NASCAR Cup Series weekend schedule: TV, streaming info, odds, picks and what to watch for at Richmond

·3 min read

The NASCAR Cup Series trades the top-end speed of Michigan for short-track handling this week as the Federated Auto Parts 400 emanates from Richmond Raceway in Virginia. Here is everything you need to know for the race weekend:

NASCAR Cup Series weekend schedule and how to watch

Fans in the United States can watch the race on the USA network, the USA mobile app or the NBC Sports app (cable or satellite subscription required for both). Radio coverage is available on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM.

(All times ET)

Saturday, Aug. 13

Practice: 5:05-5:50 p.m. (USA, MRN, SiriusXM)

Qualifying: 5:50-7 p.m. (USA, MRN, SiriusXM)

Sunday, Aug. 14

Federated Auto Parts 400: 3-6 p.m. ET (USA, MRN, SiriusXM)

Top drivers and best bets for the Federated Auto Parts 400

If “Joe Gibbs Racing” appears next to a driver’s name this weekend, back that driver. Each of the JGR Toyotas are in the top four favorites, according to BetMGM, with Richmond ace Martin Truex Jr. sporting the best odds of the lot at +600. Following him are Denny Hamlin (+700), Kyle Busch (+700) and Christopher Bell (+800). The Rick Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets of Chase Elliott (+900) and Kyle Larson (+1000) round out the crop of drivers with 10-to-1 odds or better.

Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg is bullish on the Gibbs stable as well and suggests some good value is to be found in two-time Richmond winner Joey Logano (+1600) and William Byron (+1800), who led 122 laps in the spring race there. Bromberg suggests staying away from last week’s pole-sitter and second-place finisher Bubba Wallace (+1600).

HAMPTON, GEORGIA - MARCH 20: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20, 2022 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr., No. 19, has the best odds to win the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at +600 followed by teammate Denny Hamlin, No. 11, at +700. Joey Logano, No. 22, is a good value bet at +1600. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Richmond Raceway layout, history and what to expect

In addition to being the Cup Series’ third-shortest track — at ¾ mile, the D-shaped oval is only behind Bristol and Martinsville (both half-milers) — Richmond is also its third oldest, staging events there since 1953. From 1961-76 Richard Petty claimed all of his record 13 victories at the track. Since 2009 Toyota has been the dominant manufacturer, winning 16 of the 26 races, including six by Busch and three by Truex Jr.

Long green-flag runs are the norm, with the average run being 60 laps and there not having been more than two accident-caused cautions in each of the last six Cup races. That means pit-stop performance, in-race adjustments and strategy are even more vital, which favors the larger teams with more data and more strategic options like Gibbs and Hendrick.

Weather forecast for the Federated Auto Parts 400

Warm and dry. Highs are forecast for 80 degrees with 60-degree overnight lows. That should keep the weekend — the Truck Series is also competing — on schedule without disruption.