Does it get any better than the second Richmond race? Probably not

The Daytona 500, the season-ender at Homestead-Miami, name any race you want. The Chase cutoff contest at Richmond has become the best race of the year, writes Ed Hinton.

Updated: September 7, 2008, 4:02 AM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

This is the moment, the peak, the pinnacle;

After this, all is ebb.

-- William Faulkner, reporting for Sports Illustrated from the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby.

RICHMOND, Va. -- After this race, when you think about it, all is ebb.

This has become the crucible and the crescendo of the NASCAR season -- this one little race with a silly-sounding name, Chevy Rock & Roll 400.

"The reality of it is that this is one of 26," ...

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