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 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: Toyota

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:14pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, April 24
12:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, April 25
8:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
9:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 - 2:00 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:10 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
8:00 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, April 26
12:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM NSCS RACE

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, April 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 25 1:00 - 2:00pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: two rounds of group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, April 25 at 5:10 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled at 4:00am/et on FS1.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,178,199
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 13.5 ft 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: 71,000 {was 97,912 and was 112,029 before that]
    Opened: 1946 (First NASCAR race was 1953)
    Last Repaved: Fall of 2003

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Dakota Meyer, veteran and Toyota owner
    Command to start engines: Dakota Meyer
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
    Invocation: Rev. Tom Potter
    National Anthem: Virginia Military Institute Regimental Band
    Flyover: WWII B-25 Bomber from Georgetown, Delaware

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

  • April 2013: see the Richmond Race Info page

  • September 2013: see the Richmond Race Info page

  • September 2013 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 105.028mph, started 26th

  • 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 2013 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 130.59927.023, finished 8th

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, September 2013, 130.599mph

  • 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 10 Driver Ratings at Richmond:
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................ 114.8
    #18-Kyle Busch............................... 111.9
    #4-Kevin Harvick............................ 110.0
    #15-Clint Bowyer.............................. 100.7
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 96.5
    #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 96.0
    #41-Kurt Busch.................................. 92.2
    #31-Ryan Newman............................. 91.6
    #99-Carl Edwards.............................. 90.1
    #48-Jimmie Johnson.......................... 88.5
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 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 Notes and Facts - Saturday: race:
    472 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond; 306 in more than one.
    Only four of the 115 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.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway was the (09/12/1998) race won by Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.051 second.
    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).
    48 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 each have nine.
    Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Richmond with 36 victories; followed by Ford with 29 and Toyota with seven.
    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.(NASCAR)(4-26-2014)

  • Richmond Notes and Facts - 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 leads all active drivers with six.
    Seven drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Richmond. Bobby Allison holds the record for most consecutive Coors Light poles at Richmond with five (1972 - 1974).
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.643.
    22 of the 115 (19.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 more winners than any other starting position at Richmond (22).
    The pole starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners than any other starting position at Richmond (22).
    35 of the 115 (30.4%) 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 115 (78.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    13 of the 115 (11.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.(NASCAR)(4-25-2014)

  • Richmond Notes and Facts - Wednesday: drivers
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Richmond with 63. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 42 starts.
    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; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 16.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Richmond with 41. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 26.
    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. Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep) is the only active driver with consecutive wins at Richmond.
    All of the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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.
    Joe Nemechek competed at Richmond International Raceway 18 times before winning in 1994; the longest span of any the 13 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.222.
    Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Richmond: Kyle Busch (7.2) and Denny Hamlin (8.9).
    Dave Blaney leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond without visiting Victory Lane at 26.(NASCAR)(4-23-2014)

  • Richmond Notes and Facts - Tuesday: history, track:
    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 115 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway, one NSCS event from 1953 - 1958 and two races per year since 1959.(NASCAR)(4-22-2014)

  • More stats at NASCAR's Spring Break: After eight races, three of the top five drivers in the series standings are winless - #24-Jeff Gordon, #20-Matt Kenseth and #48-Jimmie Johnson. Those three drivers have won 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships (and 185 wins) collectively.
    Two drivers with race victories aren't even in the top 16 in points, starting with #4-Kevin Harvick who is "mired" - talk about another outdated term due to the new format - in 22nd. Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing teammate #41-Kurt Busch is 26th but he has a Martinsville victory and a likely Chase berth.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500, has three runner-up finishes plus one third. He has been running near the front seemingly all season - with the exception of Texas, when he ran into the grass early in the race.
    #14-Tony Stewart, coming back from being sidelined for much of last year by injury, is winless but has four top-10 finishes in the last five races, including an incredibly strong Texas run where he was the Coors Light Pole Award winner.
    Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevy, was never a factor at the Daytona 500 but had her second-best finish of the year thus far at Bristol's half-mile.
    Team Penske has both of its drivers in the victory column, with #2-Brad Keselowski winning at Las Vegas and #22-Joey Logano at Texas. That's two wins on 1.5-mile tracks. There are five 1.5-mile tracks in the Chase lineup.
    The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule resumes Saturday night April 26 at three-quarters mile Richmond International Raceway.(NASCAR)(4-21-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers so far in 2014:
    462: The total number of laps led by Kevin Harvick in his two NASCAR Sprint Cup victories this season. Harvick led 224 laps in winning Saturday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway to go with the 238 he led in getting his first victory of the year at Phoenix. In the six other races combined, Harvick has led 53 laps.
    41: The number of positions both Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. improved at Darlington over their finishes in the previous race at Texas Motor Speedway. Earnhardt was first out of the Texas race (43rd) after a close encounter with the infield grass. Harvick retired in 42nd with engine issues. At Darlington, Harvick and Earnhardt ran 1-2.
    5: In eight NASCAR Sprint Cup races this season, the number of times Dale Earnhardt Jr. has recorded a top-three finish. After winning the Daytona 500, Earnhardt has finished second three times (at Phoenix, Las Vegas and Darlington) and third once (at Martinsville).
    586: The total number of laps led by Kyle Busch in the last five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Richmond International Raceway held in the spring. Hence, it's likely Busch will notch the 30 laps he needs to reach a career milestone of 10,000 laps led in the series. Busch led at least 32 laps in each of the last five spring races and won four of them.
    1: The number of drivers advancing to the final round in each of the seven knockout qualifying sessions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this year. Joey Logano kept his perfect record intact Friday at Darlington Raceway, then qualified on the outside of the front row in the final round.(NASCAR Wire Service)(4-15-2014)

