Last year created a monster. The spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond International Raceway was rained out as the race was run to completion on a Sunday afternoon. With the action being so good, NASCAR and RIR officials decided to move that spring race permanently to a Sunday afternoon day race.
It’s the first time in 19 years that the Spring race was scheduled for a Sunday afternoon, as since 1997, the race has been scheduled as a Saturday night primetime event.
But, with rain postponing the event several times over the last two decades, and with how well last year went, it was time for a change.
The last time this race was scheduled as a day race was in 1997 as since 1998, this race was run under the lights. Factor in the Fall race that has been run under the lights over the last 25 years, and you can see why daytime racing at the Virginia short track has become rare.
That will lead to similar action to what we saw at Bristol last weekend. A short track under day time conditions will make the tricky track even slicker which will lead to a lot of action.
This is actually a very good thing and could lead to some very intense action on Sunday.
Kurt Busch won the race last year as he’s searching for back-to-back day time wins at Richmond. This is something that’s been popular among the fans as the crowd should be just as big as it would be if it were run under the lights.