Richmond Driver Handicaps
September 3, 2002 | 12:00 A.M. EST
This track could be a real challenge for Marlin. He’s scored only one top 5 finish and one additional top 10 in the last fifteen races run here. He finished eleventh this spring on the tricky track surface.
Gordon has two wins at Richmond, and top five finishes in seven of the last eleven Cup races in Richmond. But he also has four finishes outside the top 30 here in that same stretch of races. If Rusty Wallace and Gordon are battling for the win late with Rusty in second look for things to get real interesting.
Martin’s fourth place finish here this spring was one of five top 5 finishes in the last nine Cup races run at Bristol. Mark did score a win at Richmond back in 1990.
Stewart’s win here was on of three victories in just seven Richmond Cup starts. Stewart’s had top ten finishes in all but one of those Cup races to this point of his career. Scored his first ever career Winston Cup win here in 1999.
Johnson had a rare off week this season at Richmond in the spring finishing thirty-first. Didn’t do very well here in the Busch races last year either. He might have to wait until next year to win at Richmond.
Rusty Wallace was once the undisputed short track king on the Winston Cup circuit. He has six career wins here and Wallace was very competitive at the Bristol short track two weeks ago. Last time Gordon gave Wallace the bump and run to take a win at Bristol, Rusty flat out parked Gordon to pay him back at Richmond.
While Elliott has been known throughout his career as a superspeedway driver who struggles on short tracks he did win at Richmond back in 1992, part of the four consecutive race “Elliott Express” streak. Has only one top 5 finish at Richmond since.
This native Virginian has two victories at Richmond including this race last year when he engaged in that memorable battle with Kevin Harvick. This spring was the first time in five Winston Cup races run here Rudd missed a top 10 finish.
Jarrett has won twice at Richmond. (1997 and 1999.) Top 5 finishes in four of the last last seven Cup races at Richmond but 38th here in the spring.
Matt’s sixth place finish here in the spring was his best ever Cup result at Richmond and helped to improve his stats to two top 10s in five stabs at the joint in a Cup car.
Newman finished an incredible second in this spring’s Cup race at Richmond. Good dark horse pick as a first time Cup winner.
Busch still hasn’t gotten this place figured out at least in a Cup car. His best finish in three career Cup races at Richmond was 18th. Kurt finished twenty-seventh here this spring.
Burton has just one Winston Cup win at Richmond, but that was a barnburner with Burton and Jeff Gordon racing side by side to the checkered flag back in 1998. Did manage a third place finish here this spring. Decent dark horse pick to break his winless streak here.
Dear Dale Junior,
Please excuse my brother Michael from running the Winston Cup race here this weekend because he doesn’t feel well. He doesn’t finish well at Richmond either, with just two finishes inside the top 20, and a best of 14th in the last twenty Cup races. Honestly he’d just be in the way, Thanks,
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt scored a victory at Richmond in his rookie season and finished third in this race last year. 36th here in the spring despite starting from the outside pole.
Craven’s ninth place result at Richmond this spring was his first top 10 finish at the track in twelve Cup starts. Maybe he could get permission to drive the 32 car for Winston Cup points in Thursday night’s truck series race?
Early in his career short tracks gave Labonte a devil of a time. He scored his best ever career finish, second, in a Richmond Cup race back in his 1999 championship season and had a pair of top ten finishes here last year. 32nd in the spring. This team is struggling.
Green didn’t have much of a weekend at Richmond last fall finishing 22nd in the Busch race and 40th in the Cup race.
Labonte has three career wins at Richmond with the most recent coming in the 1998 race when NASCAR “invented” the “Red flag to allow a race to finish under green” rule. The track hasn’t been as kind to him with only one finish inside the top 20 since that win. Those finishes include a pair of 38ths last year and 33rd here in the spring.
Gordon finished up 37th here in this spring’s race.
Others To Watch
Harvick finished second in this race last season. He took the lead by spinning Ricky Rudd out, but Rudd charged right back up to Harvick and pulled the bump and run on him to retake the lead in a hugely entertaining finish that left even Harvick flabbergasted.