  • 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

  • Logano wins at Richmond: #22-Joey Logano won the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 2nd win of 2014 and his 5th career win.
    #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #47-Allmendinger, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #31-Newman, #99-Edwards, and #78-Truex, Jr.
    #42-Larson, who started from the pole, spun after contact with #15-Boywer on the first lap of the race. He came back to finish 16th, the top finishing rookie.
    #24-Gordon, who came into the race as the points leader, is now up 5 points over #20-Kenseth. Logano now leads the Chase Seeding with two wins. #4-Harvick is second, also with 2 wins, but lower in points. They are followed by #99-Edwards, #18-Busch, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
    There were 20 lead changes among 8 drivers and there were 9 cautions for 66 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 93.369mph.
    See unofficial 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).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-26-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Richmond International Raceway:
    Joey Logano won the 60th Annual Toyota Owners 400, his fifth victory in 192 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2014. This win locks in his spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, barring Logano doesn't fall out of the top 30 in driver points and miss any races.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 11 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 27th top-10 finish in 43 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 19 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 5 points over Matt Kenseth.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-26-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 9 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 341
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 336, -5
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 313, -28
    4) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 310, -31
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 309, -32
    6) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 292, -49
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 287, -54
    8) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 282, -59
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 272, -69
    10) #55-Brian Vickers, 256, -85
    Other drivers with at least one win, should make the Chase:
    20) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 220, -121
    25) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 185, -156
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Richmond Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-26-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Richmond, race 9 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #22-Joey Logano, 2 wins, 6th in points
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 20th
    3) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 3rd in points
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 4th
    5) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 5th
    6) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 7th
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 25th
    (no wins, in by points)
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 8th
    11) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    12) #55-Brian Vickers, 10th
    13) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th
    14) #3-Austin Dillon, 12th
    15) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th
    16) #11-Hamlin, 14th
    (4-26-2014)

  • Richmond Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 16th, 11 rookie points
    #51-Allgaier, 21st, 10
    #3-Dillon, 27th, 9
    #23-Bowman, 28th, 8
    #83-Truex, 31st, 7
    #7-Annett, 33rd, 6
    #26-Whitt, 41st, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    (4-26-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one on track a lap or more down.
    Caution 2: #10-Patrick, 34th
    Caution 3: #35-Reutimann, 29th
    Caution 4: #41-Busch, 23rd
    Caution 5: #27-Menard, 24th
    Caution 6: #42-Larson, 16th
    Caution 7: #38-Gilliland, 20th
    Caution 8: #99-Edwards, 9th
    Caution 9: #41-Busch (2), 23rd
    (4-26-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014.
    Television (TV): FOX at 6:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00pm/et; green flag approx. 7:14pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Thursday, May 1 at 7:00pm/et on FS1

  • 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 #42-Larson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #2-Keslowski took pit stall 17, the first pit stall in front of it.
    #15-Bowyer, who starts 3rd took the 5th pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #23-Bowman, who starts 24th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-25-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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

  • Qualifying rained out; Larson on pole: Rain at Richmond International Raceway forced the cancellation of Sprint Cup qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400. The starting lineup was set according to the NASCAR rulebook and based on first practice speeds.
    #42-Larson will start from the pole (his first career pole).
    #2-Keselowski will start second, followed by #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #4-Harvick, #55-Vickers, #1-McMurray, #83-Truex, #27-Menard, and #48-Johnson.
    Missing the race were: #95-McDowell, #77-Blaney.
    See starting lineup, links, and notes on Jayski's Richmond Qualifying / Starting Lineup page.(4-25-2014)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #31-Newman 124.235
    #14-Stewart 123.468
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 123.429
    #22-Logano 123.378
    #5-Kahne 123.310
    slowest: #30-Yeley 118.880 & #40-Cassill 116.706.
    Notes: #40-Cassill did not get on track for the first time today until there were 15 minutes left in the session. The team had trouble getting through inspection because of a rear end issue.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and 10-lap consecutive average on the Richmond Practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-25-2014)

