The short oval tour ends this weekend
RICHMOND, Va. — The Action Track, in my soon-to-be new home state, is the source of all the action this weekend.
It is also the wraps of the short oval tour, because only two tracks between April 26 and August 23 will be on short ovals (Dover, Del. on May 31 and Bristol, Tenn. on August 22).
There are reasons for its nickname.
One, the track sees a lot of action. Two, more streaks have ended at Richmond International Raceway than at any other track except their ISC sibling tracks: their brother track at Daytona Beach and their sister track at Lincoln, Ala., the latter of where they’re headed to after this weekend.
Rain in the forecast
The original plan was to post this on Thursday. However, personal issues, as well as NASCAR’s meteorologist saying that there is a high likelihood of the race being rained out on Saturday night, led to the postponement of the Finish Line piece to today.
So, fans and drivers may be disappointed again, especially after they dealt with rain from severe storms at Bristol, Tenn. earlier this week.
Rain delays finish of Steve Byrnes 500 by six hours
Segue into Bristol: Matt Kenseth won the Steve Byrnes 500 on Sunday, in a race delayed by rain from severe storms by six hours.
The win snapped a 53-race funk by the 2003 champion and is his first win since the current Chase format was implemented.
He is currently sixth in the Chase standings, which is being led by Jimmie Johnson after Kevin Harvick’s crash.
Streaks end at Bristol
It’s hard keeping a streak alive at any given race. It’s a whole lot tougher to keep streaks alive at three tough tracks in a row, the first of which happened to be Bristol.
For Martin Truex Junior, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick, they found out just how tough it was on Sunday evening after all three wound up in crashes.
Mr. JLo crashed with his teammate, Brad Keselowski, on Lap 20. They were not allowed to work on the cars until almost four hours later because of thunderstorms that took hold moments after the caution, the first of the race, flew. Mr. Logano finished 40th.
Mr. Johnson and Jeb Burton then got into it as Mr. Johnson was trying to remain on the lead lap with a damaged car. That’s when David Ragan piledrove the Mars #18 Toyota into Mr. Johnson’s rear end, causing the roof of the Joe Gibbs Toyota to pop open, then causing Mr. Johnson to spin Mr. Burton out. Mr. Ragan also spun out. Then, Mr. Harvick spun out trying to avoid Mr. Ragan, but hit him instead, causing extensive damage. Mr. Harvick finished 38th.
Mr. Truex Junior had a loose wheel and had to make an unscheduled pit stop, and he never recovered from it. He later was involved in two crashes, both of which involved him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. he finished 29th.
There are 45 drivers, Chase Elliott included, that are on the list this week. That means Mr. Elliott will be among the two that will have to go or go home.
No glossary this week, either.