By KEVIN JACOBS
Due to rain postponement of the race, the NASCAR Saturday night watch party slowly turned into a struggle to entertain guests or fight with the spouse over what to watch on television. No better time for a pre-race rant to bring us through the night and to the green flag for Sunday at Richmond International Raceway.
Matt Kenseth won last week at Bristol by again having some restart bargaining with the No. 24 team, but this time being initiated from his camp. If last time’s favor was a steak dinner, this time is going have to be a gourmet buffet (Do those exist?).
Speaking of one-upping the No. 24, Chase Elliott will run the No. 25 Napa Auto Parts car for his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. Hopefully getting knocked around Martinsville a bit gave him some “know how” and he will have a good run at RIR.
Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Jeb Burton did not qualify fast enough to make the cut, but team BK Racing decided to let him replace J.J. Yeley, who qualified 39th. If Burton has an agent, his telephone was very busy Saturday night and rightfully so.
Two single-car team drivers are in the top-10 to start the race — A.J. Allmendinger and Martin Truex Jr. The best moment of the season could come from the priceless expressions on Rick Hendrick and Roger Penske’s face with either one of these two winning the race.
So until we all are on the edge of our seat as David Ragan is waiting for Erik Jones to take the No. 18 or if the postponement gave you a pain in your neck like Denny Hamlin last week, running to the store and stocking up might not be a bad idea. Last race just took around nine hours for the checkered to fly and we haven’t even gone green yet this week.
None of this is intended to be taken serious or is meant to be harmful in any way.
Enjoy the race and be safe!
Kevin Jacobs is a staff writer for AutoRacingDaily.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinJ816, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.