The green flag at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 was scheduled to wave shortly after 7:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday.
“I love night races - I always have,” said Jeff. "But they are a little tricky because we don't normally practice at night. To really 'dial in' the car to the track conditions that we will experience during the race, there is a little bit more guessing that goes on.”
Along with his two victories (1996 and 2000), the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has five poles, 15 top-fives and 24 top-10s in 38 starts at the Virginia track. The three-quarter-mile layout typically offers side-by-side and sometimes three-wide racing, but having multiple grooves does not necessarily make the short track an easy one to navigate.
“(Richmond) is challenging to drive,” said Jeff, who dropped one spot to 18th in the point standings after experiencing engine issues at Kansas last weekend. “You can only do so much with the race car. It's a short track where aerodynamics are important, but not as important as big, mile-and-a-half tracks.
“Richmond also has these great transitions into and off the corner where you can run two and three wide. It's a different length race track (compared to half-mile short tracks), so it's a little bit higher speeds.
“It puts on a great show,” he said.
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