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Monday, April 21, 2014
Richmond Track Facts: 2014 Toyota Owners 400
Clint Bowyer is a two-time winner at Richmond
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
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:
·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.
·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 Buschleads all active drivers with four.
·Petty Enterprises has the most wins at Richmond in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 15; followed byHendrick 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:
NASCAR in Virginia
·There have been 283 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among nine tracks in Virginia.
Richmond International Raceway
South Boston Speedway
Langley Field Speedway
Old Dominion Speedway
Princess Anne Speedway
·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.