Command to start engines given for Nationwide race at Richmond (UPDATED, 10:20 p.m. ET)

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UPDATE (10:20 p.m. ET): And finally, at long last, the command to start engines has been given at Richmond International Raceway. A competition caution will be thrown at Lap 40 tonight, and teams are not allowed to get fuel until that point of the race. Be sure to keep following MotorSportsTalk for coverage this evening.

UPDATE (9:55 p.m. ET): The Air Titans continue to work, but pre-race ceremonies have been completed for tonight’s ToyotaCare 250.

UPDATE (9:30 p.m. ET): The aforementioned big shower was a quick one as well, and the Air Titans have been able to make significant progress drying out Richmond International Raceway.

Additionally, NASCAR has confirmed that driver intros are set to take place very shortly.

If there are no more pop-up showers, that could mean the ToyotaCare 250 will finally see the green flag within the hour. Fingers crossed.

However, another race on tonight’s schedule at RIR will not go off as scheduled. The K&N Pro Series East was set to run after the Nationwide Series but will instead have its race tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. ET according to reports.

UPDATE (8 p.m. ET): Another big shower has likely pushed the start of tonight’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Richmond International Raceway back even further.

Here’s how it looks from the eyes – or more likely, the phone – of Motor Racing Network’s Dustin Long:

NASCAR had hoped to get pre-race ceremonies underway at 7:45 p.m. ET, so all the drivers had to do was start engines when the track was dry. Instead…

This afternoon’s qualifying for the ToyotaCare 250 ended just before the rains started to soak the 3/4-mile bullring. In addition to delaying the Nationwide race, the rain scratched qualifying for tomorrow’s Toyota Owners 400 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Brian Scott is on the pole for tonight’s race, while Kyle Larson got the pole for tomorrow’s race after running the fastest lap in today’s first Sprint Cup practice session.

But for now, the only vehicles running at RIR are the Air Titans…

In case you want to keep track of the weather, here’s the current radar from the National Weather Service. When we get updates on a new timeline for tonight’s event, we’ll pass it along.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.