|Kevin Harvick broke a 30-race winless streak in the Nationwide Series |
on Friday night at Richmond. Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
Championship leader Elliott Sadler found himself one lap down after an accident on Lap 187, but was able to earn the lucky dog on the following caution, finishing the race in 12th. Sadler now leads the points by just one marker over defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Contender Sam Hornish Jr.’s night ended early following a multi-car wreck that brought out the fourth caution on Lap 157, forcing the race under a red flag to aid the cleanup process. Hornish was unable to return to the track and ended a 12-race streak of finishing in the top 10. Although Hornish isn’t completely out of contention for the title, his 50-point deficit will be hard to make up with only eight races left.
|Points leader Elliott Sadler hits the wall. |
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Earning her highest starting position of eighth, Long spent time within the top 5 before a blown tire ended her night early. The former Snowball Derby winner showed she’s got the potential to contend if given the chance with a top-tier team.
Extreme sport veteran Travis Pastrana moved from the No. 99 into the No. 60 Roush-Fenway Ford for Friday night’s race. Starting from the fifth spot, Pastrana was strong in the first half of the race but fell outside of the top 15 as the night progressed. Pastrana’s future is unknown at this point, but he’s aggressively seeking out options for 2013.
Making only his third career Nationwide Series start, Darrell Wallace Jr. made progress through the field, battling Cup Series drivers and Nationwide veterans alike. By the time Lap 234 rolled around, Wallace Jr. had moved into the fifth position, proving that he’s got a bright future ahead. Wallace ended the night in the 10th position just behind Penske Racing’s Ryan Blaney.
The Nationwide Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway next weekend.
- Stenhouse Jr.
- Kurt Busch
- Austin Dillon
- Ty Dillon
- Wallace Jr.
- Mike Wallace
- Richardson Jr.
- Hornish Jr.
- Johanna Long
- Carl Long