Series: NASCAR Nationwide. Date: Friday, mile oval. Start time: 7:30 p.m. (et). Laps: 250. Miles: 187.5. 2010 Winner: Kevin Harvick. Television: ESPN 2. Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Satellite.
Friday night's 250-lap race is the third of four "Dash 4 Cash" races in the Nationwide Series this season.
Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the current points leader, and Josh Wise are the drivers eligible for the $100,000 bonus from series title sponsor Nationwide Insurance. They gained eligibility based on their finishes in the most recent "Dash 4 Cash" race - August 6 at Iowa. Stenhouse won the race, while Sadler finished third, Wise fourth and Sorenson sixth.
Sorenson won the cash award at both Daytona (July 1) and Iowa. Stenhouse, Sadler and Wise were not eligible at Iowa.
The October 14 race at Charlotte is final race on the bonus program.
Stenhouse comes to Richmond with a 13-point advantage over Sadler, while Sorenson, who has struggled since Iowa, is 40 points out of the lead. Sorenson finished 32nd last Saturday at Atlanta. Eight races remain this season.
"This team understands the task we have at hand here and what we need to do to get back in contention for this championship," Sorenson said. "We just want to focus on playing up our strengths and minimizing the weaknesses. It's also fun for us to be racing for the Nationwide Dash 4 Cash money again, although I understand the competition is going to be tight for it. It's a really great program, and we will definitely know where all the other guys are on the track all night."
"I've always liked racing at Richmond and enjoy racing at night," Harvick said. "I think everyone likes night racing. Richmond, like the other flat tracks, really suits my driving style. Plus, we've been able to run really good there. I have five wins in the Nationwide Series, including last year's fall race."
Danica Patrick will compete in her first Nationwide race since her announcement last month that she will run a full schedule in Nationwide and a partial one in Sprint Cup in 2012.
Even though Patrick has yet to compete in a stock car race at Richmond, she is quite familiar with this track, having posted four top-10 finishes in five IndyCar events here.
Forty-nine teams are on the preliminary entry list for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250.