Keselowski wins fourth Xfinity race at Richmond

Georgia Reed
September 10, 2017

"We all know someone who has been impacted by natural disasters, so it is our duty to rally support from our NASCAR community to help the American Red Cross's efforts", said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier.

That's the story for Dale Earnhardt Jr., the driver on his final 11 races of his Monster Energy Cup Series career, who ran top five before finishing 13th in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway.

"I'm disappointed", Earnhardt said after a 13th-place finish.

"You're going to be disappointed if you don't make the playoffs", Earnhardt said earlier this year.

"That's all we could do to try and win", he said. "We are certainly in a tight spot". But the 2003 series champion has been coming on strong of late after what he called a slow start to the season - he's had four top five and two top 10 finishes in the last seven races. "We can't really put it on nobody else". Haven't been able to get it.

Another wild scene out his windshield Saturday night occurred under caution, when the field approached an ambulance truck parked at pit road entry.

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"It's on us", Earnhardt said Saturday night about missing the playoffs. "When I look at those things, I feel confident that this is a racetrack that if we do everything right, it won't be easy by any means, but if we do everything right, we can squeak one out". We come down there and Matt knocked the radiator out of it.

"I never think that we are not". You see your favorite driver qualify well and then all of a sudden they're starting from the back for the race due to changes you all too often didn't even see.

As Matt Kenseth didn't get a second radiator, Earnhardt will not get another shot at a NASCAR Cup Series championship. He's finished in the top five on 10 occasions and the top 10 on 18 occasions in 25 races but has yet to taste victory lane.

Despite the negatives, Saturday brought the warm return of competitive pace, something that has been tough to find from the No. 88 bunch this year. "We had some odd luck [this year]".

"We feel like we need a victory to feel good about it". We haven't had to fight to get in the playoffs in a long time.

But with the lovely sunset in the background for the last regular season race, the four-wide salute offered a wonderful scene. "We're just lacking speed in general".

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