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THE RACE:Virginia 529 College Savings 250

TRACK: Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #7 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race:Friday, April 27, 2012 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: none

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:43pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN2, 7:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Dale Jarrett, Brad Daugherty, Marty Smith

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 26th


Friday, April 27th

7:30 PM NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Richmond Race Results (pdf)
  • Kurt Busch wins at Richmond: #54-Kurt Busch won the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway, holding off #18-Denny Hamlin by .062 seconds. It is Busch's 4th career Nationwide Series win and the first Nationwide Series win for Kyle Busch Motorsports. #18-Hamlin finished second followed by #33-Kevin Harvick, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #36-Ryan Blaney (in his first Nationwide race), #43-Michael Annett, #3-Austin Dillon, and #38-Kasey Kahne. Travis Pastrana, making his Nationwide debut, finished 22nd. There were 3 cautions for 20 laps and 13 lead changes among 6 leaders. The estimated attendance was 42,000. Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf).(4-27-2012)

  • Richmond Race Fast Facts:
    Kurt Busch won the 25th Annual Virginia 529 College Savings 250, his fourth victory in 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one race at Richmond International Raceway.
    This is the first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 12 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2012.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 22 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Austin Dillon (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 2 points over Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (NASCAR Statistics)(4-27-2012)

  • Driver standings following Richmond:
    1) #2-Elliott Sadler 285
    2) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 283 -2
    3) #3-Austin Dillon 262 -23
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr. 232 -53
    5) #43-Michael Annett 220 -65
    6) #88-Cole Whitt 207 -78
    7) #31-Justin Allgaier 192 -93
    8) #19-Tayler Malsam 182 -103
    9) #60-Trevor Bayne 180 -105
    10) #44-Mike Bliss 174 -111
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(4-27-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Richmond are posted (pdf). #50-T.J. Bell, in 33rd, remains the first team not locked into the field at Talladega. #20-Joe Gibbs Racing and #60-Roush Fenway have not attempted all the races and are not locked in.(4-27-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #41-Hill, 24th
    Caution 2: #41-Hill (2), 24th
    Caution 3: #7-Patrick, 21st
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-27-2012)

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Harvick on pole at Richmond: #33-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 124.625 mph. #18-Denny Hamlin will start second. The rest of the top ten: #3-Austin Dillon, #88-Cole Whitt, #38-Kasey Kahne, #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #2-Elliott Sadler, #36-Ryan Blaney, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #54-Kurt Busch. Did Not Qualify: #15-Scott Riggs. The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(4-27-2012)

  • Richmond International Raceway Qualifying Notes:
    Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 25th Annual Virginia 529 College Savings 250 with a lap of 21.665 seconds, 124.625 mph.
    This is his 24th pole in 280 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his second pole in 22 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2012 and his seventh in 12 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his first top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his seventh in seven races this season.
    Austin Dillon (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(4-273-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Stenhouse, Jr fastest in happy hour: #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr was quickest during the only practice session for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a top speed of 122.990 mph. He was followed by: #33-Kevin Harvick, #20-Joey Logano, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #54-Kurt Busch, #18-Denny Hamlin, #88-Cole Whitt, #4-Steve Wallace, #7-Danica Patrick, and #3-Austin Dillon. #15-Blake Koch wrecked. The team does not have a backup car so he will be in the #75. See complete results on the Richmond practice speeds page (pdf).(4-27-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 44 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. A few notes:
    Steve Wallace is in the #4 Ford;
    Blake Koch remains in the #15 for Rick Ware;
    J.J. Yeley will drive the #17 for Adrain Berryhill;
    Tanner Berryhill will be in the #24;
    Ryan Blaney will make his first attempt in the #36 for Tommy Baldwin;
    Matt Frahm will drive the #39 for Go Green;
    Kevin Lepage is in the #52 for Jimmy Means;
    The #74 for Mike Harmon is TBA;
    Scott Riggs will drive the #75 for Rick Ware.
    Travis Pastrana makes his Nationwide debut in the #99 for RAB Racing;
    UPDATE: Mike Harmon will be in his #74.(4-27-2012)
    See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.

