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THE RACE: TOYOTA CARE 250

TRACK: Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #7 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Friday, April 26, 2013 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: Toyota

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:44pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, April 25th

6:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
7:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM-11:50 AM NNS PRACTICE
1:00 PM NNS INSPECTION BEGINS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, April 26th

7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
9:00 AM-11:30 PM 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

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Richmond race results and standings (pdf)

  • Keselowski wins at Richmond: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway for his 1st win of the season and the 21st of his Nationwide career. #33-Kevin Harvick finished second followed by #54-Kyle Busch, #20-Brian Vickers, #7-Regan Smith, #11-Elliott Sadler, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #32-Kyle Larson, #60-Travis Pastrana, and #43-Reed Sorenson. The average speed was 83.768mph. There were 8 cautions for 57 laps and 11 lead changes among 5 leaders. Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf).(4-26-2013)

  • Richmond Race Fast Facts:
    Brad Keselowski(i) won the 26th Annual ToyotaCare 250, his 21st victory in 196 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 13 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    This is the 12th time a driver has driven to victory from the pole position in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
    Kevin Harvick(i) (second) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 24 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2013.
    Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 16 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Kyle Larson (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 1 points over Regan Smith.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-26-2013)

  • Driver standings following Richmond:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. 259
    2) #7-Regan Smith 258, -1
    3) #2-Brian Scott 236, -23
    4) #31-Justin Allgaier 225, -34
    5) #11-Elliott Sadler 224, -35
    6) #20-Brian Vickers 222, -37
    7) #3-Austin Dillon 222, -37
    8) #77-Parker Kligerman 219, -40
    9) #6-Trevor Bayne 213, -46 -6
    10) #32-Kyle Larson # 204, -55
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(4-26-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Richmond are posted (pdf).(4-26-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #79-Gase, 30th
    Caution 2: #98-Swindell, 18th
    Caution 3: #4-Cassill, 19th
    Caution 4: #60-Pastrana, 9th
    Caution 5: #30-Piquet, Jr., 14th
    Caution 6: #77-Kligerman, 11th
    Caution 7: #98-Swindell (2), 18th
    Caution 8: #00-McDowell, 22nd
    (4-26-2013)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Keselowski on pole at Richmond: #22-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole for the Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 126.339 mph. #54-Kyle Busch will start second. The rest of the top 10: #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #29-Kenny Wallace, #3-Austin Dillon, #6-Trevor Bayne, #2-Brian Scott, #20-Brian Vickers, and #43-Reed Sorenson. Did Not Qualify: #15-Stanton Barrett, #46-Chase Miller, #47-Jason Bowles, #52-Derek Thorn, #55-Jamie Dick, #89-Morgan Shepherd. The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(4-26-2013)

  • Richmond Qualifying Notes:
    Brad Keselowski(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 26th Annual ToyotaCare 250 with a lap of 21.371 seconds, 126.339 mph.
    This is his 14th pole in 196 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2013. This is his second pole in 13 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Keselowski won this event in 2010 after starting fourth. Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2013 and his ninth in 16 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. (third) posted his third top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway.
    It is his sixth in seven races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-26-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Busch fastest in happy hour: #18-Kyle Busch was quickest during happy hour for the Toyota Care 250 with a speed of 124.884mph. He was followed by: #29-Kenny Wallace, #11-Elliott Sadler, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #20-Brian Vickers, #7-Regan Smith, #31-Justin Allgaier, #22-Brad Keselowski, and #77-Parker Kligerman. All 46 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Richmond practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-26-2013)

  • Keselowski fastest in Thursday practice: #22-Brad Keselowski was fastest during Thursday's open practice / test at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 123.672mph. #99-Alex Bowman was second, followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #7-Regan Smith, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #33-Kevin Harvick, #29-Kenny Wallace, #2-Brian Scott, #3-Austin Dillon, and #31-Justin Allgaier. 43 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Richmond practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-25-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 46 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway. A few notes:
    Michael McDowell returns to the #00;
    Jeffrey Earnhardt will drive the #5 for JR Motorsports;
    Scott Lagassee returns with his #8 team;
    Ryan Reed will make his NNS debut in the Roush #16;
    Tanner Berryhill will make his 2013 debut in the #17;
    Kenny Wallace will drive the #29 for Robby Benton;
    Derek Thorn will be in the #52 for Jimmy Means;
    Morgan Shepherd returns with his #89 team.(4-22-2013)
    UPDATE: Stanton Barrett will be in the #15 for Rick Ware.(4-23-2013)
    UPDATE 2: Juan Carlos Blum will drive the #74 in place of Mike Harmon.(4-23-2013)
    See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series in Prime Time from Richmond: The NASCAR Nationwide Series competes under the lights on the action-packed Richmond International Raceway on Friday night, April 26, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Carl Edwards will be a guest analyst in the ESPN booth during the telecast of the 250-lap race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET and the race's green flag is at 7:44 p.m., with the telecast airing on ESPNEWS and WatchESPN. Also from Richmond on Friday, ESPN2 will televise qualifying at 4 p.m.(ESPN)(4-22-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,200, Right-side -- 1,275;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 675, Right-side -- 675

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 3 sets for Thursday practice and 6 sets for Friday practice/qualifying/race

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.7 in. (2,253 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 week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in both series have run at Richmond the last two seasons . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams also ran this left-side tire code (D-4416) with a different right-side code at Bristol last month . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.

