NASCAR Cup Series
Cup Series Playoff Picture Avoids Major Shakeup at Richmond
Aug 15, 2022
NASCAR went short track racing this weekend at Richmond, and there were plenty of other marquee events in the racing world this weekend as well. Between the Knoxville Nationals, Super Late Models at North Wilkesboro and more, here is a look at stats and notes from the weekend.
- With two races to go, Chase Elliott leads the regular season standings by 116 points over Ryan Blaney. Elliott posted his 16th top-10 finish and ninth inside the top five at Richmond. Elliott will be seeking playoff points at Watkins Glen and Daytona over the next few weeks. Elliott has been second or better in the last three races run at Watkins Glen.
- Kevin Harvick’s 60th career also carries a historical footnote, as he became the first driver to ever win at Richmond in a NASCAR Cup Series race in the month of August. Prior to this race, NASCAR's top three series had not raced the venue in August. Some races like Modified shows in the 1950s were held on the old fairgrounds configuration. Harvick, like Denny Hamlin in the spring, started from the 13th spot.
- Kyle Busch Motorsports rose to the occasion at Richmond Raceway (VA) on Saturday night as Chandler Smith won and John Hunter Nemechek was second. It’s the third win of the season for Chandler Smith, and he takes the point lead over Zane Smith and John Hunter Nemechek. Those three drivers have 26 top-five finishes in 56 combined starts.
- Not for the first time, not even the second, but for the third time this season Logan Boyett sweeps the feature events in two divisions at Five Flags Speedway (FL). Boyett won the Truck race and the Outlaw feature for the third time this season.
- Tim Devos hit a milestone this past week, as he won his 100th career feature at Berlin Raceway (MI). Devos won the Limited Late Model portion of the Battle at Berlin. Devos won for the seventh time this season. He is now only three career wins behind Bob Senneker, the all-time track’s leader with 103.
- The final PASS tuneup for the Oxford 250 in two weeks left us with DJ Shaw in victory lane. A year ago, Cassius Clark won the final race before the 250 and won on the big night. Is this the year the Shaw family finally gets to take a trophy back to Center Conway, New Hampshire? Mike Rowe was also in the lineup, as he got some laps in ahead of what could be his 40th Oxford 250.
- Sammy Smith won the first Super Late Model race at North Wilkesboro Speedway (NC) in 11 years. Smith won the Southern Super Series / CRA Super Series 75-lap shootout. Smith beat out Hunter Robbins and Bubba Pollard for the victory.
- Oh, the numbers that we are getting from Bowman Gray Stadium are amazing. Burt Myers won the first 50-lap Modified race to raise his win total to 88 in the top division. Fellow driver Jonathan Brown won for the 25th time in his career in the second 50-lap race. The storyline next week will be that Tim Brown is chasing his 11th track title, and he’s seeking his first win of the season. The veteran has 94 career wins at the stadium and number 95 next week would be a huge way to end a season that has seen him finish in the top five 15 times.
- Brent Crews became the seventh different first time winner of the season at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). There have been 12 different winners in 23 races as the season starts to wind down. Landon Huffman should have a hold of the points lead after the playoff reset; he was third and second in the twin 40-lap races.
- Donny Schatz won the Knoxville Nationals for the 11th time in his career. That’s second only behind Steve Kinser. Sammy Swindell was looking to tie Steve Kinser for A-Main starts at the Nationals according to WoO. He didn’t make the show and remains one start behind Kinser.