NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond: How to watch, preview, picks for the Federated Auto Parts 400 – CBS Sports

August 11, 2022 by No Comments

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When it comes to the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, Richmond Raceway has a long history of determining which drivers will get the opportunity to race for a championship and which won’t. As the site of the cutoff race for NASCAR’s original Chase for the Cup format, the bright lights of the Virginia short track were the stage where championship ambitions were either made or broken for good. But in nearly 20 years of playoff racing in the Cup Series, it’s never seen anything like the push for the 2022 playoffs.

Richmond Raceway is the site of this weekend’s Federated Auto Parts 400, a race which takes place against a backdrop of extreme tension. With Kevin Harvick’s win at Michigan making him the 15th different driver to win a race and pencil his name on the playoff grid, only one spot currently remains for a driver to make the playoffs on points with just three races remaining in the regular season. Ryan Blaney holds a scant 19 point advantage over Martin Truex Jr. for that very spot, but both drivers are very much in peril of missing the playoffs despite ranking second and fourth in points.

How to Watch the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond

  • Date: Sunday, August 14
  • Location: Richmond Raceway — Henrico County, V.A.
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV: USA Network
  • Stream: fuboTV (try for free)

What to watch

  • While many will be focused on the playoff implications of Sunday’s race, NASCAR officials will likely be paying special attention to exactly how the on-track product unfolds as they seek the answer to whether or not they’ve successfully worked out some of the issues the Next Gen car exhibited during its first short track races in the springtime.

    The Next Gen car has made for very exciting races on speedways, but the tradeoff for that was seemingly a more lackluster product on asphalt short tracks. The spring race at Richmond was hardly a dull affair, but one where the action was more contingent on tire and pit strategy than traditional bumper-to-bumper, slam-bang ’em methods of short track racing. An uneventful race at Martinsville, however, sounded alarm bells throughout the sport that something needed to be done.

    According to Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports, no changes have been made to the Next Gen car’s aerodynamic package for Richmond. However, NASCAR has been active in trying to find a way to make the car better on short tracks, such as when they experimented with using the same technical rules used in Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt race — a plastic underbody with no rear diffuser extensions — during a tire test at Martinsville in June. Whether or not this weekend at Richmond offers an entertaining race will likely go a long way in determining whether or not NASCAR stays the course with their current work, or if they are forced to make changes for playoff short track races at Bristol and Martinsville.

  • Between the two drivers now fighting for their playoff lives, Ryan Blaney arguably has the most to be concerned about this weekend because his closest competitor for the last playoff spot is one of the best at Richmond.

    Martin Truex Jr. excels at this track, especially when it comes to the traditional fall race. Truex has three Richmond wins since 2019, has won the track’s fall …….



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