NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Federated Auto Parts 400

TRACK: Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, September 7, 2013 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: Federated Auto Parts

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-Race: ABC - 7:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 7:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
    NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham

  • FoxSports1's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 4:30 pm/et with John Roberts, Kenny Wallace & Kyle Petty

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Sunday, September 8 at 4:00am/et on ESPN2

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    ESPN Network Schedules
    SPEED TV Schedule
    TV Racer
    Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR


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)
    UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network - providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, September 5
7:00 pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Friday, September 6
7:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:00 am NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Random Drawing for Qualifying Order
12:10 - 2:00 pm NSCS Practice
2:45 - 3:30 pm NSCS Final Practice
5:35 pm NSCS Qualifying
8:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, September 7
2:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
5:30 pm NSCS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting
7:00 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
7:30 pm NSCS Federated Auto Parts 400 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, September 6, 12:10 - 2:00 pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, September 6, 2:45 - 3:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, September 6 at 5:35 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $5,172,166
2012: $5,120,084
2011: $5,008,697
2010: $5,052,458
2009: $5,196,568
2008: $5,157,089
2007: $5,057,510
2006: $4,955,081
2005: $4,875,701
2004: $4,860,973
2003: $4,450,856
2002: $3,841,298


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; front stretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
    Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Front stretch - 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: Treasure Coast Auto Repair owner, Frank Mazzoni Jr.
    Command to start engines: Frank Mazzoni Jr.
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Rev. Dr. Michael Fitzgerald, Clifford Baptist Church
    God Bless America: Sgt. Faith Flippo
    National Anthem: United States Army band
    Flyover: (3) North American T-6 "Texan"

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

  • April 2013: 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 2013 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 92.141mph, started 17th

  • 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

  • April 2013 Pole Sitter: #20-Matt Kenseth, 130.334mph, finished 7th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Matt Kenseth, April 2013, 130.334mph

  • 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

  • Top 12 Driver Rating at Richmond:
    #11-Denny Hamlin........................... 117.8
    #18-Kyle Busch............................... 113.0
    #29-Kevin Harvick........................... 111.1
    #15-Clint Bowyer............................. 100.4
    Tony Stewart.............................. 96.5 (injured, not racing)
    #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 95.7
    #14-Mark Martin................................ 92.2
    #39-Ryan Newman............................ 91.1
    #48-Jimmie Johnson......................... 90.9
    #78-Kurt Busch................................. 90.0
    #99-Carl Edwards............................. 88.9
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 87.3
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 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.(NASCAR)

  • Richmond Facts & Stats - Friday, Poles:
    Buck Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Richmond in 1953 with a speed of 48.465 mph.
    52 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).
    22 of the 114 (19.2%) 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 more winners than any other starting position at Richmond (22).
    35 of the 114 (30.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond have been won from the front row: 22 from the pole and 13 from second-place.
    90 of the 114 (78.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    12 of the 114 (10.5%) 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.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway six times; most recently the fall of 2008.
    Bobby Labonte (9/11/1993) and Brian Vickers (5/15/2004) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light poles at Richmond.(NASCAR)(9-6-2013)

  • Richmond Facts & Stats - Thursday:
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Richmond with 63. Terry Labonte and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with 55 starts.
    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, Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing with nine each.
    Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Richmond with 36 victories; followed by Ford with 28 wins.
    Bobby Allison and Richard Petty are tied for the lead 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 7.805.
    Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond International Raceway with a 6.529.
    Three active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Richmond: Kyle Busch (6.5), Denny Hamlin (8.0) and Clint Bowyer (9.0).
    There have been two NSCS race resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Richmond International Raceway: spring of 2008 (400/410) and spring of 2013 (400/406).
    Tony Stewart (9/11/1999) and Kasey Kahne (5/14/2005) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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.
    Bobby Labonte leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Richmond without visiting Victory Lane at 41.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway was the (9/12/1998) race won by Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.051 second.(NASCAR)(9-5-2013)

