THE NEXT Nextel Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: Chevy Rock and Roll 400
Nextel Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2004 Nextel Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Saturday, September 11, 2004 in Richmond, VA
- TV: TNT 7:30pm/et
- Pre-Race Show/Discover Card Countdown To Green: NBC - 7:00pm/et - with host Bill Weber
- Race Re-Air: on Speed Channel
Wednesday, September 15 [Fast Forward] at 4:00pm/et;
Thursday, September 16 [Full Race] at 3:00pm/et;
Friday, Septmeber 17 [Fast Forward] at 12:00am/et
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $4,860,973 (was $4,450,856 in 2003)
- Practice: Friday, September 10, 11:20am - 1:20pm/et;
- Happy Hour Practice: Friday, September 10, 6:00 - 7:15pm/et on TV-TNT 7:00pm/et via tape.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 10, 10:20am/et
- Qualfying Order Links: moved to the race results section below
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-38, Friday, September 10 at 3:10pm/et, TV-TNT, no re-air, live via radio at MRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Nextel Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- Track Specs:
Track/Race Length: 0.75 mile oval, 400 laps, 300 miles
Short Track: 0.75-mile oval, 60-foot width with 10-foot apron
Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 50mph
Seating Capacity: 107,097
- Track Website: www.rir.com
- Last Year: see my 2003 Richmond Sept Race Info page.
- May's Race: see my 2004 May Richmond Race Info page
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials (Nextel Cup and Busch Series);
Goodyear Wrangler Speedway Radials (Craftsman Truck Series)
Number of Tires Required:
Nextel Cup: Left - 1,350, Right - 1,350;
Busch Series: Left - 550, Right - 550;
Truck Series: Left - 325, Right - 325
Tire Codes: Left - D-6826; Right - D-6828
Tire Circumference: Left - 87.3 in.; Right - 88.6 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front - 20 psi; Left Rear - 20 psi;
Right Front - 30 psi; Right Rear - 30 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 15 psi; Left Rear - 15 psi;
Right Front - 28 psi; Right Rear - 25 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 110-120 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This is the second consecutive race Goodyear will bring this
particular combination of left- and right-side tires to Richmond . . .
both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will compete on the same
tire codes this week . . . this eighth and final race in which Nextel
Cup teams will have used this tire set-up in 2004 . . . in addition to
Richmond, this combination was run by Cup teams at Las Vegas, Bristol,
Pocono and Indianapolis . . . Busch and Truck Series teams have also
run this set-up at Nashville in 2004 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals less
than one mile in length, teams will not run inner liners at Richmond.
Goodyear Quote -- Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire
Development: "Since Richmond had been repaved since last season, we
tested earlier this year with several teams to finalize our
recommendation. The (Nextel) Cup race this May was excellent as far
as the tires were concerned. Considering that it was green track, the
second groove came in relatively quickly, allowing for side-by-side
racing by the Cup cars."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus is $60,000 at Richmond for leading the points and winning the race. The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings.
2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Leader Bonus Winners:
Matt Kenseth, March 2004, Las Vegas, $30,000)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., May 2004, Richmond, $80,000
Jimmie Johnson, Pocono, August 2004, $90,000
- MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award: The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is worth $10,000 to any eligible NASCAR Nextel Cup driver who leads a race at the halfway mark and displays the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award decal on their race car. An additional $5,000 is earned if that driver also wins the race. If the race-win bonus is not earned, the $5,000 rolls into the next week’s award. Eligible drivers earn two points for winning the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award and another point if they also go on to win the race. The driver who earns the most points during the season will win the MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Championship.
Bonus for leading at halfway and winning at Richmond: $5,000
Winners for 2004 so far:
Daytona: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Rockingham: Matt Kenseth, $20,000*
Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth, $15,000*
Atlanta: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Darlington: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
Bristol: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
Texas: Kasey Kahne, $10,000
Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
Talladega: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000 [#29-Harvick not eligible]
California: Jeremy Mayfield, $10,000
Richmond: Michael Waltrip, $10,000
Charlotte: Elliott Sadler, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Dover: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Pocono: Kasey Kahne, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Michigan: Dale Jarrett, $10,000
Sonoma: Jeff Gordon, $75,000*
Daytona: Jeff Gordon, $15,000*
Chicago: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
New Hampshire: Ryan Newman, $10,000
Pocono: Casey Mears, $10,000 [#48-Johnson not eligible]
Indianapolis: Jeff Gordon, $25,000*
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart, $15,000*
Michigan: Greg Biffle, $15,000*
Bristol: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $15,000*
California: Elliott Sadler, $15,000*
(* won race and bonus)
NOTE: the award goes to the eligible driver leading on the 5th consecutive green lap following a mid-race caution if one occurs.
