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 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: Federated Auto Parts

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, September 4
11:00 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
2:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS & INSPECTION BEGINS
7:00 PM NSCS GARAGES CLOSE

Friday, September 5
7:30 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
8:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
9:00 AM 12:00 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 PM 2:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
8:30 PM NSCS GARAGE CLOSES

Saturday, September 6
1:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:30 PM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING
7:00 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 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, September 5, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm/et, TV-none scheduled

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, September 5, 1:00 - 2:20 pm/et, TV-ESPN2

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, September 5 at 5:45 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,195,177
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 13.5 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: Chris Clair, Lead Technician, Clair's Service Station
    Command to start engines: Chris Clair
    Intro Presentation of Colors Ft. Lee Color Guard
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Pastor Joe Ellison Jr., City Park Church, Richmond, VA
    National Anthem: TRADOC Herald Trumpets
    Flyover: Four T-6's

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

  • April 2014: see the Richmond Race Info page

  • September 2013: see the Richmond Race Info page

  • April 2014 Race Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 93.369mph, started 17th

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

  • 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

  • April 2014 Pole Winner: None - due to inclement weather

  • September 2013 Pole Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 130.599, finished 8th

  • 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 112.5 (2 wins)
    #18-Kyle Busch 111.1 (4 wins)
    #4-Kevin Harvick 109.9 (3 wins)
    #15-Clint Bowyer 98.7 (2 wins)
    #24-Jeff Gordon 98.1 (2 wins)
    #14-Tony Stewart 94.5 (3 wins)
    #31-Ryan Newman 92.0 (1 win)
    #41-Kurt Busch 90.9 (1 win)
    #99-Carl Edwards 90.1 (1 win)
    #48-Jimmie Johnson 88.2 (3 wins)
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (19 total) among active drivers at Richmond International Raceway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Richmond Notes & Facts - Saturday - race:
    · There have been 116 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway, one NSCS event from 1953 - 1958 and two races per year since 1959.
    · 477 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond; 308 in more than one.
    · 49 different drivers have won at Richmond International Raceway, led by Richard Petty with 13. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with four.
    · 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).
    · Since the advent of electronic scoring 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.
    · Only four of the 116 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.
    · 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 30 wins 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)(9-6-2014)

  • Richmond Notes & 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 poles at Richmond with five (1972 - 1974).
    · 22 of the 116 (18.9%) 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 the more winners than any other starting position at Richmond (22).
    · Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond International Raceway with an 8.047.
    · 35 of the 116 (30.1%) 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 116 (77.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    · 13 of the 116 (11.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    · Brian Vickers (05/15/2004) posted his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Richmond.
    · 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.
    (NASCAR)(9-5-2014)

  • Richmond Notes & Facts - Thursday - drivers:
    · NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Richmond with 63. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 43 starts.
    · Bobby Allison and Richard Petty are tied for the lead in runner-up finishes at Richmond with nine each. Jeff Gordon, tied with Dale Earnhardt, leads all active drivers with seven.
    · 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.
    · Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Richmond with 34. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 17; followed by Kyle Busch with 13.
    · Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Richmond with 41. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 27; followed by Tony Stewart with 19.
    · Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.0.
    · Two active drivers have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series average finish in the top 10 at Richmond: Kyle Busch (7.0) and Denny Hamlin (9.7).
    · Tony Stewart (09/11/1999) and Kasey Kahne (05/14/2005) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Richmond.
    · All of the 15 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 2003; the longest span of any the 15 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    · Joe Nemechek (18), Kevin Harvick (11) and Jimmie Johnson (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win at Richmond International Raceway.
    · Greg Biffle leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond without visiting Victory Lane at 24.
    · Two female drivers have competed at Richmond in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Danica Patrick & Janet Guthrie.
    (NASCAR)(9-4-2014)

  • Richmond Notes & Facts - Wednesday - track history:
    · 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.
    (NASCAR)(9-3-2014)

