For the second week in a row NASCAR will be in Virginia when the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway. It also means that there will be more short track racing following a wild race last Sunday at Martinsville Motor Speedway. It may not be as wild, but this race can easily be as action packed as last Sunday.
The last time the NASCAR Cup Series was in Richmond was the Playoffs last fall. It was a race in the round of 16 where Brad Keselowski won. He also led the most laps at 192 of 400 laps. Finishing in the runner-up spot was Martin Truex Jr. In third was Brad’s teammate Joey Logano. In the fourth place was Austin Dillon, who was on a hot streak during the chase and it continued here. Finishing in fifth was the number 9 car of Chase Elliott.
Key Starting Positions At Richmond
Once again this weekend at Richmond Raceway, there was no practice or qualifying. By draw Martin Truex Jr will start on the Busch Pole as he will lead the field to green on Sunday. On the outside of the front row will be his teammate Denny Hamlin. Row two will consist of two Hendrick Motorsports cars. In third on the inside will be the defending champion Chase Elliott. On the outside of row two will be William Byron. Finishing the top five Joey Logano will start in 5th.
Odds For Richmond
BetMGM now favors last weeks winner Martin Truex Jr to sweep the Virginia stretch. Martin Truex Jr’s odds to win is at +400. The next best odds to win go to Denny Hamlin. Hamlin’s chances to win are at +600. The third best odds to win at Richmond goes to Brad Keselowski. His chances to win are at +650. With fourth best chances to win Kyle Larson will fill that spot. He has +750 chances to win. In fifth for best chances to win goes to Joey Logano. His chances to win are at +800.
Coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 will begin at 3pm eastern time 12 pacific. Sunday’s race will be seen on FOX and it will be seen on TSN in Canada. The race can be heard on the Motor Racing Network. The race can also be heard on SiriusXM channel 90. The first stage will be 80 laps. Stage two will be 155 laps. The final stage will be 165 laps to the finish. The weather is also looking good for Sunday. The weather will be 64 degrees with partly cloudy skies. The is a 3% chance of precipitation.
What To Expect
When NASCAR takes it to the one mile track at Richmond we can expect some great short track racing. It will be a race where it may not be a chaotic as last weekend at Martinsville but it could still be a crazy race. By the end of the race we can expect tensions to be high and it will make for some great racing.