Following the Circuit of The Americas road competition, the NASCAR Cup Series moves to Richmond for the first of three short-track competitions. The path of the very popular US category reserved for covered wheels continues by the State of Virginia for the ‘Toyota Owners 400’.
The battle is assured in a very particular short-track with four curves that have a slope of 14 ° degrees. The Richmond basin is one of a kind and in some ways resembles the Iowa Speedway which is currently no longer featured in NASCAR (Xfinity / Truck Series) plans.
Last year it was Alex Bowman who got the better of the spring round in Virginia. The Hendrick Motorsports # 48 standard bearer seeks confirmation in an event that awarded Kyle Busch 5 times (2009-2010-2011-2012-2018). The # 18 of Gibbs Racing (Toyota) has the opportunity to match the ‘King’ Richard Petty who excelled in this challenge in 1961, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1975. The successes of Martin Truex Jr ( 2019), Joey Logano (2014-2017), Kurt Busch (2014) and Kevin Harvick (2013).
After the first races, the situation sees the Chevys slightly favored even if it was Ford who got the better of Phoenix (Arizona). The first short-track of the season awarded the Mustang # 14 of Chase Briscoe, standard bearer of Team Haas who had not yet won in his career until 2022. The well-known American team could bring Kevin Harvick # 4 back to the victory lane, two-time champion of the series who hasn’t excelled since the Bristol night race (autumn 2020).