NASCAR Nationwide Race Review: Richmond

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Welcome NASCAR race fans to my NASCAR blog. Friday night the NASCAR Nationwide Series raced at Richmond International Raceway for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250. While I am not crazy about all the Sprint Cup drivers racing in the Nationwide races, this race was very exciting. Danny Efland was the only driver who did not make the race. In my opinion, all 44 entered should have been allowed to race. After all, why not fill the final row instead of sending just one team home?

Anyway, 33 Kevin Harvick in his own car started on the pole, while Clint Bowyer, in the RCR #21 car started next to Kevin. 33 leads from the pole. 18 Kyle Busch (going for 11 races for the season to top Sam Ard’s record 10 wins in a season) gets by fellow Cup driver, 60 Carl Edwards and tries to get by 22 Brad Keselowski. But 22 won’t have any of that.

The first caution comes out during the commercial. 04 Jeremy Clements gets into the wall with help from 66 Steve Wallace. 22 and 20 Joey Logano battle for third and like 18 before him, 20 is unable to get by. 66, 49 Mark Green and 87 Joe Nemechek are three wide on this short .75 mile track. 22 drives around 21 for second.

60 gets by 18 on the bottom and 18 gets back by him. 21 gets back by 22. The second caution comes out for spinning 10 Tayler Malsom. 81 Michael McDowell gets  one of his laps back. 18 finally gets by 22. 88 Elliott Sadler gets by 20. 60 gets by 22. 88 and 18 battle for third. 16 Erik Darnell and 23 Coleman Pressley battle in front of leader, 33 to stay on the lead lap. 88 gets by 21 for second. 88 takes the lead during Green Flag Pitting when 33 makes a pit stop.

26 Parker Kligerman is coming out of his pit stall while 22 is going in and 22 has to hit the brakes hard to avoid 26. 26 and 27 Hermie Sadler are too fast on pit road. 21 has a tire rub. And the caution comes out when 21 blows the tire. 22 takes the lead. The next caution comes out when 10 spins again. 34 Tony Raines gets his lap back. 33 and 18 battle for second, while 22 is leading. 33 gets by and 18 battles 20 for third. 60 battles 99 Trevor Bayne. 88 gets loose into 98 Paul Menard and has a tire rub. 99 gets by 20. 33 takes the lead from 22.

The final caution comes out when 21 spins 11 Brian Scott. When 18 pits, the fuel nozzle breaks off and he heads out onto the track with what is left on the car. He has to go back in to have it removed. kyle will not win his 11th race of the season tonight. 1 Ryan Newman stays out to lead, along with 34. 33 quickly takes back the lead. Both 1 and 34 continue to fall back in the field.

21 and 98 battle for seventh and 21 takes the spot. 22 catches 33 in traffic. 33 gets out of shape and 22 has to break to not run into him. And 33 Kevin Harvick wins the Virginia 529 College Savings 250, with 22 Brad Keselowski close behind. That was a fun race to watch.

On the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series side of Richmond International Raceway, they will be racing Saturday night. 99 Carl Edwards starts from the pole with a speed of 127.762, with 42 Juan Pablo Montoya beside him. This will be the final race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins. And the twelve who will be competing for the championship will be determined in this race. The top ten are already locked in. 16 Greg Biffle and 33 Clint Bowyer will need to secure their spots in this race. I’m looking forward to another great race here in Richmond. Can Harvick win the weekend double? We shall see.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley. I love NASCAR.

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