NASCAR Pre Race Media: Richmond Raceway Track Trends

TRACK: Richmond Raceway (.75 mile oval). DISTANCE: 400 Laps — STAGE 1: 80 Laps, STAGE 2: 155 Laps, FINAL STAGE: 165 Laps, MILES (300 Miles)

Track History/Trends

  • Top Drivers: Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott
  • Trending Down: Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, Kurt Busch.
  • The Toyota’s are the heavy favorites with them sweeping the action at Richmond in 2018 and 2019 to go along with seven trips to victory lane in the last 11 starts on the .75-mile D-Shaped Virginia oval. JGR went 1-2-3-4 across the finish line in Sept. 2019.
  • Starting position matters too with eight top five starters having won the last 12 Cup races on the .75-mile D-Shaped oval. Brad Keselowski was ninth in his win last September with Alex Bowman 24 back in April.
  • 3 of the last 4 Richmond races saw the eventual winner finish in the top 2 of the second stage each time. They were in the top five in all four races too in each stage. In 2018, Martin Truex Jr. swept both stages in the playoff races but didn’t win. Same for Joey Logano in the spring race. Same for Denny Hamlin in April. In 2017, the winner was 10th in both stages in the spring race and second and sixth respectively in the Fall. Kyle Busch’s Fall race win in 2018 was the only time that a driver won the race and didn’t finish in the points for any stage since the stage inception in 2017.

Track Comparison

Flat like Phoenix. You can be aggressive with a 2 pit strategy in the final stage that might make it interesting as long as everyone doesn’t do the same thing.

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