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 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Richmond, VA

Title Sponsor: Federated Auto Parts

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, September 10
12:00 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
2:00 - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN

Friday, September 11
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
9:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
10:00 - 11:55 AM NSCS PRACTICE
1:00 - 2:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
2:30 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS
5:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, September 12
1:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:30 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
7:00 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM NSCS FEDERATED AUTO PARTS 400

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

  • Richmond Pre-Race Schedule for Saturday, September 12th: (eastern time)
    -5:30:00 p.m.: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
    -5:45:00 p.m.: Concert: Tim Dugger
    -7:00:00 p.m.: NSCS Drivers Introductions
    -7:26:50 p.m.: Intro Pledge of Allegiance
    -7:27:45 p.m.: Pledge of Allegiance: 43 Kids from the Jeff Gordon Foundation
    -7:28:30 p.m.: God Bless America: Sophia Nadder
    -7:30:00 p.m.: Intro Presentation of Colors by: Ft. Lee Color Guard
    -7:30:15 p.m.: Invocation by: Michael McDowell
    -7:31:00 p.m.: National Anthem: 29th Division Band from Ft. Lee
    -7:32:30 p.m.: Flyby: 6 planes from the Bandit Flight Team
    -7:37:30 p.m.: "Driver's, Start Your Engines" by: Christopher McKinney
    -7:44:00 p.m.: Green Flag - Federated Auto Parts 400
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, September 11, 10:00 - 11:55 am/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, September 11, 1:00 - 2:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, September 11 at 5:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, no re-air scheduled.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,202,126
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 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: 40mph
    Pace Car Speed: 45mph
    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: Matt Rooney
    Command to start engines: Matt Rooney
    Color Guard: Ft. Lee Color Guard
    Invocation: driver Michael McDowell
    National Anthem: 29th Division Band from Ft. Lee
    Flyover: 6 planes from the Bandit Flight Team

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

  • April 2015: see the Richmond Race Info page

  • September 2014: see the Richmond Race Info page

  • April 2015 Race Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 97.157mph, started 3rd

  • 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

  • April 2015 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 127.071mph, finished 5th

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

  • 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:
    #4-Kevin Harvick............................ 110.9
    #18-Kyle Busch............................... 109.8
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................ 108.5
    #15-Clint Bowyer............................... 99.5
    #24-Jeff Gordon................................ 99.4
    #41-Kurt Busch.................................. 94.2
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 92.8
    #2-Brad Keselowski......................... 92.8
    #31-Ryan Newman............................. 92.1
    #48-Jimmie Johnson.......................... 89.5
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (21 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)(9-9-2015)

  • Richmond Track Notes & History - Wednesday:
    Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was April 19, 1953 won by Lee Petty.
    The spring 1964 race was run on a Tuesday night under temporary lighting.
    The track name changed to Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1967.
    The track surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between races in 1968.
    The track name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969.
    The track was re-measured to .542-mile for 1970.
    The track was rebuilt as a three-quarters-mile D-shaped oval following the Feb. 21, 1988 race.
    The first race under permanent lights was Sept. 7, 1991.
    The first season with both races as night races was 1999.
    (NASCAR)(9-9-2015)

  • Richmond Driver Notes & Facts - Thursday
    Five drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Richmond: Kasey Kahne (2005), Tony Stewart (1999), Kyle Petty (1986), Neil Bonnett (1977) and James Hylton (1970).
    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 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 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 26.
    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 29.
    Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.350.
    (NASCAR)(9-10-2015)

  • Richmond Pole Notes & Facts - Friday:
    Buck Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Richmond in 1953 with a speed of 48.465 mph.
    54 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 118 (19.5%) 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 118 (30.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond have been won from the front row: 23 from the pole and 13 from second-place.
    92 of the 118 (77.9%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    13 of the 118 (11.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.978.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Richmond International Raceway is 31st, by Clint Bowyer in the spring of 2008.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway seven times; most recently the fall of 2014.
    (NASCAR)(9-11-2015)

  • Richmond Race Notes & Facts - Saturday:
    There have been 118 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway, one NSCS event from 1953 - 1958 and two races per year since 1959.
    484 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 45 starts.
    50 different drivers have won at Richmond International Raceway, led by Richard Petty with 13. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in wins at RIR 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.
    Nine different manufacturers have won at Richmond. Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Richmond with 37 victories; followed by Ford with 31 and Toyota with seven.
    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 118 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)(9-12-2015)

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Laps Led Leaders:
    (after Darlington, 25 of 36 races)
    1. #4-Kevin Harvick, 1,450
    2. #22-Joey Logano, 837
    3. #41-Kurt Busch, 728 (22 races)
    4. #2-Brad Keselowski, 607
    5. #18-Kyle Busch, 529 (14 races)
    6. #78-Martin Truex Jr., 497
    7. #11-Denny Hamlin, 477
    8. #48-Jimmie Johnson, 467
    9. #19-Carl Edwards, 336
    10. #20-Matt Kenseth, 293
    6,849 total laps run.(9-8-2015)

