Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/1/14


Fasten your seatbelts…it’s going to be a wild ride on “The Road to Richmond,” which begins to take shape this Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. That stretch will prove pivotal in deciding the field for the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which will be finalized on Saturday, September 8, at Richmond International Raceway’s Federated Auto Parts 400, which is “One Last Race to Make The Chase.”

After last year’s intense battle for the two wild card positions, this year’s “Road to Richmond” is sure to be exciting.  Wins are everything when fighting for one of the two wild card positions.  As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Daytona this weekend, there are currently four drivers in positions 11-20, with one win; and six who desperately need a win for a chance at one of the wild card spots.

Which drivers need to make a move in the coming weeks on “The Road to Richmond”?

Kyle Busch          Owns the highest driver rating at Daytona (97.5). Currently 12th in points, Busch has one win, which means right now he has his hands on one of the two wild card spots. But a second win would make him feel a little more comfortable.  And while he may have the best driver rating for Daytona, his average finish is just 17.6.

Carl Edwards      Currently sits 11th in points with no wins, which means if the “One Last Race to Make The Chase” at RIR were to happen this weekend, Carl wouldn’t make this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He has four top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes at Daytona, but ranks 12th on the driver rating scale, and has only averaged a 17.3 finish.

Jeff Gordon        Knows his way to Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona.  He has six Daytona wins, along with 12 top-fives and 19 top-10s.  He’s struggled this season and knows he needs to win to even have a chance at making the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.

Follow all the excitement on “The Road to Richmond,” which culminates on Saturday, September 8, for the Federated Auto Parts 400, which is “One Last Race to Make The Chase” at Richmond International Raceway.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 7, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Advance tickets start at $30, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections. Click here or call 866-455-7223 for tickets and information.



Report: Patriots used Dolphins' Week 1 quotes as motivation

Broncos critical of Philip Rivers' attitude on the field

Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell shot and killed

Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

Report: Melky Cabrera, White Sox agree to 3-year deal

WATCH: Penguins commentator makes poor 'I can't breathe' joke


Would Percy Harvin take pay cut to return to Jets?

Nationals GM disappointed Bryce Harper missed NatsFest

Broncos to place Montee Ball on season-ending IR

Johnny Manziel could have made $8-10 million in college?

Will Muschamp says his only offer came from Auburn

NFL relocation to Los Angeles is gaining steam

LeBron expected to attend Johnny Manziel's first start

Twitter cracks jokes over Tim Bradley's disfigured face

WATCH: Brewer gets away with ridiculously long travel

Melvin Gordon wishes he played more in record game

Prospective Las Vegas NHL owner would let fans name team

Will Muschamp already recruiting for Auburn

WATCH: Mavs play keep-away with Marreese Speights' shoe

WATCH: OSU's Sam Thompson throws down awesome dunk

WATCH: Glass shatters during ECHL game, injures fans

Urban Meyer boasts about his Ohio State accomplishments

The five best rookie wide receivers of 2014

Current, former Auburn players react to Will Muschamp hiring

Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Broncos critical of Philip Rivers

SEE: Announcer's 'I can't breathe' joke

Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

Muschamp already recruiting at new job

Nats GM 'disappointed' in Bryce Harper

The five best rookie receivers of 2014

NFL relocation to LA looks likely

Peterson thinking about Olympics?

Brett Lawrie makes little girl's day

Braxton Miller returning to OSU?

Adrian Peterson appeal denied

Winners and losers of the Winter Meetings

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.