NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Toyota Owners 400

TRACK: Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #9 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers/TV | Local TV
Weather | Camping | Paint Schemes
Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: Toyota

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage

  • Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

  • motorracingnetwork.com

  • MRN Live Streaming

  • MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 25
9:00 - 11:50 am NNS Practice
4:45 pm Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Drivers Q&A - Amphitheater
8:15 pm Late Model Stock Car Driver Introductions
8:30 pm Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Late Model Stock Car Race

Friday, April 26
5:30 am NSCS Haulers Enter
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
9:00 am 11:30 AM NNS Final Practice
11:00 am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Random Drawing for Qualifying Order
12:00 - 2:00 pm NSCS Practice
2:45 - 3:30 pm NSCS Final Practice
4:05 pm NNS Qualifying
5:35 pm NSCS Qualifying
7:30 pm NNS Race
8:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, April 27
2:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
5:30 pm NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
7:00 pm NSCS Driver Intorduction
7:30 pm NSCS Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, April 26, 12:00 - 2:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 26, 2:30 - 3:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, April 26 at 5:35 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled for 11:30pm/et.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,145,882
2012: $5,103,274
2011: $4,991,887
2010: $5,034,763
2009: $5,176,906
2008: $5,137,427
2007: $5,032,994
2006: $4,931,502
2005: $4,887,667
2004: $4,897,954
2003: $4,128,879


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Race Length: 400 laps, 300 miles
    Track Length: 0.75 mile D-shaped oval, measured 13 1/2 feet in from SAFER Barrier
    Track Width: 60 feet with 10-foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
    Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
    Pit Road: 64-foot width, 43 concrete pit stalls, each measuring 28'x19'
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 50mph
    Seating Capacity: 97,912 was 112,029
    Opened: 1946 (First NASCAR race was 1953)
    Last Repaved: Fall of 2003

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: TBA
    Command to start engines: Carlton Walker, Toyota Owner
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Pastor Joe Ellison, Virginia Christian Alliance Church
    National Anthem: Saint Gertrude High School Honors Ensemble
    Flyover: 3 North American T-28 Trojans

  • Track Websites:
    Richmond International Raceway
    ISC Motorsports
    Richmond International Raceway - Facebook
    Richmond International Raceway - Twitter

  • April 2012: see my Richmond Race Info page

  • September 2012: see my Richmond Race Info page

  • September 2012 Race Winner: #15-Clint Bowyer, 100.019mph, started 4th

  • April 2012 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 105.202mph, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Tony Stewart, 86.824mph, 5/2002

    (since track was reconfigured for the Sept 1988 race)

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 28 days, Sept 1991

  • Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 23 years, 9 months, 21 days, April 1961

  • September 2012 Pole Sitter: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 127.023, finished 14th

  • May 2012 Pole Sitter: #55-Mark Martin, 128.327mph, finished 8th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Brian Vickers, May 2004, 129.983mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Clint Bowyer, May 2008, started 31st

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 3 months, 19 days, 4/27/2012

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 20 years, 6 months, 21 days, 5/15/2004

