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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Saturday 4/21: Richmond Raceway, Toyota Owners 400, 5:30pm, MRN
Indy Car Series
Sunday 4/22: Barber Motorsports Park, Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, 3pm, IMS
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NASCAR News (courtesy of John Singlar, MRN Radio)
NEXT STOP … RICHMOND RACEWAY … for Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400, the ninth race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series which wraps up the first half of the 2018 short-track season. Kyle Busch will be seeking his third straight victory after wins in Texas and Bristol. He and Kevin Harvick have combined to win five of the year’s first eight Cup Series races and are virtually assured of grabbing two of the sixteen playoff berths. Other 2018 race winners are Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Junior and Clint Bowyer. If there are twelve new names in Victory Lane over the final eighteen regular-season races, then there’ll be one driver with a win to his credit that will not get a spot in the 2018 Playoffs – which will include only the top sixteen eligible drivers based primarily on race wins … The list of notable drivers looking for their first Cup Series victory of 2018 includes Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Junior, Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch. Of that group, all are former Richmond winners except Stenhouse and Blaney … Defending Monster Energy Series champion Truex will be making his 450th Cup Series start on Saturday … Joe Gibbs Racing has won three straight poles on the three-quarter-mile Fairgrounds oval. Matt Kenseth, no longer active, swept qualifying last year and Hamlin topped the speed chart in September 2016.
THE NASCAR X-FINITY SERIES … also runs in Virginia’s capital city this weekend with tonight’s ToyotaCare 250 … It’s the second round of the “Dash-4-Cash” promotion. Ryan Preece collected the one hundred thousand-dollar bonus last weekend in Bristol but is not entered in Richmond. The highest-finishing driver from the following quartet … Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric and Spencer Gallagher … will cash the big check. Allgaier and Sadler are teammates at Junior Motorsports, Hemric drives for Richard Childress Racing and Gallagher represents G-M-S Racing.
THE CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … is in the midst of a thirty-eight-day break in its schedule. Action resumes with the JEGS 200 on Friday, May 4th, at Dover International Speedway.
► With an eighteenth-place finish on Monday afternoon in Bristol, William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports remains in first place in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings for the Monster Energy Series. Second-place Darrell (Bubba) Wallace Junior of Richard Petty Motorsports now trails by six points after placing sixteenth in the Food City 500.
► Thanks to a seventh-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, Tyler Reddick of Junior Motorsports has built a twenty-one-point lead over Christopher Bell in the X-finity Series rookie standings. Bell finished twenty-ninth in “Thunder Valley.” Austin Cindric, Kaz Grala and Alex Labbe complete this week’s top five.
► Coming off a sixth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway on March 26th, Myatt Snider of ThorSport Racing climbed into a first-place tie with Dalton Sargeant (G-M-S Racing) in the Camping World Truck Series rookie standings. Sargeant finished eleventh in the weather-delayed alpha Energy Solutions 250. Justin Fontaine is third, thirty-six points off the pace.
TRACK INFORMATION: Richmond International Raceway in Virginia’s capital city is a three-quarter-mile oval with fourteen degrees of banking in the turns, eight degrees along the frontstretch and two degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,290 feet, the backstretch 860 feet. Grandstand seating capacity is ninety-four thousand.
43rd RUNNING OF THE TOYOTA OWNERS 400 MONSTER ENERGY SERIES RACE
AT RICHMOND RACEWAY … Saturday, 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Joey Logano made the most of his three hundredth series start, breaking into the 2017 win column with his eighteenth Cup Series victory. He made a late pit stop during the final caution and fresh tires paid big dividends. Logano quickly roared past the six drivers who stayed out on older tires and kept the Number-22 Ford in front over the final seventeen laps. His margin of victory over runner-up Brad Keselowski was three-quarters of a second as Team Penske swept the top two spots. Denny Hamlin ran third with Ricky Stenhouse Junior and Kevin Harvick completing the top five. Pole sitter Matt Kenseth won the first stage and led a race-high 164 laps before fading to a twenty-third-place finish – one of twenty-seven drivers running on the lead lap with Logano at the checkered flag … Kyle Busch was challenging for the victory when the last of the day’s nine cautions transpired, leading to Logano’s decisive pit stop. But when Busch missed the commitment line to properly enter the pit lane for service, he was penalized and forced to settle for sixteenth place in the thirty-eight-car field … Logano’s charge to victory was noteworthy in that he began the day at the rear of the grid after a transmission change, forfeiting his original Number-5 starting spot.
Track Position at Richmond: Ninety-seven of the 123 Cup Series races run (nearly eighty percent) have been won from a starting position of tenth or better. Twelve winners have come from a starting position of twentieth or worse … Winning From the Pole in Richmond: Twenty-four of 123 Cup Series races have been won from the pole position, most recently by Denny Hamlin in September 2016 … Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet) … 130.599 miles per hour … 20.674 seconds … September 2013 … Track Record, Race Speed: Dale Jarrett (Ford) … 109.047 mph … 2 hours, 45 minutes, 4 seconds … September 1997.
