RICHMOND, VA – It’s a busy day of action for the 40 NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers on Friday as they’ll have a one-day show at the Richmond Raceway. From an 8:30 a.m. ET green flag for the first practice session of the day to a 7:43 p.m. ET green flag for tonight’s GoBowling 250 (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) there’s a lot to digest to decipher on who will be good or not on the .75-mile short track.
Well, now that two practice sessions are in the books, here’s how the playoff drivers fared, ranked in order.
- 20 Bell – He won the spring race in Richmond and was first and 11th respectively in practice on Friday. Final practice only saw a handful of laps turned so don’t look too deep into him being 11th. Bell, has been so strong on short tracks in 2018 too with finishes of fourth (Phoenix), 29th (Bristol 1), first (Richmond), fourth (Dover), second (Iowa 1), first (Iowa 2) and second (Bristol 2). In his only other Richmond start, Bell finished sixth. He starts on the pole.
- 00 Custer – He’s made four Richmond starts but his best result in sixth. He did so in his first start in the spring race in 2016 and the spring race this past year. He did earn the pole this past spring and even led 43 laps. On the season, he has four top four finishes in his last five starts to go along with 14 top 10’s in his last 16 races overall. In practice, he was second and first respectively. He’ll roll off fourth.
- 42 Chastain – This is his final start with Ganassi. He needs to make the most out of it. Chastain, has won all four stages in his first two races in this car and led 180 of 200 laps in his first ever win last Saturday. In practice on Friday, he was 15th and third respectively. He’ll start third too.
- 21 Hemric – In three Richmond starts he’s led at least 10 laps in all of them. He has finished in the top four in two of those three too. In Friday’s practices, the RCR driver was seventh and second respectively on the speed charts. He earned the sixth starting spot too. On short tracks this season, he’s finished sixth, third, 29th, third, third, 11th and 24th respectively.
- 7 Allgaier – He was only 11th and sixth respectively in practice but he’s going to be a force.He qualified fifth. Allgaier, has three top eight finishes in his last four Richmond starts including leading 157 laps in a runner-up effort in the spring race of 2017. He has seven top three finishes in his last eight starts on the year and 14 straight top 10 finishes on the season. Also, on short tracks, he’s at his best. The JR Motorsports driver has finishes of second, second,14th first, first, second and third respectively.
- 11 Truex – This is his shot to shine. Truex, was eighth and fourth respectively in practice and will start seventh. At Richmond overall, he has three top eight finishes in his last five starts on the season. He’s coming off of an eighth place run last week.
- 2 Tifft – His car was hit with an L-1 penalty last week but that shouldn’t stop his speed. Tifft, was sixth and seventh respectively in practice on Friday and finished fourth in the spring race. He also has five top 10 finishes in his last six starts on the season and will roll off 10th.
- 19 Jones – He was third in the first session but 12th in the brief final practice. Jones, has one top 10 finish of his career at Richmond and that came in the spring race. He also has three top 10 finishes in his last four starts on the year while starting ninth tonight.
- 1 Sadler – This is his last race at his hometrack. He was only 14th and eighth respectively in practice on Friday though. He only qualified 13th too. Sadler, has five straight top seven finishes at Richmond including a third place run in the spring race. He also has nine top 10’s in his last 11 starts overall on the .75-mile oval. On the season, the JRM driver has five top six finishes in his last six races.
- 9 Reddick – He didn’t have the strongest of practice runs. He was only 17th and 10th respectively. That translated over to a 14th qualifying spot too. Reddick, has two career starts on the track and finished only 17th and 11th respectively. On the season though, he has two top three finishes in his last three starts.
- 22 Cindric – His luck finally changed last weekend with a ninth place run. That was his first top 10 in the last four races. In fact, three of those previous four races saw him finish 34th or worse. At Richmond, Cindric started third and finished fifth in the spring. In practice though, he was only 12th and 14th respectively on Friday. He’ll start 11th.
- 16 Reed – He was only 19th and 20th in practice on Friday morning. He has one top 10 finish since 2014 at Richmond as that came in the spring race (9th). He hasn’t had a top 10 in his last five starts on the year too. He’ll start 21st tonight.