NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “Race to The Chase” Begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; 10-Event Spectacle Culminates at Richmond International Raceway for “One Last Race to Make The Chase”


As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its way to New Hampshire this weekend beginning the 10-event “Race to The Chase,” drivers and teams are starting to focus their attention on the “Road to Richmond,” which concludes on Saturday, September 11 at Richmond International Raceway. As the checkered flag flies at America’s Premier Short Track, the field will be set for the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Richmond International Raceway.

With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers preparing for “One Last Race to Make The Chase,” strong finishes—and wins—in the preceding nine events are paramount.

With the “Race to The Chase” beginning in New Hampshire, here are some drivers to watch this Sunday:

Tony Stewart :  Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And the driver nicknamed “Smoke” has been hot at New Hampshire with a series-best 114.9 driver rating. His two wins, 11 top-5s and 13 top-10s make him a prime contender for a win this weekend to improve his Chase standing (currently 10th).

Jeff Gordon : Here’s a guy who knows his way around New Hampshire. He has three wins and an average finish of 11.4. He has a series-best average running position of 7.4 and a driver rating of 108.0, good enough for 2nd in that category. While it appears Gordon has a clear path to The Chase, he knows a great start to the “Race to The Chase” would pay huge dividends, which is why he’s glad it starts in New Hampshire.

Ryan Newman : It’s never too early to start talking about “The Bubble.” Newman is 15th in the point standings right now and needs to turn it on during the “Race to The Chase” to push his way in to the top 12. Fortunately for Newman, this weekend’s race is at a track where he has two wins and an average finish of 13.8. It will be interesting to see when and where Newman begins to lay it all out in order to make it to The Chase.

When NASCAR returns to Richmond for the doubleheader weekend September 10-11, drivers will have one last shot to be one of the top 12 in The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Anything can happen on the “Road to Richmond.” Get your tickets now to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle “under the lights” in “One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Tickets for the Saturday, September 11, 20010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race start at $40 and can be purchased by calling the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 866-455-RACE (7223) or by clicking here. Additionally, tickets are also available for Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.  Tickets start at $30 and include WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as Fas Mart Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Family seating, presented by Virginia 529, is also available.  Designated Family Sections will feature a special price on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for kids 12 and under.  Kids 12 and under will be admitted at half price in the Family Sections presented by Virginia 529 when accompanied by a paying adult. In addition to the special kids pricing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and continuing to prohibit alcohol in Family Sections presented by Virginia 529, smoking is also prohibited in those sections.

*** Driver Rating Formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.



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