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 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: Toyota

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, April 23
12:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, April 24
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 PM - 2:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
2:30 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
5:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, April 25
1:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:30 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM NSCS TOYOTA OWNERS 400 RACE

Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
12:58 pm: Pledge of Allegiance: Comm. Stan Freemeyers and the Henrico Color Guard
12:59 pm: God Bless America: Sophia Nadder
1:01 pm: Presentation of Colors by: Ft. Lee Color Guard
1:01 pm: Moment of Silence
1:02 pm: Invocation by: Reverend Tom Potter
1:03 pm: National Anthem: Ft. Lee 392nd Army Band
1:09 pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Eric Wynkoop "Loyal Toyota Owner & VIP Customer of Mechanicsville Toyota"
1:16 pm: Green Flag - Toyota Owners 400 (400 Laps, 300 Miles)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, April 24, 11:00 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 24, 1:00 - 2:25 am/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, April 24 at 5:45 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled Saturday, April 25 at 4:30am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,171,635
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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: Eric Wynkoop, Toyota Owner
    Command to start engines: Eric Wynkoop, Toyota Owner
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Armistead Carter, Toyota Owner
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe
    Color Guard: Ft. Lee Color Guard
    Invocation: Reverend Tom Potter
    National Anthem: Ft. Lee 392nd Army Band
    Flyover: C-17 from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Richmond International Raceway website
    ISC Motorsports
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • April 2014: see the Richmond Race Info page

  • September 2014: see the Richmond Race Info page

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

  • September 2014 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 104.702mph, started 1st

  • 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 2014 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 126.618, finished 1st

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

  • 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

  • Richmond International Raceway Notes & Facts - Wednesday - 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)(4-22-2015)

  • Richmond International Raceway Notes & Facts - Thursday - poles:
    Buck Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Richmond in 1953 with a speed of 48.465 mph.
    53 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).
    23 of the 117 (19.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from the Coors Light pole. Only four active drivers have been able to accomplish the feat: Kasey Kahne (2005), Jimmie Johnson (2007), Kyle Busch (2010) and Brad Keselowski (2014).
    The pole starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners than any other starting position at Richmond (23). 36 of the 117 (30.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond have been won from the front row: 23 from the pole and 13 from second-place.
    91 of the 117 (77.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    13 of the 117 (11.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway seven times; most recently the fall of 2014.
    Bobby Labonte (09/11/1993) and Brian Vickers (05/15/2004) posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Richmond.
    (NASCAR)(4-23-2015)

  • Richmond International Raceway Notes & Facts - Friday - drivers:
    477 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond; 313 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Richmond with 63. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 44 starts.
    50 different drivers have won at Richmond International Raceway, led by Richard Petty with 13. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart lead all active drivers in wins at RIR with three each (*Kyle Busch who is inactive has four).
    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 eight.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Richmond with 34; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 18.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Richmond with 41. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 28.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.909.
    Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond International Raceway with a 10.412.
    Tony Stewart (09/11/1999) and Kasey Kahne (05/14/2005) posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win 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. Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep) is the only active driver with consecutive 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 1994; the longest span of any the 15 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Greg Biffle leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond without visiting Victory Lane at 25.
    Two female drivers have competed at Richmond in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Danica Patrick and Janet Guthrie.
    (NASCAR)(4-24-2015)

  • Richmond International Raceway Notes & Facts - Saturday - race:
    There have been 117 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway, one NSCS event from 1953 - 1958 and two races per year since 1959.
    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.
    Nine different manufacturers have won at Richmond. Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Richmond with 36 victories; followed by Ford with 31 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.
    There have been two NSCS races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Richmond International Raceway: spring of 2008 (400/410) and spring of 2013 (400/406).
    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 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.
    (NASCAR)(4-25-2015)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Richmond International Raceway:
    #11-Denny Hamlin 110.7
    #4-Kevin Harvick 110.3
    #18-Kyle Busch 109.8
    #15-Clint Bowyer 99.6
    #24-Jeff Gordon 99.3
    #14-Tony Stewart 94.0
    #31-Ryan Newman 92.5
    #2-Brad Keselowski 91.6
    #41-Kurt Busch 91.5
    #99-Carl Edwards 89.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (20 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)

