Yes it did, and I’m so glad I was able to watch and listen as it unfolded. Richard Petty Motorsports team #9 driven by Kasey Kahne made it to victory lane in Sonoma, CA at the Toyota/SaveMart 350. It has been 10 years since Richard Petty has had a team in victory lane, back when John Andretti won at Martinsville, VA in 1999. It was awesome to watch the race with my family and hear Savannah cheer on her favorite driver to victory.
Say what you want about NASCAR but when you get a race like the one Sunday night where it could have gone to any one of about 4 or 5 drivers, to see your driver make great pit stops and awesome restarts (4 of them late in the race) to stay out front and in front of road course guru Tony Stewart is just simply cool! I hope this is the beginning of great things to happen for RPM and Kasey Kahne and the other drivers in RPM (AJ Allmending finished 7th and Elliott Sadler finished 10th).
Kasey is now 3 points out of 12th place. The top 12 drivers make the Chase for the Cup which is the last 10 races of the year. Those 12 drivers have their points reset to 5000 a piece and 10 extra points for each win they have and then are reseeded 1-12 for the last 10 races. In other words, lets say you are in 4th place to begin the Chase but have more wins that the other 11 drivers. Guess what? You are now in first place to start the Chase, pretty cool huh?
Anyway…on to Loudon, NH and the 1 mile track up there for the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Yeah, 301 miles, 301 laps. Don’t ask. The Race To The Chase begins Sunday June 28th at 1:30PM. Strap in and hold on!