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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Richmond Race Info

THE RACE: Toyota Owners 400
TRACK: Richmond Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #9 of 36

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Richmond, VA
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:44 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR RaceDay: 3:00pm/et on FS1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: 6:00pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 6:30pm/et

Practices:
Friday, April 20, 11:05am-11:55am/et, TV-FS1;
Friday, April 20, 12:35pm-1:25pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, April 20 at 5:30 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: None

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Regan Smith, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TBA

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

FOX Sports GO (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 19
4:00 PM-6:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, April 20
8:00 AM-9:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:15 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:05 AM-11:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
12:35 PM-1:25 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:30 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, April 21
1:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
4:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (AMPHITHEATER)
5:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
6:30 PM MENCS RACE (400 LAPS, 300 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Richmond Raceway Track News, Stats & Links page

April 2017: see the Richmond Race Info page
August 2017: see the Richmond Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: TBA
Command to start engines: TBA
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Michael Rooker
Color Guard: Virginia Division of Capitol Police
Invocation: Fort Lee Installation Senior Chaplain Colonel Terry Romine
National Anthem: Elliott Yamin
Flyover: F/A-18E Super Hornets, Naval Air Station Oceana

What to Watch For: Richmond Raceway: Kyle Looks to Keep Winning; Gibbs Works on the Next 150; At Lot Has Changed in 1 Year for Logano; Expect a Tight Finish at Richmond; 4 Drivers Dash for Cash at Richmond; Who's Hot and Who's Not - Richmond[More](4-19-2018)

Richmond Weekend Preview Larson looking to improve over second place; Dash 4 Cash provides big incentives for XFINITY drivers.[More](4-19-2018)

A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Richmond Raceway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Richmond Raceway

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Richmond Raceway, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Richmond Raceway page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links



NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".


Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018 at 5:30pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 5:30pm/et
Performance Racing Network (PRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.

Qualifying Order for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #37-Buescher
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #9-Elliott.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(4-20-2018)

Entry List for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is posted, 38 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Chastain, #51-Rhodes, #55-Sorenson, #72-Whitt.
Since only 38 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Richmond(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
WeatherBug
Weather Underground


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Richmond Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Richmond Raceway page.(4-17-2018)


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Richmond Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race