- Race: 7:30pm/et, Friday, April 29, 2011 in Richmond, VA
- Length: 250 Laps, 187.5 miles
- TV: SPEED - 7:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Announcers: Rick Allen, Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip
- Pit Reporters: Krista Voda, Hermie Sadler and Ray Dunlap
Hamlin wins at Richmond: #20-Denny Hamlin won the Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Hamlin led three times for a total of 199 laps. This is his second victory at Richmond and 11th series victory overall. Rounding out the top ten were; #33-Paul Menard, #31-Justin Allgaier, #2-Elliott Sadler, #22-Brad Keselowski, #7-Joshn Wise, #12-Sam Hornish Jr., #99-Ryan Truex, #70-David Stremme, #38-Jason Leffler. There were 3 cautions for 12 laps and 6 lead changes among 4 leaders.
Complete results are posted on the Richmond race results page.(Unofficial)(4-29-2011)
Richmond Race Fast Facts:
Denny Hamlin(i) won the 24th Annual BUBBA burger 250, his 11th victory in 125 Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his second victory and seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Paul Menard(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2011.
Justin Allgaier (third) posted his second top-10 finish in five races at Richmond International Raceway.
Ryan Truex (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Justin Allgaier leads the point standings by 6 points over Elliott Sadler.
Driver standings following Richmond:
1) #31-Justin Allgaier, 305
2) #2-Elliott Sadler, 299 -6
3) #38-Jason leffler, 296 -9
4) #32-Reed Sorenson, 292 -13
5) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 288 -17
6) #88-Aric Almirola, 288 -17
7) #16-Trevor Bayne, 260 -45
8) #11-Brian Scott, 257 -48
9) #09-Kenny Wallace, 247 -58
10 )#7-Josh Wise, 216 -89
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(Unoifficial)(4-29-2011)
Owner Standings following Richmond are posted. The top 30 in owners points are locked in at Darlington.(Unofficial)(4-29-2011)
Edwards on pole at Richmond: #60-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole for the Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of mph. This is Edwards 25th career NNS pole; his 4th this season. #12-Sam Hornish Jr. will start second. The rest of the top 10: 11 Brian Scott, #88-Aric Almirola, #31-Justin Allgaier, #33-Paul Menard, #09-Kenny Wallace. #18-Kelly Bires, #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr, #22-Brad Keselowski. Did Not Qualify: None.
The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page.(4-29-2011)
Richmond Qualifying Notes:
Carl Edwards(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 24th Annual BUBBA burger 250 with a lap of 21.592 seconds, 125.046 mph.
This is his 25th pole in 220 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his fourth pole and ninth top-10 start in 2011.
This is his first pole in 13 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Sam Hornish Jr. (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2011 and his first in three races at Richmond International Raceway.
Brian Scott (third) posted his second top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his third in nine races this season.
Ryan Truex (20th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Hamlin fastest in final practice: #20-Denny Hamlin was quickest during the lone practice session at Richmond International Raceway with a top speed of 123.740 mph. #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second followed by #60-Carl Edwards, #22-Brad Keselowski, #18-kelly Bires, #88-Aric Almirola, #70-David Stremme, #31-Justin Allgaier, #09-Kenny Wallace, #11-Brian Scott. There were 41 cars on track for the session. Complete results are posted on the Richmond practice results page.(4-29-2011)
Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday night's Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Some notes:
Sam Hornish returns in the #12;
Jennifer Jo Cobb will drive her #13 Ford;
Kelly Bires makes his debut in the Joe Gibbs #18;
Denny Hamlin will drive the JGR #20;
The Rensi cars are not entered;
Paul Menard returns to the #33 for KHI;
Charles Lewandoski will be in the Go Green #39;
Tim Schendel is back in the #52.
See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Thursday, April 28th
12:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
6:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, April 29th
7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-11:50 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:10 PM NNS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
5:20 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
First Time Points Leader Allgaier Poised For Championship Run in 2011
After last Saturday’s race at Nashville, Justin Allgaier became the fifth different points leader this season. Allgaier and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are tied for the lead with 264 points, but Allgaier’s second-place finish at Las Vegas betters the top finish thus far in 2011 by Stenhouse (fourth at Auto Club Speedway), thereby giving Allgaier the tiebreaker heading to Richmond.
