NASCAR: April 26 Sprint Cup schedule; Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Next Race

Toyota Owners 400

What: 400 laps or 300 miles

Where: Richmond International Raceway, a 0.75-mile, slightly banked tri-oval in Richmond, Va.

When: 7 p.m. April 26.

TV: Fox

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Kevin Harvick

Worth mentioning: Richmond International Raceway has a promotion – a “Track Takeover.” Ticket holders can take part in a variety of activities along the frontstretch and backstretch for 2 1/2 hours on the day of the Cup race, including several driver question-and-answer sessions.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not


Kevin Harvick: First driver to earn more than one Cup win this season.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: In eight races this year, he has finished third or better five times, including one win.

Jeff Gordon: Without a win but remains the Cup points leader.

Chase Elliott: The youngest driver to win twice in what is the Nationwide Series.

JR Motorsports: Clearly the class of the Nationwide Series this year.

Darlington Raceway: The track had a lot going against it with its new date this season, but it managed a capacity crowd.


Kasey Kahne: Just can’t seem to get out of a funk.

Team Penske: One week after seeing all of its drivers win a race, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano finish 17th and 35th, respectively, at Darlington, S.C.

Chris Buescher: Has been a magnet for everyone else’s problems in the Nationwide Series this season.

Jim Utter