  • Richmond Stats and Facts:
    Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was April 19, 1953 won by Lee Petty.
    The spring 1964 race was run on a Tuesday night under temporary lighting.
    The track name changed to Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1967.
    The track surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between races in 1968.
    The track name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969.
    The track was re-measured to .542-mile in 1970.
    The track was rebuilt as a three-quarter-mile D-shaped oval following the Feb. 21, 1988 race.
    The first race under permanent lights was Sept. 7, 1991.
    The first season with both races as night races was 1999.
    There have been 113 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway, one NSCS event from 1953-1958 and two races per year since 1959.
    467 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond; 304 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Richmond with 63. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 55 starts; followed by Mark Martin with 54.
    Buck Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Richmond in 1953 with a speed of 48.465 mph.
    51 drivers have Coors Light poles at Richmond, led by Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with eight each. Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with five each.
    Seven drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Richmond. Bobby Allison holds the record for most consecutive poles at Richmond with five (1972 - 1974).
    47 different drivers have won at Richmond International Raceway, led by Richard Petty with 13. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with four.
    Petty Enterprises has the most wins at Richmond in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 15; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 10 and Joe Gibbs Racing with nine.
    Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Richmond with 35 victories; followed by Ford with 28 wins.
    22 of the 113 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from the Coors Light pole. Only three active drivers have been able to accomplish the feat: Kasey Kahne (2005), Jimmie Johnson (2007) and Kyle Busch (2010).
    The pole starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing the most winners than any other starting position at Richmond (22).
    35 of the 113 (30.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond have been won from the front row: 22 from the pole and 13 from second-place.
    90 of the 113 (79.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    11 of the 113 (9.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Richmond International Raceway was 31st, by Clint Bowyer in the spring of 2008.
    Bobby Allison and Richard Petty are tied for thelead in runner-up finishes at Richmond with nine each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Richmond with 34. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 18; followed by Jeff Gordon with 16.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Richmond with 44. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 30; followed by Terry Labonte with 28.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.925.
    Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond International Raceway with a 5.438.
    Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Richmond: Kyle Busch (5.4), Denny Hamlin (8.0) and Clint Bowyer (9.5).
    There has been one NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Richmond International Raceway: spring of 2008 (400/410).
    Only four of the 113 races at Richmond International Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions: spring of 1962, spring of 1977, spring of 1982 and spring of 2003.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway six times; most recently fall of 2008.
    Kevin Harvick has participated in the most NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond without posting a DNF (24).
    Bobby Labonte (9/11/1993) and Brian Vickers (5/15/2004) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Richmond.
    Tony Stewart (9/11/1999) and Kasey Kahne (5/14/2005) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at Richmond.
    Eight drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Richmond International Raceway. Richard Petty leads the series in consecutive wins at Richmond after posting seven consecutive wins from the fall of 1970  1973. Terry Labonte (1994-1995) and Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep) are the only two active drivers with consecutive wins at Richmond.
    All of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup winners at Richmond International Raceway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart won at Richmond in their second appearance.
    Terry Labonte competed at Richmond International Raceway 32 times before winning in 1994; the longest span of any of the 16 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Terry Labonte (32), Joe Nemechek (18), Kevin Harvick (11) and Jimmie Johnson (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Richmond International Raceway.
    Bobby Labonte leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Richmond without visiting Victory Lane at 40.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway was the Sept. 12, 1998 race won by Jeff Burton with an MOV of 0.051 of a second.
    Janet Guthrie is the only female driver to have competed at Richmond in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series(twice)  (2/27/1977) starting 13th and finishing 12th; 9/11/1977 - starting 14th and finishing 12th.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Richmond with 1,415 laps led in 40 starts.(NASCAR)(4-23-2013)

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Richmond:
    Denny Hamlin............................ 117.8
    Kyle Busch................................ 113.9
    Kevin Harvick............................. 111.1
    Clint Bowyer............................... 98.5
    Tony Stewart.............................. 97.9
    Jeff Gordon................................. 96.6
    Mark Martin................................ 92.6
    Ryan Newman............................ 92.0
    Jimmie Johnson.......................... 90.4
    Kurt Busch................................. 88.6
    Carl Edwards.............................. 88.4
    Kasey Kahne.............................. 87.8
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (16 total) among active drivers at Richmond International Raceway
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Richmond International Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Harvick wins at Richmond: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 1st win of 2013, 3rd win at Richmond and 20th career win. He easily took the lead after starting 7th on green white checker restart, behind several drivers on older tires. #15-Bowyer finished 2nd, followed by #22-Logano, #42-Montoya (who was leading the race until the final caution), #31-Burton, #99-Edwards, #20-Kenseth (who started from the pole and led the most laps on the night), #43-Almirola, #78-Busch, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    There were 10 lead changes among 7 drivers and 11 cautions for 75 yellow flag laps. The average speed was 92.141mph.
    Starting this season, NASCAR doesn't release the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Richmond Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Richmond Penalty Report (pdf)

