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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Richmond Race info page

THE RACE: Toyota Owners 400
TRACK: Richmond International Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #9 of 36

Sections on page:
Event Schedule | TV Info | Radio | Prac/Qual Times | Track/Race Info | Race Results
Entry/Prac/Qual Info | Local Info | Weather | Tire Notes | Odds


Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Richmond, VA
Title Sponsor: Toyota Owners 400
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:14pm/et


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 11:30am/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 1:30pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 2:30pm/et

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, May 1 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, May 1 at 9:30am/et on FS2;
Monday, May 1 at 7:00pm/et on FS1;

TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
NBCSN
CNBC
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule - Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule - Canada
TV Racer
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
mrn.com
siriusxm.com


ONLINE STREAMING

FOX Sports GO
NBC Sports - stream.nbcsports.com
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 27
5:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, April 28
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:30 AM - 12:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
4:45 PM MENCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, April 29
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 - 9:55 AM MENCS 2ND PRACTICE
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, April 30
8:30 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM FAN EXPERIENCE
12:00 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:00 PM MENCS RACE

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
(these times in eastern time)

Practices:
Friday, April 28, 11:30 am - 12:55 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, April 29, 9:00 - 9:55 am/et, TV-FS1;
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, April 29, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, April 28 at 4:45 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: Friday, April 28 at 9:30pm/et on FS1


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Track Specifications:
Short Track: 0.75-mile oval, 60-foot width with 10-foot apron
Banking: turns: 14 degrees; front stretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
Seating Capacity: 60,000 [was 71,000, 91,000 and 112,029]
Stages: 1 ends lap 100, 2 at lap 200, race finish is lap 400 (OT possible)

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Major Eric Phillips, Loyal Toyota Owner, Priority Toyota of Richmond
Command to start engines: Eric Phillips
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Kenny Wallace
Color Guard: Army Logistics University
Invocation: Pastor Joe Ellison, Jr., Senior Pastor of City Park Church in Richmond, Va.
National Anthem: Sophie Nadder
Flyover: United States Navy F-18's

Track Websites & Social Media:
Richmond International Raceway website
ISC Motorsports
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

April 2016: see the Richmond Race Info page
September 2016: see the Richmond Race Info page

September 2016 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 85.778mph, started 1st
April 2016 Race Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 81.637mph, started 1st (rain)
Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph
Slowest Race Record: Tony Stewart, 86.824mph, 5/2002
(since track was reconfigured for the Sept 1988 race)
Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 28 days, Sept 1991
Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 23 years, 9 months, 21 days, April 1961

September 2016 Pole Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 122.344mph, finished 1st
April 2016 Pole Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, rained out, set by practice speeds, 1st
Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, September 2013, 130.599mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Clint Bowyer, May 2008, started 31st
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 3 months, 19 days, 4/27/2012
Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 20 years, 6 months, 21 days, 5/15/2004

A look at many new, notes and story lines for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Richmond International Raceway

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Richmond International; Raceway going into the Toyota Owners 400 on April 30, 2017,
see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing the Toyota Owners 400 page

Jayski.com's Richmond International Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

Race Recap: Joey Logano charges from the back to win at Richmond: It took Joey Logano all afternoon to drive from the back of the field to the front in Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Logano started from the rear after a post-qualifying transmission change, but when the checkered flag waved after Lap 400, the driver of the #22 Team Penske Ford was at the head of the field, having held off a banzai charge from teammate Brad Keselowski during a 19-lap green-flag run. Logano took the lead for the first time on Lap 384, after restarting behind six cars that had stayed out on old tires under caution for Ryan Blaney's contact with the Turn 3 wall on Lap 377. On fresh rubber, Logano made short work of the cars in front of him and passed series leader Kyle Larson for the top spot with 16 circuits left.[More](4-30-2017)

Logano wins at Richmond: #22-Joey Logano won the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 2nd win at Richmond and 18th career win. Logano led just 25 of the 400 laps after starting the race in the back due to a transmission change. He took the lead for the final time with 16 laps to go after passing 6 cars that stayed out during the final caution.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #4-Harvick, #1-McMurray, #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #43-Almirola, and #78-Truex, Jr.
Polesitter #20-Kenseth led 164 laps on the day, but cut a tire late and finished 23rd.
There were 18 lead changes among 8 drivers and 9 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 93.685mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf) (4-30-2017)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

ESPN Stats Richmond Recap:
- Joey Logano: 18th career win in his 300th career start (6th driver in series history to win in his 300th start)
- Logano: 15th win over last 4 seasons (1 behind Jimmie Johnson for most in that time)
- Logano: 2nd career Richmond win; 7th straight top-10 finish at track extends longest active streak
- Logano: had to start at rear of field after changing a transmission
- Brad Keselowski: finished 2nd; 4th 1-2 finish all-time for Team Penske (Logano and Keselowski have had 3 of those)
- Keselowski: 9.2 Avg finish this year (was 10.1 in his 2012 championship season)
- Denny Hamlin: finished 3rd; first top-5 finish this season
- Matt Kenseth: started on pole, led 164 laps, but finished 23rd; had not led a lap this season entering race
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.: finished 30th; 5th time finishing 30th or worse in 9 races this season

