The NASCAR Cup Series starts a two-week stretch in Virginia on Sunday with the Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond Raceway with Chase Elliott the betting favorite. The series will go to Martinsville next week and return to Richmond in August as well.
Richmond Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, is a ¾-mile oval with 14 degrees banking in turns, eight degrees at starting line on a 1,290-foot front stretch and two degrees on 860-foot back stretch. The race itself is 300 miles but it’s called the Toyota Owners 400 because it’s 400 laps. This will be the first points race of the news season at a short track in the Next Gen car.
2022 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 Race Info
- When: Sunday, Apr. 10 at 7:30 pm ET
- Where: Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
- TV: FOX
- Radio: MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
- Live Stream: NBCSports.com
Odds to Win the 2022 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400
- Martin Truex Jr. +550
- Chase Elliott +700
- Ryan Blaney +900
- Kyle Busch +900
- Denny Hamlin +900
- Joey Logano +900
- William Byron +1200
- Kyle Larson +1200
- Alex Bowman +1400
- Tyler Reddick +1600
- Ross Chastain +1600
- Cristopher Bell +1600
- Kevin Harvick +2000
- Chase Briscoe +2500
- Brad Keselowski +2500
- Aric Almirola +5000
- Kurt Busch +5000
- Erik Jones +5000
- Austin Dillon +7000
- Austin Cindric +7000
- Daniel Suarez +8000
- Chris Buescher +8000
Top Choice to Win the 2022 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400
Last Sunday at Richmond, for Denny Hamlin, it all came together. Hamlin had struggled this season, with his best finish a thirteenth at Phoenix. Denny headed to Richmond after finishing eighteenth at the Circuit of the Americas. But the Joe Gibbs Racing driver got it together in Richmond and crossed the finish line first.
At last year’s Blue-Emu, Hamlin finished third behind Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott. Hamlin could win the race this year and his second straight of the season because, like most NASCAR teams, once Denny and his crew get going, they can put together a string of wins.
Second Top Choice to Win the 2022 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400
Truex Jr. drove great in Richmond. The Blu-Emu chalk finished fourth behind Gibbs teammate Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and William Byron. At last year’s Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief, Truex Jr. beat Chase Elliott for the checkered flag. He’s sitting on a big race. So we should expect Truex Jr. to drive his best. But the odds relegate him to second choice. Although Truex Jr. can win this, he loves Martinsville in addition to being the defending champion, the odds difference between Truex Jr. and Hamlin is significant.
Third Top Choice to Win the 2022 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400
Byron finished fourth in this last year, but this year he can win the race. William shows three top 5 finishes in five races so far this NASCAR season. Byron finished fifth at Las Vegas, won in Atlanta, and finished third at Richmond. If Byron starts out well, the Hendrick Motorsports driver can pull off the slight upset victory.
Top Underdog Pick to Win the 2022 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400
Christopher Bell rates the top underdog on the board. The Joe Gibbs racer finished third at the Circuit of Americas and sixth at Richmond. Last year, Bell finished seventh in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. One-hundred miles less could help Bell get to the finish line and grab the checkered flag before his Joe Gibbs teammates. At the odds, Bell is worth a long look. If Truex Jr. and Hamlin aren’t at their best, Bell should be right there to carry Joe Gibbs to the victory.