  • Race Fast Facts - Richmond:
    Kevin Harvick won the 59th Annual Toyota Owners 400, his 20th victory in 439 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his third victory and 16th top-10 finish in 25 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    This is his fifth career victory at short tracks in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    Clint Bowyer (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 15 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2013.
    Joey Logano (third) posted his second top-10 finish in nine races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 43 points over Carl Edwards.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-27-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 9 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 343
    2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 300, -42
    3) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 297, -46
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 297, -46
    5) #15-Clint Bowyer, 290, -53
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 284, -598
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 278, -65
    8) #16-Greg Biffle, 272, -71
    9) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 271, -72
    10) #27-Paul Menard, 271, -72
    11) #43-Aric Almirola, 258, -85
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 245, -98
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 13th in points
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 15th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 28th [missed 4 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #83-Reutimann, 22nd
    Caution 2: #33-Cassill, 25th
    Caution 3: #83-Reutimann (2), 22nd
    Caution 4: #35-Wise, 28th
    Caution 5: #34-Ragan, 20th
    Caution 6: #2-Keselowski,
    Caution 7: #83-Reutimann (3), 22nd
    Caution 8: #83-Reutimann (4), 22nd
    Caution 9: #18-Busch, 33rd
    Caution 10: #38-Gilliland, 27th
    Caution 11: #18-Busch (2), 24th
    (4-27-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013.
    Television (TV): FOX at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:44pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, May 1 at 12:00pm/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #20-Kenseth chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #11-Vickers took pit stall 17, the first pitstall with an opening front of it.
    #24-Gordon, who starts 3rd took the 30th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #51-Allmendinger, who starts 24th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-26-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's:
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Resport
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2013 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Kesenth wins Richmond pole: #20-Matt Kenseth won the pole for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with speed of 130.334mph, a new track record, for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 10th of his career. #11-Vickers is on the outside pole, followed by #24-Gordon (was fastest in final practice), #5-Kahne, #15-Bowyer, #42-Montoya, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #56-Truex, Jr, and #55-Martin. With 43 teams at the track, no one missed the race.
    See the starting lineup, pole progression, qualifying results, qualifying order, qualifying rules on the Richmond Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(4-26-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Richmond:
    Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 59th Annual Toyota Owners 400 with a lap of 20.716 seconds, 130.334 mph.
    This is his 10th pole in 481 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 27 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Matt Kenseth's qualifying speed set a track record previously held by Brian Vickers, set in May 2004 (129.983 mph).
    Brian Vickers(i) (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2013 and his sixth in 15 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 31st top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his sixth in nine races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-26-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:35pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 5:30pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 11:30pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #14-Stewart.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #30-Stremme.
    Fastest in first Friday practice, #55-Martin, is scheduled to qualify 30th.
    Fastest in final practice, #24-Gordon will go out 40th.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Richmond Qualifying Page.(4-26-2013)

  • Final practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #24-Gordon 126.963
    #42-Montoya 126.103
    #11-Vickers 125.792
    #27-Menard 125.769
    #1-McMurray 125.675
    slowest: #19-Bliss 120.509 & #52-Keselowski 118.990. no speed: #87-Nemechek.
    Notes: Qualifying is at 5:35pm/et and will be televised on SPEED.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Richmond Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(4-26-2013)

  • First Friday practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 120 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #55-Martin 126.755
    #2-Keselowski 126.535
    #18-Busch 126.458
    #20-Kenseth 125.810
    #11-Vickers 125.535
    slowest: #36-Yeley 120.730, #52-Keselowski 118.286.
    Notes: There will be a second practice session this afternoon at 2:45pm/et, followed by qualifying at 5:30pm/et.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Richmond Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(4-26-2013)

