The Richmond International Raceway is known for its short track and very little banking anywhere on the track. It is a three-quarter mile track and is D-shaped oval. It is an almost complete opposite type of track than last week as NASCAR was in Bristol. Until 2016, Richmond International Raceway was one of several race tracks to host all of its events at night. The track sold out 33 consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races. The sellout streak ended in September 2008 partially due to the economic downturn, though the major factor in ticket sales was the impact of Tropical Storm Hanna.

The track sold out 33 consecutive NASCAR Cup Series races. The sellout streak ended in September 2008 partially due to the economic downturn, though the major factor in ticket sales was the impact of Tropical Storm Hanna.

Richmond has hosted the final “regular season” race, leading up to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Chase for the Championship, each year since the concept was introduced in 2004. In 2010, Richmond International Raceway introduced a state-of-the-art video scoring tower that boasts more LED square footage than any other in the motorsports industry. The cap features four high-definition LED screens that measure 38-feet wide by 24-feet high. The screens broadcast live race action and pre-produced video and graphics. The stem shows running order and has the ability to rotate through the entire field.

The cap features four high-definition LED screens that measure 38-feet wide by 24-feet high. The screens broadcast live race action and pre-produced video and graphics. The stem shows running order and has the ability to rotate through the entire field.

Let’s look at some of the good choices to end in the Winner’s Circle.

Kyle Busch has had twenty-three starts at this track with four wins and fifteen top five finishes along with seventeen top ten finishes. He has been strong this year yet but this appears to be the track he breaks out.

Denny Hamlin has twelve top ten finishes in twenty-one starts at Richmond and has won three times. If he wants to move up in the standings it is time to get into the top five at this race.

Clint Bowyer is ready to get a win for the Stewart-Haas Racing team as he has two wins at Richmond along with twelve top ten finishes.

Kevin Harvick is a Bowyer teammate and may benefit from that but on his own, he has three wins and eleven top five finishes on top of twenty top ten finishes.

Let’s not forget the most consistent driver on the circuit in Kyle Larson. He is a threat to win each and every week. He has never finished worse than sixteenth here and he just seems to get better.

Joey Logano has an impressive streak at Richmond with a top ten finish in his last six starts. He has some history here as he was the winner back in 2014.

Jimmie Johnson is hot. Sometimes a driver just goes on a winning tirade and Johnson may be ready to do that after winning in Bristol last week. He has won three races here but the last was in 2008.

Here are the odds

  • Kyle Busch, 6:1
  • Kyle Larson, 6:1
  • Denny Hamlin, 7:1
  • Joey Logano, 7:1
  • Kevin Harvick, 7:1
  • Brad Keselowski, 7:1
  • Martin Truex Jr., 8:1
  • Chase Elliott, 8:1
  • Jimmie Johnson, 8:1
  • Matt Kenseth, 18:1
  • Clint Bowyer, 25:1
  • Erik Jones, 30:1
  • Jamie McMurray, 30:1
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr., 40:1
  • Ryan Blaney, 40:1
  • Kasey Kanhe, 40:1
  • Kurt Busch, 50:1
  • Austin Dillon, 50:1
  • Ryan Newman, 80:1
  • Field, 1,000:1