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NASCAR: Who to watch at Richmond – April 25th and 26th, 2014

Chase Elliott has two Nationwide Series wins in a row
Chase Elliott has two Nationwide Series wins in a row
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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series are back on track this weekend, visiting Richmond International Raceway in Virginia for the Toyota Owners 400 and ToyotaCare 250, respectively. Kevin Harvick, a three-time winner at RIR, became the first double-winner in the Cup Series when he won the last race before the Easter break at Darlington, while Chase Elliott won his second-straight Nationwide Series race at Darlington in his first on-track visit to the track.

Harvick is one of numerous multi-time winners at the track, but only he and Kyle Busch, who has four RIR wins, have won this season. Still looking for their first wins of the season: Clint Bowyer (two wins), points leader Jeff Gordon (two wins), Denny Hamlin (two wins), Jimmie Johnson (three wins) and tony Stewart (three wins). Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman, all of whom have one Richmond win on their resume, are also seeking their first wins of the 2014 season.

Elliott and Kyle Larson will both be young drivers to watch this weekend at Richmond. Elliott has two previous K&N Pro Series East starts at RIR, with a best finish of second in 2012. He won at Texas and Darlington in just his sixth and seventh Nationwide Series starts. Larson will once again be running in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races, and his double duty each week has been helping him improve in both series. Larson picked up his first Nationwide Series win at Fontana in March and has improved in the Cup Series since, finishing second in that weekend’s Cup race and picking up top 10 finishes at Texas and Darlington.

Qualifying for the Nationwide Series ToyotaCare 250 takes place Friday at 3:10 p.m. ET, with the race going green at 7 p.m. ET. The Sprint Cup Series qualifies for the Toyota Owners 400 on Friday at 5:10 p.m. ET, with the green flag dropping at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com.

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