Total Domination at Richmond

skid marks, jason hildebrand, beaverdamusa.comI had to stop and think about a few things last Saturday while watching the Cup race at Richmond.

What I thought sounded like a broken record was actually the #2 of Brad Keselowski owning the rest of the field at the last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins this week.  Out of 400 laps, Keselowski led 383.  Folks, that is pretty darn good.

Kevin Harvick led the other 17.  So, on this short track, with spots in the Chase field on the line, there were 2 lap leaders.  Unbelievable.  I thought this race would be the NASCAR of old……Drivers bumping, wrecking, and shoving each other out of the way to get the elusive victory and secure a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs.  Unfortunately, though, it was a dud.

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This was Brad’s fourth win of the season, clinching the top spot in the Chase field.  Followed by Keselowski in the Chase seedings are Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, AJ Allmendinger, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, and Ryan Newman.  Only Kenseth, Biffle, and Newman have yet to reach Victory Lane this season.  The first driver to not make the Chase was Clint Bowyer, despite a 3rd place finish at Richmond.

So, What’s Next?

In an effort to be more interesting, NASCAR revamped their Chase format this year.  The bottom four Chase drivers are eliminated from contention after the 3rd race, and then points for the remaining 12 still in are reset to 3,000.

After 3 more races, four more are eliminated from contention.  The points will then reset to 4,000 for the remaining 8 drivers.  After the Phoenix race, drivers in positions 5-8 will be eliminated, while the remaining four have their points totals reset to 5,000.

The remaining 4 drivers will duke it out at Miami-Homestead for the right to call himself the 2014 Sprint Cup Champion.

Clear as mud?  I thought so.  Really freakin’ confusing.  So, the first race of the Chase is at Chicagoland Speedway.  How fitting that a sport that is more Southern than Sweet Tea starts It’s playoffs in Illinois.

Got me shakin’ my head for sure.

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About Jason Hildebrand

Jason Hildebrand was born in Cleveland, Tenn. and has lived his entire life in Bradley County. Jason started playing baseball at a very early age and went on to play at Cleveland High School where he graduated from in 1992. After graduation, Jason attended The University of Tennessee at Knoxville before graduating from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
An avid sports fan, Jason’s is a season ticket holder at the The University of Alabama. He has been fortunate enough to be a part of the last two Crimson Tide National Championships (’09 BCS game in Pasadena, CA and ’11 BCS game in New Orleans, LA). Though he primarily cheers, “Roll Tide Roll!,” he keeps up with all Collegiate football, regionally and nationally.
He is currently a co-host on the Sports Drive and the sideline reporter for Cleveland High School. He has been blogging for BeaverDamUSA.com since 2014.
In Jason’s spare time he enjoys playing golf and cooking (outdoors). Jason is the son of Terry and Diane Hildebrand, from Cleveland, TN. His birthday is October 3rd , and he is also the husband of Emily Beaty.

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