  • 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:
    #42-Larson 126.880
    #2-Keselowski 126.192
    #15-Bowyer 125.909
    #5-Kahne 125.780
    #4-Harvick 125.424
    slowest: #66-Nemechek 118.864 & #30-Yeley 118.265. No speed: #40-Cassill.
    Notes: #15-Bowyer made contact with the outside wall early, but only bent in a little sheet metal.
    There is a increasing chance of rain throughout the day. If qualifying is rained out, this practice session would set the starting lineup.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and 10-lap consecutive average on the Richmond Practice 1 speeds page (pdf). (4-25-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014 at 5:05pm/et.
    There will be two qualifying rounds at Richmond. A 30 minute round 1, then the top 12 run a 10 minute session for the pole.
    Television (TV): FS1, 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: at 4:00am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. Qualifying order is how the cars can come off pit road for group qualifying.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #14-Stewart.
    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.(4-25-2014)

  • Entry List for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #26-Whitt & #30-Yeley, #35-Reutimann, #33-Stremme, #32-Kvapil, #95-McDowell.
    The drivers who must qualify on speed and cannot use a provisional: #35-Reutimann, #77-Blaney.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List

  • For the new 2014 group 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

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Darlington, race 8 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 297
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 296, -1
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 278, -19
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 271, -26
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 270, -27
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 269, -28
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 246, -51
    8) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 245, -52
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 236, -61
    10) #3-Austin Dillon, 235, -62
    Other drivers with at least one win, should make the Chase:
    22) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 186, -111
    26) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 164, -133
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    (4-12-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Darlington, race 8 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 22nd in points
    2) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 3rd in points
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 4th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 6th
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 7th
    6) #22-Joey Logano, 1 win, 8th
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 26th
    (no wins, in by points)
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5th
    11) ##31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    12) #3-Austin Dillon, 10th
    13) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th
    14) ##14-Stewart, 12th
    15) #55-Brian Vickers, 13th
    16) #42-Kyle Larson, 14th
    (4-12-2014)


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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 Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-906. Last Raced: New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-853. Last Raced: Backup at multiple races.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 433 in the Richmond 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The Gil Martin-led team raced this chassis to a 20th-place finish with driver Kevin Harvick at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2013.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 4-868 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Built new for 2014, Chassis 4-868 will see its first laps of competition this weekend.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Saturday night's event at Richmond. Kahne has driven this chassis four times -- thrice in 2013 and once so far in 2014. Notably, Kahne has raced this car in his last two outings at Phoenix International Raceway's one-mile oval. There, he recorded an average finish of 6.5.
    #7-Michael Annett: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-792: This car made its debut last April at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. It started 21st but Stewart wheeled it into the top-five prior to a greenwhite-checkered finish. There, Stewart was bumped out of the way in the two-lap scramble and instead of finishing fifth, he wound up a disappointing 18th. Chassis No. 14-792 was poised for another strong finish in its second career start when it rallied from its 16th-place starting spot to lead 84 laps in July at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. But while in second place on the final lap, Chassis No. 14-792 ran out of fuel. Stewart was forced to coast all the way around the 1.058-mile oval, which left him a disappointing 26th. With interim driver Mark Martin at the wheel, Chassis No. 14-792 returned to New Hampshire in September, qualifying 18th and finishing 23rd. Martin drove this car again at Phoenix International Raceway in November for the penultimate race of the 2013 season, qualifying 16th and finishing 15th. Chassis No. 14-792 returns to Richmond with Stewart back at the helm for its fifth career start and first of 2014.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 798 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Richmond International Raceway. Bowyer drove this Toyota to a 13th-place finish at Phoenix and a 16th-place finish at Fontana. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis has never seen action on a race weekend but did test at the Michigan tire test a few weeks ago.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Chassis RK-885 was a brand new chassis in Bristol, but never made it to the race. An accident in practice forced the team to race the backup car. Backup Chassis:RK-876 Last ran Phoenix - finished 17th
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-877 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Phoenix International Raceway, finishing a respectable 18th. The backup Chassis RK-888 is the same chassis that the No. 17 team posted their best finish of the season with at Bristol.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-905. Last Raced: New Chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-858. Last Raced: Backup at multiple races.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: #24 crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-816 for this Saturday night's race. This chassis was first raced at RIR in September 2013 when Gordon started first and led 49 laps en route to an eighth-place finish. It has been raced twice since with Gordon posting finishes of 14th (November 2013) and fifth (March 2014) at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 448 in the Richmond 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS has been used once before this season at Phoenix International Raceway.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 435 in Saturday night's Richmond 400. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS competed in last month's 500-lap race at Martinsville Speedway where Newman started 16th and finished 20th because of a mechanical issue.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson: chassis not reported on race preview
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 826 in Saturday's Richmond 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, a former No. 39 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing. Built new for 2013, Chassis 826 started 17th and finished 10th last November in the Advocare 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. Busch also drove No. 826 at Phoenix in March, when he started 10th and finished 39th due to a mechanical issue.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-832 for this weekend at Richmond. Johnson most recently drove this car to a sixth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-806, which Johnson most recently raced to a fourth-place result at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2013.
    #51-Justin Allgaier: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-857. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a second-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary chassis RK- was last run in 2014 at Bristol, finishing first. Backup chassis RK-874 was last run in 2014 at Phoenix as a primary, finishing eighth.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(4-24-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

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


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