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Toyota Owners 400
Richmond Int'l Raceway
Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:15pm EDT - FOX

Race Data

Race #: 9 of 36
Event: Toyota Owners 400
Location: Richmond, Va
Track Size: 0.75 Miles
Track Type: Tri-Oval
Total Laps: 400
Total Miles: 300
2013-1 Winner: Kevin Harvick
2013-2 Winner: Carl Edwards
Pit Speed: 45 mph

Previous Winners

4- Kyle Busch 09/10/11/12
3- Tony Stewart 99/01/02
3- Dale Earnhardt Jr 00/04/06
3- Jimmie Johnson 07/07/08/09
3- Kevin Harvick 06/11/13
2- Jeff Gordon 96/00
2- Denny Hamlin 09/10
2- Clint Bowyer 08/12
1- Jeff Burton 98
1- Matt Kenseth 02
1- Joe Nemechek 03
1- Ryan Newman 03
1- Kasey Kahne 05
1- Kurt Busch 05
1- Carl Edwards 13

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Upgrade Your Friday Race Day With a Pre-Race Pit Pass at RIR

The green flag may wave at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 25, but the action at Richmond International Raceway starts well before that. Join us on Pit Road from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm for a pre-race experience where you take in the sights and sounds of race prep - including Knockout Pole Qualifying and practice - from the perspective of a NASCAR crew member.

Friday's events include Farm Bureau Insurance Pole Qualifying and practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as NBC12 Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The day's action is topped off with the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, followed by the BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race - that's right, we said TWO races in ONE night!

More good news! On Friday at noon, the new NASCAR Next class will be announced in Gatorade Victory Lane, and all Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass holders are invited. NASCAR Next is a program that spotlights NASCAR's emerging stars. Launched in 2011, the program has identified a number of drivers who have advanced from regional and touring racing series to NASCAR's national series. Notable alumni include Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Dylan Kwasniewski, Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr.

Can't get enough of the NASCAR Next class? They will be signing autographs on the backstretch at Track Takeover on Saturday, April 26, and you can say you knew them when they were just breaking into the sport! Every fan who has a ticket to the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 is invited to get up close and personal with the track you love.

Individual Friday Pre-Race Pit Passes, $50 per person, are the only way fans can gain access to pit road on Friday. Passes are available online by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223. In order to purchase the Friday Pre-Race Pit Pass, you must have a ticket for the April 25 events. Pre-Race Pit Passes are limited to guests 16 years of age and older. A parent or guardian must sign waivers for and accompany children younger than 18 who are utilizing Pre-Race Pit Passes.

Click here (http://www.rir.com/Articles/2014/04/Friday-Pre-Race-Pit-Pass.aspx) to view the Pre-Race Pit Pass Access areas. Appropriate dress is required. Shirt, shoes and shorts or pants must be worn at all times while on pit road. No alcohol or coolers are permitted in the infield.

Call 866-455-7223 to purchase tickets for the Friday, April 25, ToyotaCare250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and BLUE OX 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race. Advance tickets start at just $30 and kids 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission.

Make it double-header and join us for a second night "under the lights" on Saturday, April 26, for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. There's no better place to be than at America's Premier Short Track watching Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and all your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers battle under the lights for 400 laps of pure adrenaline. Advance tickets start at just $35. Bring the whole family because NEW IN 2014 tickets for kids 12 and younger are $25 off the adult price in ALL grandstands. Call 866-455-7223 to purchase.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes - 2014 Richmond-1

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Over-Wait: When Will Johnson, Kenseth Quench Wins Thirst
Here's a stat that properly illustrates how weird this Jimmie Johnson/Matt Kenseth "drought" is: The last time neither won any of the first eight races, Johnson wasn't even in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series yet.
The year was 2001. Johnson was in his second full season of NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. Kenseth was in his second full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and battling a bit of a sophomore slump. He went winless and finished outside the top 10 in the final championship standings.
Few would've predicted they'd combine to win seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships over the next decade and a half, or win a combined 96 races.
The point: Though an eight-race drought doesn't constitute as a panic situation, it can certainly be categorized as bizarre. Last year at this time, they each had two wins.
But the wait likely won't last too much longer. Though Richmond might be the place, tracks beyond this weekend may provide a slightly better opportunity.
Though Johnson has three wins at Richmond, the last was in 2008 - and he's finished outside the top 10 in each of the last three Richmond races. Kenseth has finished in the top 10 in each of the last three Richmond races, but hasn't won a race at the Virginia short track since 2002.
The four points races that follow - Talladega, Kansas, Charlotte and Dover? Wheelhouse City.
Kenseth's restrictor-plate prowess has been well documented. In 2012's four restrictor-plate races - which includes Talladega and Daytona - Kenseth won twice, averaging a finish of 2.0. And last year, Johnson became the first driver since 1982 to sweep at Daytona.
Kenseth is the defending winner of the spring Kansas races, and is tied with Johnson (and Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart) atop the track's wins list.
Johnson shares the all-time Charlotte wins lead with NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip. And at Dover, Johnson owns eight wins, more than any other driver.
So, if it doesn't happen at Richmond this Saturday night, it'll probably happen at Talladega. Or Kansas. Or Charlotte. Or Dover. Eighteen races remain in the regular season - plenty of time for two of the best drivers in the sport's history to lock up their spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
 
