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Stock Car Scoop: Should NASCAR Keep 2 Dates at Richmond?

The debut of the NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen car at a regular-season short track came at Richmond Raceway on Sunday (April 3). Denny Hamlin claimed his first win at his home track in more than five years when he used new tires to track down leader William Byron, making up a full lap and passing him under green with five laps to go.

Is Joe Gibbs Racing finally hitting their stride with the new chassis? Should the sometimes-uneventful racing and long green flag runs mean Richmond loses a date on the NASCAR schedule? On-site reporters Adam Cheek and Michael Massie discuss these topics and more in the dining area of the track’s media center.

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HOPKINS: Richmond NASCAR Post-Race Analysis

About the author

Adam Cheek joined Frontstretch as a contributing writer in January 2019. A 2020 graduate of VCU, he works as a producer and talent for Audacy Richmond's radio stations. In addition to motorsports journalism, Adam also covered and broadcasted numerous VCU athletics for the campus newspaper and radio station during his four years there. He's been a racing fan since the age of three, inheriting the passion from his grandfather, who raced in amateur events up and down the East Coast in the 1950s.

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Kevin in SoCal

Anyone who thinks of taking a date away from Richmond should be tarred and feathered.


The brain trust is considering moving the event to Atlanta.

Larry D

Richmond has become one of the snoozer tracks. The races this weekend were textbook examples of B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!!!!


Chance most likely that if you start up front you can win.
track is very hard to pass. Race was boring until last stage.


How about NO 2nd races for any track? Let’s spread it around more. Add in some places that people have mentioned in the past. Road America, Iowa, Indianapolis Raceway park.

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