This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.
We head to Richmond, Va., and Richmond Raceway this weekend for the second race in the Chase for the Cup playoffs. During the Chase era, this had been the track where NASCAR ended its regular season, and determined the field for the Chase. However, the schedule got a shakeup two seasons ago, and now this exciting night race on the historic short track plays host to the second race of 10 that determines the NASCAR Cup Series champion.
The urgency and the heated competition will be different this weekend. Instead of trying to make it across the cutline for the playoffs, drivers will instead be trying to make it past the cut of the first round of the Chase. This Richmond race will have a different feel, but all the same importance as the past. Drivers will be going all out to grab that valuable win that transfers them into the second round of the Chase playoffs. As we saw at Darlington this past weekend, drivers are taking chances at this point in the season that they have not up until this point. That will make for higher stakes, more contact, harder racing and when we put that under the lights at Richmond Raceway, we're sure to be thrilled by what we see take place.
Since Richmond's oval is a short track with its own group of dominant drivers, let's take a quick look at the recent history of this facility and see who will be running up front this