Saturday night short-track races have a special place in race fansâ hearts, and this week the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway for Saturdayâs Toyota Owners 400.
Hereâs the must-have information for the ninth race of the 2019 season.
Richmond Raceway is a .75-mile D-shaped asphalt oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns, eight degrees of banking at the start-finish line and two degrees on the backstretch.
Teams will use the 2019 rules package tailored for short tracks (less than 1.33 miles) and road courses. A 1.17-inch tapered spacer will be used, with engines expected to generate about 750 horsepower. Like last week at Bristol Motor Speedway, no aero ducts will be used. This configuration will be used in 14 events this season.
Cup teams will get three sets of Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials for practice, one set for qualifying and 10 sets for the race (nine sets plus one set transferred from qualifying or practice). This will be the first time teams run this particular tire code. Compared to what was run last year at Richmond, both the left-side and right-side tires feature construction updates.
âRichmond is currently one of the more high tire wear race tracks on the NASCAR circuit,â said Greg Stucker, Goodyearâs director of racing. âThe tires this weekend feature the same compounds weâve been running at Richmond for the past several seasons, and being able to lay rubber on this track creates multiple racing grooves and more side-by-side racing as drivers move around to find the fastest line.â
In addition to his brother Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch is coming to Richmond Raceway hot with top-10 finishes in six of the past seven races.
But back over to the Joe Gibbs Racing camp where Denny Hamlin has a hot history at Richmond, with finishes of sixth or better in six of the last seven Richmond races.
Meanwhile, Ryan Blaney, who has been hit-or-miss this season, is ice cold at Richmond with finishes of 18th or worse in his six career starts there.
Stats provided by Racing Insights.
The Toyota Owners 400 will air on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 13. Fans can also follow along on the live leaderboard on NASCAR.com, get in-car audio on RaceView and watch in-car cameras on NASCAR Drive. Be sure to set your Fantasy Live lineup and sub in your garage pick (if needed) before the end of Stage 2 when rosters lock for good.
2018 RACE WINNER
Kyle Busch swept the Richmond races last season. In the spring race, he started in 32nd place but managed to take over the lead late from Martin Truex Jr. and hold off Chase Elliott for the win. It was Buschâs third straight win early in the 2018 season, a season in which heâd end up with eight victories.
ACTIVE RICHMOND WINNERS
Kyle Busch (six), Jimmie Johnson (three), Kevin Harvick (three), Denny Hamlin (three), Clint Bowyer (two), Kurt Busch (two), Joey Logano (two), Brad Keselowski (one), Kyle Larson (one), Ryan Newman (one).