  • 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

  • Kenseth wins at Richmond: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 4th win of the season, 2nd win at Richmond and 35th career win. Kenseth led 352 of the 400 laps.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #22-Logano, #43-Almirola, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski, #48-Johnson and #15-Bowyer.
    With his 4th win of 2015, Kenseth ties Johnson and Kyle Busch for most wins, will each start the Chase with 2012 points.
    #4-Harvick led the points for the regular season with 978 points, 30 more tahn #22-Logano.
    #1-McMurray clinched a spot in the Chase just by starting. Four other drivers got in the Chase via points: #31-Newman, #24-Gordon, #15-Bowyer and #27-Menard. McMurray and Menard make the Chase for the first time. #43-Almirola make a great effort to make the Chase and finished 4th but fell 17 points short of Menard.
    One odd incident happened on lap 290 when #95-McDowell hit the safety truck, tearing much of the rear of the car off. It was the end of the race for McDowell, who escaped injury as did the safety workers.
    There were 13 lead changes among 4 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 47 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 100.353mph.
    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).(9-12-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2012
    2) #18-Kyle Busch, 2012
    3) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2012
    4) #22-Joey Logano, 2009
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2006
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2006
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 2006
    8) #19-Carl Edwards, 2006
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2003
    10) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 2003
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2003
    [made the Chase via points standings]
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2000
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, 2000
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2000
    15) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2000
    16) #27-Paul Menard, 2000
    See the seeded Chase points on the Chase Points Standings page (pdf).(9-12-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 978
    2) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 948, -30
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 894, -84
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 873, -105
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 852, -126
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [4 wins], 824, -154
    7) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 818, -160
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 793, -185
    9) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 781, -197
    10) #1-Jamie McMurray, 757, -221
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-12-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Richmond:
    #20-Matt Kenseth won the 58th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 , his 35th victory in 570 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his second victory and 15th top-10 finish in 32 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Kenseth's 352 laps led were the second-highest total of his career (415, Bristol-2 in 2005).
    #18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 21 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his ninth top-10 finish in 2015.
    #22-Joey Logano (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 14 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Kevin Harvick leads the regular season point standings by 30 points over Joey Logano.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-12-2015)

  • Richmond Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 35th, 11 rookie points
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 36th, 10 rookie points
    #23-Jeb Burton, finished 39th, 9 rookie points
    #33-Alex Kennedy, not entered, Brian Scott in the car
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(9-12-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #46-Annett, 43rd
    Caution 2: #6-Bayne, 23rd
    Caution 3: #43-Almirola, 4th
    Caution 4: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 16th
    Caution 5: #4-Harvick, 14th
    Caution 6: #42-Larson, 12th
    (9-12-2015)


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  • 2015 Richmond Clinch Scenarios:
    Regardless of who wins at Richmond...
    #1-Jamie McMurray clinches by starting the race.
    #31-Ryan Newman clinches by finishing 31st or better; 32nd with at least one lap led; or 33rd with the most laps led.
    #24-Jeff Gordon clinches by finishing 17th or better; 18th with at least one lap led; or 19th with the most laps led.
    #27-Paul Menard clinches by finishing ninth or better; 10th with at least one lap led; or 11th with the most laps led.
    If there is a repeat winner...
    #1-Jamie McMurray, #31-Ryan Newman and #24-Jeff Gordon will clinch regardless of finish.
    #27-Paul Menard clinches by finishing 38th or better; 39th with at least one lap led; or 40th with the most laps led.
    #15-Clint Bowyer clinches by finishing 28th or better; 29th with at least one lap led; or 30th with the most laps led.
    In summary...
    Four drivers control their Chase destiny without a win: Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Paul Menard).
    Three drivers can clinch without a win, but need help in the form of poor finishes from winless drivers ahead of them in points and/or a repeat winner: Bowyer, #43-Aric Almirola and #5-Kasey Kahne.
    Twelve drivers need to win to clinch a Chase spot: #16-Greg Biffle, #42-Kyle Larson, #3-Austin Dillon, #47-AJ Allmendinger, #13-Casey Mears, #10-Danica Patrick, #14-Tony Stewart, #55-David Ragan, #9-Sam Hornish Jr., #6-Trevor Bayne, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and #51-Justin Allgaier.
    Two other drivers need to win and get help to clinch a spot: #35-Cole Whitt and #38-David Gilliland.
    All other drivers have been eliminated from Chase contention.(NASCAR)(9-8-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBCSN at 7:30 pm/et; Countdown to Green 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:
    Monday, September 14 at 12:00pm/et on NBCSN [NASCAR 120]