#48-Jimmie Johnson and #29-Kevin Harvick are not on the program.
Capital One does Lowe's Credit card and doesn't wish to have MBNA on the #48
The #29 has the GM Card (Household Bank) as an associate sponsor on the B-post.
MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award Standings:
Tony Stewart 12
Jeff Gordon 11
Matt Kenseth 6
WEATHER, TV/RADIO COVERAGE
LOCAL NEWS, TRACK/FAN INFO
IN-CAR AUDIO SITES
QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links
- Mayfield wins at Richmond and gets in 'The Chase': #19-Jeremy Mayfield won the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night, leading the most laps, and clinching 9th in the 'Chase for the Nextel Cup'. It is Mayfield first win in 142 races, at Pocono on June 19, 2000, the 4th of his career. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 2nd, followed by #24-Jeff Gordon, #80-Mike Bliss [best career finish] and #6-Mark Martin. #99-Carl Edwards was 6th, his 3rd top 10 in his first 4 races. #32-Bobby Hamilton Jr. finished 11th, his career finish [best was 14th at Talladega in Oct 2001]. Some great pre-race ceremonies honoring 9-11.
Good race report see .
For race results, see:
Jayski's Richmond Race Results/Awards page
- Richmond Race Notes:
---- Jeremy Mayfield won the 2004 Chevy Rock & Roll 400, scoring his fourth career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 335th career start. His last victory came at Pocono June 19, 2000, 143 races ago.
---- Mayfield scored his first victory and his sixth top-10 finish in 22 races at Richmond.
---- He became the 12th different race winner in 2004.
---- Mayfield climbed from 14th to ninth in the point standings and is one of the 10 drivers that will compete in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
---- Mayfield led five times for 151 laps including the final eight, leading the most laps for the first time in 2004.
---- This was the third victory for Dodge in 2004. Chevrolet has won 15 and Ford has eight.
The Race for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup begins at New Hampshire
---- As a result of their finishes in the 2004 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, 10 drivers have clinched a spot in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. These 10 drivers will race over the final 10 races of the 2004 season to determine the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who is expected to win in excess of $5 million: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (clinched at Bristol), Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth (clinched at California) and Elliott Sadler, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan Newman (clinched at Richmond).
---- Five drivers in the top-10 in points changed positions at Richmond.
---- All 10 drivers competing in the Chase for the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup have scored at least one victory in the first 26 races of the 2004 season.
---- A total of $970,103 will be paid to the driver who finishes 11th in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings, an increase of more than $400,000 over one year ago. That includes a $250,000 bonus, which will be paid to the 11th-place finisher. Additionally, the 11th-place driver will also join the top-10 drivers on the stage at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Awards Banquet in New York in
---- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) scored his third top-five finish in his last five races. It was his 15th top-10 finish in 2004. It was his eighth top-10 finish in 11 races at Richmond International Raceway.
---- Jeff Gordon (third) scored his 18th top-10 finish in 2004, the most of all drivers. This was his 16th top-10 finish in 24 races at Richmond International Raceway.
---- Mike Bliss (fourth) scored his career-best NASCAR NEXTEL Cup finish. His previous best finish was ninth at Talladega October 15, 2000.
---- Mark Martin (fifth) scored his 12th top-10 finish in 2004. It was his 22nd top-10 finish in 38 races at Richmond International Raceway.
---- Carl Edwards (sixth) scored his third top 10 finish in four career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races.
---- Mike Wallace led 45 laps in the 2004 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 tying his career-best set at Phoenix in October 2001. Wallace had led just 91 laps in his career entering this race.
---- Matt Kenseth has ranked in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for 61 straight races.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-11-2004)
- Stock Car Fans - Rumblings - Richmond: Jeremy Mayfield did what he had to do tonight, and the reward is a spot in the "Chase". Mayfield captured tonight's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, led the most laps, and moved into 9th in the point standings in the process. Jeremy's victory was his first since he captured the June event at Pocono in 2000, and was the 4th of his Cup career (he's now tied for 65th all-time). Win #5 for Ray Evernham was worth $211,120 from the over $4.8M in posted awards. Jeremy is also the 12th different driver to grace Victory Lane this year....we had 17 winners last year. I tried to keep score of how many times we were shown the "Chase" standings, and I counted 16, including three in the first 70 laps! Now, this is unofficial, of course....
