Starting lineup, TV schedule for Sunday’s Cup Series race

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to Richmond on Sunday for the second time in the 2023 season with five races to go before the playoffs.

Last week, Denny Hamlin won a wild race at Pocono after squeezing Kyle Larson out on a late-race restart, then getting a final good jump on the final restart to earn win No. 2 in 2023. Hamlin was booed by fans during his postrace interview on the frontstretch after setting the Pocono record for most career wins (7).

All eyes will be on the wild card race, with Hendrick Motorsports drivers Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman still several places away from the cutline. Elliott is 21st and 56 points behind 16th place, so the No. 9 Chevrolet will need a big effort (or a win) to make the playoffs.