Toyota Care 250 Preview

Photo- Getty Images
Photo- Getty Images

One of the most exciting things in racing is short track racing under the lights. On this coming Friday Night, the Nationwide Series drivers will be out on the track competing for the win under the lights. Richmond always puts on a great show and this Friday Night should be no different. All of the Nationwide Series regulars are ready to get back on the track after a week off and they all will be hungry for the win. The Cup regulars in the race will also be looking to bring home the victory. With all of this expected for this weekend’s Nationwide Race, it’s sure to be one exciting event.

The Toyota Care 250 is scheduled to go green on Friday, April 26, 2013 at 7:44 PM EST. The race will consist of 250 laps and 187.5 miles. Friday Night’s weather forecast looks great with mainly clear skies, a low of 46 F and only a 10% chance of rain. With that weather forecast, Friday Night is shaping up to be a great night to go short-track racing. You can watch the race on TV on ESPN NEWS and a radio version of the broadcast can be found on MRN.

When the Nationwide Series rolled into Richmond last April, we saw a great finish between two star Cup drivers. As Denny Hamlin chased Kurt Busch in the final laps, a photo finish loomed. The two raced side-by-side for the final lap and a half and as they beat and banged to the finish, Busch edged Hamlin out at the line. A little slip by Hamlin as they came to the line likely caused a loss for the hometown boy, but the win was special for Busch since he gave his brother Kyle his first Nationwide win as a team-owner. If that type of finish is in-store for this race, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for all of the final laps.

Many notable drivers will be in this race this weekend. Among the most notable are Jeffery Earnhardt, Ryan Reed and Kenny Wallace. Earnhardt will be driving for his uncle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., in the JR Motorsports No.5 car. Uncle Dale has seen a potential in his nephew and he believes that is time to see how well he can do.

The California kid, Ryan Reed, will be making his Nationwide Series debut this weekend with Roush Fenway Racing. Reed is known for being diabetic and he will be one of the few drivers to race in NASCAR with diabetes. Reed is a young-gun making storylines this weekend, but an older driver making some noise this weekend is Kenny Wallace. Wallace runs limited Nationwide Series races and he’ll be competing this weekend for the first time this season. Wallace does exceptionally well at Richmond and he could easily be a contender for the victory this weekend.

Sam Hornish Jr. continues to sit on top of the points standings and he’ll look to remain there after this race. He has been doing very well this season and it will be hard to dethrone him from the top of the standings. Regan Smith, Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier are among the drivers who are barely trailing Hornish Jr. in the standings and they’ll look to take over that position on Friday Night.

When the Nationwide Series is scheduled to run a Friday Night race on a short-track, the race is always much anticipated for a good reason. There’s nothing more a racing fan likes than seeing a short-track race under the lights and that’s exactly what will be happening this Friday. Drivers may get a little feisty when racing on a short-track and that could spark some great racing. Overall, this Nationwide Race is a must-see and it could be one of the best of the early season. Tempers will flare, sheet-metal will tear, and the gloves will come off when the Toyota Care 250 goes green on Friday Night.

Event Schedule

9:00-11:50 AM EST (Thursday) Nationwide Series Practice, not televised

9:00-11:30 AM EST (Friday) Nationwide Series Final Practice, not televised

4:05 PM EST (Friday) Nationwide Series Qualifying, not televised

7:30 PM EST (Friday) Nationwide Series’ Race, the Toyota Care 250, televised on ESPN NEWS

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By Jason Schultz

Entry List via







1 00 Michael McDowell(i) Hoovey the Movie 13 Toyota Melissa Sciavicco
2 01 Mike Wallace TBA 13 Chevy Johnny Davis
3 2 Brian Scott Shore Lodge 13 Chevy Richard Childress
4 3 Austin Dillon AdvoCare 13 Chevy Richard Childress
5 4 Landon Cassill(i) TBA 13 Chevy Gene Vess
6 5 Jeffrey Earnhardt 13 Chevy Rick Hendrick
7 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Ecoboost Mustang 13 Ford Jack Roush
8 7 Regan Smith 13 Chevy Kelley Earnhardt-Miller
9 8 Scott Lagasse Jr HybridLight / Boy Scouts of   America 13 Chevy Scott Lagasse
10 10 Jeff Green [PC1] TriStar Motorsports / Hilton   Garden Inn Richmond Downtown 13 Toyota Mark Smith
11 11 Elliott Sadler SportClips 13 Toyota J D Gibbs
12 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts 13 Ford Roger Penske
13 14 Eric McClure Hefty / Reynolds / Hilton Garden   Inn Richmond Downtown 13 Toyota Mark Smith
14 15 Stanton Barrett TBA 13 Ford Rick Ware
15 16 Ryan Reed American Diabetes Association   Mustang 13 Ford Jack Roush
16 17 Tanner Berryhill Keller Williams Realty 13 Toyota Adrian Berryhill
17 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports / Hilton   Garden Inn Richmond Downtown 13 Toyota Mark Smith
18 20 Brian Vickers Dollar General 13 Toyota Joe Gibbs
19 22 Brad Keselowski(i) SKF / Discount Tire 13 Ford Roger Penske
20 23 Robert Richardson Jr North TX Pipe 13 Chevy Robert Richardson Sr
21 24 Blake Koch Compassion International 13 Toyota Jason Sciavicco
22 29 Kenny Wallace Toyota Care 13 Toyota Robby Benton
23 30 Nelson Piquet Jr Delavacco 13 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
24 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 13 Chevy Steve Turner
25 32 Kyle Larson Cessna 13 Chevy Harry Scott Jr
26 33 Kevin Harvick(i) Hungry Man 13 Chevy Richard Childress
27 40 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 13 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
28 42 J J Yeley(i) Curtis Key Plumbing 13 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
29 43 Reed Sorenson Flying J Travel Plaza 13 Ford Richard Petty
30 44 Hal Martin American Custom Yachts / Hilton   Garden Inn Richmond Downtown 13 Toyota Mark Smith
31 46 Chase Miller Curtis Key Plumbing 13 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
32 47 Scott Riggs(i) Curtis Key Plumbing 13 Chevy Curtis Key Sr
33 51 Jeremy Clements TBD 13 Chevy Tony Clements
34 52 Derek Thorn TBA 12 Chevy Jimmy Means
35 54 Kyle Busch(i) Monster Energy 13 Toyota J D Gibbs
36 55 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group 13 Chevy Jimmy Dick
37 60 Travis Pastrana Roush Fenway Racing Mustang 13 Ford Jack Roush
38 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 13 Chevy Mary Louise Miller
39 74 Juan Carlos Blum Haha Yoo / Oleofinos 12 Chevy Mike Harmon
40 77 Parker Kligerman TOYOTA 13 Toyota Kyle Busch
41 79 Joey Gase Donate Life 13 Ford Archie St Hilaire
42 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet   Stoves 13 Toyota Andrea Nemechek
43 89 Morgan Shepherd Hylands 13 Chevy Morgan Shepherd
44 92 Dexter Stacey Maddie’s Place 13 Ford Kristin Hamelin
45 98 Kevin Swindell Carroll Shelby Engines 10 Ford Mike Curb
46 99 Alex Bowman TBA 13 Toyota Robby Benton

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