The Nationwide Series is back on track this weekend in Richmond and you can probably take a guess as to who is going to be the favorite to win the ToyotaCare 250.
Kyle Busch is back in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota and after winning two thirds of the Nationwide Series races already this season; he is definitely a fan favorite for Richmond as well. Busch has a great history at the .75 mile track. He has won 4 out of the last 5 Nationwide races held here as well as taking the checkered flag last night in Denny Hamlin’s Short Track Showdown. Busch definitely knows how to get around this track.
But Busch isn’t the only one I would watch tonight. Reigning Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keselowski was fastest in practice yesterday and is expected to be fast yet again today. Keselowski has had an average showing so far this season in the Nationwide Series.
Rookie Alex Bowman was tailing Keselowski in practice yesterday by just a few tenths to hold onto second place. He is making his 11th start in the series and definitely knows how to wheel a car. He will definitely be one to keep an eye on for tonight’s ToyotaCare 250.
JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith sat comfortably in 4th place after yesterday’s practice sessions. Smith came out of the gate hot at the end of last season by scoring a trip to Victory Lane in his first time behind the wheel of his new JRM ride at Homestead. He has been a strong force throughout most of the season thus far and looks to have a strong car here at Richmond.
Point’s leader Sam Hornish Jr and the man on his tail, otherwise known as Austin Dillon, were among the top-10 in practice yesterday and will be strong throughout tonight’s race as well. Any one of these great drivers above could go to victory lane tonight, but the biggest hurdle they are going to have to get over isn’t the track, it’s a fellow driver: Kyle Busch. Tune in tonight to the ToyotaCare 250 from Richmond, you might just see a new driver in Victory Lane.