Found September 09, 2012 on
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
After rain delayed the start of the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Saturday night, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon were both winners, of sorts, when the race finally ended early Sunday morning. Bowyer claimed the race win, his second of 2012, and with a second-place finish, Gordon took the second wild card spot and the final slot in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup that will get underway next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
In addition to the delay at the start of the race, rain also interrupted action twice within the event, bringing out the red flag after the completion of 152 of the 400 scheduled laps and again to bring out the caution with about 123 laps to go.
After starting next to Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the front row, Gordon led a couple of laps early in the race, but then fell back through the field, eventually falling off the lead lap. He got back on the lead lap during the aforem...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Just when you thought Jeff Gordon's mustache was just a bad memory from his 1993 rookie season in Cup . . . it's back.
"So as many of u may have heard, I made a statement that if we made the Chase I wud bring back the stache," Gordon tweeted Sunday. "I'm a man of my word."
Certainly, even a four-time NASCAR champion can enjoy a second childhood....
Jeff Gordon never gave up.
He promised his team - and his fans - that he wouldn't go down without a fight. And fight he and his No. 24 team did, with a second-place finish at Richmond International Raceway to snag a ticket to the 2012 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup.
With 12 points separating Gordon from 12th-place Kyle Busch entering the 26th and final race of the regular...
Clint Bowyer won the rain-delayed race at Richmond, and Jeff Gordon drove his way into the title picture by grabbing the last wild-card berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Bowyer came back from a mid-race spin to pick up his second win of the season. The Saturday night victory gave the Michael Waltrip Racing driver another three bonus points to take into the Chase...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. posted his first career pole at Richmond on Friday.
"I'm surprised as anybody," Junior said after scoring his 11th career Sprint Cup pole in 461 races.
But it was advantage Jeff Gordon, who qualified second. Gordon desperately needs a solid finish on Saturday to leapfrog over fellow wild-card contenders in the Federated Auto Parts 400 to earn the...
Jeff Gordon rallied from a rough start in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway to take runner-up honors and earn his spot in the upcoming Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
From a “handful” to the fastest car on track, Gordon’s No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet steadily improved during the sometimes soggy 400-lap affair at Richmond...
THE MODERATOR: We have two of our Chase drivers joining us now at the podium. Our defending champion is Tony Stewart. He’ll come into the 2012 Chase seated third. And Jeff Gordon races his way into the Chase. Congratulations, Jeff.
Let’s hear from you, Tony. Third seed, you have three wins on the year, defending your championship. Your thoughts.
TONY STEWART: ...
It’s not often that a spin proves to be the winning move in a race.
On Saturday night/Sunday morning Clint Bowyer turned a spin into a win.
At the time he had spent much of the night in the top three, but pitting strategy had caught him in the top 15 just after the mid part of the race. Then while he was racing Juan Pablo Montoya, the two cars got together and as a result Bowyer’s...
THE MODERATOR: Let’s now hear from our winning race team. Our winning driver was the No. 15 driven by Clint Bowyer, team owner Michael Waltrip, crew chief Brian Pattie.
Clint, talk about the win and the significance of getting in the Chase driving for the first year for Michael Waltrip racing.
CLINT BOWYER: Unbelievable. To win tonight, the way we won it, we got the left...
Teammates Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne grab wild cards for Chase…
The race that didn’t end until after 1:00 AM Eastern Time sent Clint Bowyer to victory lane for the second time this season. Bowyer had previously won at Sonoma back in June. This win gave Bowyer more bonus points heading into the Chase that is now starting. Bowyer had to bounce back from a spin that occurred on lap 235 but Bowyer came back and showed his skill in the car. In a...
RICHMOND, Va. – With a second place finish in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, earned a spot in the coveted 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Gordon’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet, likewise clinched a slot in the Chase with his 12th place...
With threatening skies over the Richmond International Raceway throughout the evening, racing the entire 400 laps was doubtful at best.
That was much like the fuel situation for Clint Bowyer at the end of the race who stretched his fuel over 100 laps to the checkered flag to win the Federated Auto Parts 400.
“Unbelievable. To win tonight, the way we won it, we got the left...
Hendrick Motorsports claimed both front-row starting spots for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway during pole qualifying on Friday.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. claimed his first-career Richmond pole and his first pole starting spot of the season with a 21.256-second qualifying lap.
“The car drove really...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. did exactly what was necessary to win the pole for Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway -- and teammate Jeff Gordon did more than enough to make Kyle Busch very nervous.
The 44th of 45 drivers to make a qualifying attempt in Friday's time trials, Earnhardt toured the .75-mile speedway in 21.526 seconds (127.023 mph) to claim...
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, turned in the fastest lap of the 43 car field and claimed the pole for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond International Raceway. Following him on the starting grid was Jeff Gordon and Regan Smith. Below is their transcript from when they talked to the media afterwards.