Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 will be the third and final short-track race this spring in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with Matt Kenseth starting from the pole at Richmond International Raceway.
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Three early-season DNFs hurt Kenseth, although his performance has picked up lately.
The second-year Wood Brothers Racing driver has had a good year so far.
In the day’s only practice, Truex was fastest, ahead of Furniture Row Racing teammate Erik Jones.
Still looking for his first career victory Stenhouse at least has more competitive cars this year.
All year long, Logano’s Team Penske Ford has had speed, but he’s still looking for his first victory this season.
The 2014 NASCAR champion has helped lead the Stewart-Haas Racing switchover to Ford.
One of the big surprises to the season is that Busch hasn’t won yet, but he could on Sunday.
And Bowyer is still having a great time in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing.
His Daytona 500 victory was an amazing story, but Busch hasn’t had a whole lot of success since then.
It’s been a good year so far for McMurray, who is an excellent seventh in points.
A last-minute addition to Joe Gibbs Racing when Carl Edward left, Suarez is learning the ropes in this his rookie seasons.
Sunday will be Earnhardt’s penultimate Cup race at Richmond before his retirement at the end of the season.
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By winning at Phoenix last month, Newman is all but guaranteed a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs.
Still winless, but fast nearly every week, Elliott is second in points in his second season.
The 2012 champion is one of only two drivers to win twice so far this season, as he’s had fast Team Penske Fords.
A native of nearby Chesterfield, Virginia., Hamlin is always one of the favorites when NASCAR races at Richmond.
Can Johnson win his third straight race? If he does, it wouldn’t be the first time.
The points leader is having a dream season with Chip Ganassi Racing and will look to build on that again this weekend.
So far this year, Kahne is running about where he has in the past couple of seasons.
Earlier this week, Patrick said her troubles this year were the result of her cars not being good enough.
Frankly, it’s been a disappointing season for Allmendinger and the JTG Daugherty Racing team.
An 11th-place run at Martinsville was Buescher’s only top-20 finish so far this year.
Dillon is enjoying a respectable rookie campaign this season.
This is a big weekend for Richard Petty Motorsports, as it’s the home race for sponsor Smithfield.
Twenty-fifth in points, Menard will be looking for better results this weekend.
The Leavine Family Racing squad is actually one of the better single-car teams.
So far this season, Cassill has just one finish better than 20th.
The Roush Fenway Racing organization is performing better this year, with room to improve still.
At Bristol last week, Ragan tied his season’s-best finish with a 23rd-place run.
It likely will be another challenging weekend for Gaulding, who has not finished better than 29th.
A 19th-place finish at Bristol last week was DiBenedetto’s best result since Daytona.
Coming into this race, Sorenson is 35th in points.
In his rookie season, LaJoie continues to get an education in NASCAR’s top division.
This has been a challenging season for Earnhardt, who has a best finish of 26th.
Quietly, Whitt has had a pretty good season, all things considered.
Hill will roll off 37th Sunday.
Dillon will start last because his car flunked inspection five times at Bristol.
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