Brad Keselowski has seen his fourth pole position of the season with the fastest qualifying time at Richmond. This has put forward another victory for Team Penske, who have been very powerful in qualifying this season.
The race should prove to be an exciting one as it is the final race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season. From next week the Chase will take place which will only have the top drivers in it and they will slowly be eliminated until the season winner is decided. Many of the top drivers have already secured places in the Chase by winning races and getting enough points, but there are still a few that would probably like to qualify and who could still have a chance.
There are currently fourteen drivers who have already qualified for the Chase and there are two places left. The drivers so far who will go into the chase are Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Matt Kenseth, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, AJ Allmendinger, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch. There are fifteen drivers who could potentially get a place, who are Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers, Marcos Ambrose, Casey Mears, Martin Truex Jr, Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Danica Patrick, Justn Allgaier and Michael Annett, but they would have to win at Richmond in order to secure it. Otherwise the final few places could be based on points where it may see Greg Biffle or Ryan Newman getting the last two places.
The qualifying saw one driver fail to qualify; Clay Rogers who was trying first his first ever Sprint Cup start. There were also several top drivers who did not make it to the final session of qualifying, there were Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardr Jr. Two drivers did not make the qualifying due to inspection problems with their cars, but David Ragan and Ryan Truex will still start as their owner points are good enough to give them this privilege.