Watch: Richmond return in 2022
Everything you need to know for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond, the 24th regular season event of the 2022 campaign.
Race day info 📝
Where: Richmond, Virginia
Approximate start time: 3 p.m. ET | Full weekend program
TV/Radio: USA, NBC Sports app, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR radio | Full TV lineup
Provide: A slight chance of showers after 2 p.m. ET. Mostly sunny, with highs near 83 degrees, according to NOAA.gov | Weather tracking
Running distance: 400 rounds | 300 miles
Steps: 70 | 230 | 400
Pit road speed: 40 mph
Warning car speed: 45 mph
Richmond 101: Get the full detail
First line: To be determined
Pit stands: To be determined
UPDATE: Kurt Busch out again
Key things to watch out for 🔑
Great story line
That’s been the story all week and it’s no different here. Will there be a 16th winner? Kevin Harvick’s momentous victory at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday left two strong playoff contenders straddling the cut line: Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. Unfortunately for Ryan Blaney, this week’s timing lines up perfectly for that Truex leaps – or so the story tells us. Truex has won three out of the last six races at Richmond and led an impressive 1,285 laps on the Virginia short track. Blaney, on the other hand, has only two top-10 finishes in 12 starts, despite having come in the last two races. The good news for Blaney fans is that his improvements here have been remarkable lately. But will it be enough to maintain its 19-point lead?
Who fired? Who is not ?
After breaking the 65-race winless streak, Kevin Harvick is in prime position to become a title favorite down the stretch. The momentum the No. 4 team has found recently is very remarkable, securing five top 10 finishes in the last eight races and heading towards Victory Lane. Don’t expect them to slow down in Richmond this weekend either. Harvick and company have finished second in the spring race and have placed in the top eight in 12 of the last 15 races. Harvick has a hot hand.
Driving under the radar
If you haven’t been paying attention to the races in Richmond, this driver to watch on Sunday might surprise you: Austin Dillon. Dillon raced his No. 3 Chevrolet to a 10th-place finish in the spring and now has five top 10 finishes in the past seven races at Richmond. Recently he’s been one of the best here. With all the talk of other drivers a bit closer to the cut line, Dillon’s victory this weekend is certainly not out of the question. And as the 16th, and perhaps the most unlikely, winner, it would dramatically shake up the playoff picture.
Race day essentials ✅
Our biggest bits of the week – get covered for race day from every angle.
• Paint scheme preview: Vivid paint schemes for Virginia | Choose a favorite
• Power ratings: Denny Hamlin is on the rise | Ranking of updated drivers
• NASCAR Betting: BetMGM odds for Sunday’s race | Underdogs, value bets
• Fantastic Fast Lane: Can Martin Truex Jr. turn the tide? | Top games, sleepers
• Bubble watch: Which pilots are close to the cut line? | Read more
• Drivers at the rear: Is Bubba Wallace too hard on himself? | Watch the debate
• Stack pennies: Kyle Petty joins the show | Listen to the full interview
Catch the pack 💨
Read headlines from the week leading up to Sunday’s race.
• Driver analysis: Do Ryan Blaney or Martin Truex Jr. have the edge? | Read more
• Jordan Brand: New 23XI diagram for No. 45 in Richmond | Read more
• New installation: NASCAR Productions center set to begin construction | Read more
• New signature: Noah Gragson signs 2023 deal with Petty GMS | Read more
• The President of Richmond speaks: ‘I want Richmond to win’ | Read more
• Breakdown of playoffs: What the pitch looks like when entering Richmond | Read more
• Austin Dillon: Inside his role as Carolina Cowboys general manager | Read more
• Justin Haley: Run the Xfinity Series race with Kaulig Racing at Daytona | Read more
• Bad weather: Driver moves, changes are accelerating | follow them here
• Get your tickets: Tickets are now on sale for the Busch Light Clash 2023 | Read more
Get in on the action 💰
Think you know NASCAR? Test your mettle with play, fantasy.
• PariMGM: Audience loves Truex for spoiling Hamlin’s comeback | Read more
• The Action Network: Odds, Picks and Predictions for Richmond | Read more
• Backseat Bets: Can Kevin Harvick beat Denny Hamlin? | Watch segment
• Play live: Complete NASCAR Fantasy Live 2022 Game Guide | Get the FAQ
• Go until the end : 2022 Cup Series Championship Odds | See them here
Running twice in Richmond ✌️
There’s so much NASCAR history at Richmond Raceway, so let’s break down some of the basics.
• Do you remember?: Memorable Moments in Richmond | Relive them
• Earlier in 2022: Denny Hamlin wins round one at Richmond | Full race recap
• Race rewind: Hamlin rides out for the win in the State of Origin | Watch Highlights
• Last year at Richmond 2: Upside down, Truex puts on a show | Watch Highlights
Fast facts ⏩
Hard-hitting, race-relevant stats from the experts at Racing Insights.
• Chase Elliott will lock in the regular-season championship leaving Richmond with a 121-point lead.
• Ryan Blaney has dropped 52 points to Martin Truex Jr. in the last four races of the cut line battle.
• Truex has finished in the top five in Richmond’s last seven races, the longest streak since Rusty Wallace had seven.
• Four of the last eight races in 2022 have been won by drivers earning their first win of the season.
• The longest active streak in the top 10 is four runs from Bubba Wallace. The longest by any driver this year is six.
Say what? 🎙
Notable quotes from sports stars ahead of Sunday’s race.
• “Just the atmosphere, the people. I think the most important thing is the people and being able to feel comfortable in an organization, it’s quite unique like that, I feel. JR Motorsports has been a home to me for the past four years and the leadership and the same qualities that they really instill in their company, I feel like that’s what we’ve seen here at GMS. so eagerly await the opportunity. Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series at the signing of the 2023 contract with Petty GMS Motorsports
• “I think it was definitely a disappointment for me personally. I wanted to go out and do a really good job and I feel like I made a lot of mistakes early on. I feel like I did some things right at first, but I don’t know. I don’t know what the grade would be. I haven’t really given that much thought. I think the most important thing is to try to take advantage of every weekend. Last weekend at Michigan was so tough because we just missed it in practice and qualifying and then you come into the race and you get run over early and you don’t get a chance to really shoot part of anything. I just try to improve myself every weekend. — Harrison Burton, driver of the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford, on his 2022 season
• “We’re going to show up and fight like we always do. We know Richmond is a good opportunity for us and we want to make the most of that opportunity, but we’re not really changing who we are at this stage of the season. James (Small, Crew Chief) and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing are doing everything they can and that’s all I can ask for as a driver. I have a lot of confidence going to Richmond and I know what we are capable of. — Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota