The road to the
But with five drivers, including two of the sports biggest names, harboring realistic hopes of making the Chase, and another two still mathematically in the hunt, a gathering approaching 100,000 will have plenty to follow. The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide race on Friday, featuring hometown favorite
Below are five storylines to watch when NASCAR visits RIR.
5 STORYLINES AT RIR
Richmond sets the NASCAR Chase field
For the ninth season, the 12-man field for Sprint Cup's 10-race playoff, the Chase, will be set at RIR. Nine drivers already have automatic qualifying spots in the top 10:
So essentially one spot is left, and while
Three in a row for Denny Hamlin?
With victories at Bristol and Atlanta under his belt the past two weeks, will Denny Hamlin enter the Chase with three consecutive wins? Considering he's often at his best at RIR – where he has two victories and an average finish of 7.3 – it's more than possible he'll leave with huge momentum and favorite's status to win the Chase crown that barely eluded his grasp two years ago.
Stewart loses his sponsor
The announcement that
Nationwide leader Sadler looking for Richmond turnaround