- Race: 7:30pm/et, Friday, September 9, 2011 in Richmond, VA
- Length: 195 Laps, 300.0 miles
- TV: ESPN2 - 7:00pm/et
- Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
- Purse: $1,042,398
- Announcers: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree
- Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch
Busch wins at Richmond: #18-Kyle Busch won the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway for his 8th win of the season and the 51st of his Nationwide career. #60-Carl Edwards finished second, followed by #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #20-Ryan Truex, #09-Kenny Wallace, #2-Elliott Sadler, #88-Aric Almirola, #32-Reed Sorenson, #31-Justin Allgaier, and #87-Joe Nemechek. There were 6 cautions for 48 laps and 10 lead changes among 4 leaders. The estimated attendance was 38,000.
Richmond Race Fast Facts:
Kyle Busch won the 31st Annual Virginia 529 College Savings 250, his 51st victory in 221 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. He is the all-time wins leader in the series.
This is his series-leading eighth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his fourth victory and 12th top-10 finish in 15 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Carl Edwards (second) posted his 11th top-10 finish in 14 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 20th top-10 finish in 2011.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Richmond International Raceway.
Stenhouse was also tonight's NASCAR Nationwide Series Dash 4 Cash winner.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 16 points over Elliott Sadler.
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond and their finish
Caution 1: #14-McClure, 30th
Caution 2: #15-Hill, 17th
Caution 3: none, #22-Keselowski was involved in the caution
Caution 4: #15-Hill (2), 17th
Caution 5: #01-Wallace, 15th
Caution 6: #01-Wallace (2), 15th
Driver standings following Richmond:
1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 950
2) #2-Elliott Sadler 934 -16
3) #32-Reed Sorenson 905 -45
4) #88-Aric Almirola 882 -68
5) #31-Justin Allgaier 875 -75
6) #38-Jason Leffler 826 -124
7) #09-Kenny Wallace 786 -164
8) #66-Steve Wallace 765 -185
9) #62-Michael Annett 744 -206
10) #11-Brian Scott 736 -214
Complete standings are posted on the driver standings page.(9-9-2011)
Owner Standings following Richmond are posted. The top 30 in owners points who have attempted all races are locked in at Chicago.(9-9-2011)
Keselowski on pole at Richmond: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 123.757mph. #60-Carl Edwards will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Kyle Busch, #16-Trevor Bayne, #09-Kenny Wallace, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #66-Steve Wallace, #2-Elliott Sadler, #1-Jamie McMurray, and #20-Ryan Truex. Did Not Qualify: #04-Fain Skinner, #50-T.J. Bell, #08-Casey Roderick, #74-Jake Crum, #72-John Jackson, #13-Jennifer Jo Cobb. The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page.(9-9-2011)
Richmond Qualifying Notes:
Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual Virginia 529 College Savings 250 with a lap of 21.817 seconds, 123.757 mph.
This is his 11th pole in 161 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his third pole and 16th top-10 start in 2011.
This is his first pole in 11 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Carl Edwards (second) posted his 24th top-10 start of 2011 and his 10th in 14 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 14th in 19 races this season.
Busch fastest in happy hour: #18-Kyle Busch was quickest during happy hour for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 with a speed of 122.694mph. He was followed by: #16-Trevor Bayne, #31-Justin Allgaier, #66-Steve Wallace, #88-Aric Almirola, #60-Carl Edwards, #20-Ryan Truex, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #19-Mike Bliss, and #32-Reed Sorenson. Complete results are posted on the Richmond practice results page.(9-9-2011)
Stenhouse fastest in first practice: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was fastest during opening practice at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 123.950mph. #22-Brad Keselowski was second, followed by: #09-Kenny Wallace, #16-Trevor Bayne, #16-Carl Edwards, #18-Kyle Busch, #1-Jamie McMurray, #19-Mike Bliss, #33-Kevin Harvick, and #11-Brian Scott. Complete results are posted on the Richmond practice results page.(9-9-2011)
Entry List: There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Some notes:
Jamie McMurray will drive the #1 for Phoenix Racing;
Scott Riggs is back in the #03 for R3 Motorsports;
Fain Skinner is in the #04 for Go Green;
Louis Martinez will driv ethe #39 for Go Green;
Josh Wise remains in the Key Motorsports #40;
T.J. Bell and MAKE Motorsports return with the #50;
David Stremme will be in the #70 for ML Motorsports.(9-5-2011)
UPDATE: Dennis Setzer has moved from the #49 to the #48, another Jay Robinson car. Mark Green will be in the #49. John Jackson has been added in the #72 and Mike Harmon has been added in the #74.(9-8-2011)
See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.