We knew this "Chase" fiasco would breed conspiracy theories, but we were sure treated to some wild ones tonight. I will give Mike Helton and NASCAR some rare praise from this corner, however. When they talked about parking Jimmy Spencer I'm just glad they looked at the video before he went to the garage. This was a short track race after all.....
Sure hope some of those drivers in the "Chase" didn't miss their rides home tonight. TNT's post race show had to put a couple of 'em past their bedtimes.....
Mike Bliss (4th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 9th at Talladega in October of 2000 (only 7 races). His Top-5 gives us 27 drivers at that mark this season....last year's number was 30.
Carl Edwards (6th) ties his career-best finish. He's off to quite a start in Nextel Cup.....3 Top-10's in his first 4 races.
Mike Wallace (7th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Phoenix in October of 2001! His Top-10 (along with Bliss) gives us 38 drivers to hit that mark this year....last year we had 42.
Bobby Hamilton Jr (11th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 14th twice....at Kansas last October and at Talladega in October of 2001.
Shane Hmiel (29th) had his career-best finish tonight. He was 39th in his debut last week at California.
David Green (31st) had his best finish since he was 25th at Darlington in September of 2000 (only 3 races).
STREAKIN....Jamie McMurray has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
Mark Martin has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Mike Wallace (+34), followed by Mike Bliss (+29), and Jamie McMurray (+27). DOWN: The Big Dropper was a lonely Jimmie Johnson (-33). This is BD #3 for Johnson, he trails only his teammate Jeff Gordon in the "Shaft".
We've got our 10 qualifiers for the "Chase, and you'll notice that I'm going to list the "Chase" standings followed by the "Classic" standings. Everybody on the outside looking in now starts the race to be the 10th loser (I guess NASCAR forgot that campaign from a few years ago). The Big Winner on the night was Ryan Newman as he gained 371 points on the leader Jeff Gordon....oops, thought that was a statistical impossibility. Anything's possible with the "Chase". In real standings, Jeremy Mayfield (14th to 9th) moved in under pressure, and Robby Gordon (18th to 22nd) fell the most spots in the "Classic" standings.(StockCarFans.Com Nextelcup Newsletter)(9-11-2004)
- The Chevy Rock & Roll 400
at Richmond International Raceway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions and some notes
after 400 of 400 laps:
car#, driver, starting spot
#19-Mayfield (7)(151 laps led)
#8-Earnhardt Jr. (14)(42 laps led)
#24-Gordon (9)(20 laps led)
#09-Wallace (41)(45 laps led)
#42-McMurray (36)(running on 7 cylinders)
- The chase for the championship:
coming in to the race, 7th thru 15th (start), position - lap 400
#97-Busch (17), 15th clinched
#12-Newman (1), 20th clinched
#9-Kahne (11), 24th, lap down, missed
#6-Martin (2), 6 clinched
#42-McMurray (36), 9th missed
#18-Labonte (18), 16th, missed8
#88-Jarrett (25), 26, missed
#19-Mayfield (7), WON and clinched
#29-Harvick (27), 12th, missed
- Top Ten [unofficial] Drivers Points Standings after Richmond:
In the Chase......
#24-Jeff Gordon, 3602, Regular season champ
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 3542, -60
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3541, -61
#20-Tony Stewart, 3410, -192
#17-Matt Kenseth, 3337, -265
#38-Elliott Sadler,3316, -286
#97-Kurt Busch, 3309, -293
#6-Mark Martin, 3213, -389
#19-Jeremy Mayfield, 3193, -409
#12-Ryan Newman, 3186, -416
missed the chase:
11th: #42-Jamie McMurray, -15, -431 from leader
12th: #9-Kasey Kahne, -28
13th: #18-Bobby Labonte, -49
14th: #29-Kevin Harvick, -57
15th: #88-Dale Jarrett, -86
Standings at Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points page or NASCAR.com.(9-11-2004)
- Cars on the lead lap: 12 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (5):
#50-T. Bodine (accident-out)
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (9 with 20 lead changes):
- Lap leaders: #12-Newman 1; #48-Johnson 2-33; #24-Gordon 34-53; #09-Mike Wallace 54-98; #19-Mayfield 99-114; #97-Busch 115-143; #19-Mayfield 144-233; #97-Busch 234-236; #19-Mayfield 237-263; #17-Kenseth 264-268; #97-Busch 269-271; #12-Newman 272-273; #30-Burton 274-281; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 282-294; #97-Busch 295-306; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 307-327; #97-Busch 328; #8-Earnhardt Jr. 329-338; #19-Jeremy Mayfield 339-348; #97-Busch 349-391; #19-Mayfield 392-400.
