Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick were stars who forged their way to success at Richmond Raceway in 2022, and for the 2023 calendar, NASCAR returns for two more exhibition events.
Virginia motorsports fans can embrace the 2023 race schedule not once, but twice, as NASCAR announces its return to Richmond Race for multiple race weekends April 1-2 and July 29-30, 2023.
The NASCAR Cup Series will take center stage on weekends, but fans can also enjoy the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES. It will mark the second consecutive season that Virginia’s legendary racetrack has hosted weekends in the spring and summer.
Race: Toyota 400 owners
Track: Richmond Raceway, Virginia
Date: April 2nd
Watch: Fox Sports 1
Richmond, Virginia, has hosted the Spring Cup Series race in April since 2011. The historic track saw Lee Petty lift the first-ever Cup in the Richmond Raceway on April 19, 1953, and the track has continued to use this course in 1956, 1961-1963, 1967, and 1969. Richmond also hosted Spring Xfinity Series races between 1982-1984 and 1990-2019, 2022.
In one of the most playoff performances of 2022, Denny Hamlin earned his first win of last season and a spot in the playoffs after a thrilling finish. Hamlin sat outside the top 10 during the first two stages, which became a common trend as he had already achieved three DNFs and zero top 10s over the first six races of the season.
However, when the No. 11 announced its pit stop with just 47 laps to go, Hamlin flew through the field, took the lead, and cashed in a big win for the bettors who were betting on the race.
Hamlin may be one to watch for NASCAR’s return to Richmond in April 2023, as BetMGM VA Promo Codes will be poised to give professionals the best possible value On top of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
And to make the 2023 edition an even bigger spectacle, Hamlin will return alongside a slew of talent in an effort to secure victory at NASCAR’s 75th Anniversary.
“As NASCAR celebrates its 75th anniversary, Richmond Raceway, one of the most historic tracks in the sport, will honor the sport’s heritage throughout next season’s NASCAR race weekends,” said Lori Warran, President of Richmond Raceway. “We look forward to welcoming fans back to RVA for Toyota Spring Race Weekend and one of NASCAR’s biggest parties of the summer.”
The Virginia race will have one of its busiest months in April as the Commonwealth hosts two Cup Series events in the same month for three straight seasons, with Martinsville Speedway hosting a race on April 16, 2023.
The Race: NASCAR Cup Series
Track: Richmond Raceway, Virginia
Date: July 30th
Watch: USA Network
Another 300 miles and 400 laps will keep the July NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway matching the April offerings. However, the stakes will rise with the crowning of the regular season Cup Series champion.
The end of July weekend in Richmond will be the biggest NASCAR party of the summer. In addition to the Cup Series regular season champ on July 30, we will see the Worldwide Express 250 and CRAFTSMAN Truck Series regular season champ on July 29, 2023.
Last year’s success allowed fans to attend the first race of the Cup Series before the school year began in Virginia. But for the first time ever, the 2023 Cup Series will be held in Virginia in the summer month of July. It will mark the fourth consecutive season that Richmond has held a CRAFTSMAN Truck Series race.
Last year’s Cup Series main event saw Kevin Harvick take pole for his second straight win of the season. Harvick, 46, hasn’t looked any younger, and the 2023 season has been billed as his last.
Harvick’s win at Richmond Raceway in 2022 was the 60th of his Cup career, but his first at Richmond since 2013.
Replicating the same success at the 2023 Cup Series race at Richmond could be a tall order, but it is undoubtedly a race weekend that NASCAR fans will not want to miss.