Nationwide Series Live in Prime Time from Richmond: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series race under the lights in prime time this weekend at Virginia's Richmond International Raceway and ESPN networks will have live telecasts of both events on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race telecast on Friday night, Sept. 9, on ESPN2 begins at 7 p.m. with NASCAR Countdown presented by OneMain Financial with the race's green flag at 7:43 p.m. The race is the third in the four-race Nationwide Insurance "Dash 4 Cash," a bonus program designed to reward Nationwide Series championship contenders. Drivers Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Josh Wise and Elliott Sadler are eligible for a $100,000 bonus to be paid to the highest-finishing of the four in the race. Sorenson, who has won the bonus in the first two Dash 4 Cash race at Daytona and Iowa, has the possibility of winning $1 million over the course of the four select races. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night will conclude 10 consecutive hours of NASCAR coverage on ESPN2, which begins with NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at noon and includes NASCAR Sprint Cup final practice at 2:30 p.m. and qualifying at 5:30 p.m. ESPN2 also will air NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at 4 p.m. and half-hour NASCAR Now programs hosted by Shannon Spake at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will join lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth to call the action for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, while Marty Reid will anchor the Friday night telecast.Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Nicole Briscoe with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the race telecasts.(ESPN)(9-5-2011)
Nationwide Series Track Schedule
Times listed are local to the track (Eastern Time).
Thursday, September 8th
11:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, September 9th
7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-10:15 AM NNS PRACTICE
10:30 AM-11:30 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
4:05 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
8:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES
NASCAR News & Notes
Stenhouse, Sadler Go Head-To-Head With Eight To Go
With eight races to go it is time for the championship contenders to please stand up.
One such candidate, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has done just that. The current standings leader is 13 points ahead of second place Elliott Sadler, and now 40 points up on third place Reed Sorenson.
Stenhouse has outperformed his competition. He has three Coors Light Poles, two wins (Iowa Speedway sweep), 11 top fives and 18 top 10s including a third-place finish at Atlanta this past weekend.
But Stenhouse will have to keep the momentum rolling as the series heads to Richmond. The Emporia, Va. native Elliott Sadler will be looking to rebound in the points at his home track. Sadler was the preseason media choice to win the series title in his first year of full-time competition since 1998. He finished 13th in this race last year, running for JR Motorsports, and improved to fourth in this year’s spring event, his best finish at Richmond since his career-best runner-up result in 2005. His 16 starts are the most he’s made at any series track.
Both Sadler (90.7) and Sorenson (92.7) have better NASCAR pre-race Driver Ratings than Stenhouse (88.0) at Richmond.
She’s Back! Danica Returns For Short-Track Showdown
On the heels of her announcement to run full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season, Danica Patrick returns for some short-track racing at Richmond International Raceway.
For the NASCAR Nationwide Series races, she'll drive with her current stock car team, JR Motorsports, owned by two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion (1998-99) Dale Earnhardt Jr.
In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season, Danica will be with Stewart-Haas Racing, co-owned by two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. Both series will be financially fueled by Go Daddy.
"I see great things for Danica," said Tony Stewart. "Danica doesn't hold back. She really is a fearless competitor."
Patrick has seven starts this season posting one top five and three top 10s. She has a season-to-date Driver Rating of (82.7) and an Average Running Position of (15.1).
This will be Patrick’s first career series start on the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway. But she is familiar with the track, having made five IndyCar starts posting four top-10 finishes.
Show Me The Money! Dash 4 Cash Sweetens The Pot At Richmond
Friday night’s race at Richmond has the added spotlight on the four drivers who are eligible for the NASCAR Nationwide Series “Dash 4 Cash” program where the highest-finisher among Elliott Sadler, Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Josh Wise will collect $100,000 on top of the race prize money.
Four drivers are eligible for the bonus in each of the four “Dash 4 Cash” races during the season’s second half – Daytona, Iowa, Richmond and Charlotte. Sorenson had finished highest among eligible drivers – those who selected the NASCAR Nationwide Series in which to collect their 2011 driver championship points – in the first two “Dash 4 Cash” races at Daytona in July and Iowa in August. His Iowa finish, best among the eligible drivers in that race, automatically qualified him to compete in the Richmond “D4C” event along with the next three highest eligible finishers.
At Iowa, Sorenson was joined by Stenhouse (who won), Sadler (who finished third) and Wise (fourth). Whoever finishes highest among this group at Richmond – regardless of overall finish in the race – will win the $100,000 bonus and automatically qualify for the final “D4C” event at Charlotte in October. Should that be Sorenson, he’d be on the cusp of claiming an extra $600,000 bonus at Charlotte if he were to win that race.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
The Sunoco Rookie of the Year race continues to be a tight battle with just two points separating Timmy Hill over Blake Koch. Watch for the tight competition to continue this weekend. Hill finished 26th at Richmond earlier this season and Koch finished 27th. ... Each Roush Fenway car this weekend at Richmond will pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001 and thank three military heroes who were severely wounded in the line of duty. The cars will also feature the logo of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation – a charitable organization which is raising funds to build “smart homes” for these three servicemen: United States Marine Corps Corporal John Peck on the No. 60 car, U.S. Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco on the No. 16 and United States Marine Corps Corporal Todd Nicely will be on the No. 6 car. … Joe Gibbs continues on his quest for his fourth consecutive owners championship as he is 45 points ahead of second place Jack Roush with eight races to go.
Goodyear Tire Notes
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires:
Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525
Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4432
Tire Circumference: 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 . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both series ran at Richmond in April . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams also ran this same tire set-up at Phoenix in February and New Hampshire in July . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.
Additional Richmond Race Info: