Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishes 13th, fails to make NASCAR playoff field

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"The way the playoffs look right now, we're not out of this thing", Bowyer said.

"If we win, your (media) guys' fingers will be burning up on those keyboards".

"Have our cars been off a little compared to where they have been in past years?"

"Richmond is one of those places where we can carry some speed. Hopefully, we can get a good run, get in the playoffs, kind of get hot when we need to". This is a short track which seems to kind of mask some of the challenges we have had with our cars.


Fans may have been unhappy with Hamlin's recent victory at Darlington, which was later "encumbered" by NASCAR after Hamlin's auto did not pass a post-race suspension.

So what are those challenges? He has had just one top-five finish all year. He waited to pit for the final time deeper into the race than his competitors in the hope the caution would come out and give him favorable enough track position to win the race. "We'll just go there and do the best we can and put all the cards on the table over there". "We're just lacking speed in general. I am excited about the challenge, and hopefully we can make it work out". Nothing has changed there.

The second stage was a similar story for Busch, who moved back into the top spot for 52 more laps, but was unable to close it out. "This weekend we're proud to represent the American Red Cross on our No. 22 Ford Fusion, and team up with Richmond Raceway, as so many other teams are, to continue to raise money for relief efforts". We had to take a gamble on that strategy and that cost us a handful of spots. They are ready to fight and do whatever we have to do to get into Victory Lane.

And if Logano can win on Saturday night, he feels like he and crew chief Todd Gordon still have all the resources needed to return to Homestead-Miami Speedway with a chance to win a championship. I mean, heck, we are not many from having a full playoff list of winners. I wouldn't say we are at that spot. But for someone like Joey Logano, whose win at Richmond earlier this year was encumbered and hasn't won another race, it can be the difference between making or missing the playoffs. It is all about the timing. I know a lot of guys violated the [pit road commitment] box and I'm glad NASCAR dint penalize them. Not for very long at least.

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