Richmond Kicks Off Part 2 Of NSCS Season 
Richmond International Raceway has been called "the perfect track" . which makes this Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 the perfect way to start the second portion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
And with the new championship format, it'll be a fascinating watch. Consider this.
Among the tracks scheduled for the "middle" portion of the 26-race regular season are Richmond, Talladega, Sonoma, Pocono, Daytona and New Hampshire.
Richmond always features unpredictable, tight short-track action, and has seen four different drivers win the last four races.
Talladega is, well, Talladega. One needs only to look at last year's spring Talladega race, won by David Ragan, to know it's anybody's race. Nine different drivers have won the last nine Sonoma races. Pocono is its own animal, and has a parity streak of its own - five different winners in the last five races. And Daytona, another restrictor-plate beast, has seen its share of surprises recently.
But the king of competitive balance these days has been New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which has seen 12 different winners in the last 12 races - including last July's shocking victory by Brian Vickers, who was running fulltime in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the time.
 
Piling On: Harvick Wins Might Come In Bunches
For Kevin Harvick in 2014, when it rains . it pours - both positively and negatively.
In Harvick's two wins this year, he dominated. At Phoenix, his first win of the season, Harvick led 224 of the 312 laps for a driver rating of 149.9 (a perfect rating is 150.0). At Darlington, he led 238 of the 374 laps, recording a driver rating of 148.9.
That's the positive. Then there's the negative.
When the bad luck hits, boy does it hit. Joining his two victories are four finishes of 36th or worse. In three of those - at Las Vegas, Bristol and Texas - he led at least one lap. Good days turned bad, in the worst possible way.
In those instances, it poured.
So, is this a success-in-bunches portion of the program for Harvick? The statistics say "yes."
Harvick has won three races at Richmond - including two of the last five - and has finished in the top 10 in 16 of his 26 starts. And with another 55 laps led on Saturday night, Harvick will reach 1,000 Richmond laps led in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.
Harvick has won consecutive races twice in his career, one of them involving Richmond. In 2006, Harvick won Richmond-2 and followed that with a New Hampshire victory. Most recently, in 2011, Harvick won back-to-back races at Auto Club Speedway and Martinsville.
 
Points Lead Nice, A Win Would Be Better
Jeff Gordon owns the points lead. That gets him some pretty sweet perks.
Among them: Recognition, a primo hauler spot in the garage . and a guaranteed spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup if he holds it after race No. 26.
Regardless of win count, the points leader will earn a berth in this year's Chase under the new rules. But, it's a tenuous position for Gordon. A bad day could swipe the points lead away in a heartbeat.
A victory would put the 88-time winner in a much more comfortable spot. You have to believe it's coming sooner than later.
Gordon's season thus far has been defined by near-visits to Victory Lane. He opened the season with four consecutive top-10 finishes. His last two finishes were second (Texas) and seventh (Darlington). And he's eclipsed the 100 points driver rating figure in six of the eight races this season.
But no wins heading into the third short-track race of the season.
A 16-time winner at short tracks, Gordon has two career wins at Richmond, and has finished in the top 10 in two of the last three Richmond races. Though his last victory at the Virginia short track came in 2000, he did have a streak of seven consecutive races with top 10s from 2007-10.
 
