Track Data
Track Size: .75 miles
Banking/Corners: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,290 feet
Backstretch: 860 feet

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.
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.

Interesting Facts
There have been 110 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond since the track opened in 1953.
The current 400-lap race length was established on the .542-mile measurement in March 1976.
Buck Baker won the pole in 1953.
Lee Petty won the first race in April 1953.
There have been 49 different pole winners, led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty (eight).
Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five poles.
47 different drivers have posted victories at Richmond, led by Richard Petty (13).
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Terry Labonte and Jimmie Johnson (three) lead active race winners.
Petty Enterprises has won 15 races at Richmond, more than any other team.
63 of 110 races have been won from the top five starting positions, including 22 from the pole.
The last driver to win from the pole was Kyle Busch in 2010.
The furthest back in the field a race winner has started was 31st, by Clint Bowyer in the 2008 spring race.
Kyle Busch (4.9), Denny Hamlin (7.5) and Clint Bowyer (9.5) are the only active drivers with an average finish in the top 10.
Kyle Petty became the first third-generation NASCAR race winner when he won his first race at Richmond, on Feb. 23, 1986. Richard Petty posted his first Richmond victory in 1961 and Lee won the very first Richmond race in 1953.
Three of the last four races have had a margin of victory less than one second.
Four drivers have come from outside the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup cut-off to make the Chase at Richmond:

  • Jeremy Mayfield in 2004 made up a 55-point deficit
  • Ryan Newman in 2005 made up a one-point deficit
  • Kasey Kahne in 2006 made up a 30-point deficit
  • Brian Vickers in 2009 made up a 20-point deficit

Track Records
Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers (129.983, 20.772 seconds, 5-14-04)
Track race record: Dale Jarrett (109.047 mph, 9-6-97)

Driver Rating

Denny Hamlin 120.4
Kyle Busch 116.0
Kevin Harvick 110.2
Clint Bowyer  97.9
Jeff Gordon  97.8
Tony Stewart  95.9
Ryan Newman  92.6
Mark Martin  92.2
Kurt Busch  91.2
Jimmie Johnson  88.7

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (13 total) at Richmond.

Top Performers Statistically:

Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet)

  • One win, one top five, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.5
  • Average Running Position of 10.5, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.9, fourth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.499 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 3,471 Laps in the Top 15 (78.7%), seventh-most
  • 345 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fourth-most
Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

  • One win, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.4
  • Average Running Position of 15.2, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.6, 12th-best
  •  613 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • 3,267 Laps in the Top 15 (62.7%), eighth-most
  • 298 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)

  • One win, three top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 18.0
  •  Average Running Position of 14.6, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.2, ninth-best
  • 272 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.527 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 3,114 Laps in the Top 15 (59.8%), 10th-most
  • 323 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 4.9
  • Average Running Position of 7.1, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 116.0, second-best
  • 440 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.938 mph, second-fastest
  • 4,641 Laps in the Top 15 (89.1%), second-most
  • 369 Quality Passes, second-most
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, eight top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 14.3
  • Average Running Position of 15.8, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 84.2, 13th-best
  • 265 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 678 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • 275 Quality Passes, 13th-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, 14 top fives, 23 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 14.8
  • Average Running Position of 13.1, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.8, fifth-best
  • 269 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.516 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 3,492 Laps in the Top 15 (67.0%), sixth-most
  • 282 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)

  • Two wins, six top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 7.5
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 5.2
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 120.4
  • Series-high 493 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 117.024 mph
  • 4,215 Laps in the Top 15 (95.6%), third-most
  • 317 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.0
  • Average Running Position of 7.7, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 110.2, third-best
  • 358 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.801 mph, third-fastest
  • Series-high 4,768 Laps in the Top 15 (91.5%)
  • Series-high 420 Quality Passes
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Power of Pride Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, five top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 16.5
  • Average Running Position of 16.2, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.7, 10th-best
  • 173 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.332 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 2,843 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), 12th-most
  • 285 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 4 Red Bull Toyota)

  • One win, three top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 17.9
  • Driver Rating of 88.2, 11th-best
  • 258 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 617 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.365 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 2,978 Laps in the Top 15 (57.2%), 11th-most
  • 291 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Mark Martin (No. 5 Quaker State/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet)

  • One win, 17 top fives, 27 top 10s; four poles
  •  Average finish of 12.2
  • Average Running Position of 13.4, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.2, eighth-best
  • 149 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.482 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 3,169 Laps in the Top 15 (60.8%), ninth-most
Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 11.1, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.6, seventh-best
  • 586 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.415 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 4,177 Laps in the Top 15 (80.2%), fourth-most
  • 362 Quality Passes, third-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, nine top fives, 16 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.0
  • Average Running Position of 12.2, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.9, sixth-best
  • 197 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 627 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.612 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 3,637 Laps in the Top 15 (69.8%), fifth-most
  • 343 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

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