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Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Race Preview

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Race 9 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 season comes this weekend from the Richmond International Raceway. The 3/4 mile short track is the home for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Toyota Care 250 as well as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400. The 2016 winner of this race was the now-retired Carl Edwards.

When will Joe Gibbs Racing win again?: The dominant team of 2016 has gone win less through 2017 so far, and their three winning drivers (Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Denny Hamlin) have a total of 9 wins at the Virginia track. With Carl Edwards’ departure, can JGR rebound to win 2 consecutive spring Richmond races?

Can Dale Earnhardt Jr return to glory after retirement announcement?: On Tuesday, Dale Earnhardt Jr sent shock waves across NASCAR nation by announcing his retirement after the 2017 season. Currently 24th in points, Jr is looking for more consistency and a win in order to secure a playoff position. With three wins at Richmond, can Jr get number 4?

Young versus old; who is king of the hill? 41-year-old Jimmie Johnson won the last two races (Texas and Bristol), vastly increasing his odds of winning the 2017 championship. However, the incredible consistency of youngsters Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott has placed them first and second in points. Larson and Elliott have been contenders in every race this season, expect them to be fast in The Commonwealth.

Winless championship favorites: Yearly championship hopefuls such as Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano all have wins at Richmond, and have yet to win in 2017.  Can any of them break their losing streaks at The Action Track on Sunday?

Where and when to watch: The NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 1 PM EST on Fox Sports 1. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 can be seen on Fox on Sunday, April 30, at 2 PM EST.