The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to Richmond Raceway this weekend for the first race of its 2019 playoff schedule. Cole Custer won in the spring, while Christopher Bell is the defending race winner.
There are 38 cars entered for the race, which means all will make the race, barring any entry list additions.
Zane Smith is back in JR Motorsports’ No. 8 car. He’s made seven starts in 2019, finishing sixth at Richmond in the spring.
Joe Graf Jr. returns to Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21, having finished a season-best of 19th at Iowa Speedway in two previous starts.
Hermie Sadler will make his first start of 2019 and first Xfinity Series appearance since 2016 in Ryan Sieg Racing’s No. 93, with backing from the Virginia Lottery. His last start was also at Richmond, where he finished 28th.
NASCAR veteran JJ Yeley makes his ninth appearance of the year, this time in B.J. McLeod Motorsports’ No. 78, while fellow veteran Landon Cassill returns to the No. 89 Shepherd Racing Ventures machine for the fifth time this year.
Mike Marlar makes his Xfinity Series debut in MBM Motorsports’ No. 66. He finished fourth at Eldora Speedway in his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut. Stan Mullis will be teammates with Marlar, with Richmond marking his sixth appearance for MBM.
Ryan Repko makes his third career start in JD Motorsports’ No. 01 Chevrolet, while teammate Stephen Leicht switches to the team’s No. 4 entry.
Tyler Matthews takes over Mike Harmon Racing’s No. 74, and Richmond will be his sixth career start. His Xfinity debut came at Richmond in the spring, where he finished 24th for JD Motorsports.
The Go Bowling 250 will get underway shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20.