This Week's Race: Pontiac Excitement 400

Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2002

WHERE: .75-mile D-shaped oval at Richmond (Va.) International Speedway

WHEN: Television coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday; race starts at 7 p.m.

BROADCAST: TelevisionFX; RadioMotor Racing Network

DISTANCE: 400 laps

2001 WINNER: Tony Stewart

NOTES: Posted awards are $3,678,625 ... Richmond is wildly popular among the drivers because it requires the total package: a good car and a lot of driving skill.

Because it's less than a mile, aerodynamics won't come into play as much as it does at the bigger superspeedways ... The key to Richmond is the second turn. Since it sets up the run down the backstretch, it's important to get off the corner without spinning the back tires.

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