  • NASCAR Numbers:
    950: The number of laps led by Tony Stewart in 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway. That's far and away the most among drivers who enter the Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 without a victory this season.
    19: The number of winless drivers who have not already clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup but still have a mathematical chance to do so. Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle are the two drivers likely to earn a spot on points. Realistically, the other 17 must win at Richmond to have a shot.
    195: The number of laps led on Sunday night at Atlanta by polesitter Kevin Harvick, whose winning chances were wiped out in a multicar wreck on the first attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish. Harvick finished 19th after dominating much of the race.
    36.158: In seconds, the average time on pit road for Denny Hamlin, best among NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in Sunday night's race at Atlanta. Hamlin and teammate Matt Kenseth (second best at 36.505 seconds on average) consistently beat Kevin Harvick out of the pits, forcing Harvick to start in the outside lane where grip was in short supply. Ultimately, that proved to be Harvick's undoing.
    18: The finish Ryan Newman needs to achieve at Richmond in order to clinch a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. If he leads a lap, Newman can lock himself in with a finish of 19th. If he leads the most laps, he can run 20th. Newman's average finish at the .75-mile short track is 11.3.(NASCAR)(9-202104)

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


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Brad Keselowski wins at Richmond: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 4th win of the season, 1st at Richmond and 14th career win. The win is Roger Penske's 400th races win in major motorsports (NASCAR, Indy, etc)
    #24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #1-McMurray, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #41-Busch, #48-Johnson, #31-Newman and #43-Almirola.
    Pole winner #2-Keselowski led 383 of 400 laps, winning his 4th race of the season.
    Points leader #24-Gordon (3 wins) finished 2nd, increasing the points lead to 31 #88-Earnhardt Jr. who finished 12th.
    #2-Keselowski takes the Chase Grid lead with 4 wins over #24-Gordon, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #48-Johnson and #22-Logano, all with 3 wins.
    #31-Newman (+36pts) and #16-Biffle (+7) were the final two drivers to get in the Chase over #15-Bowyer (-7_ and #42-Larson (-16).
    There were only 4 lead changes among 2 drivers. There were 4 cautions for 27 yellow flag laps, none for accidents or engine failures but one was a competition caution, then two debris cautions and one for a spectator who had climbed to the top of the turn four catchfence.
    The average speed was 104.702mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-6-2014)

  • Johnson collapses on pit road after race UPDATES: after finishing 8th in the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, #48-Jimmie Johnson got out of his car on pit road under his own power, sat down on pit road, tried to get up and collapsed due to dehydration. Medical personnel were notified and Johnson was taken to the infield care center on a cart. Johnson was conscious entering the care center.
    UPDATE: Per NASCAR's Twitter: Jimmie Johnson has been treated and released from the infield care center.
    COMMENTS Team Chevy Post Race Notes and Quotes:
    Q) TELL US ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED?
    Johnson: "Just got dehydrated in the car. Not exactly sure what led to it we will have to dig in and see what happened. I started cramping when I got out of the race car. Then when I was cramping I was trying to stand-up because I was fine when I sat down then I would stand-up I would get dizzy. When I would sit back down I would start to cramp again. Just really dehydrated. Ended up with five liters of IV in me. I was definitely dry. I will have to dig in and understand what happened in the car. I was hot in the car so I will have to make sure all my fans were working and stuff like that. Scary moment and I hate that it happened, but have to learn from it and make sure it doesn't happen again."
    Q) TALK ABOUT NOT BEING ON THE CHASE STAGE AND HAVING THIS HAPPEN FOR AN ATHLETE A GUY WHO IS PROBABLY THE BEST TRAINED. IT WOULD BE ODD THAT YOU WOULD BE THE ONE TO HAVE DEHYDRATION:
    Johnson: "Yeah there is something that went wrong today. It could have been my own nutrition plan. I felt like I came in plenty hydrated. We will have to make sure that all the fans and stuff were working in the car. I was warm at the midway point and didn't feel like my helmet fan was working. That could definitely cause an issue."
    Q) DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING BAD TO EAT OR HAVE YOU BEEN SICK OR ANYTHING?
    Johnson: "No, I haven't been sick. I had a light week of training as well because I had planned on competing in my triathlon tomorrow morning. Well rested, nutrition and all that was there. It is really bizarre that I got hit as hard as I did tonight with dehydration. I will have to dig in and see what happened."
    Q) ON HIS TRAINING:
    Johnson: "This week has been pretty light just because I'm supposed to compete in an event tomorrow morning. Still going to go and attend, but won't be able to compete especially with the cramping that I had. Just a lot of questions right now, but I cramped pretty bad there on pit road and got dizzy and light-headed and had to come over here and get a bunch of bags of IV."
    Q) SO WHEN YOU PARKED THE CAR YOU FELT OKAY, BUT WHEN YOU CLIMBED OUT IT WENT HAYWIRE:
    Johnson: "Yeah I sat in the car and was talking to my guys about the run and having a good race. I started to cramp a little bit in my legs so I figured I would just get out of the car and as I climbed out of the car the cramping got far worse. Then standing outside the car I kind of got dizzy so I wanted to sit down. Once I sat down the cramping got worse so then I wanted to stand up. I got up and off the ground two or three times and that whole process got me really dizzy. And had the cramps really kicking so fortunately then I was able to get on the golf cart and come over here and get plugged into an IV."(Team Chevy)(9-6-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Richmond:
    #2-Brad Keselowski won the 57th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 , his 14th victory in 187 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Keselowski led 383 laps, the most laps led in a scheduled 400-lap Richmond race.
    This is his fourth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 11 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 28th top-10 finish in 44 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2014.
    #15-Clint Bowyer (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 18 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    #31-Ryan Newman and #16-Greg Biffle clinched the final two spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-6-2014)

