Apr 27, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (29) celebrates winning the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday Night Short-Tracking In The South, That's What NASCAR Is All About

Saturday Night, a full moon, and a NASCAR Stock Car race in the Southeastern part of the country. To steal a line from Ole DW, it don’t get no better than that. I sure hope race fans recorded the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night, so when the subject of good racing, and snoozers come up, they can replay this one for a reminder of what is defined as Good Racing.

We had it all, bumper to bumper, door-banging action, some bent-up race cars, and unhappy drivers when it was all over. I don’t know about you, but when Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag, I wanted more.

Aw come on guys….add some laps to this thing.


I felt bad for Juan Pablo Montoya when the final caution flag came out with four laps left.  Even though Harvick had fresher tires at that point, he was not going to catch the Earnhardt-Ganassi Chevrolet without some help from a caution flag. It would have been Montoya’s first win on an oval race track, but everyone near the lead at that point needed a win for one reason or another.

Kevin Harvick being the consummate professional, has struggled getting a win in his last season with Richard Childress Racing, but Saturday night’s victory bumps him into the top ten in Sprint Cup points and tied with teammate Paul Menard for ninth place, and the win will give him leverage for making the chase if he falls out of the top ten.

Kurt Busch, who ran near the front all night, created a dust-up on the final lap with Tony Stewart as well as Kasey Kahne, and  and others, has given race fans something to look forward to as the Southeast schedule continues on to Talladega, Darlington, and Charlotte. All places where revenge will be waiting at every turn. It should be an interesting month for drivers, and fans alike.

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