RICHMOND, VA – What’s it tell you about the state of a race team when you’re frustrated with a top five finish? That’s how the Richard Childress Racing organization is feeling despite getting two top five finishes in Friday night’s GoBowling 250 at the Richmond Raceway.
The reason they’re down on themselves?
They felt like they had a shot at a win.
Daniel Hemric said before Friday night’s race on the .75-mile Virginia oval that he felt like the track owed him a win. He had led at least 10 laps in all of his prior starts on the track and if not for a late race flat tire, Hemric likely would have won the spring race at Richmond back in April.
He’s been so strong on the short track and was again on Friday evening. He led 35 more laps but couldn’t get his No. 21 Chevrolet to victory lane still.
Hemric, earned a third place finish, his fourth top five finish in his last seven starts on the season. The North Carolina native also won the first stage of the race and was third in Stage 2. He now sits 27 points ahead of the cutoff line in second in the standings because of all of that. Overall, that’s a great night, but when you’re still searching for your first career NASCAR victory and you once again were that close, it’s frustrating.
His teammate Matt Tifft was equally as good. Tifft, finished fifth in his No. 2 Chevrolet for his sixth top 10 finish in his last seven starts on the year. He’s surging too. He was fourth and sixth respectively in the two stages and scored 12 stage points. That puts him sixth in the standings with two races left in the opening round.
Again, frustrating to be that good but not win.
Tifft, beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. off pit lane on the final caution of the night but was passed by eventual race winner Christopher Bell with 14 laps-to-go. He led 15 laps himself.