I had a chance to take a look at this past Sunday’s race at Richmond and I have to say I thought it was probably the best Richmond race in the last 15 years. Action throughout the field, comers and goers all day, tire wear all day long. What a good show as William Byron would win stage one and Denny Hamlin would take stage Two. Stage three, in my opinion, was the best part of the race with lots of different strategies, pit calls, and racing all over the place. 15 laps after a cycle of green flag pit stops, a caution would come out.
Everyone would come down and get fuel and tires. By doing this, it left everyone but the 19 of Martin Truex Jr with a set of tires left for a late-race restart. So with just under 90 laps to go, we were set for another restart. Martin Truex Jr would lead until the caution which came out with 30 to go. Everyone but the 9, 34, and 38 would come down for one last time for fresh tires. Kyle Larson would get the jump on everyone and take the lead and hold on to the lead the rest of the way picking up his first win this season. The 9, piloted by Josh Berry who is still subbing for the injured Chase Elliott, would slot into second and the 2 front row cars would get top ten finishes.
Now I want to go back and touch on something that happened in stage one between Denny Hamlin and JJ Yeley where Hamlin just flat-out ran over the 15 dumping him in turn one just over 30 laps in the race. Now, what I wanted to say on this is that Hamlin has been preaching respect for the last couple of weeks then to flat-out wreck a guy is beyond the pale. Now I’m not a Denny Hamlin fan, nor am I a JJ Yeley fan. I cannot fathom for the life of me the reason that Yeley still gets rides albeit crap rides for crap teams but still it doesn’t give you the right to wreck a guy because he got around you and you want to preach having respect on the race track
|11||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Toyota||400||12||56||33||7||0|
|35||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||Chevrolet||384||8||0||2||0||0|