When you are racing for $10,000 and bragging rights anything can happen, and it did Thursday night during the final lap of the Eighth Annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Challenge.
Marc-Antoine Camirand will pilot the No. 99 car for White Motorsports for the 2015 season of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS).
Joey Gase will take some pride in the fact that he out-qualified Jimmie Johnson for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. He posted a speed of 126.541 mph in the first round of time trials and nudged the No. 48 for the 35th-position on the grid.
Matt Kenseth posted the fourth quickest time in final practice for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 122.100 mph from laps two through 11.
Jeff Gordon seemed to struggle for most of the afternoon at Richmond, but he qualified among the top 12. He posted only the 20th-quickest 10-lap average in the morning session and was 17th-quick in final practice. He will line up 11th.
Kurt Busch qualified third for Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400, which is his second-best qualification effort ever at Richmond International Raceway.
Chase Elliott advanced to the second round of qualification easily and will start 16th in his second career Cup attempt at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday.
Sprint Cup Series regular Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota Camry) won the ToyotaCare 250, his 12th victory in 147 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.
Kyle Larson advanced to the round of 12 for the seventh time in eight races this season. The only driver who has more top-12 starts is Keselowski who has been perfect in that regard.
Danica Patrick struggled most of Friday afternoon on a track type that has been kind to her in the last two starts. She earned back-to-back top-10s at Martinsville Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway, but will need to adjust her Chevrolet all night to collect a third straight triumph at Richmond International Raceway.
David Gilliland recorded the 17th-quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the Toyota Owners 400. He went the wrong way in the afternoon and logged the slowest average time among all drivers.
Jimmie Johnson simply could not find speed when he needed it and will roll off the grid 36th on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. This is the third time this season that he failed to advance to the round of 24.
Trevor Bayne recorded the 13th-quickest 10-lap average in the final practice for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway among 32 drivers who ran that long.
Denny Hamlin will line up on the outside of the front row next to Joey Logano for the Toyota Owners 400. It is his first front row start at Richmond since he won the pole for the 2008 Crown Royal 400.
Joey Logano posted a lap of 127.071 mph and won the pole for Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. This is his 11th career pole.