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UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

NASCAR X-Finity Series:
FRI 4/24, Richmond Int'l Raceway, ToyotaCare 250, 6:30 PM, MRN

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
SAT 4/25, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Toyota Owners 400, 6pm, MRN

Indy Car Series:
SUN 4/26, Barber Motor Sports Park, 3:00 PM, IMS


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NASCAR News (all content provided by John Singler, MRN Radio)

NEXT STOP … RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY … for Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400, the ninth race of the 2015 Sprint Cup Series and third on a short track. After going oh-for-five to start the season, Toyota has won two of the last three races – both on short tracks: Denny Hamlin at Martinsville Speedway last month and Matt Kenseth in Bristol, Tennessee, last weekend. Hamlin is a two-time winner on the three-quarter-mile Richmond oval. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver considers R-I-R one of his “home tracks,” having grown up in Chesterfield, Virginia … Kyle Busch leads all active Cup Series drivers with four wins in Richmond but is not competing this weekend, still on the mend from injuries suffered during Budweiser Speedweeks at Daytona in February. Of the drivers who are entered, Dale Earnhardt Junior leads the way with three wins – in 2000, 2004 and 2006. … There are forty-five drivers on the latest entry list for Saturday night’s race led by defending Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick and Team Penske’s Joey Logano, who won this race a year ago. And when the series returned in the fall of 2014, Brad Keselowski – Logano’s teammate – went to Victory Lane. Another win this weekend would make Keselowski the first driver with back-to-back victories at R-I-R since Jimmie Johnson swept the 2007 season.

THE NASCAR X-FINITY SERIES … also is running on the Fairgrounds oval this weekend, with tonight’s ToyotaCare 250. Chris Buescher of Roush Fenway Racing and Ty Dillon of Richard Childress Racing are tied atop the standings through the first seven races, twelve points ahead of defending series champion Chase Elliott. Rookie Darrell Wallace Junior and Ryan Reed – who are both teammates of Buescher’s – round out the top five. Harvick is among six Cup Series regulars doing double duty this weekend and leads all drivers with seven X-FINITY Series victories at Richmond International Raceway.

THE CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … is idle again this weekend and does not return to competition until Friday, May 8th, with the Toyota 250 at Kansas Speedway. Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – will have live coverage that evening beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).

FRIDAY FRESHMEN
► Jeb Burton of B-K Racing is holding a twenty-point lead in the Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year standings, despite finishing only forty-second last weekend in Bristol. Brett Moffitt placed seventeenth in the Food City 500 In Support of Steve Byrnes to trim two points from his deficit and tighten his hold on second place. Moffitt is now five points in front of third-place Alex Kennedy.
► With a second-place finish in Bristol (behind Joey Logano), Daniel Suarez has pulled to within four points of Darrell Wallace Junior in the X-FINITY Series rookie standings. Wallace, who drives for Roush Fenway Racing, finished twelfth in the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. Ross Chastain, Cale Conley and Harrison Rhodes complete the top five.
► With his third-place finish March 28th at Martinsville Speedway, Erik Jones of Kyle Busch Motorsports has extended his lead in the Camping World Truck Series rookie standings to twenty-eight points. Ray Black Junior finished thirteenth in the Kroger 250 to hold onto second place in the rookie chase with Cameron Hayley, Spencer Gallagher and Justin Boston making up the rest of the top five.

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 on the frontstretch and two degrees on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,290 feet, the backstretch 860 feet.

