With the 2012 Capital City 400, presented by Virginia is for Lovers, kicking off this Saturday night, an entire nation of motor heads will get a chance to see the best in the sport under the lights.
Add in the excitement of one of the best racetracks on the circuit in Richmond International Raceway, and you have a Saturday night that will hearken back to the dirt track days of yore.
Where: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
When: Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m. ET
Live Stream: TrackPass
Listen: Motor Racing Network
Starting Order: Qualifying will be Saturday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. ET on SPEED Channel
Full TV Schedule
Friday, April 27, Noon: Capital City 400 practice, SPEED
Friday, April 27, 2:30 p.m. ET: Capital City 400 final practice, SPEED
Friday, April 27, 4 p.m. ET: Virginia 529 College Savings 250 qualifying, ESPN2
Friday, April 27, 5:30 p.m. ET: Capital City 400 qualifying, SPEED
Friday, April 27, 7 p.m. ET: Virginia 529 College Savings 250, ESPN2
Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m. ET: Capital City 400, Fox
Drivers to Watch
Coming off a huge win at Kansas, Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 Fed Ex team will look to build on that success by winning at Richmond again this weekend. While the bright lights of Richmond scare some drivers, Hamlin has won twice and has nine top-ten finishes.
As good as Dale Earnhardt has been so far this season, his track record at Richmond isn’t the best over recent years. While Junior does have three wins at the track, he hasn’t won since 2006. With that said, this could be where it all shifts.
Like Junior, Stewart has three wins at Richmond, but his last win at the track came almost ten years ago in 2002. In spite of that startling fact, Stewart has 15 top-tens at the track and is always there at the end.
Predicted Winner: Denny Hamlin
Riding the momentum of a strong start to the season and a win last week at Kansas, Denny Hamlin will take the No. 11 Fed Ex Toyota to victory lane on Saturday night. Whatever the final outcome, though, this should be one of the wildest races of the entire season.
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