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Clint Bowyer had a gulp of gas just big enough to win the race. Rick Hendrick had Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon as a pair of Chasers.
In a rain-interrupted race of accumulating tension, Bowyer made it to the finish line 1.198 seconds ahead of Gordon, who knocked Kyle Busch out of the final wild-card spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup in the closing laps of Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
The victory was Bowyer's second of the season, his second at Richmond and the seventh of his career. He and teammate Martin Truex Jr. are the first two Michael Waltrip Racing drivers to make the 12-driver Chase field.
MWR teammate Mark Martin ran third Saturday, followed by Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth, but the big story was Gordon's miracle comeback that put all four Hendrick Motorsports cars in the Chase. Gordon joined Kahne, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in NASCAR's 10-race playoff.
For Busch, it was a failed pit strategy that ...
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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...
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...
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...
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: 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: ...
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…
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...
Opinions were split this weekend at Richmond International Raceway about a NASCAR technical bulletin aimed to take control of rear suspension development.
Most drivers believed the bulletin was aimed directly at Hendrick Motorsports, which had found a way this season within the rules to improve the rear steering on their cars. Most teams followed and began doing variations of the...
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.