  • Travis Pastrana to Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut on ESPN2: Action sports star and 17-time X Games medalist Travis Pastrana will make his long-awaited debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Friday night, April 27, at Richmond International Raceway and ESPN2 will have a live telecast of the 250-lap race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 7:43 p.m. Also from Richmond, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying earlier in the day at 4 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.(ESPN)(4-23-2012)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

  • Set limits:
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4416; Right-side -- D-4432

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.6 in. (2,250 mm)

  • 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 both Richmond and New Hampshire last season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Travis Pastrana To Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut at Richmond
    Death-defying aerial acrobatics on motorcycles, off-road rally racing, skydiving and X-Game gold medals are nothing new for Travis Pastrana, but this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, Pastrana will make his long-awaited NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250.
    Originally scheduled to make his first start last July at Lucas Oil Raceway, Pastrana’s bid was thwarted due to injuries suffered during the X-Games the night before. Now after injury rehab and a couple of runs in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East  including Thursday night’s Blue Ox 100  the action sports icon is set for his big-stage NASCAR moment on Friday. It’s a homecoming, of sorts, for Pastrana, as well. He’s a native of Annapolis, Md.
    Pastrana is set to run at least seven series races in 2012. He will be driving for RAB Racing, which last week announced an alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing that will feature RAB equipment and MWR technical and marketing support. The No. 09 Toyota now becomes the No. 99.
    Though a huge star in other sports platforms, Pastrana has taken a modest approach to NASCAR. “I just hope I don't hit a wall, don't hit anybody else, don't make anybody upset, and hopefully we can end up on a lead lap, and I think it will be a really strong goal for me,” Pastrana said. 
    Pastrana’s experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro East and West Series will be most valuable in preparation for this weekend. He has made five total career starts in the East Series with a best finish of 12th at Bristol earlier this year. 
    “We've done our homework,” Pastrana said. “I've got great people behind me. I've been with the crew chief (Scott Zipadelli) since I started in NASCAR, and I feel really confident with the people I have around me.” (Click here for the Pastrana transcript)

    Virginia Native Sadler, Reigning Champ Stenhouse Lead Series Regulars
    It’s home sweet home for NNS standings leader Elliott Sadler, a native of Emporia, Va., who goes home to showcase his talents at Richmond International Raceway. Sadler leads a contingent of talented drivers not running full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend who have won seven of the last nine NASCAR Nationwide Series races dating back to last season at Texas. 
    Despite momentum on their side, Richmond is going to be a hard egg to crack for the non-full-time NSCS drivers. Double-duty NSCS drivers have won every Richmond race since Robby Gordon claimed the track’s fall race in 2004. Another Virginia native, Denny Hamlin, last week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup winner at Kansas, comes home with confidence and also is the defending winner of this race. 
    Kevin Harvick, who’s tied with Mark Martin for most NNS wins at Richmond with five, also returns to the series this weekend. Brad Keselowski, the winner of this race in 2010, Joey Logano, who has three top-10 finishes in three series races at Richmond, and Kasey Kahne are also slated to compete. 
    But Richmond could be very different this season. Reigning series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has closed the gap on Sadler to a mere four points following his victory a few weeks ago in Texas. Sadler and Stenhouse have virtually mirrored each other’s finishes. Both drivers have posted two wins, four top fives and five top 10s in the season’s first six starts. Both are at the top of their game heading to Richmond, but Stenhouse (95.7) slightly betters Sadler (92.9) in pre-race Driver Rating at the 0.75-mile speedway.  

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Ryan Blaney, 18, son of NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney will make his NNS debut at Richmond this weekend driving for Tommy Baldwin Racing. In only four starts in the K&N Pro Series East and West, Blaney has a win  last November at Phoenix  a runner-up finish and two other top-10 results. He’ll also run Thursday night’s K&N Pro Series East race. & Steve Wallace will make his return to the NNS at Richmond. He’ll drive the No. 4 Chevrolet, which lists his father, NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Rusty Wallace, as owner. Steve Wallace hasn’t run in the series since the 2011 season finale at Homestead-Miami. & Tanner Berryhill, 18, who had seven K&N Pro Series East starts in 2007, will attempt to make his series debut at RIR for Vision Racing. & Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas swept the RIR races last year, but the competition at the 0.75-mile track has been wide open over the last four years. Each manufacturer has at least one win since the 2009 fall race. & Kurt Busch is making his second consecutive start for Kyle Busch Motorsports, but his first in the NNS at Richmond. His owner and younger brother, Kyle Busch, will provide great notes as a four-time NNS winner at RIR. &. Michael Annett will have a special young man attending the race, Joseph “Sepp” Shirley, a 12-year-old boy with cerebral palsy from Mechanicsville, Va. "If you think something is impossible, keep trying. If you like it, keep doing it, because you are succeeding," said Sepp, a boy who eats, sleeps and breathes sports. He's on football, baseball and swim teams, and also dabbles in skiing and basketball  all while living with cerebral palsy. Sepp and his family will be guests of the No. 43 Pilot Flying J Nationwide team this weekend, sitting atop the pit box and cheering on Annett. & Danica Patrick, 11th in points, will make her second NNS career start at Richmond this weekend. She is the sixth female driver to compete in the NNS at Richmond, joining Diane TeelPatty Moise, Shawna Robinson, Tammy Jo Kirk and Erin Crocker.

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