Kevin Harvick normally races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but it is not unusual to see him, or other Sprint Cup regulars, racing with the Nationwide Series drivers. On Friday, September 7, 2012, he was among the Nationwide drivers participating in the Virginia 529 College Saving 250 at Richmond International Raceway. This was the 11th Nationwide Series race that Harvick participated in this season and this was the one that broke his 30 race winless streak. After coming so close in six other races this season, Harvick finally got the victory.
Danica Patrick ended up finishing in 29th and was 32 laps down. She had been running in the top 20 with just over 100 laps to go when she attempted to pass another driver. Unfortunately, she cut the pass to close and the two made contact. She spun and her car, which then needed repairs before she was able to get back out on the track. Though occasionally she has been the victim of bad luck, this poor finish was all her own doing.
Darrell Wallace Jr., on the other hand, is making the most out of the few appearances he is making in the Nationwide Series. This is the third Nationwide race that the driver has participated in this season. In all of the races, he managed to finish in the top 10. The driver, who is African-American, came into the NASCAR organization through the Drive for Diversity Program. The program is designed to increase opportunities for diverse young individuals who want to become drivers or pit crew members.
It is great to see the Drive for Diversity Program working. Wallace seems to be an incredibly talented driver who earned his spot in the race. Not many of the participants of the program have had his talent or his level of success. It is nice to see some diversity on the track. I just wish that Patrick could achieve the same level of success that Wallace has had this season. One possible difference is that Wallace has worked his way up through the ranks and Patrick just jumped right in. Hopefully, 2013 will bring great things for both drivers.
Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.
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