MONDAY SPORTS: What You Need To Know About Last Week In NASCAR

By D. Lanier Shook and Mike Runyon                 September 10, 2013

Have you ever asked someone a question and ended up with a fifteen minute expose? Well, here’s one way to avoid that this week. Don’t ask a NASCAR fan about Saturday night.

Saturday night the cars raced in Richmond and it was a big night. Saturday ended the regular NASCAR season and started the “Chase” — NASCAR’s playoffs. This was a very important race if you’re a driver about to make it into the Chase.

A lot of people are saying Clint Boyer spun out on purpose in the last laps of the race. This meant a caution flag went out and everybody went into the pits. Ryan Newman was in the lead when they went into the pits, but came out in Fifth place. (Evidently he blames his pit crew, but that’s a whole other story.)

Most folks think the race was manipulated, including a few professional commentators. NASCAR fans can listen to what the drivers and their “spotters” say to each other. If you want to hear a really interesting conversation, listen to what Boyer’s spotter said to him just before he spun out.

But that wasn’t all that happened Saturday, since it looked like Carl Edwards jumped the restart and ended up winning the race. Yeah, it was a busy night.

It’s also worth mentioning that Kurt Busch’s team is the first single team operation to make the Chase. Most NASCAR owners run more than one car, but Kurt Busch’s team just has one. He’s also the first team to make the chase that isn’t based in North Carolina — he calls Denver, Colorado home.

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