By The Numbers: So You Thought NASCAR’s Race At Richmond Was Boring? You Were Right

Did you tune into Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond hoping to see a return of the “action track”? Well, you’re a fool.

NASCAR hasn’t put on a good show at Richmond in years. The most ridiculous thing is the best “battle” came in 2014 when Keselowski and three others battle for the lead. Why is that ridiculous? First it happened 6 years ago, second, it was had the lowest number of leaders among the six.

The 2019 fall race at Richmond was a snoozer for the record books. The high downforce package at any track other than a 1.5-miler at night with the temperature under 82 degrees has proven to be a failure.

Saturday’s race featured the second-lowest number of leaders, lead changes, and green-flag passes. It also featured the lowest number of quality passes and the largest margin of victory. By all accounts, it was a truly putrid race to watch.

The only remotely interesting thing about the race was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tagging Truex and sending the leader for a spin. The caution came out and Truex lost two spots. He proceeded to pass his way back to the lead that’s what good cars do. Joe Gibbs Racing has this package figured out as evidenced by their 1-2-3-4 finish before Erik Jones vacated his 4th spot.

Richmond isn’t necessarily a short track. We’ve seen this package work well at Bristol. At the flatter tracks like Richmond, Phoenix, Martinsville, and Loudon it has been terrible. Saturday night was another example of that. Richmond is too fast for it to be a short track and instead, it became an aero dependent track.

Less downforce at all tracks would be nice. Less front downforce at all tracks is the solution. NASCAR should follow the Australian V8 Supercar Series and reduce downforce for the next season.

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