Richmond is officially Talladega of short tracks, pure crazy from start to finish.
Thrown punches. Crazy finishes. Bad tires. Where to start? Here’s the closest thing possible to a complete breakdown, Bert Convy style.
Win: Joey Logan
How many people remember Logano won the race? How many know Logano is leading the points? Joey Logano. The same guy Joe Gibbs ran out of town. The same guy Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin wanted to clobber.
I have no idea if Logano has grown up as a person, but as a driver, he is a threat to win the Sprint Cup. Logano said from Victory lane Richmond is one of his worst tracks. Logano can race for wins the next 15 race and prep for Chase tracks where he has struggled in the past. With Brad Keselowski also in the Chase, Logano has support and a fighting chance come the Chase.
Richmond was a crazy race. There was an exciting finish, a Marcos Ambrose haymaker, controversy over tires and enjoyable racing. The network that covers racing, ESPN, didn’t have it among the top eight stories on its bottom line. They did cover UFC and the NHL, both of which have a 1/4 of the ratings NASCAR does on a bad week.
Many in racing worry how ESPN will or won’t cover NASCAR when its broadcast coverage ends after this year. If last night is any indication, NASCAR better hope the NBC Sports Network becomes 100 times bigger than it is now.
Marcos Ambrose clocked Casey Mears. We’ve seen people want to scuffle. We’ve seen people talk about scuffling. Marcos Ambrose sealed the deal.
On one hand, it’s great to see emotion. On the other hand, does NASCAR want to receive mainstream media attention and twitter trending on stuff that happens after the race or issues like tire drama that impact the race?
Richmond was crazy. Richmond is crazy. This wasn’t even the final race before the Chase. I can’t imagine what happens here that Saturday night.