Clint Bowyer (pictured) and Kyle Larson could not come through with a season-saving win last Saturday at Richmond International Raceway, and thus will not be racing in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Bowyer’s near-miss was especially tough, as he lost the 16th and final Chase spot to Greg Biffle by seven points following a valiant third-place performance. As for Larson, he never challenged the leaders on Saturday and finished 11th, winding up 16 points behind Biffle.
For these two drivers and everyone else not involved in the post-season, the next 10 races are strictly about one thing: Pride.
But as Jeff Burton noted in today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA, setbacks can sometimes be the best motivation for teams to truly focus on solving their problems.
You can hear his thoughts on that in the clip above.