Before I introduce today’s racing schedule, Brett Moffitt deserves credit for finishing sixth last night at Richmond Raceway. Moffitt, a championship-eligible driver in the Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series, was hired by Chris Our, a new team owner to NASCAR, to drive the no. 02 Chevrolet Camaro this season. Our has five employees, and competes with used chassis and two engines. Yet, Moffitt can compete for Top-5s and Top-10s every week. He’s got talent, skill, knowledge, and experience. Remember, he was a development driver for the former Michael Waltrip Racing about a decade ago. He undoubtedly impressed me; more importantly, however, owners had to be impressed.
Justin Allgaier headlines the field in this afternoon’s Virginia is for Race Fans 250 entering as the defending winner. He started sixteenth and methodically but effectively and quickly advanced to the front, finishing Stage 1 in secind-place and winning Stage 2 outright. He was more than three seconds behind Justin Haley with less than 20 laps remaining and patiently caught and passed Haley for the lead with approximately ten laps remaining. Allgaier captured his second win of the season and is the prohibitive favorite to win this afternoon’s race.
This afternoon’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio has the potential either to be flat-lined or to be fueled by fierce battles for the lead. I predict the latter. Can Pato O’Ward break through in his rookie season? He was exceptional in the past three or four races. Unfortunately, the defending Champion Scott Dixon is the defending race winner. Dixon was uncharacterically competing for four-to-sixth in the Bommarito Auto Group 500 at Gateway. Fortunately for Dixon, I predict he’ll win this afternoon’s race.
Qualifying for this race will conclude at 2:30 PM ET/11:30 AM PT so expect the results to be published by 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT. My fantasy line-up might be altered slighted after reviewing the Starting Line-up, so stay tuned for that too.
Lastly, tonight’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond is the second of three races in this season’s Round Of 16 to determine the NASCAR Cup Series champion. Kevin Harvick won his second Southern 500 and automatically advances to the Round Of 12 starting at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 4. Also, it is safe to predict that Denny Hamlin will advance either on points after Stage 1 or by winning the race. Night races are always entertaining, and tonight’s race should be no different.