Monday, November 16, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Wet, Weird Phoenix Race

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-shortened Quicken-Loans 500 from Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday night.
Photo courtesy Chris Trotman/Getty Images
Earnhardt won after the race was stopped following rain at lap 219.  The start of the race was delayed by 6.5 hours earlier in the day due to rainstorms throughout the day.  Earnhardt took the lead by pitting before the final caution came out, and he said his team’s strategy got him to victory lane.

“My team guys are very proud of this because they gave me a great car,” Earnhardt said.  “It is a rain-shortened race…a win’s a win.  You’ll take it and put it in the record book.”

Following the race, four drivers were eliminated from the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  The four drivers eliminated were Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.  

Next weekend at Homestead, the Sprint Cup Series championship will be decided among four drivers.  Whoever finishes first among Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. will be crowned the 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion. 

Unofficial results:
1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Joey Logano
4. Kyle Busch
5. Jimmie Johnson
6. Jeff Gordon
7. Kurt Busch
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Aric Almirola
11. Ryan Newman
12. Carl Edwards
13. Paul Menard
14. Martin Truex Jr.
15. Jamie McMurray
16. Danica Patrick
17. Justin Allgaier
18. David Ragan
19. Erik Jones
20. Austin Dillon
21. Kyle Larson
22. Casey Mears
23. Clint Bowyer
24. AJ Allmendinger
25. Greg Biffle
26. Kasey Kahne
27. Tony Stewart
28. Matt DiBenedetto
29. J.J. Yeley
30. David Gilliland
31. Sam Hornish Jr.
32. Michael Annett
33. Cole Whitt
34. Trevor Bayne
35. Landon Cassill
36. Brett Moffitt
37. Ryan Preece
38. Alex Bowman
39. Jeb Burton
40. Ryan Ellis
41. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
42. Joey Gase
43. Timmy Hill

Photo courtesy Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

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