  • Richmond Facts & Stats - Wednesday:
    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 for 1970.
    The track was rebuilt as a three-quarters-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 114 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway, one NSCS event from 1953-1958 and two races per year since 1959.
    Only four of the 114 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.
    471 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond; 304 in more than one.
    Four drivers have come from outside the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup cut-off to make the Chase at Richmond:
    Jeremy Mayfield in 2004 made up a 55-point deficit
    Ryan Newman in 2005 made up a one-point deficit
    Kasey Kahne in 2006 made up a 30-point deficit
    Brian Vickers in 2009 made up a 20-point deficit.(NASCAR)(9-4-2013)

  • Chase clinch scenarios at Richmond: Below are the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup clinch scenarios for Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the final race before the Chase field is set. Six drivers have clinched top-10 spots in the Chase: #48-Jimmie Johnson, #15-Clint Bowyer, #29-Kevin Harvick, #99-Carl Edwards, #18-Kyle Busch and #20-Matt Kenseth. #5-Kasey Kahne, on the strength of two wins, has clinched at least a Wild Card spot. Four drivers control their top-10 clinching destiny. Regardless of the finishes of any other driver...
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., currently seventh in points, will clinch a top-10 spot with a finish of 32nd or better, 33rd with at least one lap led or 34th with the most laps led.
    #22-Joey Logano, currently eighth in points, will clinch a top-10 spot with a finish of 11th or better, 12th and at least one lap led or 13th and the most laps led.
    #16-Greg Biffle, currently ninth in points, will clinch a top-10 spot with a finish of ninth or better, 10th and at least one lap led or 11th and the most laps led.
    #78-Kurt Busch, currently 10th in points, will clinch a top-10 spot by winning, finishing second with at least one lap led or finishing third with the most laps led.
    The remaining mathematically eligible drivers need help to clinch a top-10 spot. Some, however, control their own Wild Card destiny (a win would guarantee at least a Wild Card spot). Clinch scenarios for the remaining eligible drivers follow...
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Currently 11th in points, Gordon would clinch at least a Wild Card spot with a victory at Richmond. Gordon, currently six points outside the top 10, remains eligible for a top 10 spot.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Kahne, currently 12th in points, has already clinched at least a Wild Card spot. Ten points outside the top 10, Kahne remains eligible for a top 10 spot.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: Currently 13th in points, Truex would clinch at least a Wild Card spot with a victory at Richmond. Fifteen points outside the top 10, Truex remains eligible for a top 10 spot. Truex, currently holding the provisional No. 2 Wild Card spot, could clinch a Wild Card spot without a victory.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Currently 14th in points, Newman would clinch at least a Wild Card spot with a victory at Richmond. Twenty points outside the top 10, Newman remains eligible for a top 10 spot. Newman could clinch a Wild Card spot without a win (Logano and Biffle must remain in the top 10 or be replaced by Kahne; Newman must out-point Truex by six points; Gordon must not win; and Brad Keselowski or Jamie McMurray cannot win and overtake Newman).
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Currently 28 points outside the top 10, Keselowski remains eligible for a top-10 spot. Currently winless, Keselowski must win to be in contention for a Wild Card spot. Mathematically there will be at least two drivers outside the top 10 with wins. To clinch, Keselowski would need to win and outpoint Truex by 13 and Newman by eight (and would only need to outpoint one of these drivers if Kahne would displace a winless driver from the top 10). If Truex or Newman displaces Kurt Busch from the top 10, he would need to outpoint the other one-win driver remaining outside the top 10 by the requisite amount.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Currently 39 points outside the top 10, McMurray remains eligible for a top-10 spot. Currently winless, McMurray must win to be in contention for a Wild Card spot. To clinch, McMurray would need to win and outpoint either Truex by 25 and Newman by 19 (and would only need to outpoint one of these drivers if Kahne would displace a winless driver from the top 10). If Truex or Newman displace Kurt Busch from the top 10, he would need to outpoint the other one-win driver remaining outside the top 10 by the requisite amount.
    #27-Paul Menard: To clinch, Menard would need to win and outpoint Truex by 47 and Newman by 42 (and would only need to outpoint one of these drivers if Kahne would displace a winless driver from the top 10). If Truex or Newman displace Kurt Busch from the top 10, he would need to outpoint the other one-win driver remaining outside the top 10 by the requisite amount.(NASCAR)(9-3-2013)

