Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Federated Auto Parts 400

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 3, 2012) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia going into the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sept. 8.

 

RICHMOND-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

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

  • One win, one top five, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.2
  • Average Running Position of 10.7, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.4, fifth-best
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.431 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 3,968 Laps in the Top 15 (76.2%), sixth-most
  • 411 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fourth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.9
  • Average Running Position of 14.8, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 90.8, ninth-best
  • 299 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.449 mph, sixth-fastest

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

  • Four wins, 12 top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 4.7
  • Average Running Position of 7.3, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 116.1, second-best
  • 503 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.901 mph, second-fastest
  • 5,292 Laps in the Top 15 (88.1%), second-most
  • 453 Quality Passes, third-most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.9
  • Average Running Position of 15.8, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 84.2, 13th-best
  • 280 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • 793 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Kellogg’s Ford)

  • Three top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.8
  • Average Running Position of 15.1, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.1, 11th-best
  • 241 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 745 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.332 mph, 11th-fastest

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, 15 top fives, 24 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 14.7
  • Average Running Position of 13.8, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.2, sixth-best
  • 302 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.462 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 3,879 Laps in the Top 15 (64.5%), seventh-most
  • 355 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)

  • Two wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 7.3
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.1
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 117.2
  • Series-high 521 Fastest Laps Run
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 116.921 mph
  • 4,836 Laps in the Top 15 (92.8%), third-most
  • 373 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 7.4, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 111.6, third-best
  • 421 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.763 mph, third-fastest
  • Series-high 5,525 Laps in the Top 15 (91.9%)
  • Series-high 488 Quality Passes

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, five top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 16.7
  • Average Running Position of 15.7, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.6, 10th-best
  • 215 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.319 mph, 12th-fastest
  • 3,361 Laps in the Top 15 (55.9%), 13th-most
  • 345 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet)

  • One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 18.4
  • Driver Rating of 86.6, 12th-best
  • 279 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 698 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.344 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 3,396 Laps in the Top 15 (56.5%), 12th-most
  • 345 Quality Passes, ninth-most
 

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

  • One win, 17 top fives, 29 top 10s; five poles
  • Average finish of 12.1
  • Average Running Position of 13.4, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.7, eighth-best
  • 158 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.412 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 3,722 Laps in the Top 15 (61.9%), eighth-most
 

Ryan Newman (No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)

  • One win, five top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.8
  • Average Running Position of 11.3, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.4, seventh-best
  • 727 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.371 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 4,777 Laps in the Top 15 (79.5%), fourth-most
  • 464 Quality Passes, second-most
 

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

  • Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s
  • Average finish of 10.6
  • Average Running Position of 11.8, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.4, fourth-best
  • 738 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 116.590 mph, fourth-fastest
 

 

Chase Contenders

 

The Top 10

 

Following Race 25 of 36

 

Driver Points Wins Poles Rank Last Week Season Driver Rating
1. Greg Biffle                  879       2           2              1           103.3 879 2 2 1 103.3
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.     871       1           0               3             99.1 871 1 0 3 99.1
3. Matt Kenseth              858       1           1               4           102.6 858 1 1 4 102.6
4. Jimmie Johnson       848       3           1               2           108.2 848 3 1 2 108.2
5. Martin Truex Jr.         848       0           1               5             98.3 848 0 1 5 98.3
6. Brad Keselowski        838       3           0               7             96.3 838 3 0 7 96.3
7. Denny Hamlin            831       4           2               8           100.8 831 4 2 8 100.8
8. Clint Bowyer              822       1           0              6             91.2 822 1 0 6 91.2
9. Kevin Harvick            811       0           0              9             91.7 811 0 0 9 91.7
10. Tony Stewart              807       3           1             10             87.2 807 3 1 10 87.2

ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

11. Kasey Kahne (2 wins)      751         35. Brian Vickers             177
12. Kyle Busch (1 win)           746         36. David Stremme          177
13. Jeff Gordon (1 win)          734         37. J.J. Yeley                  138
14. Carl Edwards                  720         38. Michael McDowell      122
15. Paul Menard                   710         39. Josh Wise                 107
16. Marcos Ambrose (1 win)   706         40. Ken Schrader             102
17. Ryan Newman (1 win)      697         41. Stephen Leicht             89
18. Joey Logano (1 win)         664         42. Scott Speed                76
19. Jamie McMurray             618         43. Michael Waltrip           75
20. Jeff Burton                     609         44. Tony Raines               67
21. Juan Pablo Montoya        584         45. Terry Labonte             66
22. Aric Almirola                   569         46. Brendan Gaughan         50
23. Regan Smith                   546         47. Scott Riggs                 45
24. Bobby Labonte                538         48. Boris Said                   34
25. Kurt Busch                     483         49. Bill Elliott                     14
26. Mark Martin                    451         50. Hermie Sadler III          13
27. Casey Mears                  447         51. Robby Gordon             11
28. David Gilliland                 438         52. Mike Skinner               10
29. David Ragan                   425         53. Tomy Drissi                  6
30. Travis Kvapil                   417         54. Stacey Compton            5
31. AJ Allmendinger              400         55. David Mayhew              4
32. Landon Cassill                396         56. Kelly Bires                    2
33. Dave Blaney                   327         57. Patrick Long                  2
34. David Reutimann             306        

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. After race No. 26, the top 10 earn a berth in the Chase. Spots 11 and 12 – the Wild Cards – will go to those drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, provided they are in the top 20.

