It’s time to put a nice little bowtie on all that went down last night at Richmond.
Matt Kenseth led 352 laps on his way to scoring his 35th career victory in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway. Teammate Kyle Busch came home runner-up. Joey Logano, Aric Almirola and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top-five.
Joining the 11 drivers who locked their way into the Chase via winning are Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer.
I’ll be honest. There was really nothing memorable about this race. It was won by someone we expected to win and there was none of the famous beating and banging for which Richmond is famous. Admirola, who needed a win to make the Chase, drove his ass off working his way to a top-five finish. It wasn’t enough, but he attempted to make something out of nothing.
That’s all I have to say about Richmond.
For the next four days, I’ll be previewing the entire 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup. This includes races 1, 2 and 3 of the Chase (the Challenger Round), races 4, 5 and 6 of the Chase (the Contender Round), races 7, 8 and 9 (the Eliminator Round) and the final race of the season (the Championship Round).
Tomorrow, I’ll preview the Challenger Round. I’ll give you my picks for this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, next weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, two weeks from now at Dover International Speedway and the 12 drivers that move onto the next round.
Tuesday, I’ll preview the Contender Round. I’ll give you my picks for race #4 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, race #5 at Kansas Speedway, race #6 at Talladega Superspeedway (which I’ll be attending) and the eight drivers that move onto the next round.
Wednesday, I’ll preview the Eliminator Round. I’ll give you my picks for race #7 at Martinsville Speedway, race #8 at Texas Motor Speedway, race #9 at Phoenix International Raceway and the four drivers that race for the championship.
Thursday, I’ll give my picks for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
When I say I’ll give my picks, I only mean who’ll win the race. This is also the only time I do this all season.
You can expect to have these around 6:00 or 7:00 England time each day.
With that, I’ll wrap this up and get some sleep.