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Published on May 5th, 2008 | by Ron Ripple


Clint Boyer Was Handed the Win in Richmond

What a race! It was the story of bad luck for many that lead Clint Boyer to a HUGE win in Richmond Virginia on Saturday night under the lights. It was the Crown Royal 400 and all about Denny Hamlin who not only won Friday night’s Nationwide Cup Race also lead 381 of the first 382 laps on Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race. He was simply dominating, the battle for second place kept Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kyle Busch occupied so that Denny would not be challenged. This is where the story of bad luck snuck into the right front tire of Hamlin causing it to go down costing him the lead and the Win. It was unfortunate, he drove flawless and the team made incredible decisions on and off the track.

Last week I put my money on Earnhardt Jr as he hasn’t had a win in 71 races and the man had been driving strong all season. After Hamlin slowly drifted back the race for first became a battle between Kyle Busch and the current leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. For the first time in the race I was jacked up to see Jr in the lead and won’t lie when I say I had the “I told the reader’s this would happen!” mentality. The attitude I had was quickly taken away when not even a lap and a half after leading the race Kyle Busch and Jr got together forcing Earnhardt into the wall and all his hopes and dreams stolen. Bad luck and Kyle Busch hit Jr soo hard he finished 15th. Oh and that’s where Clint Boyer was able to slide into first and hold position to take the win. (not much to say about the win)

This brings us to the questionable wreck on who is at fault… before I give my two cents I would like to hear from ya’ll. It was quite obvious how the #88 fans felt… serious boo’ing and one of Jr’s crew ended up running over to Kyle Busch after the race giving them some sh!t.

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I'm Ron Ripple, Featured in Forbes Magazine as NASCAR's Biggest Fan, I'm 3 time Junior Mr Olympia. When I'm not drinking beer and watching NASCAR, you can find me in the local gym doing squats. Let's go racing!

4 Responses to Clint Boyer Was Handed the Win in Richmond

  1. Ryan says:

    I think the real question should be, Why did it take Hamlin 10 laps to pull off the track if he knew his tire was going flat? Thats what spotters are for. They should be able to confirm if a tire is going down. NASCAR has actually acussed him of delibrately bring out the caution. If that is the case, it sounds like he cost Jr the win. Even though Busch wrecked him, it still wouldnt have happened if Hamlin didnt bring out the caution.

  2. Ron Ripple says:

    That’s a great point. He kept creeping back in positions until the tire completely blew ensuring a yellow flag caution would come out. This of course would secure him a few more positions and not put him in the back.

  3. Tim Zaegel says:

    What this race really reminded me of was Homestead back in 2003 when Bill Elliott had a couple seconds lead and blew a tire on the last lap, and Bobby Labonte passed him up for the win.

    You couldn’t fault LaBonte for being in the right place at the right time, and you can’t fault Bowyer, either.

  4. Alan P says:

    It’s quite obvious that Clint Boyer is always in the money at each race. So he got a little lucky perhaps, he still would have finished top 5. He’s in 4th place points overall.

    And in regards to Dale Jr, Rubbin is Racin!

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