Keselowski only led 34 out of 250 laps, but he made them count by taking his first lead near the end of the second stage to earn a bonus playoff point and then again with less than 15 laps to go in the race to take the checkered flag.
As is always the case, the Richmond race will be pressure packed for a select few drivers and teams. Keselowski's pass came in heavy lapped traffic and marked the third time he'd used a superior auto to catch Busch on a long run. Throw in the fact that Kenseth is still looking for a job next season and the prospect of a victory on Saturday becomes all that more important. Harvick suggested that after the regular season finale, before the first playoff race NASCAR hold a "wild card" event at a short track of their choosing. "Anytime you can win a race in that situation, there is no better feeling than that".
And none of those names are bigger than Earnhardt, the sport's most popular driver for the past 13 years. Keselowski has competed in eight Xfinity races this year, winning just one of them.More news: Can Trump's 'storm-proof' Mar-a-Lago home survive Hurricane Irma?
With a fifth-place finish, Elliott Sadler clinched the Xfinity regular-season championship and 15 bonus playoff points that will be applied when the postseason starts September 23 at Kentucky Speedway. In his career at Richmond, Dale Jr. has three wins, ten top fives and fourteen top ten finishes, making the Richmond Raceway one of his best tracks.
"The way the playoffs look right now, we're not out of this thing", Bowyer said.
Sadler has yet to win a race in 2017. His engine blew 18 laps into the Southern 500, a last-place finish that put the nail in his coffin on making the playoffs on points. "This weekend we're proud to represent the American Red Cross on our No. 22 Ford Fusion, and team up with Richmond Raceway, as so many other teams are, to continue to raise money for relief efforts". Practice has given Truex Jr. a bit of an edge as Friday wore on. Busch has picked up a win in five Xfinity races this year, including four of the last five he has competed in. While unlikely to win, he's been strong here in recent years and a consistent, 10th-place result or better would be flawless for this position on your fantasy roster.More news: Abbott taps A&M Chancellor to head Harvey rebuilding effort
It is an attitude, Logano says, that has animated the entire team this week.
"We tried some things in the second practice that won't get us front-end speed, but we did some things that I think will help our vehicle on the long run". In order to return to Richard Petty Motorsports next season, he's going to need to start producing and I expect him to deliver on Saturday night.More news: Real Madrid President Gives United Hope Of Finally Signing Winger
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