Rookie bragging rights a realistic goal for fifth-place Ragan
Is David Ragan disappointed with his fifth-place standing in the Busch Series? Not a chance. After all, he's the top rookie in a field loaded with Cup drivers, writes Rupen Fofaria.
Crew chiefs fined
NASCAR fined Scott Zipadelli, crew chief of the No. 47 Ford driven by Kelly Bires, and Stewart Cooper, crew chief of the No. 37 Ford driven by Bobby East, for rules violations at California Speedway.
Keselowski racing at Richmond
Last week, Brad Keselowski was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center for tests after an accident at California Speedway sent his No. 88 Chevrolet riding the SAFER barrier and skidding on its nose before coming to a halt. This week, Keselowski not only got the good news that he was medically cleared to race at Richmond International Raceway, but JR Motorsports tabbed him as its driver for the remainder of the season.
Harvick easy favorite
Kevin Harvick finished fourth in the Busch race this spring at Richmond. For him, it was a bad day. Harvick has only one finish outside the top 10 in his past nine races at Richmond -- he was 12th in the fall 2005 race. During that same span, he has four victories -- two of which came in the past two fall races. He won those in dominating fashion, leading 149 and 203 laps en route to victory in 2005 and 2006, respectively.