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THE RACE: Virginia 529 College Savings 250

TRACK: Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #25 of 33 for the 2014 season


Race: Friday, September 5, 2014 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

Wednesday, September 3rd

Thursday, September 4th

Friday, September 5th
7:30 PM NNS RACE (250 LAPS, 187.5 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Richmond race results and standings (pdf)

  • Busch wins at Richmond: #54-Kyle Busch won the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway after starting from the pole and leading all of the 250 laps. #9-Chase Elliott finished second followed by #5-Kevin Harvick, #22-Ryan Blaney, #2-Brian Scott, #7-Regan Smith, #43-Dakoda Armstrong, #11-Elliott Sadler, #3-Ty Dillon, #60-Chris Buescher.
    There were 6 cautions for 38 laps and 0 lead changes among 1 leader. Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-5-2014)

  • Richmond Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch won the 34th Annual Virginia529 College Savings 250, his 67th victory in 289 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    Busch led all 250 laps, the second time in his career that he has led every lap in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race. He was the last driver to accomplish the feat, on Feb. 26, 2011 at Phoenix International Raceway.
    This is Busch's fourth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his fifth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 19 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Chase Elliott (second) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 19th top-10 finish in 2014.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his 21st top-10 finish in 26 races at Richmond International Raceway. (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-5-2014)

  • Driver standings following Richmond:
    1) #9-Chase Elliott # 916
    2) #7-Regan Smith 897 -19
    3) #3-Ty Dillon # 874 -42
    4) #11-Elliott Sadler 862 -54
    5) #2-Brian Scott 859 -57
    6) #6-Trevor Bayne 832 -84
    7) #60-Chris Buescher # 747 -169
    8) #62-Brendan Gaughan 720 -196
    9) #16-Ryan Reed # 686 -230
    10) #99-James Buescher 671 -245
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(9-5-2014)

  • Owner Standings following Richmond are posted (pdf).(9-5-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none
    Caution 2: #33-Cale Conley, 17th
    Caution 3: #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, 11th
    Caution 4: #6-Trevor Bayne, 15th
    Caution 5: #01- Landon Cassill, 14th
    Caution 6: none

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Busch on pole at Richmond: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 120.903mph. #22-Ryan Blaney will start second followed by : #9-Chase Elliott, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, #20-Matt Kenseth, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #3-Ty Dillon, #6-Trevor Bayne, and #31-Dylan Kwasniewski.
    Multiple rain delays within the first session forced NASCAR to shorten qualifying to just one round.
    Did Not Qualify: #17-Tanner Berryhill and #70-Derrike Cope. The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(9-5-2014)

  • Richmond Qualifying Notes:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 34th Annual Virginia529 College Savings 250 with a lap of 22.332 seconds, 120.903 mph.
    This is his 42nd pole in 289 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his sixth pole and 17th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his fourth pole in 19 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Ryan Blaney (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2014 and his third in four races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Chase Elliott (third) posted his second top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 19th in 25 races this season.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-5-2014)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Dillon fastest in happy hour: #3-Ty Dillon was quickest during happy hour for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 with a speed of 118.603Xmph. He was followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #33-Cale Conley, #9-Chase Elliott, #2-Brian Scott, #22-Ryan Blaney, #60-Chris Buescher, #5-Kevin Harvick, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, and #43-Dakoda Armstrong. 41 drivers participated in the session. Practice was ended 20 minutes early when it rained at the track. See complete results on the Richmond practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-4-2014)

  • Chris Buescher fastest in first practice: #60-Chris Buescher was fastest during opening practice at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 120.011mph. #3-Ty Dillon was second, followed by: #9-Chase Elliott, #14-Jeff Green, #01-Landon Cassill, #22-Ryan Blaney, #42-Kyle Larson, #43-Dakoda Armstrong, #31-Dylan Kwasniewski, and #6-Trevor Bayne. 38 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Richmond practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-4-2014)

  • Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. A few notes:
    Jeff Green is in the #14 for Eric McClure;
    Hermie Sadler competes in the #19 for the second time;
    Ryan Blaney will drive the #22 for Team Penske;
    Kelly Admiraal will be in the #29 for RAB;
    Cale Conley returns to the RCR #33;
    Will Kimmel III will drive the #44 for TriStar;
    Matt Dibenedetto is listed in the #46 but is expected to drive the #40;
    Cody Ware will make his second Nationwide attempt in the #86;
    Morgan Shepherd returns in his #89.(9-2-2014)
    UPDATE: Cody Ware will be in the #23. The #86 is TBA.(9-2-2014)
    UPDATE 2: Kevin Lepage will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon.(9-3-2014)
    UPDATE 3: The #86 team has withdrawn.(9-3-2014)
    UPDATE 4: Matt Dibenedetto will be in the #40 and Matt Frahm in the #46.(9-3-2014)
    See the complete list on the Richmond entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series in Richmond Friday night: The NASCAR Nationwide Series races at the 0.750-mile Richmond track on Friday night with the race airing on ESPN2. NASCAR Countdown presented by Victory Motorcycles is at 7:00pm/et with a 7:43pm/et green flag. Qualifying airs on ESPN2 at 3:30pm/et. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes at 4 a.m. on Sept. 6. All NASCAR programming on ESPN2 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.(ESPN)(9-1-2014)

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 7 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4632; Right-side -- D-4634

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.09 in. (2,212 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.23 in. (2,241 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 set-up at Richmond this weekend . . . this is the first race at which either of these two tire codes have been run . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Richmond on July 8-9 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle, No. 26 BK Racing Toyota with Cole Whitt, No. 41 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet with Kurt Busch and No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Aric Almirola . . . compared to what was run at Richmond this spring, this left--side tire code (D-4632) features a mold shape change to add more stagger to this set-up . . . this right-side tire code (D-4634) features both construction and compound changes and is designed for better wear and the ability to lay down rubber . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Richmond.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Earnhardt Has JR Motorsports Manufacturing Success
    JR Motorsports has set themselves apart from the competition in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season.
    Following the organization's eighth win in 24 series starts, it is apparent the Earnhardt establishment has turned a corner towards consistent success. 
    A 33.3% winning percentage in 2014 is just the tip of the iceberg for the team's success this season.  Between Sunoco Rookie sensation and current series standings leader Chase Elliott and second-place Regan Smith the organization has led the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver standings following 23 of the 24 races this season. 
    Team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr has been adamant the success is directly related to the collaborative effort from his forward thinking crew chiefs Greg Ives, Ryan Pemberton and Ernie Cope along with last weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Kasey Kahne and veteran driver/ former car owner Kevin Harvick. Harvick put on a display of excellence last weekend at Atlanta leading the final 159 laps on his way to victory in the team's No. 5 Chevrolet.
    This week the series heads back to Richmond International Raceway, and  JR Motorsports is looking for the season sweep come Friday night in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 (7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2).  Harvick will be back in the No. 5 Chevrolet looking for his fourth win of the season. Harvick has an average finish of 6.5 at RIR.
    Chase Elliott finished second to Harvick earlier this season at Richmond and the rookie returns with a pre-race Driver Rating of 122.7 - second only to teammate Kevin Harvick (123.3).  Also don't be surprised if Regan Smith is in the mix for the win this weekend as well; he finished third in this event last season. 

    Dillon Needs Wins To Catch Elliott
    Daunting might be the term used when describing Richard Childress Racing driver Ty Dillon's 35 point deficit from the standings leader Chase Elliott, but it's not unattainable. 
    Dillon, currently third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings, has reached a point in the season where top-10 finishes might not be enough.  He has posted one win (Indianapolis), four top fives, 17 top 10s and an average finish of 9.4 this season.  Consistency hasn't been the problem for Dillon who has zero DNFs; it's racking up wins.
    The man he chases in the standings is Chase Elliott who has posted three wins (Texas, Darlington and Chicago), 11 top fives and 18 top 10s. His average finish is 8.4 in 2014.
    Of the next nine tracks the series visits, seven are return trips for the series. Experience can make the difference. Among the seven tracks NASCAR will be returning to, Dillon out-placed Elliott at two of them (Charlotte and Kentucky).
    Dillon struggled at Richmond earlier this season finishing 14th, but don't count him out, Richard Childress Racing has the second most series wins at RIR with six behind Roush Fenway Racing's nine.

    Blaney Locked And Loaded To Pad Penske's Owner Point Lead
    Team Penske will be calling in the ace, Ryan Blaney, fresh off his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The last time Blaney was in the No. 22 Ford he won at Bristol Motor Speedway. Now Blaney is back and has the opportunity to extend car owner Roger Penske's NASCAR Nationwide Series owner points lead over Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 54 Toyota team.  
    Last weekend Team Penske's young gun Joey Logano finished second at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the No. 22 Ford bringing Penske's lead to 26 points over car owner Joe Gibbs.
    Blaney has made three series starts at Richmond International Raceway posting three top-10 finishes and an average finish of 8.3.
    Brad Keselowski won this event last season in the No. 22 Ford, sweeping both series races at RIR that season.  

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