  • 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    1) #2-Brad Keselowski [4 wins], 2012 points
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon [3 wins] 2009, -3
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [3 wins] 2009, -3
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins] 2009, -3
    5) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins] 2009, -3
    6) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] 2006, -6
    7) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins] 2006, -6
    8) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win] 2003, -9
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win] 2003, -9
    10) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win] 2003, -9
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win] 2003, -9
    12) #43-Aric Almirola [1 win] 2003, -9
    13) #47-A.J. Allmendinger [1 win] 2003, -9
    14) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2000, -12
    15) #16-Greg Biffle, 2000, -12
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 2000, -12
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Chase Points Standings page (pdf).(9-6-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Points Standings (not the Chase):
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [3 wins], 914
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X) [3 wins], 883, -31
    3) #2-Brad Keselowski(X) [4 wins], 830, -84
    4) #22-Joey Logano(X) [3 wins], 829, -85
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [3 wins], 802, -112
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth(X), 797, -117
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick(X) [2 wins], 788, -126
    8) #31-Ryan Newman(X), 782, -132
    9) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 777, -137
    10) #16-Greg Biffle(X), 746, -168
    (X) = in the Chase.
    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 Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-6-2014)

  • Richmond Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 11th, 11 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, 20th, 10
    #51-Allgaier, 28th, 9
    #26-Whitt, 30th, 8
    #7-Annett, 37th, 7
    #23-Bowman, 38th, 6
    #83-Truex, 42nd, 5
    Kligerman, Did Not Race
    See the 2014 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(9-6-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #78-Truex Jr., 25th
    Caution 2: #43-Almirola, 10th
    Caution 3: #43-Almirola(2), 10th
    Caution 4: #10-Patrick, 16th
    (9-6-2014)


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  • Some clinch scenarios at Richmond: Only #31-Ryan Newman controls his own destiny, no matter who wins at Richmond. If there is a repeat 2014 winner (or a Kenseth victory), Newman is guaranteed a spot in the Chase if he finishes 41st or better; or 42nd with at least one lap led; or 43rd and the most laps led. If there is a new winner (that is not Kenseth), Newman is guaranteed a Chase spot with a finish of 18th or better; 19th and at least one lap led; or 20th and the most laps led.
    #16-Greg Biffle controls his own destiny if there is a repeat winner. If there is a repeat 2014 winner (or if Kenseth or Newman win), Biffle is guaranteed a spot in the Chase if he finishes 22nd or better; or 23rd with at least one lap led; or 24th and the most laps led. If there is a new winner (that is not Kenseth or Newman), Biffle needs to out-point Newman by 19 points and stay ahead of #15-Clint Bowyer and #42-Kyle Larson. Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson are the only other two drivers who can clinch a spot in the Chase without a victory.
    The following drivers can only make the Chase with a win at Richmond (and a top-30 spot in the standings): Paul Menard, Austin Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers, Marcos Ambrose, Casey Mears, Martin Truex Jr., Tony Stewart, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, David Gilliland, David Ragan and Cole Whitt.(NASCAR)(9-202104)

