BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday’s race at Richmond Raceway will air live on NBC Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. ET. Can’t make it to a television? The race can be heard live on MRN and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Below is the broadcast schedule for the remainder of the weekend.
Friday, September 8
10 a.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series practice, NBC Sports Network
12 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series final practice, NBC Sports Network
5:45 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, NBC Sports Network
Saturday, September 9
7:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR Cup Series race, NBC Sports Network
THIS WEEKEND'S PAINT SCHEMES: Kasey Kahne will drive the No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS, Chase Elliott will man the No. 24 Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS, Jimmie Johnson will pilot the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS.
HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AT RICHMOND: Hendrick Motorsports' 10 wins at Richmond have come thanks to five different drivers. Tim Richmond earned the organization's first win at the track in 1986, and his was followed by three wins by Terry Labonte, three by Johnson, two by Gordon and one by Joe Nemechek
KAHNE'S FIRST WIN: Kahne’s first Cup win came in just his 47th start in the series and only his third start at Richmond. He completed the May 2005 weekend sweep by also earning the pole award and went to Victory Lane after leading a race-high 242 of 400 laps. Kahne is one of five active drivers to start from the pole position and win in the same weekend at the 0.75-mile track – Jimmie Johnson (2007), Kyle Busch (2010), Brad Keselowski (2014) and Denny Hamlin (2016) are the other four.
ELLIOTT'S RICHMOND STATS: The Dawsonville, Georgia, native is set to make his fifth start at the 0.75-mile oval on Saturday night. In Elliott’s four previous NASCAR Cup Series starts, he averages a starting position of 21.8 and a finishing position of 17.8. He also has made four starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Richmond – collecting a win in 2015 and never finishing outside of the top five. In the XFINITY Series, Elliott has an average starting position of 5.0 and finishing position of 2.5 at Richmond.
JOHNSON'S SUCCESS AT RICHMOND: Johnson swept the 2007 season at Richmond, winning one of those races from the pole position on Sept. 8, 2007. Johnson’s last win at the 0.75-mile track was on Sept. 7, 2008. The No. 48 team has scored four straight top-10 finishes at Richmond.
EARNHARDT'S RICHMOND STATS: Among active drivers, Earnhardt is one of four competitors tied for second with three NASCAR Cup Series victories at Richmond Raceway. Earnhardt most recently went to Victory Lane at Richmond on May 6, 2006, after leading 47 laps. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has one pole at the 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval, which he earned in September 2012. Richmond is another track where the driver of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS has shown his ability to pass, as he ranks fourth among active drivers in green-flag passes with 1,290 since 2005, according to NASCAR’s loop data statistics.