Cautions: 10 for 57 laps
Caution 10 - Laps 293 - 299: #4-Spencer and #88-Jarrett got together, Spencer spun, #88-Jarrett tapped the wall, both drove on, Spencer stayed on the track and passed the pace car and got blacjk flagged for a lap.
Caution 9 - Laps 207 - 210: #9-Kahne got punted by #8-Earnhardt Jr. and spun around in turn 2.
Caution 8 - Laps 195 - 201: #0-Burton hit the turn 4 wall.
Caution 7 - Laps 180 - 191: #4-Spencer got into #41-Mears, collecting points lead #48-Johnson, #8-Earnhardt Jr., #25-Vickers all got damaged in the aftermath. #6-Martin spun around after getting into #88-Jarrett.
Caution 6 - Laps 171 - 174: #27-Green got into #77-Gaughan, other's involved, #22-Wimmer [lots of damage], #16-Biffle [nose caved in], #21-Rudd and #5-Labonte.
Caution 5 - Laps 158 - 163: #4-Spencer scrubbed the wall.
Caution 4 - Laps 143 - 146: debris from the #99 and a screwdriver on the track.
Caution 3 - Laps 53 - 58: #99-Edwards spun around on the backstretch.
Caution 2 - Laps 14 - 17: #45-Petty spun around after getting together in turn 2 with #72-Shelmerdine, and hit the wall.
Caution 1 - Laps 9 - 11: #50-Bodine gets loose in turn 4, turns around and backs into the wall..
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond - The Lucky Dog Pack: (and their finish)
(FOX calls it 'the Free Pass Car', NBC calls it the Lucky Dog - which I prefer)
Caution 10: #5-Labonte, 18th
Caution 9: #09-Wallace, 7th
Caution 8: #32-Hamilton Jr., 11th
Caution 7: none awarded?
Caution 6: #99-Edwards, 6th
Caution 5: #40-Marlin, 14th
Caution 4: #42-McMurray, 9th
Caution 3: #0-Burton, 40th
Caution 2: none, no one a lap down, that is on the track
Caution 1: none, no one a lap down
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- It is being reported that as of lap 380, the leader, #97-Busch will not make it on fuel and will stop with 9-10 laps to go.
---- #17-Kenseth, back on the lead lap, ran out of gas, made a stop, and the crew had to push him out, he lost 2 laps.
---- while leading on lap 328, #97-Busch got loose and came up the track and fell back to 3rd.
---- #25-Vickers is back on the track after the team made repairs to the car after an accident.
---- #22-Wimmer is back on the track arounbd lap 275, after the crew made repairs after an accident, many laps down.
---- #17-Kenseth had to come back to pit road as his team left a wrench on the car.
---- green flag pit stops occurred, in the lap 264-280 range.
---- #19-Mayfield made a green flah pit stop on lap 264, the other leaders will need to come in soon.
---- #48-Johnson brought his car back on the track after the team made repairs as did #41-Mears.
---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 4th caution, #19-Mayfield got out first.
---- after leading 45 laps and not pitting with everyone else and losing the lead, #09-Wallace made a pitstop on lap 113.
---- during the 3rd caution, all the leaders came in to pit.
---- pit windows is 125-135 laps [if green laps are run]
---- as the cars were leaving pit road to take their pace laps, #23-Hmiel ran into the rear of #41-Mears. No major damage reported to either car.
---- to the back, #4-Jimmy Spencer (engine change) and #10-Scott Riggs (engine change).
- Where did the top 10 starters finish at Richmond?
- TO THE BACK : #4-Jimmy Spencer (engine change) and #10-Scott Riggs (engine change). Both will have to go to the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag at the race on Saturday.(9-11-2004)
- Happy Hour practice for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the fastest:
slowest are: #98-Cope 122.338 and #49-Schrader 123.046
no speed listed for #72-Shelmerdine
many teams were scuffing tires for the race Saturday night, as Richmond tends to be slippery on new tires.