  • Race Coverage of the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, September 6, 2014.
    Television (TV): ABC at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00pm/et; green flag approx. 7:44pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, September 7, 3:30am/et, ESPN2

  • 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 #2-Keselowski chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 5.
    #48-Johnson, who starts 3rd took the 17th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #7-Annett, who starts 40th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-5-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Chase Standings
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest Entry List Preliminary 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

  • Keselowski wins Richmond pole: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light pole for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with speed of 126.618mph for his 4th pole of 2014, 1st pole at Richmond and 7th of his career. Keselowski has won one race from the pole out of 6 previous poles.
    #24-Gordon is on the outside pole, followed by #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #15-Bowyer, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #42-Larson, #41-Busch, #99-Edwards, #11-Hamlin and #31-Newman.
    Missing the race were: #75-Clay Rogers.
    See starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying results, qualifying order and more on the Richmond Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(9-5-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Richmond:
    #2-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 57th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 with a lap of 21.324 seconds, 126.618 mph.
    This is his seventh pole in 187 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his career-high fourth pole and 21st top-10 start in 2014. He had three career poles coming into the 2014 season.
    This is his first pole in 11 races at Richmond International Raceway. Keselowski's previous best start at Richmond was second, earlier this season in April.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2014 and his 33rd in 44 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 15th top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 13th in 26 races this season.
    #42-Kyle Larson (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-5-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 30 minutes..
    #24-Gordon 125.927
    #48-Johnson 125.692
    #22-Logano 125.687
    #4-Harvick 125.488
    #17-Stenhouse Jr. 125.383
    the rest of the top 12: 11 15 41 2 31 42 99;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 2: 10 1 27 20 16 55 14 18 5 13 47 88 23 43 51 3 78 38 90 36 9 40 26 98 32 93 75 37 7 66 83 34
    Driver who will miss the race: #75-Rogers.
    (9-5-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, September 5, 2014 at 5:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    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 #10-Patrick.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #7-Annett.
    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.(9-5-2014)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #99-Edwards 121.863
    #2-Keselowski 121.841
    #15-Bowyer 121.737
    #1-McMurray 121.715
    #48-Johnson 121.704
    slowest: #93-Yeley 116.878 & #34-Ragan 117.565
    notes: #55-Vickers wrecked very early in practice when a tire went down and he spun, hitting the wall. The team pulled out the backup car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average on the Richmond Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(9-5-2014)

  • First Friday practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 180 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 129.112
    #2-Keselowski 128.805
    #22-Logano 128.712
    #55-Vickers 128.419
    #99-Edwards 128.065
    slowest: #66-Nemechek 116.124 & #75-Rogers 118.463
    best 10 consecutive lap averages:
    #24-Gordon 123.880
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 122.148
    #1-McMurray 122.054
    notes: there was no TV coverage for this 3-hour practice.
    If qualifying were to be cancelled (5:45pm/et today on ESPN2), this practice would set the starting lineup.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average on the Richmond Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-5-2014)

  • 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: #32-Kvapil, #90-Stremme [renumbered from #33 for RIR], #37-Bliss, #66-Nemechek, #75-Clay Rogers and #93-Yeley.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #75-Rogers (no owners points)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #75-Rogers (0 attempts)
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List