  • 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

  • Carl Edwards wins Richmond: #99-Carl Edwards won the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 2nd win of 2013 and 21st career win. There was some controversy that Edwards jumped the last restart but NASCAR didn't make a call on it due the leader #27 and #99 making contact.
    #78-Busch finished 2nd followed by #39-Newman, #1-McMurray, #27-Menard, #20-Kenseth, #56-Truex Jr., #24-Gordon, #14-Martin and #17-Stenhouse Jr. (best career finish).
    Points leader #48-Johnson had to start from the rear after Regan Smith qualified the car 10th as Johnson missed qualifying due to the birth of his 2nd daughter on Friday. Johnson had trouble most of the evening, having a battery cable burn and a tire go down, hitting the wall, finishing 40th and losing the points lead to race winner Edwards by 1 point.
    There were 17 lead changes among 9 drivers and 5 cautions for 29 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 105.028mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Richmond Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Richmond Penalty Report (pdf).(9-7-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Richmond:
    #99-Carl Edwards won the 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 , his 21st victory in 327 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 19 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    #78-Kurt Busch (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 26 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2013.
    #39-Ryan Newman (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 24 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the highest finishing rookie at 10th, his best career finish.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-7-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    1) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 842
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 841, -1
    3) #15-Clint Bowyer, 829, -13
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 828, -14
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 811, -31
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 807, -35
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 781, -61
    8) #78-Kurt Busch, 762, -80
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 759, -83
    10) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 751, -91
    WC1) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 14th in pts
    WC2) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 12th in pts
    (Truex was tied in pts with #39-Newman, tiebreaker was Truex having a 2nd place finish)
    2012 Chase drivers who missed the 2013 Chase
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th in points (1 pt out of 10th)
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 16th in points (31 pts out of 10th)
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 23rd [will miss rest of season](-157)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury](-266)
    Drivers who were not in the 2012 Chase: #99-Edwards, #18-Busch, #78-Busch, #22-Logano.
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See wild card report on the Unofficial Wildcard Standings page (pdf).
    See the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-7-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Points Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    (reset after Richmond)
    1) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 2015
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 2012, -3
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2012, -3
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 2006, -9
    5) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2006, -9
    6) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2003, -12
    7) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2003, -12
    8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2000, -15
    9) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2000, -15
    10) #78-Kurt Busch, 2000, -15
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins - wildcard1], 2000, -15
    12) #56-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win - wildcard2], 2000, -15
    As for the Owners points, no teams with multiple drivers made it in the Owners chase.
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See wild card report on the Unofficial Wildcard Standings page (pdf).
    See the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-7-2013)

  • How did the 'bubble' drivers do at Richmond? the ten drivers who were in the running for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and went into Richmond not having clinched a spot. Where these ten drivers finished in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night and who made the chase and who didn't:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished 13th, IN
    #22-Joey Logano, 22nd, IN
    #16-Greg Biffle, 12th, IN
    #78-Kurt Busch, 2nd, IN
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 8th, out
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 7th, IN, wildcard
    #39-Ryan Newman, 3rd, out
    #2-Brad Keselowski. 17th, out
    #1-Jamie McMurray, 5th, out
    #27-Paul Menard, 5th, out
    #5-Kahne had already clinched a wildcard spot and made the chase using it.
    #56-Truex Jr. and #39-Newman both had a win and tied in points, but Truex get the wildcard with more 2nd place finishes, 1 for Truex and 0 for Newman.(9-7-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #38-Gilliland, 23rd
    Caution 2: #14-Martin, 9th
    Caution 3: #24-Gordon, 8th
    Caution 4: #24-Gordon(2), 8th
    Caution 5: #42-Montoya, 16th
    (9-7-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2013.
    Television (TV): ABC 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: ESPN2, Sunday, September 8 at 4:00am/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway have been made.
    Pole sitter #24-Gordon chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #78-Busch took pit stall 17, the first pit stall in front of it.
    #2-Keselowski, 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 #10-Patrick, who starts 36th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-6-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Wildcard Report
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice 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 and practice speeds 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

