JAW’s ‘HEARTRACERS / HEARTBREAKERS’
– 2016 Federated Auto Parts 400 edition

Date: 9-14-16

Racetrack: Richmond International Raceway

Pole Sitter: Denny Hamlin

HEARTRACERS:

  • Denny Hamlin: Denny started on pole and won the race. He almost led the most laps for a full point’s bonus. He now has three wins. He starts the Chase only three points out of first.
  • Chris Buescher: Chris finished on the lead lap and did enough to secure his top-thirty points finish. He got in the Chase.
  • Michael McDowell: Michael got a top-twelve finish as an attempt to get into the Chase. It was one of his best runs of the year.
  • Kyle Larson: Kyle finished second and almost won two races to get into the Chase. He is fully ready for the Chase now.
  • Martin Truex Jr. Martin led the most laps and just came up short on three Chase wins. He got a strong third though.
  • Jamie McMurray: Jamie got into the Chase on points. He got a good top-ten finish. He will add two cars for Ganassi Racing into the Chase.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Paul Menard: Paul crashed with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on lap 266 of the race. He was out in last place. It destroyed any hopes he had on making the Chase.
  • Everyone that missed the Chase: I have to give a mention to all of the unlucky drivers not to get in the Chase. Every one of them wanted in. They will have to go all out for a win the rest of the year.
  • Ryan Blaney: Ryan was the first of many cars to crash. He got a bad 38th place finish due to this. He is really in the hole now being third or worse in the rookie of the year standings.
  • Matt Kenseth: Matt has had weekends where he has been in wrecks. He got wins this year so it didn’t matter too much. Gibbs cars have been in a ton of wrecks this season aside from their success.
  • Ryan Newman: Ryan got in a wreck with Tony Stewart. Ryan also said a lot of controversial statements about Tony after his wreck. He lost more with the fans than he did in this race. It was just a side note that he missed the Chase.
  • Brian Scott: Brian has had even more bad luck towards his Cup campaign. He was in another crash and might have put his future with his current team at risk.

Tony Stewart – SPECIAL SECTION

HEARTRACERS:

  • Tony is finally in the Chase after missing the first part of the year and getting a win.

HEARTBREAKERS:

  • Tony was in a crash with what was his friend. He may not be friends with Ryan Newman after the comments made by Ryan post-race.