NASCAR punishes Gibbs, Hendrick, Penske

Posted September 10, 2017

"The silent auction will include original pieces of race memorabilia from Team Penske, Richmond Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush-Fenway Racing, Furniture Row Racing and other NASCAR teams with proceeds donated to the American Red Cross", said Richmond Raceway in a press release.

Byron, who is in second place in the point standings, has fewer top-five (eight) and top-10 finishes (17) than Sadler, but his three wins already got him a total of 17 playoff points. We just didn't capitalize. We didn't run like we should have. If we had ran like that all year, like we did over the last several years, we would have made it. We had a long-run auto, though, that was really fast.

From the start of the weekend, tension was up, as a must-win scenario to make the playoffs was in store for Earnhardt.

Unfortunately, for the sport's most popular driver, the amount of time with old tires came back and bit hard, falling outside the top 20 and losing a lap before the race's final caution with two laps to go. "There'll be a big hurt in your heart, because you feel like you deserved to be in that group". You see your favorite driver qualify well and then all of a sudden they're starting from the back for the race due to changes you all too often didn't even see.

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Earnhardt had said Friday he hadn't allowed himself to think much about a fairy-tale ending to the season.

"We know what we have to do", Logano said on Friday morning.

Earnhardt spent much of the night in the top 10 at Richmond Raceway and was out front for 13 laps (his most in a race all year, Laps 335-347) as part of a strategy play to stay out as long as possible and hold the lead.

"That's all we could do to try and win", he said.

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"It's on us. We can't really put it on anybody else".

NASCAR suspended a slew of crew chiefs for violations that included Denny Hamlin's winning cars in his weekend sweep at Darlington, as well as loose lug nuts on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s auto. We just didn't do the job. With just one point over Jamie McMurray, who now holds the final playoff spot, a win by those on the outside could easily knock Kenseth out. Crew chief Greg Ives will sit out the action at Richmond.

And if Logano can win on Saturday night, he feels like he and crew chief Todd Gordon still have all the resources needed to return to Homestead-Miami Speedway with a chance to win a championship.

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