Richmond 400 2012: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2012

KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 22:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, performs a burnout in celebration of winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 22, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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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

Watch: Fox

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 

Denny Hamlin

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.

KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 21:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Geof
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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.


Tony Stewart

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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