YAHOO SPORTS – Though fans had to sit through multiple rain delays and stay up well into the early morning hours, this was one of the most important races of the season and one that fans could not miss. After three rain delays, the race finally ended with a result that was a miracle to some fans and a bitter disappointment to others. It was Clint Bowyer who took the checkered flag, very early on Sunday, September 9, 2012, in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. It was Jeff Gordon, however, who was the big winner of the night. By finishing in second place, Gordon managed to do his best to clinch the second wild card slot in the Chase for the Cup. He also got help from Kyle Busch. Busch’s 16th place finish was low enough to allow Gordon to pass him in the standings.
While Kasey Kahne and Gordon claimed the two wild card slots, it was Busch who missed out on the Chase. Both drivers finished outside the top 10 in the points, but were able to have the best records out of the next 10 drivers. Though the top 10 drivers had been set going into the race, the wild card slots were still up for grabs. Carl Edwards, who finished second last season, also failed to make the field this year. It should be an interesting Chase as there are several good drivers in the running. Also, Busch has been known to have a temper and it may come out once or twice during the Chase.
In some ways it seems that the races leading up to the Chase are the most exciting, but the races in the Chase can provide some great action as well. Although it will be one of the top drivers who takes the top spot for the season, it could be any of them. The drivers not involved in the Chase can play the part of spoilers and still get wins too. The dynamic is different but the racing never really changes. Those drivers in the Chase want to win to get the championship and those outside of the Chase want to win to prove they should have been in the Chase and are just as good as those who did make the cut.