The Monster Energy Cup Series goes under the lights at Richmond Raceway when the green flag drops Saturday night
NASCAR goes under the lights for the first time this season as the Monster Energy Cup Series visits Richmond Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday, April 13. As the season reaches the quarter pole, the drivers look to tame the .75-mile oval that runs like a short track but often races like an intermediate.
NASCAR’s weekly soap opera surrounding group qualifying died down on Friday, at least for one week. Instead, parity became the major storyline as the top four drivers were from four different organizations. A Ford, Chevy and Toyota also took the top three spots as each manufacturer flexed some competitive muscle.
One week after failing pre-race inspection three times, forcing a pass-through penalty after the start of the race Kevin Harvick bounced back by winning the pole. He’s the first driver to win multiple Cup Series poles this season (Harvick also earned the top spot at Las Vegas last month).
So if you're wondering, "What NASCAR race is on TV this today?" know this: FOX is airing the Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia.
Toyota Owners 400 Race Time/TV Channel
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET (Sunday) green flag drops
Track: Richmond Raceway (Richmond, Va.)
TV: FOX, coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90
The 2019 Toyota Owners 400 is the third Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series short track race on a track a mile or less in the first nine events. It’s typically a prime stretch for a driver who doesn’t have the speed at intermediates, the bread and butter of NASCAR’s schedule, to steal a win. But as we head into the first Saturday night race of the season we’re still looking for that surprise driver to make an appearance.
Only two teams this season have won at the Cup level this year: Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing. They’ve already earned one win apiece at the other short track events, each with a driver that had won previously in 2019. Brad Keselowski flat out dominated the race at Martinsville, leading 446 of 500 laps in a race that offered few if any challengers. Then, just last week, Kyle Busch used late-race pit strategy to fight back from a Lap 2 spin and pull off an unlikely victory over his brother Kurt at Bristol. It was his tenth win in 16 NASCAR starts across the sport’s top three series this year.
Can anyone stop the freight train this weekend?