The NASCAR Cup Series continues today as it visits Richmond Raceway for the Cook Out 400. The 0.75 mile short track was built in 1946 and had been a fixture of the Cup Series ever since, hosting a race on the schedule for the first time back in 1953. With five races to go in the regular season, the battle for the final spots in the playoffs is heating up, with 15th through 19th place in the standings separated by only 38 points. Last year’s edition was Kevin Harvick, who took the lead late and held off Christopher Bell and Chris Buescher to pick up his 60th career Cup Series win.
Driver to Fade:
Ryan Newman. I predict that Mr. Newman will not be receiving a warm welcome back to action.
Chase Briscoe has an average finish of 16.8 at Richmond. We think he may do just a bit better than that today. Briscoe has three top 5s and five Top 10s on the year, and we think he’ll finish somewhere in that range today.
William Byron rolls into Richmond during a career-defining season in which he’s won four races. Richmond has been unfavorable to Byron during his career, but we predict he’ll continue his ultra-successful 2023 campaign and finish within the Top 10 this week.
A two-time winner at Richmond, Kyle Larson should easily compete for the victory this weekend at the Cook Out 400. Larson is not having as successful a 2023 as I expected, with only two wins on the year. It’s amazing that someone only having two wins would be considered “not impressive,” but here we are. We predict Larson will find himself in the winner’s circle this weekend and take his third victory on the season!