As most would have expected, this race was dominated by the Joe Gibbs Racing show, with some extra drama thrown in there. This is what I love about Richmond, you have the short track drama, the intermediate track feel, and the feeling of excitement as we head into the next NASCAR race! Some of the best drama that took place tonight was the Ryan Newman- Juan Pablo Montoya feud. I don’t think Newman meant any harm getting into the back of Montoya, but evidently he would disagree with me. Montoya would then retaliate, causing Newman to spin, obviously something that would not set well with him. Reports indicated that both drivers were told to report to the NASCAR hauler at the end of the race. It appeared that Montoya left the track before that could happen.
What I did not expect to take place at the Richmond International Raceway was so much action with 100 laps to go. Drivers were going 3 to 4 wide around a 3/4 of a mile race track. Why would they be so anxious with over 100 to go? It was pretty difficult to tell who was at fault, in the largest accident of the night, but I believe they all played a part in the crash that took out some of the best cars left in the field. Jeff Gordon had been running in the top 5 all night, dropped back some, and was involved in the fiasco, along with Matt Kenseth. Kenseth had one of the fastest cars of the night, seemingly to go unnoticed. But this still raises the question why? We saw more action with a 1/4th of a race left, than we did with 10 laps to go.
We have a lot to look forward to, heading into the month of May. Great racing at Darlington, Dover, and Charlotte; with the 600 miler and let’s not forget about the Sprint Cup All-Star race!
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Until we meet again, in preparation to make a visit with “The Lady in Black”, I hope you have enjoyed everything that Richmond had to offer!