22nd RUNNING OF THE TOYOTA CARE 250 X-FINITY SERIES RACE
AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY … TODAY, 7 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Kevin Harvick led all but one of the final 203 laps, cruising to his first victory of the season and the forty-first of his career. Harvick’s dominating performance snapped the two-race winning streak of rookie points leader Chase Elliott, who placed second in his bid for a third straight victory. The one-two finish by Harvick and Elliott gave Junior Motorsports a sweep of the top two spots. Kyle Busch placed third with Kyle Larson and pole sitter Brian Scott completing the top five. The start of the race was delayed more than three hours by rain. But once the green flag flew, Harvick began a steady march to the front from his Row-5 starting spot. He had the Number-5 Chevrolet in the lead by Lap-48 and set sail from there, posting his seventh series victory on the three-quarter-mile Fairgrounds oval – tops on the track’s X-FINITY Series win list.
Track Position in Richmond: Forty-seven of the sixty-two X-FINITY Series races run have been won from a starting position of tenth or better. Eight winners have started twentieth or worse … Winning From the Pole at Richmond: Thirteen of sixty-two X-FINITY Series races have been won from the pole position, most recently by Busch in September 2014 … Track Qualifying Record: Busch (Chevrolet) … 129.348 mph … 20.874 seconds … May 2004 … Track Record, Race Speed: Denny Hamlin (Toyota) … 108.415 mph … 1 hour, 44 minutes, 11 seconds … April 2011 … Friday’s Practice Schedule: From 8:15 to 10:25 a.m. (ET) … Qualifying: TODAY at 3:45 p.m. (ET).

40th RUNNING OF THE TOYOTA OWNERS 400 SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE
AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY … Saturday, 6 p.m. (ET)
Last Year’s Race: Joey Logano closed the month of April the same way he opened it … with a trip to Victory Lane. Logano stormed from fifth to first coming out of the night’s final restart, passing race leader Matt Kenseth and keeping his Number-22 Team Penske Ford in front over the final four laps to claim his second victory of the season and fifth of his career. The win followed Logano’s victory earlier in the month at Texas. His winning margin was nearly a full second over runner-up Jeff Gordon with Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Kenseth completing the top five. The second-place finish by Gordon enabled him to increase his lead to five points over Kenseth in the regular-season standings. Pole sitter Kyle Larson was the highest-finishing rookie, in sixteenth place. He failed to lead a lap, spinning early in the race after contact from Clint Bowyer brought out the first of the night’s nine caution flags. Gordon led six times for a race-high 173 laps.
Track Position at Richmond: Ninety-one of the 117 Sprint 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-three of 117 Cup Series races have been won from the pole position, most recently by Keselowski in September 2014 … Track Qualifying Record: 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 … Practice Schedule: Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. and 1 to 2:25 p.m. (ET) … Qualifying: TODAY at 5:30 p.m. (ET).


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

SUN 5/3, Talladega Superspeedway, Aaron's 499, 12:00 PM, MRN

SAT 5/9, Kansas Speedway, 5-hour ENERGY 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), 6:30 PM, MRN
SAT 5/16, Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, 8:00 PM, MRN
SUN 5/24, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Coca-Cola 600, 5:00 PM, PRN
SUN 5/31, Dover Int'l Speedway, FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, 12:00 PM, MRN

SUN 6/7, Pocono Raceway, Pocono 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 6/14, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Quicken Loans 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 6/28, Sonoma Raceway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN

SUN 7/5, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, 6:30 PM, MRN
SAT 7/11, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:00 PM, PRN
SUN 7/19, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 12:00 PM, PRN
SUN 7/26, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brickyard 400, 12:00 PM, IMS

SUN 8/2, Pocono Raceway, GoBowling.com 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/9, Watkins Glen Int'l, Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/16, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Pure Michigan 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SAT 8/22, Bristol Motor Speedway, TBD, 6:30 PM, PRN

SUN 9/6, Darlington Raceway, Bojangles' Southern 500, 5:30 PM, MRN
SAT 9/12, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Federated Auto Parts 400, 6:30 PM, MRN
SUN 9/20, Chicagoland Speedway, MyAFibStory.com 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 9/27, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 1:00 PM, PRN

