Richmond – NASCAR races under the lights Saturday night at the Toyota Owners 400 in Denny Hamlin is racing to get better, Kevin Harvick takes a spin around the White House, Chase Elliot races in the Cup Series again and remembering Steve Byrnes.
Joe Gibbs Racing's Matt Kenseth snaps a 51 race losing streak and gets the win at Bristol. Kenseth says every Gibbs car is a potential winner, and going into this week's race at Richmond Kenseth says, "hpefully we can build on that and, you know, we can get all the cars to Victory Lane a few more times before September.”
Denny Hamlin will race at Richmond after a neck and back spasm made it impossible for him to finish last week's race.
President Obama welcomed Cup champion Kevin Harvick and the Stewart-Haas team to the White House this week and praised the driver on an amazing season:
“A win at Homestead capped a season where Kevin picked up five wins, led more laps than anybody on the grid,” the President noted.
NASCAR mourning the loss of broadcaster Steve Byrnes who died this week at the age of 56, after a long bout with cancer. NASCAR chairman Brian France calling Byrnes a "true inspiration".
And XFINITY series champ, Chase Elliot makes its second Cup race start this weekend at Richmond.