“As a driver, it's comforting knowing we've come out of the box strong with a new team, new crew chief, new crew,” Allgaier said. “I feel like the one really good thing is this new race car has really kind of evened the playing field. I feel like all of us are running really, really close together.” To listen to Allgaier audio from last week’s NASCAR national teleconference, click here.
Allgaier is the third driver from Turner Motorsports to lead the series driver standings this season, joining his teammates Jason Leffler (currently third in the standings) and Reed Sorenson (fourth). Collectively Turner Motorsports has led the standings for five of the first nine weeks of the season.
Allgaier has posted one top five and four top 10s in the first nine races of the season.
Allgaier is the last series-only regular to win a race, having done so at Bristol in 2010. His former Penske Racing teammate and 2010 series champion Brad Keselowski won this race last year. Allgaier finished 15th.
Allgaier has made four starts at Richmond International Raceway posting one top-10 and three top-15 finishes.
New Car Returns To Richmond Carrying Trunk Load Of Competition
Returning to where it all began can be sweet. This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series new car returns to Richmond International Raceway, the .075-mile track on which the new car made its debut back in Sept. of 2008 during a two-day test. This will be the second time the new car has competed at Richmond, and the first for this event. The new car made its third of four 2010 starts at Richmond last fall, also under the lights. Two-time series champion Kevin Harvick won, matching Mark Martin with five wins for most all-time at Richmond.
2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Competition Fast Facts
• The standings lead is tied at 264 points and the top seven drivers in the standings are separated by only seven points.
• Six different pole winners in the first eight races: Carl Edwards (three), Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano and Elliott Sadler (each have one).
• Five different points leaders in the first eight races: Landon Cassill, Reed Sorenson, Jason Leffler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Justin Allgaier.
Richmond International Raceway Competition Fast Facts:
• 54 NASCAR Nationwide Series races have been held at RIR garnering 30 different pole winners and 30 different race winners.
• Kyle Busch holds the track record for youngest pole winner and youngest race winner (19 yrs., 12 days – 5/14/2004)
• Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin lead the series in wins at RIR with five each.
• 11 of the 54 races have been won from the pole; the most of any starting position, the last driver to do so was Kevin Harvick in the 2010 fall event.
• Three out of the last five races have had a margin of victory of less than a second.
RWR Climbing Back Into Contention
Rusty Wallace Racing’s two-car team struggled the first part of the season but now Michael Annett is leading the team’s resurgence back into contention. Annett was 28th in the points following the season-opening race at Daytona, and Steve Wallace was 12th but then dropped to 17th after the second race at Phoenix.
Both RWR teammates are rebounding. Annett has pushed his way into the top 10, currently in 10th place, 80 points behind standings leader Justin Allgaier and Wallace is just two points behind Annett in 11th place.
Annett will have his work cut out for him this weekend though; he has made four starts at Richmond with a best finish of 20th. Wallace has made nine starts at Richmond posting one top five and two top 10s. Wallace has an average finish of 17.0 at Richmond.
NNS Etc. – Richmond
Emporia, Va. native, Elliott Sadler, is looking forward to racing at Richmond this weekend where he has run in 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series races, the most at one track in his series career. His best finish was second in this race in 2005. He’s currently sixth in the series standings. While at home, he’ll also be celebrating his 36th birthday, on April 30. … On Tuesday, April 26, Sadler headed to Montreal to take part in a media day event to advance and promote the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on August 20.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires:
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525
Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend
Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4432
Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Richmond this weekend . . . teams in both of these series ran this same combination of left- and right-side tires at Phoenix earlier this season. . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear tire test at Richmond last October 12-13. . . drivers participating in that test were Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton and Regan Smith . . . compared to what was run at Richmond last season, this left-side tire features a slight construction change, while this right-side tire features a softer compound . . . both changes are designed to give the cars more grip . . . NASCAR teams will also race on this same tire set-up at New Hampshire this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.
Additional Richmond Nationwide Race Info: