Watch NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond streaming online live by clicking on the link at the bottom of this preview of the race.
NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series’ last race – the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington – was one of the longest courses in the Sprint Cup series. Today, drivers go from a grueling 500 mile race to one of the shortest tracks on the series. Not only is the course a short track.75 mile oval, but at 400 laps, the entire race is only 300 miles.
Tonight’s race starts at 7 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.
A few notable drivers to be watching:
- Kyle Busch. Busch has owned Richmond in recent years, taking the checkered flag four straight years from 2009-2013 in his Toyota. Busch was knocked off last year by Kevin Harvick as he finished a disappointing 24th after starting in the 8th position. Kyle, who is sixth in the Chase for the Cup point standings, will seek to return to form in this year’s NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.
- Kevin Harvick. Harvick won the NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 last year, bringing his total to three victories at Richmond. Kevin has been up and down so far this year, with two wins and two did-not-finishes. He comes into today’s Toyota Owners 400 22nd in the point standings.
- Carl Edwards. Edwards is widely regarded as the best short track driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, according to a race preview in The Bleacher Report. He finished top six on the track twice last year and he won the last race run at Richmond.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. Junior passed his dad up for Daytona 500 wins earlier this year. Junior and Senior are tied for wins in the NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (previously run under a variety of other names) with three wins apiece. A mistake that led to a car fire – while considerably less dangerous that the car fire a mother and her two kids found themselves in during a visit to the lion enclosure at a safari park – saw Junior make an early exit in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
- Jeff Gordon. Gordon hasn’t historically done well at Richmond int he Spring, but you can never count him out. He hasn’t had a checkered flag yet this year, but he’s finished in the top 10 every week and in the top five three times – and that’s been enough to keep him on top of the points standings. Look for him to come out strong in tonight’s NASCAR Toyota Owners 400.