Clint Bowyer Wins At Richmond, Chase For the Cup Begins
It was a big night for Clint Bowyer but it might have been an even bigger night for Jeff Gordon. Bowyer took the checkered flag in the Federated Auto parts 400 at Richmond International while Gordon beat out Kurt Busch to take the 12th and final spot in the 10 race Chase For the Sprint Cup NASCAR championship. It was an incredible finish for Gordon’s number 24 car and an equally disappointing finish for Busch.
Busch finished 16th, fading after poor pit strategy and a slow final stop to miss the Chase for the second time in his career. Team owner Joe Gibbs met Busch on pit road and leaned into the car window to console the angry driver. ”We missed. That’s it. Plain and simple,” said Busch, adding Gibbs told him, ”’Handle it the right way.’ There’s no right way to handle this situation.”
As much as Busch was disappointed Gordon was equally as thrilled.
”I felt like we won the race,” Gordon said. ”What that was over, they told me I was in the Chase, we made it – I was ecstatic. I was going nuts.
The first race of the Chase is the Geico 400 next Sunday in Chicago.