How to watch NASCAR in Richmond: Entrant List, TV, Weather, Odds

How to watch NASCAR in Richmond: roster, TV, odds originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

It’s time for short track racing.

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway this weekend for a 400-lap race at the Virginia Circuit. A NASCAR race was first held on the 0.75-mile track in 1953, and there has been at least one race every year since 1955.

Richmond, nicknamed the “Action Track,” will host two races during the 2023 regular season — first on Sunday, then again in August when the battle for the playoffs heats up.

Here’s everything you need to know for this weekend’s Toyota Owners 400:

What is the NASCAR at Richmond entry list?

37 drivers will line up at Richmond this weekend. The usual riders are all competing – except for Chase Elliott, who is still recovering from a broken leg sustained in a snowboarding fall on March 3rd.

Xfinity series regular Josh Berry will fill in for Elliott, while two other Xfinity drivers – Chandler Smith for Kaulig Racing and Anthony Alfredo for Live Fast Motorsports – will also race. Smith makes his Cup debut while Alfredo makes his first Cup start since 2021.

Here is the full entry list for Richmond:

No.1, Ross Chastain, Trackhouse Racing

No. 2, Austin Cindric, Team Penske

No. 3, Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing

No.4, Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing

No.5, Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports

No. 6, Brad Keselowski, RFK Racing

#7, Corey LaJoie, Spire Motorsports

#8, Kyle Busch, Richard Childress Racing

#9, Josh Berry, Hendrick Motorsports

No. 10, Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing

No. 11, Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing

#12, Ryan Blaney, Team Penske

No. 13, Chandler Smith, Kaulig Racing

No. 14, Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing

#15, JJ Yeley, Rick Ware Racing

No. 16, AJ Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing

#17, Chris Buescher, RFK Racing

No. 19, Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 20, Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 21, Harrison Burton, Wood Brothers Racing

#22, Joey Logano, Team Penske

No. 23, Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing

No. 24, William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports

#31, Justin Haley, Kaulig Racing

No. 34, Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports

#38, Todd Gilliland, Front Row Motorsports

#41, Ryan Preece, Stewart-Haas Racing

No. 42, Noah Gragson, Legacy Motor Club

No. 43, Erik Jones, Legacy Motor Club

#45, Tyler Reddick, 23XI Racing

#47, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, JTG Daugherty Racing

No. 48, Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports

#51, Cody Ware, Rick Ware Racing

#54, Ty Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing

#77, Ty Dillon, Spire Motorsports

#78, Anthony Alfredo, Live Fast Motorsports

#99, Daniel Suarez, Trackhouse Racing

When is the NASCAR race in Richmond in 2023?

The Toyota Owners 400 is scheduled for Sunday, April 2nd at 12:30pm PT.

Before the race on Sunday there will be practice sessions and qualifying sessions. The 37-car field will be divided into two groups, with each group practicing for 15 minutes at 7:00 a.m. PT on Saturday.

Qualifying begins right after practice. Each car from the two practice groups will complete a single lap on the first lap, with the five fastest times in each group advancing to the final lap. On the final lap, the 10 remaining drivers will each complete a single lap to set the top 10 starting order, while 11th to 37th places will be determined based on speeds from the first lap.

What is the NASCAR TV schedule in Richmond?

Saturday April 1st (FS1 and Streaming)

Sunday April 2nd (FS1 and Streaming)

Has Hendrick Motorsports won its lawsuit?

Well, something like that.

Hendrick Motorsports was hit with a massive penalty after NASCAR discovered they were modifying one-stop parts on their cars. The organization appealed the sentence and the Appellate Body found she had broken the rules, but the severity of the sentence was changed.

Hendrick will still pay a $400,000 fine and all four crew chiefs will be suspended for four races. But all of the point penalties originally awarded to the four cars and three drivers (Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson and William Byron) have been restored.

Who are the previous winners at Richmond?

Hamlin and Harvick won both races at Richmond last year, with the former winning in the spring and the latter in the summer.

While these two veterans found great success at the Virginia track, another driver did even better. Kyle Busch leads all riders with six wins in Richmond, which sits second on the all-time list behind Richard Petty (13 wins).

In addition to Busch, five other active drivers have multiple wins on the track: Harvick (4), Hamlin (4), Truex (3), Keselowski (2) and Logano (2). Larson (2017) and Bowman (2021) each have a win.

Who is considered the favorite to win NASCAR this weekend?

Since 2009, one manufacturer has maintained its dominance in Richmond: Toyota.

In 27 races over that span, Toyota has claimed 16 victories – including six of the last nine and nine of the last 14. Last year Toyota had four top 10 finishes in both races at Richmond despite only having six cars in each race.

But even with those facts, the Toyota drivers aren’t the biggest favorites to win this weekend. Instead, it’s Harvick in a Ford and Byron and Larson in Chevrolets. Harvick finished second and first at Richmond last year, so he rightly earned first place.

Here’s a full look at those Winning favorites in Richmond before practice and qualifying, courtesy of our partner PointsBet:

  • Kevin Harvick, +550

  • William Byron, +600

  • Kyle Larson, +650

  • Christopher Bell, +775

  • Denny Hamlin, +800

  • Martin Truex Jr., +850

  • Kyle Bush, +850

  • Tyler Reddick, +1400

  • Joey Logano, +1500

  • Ross Chastain, +1600

  • Ryan Blaney, +1800

  • Alex Bowman, +1800

  • Brad Keselowski, +2200

  • Bubba Wallace, +2800

  • Daniel Suarez, +2800

What’s the weather like at Richmond Raceway for NASCAR?

NBCWashington expects ideal conditions for the race on Sunday. Temperatures could reach 63 degrees on Sunday with sunny skies and a mere 4% chance of rain. However, Saturday’s practice and qualifying could be at risk, with a 75% chance of morning showers before a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon.

Editor’s note: All odds are provided by our Partners, PointsBet. PointsBet is our official sports betting partner and we may receive compensation the first time you place a bet at PointsBet after clicking on our links.

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