Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/17/14
Richmond, VA- What an ending for Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. With seven laps to go Ryan Newman was leading, Martin Truex Jr. was seventh, Jeff Gordon was eighth and Joey Logano was 25th. Because of that Newman held the second wildcard Chase spot, knocking Truex out. Meanwhile, Gordon held the final automatic spot to make it, knocking Logano out. It all changed with Clint Bowyer spinning off Turn 4 on Lap 393 of the 400 lap race. That brought out the final caution of the race causing the cars on the lead lap to pit for the final time. Different drivers used different strategies on that stop which put Newman fifth and Gordon ninth. The caution also gave Logano the Lucky Dog which in turn gave him a spot in the Chase. Logano passed two cars on the restart with three laps to go to finish 22nd while Gordon only moved up one spot and finished eighth. That meant Gordon missed the Chase by one point. On the other end Newman could only move up to third while Truex finished seventh. The duo ended in a tie in points and due by a tiebreaker Truex gets in to the Chase with the final wildcard spot due to a second place finish at Texas back in April. That set the final spots for the Chase as Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Logano, Truex and Kasey Kahne make up the 12-car Chase field. Carl Edwards won the race tonight which was his second victory of the season while Kurt Busch was second, Newman third, Jamie McMurray fourth and Paul Menard fifth. Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru The post NASCAR: Wild ending at Richmond sets Chase field for 2013 appeared first on Race Review Online.
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