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THE RACE: Virginia 529 College Savings 250

TRACK: Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #25 of 33 for the 2013 season

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Race: Friday, September 6, 2013 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: Virginia 529 College Savings

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Friday, September 5th

11:30 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, September 6th

7:30 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 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

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 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway, the 1000th race in the history of the Nationwide Series. He took the lead with 10 laps to go and held on to win. #2-Brian Scott finished second after leading the first 240 laps of the race, but spinning his tires on a late restart to lose the lead. He was followed by #7-Regan Smith, #54-Kyle Busch, #6-Trevor Bayne, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #20-Brian Vickers, #11-Elliott Sadler, #16-Ryan Reed, and #5-Jamie McMurray. There were 7 cautions for 35 laps and 3 lead changes among 2 leaders. Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf).(9-6-2013)

  • Richmond Race Fast Facts:
    Brad Keselowski won the 33rd Annual Virginia 529 College Savings 250, his 25th victory in 201 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    With the win, Keselowski takes sole possession of eighth on the all-time series wins list.
    This is his fifth victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 14 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Brian Scott (second) posted his first top-10 finish in nine races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2013. Scott led 239 laps.
    Coming into this race, Scott had led a total of 38 laps in his career.
    Regan Smith (third) posted his second top-10 finish in eight races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Sam Hornish Jr. leads the point standings by 16 points over Austin Dillon.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-6-2013)

  • Driver standings following Richmond:
    1) #12-Sam Hornish Jr 880
    2) #3-Austin Dillon 864, -16
    3) #7-Regan Smith 854, -26
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 852, -28
    5) #31-Justin Allgaier 828, -52
    6) #20-Brian Vickers 827, -53
    7) #2-Brian Scott 819, -61
    8) #6-Trevor Bayne 810, -70
    9) #32-Kyle Larson # 799, -81
    10) #77-Parker Kligerman 732, -148
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(9-6-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Richmond are posted (pdf).(9-6-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #37-DiBenedetto, 37th
    Caution 2: #30-Piquet, Jr., 21st
    Caution 3: #4-Cassill, 23rd
    Caution 4: #30-Piquet, Jr. (2), 21st
    Caution 5: #70-Long, 19th
    Caution 6: #14-Green, 22nd
    Caution 7: #30-Piquet, Jr. (3), 21st
    Caution 8:
    (9-6-2013)


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

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Scott on pole at Richmond: #2-Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 124.327mph. #18-Matt Kenseth will start second. The rest of the top 10: #3-Austin Dillon, #22-Brad Keselowski, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #99-Alex Bowman, #54-Kyle Busch, #7-Regan Smith, #20-Brian Vickers, and #29-Kenny Wallace. Did Not Qualify: #50-Danny Efland, #74-Carl Long, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #73-Derrike Copy, #00-Brett Butler. The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(9-6-2013)

  • Richmond Qualifying Notes:
    Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 33rd Annual Virginia 529 College Savings 250 with a lap of 21.717 seconds, 124.327 mph.
    This is his second pole in 134 NASCAR Nationwide Series races. His last pole came at Chicago in Sept. 2011, 63 races ago.
    This is his first pole and 15th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in nine races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Matt Kenseth (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2013 and his 12th in 20 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 20th in 25 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-6-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kligerman fastest in final practice: #77-Parker Kligerman was fastest during the only practice at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 124.792mph. #29-Kenny Wallace was second, followed by: #18-Matt Kenseth, #32-Kyle Larson, #6-Trevor Bayne, #22-Brad Keselowski, #3-Austin Dillon, #31-Justin Allgaier, #2-Brain Scott, and #12-Sam Hornish, Jr. All 45 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Richmond practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-6-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 42 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday night's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. A few notes:
    Brett Butler will drive the #00 for SR2;
    Chase Miller remains in the #10 while Jeff Green continues to drive the #14 for Eric McClure;
    Ryan Reed returns to the Roush Fenway #16;
    Kenny Wallace is back in the #29 for RAB Racing;
    Ty Dillon returns to the RCR #33;
    The TriStar #44 will be driven by Hal Martin; Derrike Cope is back in his #73;
    The Mike Harmon #74 is TBA.(9-2-2013)
    UPDATE: Jamie McMurray will drive the #5 in place of Kasey Kahne. #46-J.J. Yeley and #50-Danny Efland have been added to the list.(9-5-2013)
    UPDATE 2: Carl Long will be in the #74.(9-5-2013)
    UPDATE 3: Matt Dibenedetto has been added in the #37 Dodge. There are now 45 teams entered.(9-5-2013)
    See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.

  • Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series in Prime Time at Richmond: One of the key races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season plays out in prime time Saturday night, Sept. 7, at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway live on ABC. The final race of NASCARs regular season will determine the lineup and seedings of the 12 drivers who will compete in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCARs playoffs, over the final 10 weeks of the season. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the races green flag at 7:43 p.m. The NASCAR Nationwide Series races on ESPN on Friday night, Sept. 6, with Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green at 7:44 p.m. Also from Richmond, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at 5:30 p.m. on Friday as well as practice sessions at noon and 2:30 p.m. ESPN2 also airs Nationwide Series qualifying at 4 p.m. on Friday and episodes of NASCAR Now at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.(ESPN)(9-2-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,250, Right-side -- 1,300;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 500, Right-side -- 500

  • Set limits: Sprint Cup:
    5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • 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 ran at Richmond earlier this season . . . in fact, this tire set-up has been run at Richmond since the beginning of 2011 . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams have also run this left-side tire code (D-4416) with a different right-side code at Bristol in 2013 . . . 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

    The NASCAR Nationwide Series Reaches Its Millennial Race
    Over 21 years ago NASCAR consolidated the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division into a national touring series, now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series. On February 13, 1982, the newly created division held its inaugural event  the Goodys 300  at Daytona International Speedway with Dale Earnhardt capturing the checkered flag.
    Twenty-three champions and 136 different winners later, NASCARs No. 2 series will host its 1,000th race this Friday at Richmond International Raceway in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250. Richmond hosted the series second race, which Tommy Houston won.
    The first 999 races have played host to some of the most exciting on-track action in motorsports with its unique blend of veteran drivers and those trying to earn a seat in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Many competitors who honed their driving skills in the NASCAR Nationwide Series have gone on to championship-winning careers in NASCARs premier series, including Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski.
    Below are just a few of the brightest highlights from the series first 999 races:
    "       October 31, 1982: Jack Ingram wins the first championship at Martinsville Speedway.
    "       October 28, 1984: Sam Ard wins his second of two championships, becoming the first two-time champion. Seven other drivers have since joined that list.
    "       July 2, 2010: The new NASCAR Nationwide Series car debuts at Daytona with Dale Earnhardt Jr. finding Victory Lane in the No. 3 Chevrolet carrying the Wrangler paint scheme made famous by his father.
    "       August 20, 2010: Kyle Busch wins the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event two nights earlier. He would go on to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race the following evening to become the only driver to sweep all three national series events at a track in the same weekend.
    "       August 26, 2011: A little more than a year later, Busch returned to Bristols Victory Lane. This time the win marked his 50th triumph in the series surpassing Mark Martin as the all-time wins leader. Since then, Busch has added 10 more victories to his resume.

    The Richmond Showdown: The Veteran v. The Young Gun
    There are certainly others drivers who still have a chance to make a series run at the NASCAR Nationwide Series title, but two drivers have separated themselves from the pack: points leader Sam Hornish Jr. and Austin Dillon.
    Hornish, who finished third in Saturdays Atlanta race, extended his lead over Dillon from six to 10 markers. Through 24 races, he was the highest-finishing NASCAR Nationwide Series regular in eight of the events, including a victory at Las Vegas in the third race of 2013. His average finish in those eight races is an amazing 2.125. The three-time IndyCar Series champion and 2006 Indianapolis 500 champion has a best finish of fifth at Richmond in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with a pair of seventh-place performances in six starts.
    Dillon finished eighth at Atlanta to stay in close proximity to Hornish in the standings. Dillon, who won the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, has not found Victory Lane this season, but has 15 top-10 finishes and six poles, including four that came in consecutive weeks. In four starts at the 0.75-mile track, Dillon has two top 10s  a ninth- and sixth-place finish. In the April race earlier this year, an accident ended his day early and left him 35th.    
    Dillon is followed by Elliott Sadler (-26), Regan Smith (-29) and Justin Allgaier (-47) in the standings. Brian Vickers (-52), Kyle Larson (-67), Brian Scott (-67), Trevor Bayne (-71) and Parker Kligerman (-118) round out the top 10.

    The No. 54 Closes Gap On No. 22 In Owners Battle
    With nine races remaining on the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule the fight for the owners title is just as tight as the drivers battle.
    After a runner-up performance at Atlanta, Kyle Busch takes the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to Richmond for Friday nights Virginia 529 College Savings 250 only 11 points behind the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford, having shaved the lead down from 16. Joey Logano piloted the No. 22 to a sixth-place finish at Atlanta, but Brad Keselowski will steer the Ford this weekend.
    The No. 22 and No. 54 teams are so equally matched in terms of driver skill and quality of machine that every weekend the two teams are always favorites to run at the front of the pack or near the front. Through 24 races, the two teams have combined for 17 wins  No. 22 has eight, while the No. 54 has nine.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Virginia native and current driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Elliott Sadler will run a special paint scheme this weekend honoring Jack Ingram, who won the series inaugural championship in 1982 and is a 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee. & Ryan Reed, who made his NASCAR Nationwide debut earlier this year at Richmond, returns to the track in Roush Fenway Racings No. 16 Drive to Stop Diabetes Ford. Supporters of the American Diabetes Association can submit images representing what A Day in the Life of Diabetes means to them for a chance to have their photos included in the paint scheme.

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Countdown to the race: 8/2/2014 ~ 8:14 PM ET

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7:30 pm/et
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4:40 pm/et, Saturday, August 2
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