While the twelve Chase contenders are now set and will begin their championship competition this weekend, there are five drivers that are already starting at the back of the pack, 60 points behind top seed Hamlin, thanks to their winless seasons.
In a mixture of apprehension, excitement, and remembrance, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed into Richmond International Raceway for the final race before the Chase.
The Air Guard 400 from Richmond International Raceway was mixture of pride and prestige as NASCAR honored not only the 9th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy but also the brave men and women of our armed forces and first responders to the horrific scenes of that horrible day.
This weekend, NASCAR and Richmond International Raceway will face a unique challenge, that of balancing the excitement of setting the field for the final twelve Chasers for the Sprint Cup Championship while also honoring the memory of American lives lost on September 11th, 2001.
With just one more race to go before the Chase begins, four teams are featured among our hottest half dozen.