Edwards Looks To Make It Back-To-Back At Richmond
Quick: Who won the last 10 Richmond fall races? That's about as hard as it gets when it comes to NASCAR trivia. The fall Richmond winner often shares the spotlight with the 12 drivers who JUST made the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
It's easy to get overshadowed, and it's understandable. Last September, Carl Edwards won the fall Richmond race; it was his second win of the season.
If he can do the same this weekend, it would again be his second win of the season. It would guarantee that he'd be among the top 15 winners and thus land him a Chase spot, provided he doesn't miss any races or fall out of the top 30 in points after race No. 26. And, the spotlight would be all his.
Edwards, who is currently third in points, has one win and 10 top 10s in 19 starts at Richmond. Known more for his success at bigger race tracks, Edwards clearly feels just as comfortable at the .75-mile short track. He has scored top-10 finishes in seven of the last eight races.
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Etc.
After a prolonged wait, figure this Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway as the likely spot for Kyle Busch to reach 10,000 career laps led. He needs 30 more laps led to become the 15th driver to reach the milestone. Busch has led 30 or more laps in seven of his 18 Richmond starts. . AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG / Daugherty Racing, will make his 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend, at Richmond. His best career finish is second, on April 1, 2012, at Martinsville Speedway - like Richmond, a short track. . Marcos Ambrose, who drives the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, will also make his 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on Saturday night. He has two wins in his career, both at Watkins Glen.
 
Scott Returns To Site Of Dominating Performance
In his last trip to Richmond International Raceway, Richard Childress Racing driver Brian Scott put on a dominating performance. He led the entire race . that is until the waning moments when he was passed by Brad Keselowski with 11 laps to go.
Scott came so close to capturing his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory that Friday night last September that the sting of finishing runner up might still be fresh in his mind. He gets his chance at redemption in Friday night's ToyotaCare 250.
Through the first seven races of 2014, Scott has one top-10 finish (a seventh at Las Vegas), but has not finished lower than 17th, averaging a personal-best 12.0 finishing position. He currently ranks sixth in the standings, 46 points behind leader Chase Elliott.  
In nine series starts at Richmond, Scott's only top-10 finish came in the fall race last year. His average finish in his first eight starts at the .75-mile track is 25.9. In last year's race, he started on the pole before leading the first 239 laps of the 250-lap affair. The 239 are the only laps he has led at Richmond, and account for the majority of the laps Scott led throughout the entire 2013 campaign in which he paced the field for a total of 254 laps.
The Richmond race will be a milestone event for Richard Childress Racing. With four drivers - Cole Conley, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Scott - entered, it will mark the 1,000th start for the organization in the Nationwide Series.
The entire outfit is having a solid start to the 2014 season with three full-time drivers currently running in the top seven in the standings. In addition to Scott's sixth-place ranking, Dillon is fourth (-23) with Gaughan seventh (-56). Richmond will only be Conley's third career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
 
Next Up: Who Will Be The Next First-Time Winner In Nationwide?
Kyle Larson did it first. Chase Elliott did it next - only to do it again the following week.
When Larson crossed the finish line first at Auto Club Speedway, he became the season's first first-time winner to win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. One race later, Chase Elliott notched his first career series win by outlasting the field at Texas, and then he won again - this time at Darlington in the series' most recent race.
With the recent run on first-time winners, it begs the question as to who will be the next first timer in the series . and could that person do so at Richmond?
Possible candidates include Ty Dillon, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan, Dylan Kwasniewski and Ryan Reed, who are all in the top 10 in the points standings.
Dillon has come closest to winning through the first seven races of the season, having compiled six top 10s with a low showing of 11th. His highest finish was sixth in Bristol. In two Richmond races, his best result was seventh in the fall 2012 event.
Scott, Gaughan and Reed each have one top-10 finish in limited experience at Richmond. Scott finished second in the fall 2013 race, the same race in which Reed finished ninth. Gaughan's best showing there was a ninth in the spring 2009 event. Kwasniewski has never made a series start at the short track.
 
Sadler Heads Home Looking For First Win Of 2014
In 2012, Elliott Sadler scored a personal-best four wins during the NASCAR Nationwide Series season, finishing second in the standings to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Since then, Sadler has been trying to find his way back to Victory Lane, coming close by finishing second twice last season.
This weekend, Sadler will be competing in front of a hometown crowd at Richmond International Raceway, which is about 60 miles away from where he grew up. In 21 Nationwide starts at the short track, Sadler has eight top-10 finishes, including a runner-up performance in 2005.
After the first seven races of 2014, he sits third in the standings, 20 points behind leader Chase Elliott. He has put together a solid season so far, compiling three top fives, five top 10s, with a season-best showing  of second at Darlington. His two results outside the top 10 are 13th and 17th.
 