SUN 10/4, Dover Int'l Speedway, AAA 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SAT 10/10, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 6:30 PM, PRN
SUN 10/18, Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 10/25, Talladega Superspeedway, Geico 500, 1:00 PM, MRN

SUN 11/1, Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, 12:30 PM, MRN
SUN 11/8, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
SUN 11/15, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500, 2:00 PM, MRN
SUN 11/22, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2:00 PM, MRN

FRI 12/4, Wynn Las Vegas, NV, NASCAR Awards Banquet, 8:00 PM, MRN


NASCAR X-Finity Series

SAT 5/2, Talladega Superspeedway, Aaron's 312, 2:30 PM, MRN

SUN 5/17, Iowa Speedway, Get To Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin-Williams, 1:30 PM, MRN
SAT 5/23, Charlotte Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
SAT 5/30, Dover Int'l Speedway, Buckle Up 200, Presented by Click It or Ticket, 2:00 PM, MRN

SAT 6/13, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250, 1:30 PM, MRN
SAT 6/20, Chicagoland Speedway, EnjoyIllinois.com 300, 8:00 PM, MRN

SAT 7/4, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 7:00 PM, MRN
FRI 7/10, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:30 PM, PRN
SAT 7/18, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 3:00 PM, PRN

SAT 8/1, Iowa Speedway, U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland, 7:30 PM, MRN
SAT 8/8, Watkins Glen Int'l, Zippo 200 at the Glen, 1:45 PM, MRN
SAT 8/15, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, 2:15 PM, MRN
SAT 8/29, Road America, Gardner Denver 200 fired up by Johnsonville, 2:15 PM, MRN

SAT 9/5, Darlington Raceway, VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, 7:30 PM, MRN
SAT 9/19, Chicagoland Speedway, Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300, 3:00 PM, MRN
SAT 9/26, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:00 PM, PRN

SAT 10/3, Dover Int'l Speedway, Nationwide 200, 3:00 PM, MRN
SAT 10/17, Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery 300, 3:00 PM, MRN

SAT 11/7, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 3:00 PM, PRN
SAT 11/14, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Nationwide 200, 3:30 PM, MRN
SAT 11/21, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4:00 PM, MRN


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

FRI 5/8, Kansas Speedway, SFP 250, 8:00 PM, MRN

FRI 5/15, Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC Education Lottery 200, 7:00 PM, MRN
FRI 5/29, Dover Int'l Speedway, Lucas Oil 200, 5:00 PM, MRN


FRI 6/5, Texas Motor Speedway, WinStar World Casino & Resort 400, 8:30 PM, MRN
SAT 6/13, Gateway Motorsports Park, Drivin' For Linemen 200, 8:15 PM, MRN
FRI 6/19, Iowa Speedway, American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen, 8:00 PM, MRN

THU 7/9, Kentucky Speedway, UNOH 225, 8:00 PM (joined in progress), MRN
WED 7/22, Eldora Speedway, 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic,  8:00 PM, MRN

SAT 8/1, Pocono Raceway, Pocono Mountains 150, 12:30 PM, MRN
SAT 8/15, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Careers for Veterans 200, 12:00 PM, MRN
WED 8/19, Bristol Motor Speedway, UNOH 200 presented by Zloop, 8:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/30, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Chevrolet Silverado 250, 1:00 PM, MRN

FRI 9/18, Chicagoland Speedway, Lucas Oil 225, 8:00 PM, MRN
SAT 9/26, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, UNOH 175, 12:30 PM, MRN

SAT 10/3, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Rhino Linings 350, 9:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/24, Talladega Superspeedway, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 12:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/31, Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 200, 1:00 PM, MRN

FRI 11/6, Texas Motor Speedway, WinStar World Casino & Resort 350, 8:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/13, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Lucas Oil 150, 8:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/20, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 200, 7:30 PM MRN


Indy Car Series

SUN 5/24, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500, 11:00 AM, IMS

SAT 6/6, Texas Motor Speedway, TBA, TBA, IMS