  • Entry List for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #11-Vickers is still listed as the driver, Denny Hamlin could return to the #11 if cleared by the doctor; #51-Allmendinger, #19-Bliss, #32-Hill, #98-McDowell, #33-Cassill and #52-Brian Keselowski. Since there are 43 drivers entered for 43 starting spots, no driver will miss the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List

  • For the new 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Kansas, race 8 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 311
    2) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 274, -37
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski, 273, -38
    4) #16-Greg Biffle, 264, -47
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 263, -48
    6) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 262, -49
    7) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 257, -54
    8) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 252, -59
    9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 247, -64
    10) #27-Paul Menard, 240, -71
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 227, -84
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick, 224, -87
    2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 14th in points
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 15th
    #14-Tony Stewart, 21st
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 3 races with injury]
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).


Local Newspapers

The Daily Press
Kingsport Times-News
Lynchberg News and Advance
News Leader
Richmond Times-Dispatch
richmond.com
Roanoke Times
Virginian Pilot


Local TV Network Stations

ABC 8 WRIC
CBS 6 WTVR
FOX 35 WRLH
NBC 12 WWBT


Weather Links

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
Weather Underground


Camping, Eating and
Travel Info

Laid Back Racing
NASCAR Camping
Speed Eats


Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Richmond: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Richmond International Raceway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-852 - New chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-847 - Last Raced: Backup chassis from Texas (not used)
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-769 for Saturday night's event at Richmond. Most recently, Kahne led 109 laps and won last month at Bristol with this chassis.
    #7-Dave Blaney Chassis 297, which last saw action at Bristol and is back in the fleet after repairs.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 team has prepared chassis No. 838 for Richmond. The team last competed with the chassis at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this season.
    #10-Danica Patrick Chassis No. 10-791: This is a new car that has not been used previously.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-792: This is a brand new racecar that has never turned a wheel on the racetrack.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-844 Last ran Phoenix  finished 17th. Backup Chassis: RK-803 Last ran Bristol  finished 11th.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-832 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Phoenix International Raceway finishing a respectable 16th. This chassis ran numerous times by the No. 99 team in 2012. The backup Chassis RK-801 was a chassis that the No. 99 ran numerous times in 2012. It has been a backup at Martinsville, Bristol, and Phoenix so far this season.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-853 - New chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-844 - Last Raced: Backup chassis from Fontana, Texas (not used)
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 419 at Richmond International Raceway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Martinsville Speedway.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Richmond 400. This Chevrolet is new to the rotation this season and made its first appearance at Martinsville Speedway in April, where Harvick finished 13th.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 329 this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. This #31 Chevrolet was utilized twice during the 2012 season at both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) events at Martinsville Speedway.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley will field Chassis 277 which last ran at Martinsville.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-790: Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-790 at Richmond International Raceway. Built new for 2013, Chassis 39-790 will see its first laps of racing competition this weekend.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 team has prepared chassis No. 837 for Richmond. The team last competed with the chassis at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this season.
    #47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 778 at Richmond. Chassis No. 689 serves as the backup.
    #55-Mark Martin: 714- won pole at Phoenix in 2013 and finished 21st.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-721. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a sixth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March.
    #99-Carl Edwards Primary: RK-802  last ran in Phoenix where Carl picked up his first win of the season. Backup: RK- 790  backup car for Martinsville and Phoenix.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(4-25-2013)


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.


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
Race and Champisonship odds
Richmond Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

World Sports Exchange:
2013 Sprint Cup Championship

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
Race Odds

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Next Race: Toyota Owners 400

Countdown to Race Time: 4/26/2014 ~7:14pm/et

Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA

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Qualifying:
Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:05pm/et
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Live Radio online at motorracingnetwork.com

Happy Hour Practice:
Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:00pm/et
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