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Monday, April 22, 2013
Richmond Track Facts: 2013 Toyota Owners 400
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 in 1970.
·The track was rebuilt as a three-quarter-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 113 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway, one NSCS event from 1953-1958 and two races per year since 1959.
·467 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond; 304 in more than one.
·NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Richmond with 63. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 55 starts; followed by Mark Martin with 54.
·Buck Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Richmond in 1953 with a speed of 48.465 mph.
·51 drivers have Coors Light poles at Richmond, led by Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with eight each. Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with five each.
·Seven drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Richmond. Bobby Allison holds the record for most consecutive poles at Richmond with five (1972 - 1974).
·Youngest Richmond pole winner: Brian Vickers (5/15/2004 – 20 years, 6 months, 21 days).
·Oldest Richmond pole winner: Mark Martin (4/28/2012 – 53 years, 3 months, 19 days).
·47 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 and Joe Gibbs Racing with nine.
·Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Richmond with 35 victories; followed by Ford with 28 wins.
·22 of the 113 NASCAR Sprint Cup 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 the most winners than any other starting position at Richmond (22).
·35 of the 113 (30.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond have been won from the front row: 22 from the pole and 13 from second-place.
·90 of the 113 (79.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·11 of the 113 (9.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup 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 (4/23/1961 – 23 years, 9 months, 21 days).
·Oldest Richmond winner: Harry Gant (9/7/1991 – 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. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 18; followed by Jeff Gordon with 16.
·Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Richmond with 44. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 30; followed by Terry Labonte with 28.
·Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.925.
·Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond International Raceway with a 5.438.
·Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Richmond: Kyle Busch(5.4), Denny Hamlin (8.0) and Clint Bowyer (9.5).
·There has been one NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Richmond International Raceway: spring of 2008 (400/410).
·Only four of the 113 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.
·Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway six times; most recently fall of 2008.
·Kevin Harvick has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond without posting a DNF (24).
·Bobby Labonte (9/11/1993) and Brian Vickers (5/15/2004) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Richmond.
·Tony Stewart (9/11/1999) and Kasey Kahne (5/14/2005) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup wins 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. Terry Labonte (1994-1995) and Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep) are the only two active drivers with consecutive wins at Richmond.
·All of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup 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.
·Terry Labonte competed at Richmond International Raceway 32 times before winning in 1994; the longest span of any of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
·Terry Labonte (32), Joe Nemechek (18), Kevin Harvick (11) and Jimmie Johnson (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Richmond International Raceway.
·Bobby Labonte leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Richmond without visiting Victory Lane at 40.
·Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway was the Sept. 12, 1998 race won by Jeff Burton with an MOV of 0.051 of a second.
·Janet Guthrie is the only female driver to have competed at Richmond in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series(twice) – (2/27/1977) starting 13th and finishing 12th; 9/11/1977 - starting 14th and finishing 12th.
·Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Richmond with 1,415 laps led in 40 starts.
Richmond International Raceway Data
Season Race #: 9 of 36 (4-27-13)
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 12 Driver Rating at Richmond
Denny Hamlin............................ 117.8
Kyle Busch................................ 113.9
Kevin Harvick............................. 111.1
Clint Bowyer............................... 98.5
Tony Stewart.............................. 97.9
Jeff Gordon................................. 96.6
Mark Martin................................ 92.6
Ryan Newman............................ 92.0
Jimmie Johnson.......................... 90.4
Kurt Busch................................. 88.6
Carl Edwards.............................. 88.4
Kasey Kahne.............................. 87.8
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Richmond International Raceway
2012 pole winner: Mark Martin, Toyota, 128.327 mph, 21.040 secs., 4-26-12