Race: Friday, April 25, 2014 in Richmond, VA
Title Sponsor: Toyota
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:16pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPNews - 6:30pm/et
Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch
Studio: Nicole Briscoe
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
Times are local to the Track
Wednesday, April 23rd
6:00 PM NNS HAULERS ENTER
Thursday, April 24th
7:30 AM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
8:00 AM NNS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
2:00 PM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM-2:00 PM NNS PRACTICE
2:30 PM-4:00 PM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:30 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES
Friday, April 25th
8:30 AM NNS & NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
3:10 PM NNS QUALIFYING
4:45 PM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
6:30 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:00 PM NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)
7:30 PM NNS & NSCS REGISTRATION CLOSES
NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Harvick wins at Richmond: #5-Kevin Harvick won the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. #9-Chase Elliott finished second followed by #54-Kyle Busch, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, #11-Elliott Sadler, #60-Chris Buescher, #7-Regan Smith, #22-Ryan Blaney, and #99-James Buescher.
There were 5 cautions for 36 laps and 5 lead changes among 4 leaders. Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-25-2014)
Richmond Race Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick(i) won the 27th Annual ToyotaCare 250, his 41st victory in 307 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his seventh victory and 20th top-10 finish in 25 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Chase Elliott (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
This is JR Motorsports' fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of 2014, tying the organization's best season.
Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 18 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Chase Elliott (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 19 points over Regan Smith.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-25-2014)
Driver standings following Richmond:
1) #9-Chase Elliott# 313
2) #7-Regan Smith, 294, 19
3) #11-Elliott Sadler, 290, -23
4) #3-Ty Dillon# 278, -35
5) #6-Trevor Bayne 274, -39
6) #2-Brian Scott 265, -48
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan 239, -74
8) #99-James Buescher 229, -84
9) #31-Dylan Kwasniewski# 212, -101
10) #16-Ryan Reed# 204, -109
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(4-25-2014)
Owner Standings following Richmond are posted (pdf).(4-25-2014)
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #55-Jimmy Weller III, 40th
Caution 2: #70-Derrike Cope, 28th
Caution 3: #62-Brendan Gaughan, 20th
Caution 4: #43-Dakoda Armstrong, 17th
Caution 5: #19-Mike Bliss, 16th
Scott on pole at Richmond: #2-Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 122.061mph. #31-Dylan Kwasniewski will start second followed by : #22-Ryan Blaney, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, #60-Chris Buescher, #54-Kyle Busch, #5-Kevin Harvick, and #01-Landon Cassill.
Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #2-Brian Scott.
#6-Trevor Bayne was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 121.463mph
Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(4-25-2014)
Richmond Qualifying Notes:
Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 27th Annual ToyotaCare 250 with a lap of 22.120 seconds, 122.061 mph.
This is his third pole in 150 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his second pole in ten races at Richmond International Raceway.
In his last visit to Richmond International Raceway, Scott started on the pole and led a career-high 239 laps in a dominating performance before finishing second.
Dylan Kwasniewski (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2014 and his first in one races at Richmond International Raceway.
Ryan Blaney(i) (third) posted his second top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his third in three races this season.
Dylan Kwasniewski (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-25-2014)
Buescher fastest in happy hour: #99-James Buescher was quickest during happy hour for the ToyotaCare 250 with a speed of 121.792mph. He was followed by: #6-Trevor Bayne, #60-Chris Buescher, #16, Ryan Reed, #9-Chase Elliott, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, #43-Dakoda Armstrong, and #5-Kevin Harvick. 40 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Richmond practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-24-2014)
Blaney fastest in first practice: #22-Ryan Blaney was fastest during opening practice at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 122.421mph. #7-Regan Smith was second, followed by: #6-Trevor Bayne, #42-Kyle Larson, #3-Ty Dillon, #9-Chase Elliott, #99-James Buescher, #2-Brian Scott, #43-Dakoda Armstrong, and #5-Kevin Harvick. 38 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Richmond practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-24-2014)
Entry List:There are 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. A few notes:
Kevin Harvick is back in the #5;
Eric McClure remains in the #14;
The Joe Gibbs #20 is TBA;
Ryan Blaney will drive the #22 for Penske;
The #23 is TBA;
Jimmy Weller will make his NNS debut in the #55;
Joe Nemechek will be in the #86;
The #93 is TBA.(4-21-2014)
UPDATE: Daniel Suarez will drive the JGR #20 and Mike Wallace will be in the #93.(4-22-2014)
UPDATE: Josh Reaume will be in the #23.(4-22-2014)
See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.