  • 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 & Links

  • Kurt Busch wins at Richmond: #41-Kurt Busch won the rain-delayed Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 2nd win at Richmond and his 26th career win. The race was originally scheduled to be run on Saturday evening, but persistent race forced the postponement until Sunday afternoon.
    #4-Harvick finished second, the rest of the top 10: #48-Johnson, #1-McMurray, #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, #20-Kenseth, #24-Gordon, #15-Bowyer, and #78-Truex, Jr.
    #25-Chase Elliott, making his second Sprint Cup start, finished 16th.
    Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead. He and Johnson each have 2 wins on the season but Harvick has 357 points to Johnson's 299.
    There were 12 lead changes among 5 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 97.157mph.
    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).(4-26-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Richmond International Raceway:
    Kurt Busch won the 61st Annual Toyota Owners 400, his 26th victory in 513 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 29 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 29 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 27 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Brett Moffitt (29th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 33 points over Joey Logano.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-26-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 9 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 357
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 299, -58
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 324, -33
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 283, -74
    5) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 273, -84
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 245, -112
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 222, -135
    8) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 315, -42
    9) #5-Kasey Kahne, 275, -82
    10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 271, -86
    11) #1-Jamie McMurray, 264, -93
    12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 263, -94
    13) #43-Aric Almirola, 250, -107
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 239, -118
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 234, -122
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 234, -123
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-26-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #6-Bayne, 24th
    Caution 2: #3-Dillon, 27th
    Caution 3: #6-Bayne (2, 24th
    Caution 4: #19-Edwards, 19th
    Caution 5: #1-McMurray, 4th
    Caution 6: #47-Allmendinger, 13th
    Caution 7: #27-Menard, 15th
    Caution 8: #19-Edwards (2), 19th
    (4-25-2015)

  • Race postponed to Sunday: Due to persistent rain, the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway has been postponed until 1:00pm/et Sunday.(4-25-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is now scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2015.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, April 27 at 10:00am/et on FS1;
    Monday, April 27 at 1:00pm/et on FS2

  • Rain will be an issue again this weekend: The Richmond area forecast looks rainy for Saturday afternoon and evening into Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, there is an 80% chance of rain Saturday and a 60% chance on Sunday, until around 2:00pm/et. After that, the weather clears up. According to @NASCAR_WXMAN and his forecast at SB Nation, "I hate to say it, but it looks like the NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night is going to be a washout. All of the forecast data I use is saying the same thing. Rain arriving between 1 and 3:00pm/etT and continuing through the afternoon and evening. By 9:00pm/et, the rain starts to break up some but not enough to get a full or even half a race complete. Professionally speaking, I would be very surprised if we see any racing Saturday night. With all the forecast data basically saying the same thing, the odds of racing Saturday night look to be less than 10 percent."
    For more weather links, check out the Richmond Race Page - Weather Links.

  • Start time moved up: Due to rain at the track, NASCAR has moved up the scheduled start of tonight's race to 7:05pm/et. The rest of the pre-race ceremonies will also start 10 minutes earlier than originally scheduled. However, the forecast still doesn't look good to get racing in tonight.(4-25-2015)

  • 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 #22-Logano chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took pit stall 17, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #41-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 30th pit stall, also with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 36th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-24-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final 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 - 2015 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

  • Logano wins Richmond pole: #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with speed of 127.071mph for his 3rd pole of 2015, 1st at Richmond and 11th of his career.
    #11-Hamlin is on the outside pole followed by #41-Busch, #47-Allmendinger, #4-Harvick, #78-Truex, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #20-Kenseth, #1-McMurray, and #18-Ragan.
    Missing the race were: #26-Burton, #62-Gaughan.
    See the starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying results and more on Jayski.com's Richmond Qualifying Page.(4-24-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Richmond:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 61st Annual Toyota Owners 400 with a lap of 21.248 seconds, 127.071 mph.
    This is his 11th pole in 228 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his series-high third pole and eighth top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in 13 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2015 and his 11th in 18 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his fifth in six races this season.
    Brett Moffitt (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-24-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #11-Hamlin 128.083
    #4-Harvick 127.648
    #20-Kenseth 127.292
    #2-Keselowski 127.238
    #78-Truex, Jr. 127.143
    the rest of the top 12: 1 24 47 41 22 18 42;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 14 55 27 25 15 19 40 3 10 51 31 17
    (4-24-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 129.559
    #2-Keselowski 129.224
    #41-Busch 128.651
    #18-Ragan 128.498
    #78-Truex, Jr. 128.309
    the rest of the top 24: 24 42 55 19 22 27 31 20 40 25 11 47 51 3 1 17 10 14 15;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 13 88 43 98 9 38 35 16 30 6 32 48 83 46 23 5 26 7 62 34
    Drivers who will miss the race: #26-Burton, #62-Gaughan.
    (4-24-2015)

