Racing in RichmondPosted: April 21, 2016
The Sprint Cup series visits Richmond twice – this week and early September.
Win in April and life is less nerve-racking the rest of the summer before the return trip.
Fox has the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m., after the Xfinity field goes Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Six different racers have posted victories in the first eight races of the season, earning their spots in the final 10-race playoff. When the circuit returns to Richmond, the field of 16 for the Chase for the Cup will be set after the checkered flag.
Likely bringing some “win or in” anxiety for drivers seeking the final spot.
Tampa Bay tries to close out its series with Detroit Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Blues-Blackhawks. CNBC offers the Rangers taking on the Penguins at 7 p.m.
There’s four more games Friday, with three teams having the chance to finish their series. The Capitals host the Flyers on Comcast at 7 p.m., while the Panthers and Islanders are knotted 2-2 going back to Florida at 8 p.m. on CNBC.
The Stars take on the Wild at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and the Sharks battle the Kings at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The rest of the weekend schedule will be determined as games progress.
The NBA postseason enters its second weekend, starting Thursday on TNT with Thunder-Mavericks at 7 p.m. and Golden State visiting Houston at 9:30 p.m.
Cleveland heads to Detroit on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., with Spurs-Grizzlies in the nightcap. ESPN2 offers Hawks against the Celtics at 8 p.m.
TNT has a pair of games Saturday, starting with Raptors-Pacers at 3 p.m. followed by the Heat heading to Charlotte at 5:30 p.m. ESPN brings the Thunder’s trip to Dallas at 8 p.m. and it’s Clippers-TrailBlazers at 10:30 p.m.
There’s two games on ABC Sunday afternoon, as the Grizzlies host the Spurs at 1 p.m. and Warriors meet the Rockets at 3:30 p.m. TNT takes over at 6 p.m. when the Hawks battle the Celtics, followed by Cavaliers-Pistons.
The Nationals close out a series with the Marlins Thursday at 1 p.m. on MASN, then take on the Twins for the weekend on MASN.
The Orioles host the Blue Jays Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN2 before heading to Kansas City. Games Friday and Sunday will be on MASN2, with Saturday’s game on MASN.
The Royals meet the Tigers on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m.
It’s Red Sox-Astros on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, Florida faces Georgia Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 and it’s Mississippi State-LSU Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has the Texas Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Arsenal takes on West Bromwich Albion Thursday at 2:40 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Manchester City meets Stoke City Saturday at 7:40 a.m., followed by Liverpool-Newcastle United. Sunderland battles Arsenal Sunday at 9 a.m. and it’s Leicester City-Swansea City at 11 a.m.
San Jose faces Kansas City in MLS play Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and Orlando City goes against the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday at 3:30 p.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 4 p.m. after practice Friday at noon.
Oklahoma takes on Tennessee in college softball Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN and UCLA plays Arizona on ESPN2 Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.