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
This weekend's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond marks the NNS debut of Daniel Suarez, who this season has won two races each in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series. . The Richmond NNS race is the first in which BUBBA Burgers will sponsor Joe Nemechek. The two will partner up for two other races in the near future (Charlotte, Kentucky). . Speaking of Kentucky, the name for the track's June NNS event was officially announced and is the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, to be held on June 27.
 
Drivers Remain Busy During Break
Though the next race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series isn't until May 9 at Kansas Speedway, many series regulars will compete on track this week.
More than a dozen teams spent Monday and Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway testing for their upcoming race there on Friday, May 16. Teams tested from 1-9 p.m. each day to prepare for the fourth race of the 2014 schedule. This session will give competitors extended track time as they prepare to compete on a 1.5-mile track for the first time this season with the new truck body designs.
Timothy Peters and Jeb Burton will also compete in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Thursday night April 24 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. Both Peters and Burton have won numerous times at the track in late model stock cars.
Peters and Burton will join over 40 other drivers participating in the annual fundraising event for Hamlin's foundation. Kyle Busch, who won the season-opening truck race at Daytona, will also compete in the charity event.
Also seeing duty this week will be Ryan Blaney. Blaney will compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. After he goes for his second NNS win, Blaney will then prepare for his debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Team Penske at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 10.
Blaney has tested at Charlotte in his truck for Brad Keselowski Racing and also tested for Team Penske in Nashville.
 
Tight Points Battle Heading Into Kansas
Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter enter the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway tied for the lead in the points standings. Both drivers are four points ahead of defending champion and the most recent race winner Matt Crafton (82-78). Peters officially holds the tiebreaker for the top spot, thanks to a top finish of second (Daytona). Sauter's best finish was third, also at Daytona.
Ben Kennedy holds the early lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year race with a nine-point advantage over Tyler Reddick (29-20).
Peters will go after his first win at Kansas Speedway on Friday, May 9. Peters and Sauter currently share the longest streak among active series drivers with at least one win in five consecutive seasons. In six previous starts at Kansas, Peters has one top-five finish.
Sauter has one win at Kansas in five starts and has finished in the top 10 in four of his five starts.
Kennedy and Reddick will both be making their first career start at the 1.5-mile track.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Etc.
Gateway Motorsports Park landed an entitlement sponsor for its race on June 14. NASCAR's return to the St. Louis area will be known as the "Drivin' for Linemen 200," named to help raise awareness for the Linemen of America and the electrical industry.
 
NASCAR Next Class To Be Revealed.
The 2014-15 NASCAR Next class will be announced Friday in Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway. The program enters its fourth year as an industry initiative designed to spotlight the sport's rising stars. Since it began in 2011, more than half of the participants have raced in the national series and more than one-third are racing fulltime at that level this season. NASCAR Next has spotlighted drivers such as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Dylan Kwasniewski and Darrell Wallace Jr.
Ben Rhodes has used three top fives in four races to ascend to the top of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings as the series heads to Richmond for Friday's Blue Ox 100. In three races at the Virginia oval, Rev Racing has two wins in three years with Darrell Wallace Jr. (2011) and Ryan Gifford (2013). Daniel Suárez, another Drive for Diversity product, already has two wins this season and trails Rhodes by just seven points.
Justin Bonsignore will look to become the first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver to win the season's first two races since Ted Christopher in 2009 when the tour races the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway on Sunday. Bonsignore won the season-opening Icebreaker at Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park on April 6.
South Boston (Va.) Speedway will host the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Thursday. The invitation-only, non-points event will be competed in late models and the entry list includes Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth along with NASCAR Next drivers Jeb Burton and Ryan Preece.






Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Toyota Owners 400

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 21, 2014) - Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia going into the Toyota Owners 400 on April 26.
 