  • Gordon wins Richmond pole: #24-Gordon won the pole for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with new track record speed of 130.599mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and 73rd of his career. Gordon breaks a tie with David Pearson, now winning a pole in 21 consecutive seasons
    #78-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #2-Keselowski, #15-Bowyer, #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #1-McMurray, #22-Logano, #16-Biffle and #48-Smith/Johnson. Regan Smith practiced and qualified the #48 Chevy for Jimmie Johnson, who was back in Charlotte after the birth of his 2nd daughter. Johnson plans to run the race and will have to start the race at the rear of the field due to a driver change. The #48 team will be 10th to chose their pit stall.
    Missing the race was: #19-Mike Bliss.
    See the full starting Lineup, qualifying results, pole progression, links and notes on the Richmond Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(9-6-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Richmond:
    #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 20.674 seconds, 130.599 mph. Matt Kenseth held the previous track record, set earlier this season in April.
    This is his 73rd pole in 715 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, third on the all-time list. Gordon has now won at least one pole in 21 consecutive seasons, breaking a record he shared with David Pearson. This is his first pole and 13th top-10 start in 2013. This is his sixth pole in 42 races at Richmond International Raceway. This is the 14th track qualifying record set this season in the Gen-6 race car. #78-Kurt Busch (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2013 and his fourth in 26 races at Richmond International Raceway. This is Busch's eighth front-row start this season.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 11th in 26 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-6-2013)

  • Where do the 'bubble' driver start at Richmond? the ten drivers are still in the running for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and seven have clinched a spot/ So ten drivers going for five spots, or the 'bubble' drivers. Where these ten drivers start in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., starts 14th
    #22-Joey Logano, 8th
    #16-Greg Biffle, 9th
    #78-Kurt Busch, 2nd
    #24-Jeff Gordon, pole
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., 11th
    #39-Ryan Newman, 24th
    #2-Brad Keselowski. 3rd
    #1-Jamie McMurray, 7th
    #27-Paul Menard, 22nd
    (9-6-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, September 6, 2013 at 5:35pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 5:30pm/et
    TV Internet: WatchESPN, 5:30pm/et
    Radio internet: Motor Racing Network (MRN), 5:30pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #11-Hamlin.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #55-Vickers.
    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.(9-6-2013)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #24-Gordon 127.292
    #18-Busch 126.606
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 126.310
    #56-Truex Jr. 126.198
    #31-Burton 126.162
    Regan Smith was 22nd fastest in the #48 Chevy.
    slowest: #33-Raines 119.090 & #32-Schrader 120.214
    notes: Regan Smith is practicing the #48 for Johnson who is back in Charlotte after his wife gave birth this morning.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive lap average and more on the Richmond Happy Hour Practice Speeds (pdf).(9-6-2013)

  • First Friday practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 110 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 127.083
    #15-Bowyer 125.821
    #18-Busch 125.558
    #20-Kenseth 125.209
    #24-Gordon 125.133
    slowest: #33-Raines 119.474 and #87-Nemechek 121.682
    notes: Regan Smith is practicing the #48 for Johnson who is back in Charlotte after his wife gave birth this morning.
    no rain in today's forecast, but this practice would set the lineup for the race if qualifying was to be cancelled.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Richmond Practice 1 Speeds (pdf).(9-6-2013)

  • Entry List for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #95-Reed Sorenson, #47-Allmendinger, #51-Ryan Truex, #32-Timmy Hill, #19-Bliss, #40-Cassill. #19-Bliss needs to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional. If qualifying was to rained out, the #40 car would miss the race due to lowest race attempts.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List

  • For the 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 Atlanta, race 25 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 837
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 809, -28
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 795, -61
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 795, -42
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 739, -42
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 768, -69
    Drivers above have clinched a Chase spot
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 750, -87
    8) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 729, -108
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 727, -110
    10)#78-Kurt Busch, 719, -118
    2012 Chase drivers not currently in the 2013 Chase
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th in points (6 pts out of 10th)
    #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 12th in points (10 pts out of 10th) - has clinched at least a wild card spot
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 15th in points (28pts out of 10th)
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 23rd [will miss rest of season](-125)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury](-257)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(9-1-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Atlanta, race 25 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 837
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 809, -28
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 795, -61
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 795, -42
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 739, -42
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 768, -69
    Drivers above have clinched a Chase spot
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 750, -87
    8) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 729, -108
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 727, -110
    10)#78-Kurt Busch, 719, -118
    2012 Chase drivers not currently in the 2013 Chase
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th in points (6 pts out of 10th)
    #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 12th in points (10 pts out of 10th) - has clinched at least a wild card spot
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 15th in points (28pts out of 10th)
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 23rd [will miss rest of season](-125)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury](-257)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(9-1-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup OWNER Championship Points Standings:
    [after Atlanta, race 25 of 36]
    (note: owner points are different then drivers points)
    1) #48-Hendrick Motorsports [4 wins], 837
    2) #15-Michael Waltrip Racing, 809, -28
    3) #29-Richard Childress Racing [2 wins], 795, -42
    4) #99-Roush Fenway Racing [1 win], 795, -42
    5) #18-Joe Gibbs Racing [4 wins], 786, -51
    6) #20-Joe Gibbs Racing [4 wins], 768, -69
    7) #88-Hendrick Motorsports, 750, -87
    8) #22-Penske Racing [1 win], 729, -108
    9) #16-Roush Fenway Racing [1 win], 727, -110
    10) #78-Furniture Row Racing, 719, -118
    Owners Wildcards
    WC1) #5-Hendrick Motorsports [2 wins], 12th in OWNER points (10 points out of 10th)
    WC2) #56-Michael Waltrip Racing [1 win], 13th in pts (15 out of 10th)
    #39-Stewart-Haas Racing [1 win], 14th in pts (20 out of 10th)
    #14-Stewart-Haas Racing [1 win], 15th in pts (23 points out of 10th)
    #55-Michael Waltrip Racing [1 win], 18th in pts (48 out of 10th)
    See the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-1-2013)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Bristol is PRS-845 which last raced at New Hampshire in July and finished 4th. The Backup Chassis is PRS-847 which has been a backup at several races but not raced.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Saturday night's event at Richmond. This is a new chassis. In 19 Sprint Cup starts at Richmond, Kahne has earned one win, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He won in 2005 after starting from the pole position. Kahne scored a 12th-place finish in this race at Richmond a year ago. Kahne earned his first career Sprint Cup Series win at Richmond in May 2005.
    #7-Dave Blaney chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The #9 DeWalt team prepared new chassis No. 847 to Richmond. Ambrose heads into Richmond with nine starts at the Virginia track and has posted one top-five and two top-10 finishes. In April, the No. 9 team showed they were strong before an engine failure ended their day early. Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer has seven starts at the .75-mile track. He tallied two top-five and three top-10 finishes in those starts.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-811 which is a new car that was first used during a test Aug. 26-27 at Richmond International Raceway. Danica Patrick tested the car on Aug. 26, while teammate Mark Martin tested it Aug. 27.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: not reported.
    #14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-710 debuted in April 2012 at Richmond. It qualified 22nd and led four times for 118 laps before a late-race caution canceled Tony Stewart's two-and-a-half second lead and forced him to settle for a third-place finish. It was then tested June 6-7 at Pocono and again during a Goodyear Tire Test June 12-13 at Bristol. The Lenox Industrial Tools 301 in July at New Hampshire marked Chassis No. 14-710's second career start. There, a new tire compound from Goodyear confounded Stewart and crew chief Steve Addington, and they labored to a 12th-place finish. The car returned to Richmond in September for its third career start via the Federated Auto Parts 400, where it rallied from its 28th-place starting spot to lead 15 laps before finishing fourth. Its last start of 2012 came in October at Martinsville where in its fourth career start, it qualified seventh and finished a disappointing 27th. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-710 returned to Martinsville in April for the STP Gas Booster 500. After rallying from its 26th starting spot to 10th by lap 200 and then hovering in or near the top-10 for the remainder of the race, Stewart found himself hung in the outside lane following a restart on lap 473. The final 27 laps of the 500-lap race around paperclip-shaped .526-mile oval proved arduous, as Stewart was stuck in the outside lane as the seemingly express lane to his left boxed him out of the preferred line. When the checkered flag dropped, Stewart was 17th. Chassis No. 14-710 sat idle until being tested at Richmond Aug. 26-27 with Mark Martin at the wheel in preparation for the car's second start of 2013 and sixth overall.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis 743 started fifth and finished second at Richmond. Backup chassis No. 727 served as a backup several races in 2013, but not raced. In 15 Sprint Cup starts at Richmond, Bowyer has two wins, three top-five and nine top-10s. He has an average start of 14th and finish of 9th. He has led 276 laps and completed 6015 of 6016 total laps. He has finished seventh or better in five of his last six Richmond starts, including a win last September and a runner up finish in April.