Length of Stages in Saturday’s Race: 100-100-200 Laps … Friday’s Practice Schedule: From 11:05 to 11:55 a.m. and 12:35 to 1:25 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: TODAY at 5:30 p.m. (ET).
Saturday 4/21 Richmond Raceway Toyota Owners 400 5:30pm MRN
Sunday 4/29 Talladega Superspeedway GEICO 500 1pm MRN
Sunday 5/6 Dover Int'l Speedway AAA 400 Drive for Autism 1pm MRN
Saturday 5/12 Kansas Speedway Go Bowling 400 7pm MRN
Saturday 5/19 Charlotte Motor Speedway Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race 5pm MRN
Sunday 5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway Coca-Cola 600 5pm PRN
Sunday 6/3 Pocono Raceway Axalta presents the Pocono 400 1pm MRN
Sunday 6/10 Michigan Int'l Speedway FireKeepers Casino 400 1pm MRN
Sunday 6/24 Sonoma Raceway Toyota/Save Mart 350 2pm PRN
Sunday 7/1 Chicagoland Speedway Tales of the Turtles 400 1:30pm MRN
Saturday 7/7 Daytona Int'l Speedway Coke Zero Sugar 400 6pm MRN
Saturday 7/14 Kentucky Speedway Quaker State 400 6:30pm PRN
Sunday 7/22 New Hampshire Motor Speedway New Hampshire 301 1pm PRN
Sunday 7/29 Pocono Raceway Overton's 400 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 8/5 Watkins Glen Int'l I Love New York 355 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 8/12 Michigan Int'l Speedway Pure Michigan 400 1:30pm MRN
Saturday 8/18 Bristol Motor Speedway Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race 6:30pm PRN
Sunday 9/2 Darlington Raceway Bojangles' Southern 500 5pm MRN
Sunday 9/9 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard 400 2pm PRN/IMS
Sunday 9/16 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Monster Energy Cup Series 400 2pm PRN
Saturday 9/22 Richmond Raceway Federated Auto Parts 400 6:30pm MRN
Sunday 9/30 Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Bank of America 500 1pm PRN
Sunday 10/7 Dover Int'l Speedway Apache Warrior 400 1pm MRN
Sunday 10/14 Talladega Superspeedway 1000Bulbs.com 500 1pm MRN
Sunday 10/21 Kansas Speedway Hollywood Casino 400 1pm MRN
Sunday 10/28 Martinsville Speedway First Data 500 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 11/4 Texas Motor Speedway AAA Texas 500 2pm PRN
Sunday 11/11 ISM Raceway Can-Am 500 1:30pm MRN
Sunday 11/18 Homestead-Miami Speedway Ford EcoBoost 400 1:30pm MRN
Saturday 4/28 Talladega Superspeedway Sparks Energy 300 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 5/5 Dover Int'l Speedway OneMain Financial 200 1pm MRN
Saturday 5/26 Charlotte Motor Speedway Hisense 4K TV 300 12:30pm PRN
Saturday 6/2 Pocono Raceway Pocono Green 250 12:30pm MRN
Saturday 6/9 Michigan Int'l Speedway Irish Hills 250 1pm MRN
Sunday 6/17 Iowa Speedway American Ethanol e15 250 Presented by Enogen 4:30pm MRN
Saturday 6/30 Chicagoland Speedway TheHouse.com 300 3pm MRN
Saturday 7/21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Lakes Region 200 3:30pm PRN
Saturday 7/28 Iowa Speedway U.S. Cellular 250 Presented by American Ethanol 3pm MRN
Saturday 8/4 Watkins Glen Int'l Zippo 200 at the Glen 3pm MRN
Saturday 8/11 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Mid-Ohio Challenge 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 8/25 Road America Johnsonville 180 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 9/1 Darlington Raceway Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 3pm MRN
Saturday 9/15 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Xfinity Series 300 3:30pm PRN
Saturday 9/29 Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Drive for the Cure 300 2:30pm PRN
Saturday 10/6 Dover Int'l Speedway Drive Sober 200 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 10/20 Kansas Speedway Kansas Lottery 300 2:30pm MRN
Saturday 11/3 Texas Motor Speedway O'Reily 300 8pm PRN
Saturday 11/10 ISM Raceway Ticket Galaxy 200 3pm MRN
Saturday 11/17 Homestead-Miami Speedway Ford EcoBoost 300 3pm MRN
Saturday 6/16 Iowa Speedway M&M’S 200 presented by Casey’s General Store 6:30pm MRN
Saturday 6/23 Gateway Motorsports Park Drivin' For Linemen 200 8pm MRN
Saturday 7/28 Pocono Raceway Overton's 150 12:30pm MRN
Saturday 8/11 Michigan Int'l Speedway LTi Printing 200 12:30pm MRN
Sunday 8/26 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Chevrolet Silverado 250 2pm MRN
Saturday 10/13 Talladega Superspeedway fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola 12:30pm MRN
Saturday 10/27 Martinsville Speedway Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented by Alpha Energy Solutions 12:30pm MRN
Indy Car Series
Sunday 5/27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 11am IMS
Saturday 6/2 Detroit Belle Isle TBA 3pm IMS