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Kevin Harvick posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway with a speed of 119.652 mph.

Harvick has five top-five finishes in his last seven Richmond starts. All but one of his last eight starts have come from the first three rows.
Apr 20 - 12:38 PM

Noah Gragson (No. 18 Switch Toyota) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the XFINITY Series final practice for the ToyotaCare 250.

The average speed of 118.254 mph was best of the 27 cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final practice session. No. 00 Cole Custer, No. 20 Christopher Bell, No. 42 John Hunter Nemechek and No. 22 Austin Cindric make up the rest of the top-five on this list.
Apr 20 - 12:19 PM

John Hunter Nemechek (No. 42 Fire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet) tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond (VA) Raceway.

He ran a fast lap of 119.090 mph. No. 7 Justin Allgaier, No. 18 Noah Gragson, No. 20 Christopher Bell and No. 00 Cole Custer round out the top-five of the 37 cars out on the track. The No. 28 Ford, driven by Tony Mrakovich, was the slowest in the final practice session.
Apr 20 - 12:16 PM

Kyle Larson posted the second fastest time in the first practice session for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway with a speed of 121.076 mph.

Larson won last fall’s Federated Auto Parts 400 and he finished second in the 2016 fall race. Larson started from the first position in spring 2014 when that race was set by the rule book; he finished only 17th.
Apr 20 - 12:12 PM

Chase Elliott posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway with a speed of 121.327 mph.

Elliott is coming off a tough weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has only one top-10 on this track, however, and needs a good long-run setup to challenge for a victory. Wait until the second practice is in the books before making any decisions.
Apr 20 - 12:08 PM

Christopher Bell (No. 20 Rheem Toyota) led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond (VA) Raceway.

A lap of 121.902 mph was the best of the 39 cars completing laps in this session. No. 00 Cole Custer, No. 18 Noah Gragson, No. 22 Austin Cindric and No. 11 Ryan Truex made up the rest of the top-five on the speed chart. The No. 74 Dodge, driven by Mike Harmon, was the slowest. Bell also had a 10-lap average speed of 120.622 mph. This was the best of the 16 cars running at least 10 consecutive laps in this session.
Apr 20 - 11:54 AM

Landon Cassill has finished 21st and 20th in his last two starts with StarCom Racing.

At the end of 2017, Cassill gave Front Row Motorsports 10 consecutive finishes in the 20s. That suggests his pair of 20-something results with StarCom means that he is getting all there is out of the car. Bear in mind, however, that both Texas Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway featured heavy attrition.
Apr 20 - 9:57 AM

In five starts at Richmond Raceway, Chase Elliott has never failed to complete the full race distance.

Completing 2,011 laps of competition in five races, Elliott has managed to stay in contention despite suffering crash damage in fall 2016. Until last fall, however, he failed to score a single top-10 and had only one other top-15.
Apr 20 - 9:47 AM

Paul Menard has earned one top-10 at Richmond Raceway, but it was a good one; he finished fifth in the 2013 Federated Auto Parts 400.

This is Menard's worst track in regard to career-average finishes with a 24.6 in 22 starts. With his new Wood Brothers ride, he should easily be able to beat that average, but fantasy owners probably want to wait and see how he performs before making a commitment.
Apr 20 - 9:42 AM

Reed Sorenson finished 33rd and 30th in Richmond Raceway’s two races last year.

Sorenson’s two best finished with Premium Motorsports was a 26th in fall 2016 and a 30th last fall. He has not been quite as strong in the spring, so fantasy owners can expect a result in the low- to mid-30s this week.
Apr 20 - 9:32 AM

Harrison Rhodes will make his fifth start in the Cup series this week in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.

Rhodes will make his first start at Richmond, but be now has two starts on short tracks. Neither of them were particularly productive with a 35th at Martinsville Speedway and a 37th at Bristol Motor Speedway, so this will be a week to evaluate his potential – but do not start him.
Apr 19 - 5:49 PM

In terms of career average finishes, Richmond Raceway ranks as Ryan Blaney’s worst track with a 30.3 in four starts.

Blaney’s career is still in its infancy, so there is still plenty of time for these numbers to change and Richmond may not always be his worst track. The fact remains that he has not yet cracked the top 15 there, however, and three of his four results landed outside the top 25.
Apr 19 - 5:40 PM

Trevor Bayne has three mid-teens finishes in his last four Richmond Raceway starts.

Bayne earned a career-best last spring in the Toyota Owners 400 when he finished 13th; his other two mid-teens finishes in the past four races came in 2016. That streak was broken last fall when he fell two laps off the pace to finish 25th. He is a bit of a coin toss this week, but should be activated if he practices well.
Apr 19 - 5:34 PM

Darrell Wallace Jr. will make his first appearance at Richmond Raceway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He finished 34th at Martinsville and 16th at Bristol in his first two short track runs of the season.

Wallace replaced Aric Almirola in four races during the 2017 season but did not compete at a short track, so his 2018 Martinsville and Bristol performances are the best gauges fantasy owners have going into the weekend. Last week, Wallace preformed aggressively to get the No. 43 car to the front and lead his first laps of the season, Wallace would ultimately fall back to 16th as he lost speed with old tires while teams waited on NASCAR to release the final set during Monday’s race finale. As Wallace becomes more comfortable week to week at the Cup level the driver will make more aggressive moves to get Richard Petty Motorsport back up to the front.
Apr 19 - 4:00 PM

As Erik Jones’ continues to hunt his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, the circuits three short tracks gives the young driver the opportunity to earn it.

Jones finished sixth in last year’s fall race at Richmond Raceway improving on his 38th-place finish in his debut when he cut a tire and was out of the race on lap six. Before last year’s early exit, Jones topped second practice and qualified 20th. By the time the fall race at Richmond and the regular season finale came around Jones was the talk of the town as fans and fantasy owners anxiously awaited his first win. A month earlier Jones dominated at the Bristol Motor Speedway night race before being out raced by Kyle Busch with 55 laps to go.
Apr 19 - 3:57 PM


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