NASCAR Nationwide Series in Prime Time from Richmond: The NASCAR Nationwide Series will race under the lights in prime time in the Toyotacare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night, April 25, and ESPNEWS will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 6:30pm/et and the green flag will fly at 7:14 p.m. Also from Richmond, ESPN2 will air qualifying for the race at 3:30pm/et. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on April 26 at 4:30 a.m.(ESPN)(4-21-2014)
NASCAR Nationwide Series -- Race No. 8 - ToyotaCare 250 Richmond International Raceway (0.750-mile oval) - Richmond, Va. Fast Facts for April 25-26, 2014
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Set limits: Nationwide: 7 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4608; Right-side -- D-4610
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.5 in. (2,223 mm); Right-side -- 88.3 in. (2,242 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 Goodyear tire codes at Richmond this week . . . this is the first time NASCAR teams have run on either of these two codes . . . this right-side code (D-4610) is one of Goodyear's multi-zone tread tires, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire . . . the outboard 10 inches of tread surface (traction zone) is the same compound run on the entire right-side tire at Richmond last season . . . the inboard two inches of tread surface (endurance zone) features a slightly tougher, more heat resistant compound . . . compared to what was run at Richmond last year, this new left-side code (D-4608) features a compound change to give the cars more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear tire test at Richmond last October 22-23 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.
Scott Returns To Site Of Dominating Performance
In his last trip to Richmond International Raceway, Richard Childress Racing driver Brian Scott put on a dominating performance. He led the entire race ... that is until the waning moments when he was passed by Brad Keselowski with 11 laps to go.
Scott came so close to capturing his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory that Friday night last September that the sting of finishing runner up might still be fresh in his mind. He gets his chance at redemption in Friday night's ToyotaCare 250.
Through the first seven races of 2014, Scott has one top-10 finish (a seventh at Las Vegas), but has not finished lower than 17th, averaging a personal-best 12.0 finishing position. He currently ranks sixth in the standings, 46 points behind leader Chase Elliott.
In nine series starts at Richmond, Scott's only top-10 finish came in the fall race last year. His average finish in his first eight starts at the .75-mile track is 25.9. In last year's race, he started on the pole before leading the first 239 laps of the 250-lap affair. The 239 are the only laps he has led at Richmond, and account for the majority of the laps Scott led throughout the entire 2013 campaign in which he paced the field for a total of 254 laps.
The Richmond race will be a milestone event for Richard Childress Racing. With four drivers - Cole Conley, Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan and Scott - entered, it will mark the 1,000th start for the organization in the Nationwide Series.
The entire outfit is having a solid start to the 2014 season with three full-time drivers currently running in the top seven in the standings. In addition to Scott's sixth-place ranking, Dillon is fourth (-23) with Gaughan seventh (-56). Richmond will only be Conley's third career start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Next Up: Who Will Be The Next First-Time Winner In Nationwide?
Kyle Larson did it first. Chase Elliott did it next - only to do it again the following week.
When Larson crossed the finish line first at Auto Club Speedway, he became the season's first first-time winner to win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. One race later, Chase Elliott notched his first career series win by outlasting the field at Texas, and then he won again - this time at Darlington in the series' most recent race.
With the recent run on first-time winners, it begs the question as to who will be the next first timer in the series ... and could that person do so at Richmond?
Possible candidates include Ty Dillon, Brian Scott, Brendan Gaughan, Dylan Kwasniewski and Ryan Reed, who are all in the top 10 in the points standings.
Dillon has come closest to winning through the first seven races of the season, having compiled six top 10s with a low showing of 11th. His highest finish was sixth in Bristol. In two Richmond races, his best result was seventh in the fall 2012 event.
Scott, Gaughan and Reed each have one top-10 finish in limited experience at Richmond. Scott finished second in the fall 2013 race, the same race in which Reed finished ninth. Gaughan's best showing there was a ninth in the spring 2009 event. Kwasniewski has never made a series start at the short track.
Sadler Heads Home Looking For First Win Of 2014
In 2012, Elliott Sadler scored a personal-best four wins during the NASCAR Nationwide Series season, finishing second in the standings to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Since then, Sadler has been trying to find his way back to Victory Lane, coming close by finishing second twice last season.
This weekend, Sadler will be competing in front of a hometown crowd at Richmond International Raceway, which is about 60 miles away from where he grew up. In 21 Nationwide starts at the short track, Sadler has eight top-10 finishes, including a runner-up performance in 2005.
After the first seven races of 2014, he sits third in the standings, 20 points behind leader Chase Elliott. He has put together a solid season so far, compiling three top fives, five top 10s, with a season-best showing of second at Darlington. His two results outside the top 10 are 13th and 17th.
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
This weekend's ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond marks the NNS debut of Daniel Suarez, who this season has won two races each in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series. ... The Richmond NNS race is the first in which BUBBA Burgers will sponsor Joe Nemechek. The two will partner up for two other races in the near future (Charlotte, Kentucky). ... Speaking of Kentucky, the name for the track's June NNS event was officially announced and is the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, to be held on June 27.
Congratulations 2015 Champ Kyle Busch
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)