Originally created 09/07/00

NASCAR notebook



Saturday's race

Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400

Where:

Richmond (Va.) International Raceway

When:

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast:

Television -- ESPN; Radio -- Motor Racing Network

Track:

.75-mile, D-shaped oval

1999 winner:

Tony Stewart

What it takes to win:

The D-shaped layout makes Richmond one of the most-competitive raceways on the circuit. The track has all the charm and close-quarter racing of a short track, yet the banking and configuration makes it as competitive as a superspeedway. Cars can race side-by-side, but the quickest way around is on the bottom groove. The car that can maneuver through the second turn -- the end of the long, arcing front stretch -- to set up the sprint down the backstretch will have the advantage.

Morris News Service pick:

Tony Stewart.

Other drivers to watch:

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Burton, Johnny Benson, Bobby Labonte