  • Final practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #5-Kahne 126.357
    #16-Biffle 126.162
    #19-Edwards 126.027
    #1-McMurray 125.851
    #11-Hamlin 125.839
    Most laps run: #88-Earnhardt, Jr 95, #31-Newman 68
    slowest: #23-Yeley 121.578 & #30-Green 120.005.
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for 5:45pm/et this afternoon on FoxSports 1 and PRN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Richmond practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-24-2015)

  • First Friday practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #2-Keselowski 126.086
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 125.593
    #4-Harvick 125.517
    #48-Johnson 125.203
    #15-Bowyer 125.174
    Most laps run: #48-Johnson 94, #22-Logano 75
    slowest: #33-Kennedy 120.968 & #23-Yeley 120.643.
    notes: Qualifying is scheduled for 5:45pm/et this afternoon on FoxSports 1 and PRN.
    #46-Annett spun early in turn 4 but didn't hit anything. #15-Bowyer slip up into the outside wall during the session but didn't hurt the car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Richmond practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-24-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 24, 2015 at 5:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, April 25 at 4:30am/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.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #11-Hamlin.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #24-Gordon.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Richmond Qualifying Page.(4-24-2015)

  • 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: #25-Elliott, #30-Jeff Green, #32-Gase, #33-Kennedy, #34-Sorenson, #83-DeBenedetto.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #30-Green (49th in owner pts), #25-Elliott (48th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #30-Green (4 attempts), #25-Elliott (1)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com'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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 8 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points)
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 314
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 258, -56
    3) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 284, -30
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 255, -59
    5) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 223, -91
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 263, -78
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 281, -33
    8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 241, -73
    9) #5-Kasey Kahne, 237, -77
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon, 227, -87
    11) #43-Aric Almirola, 226, -88
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 223, -91
    13) #10-Danica Patrick, 211, -103
    14) #27-Paul Menard, 210, -104
    15) #19-Carl Edwards, 203, -111
    16) #31-Ryan Newman, 201, -113
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(4-19-2015)