Drivers to Win in 300th Career Start - NASCAR Cup Series History
2017 Joey Logano Richmond
2014 Denny Hamlin Talladega
2013 Kyle Busch Texas
2012 Kasey Kahne Charlotte
1993 Rusty Wallace Atlanta
1965 Ned Jarrett Birmingham

Most NASCAR Cup Series Wins - 2014-17
Jimmie Johnson 16
>>Joey Logano 15
>>Brad Keselowski 13
Kevin Harvick 12
>>Team Penske drivers

1-2 Finishes for Team Penske - NASCAR Cup Series History
2017 Richmond - Winner: Joey Logano; Second: Brad Keselowski
2016 Las Vegas - Winner: Brad Keselowski; Second: Joey Logano
2014 Bristol - Winner: Joey Logano; Second: Brad Keselowski
2008 Daytona - Winner: Ryan Newman; Second: Kurt Busch
(ESPN Stats)

Race Fast Facts - Richmond International Raceway
Joey Logano won the 63rd Annual Toyota Owners 400, his 18th victory in 300 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 17 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Brad Keselowski (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 16 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2017.
Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 22 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Daniel Suarez (12th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 40 points over Martin Truex Jr.
Logano becomes the fifth driver in series history to win in his 300th start joining Denny Hamlin (Talladega, 2014), Kyle Busch (Texas, 2013), Kasey Kahne (Charlotte, 2012) and Rusty Wallace (Atlanta, 1993).
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-30-2017)

Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 200) of the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway (lap 200/400):
#2-Keselowski, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#20-Kenseth, 9pts
#4-Harvick, 8pts
#11-Hamlin, 7pts
#42-Larson, 6pts
#31-Newman, 5pts
#14-Bowyer, 4pts
#1-McMurray, 3pts
#13-Dillon, 2pts
#22-Logano, 1pt

Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 100) of the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway (lap 100/400):
#20-Kenseth, 10pts, 1 playoff point
#42-Larson, 9pts
#78-Truex, Jr., 8pts
#4-Harvick, 7pts
#11-Hamlin, 6pts
#2-Keselowski, 5pts
#31-Newman, 4pts
#1-McMurray, 3pts
#14-Boywer, 2pts
#22-Logano, 1pt

2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings:
[after Richmond, race 9 of 36]
1) #42-Kyle Larson [1 win], 398
2) #78-Martin Truex Jr [1], 358, -40
3) #24-Chase Elliott, 346, -52
4) #22-Joey Logano [1], 333, -65
5) #2-Brad Keselowski [2], 327, -71
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 286, -112
7) #1-Jamie McMurray, 282, -116
8) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2], 270, -128
9) #14-Clint Bowyer, 266, -132
10) #18-Kyle Busch, 235, -163
11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 231, -167
12) #21-Ryan Blaney, 229, -169
13) #31-Ryan Newman [1], 225, -173
14) #6-Trevor Bayne, 216, -182
15) #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, 201, -197
16) #77-Erik Jones, 193, -205
17) #41-Kurt Busch [1], 192, -206
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down.
Caution 2: #38-Ragan, 19th
Caution 3: #32-DiBenedetto, 28th
Caution 4: #10-Patrick, 18th
Caution 5: #41-Busch, 8th
Caution 6: #14-Bowyer, 15th
Caution 7: #48-Johnson, 11th
Caution 8: #19-Suarez, 12th
Caution 9: #20-Kenseth, 23rd
(4-30-2017)

Richmond Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
1:30pm: Driver Introductions
1:58pm: Flyby: Bandit Flight Team
2:00pm: Presentation of Colors: Army Logistics University Color Guard
2:00pm: Invocation by Rev. Joe Ellison Jr.
2:01pm: National Anthem by Sophia Nadder
2:02pm: Flyby: 2-F-18s from the Navy VFA- 83
2:07pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by Major Eric Phillips, Loyal Toyota Owner, Priority Toyota of Richmond
2:07pm: Flyby: Bandit Flight Team
2:14pm: Green Flag: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 (400 laps, 300 miles), FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

Race Coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Television (TV): FOX at 2:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 11:30am/et on FS1 and 1:30pm/et on FOX; green flag approx. 2:14pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
Monday, May 1 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, May 1 at 9:30am/et on FS2;
Monday, May 1 at 7:00pm/et on FS1

See the starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on the Texas Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the back: #3-Austin Dillon (Failed Bristol prerace laser inspection 5 times), #22-Logano (transmission change)