 

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

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

20

1

0

2

5

1

16.7

81.9

 

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

26

0

3

9

11

1

13.9

84.2

 

3

Matt Kenseth

25

0

1

3

9

1

17.0

79.5

 

4

Jimmie Johnson

21

2

3

5

8

1

16.7

89.6

 

5

Martin Truex Jr.

13

0

0

1

2

3

24.4

77.8

 

6

Brad Keselowski

6

0

0

0

1

1

20.7

75.0

 

7

Denny Hamlin

13

2

2

7

9

0

7.3

117.2

 

8

Clint Bowyer

13

0

1

1

7

0

10.2

96.4

 

9

Kevin Harvick

23

1

2

6

14

0

11.8

111.6

 

10

Tony Stewart

27

0

3

10

18

2

10.6

97.4

 

11

Kasey Kahne

17

1

1

4

7

2

18.4

86.6

 

12

Kyle Busch

15

1

4

12

13

0

4.7

116.1

 

* – Based on last 15 races at Richmond International Raceway.

 

The Wild Card Standings Following: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Pos.

Driver

Wins

Pts. Pos.

Points

Pts. From 10th

1

Kasey Kahne

2

11

751

-18

2

Kyle Busch

1

12

746

-23

3

Jeff Gordon

1

13

734

-35

4

Marcos Ambrose

1

16

706

-63

5

Ryan Newman

1

17

697

-72

6

Joey Logano

1

18

664

-105

7

Carl Edwards

0

14

720

-49

8

Paul Menard

0

15

710

-59

9

Jamie McMurray

0

19

618

-151

10

Jeff Burton

0

20

609

-160

The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.

 

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 112 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 and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with five poles each.
  • 47 different drivers have posted victories at Richmond, led by Richard Petty (13).
  • Kyle Busch leads all active race winners with four.
  • Petty Enterprises has won 15 races at Richmond, more than any other team. Hendrick Motorsports has the second most wins with 10.
  • 63 of 112 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 on May 1, 2010.
  • The furthest back in the field a race winner has started was 31st, by Clint Bowyer in the 2008 spring race.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch (4.7), Denny Hamlin (7.3) 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 Petty won the very first Richmond race in 1953.
  • Three of the last five races have had a margin of victory less than one second.
  • 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)
  • Four drivers have come from outside the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup cut-off to make the Chase at Richmond:
  • Jeremy Mayfieldin 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
  • Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin are the two drivers that clinched the Wild Card in 2011 to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

 

Richmond International Raceway Data

  • Race #: 26 of 36 (09-08-12)
  • Track Size: 0.75-miles
  • Banking/Corners: 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

  1. Denny Hamlin………………………. 117.2
  2. Kyle Busch…………………………. 116.1
  3. Kevin Harvick………………………. 111.6
  4. Tony Stewart…………………………. 97.4
  5. Clint Bowyer…………………………. 96.4
  6. Jeff Gordon………………………….. 96.2
  7. Ryan Newman……………………….. 92.4
  8. Mark Martin…………………………… 91.7
  9. Kurt Busch……………………………. 90.8
  10. Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 89.6
  11. Carl Edwards………………………… 89.1
  12. Kasey Kahne………………………… 86.6

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2012 races (15 total) at Richmond International Raceway.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner:
    • David Reutimann, Toyota (127.383 mph, 21.196 sec., 09-08-11)
  •  2011 race winner:
    • Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet (89.910 mph, 3:20:12, 09-10-11)
  •  Track qualifying record:
    • Brian Vickers, Chevrolet (129.983 mph, 20.772 sec., 5-14-04)
  •  Track race record:
    • Dale Jarrett, Ford (109.047 mph, 2:45:04, 9-6-97)

NASCAR in Virginia

  • There have been 276 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Virginia.
  • Track Name

    City

    NSCS

    Martinsville Speedway

    Martinsville

    127

    Richmond International Raceway

    Richmond

    112

    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

  •  
  • 165 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

    20

    11

    1

    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

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 Sport Clips Toyota, races ahead of Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Rheem Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on September 2, 2012 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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