  • 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 #22-Logano chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #20-Kenseth took pit stall 5.
    #2-Keselowski, who starts 3rd took the 17th pit stall, the 2nd stall with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 9th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-12-2015)

  • 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)
    Race Results
    Chase Points
    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 Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with speed of 126.470mph for his 5th pole of 2015, 2nd at Richmond, sweeping both poles there in 2015 and 13th of his career. Logano has won 2 races from the pole out of 12 previous poles.
    #20-Kenseth is on the outside pole followed by #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #55-Ragan, #4-Harvick, #19-Edwards, #41-Busch, #48-Johnson, #14-Stewart, #42-Larson and #3-Dillon.
    Missing the race were: #30-JOsh Wise and #62-Timmy Hill.
    See the starting lineup, round-by-round qualifying results, qualifying order on Jayski.com's Richmond Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(9-11-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Richmond:
    #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 58th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 with a lap of 126.470 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 245 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fifth pole and 19th top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his second pole in 14 races at Richmond International Raceway. He also won the pole for the first Richmond race of 2015.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2015 and his seventh in 32 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 16th in 26 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-11-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #20-Kenseth 127.714
    #22-Logano 127.539
    #48-Johnson 126.975
    #3-Dillon 126.856
    #18-Busch 126.850
    the rest of the top 12: 4 55 19 41 42 14 2;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 31 10 13 78 33 51 17 5 47 27 24 43
    (9-11-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #20-Kenseth 129.292
    #31-Newman 128.248
    #48-Johnson 128.229
    #41-Busch 128.199
    #18-Busch 128.102
    the rest of the top 24: 2 10 4 17 47 51 22 24 55 13 3 19 5 14 42 43 78 33 27;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 11 15 46 6 88 38 1 9 83 35 40 7 // 30 34 16 95 98 23 32 26 62
    Drivers who will miss the race: #30-Wise; #62-Hill.
    (9-11-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 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. 45 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #11-Hamlin.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #30-Wise.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars line up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Richmond Qualifying Page.(9-11-2015)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 125.430
    #18-Busch 125.348
    #48-Johnson 125.273
    #5-Kahne 125.226
    #41-Busch 124.942
    slowest: #98-Sorenson 119.691 and #23-Burton 120.417
    No incidents reported. Qualifying is scheduled for 5:45pm/et, will be televised on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap Ave on the Richmond Happy Hour Practice Speeds (pdf).(9-11-2015)

  • First Friday practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 115 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #42-Larson 125.535
    #13-Mears 125.412
    #2-Keselowski 125.058
    #4-Harvick 124.815
    #18-Busch 124.694
    slowest: #98-Sorenson 117.228 and #62-Hill 120.155
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 1:00pm/et and qualifying is scheduled for 5:45pm/et, both will be televised on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap Ave on the Richmond Practice 1 Speeds (pdf).(9-11-2015)

  • Entry List for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #30-Wise, #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #33-Brian Scott, #62-Hill, #95-McDowell, #98-Sorenson.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #62-Hill (46th owners pts); #30-Wise (49th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #30-Wise (10 attempts), #95-McDowell (14)
    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 Darlington, race 25 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins](5th in driver points)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins] (27th)
    3) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins] (2nd)
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins] (7th)
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] (1st)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins] (3rd)
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins] (9th)
    8) #19-Carl Edwards [2 win](12th)
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win] (4th)
    10) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win] (6th)
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win](8th)
    (above drivers have clinched a berth in the Chase)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, +73 ahead of 17th in driver points
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, +61
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon, +47
    15) #27-Paul Menard, +39
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, +29
    [currently out of the Chase]
    17) #43-Aric Almirola, -29
    18) #5-Kasey Kahne, -31
    19) #16-Biffle, -84
    20) #42-Larson, -96
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-6-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Darlington, race 25 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 948
    2) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 906, -42
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 855, -93
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 837, -111
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 817, -131
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 806, -142
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 776, -172
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 754, -194
    9) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 752, -196
    10) #1-Jamie McMurray, 726, -222
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-6-2015)

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

CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently many team stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
    This leaves only a handful of teams reporting/posting chassis selections.
    So, will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

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-4654

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm); Right-side -- 88.27 in. (2,242 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 have run this left-side tire code (D-4632) at Richmond since last September, this is the first time they have run this right-side code (D-4654) . . . at this track in the spring, teams ran a multi-zone tread tire on the right-side, with distinct tread compounds on both the inboard two inches (endurance zone) and outboard 10 inches (traction zone) of the tire . . . this right-side is a single compound tire, featuring the same compound as the outboard from the spring race, which will give teams a grip increase . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.

RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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

Race / Event Information

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