RICHMOND-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 AAA Insurance Toyota)
·         Two wins, three top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.1
·         Average Running Position of 9.5, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 100.7, fourth-best
·         183 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         851 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.414 mph, fifth-fastest
·         5,140 Laps in the Top 15 (80.1%), fifth-most
·         485 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fourth-most
 
 
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet)
·         One win, five top fives, nine top 10s
·         Average finish of 17.3
·         Average Running Position of 14.4, eighth-best
·         Driver Rating of 92.2, seventh-best
·         364 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.386 mph, sixth-fastest
·         4,338 Laps in the Top 15 (60.1%), ninth-most
·         428 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 
 
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)
·         Four wins, 12 top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 7.2
·         Average Running Position of 7.8, second-best
·         Driver Rating of 111.9, second-best
·         529 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.749 mph, second-fastest
·         6,271 Laps in the Top 15 (86.9%), second-most
·         533 Quality Passes, third-most
 
Carl Edwards (No. 99 FordAlwaysRacing Ford)
·         One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 13.7
·         Average Running Position of 14.9, ninth-best
·         Driver Rating of 90.1, ninth-best
·         291 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
·         957 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.290 mph, ninth-fastest
·         4,276 Laps in the Top 15 (59.3%), 10th-most
·         429 Quality Passes, ninth-most
 
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)
·         Two wins, 16 top fives, 26 top 10s; six poles
·         Average finish of 14.1
·         Average Running Position of 13.8, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 96.0, sixth-best
·         343 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.375 mph, seventh-fastest
·         4,518 Laps in the Top 15 (62.6%), eighth-most
·         436 Quality Passes, seventh-most
 
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)
·         Two wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 8.9
·         Series-best Average Running Position of 6.6
·         Series-best Driver Rating of 114.8
·         Series-high 584 Fastest Laps Run
·         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 116.782 mph
·         5,361 Laps in the Top 15 (89.2%), fourth-most
 
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, seven top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.3
·         Average Running Position of 7.9, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 110.0, third-best
·         458 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
·         854 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.658 mph, third-fastest
·         Series-high 6,617 Laps in the Top 15 (91.7%)
·         Series-high 613 Quality Passes
 
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, five top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
·         Average finish of 17.3
·         Average Running Position of 16.2, 12th-best
·         Driver Rating of 88.5, 10th-best
·         274 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.232 mph, 11th-fastest
 
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)
·         One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 18.0
·         Driver Rating of 86.8, 11th-best
·         341 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         923 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
·         4,088 Laps in the Top 15 (56.7%), 12th-most
·         433 Quality Passes, eighth-most
 
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)
·         One win, six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.4
·         Average Running Position of 11.7, fifth-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.6, eighth-best
·         921 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         5,419 Laps in the Top 15 (75.1%), third-most
·         550 Quality Passes, second-most
 
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, 11 top fives, 19 top 10s
·         Average finish of 10.6
·         Average Running Position of 12.1, sixth-best
·         Driver Rating of 96.5, fifth-best
·         276 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
·         875 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.498 mph, fourth-fastest
·         4,755 Laps in the Top 15 (69.8%), sixth-most
·         462 Quality Passes, fifth-most
 
 
 
Richmond International Raceway Data
Season Race #: 9 of 36 (04-26-14)
Track Size: 0.75-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 14 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees
Frontstretch Length:  1,290 feet
Backstretch Length:  860 feet
Race Length: 400 laps / 300 miles
 
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Richmond
Denny Hamlin............................ 114.8
Kyle Busch............................... 111.9
Kevin Harvick............................ 110.0
Clint Bowyer.............................. 100.7
Tony Stewart............................... 96.5
Jeff Gordon................................ 96.0
Kurt Busch.................................. 92.2
Ryan Newman............................. 91.6
Carl Edwards.............................. 90.1
Jimmie Johnson.......................... 88.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at Richmond International Raceway
 
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Coors Light pole winner:
Matt Kenseth, Toyota
130.334 mph, 20.716 secs. 04-25-13
 
2013 race winner:
Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet
92.141 mph, (03:18:17), 04-27-13
 
Track qualifying record:
Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet
130.599 mph, 20.674 secs. 09-04-13
 