  • For the 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

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Grid:
    [after Atlanta, race 25 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3 wins, 1st in points
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3 wins, 2nd
    3) #22-Joey Logano, 3 wins, 4th
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 3 wins, 5th
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins, 6th
    6) #99-Carl Edwards, 2 wins, 7th
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 8th
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne, 1 win, 11th
    9) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 17th
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin, 1 win, 19th
    12) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 21st
    13) #43-Aric Almirola, 1 win, 22nd
    14) #47-A.J. Allmendinger, 1 win, 23rd
    14) #20-Matt Kenseth, no wins, 5th in drivers points
    (all above have clinched a spot in the 2014 Chase)
    Others without a win in contention for a Chase spot via points:
    15) #31-Ryan Newman, 9th, +42 points
    16) #16-Greg Biffle, 10th, +23 points
    On the outside looking in:
    17) #15-Clint Bowyer, 12th, -23 points
    18) #42-Kyle Larson, 13th, -24 points
    drivers 19th thru 30th cannot get in the Chase via points only, have to win at Richmond
    See the Chase Grid Outlook page (pdf).(8-31-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Atlanta, race 25 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon(X) [3 wins], 872
    2) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(X) [3 wins], 851, -21
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth(X), 794, -78
    4) #22-Joey Logano(X) [3 wins], 791, -81
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski(X) [3 wins], 782, -90
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson(X) [3 wins], 766, -106
    7) #99-Carl Edwards(X) [2 wins], 755, -117
    8) #4-Kevin Harvick(X) [2 wins], 748, -124
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 747, -125
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 728, -144
    Six drivers with at least one win, out of the top 10:
    11) #5-Kasey Kahne(X) [1 win], 708, -164
    17) #18-Kyle Busch(X) [1 win], 657, -215
    19) #11-Denny Hamlin(X) [1 win], 636, -236
    21) #41-Kurt Busch(X) [1 win], 614, -258
    22) #43-Aric Almirola(X) [1 win], 594, -278
    23) #47-A.J. Allmendinger(X) [1 win], 590, -282
    (X) = clinched a Chase spot.
    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).
    (8-31-2014)


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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 Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-904 at Richmond, which last raced at Kentucky and WON. The Backup Chassis is PRS-853 which last was a backup at Bristol.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 477 in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond. This is the same American Ethanol Chevy that Dillon raced to a 14th-place finish at New Hampshire in July. In one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway in April, Dillon earned a 27th-place finish. In five NASCAR Nationwide Series appearances at Richmond International Raceway, Dillon has earned two top-10 finishes and led 14 laps at the .75-mile track.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 846 in Saturday's race at Richmond. Harvick last raced this car at Pocono in August and earned a second-place finish. In addition, Harvick finished 39th in March at Bristol (accident) and 17th at Dover (flat tire) in this chassis. Harvick has 27 NSCS starts at RIR. He has earned three wins (2006, 2011 and 2013), seven top fives and 16 top-10 finishes. Harvick also has an average start of 16.1 and average finish of 11.3 at the 0.75-mile track.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-815 for Saturday night's race at Richmond. Kahne has driven this chassis three times in 2014. In March, he drove it to an 11th-place finish at Phoenix. In April, he drove this car at Richmond, where he started fourth and finished 14th. Most recently, Kahne finished 11th driving this chassis at New Hampshire. In 21 Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Kahne has earned one win, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He won in 2005 after starting from the pole position. Most recently, Kahne scored a 14th-place finish at Richmond in April.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick: will drive Chassis No. 10-823 which was used for the first time in September 2013 at New Hampshire, where Patrick started 21st and finished 27th. It was then used in November at Phoenix, where Patrick started 32nd and finished 33rd after a midrace accident not of her making caused her to finish 10 laps down. It was last used in March at Phoenix, where she started 33rd and finished 36th. Chassis No. 10-811 is a car that was first used during a test Aug. 26-27 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Danica Patrick tested the car Aug. 26 while teammate Mark Martin tested it Aug. 27. It was then used in September at Richmond, where Patrick started 36th and finished 30th. It was then a backup car in November at Phoenix International Raceway. Backup Chassis No. 10-811 was tested at New Smyrna Speedway in February and then was the backup car at Phoenix and Martinsville in March. It returned to action in April at Richmond, where Patrick started 35th and finished 34th. It was tested again at New Smyrna in July 2014.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 798 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Richmond. This chassis raced at Phoenix (13th), California (16th), Richmond (43rd) and Loudon (6th) earlier this year. Chassis No. 795 serves as the back-up chassis and has served as the back up at several races, most recently at Pocono in August.
    #16-Greg Biffle: will drive primary chassis RK-928, which is a brand new chassis.. The backup chassis is RK-876 which last ran Phoenix and finished 17th. Biffle has 24 Sprint Cup career starts at Richmond, earning two top-five and six top-10 finishes.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-893 is the same chassis that the #17 team ran at Kentucky where Stenhouse had maneuvered his Fifth Third Bank Ford up to the 12th position before a costly pit-road mistake on the final pit stop forced Stenhouse to settle with a 25th-place finish. The backup chassis, RK-877, last ran at New Hampshire and finished ninth.