    K & N Pro Series East: Goodyear will also supply tires for the K&N Series race at Richmond on Thursday night . . . teams will run tire codes D-2267 on the left-side and D-2268 on the right-side . . . this tire set-up is also run by these teams at New Hampshire . . . Goodyear will bring 260 tires per side for this event . . . teams are allowed three sets for the event.


NASCAR News & Notes

    Sadler Still Searching For First Win At Home
    In 45 starts among NASCAR’s three national series at Richmond International Raceway, Elliott Sadler has never visited Victory Lane at his home track.
    Sadler, who is from nearby Emporia, Va., will try to reverse his fortunes when the NASCAR Nationwide Series hits the asphalt for Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 at the 0.75-mile short track.
    In 19 series starts, Sadler’s best finish is a runner-up performance that came in the spring 2005 race. In last year’s spring event at Richmond, Sadler finished sixth; he finished 12th in the fall event. He has two top-five and six top-10 finishes and has led a total of 58 laps.
    Given the proximity to his hometown, where he still resides, a victory at Richmond is definitely among items he’d like check off his “To Do List”  preferably sooner rather than later.
    During the offseason, Sadler, who is seventh in the standings (36 points behind Sam Hornish Jr.), switched teams, coming over to pilot the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota after two years with Richard Childress Racing. His new team has seen success in Richmond with Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin each winning two series events for JGR. Most recently, the pair swept the track’s two events in 2011 with Hamlin dominating the spring contest and Busch taking the fall race.
    In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Sadler has started 24 races, but only has one top-10 finish  a seventh-place showing that came in the spring 2005 event. He has finished on the lead lap in only four of the races and has only led one lap. In his two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Richmond he has finishes of 29th and 30th.
    Sadler’s new team owner, Joe Gibbs, has also fielded race winners at Richmond nine times in the premier series, third most among owners  behind only Richard Petty and Rick Hendrick.

    Earnhardt’s Time To Shine With Ride From Popular Uncle
    With the Earnhardt name comes lofty expectations from the fans, media and & family.
    Jeffrey Earnhardt, the son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt, will pilot the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet in Friday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond for 10-time NMPA Most Popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., who just happens to be his uncle.
    The opportunity could be Jeffrey’s last chance to prove that he has the chops to succeed in one of NASCAR’s national series. He’ll be in top-notch equipment as JR Motorsports receives engines and support from Hendrick Motorsports. So, there will be very little room for excuses.
    In five races this season, the youngest member in the Earnhardt NASCAR lineage has an average finishing position of 24.4, with his best finish (20th) coming at Phoenix. In 15 career starts in the NNS, his best finish is a 19tj in the July 2011 event at Daytona International Speedway. 
    In 10 career races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Jeffrey’s best finish is a seventh in the 2011 season opener at Daytona. He hasn’t competed in that series since October 2011.
    Friday night’s race will be his first competition at the track in one of NASCAR’s national series.

    Pastrana Hits One-Year Anniversary
    One year ago this weekend, Travis Pastrana finally made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut  a debut that was supposed to arrive nine months earlier. After breaking his right ankle and foot in the Moto X Best Trick competition in the 2011 X Games in late July, the extreme sports star postponed his scheduled series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway.
    Fast forward to April 27, 2012, at Richmond International Raceway, Pastrana finally made his long-awaited debut starting 25th. He finished the race 22nd, two laps back. On the year, he started nine races (eight with RAB Racing, one with Roush Fenway Racing) and posted a best finish of 13th (Indianapolis). In his final race of the season  his only race with RFR in 2012  Pastrana finished 17th after starting fifth.
    For 2013, he signed with RFR to drive a full season in the seat of the No. 60 Ford. After six races, he’s already captured a pair of 10th-place finishes (Daytona, Las Vegas) and is still searching for that elusive first victory. He currently sits 14th in the points standings, 67 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    This Friday at Richmond, Kyle Busch will attempt the rare feat of winning four consecutive races. Sam Ard (1983) is the only driver to have accomplished it. & Nineteen-year-old Ryan Reed of Bakersfield, Calif., will attempt to qualify for Friday night’s race in the No. 16 American Diabetes Association Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. Reed was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago. & Sam Hornish Jr. continues to lead the points standings, but the competition has tightened. Regan Smith (-2), Austin Dillon (-8), Justin Allgaier (-9) and Brian Scott (-9) are all within striking distance of Hornish.

Next Race: Lilly Diabetes 250

Countdown to the race: 7/26/2014 ~ 4:49 PM ET

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