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Scotchgard Ford Fusion team will bring primary chassis RK-856, which last ran at New Hampshire and finished 15th.. Backup chassis RK-803 last ran at Bristol and finished 11th. Biffle has 22 Sprint Cup career starts at Richmond, earning two top-five and six top-10 finishes.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Nationwide team will be using primary chassis RK-858 which is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at New Hampshire where Stenhouse was running in the top-20 before being collected after two cars tangled in front of him and finished 34th. The backup Chassis RK-801 was a chassis that the #99 ran numerous times in 2012. It has been a backup at Martinsville, Bristol, and Phoenix so far this season. Stenhouse made his first career Sprint Cup start at RIR in the spring, finishing 16th after battling an ill-handling race car.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-853 which last race at Richmond in April and finished 3rd. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which has been a backup at several races but never raced
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 419 at Richmond International Raceway. This #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Martinsville Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Menard has 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway. His best start of seventh came in 2010 and best finish of 13th came in both 2012 and earlier this season. The Wisconsin native has completed 5,095 of 5,216 laps attempted (97.7 percent) at the Virginia track, leading one of them.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 420 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Federated Auto Parts 400. Harvick most recently drove this Budweiser Chevrolet to a seventh-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at the 0.75-mile D-shaped oval. In those previous appearances, the California native has collected one pole award (September 2005), three victories (September 2006 and 2011, April 2013), seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 16.5, an 11.3 average finishing position, has completed 98.8 percent (9,892 of 10,009) of the laps contested and has 945 laps led to his credit.
    #31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 421 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet was utilized earlier this season at Martinsville Speedway in March and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. Burton grew up two hours away from the Richmond, Va.-based facility in South Boston, Va. Saturday's event marks Burton's 39th start at the 0.75-mile facility and 681st-career NSCS start. He has amassed one win (1998), one pole award (2000), 10 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes at the historic track. Based in Salem, Va., Carter Machinery will be featured on the deck lid of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet for Richmond International Raceway's weekend event.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-J.J. Yeley chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-790 which debuted at Richmond International Raceway in May 2013, when Newman finished 15th. Since then, Chassis No. 39-790 was wind-tunnel tested in August and was utilized for a test session at Richmond last month.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The #43 Gwaltney team will race chassis No. 837, the team posted an eighth-place finish at Richmond in this chassis. Almirola has three starts at the .75-mile track. In April, he posted an eighth-place finish during the team's top-10 streak.
    #47-AJ Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 778 at Richmond, which last raced at Richmond in April finishing 12th and at Phoenix in March finishing 2nd. Chassis No. 689 serves as the backup.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary chassis is - 746, which has not raced but was tested by AJ Allmendinger at Richmond on Aug 20 & 21. Vickers owns three top-10 finishes in 15 starts. He has led 53 laps on the .75-mile oval. He started second and finished 35th driving the #11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing this year.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-721. Earnhardt most recently tested this chassis at Richmond in August. He last raced this chassis to a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July. In 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded three wins, one pole position, nine top-five finishes and 12 top-10s. He has led a total of 494 laps and completed 99.1 percent of all laps he's attempted at the short track (11,113 laps of 11,209 total).
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Frosted Flakes Ford Fusion team will run RK-857 which last ran at New Hampshire and finsihed 8th. The backup chassis is RK-826, which last ran at Texas. Edwards will make his 19th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. This season he has one win, seven top-five, 12 top-10 finishes and one pole. He is fourth in the series points' standings. Kellogg's will run Frosted Flakes as their primary paint scheme for the second and final time this season.
    (from numerous team PR's /sites)(9-5-2013)


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.


Race / Cup Odds

Vegas Insider
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Richmond Preview by Micah Roberts
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Odds to win the 2013 Sprint Cup Championship
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(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: AAA 400

Countdown to Race Time: 9/28/2014 ~2:15pm/et

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Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:40pm/et
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Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:00pm/et
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