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Free Lance Star

Lynchberg News and Advance

Newport News Daily Press

News Leader

Roanoke Times

Virginian Pilot

WEATHER

Weather Channel

Accuweather

National Weather Service

Race Weather

Race Day Forecast

Weather Underground

CAMPING & TRAVEL

Laid Back Racing

Speed Eats

Track Stay

CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • 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 Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:
    THESE are the ONLY teams now reporting Chassis info
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot Chassis No. 475 in the Richmond 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Dillon recently participated in a NASCAR-sanctioned open test with this Chevrolet SS at RIR and earned a 15th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March 2015. In 2014, Dillon raced this Chevrolet SS to a 21st-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in November, an eighth-place finish at Kansas Speedway in October and a 15th-place finish at Pocono Raceway in August. He also utilized this Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway in June, where he ran in the top 10 for a majority of the event before making two unscheduled pit stops in the closing laps of the event, resulting in a 30th-place finish.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot the No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet SS built on Chassis No. 4-841 in the Richmond 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Saturday at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-841 served as an unused backup for 19 races last season, and never saw racing action of any kind. Chassis No. 4-841 finally made its Sprint Cup debut this past March at Phoenix International Raceway, where it scored a dominant win from the pole and led 224 laps to score Harvick's second win of the 2015 season.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-897 for Saturday evening's race at Richmond. Kahne raced with this chassis at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2014, where he finished 23rd.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-735: This car debuted in the 2012 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Stewart qualified 28th and rallied to score a top-10 finish. Chassis No. 14-735 made its second career start in October 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. It was impressive as Stewart used it to overcome a 33rdplace starting spot, a botched pit stop, an incident with Jeff Burton and a lap-166 spin to finish fifth. The car made its third career start in the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There, it rallied to a top-20 finish after starting 35th and dealing with handling issues throughout the 267-lap race. Stewart's milestone 500th career Sprint Cup start also came at Homestead in Chassis No. 14-735. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-735 returned to action in May for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It rallied again, coming from 25th in the field to lead six laps before finishing seventh. The car's fifth career start and second of 2013 was slated to come in June at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, but a crash in the opening minutes of the weekend's first practice session sidelined the car. Rebuilt, Chassis No. 14-735 returned to Michigan in August with interim driver Austin Dillon, qualifying 27th and finishing 14th. The car sat idle until this past May when Stewart drove it at Kansas. He qualified eighth and finished 20th after giving up valuable track position for a late-race fuel stop. Its next start came in late June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where Stewart rallied it to an 11th-place finish after having to start 42nd due to a transmission change prior to the race. It then tested Sept. 2-3 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon in preparation for the series' race there on Sept. 21. However, it was a rocky run for Chassis No. 14-735 in the Granite State, as it qualified 28th and finished 30th. The car returned to a flat track when it made its final start of 2014 at Phoenix International Raceway. It qualified 29th and finished 20th as a loose-handling condition persisted. New Chevrolet SS sheetmetal adorns Chassis No. 14-735 and it saw action during a Goodyear Tire Test at Richmond April 7-8. It returns to Richmond for this weekend's race and its 10th career start.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 805 serves as Bowyer's primary chassis for Richmond. The chassis was tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway this year. Chassis No. 809 serves as back up at Richmond. It also served as back up at Phoenix in March.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-881 for this Sunday's race. The chassis has been raced twice previously to a pair of 26th-place finishes at New Hampshire in 2014. During the July event, Gordon ran out of fuel while running third when the race ran past its scheduled distance. In September, he cut a tire and hit the wall in Turn 1 while running sixth with less than 10 laps to go.
    #27-Paul Menard: will utilize chassis No. 485 during Saturday night's 400-lap event at Richmond International Raceway. This Chevrolet SS was utilized earlier this year at Phoenix International Raceway where Menard started 21st and finished 14th.
    #31-Ryan Newman: will drive chassis No. 462 at Richmond International Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet competed for the first time this season at Phoenix International Raceway. Newman qualified fifth and finished third.
    #32-Joey Gase: Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis GGR-755 to serve as the primary car. This chassis last raced at Phoenix in March with Mike Bliss finishing 33rd. Chassis GGR-289 will serve as the backup car.
    #41-Kurt Busch: will pilot Chassis No. 839 in Saturday night's Richmond 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. It was previously a No. 10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Danica Patrick. Chassis No. 839 was used in May 2014 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where Patrick started fourth, but an engine failure caused her to finish 39th in the Coca-Cola 600. The No. 10 team then raced Chassis No. 839 at both events at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where Patrick finished 17th and 18th, respectively. Chassis No. 839 next raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, where Patrick finished 19th. Busch first raced Chassis No. 839 last November at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where he started fourth and finished eighth. Chassis No. 839 underwent updates and saw its first laps of 2015 in March at Phoenix International Raceway, where Busch started eighth and finished fifth.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: "We are taking chassis 505," crew chief Brian Burns said. "It is a brand new car that we took to the test to shake it down. So, it will be the first time racing."
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For this weekend's event, crew chief Chad Knaus has selected chassis No. 48-804, with which Johnson finished eighth at Richmond last fall. The backup car is 48-749, which last raced in Martinsville in the spring of 2014.
    #55-Brett Moffitt: Primary: 803 - Brian Vickers finished 41st at Phoenix in 2015. In 2014, Vickers finished fourth at Texas in April, eighth in All-Star Race, 19th at Indy and 24th at Chicago. Backup: 813 - Clint Bowyer drove chassis to 17th at Charlotte in May,10th and sixth at Michigan and ninth at Dover in September.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Greg Ives will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-932. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4632;
    Right-side -- D-4644

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.31 in. (2,243 mm)

  • 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 Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Richmond this weekend . . . while these teams ran this left-side tire code (D-4632) at Richmond last September, this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4644) . . . this right-side is a Goodyear multi-zone tread tire, which incorporates two distinct compounds on the same tire . . . the inboard two inches of the tread (Endurance Zone) features the same compound that was run at Richmond last fall, while the outboard 10 inches of the tread (Traction Zone) features a compound run at this track prior to that and will provide teams with more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Richmond on April 7 . . . drivers participating in that test were A.J. Allmendinger, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart . . . 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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