Chase Elliot, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson and Brian Scott with 45 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were Elliot Sadler with 1 lap led, rookie Chris Buescher, Regan Smith Ryan Blaney and James Buescher. Some drivers short pitted and other drivers, like 11th place Trevor Bayne, who said his car was better than that, were victims of this. Some commenters on a racing site I visit said Bayne got lapped right before pit stops at one point, then Brendan Gaughan was also lapped and they thought Bayne was mis-scored maybe or unlapped himself due to fresh tires , since he got his lap back after a caution. He pitted, so not eligible for what's called wave around and due to how he was behind Gaughan, not the free pass. Gaughan was the first lapped car and so the free pass. He should've been the first car 1 lap down after this caution and gotten the free pass on the next caution or the one after that (the race had two more cautions they said), if he didn't unlap himself. Jeremy Clements led 2 laps before he finished 22nd. We don't have cable TV and this race was on an ESPN channel, so I only know what the paper and Internet say. Trevor Bayne did a triathlon Easter week when NASCAR was off and won males 20-24, his division since he's 23. I think that's pretty good, particularly in his situation. A triathlon's a swim, bike and run, the last was 5k in this case. He did his first triathlon about a year and a half ago and was second in his division after he got passed at the end then. He says it pays dividends in the car to be in shape, which is why he works out and does these triathlons. I know I mention T-Bayne quite a bit, but he's my favorite Nationwide driver. By the way, I was second in the Tower Run at summer camp when I was 14, so I know a bit about running races. There's a tower at the camp I went to from 14-17 and they had a race to it. I also have some cousins that have run races, as they were on the track team in high school and the younger one was in the Shamrock Run near where I live a within the past few years. She's in her early 30's and was 223 or some where close to that out of 500, I know she was upper middle.
Saturday was the Cup race. Joey Logano, who's never won multiple Cup races in one year before, got his second win of the year with 46 laps led, followed by Jeff Gordon (why is always second when Joey wins this year?) with 173 laps led, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski with 114 laps led and Matt Kenseth with 35 laps led. Rounding out the top-10 were A. J. Allmendinger, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with 7 laps led, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards and Martin Truex, Jr. Kevin Harvick, before he finished 11th, led 23 laps. Landon Cassill finished 26th after leading 1 lap. Travis Kvapil finished 36th place after he led 1 lap.
See you next week after Talladega, when I post my take on it.