Harvick quickest in Richmond final practice
Kevin Harvick | 4
(April 24, 2015 3:16 PM EDT)
Kevin Harvick posted the quickest time in the final practice session for the Toyota Owners 400. His top speed of 122.212 mph was set from laps five through 14.
Harvick’s incredible start to the 2015 season took a momentary hit at Bristol when he crashed in the aftermath of the Jimmie Johnson/Jeb Burton kerfuffle, but there is no way that is going to stall his momentum.
Denny Hamlin leads lone XFINITY practice
Denny Hamlin | 11
(April 24, 2015 3:08 PM EDT)
Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin led the only practice session for the XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.
His lap of 124.850 mph in the No. 20 Hisense Toyota Camry was the quickest of the 42 cars running in this session. No. 22 Joey Logano, No. 33 Austin Dillon, No. 98 Aric Almirola and No. 54 Erik Jones are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. No. 03 Johanna Long was the slowest. Hamlin also had a 10-lap average speed of 121.934 mph. This was the best of the 27 cars running at least 10 consecutive laps.
Kahne fastest in Richmond final Cup practice
Kasey Kahne | 5
(April 24, 2015 2:30 PM EDT)
Kasey Kahne posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Toyota Owners 400. His top speed of 126.357 mph was set in the final minutes of practice when track conditions are the closest to what drivers will face Friday night.
Kahne has been on the cusp of being a great value all season, but he seems to be star-crossed. There is no empirical reason to avoid him in the race, but fantasy owners are fairly nervous.
Cassill quickest in Richmond practice 1
Landon Cassill | 01
(April 24, 2015 1:15 PM EDT)
Landon Cassill posted the quickest 10-lap average in the first practice session with a speed of 123.336 mph from laps two through 11.
Last week during a Bristol rain delay, Cassill tweeted about his confidence at Richmond. It would seem he knows what he is talking about and could be one of this week’s top dark horses.
Brett Moffitt’s Bristol best in 4 weeks
Brett Moffitt | 34
(April 24, 2015 12:38 PM EDT)
Brett Moffitt’s 17th-place finish in the Food City 500 at Bristol was his best result in the past four weeks, which is when he climbed back into the No. 55 in relief of Brian Vickers.
Michael Waltrip Racing has been experiencing some issues recently and Moffitt has not been immune. Since he is uniformly cheaper than his teammates, however, he remains a solid value in fantasy NASCAR.
Which is the real Landon Cassill?
Landon Cassill | 01
(April 24, 2015 12:38 PM EDT)
Landon Cassill earned three straight lead lap finishes from Phoenix International Raceway through Martinsville Speedway and scored results in the mid- to low-20s each time. His last two races have been outside the top 30, however, and the closest he’s come to the leaders is two laps down at Texas.
Cassill has a lot of confidence entering Richmond International Raceway and that could make a huge difference. Last week he was involved in an accident that kept him from living up to his potential, but the Martinsville success proves he can race on short tracks.
Kez fastest in Richmond practice 1
Brad Keselowski | 2
(April 24, 2015 12:33 PM EDT)
Brad Keselowski posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Toyota Owners 400. His top speed was 126.086 mph.
Keselowski won the most recent race on this track and he swept the top 10 at Richmond last year. Early indications are that he will pick up where he left off.
Elliott Sadler Richmond advance notes
Elliott Sadler | 701
(April 23, 2015 10:44 PM EDT)
Elliott Sadler makes his 24th NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) this Friday night in Richmond, VA.
In Sadler’s previous 23 starts, he has two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes at RIR. He has also led 77 laps at RIR in the NXS. Sadler has finished in the top-10 in seven of his last eight NXS races at RIR. Following Bristol (last week), Sadler moved up one position in the NXS Driver Point Standings. After seven races, he is now in the sixth position and is 43 points behind the leader.-Roush Fenway Racing
Poole heading to Richmond for track debut
Brennan Poole | 742
(April 23, 2015 10:40 PM EDT)
Brennan Poole returns for the third of five consecutive races in the No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro this weekend at Richmond International Raceway (RIR).
In four XFINITY Series starts in 2015, Poole has one top-10 and three top-15 finishes with an average start of 19.0 and average finish of 14.8. This will be Poole’s debut at the 0.75-mile oval this weekend.-HScott Motorsports
David Starr Richmond XFINITY Series advance
David Starr | 744
(April 23, 2015 10:38 PM EDT)
Friday night marks David Starr's first NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Richmond International Raceway, but this won't be his first time at RIR.
Starr has five previous NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at the .75-mile raceway and captured one pole win in 2005. Currently sitting 11th in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Driver Points Standings, Starr is looking forward to his first NXS start at RIR under the lights Friday night. Crew Chief Greg Conner and the No. 44 Zachry crew will unload chassis No. 112 at Richmond International Raceway. This chassis' last run was at Phoenix International Raceway.-TriStar Motorsports NC