Track race record:
Dale Jarrett, Ford
109.047 mph, (02:45:04), 09-06-97
 
At Richmond International Raceway:
History
·         Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.
·         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was April 19, 1953 won by Lee Petty.
·         The spring 1964 race was run on a Tuesday night under temporary lighting.
·         The track name changed to Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1967.
·         The track surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between races in 1968.
·         The track name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969.
·         The track was re-measured to .542-mile for 1970.
·         The track was rebuilt as a three-quarters-mile D-shaped oval following the Feb. 21, 1988 race.
·         The first race under permanent lights was Sept. 7, 1991.
·         The first season with both races as night races was 1999.
Notebook
·         There have been 115 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway, one NSCS event from 1953 - 1958 and two races per year since 1959.
·         472 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond; 306 in more than one.
·         NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Richmond with 63. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 42 starts.
·         Buck Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Richmond in 1953 with a speed of 48.465 mph.
·         52 drivers have Coors Light poles at Richmond, led by Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with eight each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
·         Seven drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Richmond. Bobby Allison holds the record for most consecutive Coors Light poles at Richmond with five (1972 - 1974).
·         Youngest Richmond pole winner: Brian Vickers (05/15/2004 - 20 years, 6 months, 21 days).
·         Oldest Richmond pole winner: Mark Martin (04/28/2012 - 53 years, 3 months, 19 days).
·         48 different drivers have won at Richmond International Raceway, led by Richard Petty with 13. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with four.
·         Petty Enterprises has the most wins at Richmond in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 15; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 10, Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing each have nine.
·         Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Richmond with 36 victories; followed by Ford with 29 and Toyota with seven.
·         22 of the 115 (19.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from the Coors Light pole. Only three active drivers have been able to accomplish the feat: Kasey Kahne (2005), Jimmie Johnson (2007) and Kyle Busch (2010). 
·         The pole starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners than any other starting position at Richmond (22). 
·         35 of the 115 (30.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond have been won from the front row: 22 from the pole and 13 from second-place.
·         90 of the 115 (78.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         13 of the 115 (11.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·         The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Richmond International Raceway was 31st, by Clint Bowyer in the spring of 2008.
·         Youngest Richmond winner: Richard Petty (04/23/1961 - 23 years, 9 months, 21 days).
·         Oldest Richmond winner: Harry Gant (09/07/1991 - 51 years, 7 months, 28 days).
·         Bobby Allison and Richard Petty are tied for thelead in runner-up finishes at Richmond with nine each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.  
·         Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Richmond with 34; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 16.
·         Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Richmond with 41. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 26.
·         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.643.
·         Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.222.
·         Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Richmond: Kyle Busch (7.2) and Denny Hamlin (8.9).
·         There have been two NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Richmond International Raceway: spring of 2008 (400/410) and spring of 2013 (400/406).
·         Only four of the 115 races at Richmond International Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions: spring of 1962, spring of 1977, spring of 1982 and spring of 2003.
·         Bobby Labonte (09/11/1993) and Brian Vickers (05/15/2004) posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Richmond.   
·         Tony Stewart (09/11/1999) and Kasey Kahne (05/14/2005) posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Richmond.   
·         Eight drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Richmond International Raceway. Richard Petty leads the series in consecutive wins at Richmond after posting seven consecutive wins from the fall of 1970 - 1973. Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep) is the only active driver with consecutive wins at Richmond. 
·         All of the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Richmond International Raceway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart won at Richmond in their second appearance.   
·         Joe Nemechek competed at Richmond International Raceway 18 times before winning in 1994; the longest span of any the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
·         Dave Blaney leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond without visiting Victory Lane at 26.
·         Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway was the (09/12/1998) race won by Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.051 second.
·         Two female drivers have competed at Richmond in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Janet Guthrie
13
12
2/27/1977
Janet Guthrie
14
12
9/11/1977
Danica Patrick
30
29
4/27/2013
Danica Patrick
36
30
9/7/2013
 
NASCAR in Virginia
·         There have been 283 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among nine tracks in Virginia.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville
131
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond
115
South Boston Speedway
South Boston
10
Langley Field Speedway
Hampton
9
Old Dominion Speedway
Manassas
7
Southside Speedway
Richmond
4
Starkey Speedway
Roanoke
4
Norfolk Speedway
Norfolk
2
Princess Anne Speedway
Norfolk
1
 
·         171 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Virginia.
·         19 drivers from Virginia have won at least one race in NASCAR's three national series; 11 have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Joe Weatherly
25
0
0
Denny Hamlin
23
11
2
Ricky Rudd
23
1
0
Jeff Burton
21
27
0
Curtis Turner
17
0
0
Ward Burton
5
4
0
Glen Wood
4
0
0
Elliott Sadler
3
9
1
Emanuel Zervakis
2
0
0
Lennie Pond
1
0
0
Wendell Scott
1
0
0
Tommy Ellis
0
22
0
Jimmy Hensley
0
9
2
Rick Mast
0
9
0
Hermie Sadler
0
2
0
Elton Sawyer
0
2
0
Stacy Compton
0
0
2
Jon Wood
0
0
2
Jeb Burton
0
0
1