Richmond International Raceway is the next stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. It is Saturday night (April 28) racing under the lights and the three-quarter mile track will be as action packed as a race can get.

There seems to be some obvious choices as to who might be the favorite to win the Capital City 400 but here’s the top seven in descending order with a couple of extra picks.

7. Jeff Gordon – I kind of feel like Charlie Brown when Lucy pulls the football away. I’ve chosen Gordon often and every time I do, whiff, he pulls the ball away and I fall flat on my back again. But, let’s try it again because his record at the track is very solid with two wins, five poles and a third last fall. Did I say fall?

6. Jimmie Johnson – I know a lot of folks like the idea of Jimmie winning this race and I won’t be surprised if he does. I just don’t see Johnson having as good a chance as others say, especially if he has the ugly Earth Day car again.

5. Clint Bowyer – I’m going out on a limb here or so it would seem. But he and his Michael Waltrip Racing team are the hot new group coming up plus Bowyer’s won here and qualified in the top five the last three Richmond races.

4. Tony Stewart – He has always driven well here since the first time he came to this track. 16 Top 10s say Stewart will be one of the contenders for the win.

3. Kevin Harvick – He won here last fall and has 13 Top 10s over the past 15 races. No matter where he sits, he will be in close proximity to the front at the finish. With his victory last year (source – NASCAR), he should be one of the favorites to capture the checkered flag again.