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (4,26,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #20-Kenseth chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #21-Blaney took pit stall 5, with an opening in front of it.
#78-Truex, Jr., who starts 3rd, took the 27th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 10th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-29-2017)

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 2 Speeds
Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

See Jayski.com's - 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#42-Larson 119.074
#78-Truex, Jr. 119.016
#48-Johnson 118.801
#77-Jones 118.702
#24-Elliott 118.452
slowest: #15-Sorenson 114.117 & #33-Earnhardt 112.392. No speed: #51-Hill
best 10 consecutive lap avg.: #78-Truex, Jr. 117.521
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (4-29-2017)

Saturday 1st practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#77-Jones 120.714
#4-Harvick 120.048
#27-Meanrd 120.005
#37-Buescher 119.973
#78-Truex, Jr. 119.941
slowest: #52-Hill 114.791 & #33-Earnhardt 114.276. No speed: #15-Sorenson.
most laps run: #34-Cassill, 66; #13-Dillon, 60
best 10 consecutive lap ave #77-Jones 118.876
notes: no accidents or incidents
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf)(4-29-2017)

Kenseth wins Richmond pole: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light pole for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with speed of 121.076mph for his 1st pole of 2017, 2nd at Richmond and 19th of his career. Kenseth has won 4 times from the 18 previous poles.
#21-Blaney will start 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr., #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #14-Bowyer, #41-Busch, #1-McMurray, #19-Suarez, and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
#22-Logano was fastest in both the first and second rounds. He will start 5th.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 38 were entered for 40 spots
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Richmond qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Richmond Starting Lineup page (pdf).(4-28-2017)

Final-round surge puts Matt Kenseth on Richmond pole: Matt Kenseth won't have to come from the middle of nowhere, as he did last Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he started 22nd, charged toward the front in the closing laps and finished fourth. Quite the contrary. In Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Kenseth will lead the field to the green flag in the ninth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season after winning the pole during Friday's knockout qualifying session.More](4-28-2017)

Richmond International Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 63rd Annual Toyota Owners 400 with a lap of 22.300 seconds, 121.076 mph.
This is his 19th pole in 623 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second pole in 35 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Ryan Blaney (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2017 and his first in three races at Richmond International Raceway. This is his third front row start of the season (Phoenix, Texas and Richmond).
Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his seventh in nine races this season.
Daniel Suarez (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(4-28-2017)

Second Round of Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#20-Logano 121.468
#4-Harvick 120.979
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 120.417
#1-McMurray 120.369
#78-Truex, Jr 120.364
the rest of the top 12: 20 41 18 21 88 19 14
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 31 24 2 11 48 42 5 77 10 47 37 13
(4-28-2017)

First Round of Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#22-Logano 120.870
#4-Harvick 120.870
#14-Bowyer 120.832
#48-Johnson 120.708
#11-Hamlin 120.434
the rest of the top 24: 78 41 20 24 2 18 31 1 37 42 17 10 5 21 88 77 47 19 13;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 43 27 95 34 6 38 23 32 15 83 33 72 51 3
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 38 entered
(4-28-2017)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4:45pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 4:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: April 28 at 9:30pm/et on FS1

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Qualifying Order for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #41-Busch.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(4-28-2017)

Friday practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 124.178
#77-Jones 123.035
#21-Blaney 122.772
#6-Bayne 122.084
#11-Hamlin 121.726
slowest: #33-Earnhardt 115.701 & #51-Hill 114.889
most laps run: #24-Elliott, 44
Top 10 consecutive lap average: #5-Kahne 119.324
#77-Jones spun early and backed into the wall, but only made minor contact.
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(4-28-2017)

Entry List for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-Gaulding, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-Hill*, #83-LaJoie*
Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter and need to race into the field: #51-Hill*, #83-LaJoie*.
#55-Cope* is not entered.
Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
Since only 38 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


LOCAL INFO

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Free Lance Star
Lynchberg News and Advance
Newport News Daily Press
News Leader
Roanoke Times
Virginian Pilot
Speed Eats


WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
WeatherBug
Weather Underground


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side -- D-4674; Right-side -- D-4676

Tire Circumference:
Left-side -- 87.20 in. (2,215 mm);
Right-side -- 88.27 in. (2,242 mm)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

Storyline - Laying Rubber the Goal at Richmond: Richmond has quietly become one of the more high tire wear tracks on the NASCAR circuit. With that in mind, Goodyear brought a new tire combination in 2016, with a goal of rubbering-in the track more and allowing for multiple racing grooves. While Richmond has traditionally required a similar tire set-up to tracks like New Hampshire and Phoenix, its racy, three-quarter-mile configuration requires a larger amount of stagger between left- and right-side tires than those other tracks.

Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Richmond this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran twice at Richmond last season . . . this is the only track at which teams in these two series will run these tire codes (Camping World Truck Teams run this same tire set-up at Gateway) . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Richmond.


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Richmond Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race