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    A general view of racing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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    Team owner Tony Stewart talks to Casey Mears, driver of the #13 GEICO Ford, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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    (R-L) Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, talks with crew chief Todd Gordon in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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    Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford, performs a flip off of his car to celebrate winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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    Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet, talks to team owner Tony Stewart after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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    (Back Row, L-R) Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's American Heritage Chocolate Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Home Depot / Husky Toyota, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet, (Front Row, L-R) Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 Scotchgard Ford, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, Kurt Busch, driver of the #78 Furniture Row / Beautyrest Chevrolet, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, anid Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

if there had been a fist fight, richmond would have been a complete race

The last laps of last night’s race at Richmond were chock full of WTF moments I’m not quite sure where to begin.

First, Clint Bowyer’s alleged fake spinout to help his Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. get into the Chase. From what people were saying, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ray Evernham, it seems that Clint’s motives were obvious. And from how Clint talked about the incident to ESPN’s Jamie Little after the race he didn’t seem to be his normal self. I think he did spin out on purpose. I don’t hate Clint Bowyer now because of that but that doesn’t mean I like what he did.

I really wanted Ryan Newman to win the race. Actually, I really wanted to Brad Keselowski to win because that would have been amazing, but whatever. Que sera sera.

Carl Edwards won the race but he did so after crossing the finish line first ahead of Paul Menard who was supposed to do that, and then Carl was supposed to give the lead back but he didn’t. It was pretty obvious, NASCAR.

NASCAR did release this statement this morning, so maybe some penalties are percolating:

“NASCAR is reviewing Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway per protocol and has no plans for further statement until that process is complete.”

Anywaaay, then there was The Kurt Busch Show after the race. He’s in the Chase and he was crying and all emotional and there was talk about how he’d beaten all these “odds.” Now, I’m pretty sure that everything that’s happened to Kurt Busch in his career has been because of him. I’m also VERY sure that he’s leaving a team that gave him a chance, and has supported him to be successful enough to get in the Chase, at the end of the season to go to some other team. Is that another “odd” he’s overcome?? I don’t buy it. There’s something about him that just irks me. He doesn’t come across as genuine.

I’ve decided that this Richmond race is one that I HAVE to attend next year. I absolutely must go to this race if I don’t do anything else. It’s funny that I never realized this before, I mean, for the photo opportunities after the race alone it’d be totally worth it.

4 Comments

  1. Judi
    September 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM ·

    Love this blog entry! I agree with you 100%, well said! I can not stand Kurt. Poor Kyle, having to grow up with that! You should write a follow up blog if penalties are given.

  2. Ella
    September 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM ·

    I don’t think Kurt has changed. He still has an “entitlement” mentality. It will be interesting to see how he fits in with two strong personalities at SHR next year. Neither of his teammates will take any guff.

  3. kate
    September 10, 2013 at 8:12 AM ·

    Hope to see a penalty blog! I agree…Richmond next year is a must for me too!

  4. Sumer
    September 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM ·

    I totally agree as usual, Valli!