NASCAR at Richmond 2014: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Kyle Busch leaves the garage heading to his trailer after a practice session for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2014

Get ready to go under the lights as NASCAR shifts to Richmond for the Toyota Owners 400 Saturday.

Kevin Harvick is the defending champion, but some of the stars of the racing world like Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson will be there to challenge him this time around. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has seen a number of different winners thus far, and the fact that the race is at night adds yet another layer of intrigue in Richmond. 

Here is a look at the essentials for Saturday’s race.


Essential Information for Saturday’s Race 

Where: Richmond International Raceway

When: Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

Radio: Motor Racing Network


Qualifying Info

Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway was scheduled for Friday, April 25, but was cancelled because of weather. Instead, the starting lineup was determined by practice speeds. 

Here is a look at the order of the field for Saturday's race, courtesy of Sporting News:

Toyota Owners 400 Qualifying Entry List
Car No.Driver
42Kyle Larson
2Brad Keselowski
15Clint Bowyer
5Kasey Kahne
4Kevin Harvick
55Brian Vickers
1Jamie McMurray
83Ryan Truex
27Paul Menard
48Jimmie Johnson
9Marcos Ambrose
20Matt Kenseth
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.
47AJ Allmendinger
43Aric Almirola
99Carl Edwards
22Joey Logano
31Ryan Newman
18Kyle Busch
14Tony Stewart
41Kurt Busch
78Martin Truex Jr.
7Michael Annett
23Alex Bowman
24Jeff Gordon
16Greg Biffle
3Austin Dillon
11Denny Hamlin
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
35David Reutimann
51Justin Allgaier
32Travis Kvapil
38David Gilliland
13Casey Mears
10Danica Patrick
36Reed Sorenson
34David Ragan
33David Stremme
98Josh Wise
26Cole Whitt
66Joe Nemechek
30JJ Yeley
40Landon Cassill


Drivers to Watch

There are a number of things that make any race at the Richmond International Raceway interesting, including the fact that it is a short track (.75 miles), which puts extra pressure on those on pit road.

Don’t be surprised if there are a number of caution flags during Saturday’s action with such a tight pit road and the very nature of short-track racing. Still, the thing that matters most during any NASCAR race is the actual drivers, so with that in mind, let’s take a brief look at a few to watch.


Denny Hamlin

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 25:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Record-wise this year, Denny Hamlin doesn’t appear to be one of the favorites in Richmond. He is 15th in points without a single victory and only has one top-five finish.

However, expect a much better result from Hamlin than we have been seeing.

Richmond is his home track, and he has two victories, two poles and seven top-five finishes in his career there. Given the way his season has been unfolding in the early going, Hamlin will be racing with a little extra motivation. Throw that on top of the fact that he is very familiar with what needs to be done here to compete, and we will see a better performance from Hamlin.

It might not lead to a victory, but he will finish in the top 10.


Jimmie Johnson

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 25: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Imag
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Any time the dominant Johnson is part of a race field, he has to be considered among the favorites. 

He counts three victories, two poles and five top-five finishes to his resume at Richmond and has performed much better there as his career progresses.


Kyle Busch 

No active driver has as many victories at Richmond as Kyle Busch does with four. In fact, he won every single season from 2009 to 2012 and will look to add to his illustrious career there in 2014.

Thanks to that dominance, Roto Experts believes he is a racer to follow Saturday:


Jeff Gordon 

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 25:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty I
Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Gordon has gone back in a time machine this year.

He is the current points leader and has two wins, six poles and an astounding 16 top-five finishes at Richmond. Gordon has momentum and the proven ability to get the job done at this race. Don’t be surprised if he earns the checkered flag Saturday.


Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Mike McCarn

Earnhardt Jr. is always one of the fan favorites at any race, and he has proved himself worthy of the admiration at this track. 

He has three wins, one pole and nine top-five finishes at Richmond in his career and will look to add to those totals in 2014.


Danica Patrick 

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 25:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 25, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Danica Patrick is still looking for success at Richmond in stock car racing, as she said in pre-race comments, via

If anybody has the key to Richmond, please pass it along because I have not figured it out, yet. I haven’t run well at Richmond, yet. I loved going there in IndyCar, and I had good success there, I feel like. I had lots of top-five’s there in IndyCar, or at least running consistently in the top-five. It just hasn’t been that way in stock cars. I have a really hard time getting into turn one. I feel like the car is going to spin out the whole time, so I don’t know. Hopefully, this time will be different.


Tune in Saturday to find out if things do go differently for Patrick, if Busch adds to his Richmond victory total or if Gordon continues to flash his invigorated driving skills.

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