DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 23, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia going into this Saturday night’s race (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio; 7:30 p.m.)

Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, stands on a tank as he waves a flag to signal the a bulldozer to start diggin up pit road as part of a repaving project on the track immediately following during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 on Sunday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)

  • One win, one top five, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.5
  • Average Running Position of 10.8, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.3, fifth-best
  • 636 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
  • 375 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fifth-most

Jeff Burton (No. 31 BB&T Chevrolet)

  • One win, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.8
  • Average Running Position of 15.3, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 85.6, 12th-best
  • 674 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • 3,489 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), eighth-most
  • 334 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.4
  • Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.7, eighth-best
  • 275 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 662 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.474 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 3,480 Laps in the Top 15 (62.0%), ninth-most
  • 365 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Brown Toyota)

  • Three wins, 11 top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 5.0
  • Average Running Position of 7.6, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 114.8, second-best
  • 462 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.863 mph, second-fastest
  • 4,892 Laps in the Top 15 (87.2%), second-most
  • 425 Quality Passes, second-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • Three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 15.1
  • Average Running Position of 15.9, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.4, 11th-best
  • 179 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • 718 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.258 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 3,234 Laps in the Top 15 (57.6%), 11th-most
  • 330 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, 15 top fives, 24 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 14.5
  • Average Running Position of 12.8, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 98.5, fourth-best
  • 295 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.468 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 3,823 Laps in the Top 15 (68.1%), sixth-most
  • 348 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)

  • Two wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 7.6
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.1
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 117.6
  • Series-high 506 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 116.912 mph
  • 4,437 Laps in the Top 15 (92.2%), fourth-most
  • 346 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.5
  • Average Running Position of 7.4, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 112.6, third-best
  • 407 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.771 mph, third-fastest
  • Series-high 5,161 Laps in the Top 15 (92.0%)
  • Series-high 458 Quality Passes

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, five top fives, seven top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 17.2
  • Average Running Position of 16.3, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 88.6, 10th-best
  • 187 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.261 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 3,025 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 12th-most
  • 309 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

  • One win, three top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 19.2
  • Driver Rating of 85.0, 13th-best
  • 258 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 633 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.283 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 3,004 Laps in the Top 15 (53.5%), 13th-most
  • 298 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)

  • One win, 17 top fives, 28 top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 12.2
  • Average Running Position of 13.5, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best
  • 152 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.400 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 3,380 Laps in the Top 15 (60.2%), 10th-most

 

Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.7
  • Average Running Position of 11.0, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 93.0, seventh-best
  • 662 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.356 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 4,532 Laps in the Top 15 (80.8%), third-most
  • 422 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.9
  • Average Running Position of 12.2, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 95.4, sixth-best
  • 199 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • 696 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.531 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 3,930 Laps in the Top 15 (70.1%), fifth-most
  • 379 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

 

 

Chase Contenders

The Top 12

Following Race 8 of 36

 

Driver Points  Wins Poles  Rank Last Week Season Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle  312  1 1 1 108.2
2. Martin Truex Jr.  297 0 1 4 105.5
3. Matt Kenseth 295 1 0 2 103.9
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 291 0 0 3 101.2
5. Denny Hamlin 289 2 1 6 103.7
6. Kevin Harvick  287 0 0 5 100.8
7. Jimmie Johnson  275 0 0 8 104.3
8. Tony Stewart  265 2 0 7 95.4
9. Carl Edwards  251 0 1 11 80.61
10. Ryan Newman  249 1 0 9 83.8
11. Clint Bowyer 227 0 0 10 85.1
12. Joey Logano 221 0 0 13 77.8

  

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

13. Kyle Busch                     218 32. Dave Blaney              111
14. Paul Menard                   218 33. Travis Kvapil              104
15. Brad Keselowski              217 34. Landon Cassill           101
16. Juan Pablo Montoya        207  35. J.J. Yeley                   73
17. Jeff Burton                     201  36. David Stremme            69
18. Jeff Gordon                    200 37. Brian Vickers               66
19. Jamie McMurray             190 38. Michael McDowell        51
20. Aric Almirola                   187 39. Brendan Gaughan         50
21. Marcos Ambrose             187 40. Ken Schrader               47
22. Regan Smith                   187  41. Tony Raines                35
23. AJ Allmendinger              185 42. Josh Wise                   31
24. Mark Martin                    181 43. Terry Labonte             27
25. Kurt Busch                     174 44. Hermie Sadler             13
26. Kasey Kahne                  166 45. Scott Riggs                13
27. Bobby Labonte                161 46. Robby Gordon               6
28. Casey Mears                  137 47. Scott Speed                  1
29. David Gilliland                 126  
30. David Ragan                   123  
31. David Reutimann             121  

 Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final 2012 Top 12 at Richmond International Raceway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

19

1

0

2

5

1

16.6

82.8

 

2

Martin Truex Jr.

