Motor Racing Network will broadcast races for all three of NASCAR’s top divisions at Richmond Raceway starting on Thursday night.
The busy schedule will begin with the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series making its return to the .75-mile track for the first time since 2005. Thursday night’s ToyotaCare 250 (MRN, 7:30 p.m. ET) will be the final race in the regular season for the Gander Trucks and is the rescheduled date from the postponed spring race.
Friday night will see the Xfinity Series in action for the first of two races on back-to-back days with the running of the Go Bowling 250 (MRN, 6:30 p.m. ET). Saturday’s second race, the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250, which was realigned from Michigan International Speedway, will start at 1:30 p.m. ET on MRN. After Richmond, only one race will remain to decide the 12 drivers for the Xfinity Series Playoffs.
The second race for the Cup Series Playoffs will culminate the event weekend with Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (MRN, 6:30 p.m. ET). Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have combined to win the last four races at Richmond with Truex taking the last two.
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Truex, who has combined to lead 777 laps in his last five Richmond starts, led 196 laps in the opening playoff race at Darlington, but finished 22nd after late-race contact with Chase Elliott sent him to pit road with a flat right rear tire.
“We did almost everything that we went there to do and obviously proud of the guys for bringing a strong Bass Pro Toyota and the execution that we had all night long,” Truex said about his night at Darlington. “Everything was rolling along there, and we were in position to have a shot at winning it. Just two guys going for the same spot and that stuff happens in racing.”
Regular-season champion Kevin Harvick locked himself into the Round of 12 with his eighth win of the season at Darlington. Harvick has a 4.5 average finish in his last four starts at Richmond.
Jeff Striegle and Alex Hayden and will be in the MRN booth for all races at Richmond with Rusty Wallace joining them for the Cup Series race. Dave Moody will be calling the action from the turns with Jason Toy and Kim Coon reporting from pit road.
Be sure to check MRN.com’s race center for the entry lists when released and Thursday morning for our weekend preview.
The Week Ahead (All Times Eastern)
Tuesday, September 8
Winged Nation: 12:00 p.m. (MRN.com/WingedNation.com/MRN Facebook Page)
NASCAR Live: 7:00-8:00 p.m. (MRN.com/Affiliates)
Wednesday, September 9
NASCAR Coast to Coast: 11:00 a.m. (MRN.com/MRN Facebook Page)
MRN Crew Call: 12:00 p.m. (MRN.com/MRN Facebook Page)
Thurdsay, September 10
MRN Outloud!: 11:00 a.m. (MRN.com/MRN Facebook Page)
MRN Classic Race: 12:00 p.m. (MRN.com)
MASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series ToyotaCare 250: 7:30 p.m. (MRN.com/Affiliates)
Friday, September 11
NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250: 6:30 p.m. (MRN.com/Affiliates)
Saturday, September 12
NASCAR Xfinity Series Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250: 1:30 p.m. (MRN.com/Affiliates)
NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400: 6:30 p.m. (MRN.com/Affiliates)
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