    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #19-Carl Edwards: oops, not until next season.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: will drive Primary Chassis PRS-9039 at Richmond, which last ran at Kentucky in June, finishing 9th. The backup chassis is PRS-844 which last was a backup at Bristol.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-816 for this Saturday night's race. This chassis has been raced four times previously including earlier this year at Richmond where Gordon led 173 laps en route to a runner-up finish. Gordon has two wins, six pole positions, 17 top-five finishes and 27 top-10s in 43 Cup starts at the Virginia short track.
    #27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 485 during the 300-mile event at Richmond. This 27 Sylvania / Menards Chevy is a brand new Richard Childress Racing chassis and will make its first on-track laps during Friday's first practice session. Menard has 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the .75-mile track. His best start of seventh came in September 2010 and best finish of fifth came in September 2013. Menard has one top-five finish and one top-10 finish at RIR. He's completed 5,895 of 6,016 laps (98%) and led four laps.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 456 in Saturday night's 400-lap event at Richmond. This #31 Caterpillar Chevy was utilized in three Sprint Cup Series events so far in 2014; California Speedway (Start: 16th, Finish: 20th), Kansas Speedway (Start: 7th, Finish: 11th) and the second Pocono Raceway event (Start: 21st, Finish: 8th). In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at RIR, Newman visited victory lane at the fall event in 2003. The "Rocket Man" also owns one pole award from the fall of 2004. In total, he owns six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 12th and average finish of 11th.
    #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 nightˇ¦s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond. Formerly a #39 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), Chassis No. 826 made its first start of the 2014 season at Phoenix in March, where Busch started 10th but finished 39th after being forced to retire prematurely due to a mechanical failure. Most recently, Busch piloted Chassis No. 826 at Richmond in April, where he suffered a flat right-front tire late in the running that led to a less-than-desired 23rd-place finish. Saturday nightˇ¦s Federated Auto Parts 400 will mark Buschˇ¦s 28th career Sprint Cup start at Richmond. Busch has one win, five top-fives and nine top-10s at the .75-mile oval. Additionally, the 36-year-old driver has led 457 laps, has an average starting position of 19.4, an average finish of 17.5, and has completed 97.9 percent (10,586 of 10,809) of the laps heˇ¦s contested there.
    #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. 48-904 for this weekend's event in Richmond. This chassis is brand new. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-806, which last saw on-track action at New Hampshire in 2013 when Johnson finished fourth. In 25 starts at Richmond, Johnson has recorded three wins, five top-five finishes and eight top-10s. He has an average start of 12.4 and an average finish of 17.9. Johnson has led 417 laps around the 0.75-mile track.
    #51-Justin Allgaier chassis not reported on race preview.
    #55-Brian Vickers: will drive primary chassis 814 which #15-Clint Bowyer drove to a 16th place finish at Indy. Backup chassis is 812 which finished 43rd at Dover with Vickers.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 Nationwide Insurance will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-857. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish at New Hampshire in July. In 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded three wins, one pole position, nine top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. He has led a total of 501 laps and completed 99.2 percent of all laps he's attempted at the short track (11,913 laps of 12,009 total).
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Kellogg's Frosted Flakes will unload primary chassis RK-886 was last run in 2014 at Spring New Hampshire race, starting in the 14th spot and finishing 13th. Backup chassis RK-874 was last brought to Spring New Hampshire race in 2014 as the back-up car. Edwards is the defending winner from last year's fall race. He led 46 laps. Edwards has three Nationwide Series wins in 2005, 2008 and 2009. Edwards has 20 Sprint Cup starts at the .750-mile track with an average start of 13.4 and an average finish of 13.5
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(9-4-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

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

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.09 in. (2,212 mm); Right-side -- 88.23 in. (2,241 mm)

    Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi

    Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
    Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire set-up at Richmond this weekend . . . this is the first race at which either of these two tire codes have been run . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Richmond on July 8-9 . . . teams and drivers participating in that test were the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Denny Hamlin, #16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Greg Biffle, #26 BK Racing Toyota with Cole Whitt, #41 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet with Kurt Busch and #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Aric Almirola . . . compared to what was run at Richmond this spring, this left--side tire code (D-4632) features a mold shape change to add more stagger to this set-up . . . this right-side tire code (D-4634) features both construction and compound changes and is designed for better wear and the ability to lay down rubber . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Richmond.


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