12

0

0

1

2

3

24.3

78.0

 

3

Matt Kenseth

24

0

1

3

9

1

17.3

79.0

 

4

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

25

0

3

8

10

1

14.4

82.6

 

5

Denny Hamlin

12

2

2

6

8

0

7.6

117.6

 

6

Kevin Harvick

22

1

2

6

14

0

11.5

112.6

 

7

Jimmie Johnson

20

2

3

5

7

1

17.2

88.6

 

8

Tony Stewart

26

0

3

9

17

2

10.9

95.4

 

9

Carl Edwards

15

1

0

3

7

1

15.1

86.4

 

10

Ryan Newman

20

1

1

5

12

0

11.7

93.0

 

11

Clint Bowyer

12

0

1

1

6

0

10.5

96.3

 

12

Joey Logano

6

0

0

1

1

1

16.5

74.5

 

* – Based on last 14 Richmond International Raceway races.


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.
  • 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 111 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 50 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 111 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 (5.0) and Denny Hamlin (7.5) are the only active drivers with an average finish in the top 10.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Richmond International Raceway winner: Richard Petty (04/23/1961 – 23 years, 9 months, 21 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Richmond International Raceway winner: Harry Gant (09/07/1991 – 51 years, 7 months, 28 days).
  • 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 Petty won the very first Richmond race in 1953.
  • Three of the last four races have had a margin of victory less than one second.

Richmond International Raceway Data

Race #: 9 of 36 (04-28-12)

Track Size: .75 miles

Race Length: 300 miles

  • Banking/corners: 14 degrees
  • Banking/straights: 8 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 1,290 feet
  • Backstretch: 860 feet

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Richmond

Denny Hamlin………………………. 117.6

Kyle Busch…………………………. 114.8

Kevin Harvick………………………. 112.6

Jeff Gordon………………………….. 98.5

Clint Bowyer…………………………. 96.3

Tony Stewart…………………………. 95.4

Ryan Newman……………………….. 93.0

Kurt Busch……………………………. 92.7

Mark Martin…………………………… 91.5

Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 88.6

Carl Edwards………………………… 86.4

Jeff Burton…………………………… 85.6

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (14 total) at Richmond.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner: Juan Pablo Montoya (128.639 mph, 20.989 seconds)
  • 2011 race winner: Kyle Busch (95.280 mph, 04-30-11)
  • 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 Ratings for Winners

Driver

Year

Pre-Race Driver Rating

Pre-Race

Driver Rating Rank

Kyle Busch

2011 Spring

113.8

2nd

Kyle Busch

2010 Spring

111.5

3rd

Kyle Busch

2009 Spring

109.9

3rd

Clint Bowyer

2008 Spring

88.8

11th

Jimmie Johnson

2007 Spring

60.3

30th

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2006 Spring

65.9

22nd

* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Richmond (last six spring races).

 

NASCAR in Virginia

There have been 275 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Virginia.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville

127

Richmond International Raceway

Richmond

111

Langley Field Speedway

Hampton

9

Norfolk Speedway

Norfolk

2

Old Dominion Speedway

Manassas

7

Princess Anne Speedway

Norfolk

1

South Boston Speedway

South Boston

10

Southside Speedway

Richmond

4

Starkey Speedway

Roanoke

4

163 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Virginia.

There have been 18 race winners from Virginia in NASCAR’s three national series:

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Joe Weatherly

25

0

0

Ricky Rudd

23

1

0

Jeff Burton

21

27

0

Denny Hamlin

19

11

1

Curtis Turner

17

0

0

Ward Burton

5

4

0

Glen Wood

4

0

0

Elliott Sadler

3

7

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

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