For the second time in the nine-year history of the Chase cutoff event at Richmond International Raceway, the 400-lapper very well could be postponed to Sunday afternoon. NASCAR weather guru Brian Neudorff filed this report for SB Nation's NASCAR hub and gave the race a 10% chance of being run under the lights Saturday.
In 2008, the race was postponed on Friday afternoon due to approaching weather from Tropical Storm Hanna. Though the race had plenty of action up front - Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart dueled side-by-side for the lead for several laps - and in the battle for the last Chase spot - Clint Bowyer ultimately kept Georgian David Ragan and Kasey Kahne out of the playoff - the electricity found in a race under the stars was tempered a bit in the sunshine.
This year's battle for the final Chase spot dwarfs any in the format's history, with such names as Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, and Carl Edwards seeking to sneak into championship contention. Sparks are bound to fly over the course of the 400 circuits around the track. Let's just hope the rain stays away so we'll be able to see them on our television screens Saturday night.