The race weekend at Richmond Raceway was very exciting and there was plenty of things to learn.
The past NASCAR race weekend at Richmond raised a lot of questions and answered a lot of questions. Here are the 5 things that we have learned after the NASCAR Truck Series and Cup Series races.
1. John Hunter Nemechek is the main title contender in the Trucks
John Hunter Nemechek’s gamble to come back to the Truck Series seems to be working out. The no.4 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck driver scored two wins at Las Vegas and Richmond, beating his boss Kyle Busch, has scored most points in the championship, and is overall one of the main favorites at every race track. It goes without saying that Nemechek is the best driver on the grid at the moment.
2. Toyota is dominating in the Truck Series
After John Hunter Nemechek’s win on Saturday, Toyota has 6 wins in 6 races this season: Ben Rhodes (two times), John Hunter Nemechek (two times), Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. Toyota does not leave anyone a chance and that is a disturbing sign for the other manufacturers.
3. A nearly clean race in the Cup Series at Richmond
The past NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond had only two cautions related to the incidents: after Ryan Newman’s spin and after Kevin Harvick’s crash. Adding to the fact that the Playoffs race there in 2020 had no actual cautions at all, the races at this 0.75-mile short track have become much cleaner. However, in the Truck Series race last Saturday, there were 9 accident-related cautions.
4. Denny Hamlin proves that he is the most consistent driver in the Cup Series
Denny Hamlin keeps performing at his absolute best in the Cup Series in 2021. He has finished in the top 5 in the first 9 races. More than that, he has led 694 laps throughout these races. Furthermore, the Chesterfield, VA’s native is 81 points ahead of Martin Truex Jr. in the points. The only issue for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver is the fact that he is yet to win in 2021.
5. Never give up!
Alex Bowman is the perfect example of never giving up and keeping the hope alive until the very end. Hendrick Motorsports’ driver was penalized for an uncontrolled tire at one moment of the race, but he kept battling and in the finishing stage of the race, he found himself in third, being half a lap away from the leaders. A late caution diminished all the gaps and he had a chance to win the race. He capitalized at the restart, passed Denny Hamlin, and won to bring the no.48 car back to the victory lane – a beautiful story.
Here are the 5 takeaways from Richmond. What will we learn after Talladega? We will find it out this weekend.