Richmond substitute driver report

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images via NASCAR

Brett Moffitt poses on pit road by a Steve Byrnes tribute picture featured on the hood of his No. 55 car at Richmond International Raceway Friday.




By Dominic Aragon
Editor
April 27, 2015
daragon@theracingexperts.net

 

Three interim drivers were among the 43 starters in Sunday’s rain-postponed Toyota Owner’s 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Below is a breakdown on how each fared.





No. 18 David Ragan


David Ragan’s race weekend featured a tenth place qualifying effort; his second top-ten starting position of 2015 and best in four races.

Ragan fell one lap down before the halfway mark of the race. While he ran as high as tenth, the Kyle Busch interim driver finished 23rd, two laps down.

“At the end of the day, we just didn’t start that good and we really worked hard at it,” he said. “Yeah, disappointed at one of the 18’s best tracks and one of my favorite tracks. That was a disappointing day to get. Hopefully, we learn from it and these guys can be a little better here in September.”

Ragan is scheduled to pilot his final race in the No. 18 next Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, the sight of his most recent Sprint Cup victory.

Ragan, set to make his 300th career start next week, enters Talladega 19th in driver points, 16 points back of a Chase-eligible position.


Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images via NASCAR

David Ragan races Kyle Larson and Reed Sorenson at Richmond International Raceway.


No. 23 Jeb Burton

After failing to qualify in his No. 26 Toyota, BK Racing announced Jeb Burton would replace J.J. Yeley in the No. 23 Toyota, likely to allow Burton to continue acquiring points towards Rookie of the Year.

Burton was officially credited with a 39th place starting position, but was one of three drivers forced to start from the rear because of the driver change. Burton fell one lap down before the competition caution on lap 52.

The Rookie of the Year candidate was involved in an on-track accident with Sam Hornish Jr., triggering the race’s final caution on lap 369.

While he ran as high as 35th, Burton ultimately finished 38th, seven laps down.

 


No. 34 Reed Sorenson

The Richmond race weekend presented Reed Sorenson his second Sprint Cup start of 2015 and first career start with Front Row Motorsports.

Starting 43rd for the third time in his career, Sorenson fell one lap down before the race’s competition caution on lap 52 while running in the 35th position.

Sorenson ran as high as 32nd, but finished 34th, five laps down.

 

No. 55 Brett Moffitt

2014 NSCS Portrait ReedSorenson

Reed Sorenson

Brett Moffitt’s 14th place starting spot in Sunday’s Toyota Owner’s 400 marked the driver’s best career starting position.

Moffitt maintained a lead lap position through the race’s competition caution, but eventually fell off the lead lap.

Moffit ran as low as 35th in his last scheduled race in the No. 55, but managed a 29th position. He was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year candidate.

Michael Waltrip will be in the No. 55 at Talladega Superspeedway. 

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