NASCAR drivers salute fans with this cool pre-race gesture at Richmond

With an uplifting run to end the regular season, Earnhardt leaves Richmond hopeful to continue it into the final 10 races.

Traditionally the meeting is held near the garages and is closed to fans, but Richmond opened the meeting to all ticketed fans.

"We tried our butts off to get ourselves a good vehicle, worked on it in practice and it was great", Earnhardt said. He then screened a video showing the various safety procedures for the race. "I don't think we could outrun the top three". Since his vehicle has lacked speed most of the year, he seems to have accepted the fact his final 10 races before retirement won't be under the spotlight.

"We had everybody trapped down a lap and they would have ended up pitting and getting tires, and the other guys would have gotten the wave around but we would have had that track position finally". When I look at those things I feel confident this is a race track that if we do everything right - and it won't be easy by any means - we can win. "So, we are dumping buckets of water out of this ship trying to figure out how to get going and get it right". I have seen this situation in the past and teams that I've even been in fall apart and it just goes worse and spirals out of control.

What also works against numerous non-winners is Toyota's late-season surge.

According to the latest oddsmakers, Kyle Busch is the favorite to win, as he has +125 odds. He also finished third a year ago.

Jones and Suarez both are in Toyotas, but both are series rookies.

Hamlin expects Elliott, Kenseth and McMurray to run close together on Saturday night. All three are separated by just three points. I don't exactly know 100 percent where we are, but I know we are one of the last few spots of non-winners that are still in. I wouldn't say we are at that spot.

Taylor raced for an inside-the-park grand slam when center fielder Odubel Herrera misplayed his line drive, and the Washington Nationals moved closer to a second straight NL East title with an 11-10 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night. So, it's tight for sure where we are at. We had a good auto and Brad had a really fast vehicle, and we battled up front and finished 1-2. "We hope our race community's support along with Joey Logano, Team Penkse, Americrown and the NASCAR Foundation will provide some relief to those in need".

But unlike Daytona, there won't be any other chances after Richmond to qualify for the playoffs.


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