Most laps run: #9-Kahne, 91; #6-Martin, 90
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
See the speeds at or NASCAR.com.(9-10-2004)
- Newman wins pole at Richmond: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Speedway, with a lap of 128.700mph [new event qualifying record, not track], it is Newman's 5th pole of the 2004 season, 23rd of his career [in 106 races] and 4th short-track pole. #6-Mark Martin went out early and held on to the pole for a while and will start on the outside pole [2nd] after running a lap of 127.407. The rest of the top five are: #48-Jimmie Johnson, #01-Joe Nemechek and #30-Jeff Burton. See Jayski's Richmond Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page for pole progression, how the rookies fared, provisionals and DNQ's, all the speeds and a few notes.
Starting lineups/qualifying results at:
Jayski's Richmond Qualifying/Starting Lineup Page
- StockCarFans.com - Ramblings - Richmond: It was Ryan Newman again today at Richmond International Raceway....this time he took the Bud Pole by more than 2/10th's of a second. Newman grabbed his 5th top-spot of the season (and 23rd of his career) for tomorrow night's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 with a time of 20.979 (128.700 mph), the only car under 21 seconds. He'll lead 'em to the green with another "Chase" contender alongside.....
Mark Martin (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Bristol in August of 2003.
Jeff Burton (5th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Infineon Raceway in June of 2002!
Ricky Rudd (7th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 3rd at Daytona in July.
Jeff Green (10th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 8th at Lowe's in May.
Carl Edwards (13th) has his career-best starting spot this week. His previous best was 19th last week at Fontana.
Scott Wimmer (21st) has his best starting spot since he lined up 21st at Dover in June.
Bobby Hamilton Jr (22nd) has his best starting spot since he started 18th at Kansas last October (only 9 races).
Welcome Back....David Green (33rd) makes his first Cup start since he qualified 21st and finished 35th at Talladega last September.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 5 Top-10 starts in a row.
Jeremy Mayfield has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.(StockCarFans.Com)(9-11-2004)
- Kenseth wins IROC Race at RIR: Matt Kenseth won race three of the Crown Royal International Race of Champions at Richmond International Speedway Thursday night. Starting fourth, Kenseth, the reigning NASCAR Cup champion, took the lead from IndyCar Series driver Scott Sharp on lap six of the 90-lap event and without challenge went on to dominate the remainder of the first short track event for the All-star series. Finishing second was NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver, Ryan Newman placing him in the points lead. Fellow NASCAR drivers Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. There were two caution periods, including the competition yellow at lap-60. The first caution was for World of Outlaws star, Danny Lasoski who got his car out of shape exiting turn two. Lasoski flat spotted his Goodyear tires and was serviced by the Crown Royal crew before rejoining the field. IndyCar Series star, Scott Sharp bested the open wheel contingent finishing sixth followed by USAC Triple Crown champion J.J. Yeley in seventh. IndyCar Series drivers Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Lasoski finished 10 th followed by NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil finishing 11 th after tagging the wall, and rounding out the field, finishing 12th, World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser. Kinser fell out of the race on lap-38 with mechanical problems.
Kenseth, in his first year of Crown Royal IROC competition spoke proudly of his accomplishment at Richmond saying, “I watched a lot of IROC races as a kid and I remember watching Mid-Ohio and Darlington with all the great drivers in it. It’s an honor for me to be invited to the IROC series, and really cool to win a race and get one of the IROC trophies.“ The Crown Royal International Race of Champions will reward one million dollars to the 2004 champion when the series concludes at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 30.(IROC Site), all three races in 2004 were have been won by first time IROC winners, Kenseth at RIchmond Lasoski at Texas and at Newman at Daytona and the last six races have been won by first time IROC winners, in the last three races in 2003 the winners were: Jimmie Johnson at Indy, Mike Bliss at Chicago and Kurt Busch at Talladega.(9-10-2004)
- RaceSafe used in IROC: for the first time, the IROC cars used RaceSafe System, owned by Racing Electronics [Jayski sponsor], at Richmond Thursday night. Race Safe Systems makes the Race Safe Warning Light System uses a radio transmitter and receiver that alerts all drivers of a caution situation simultaneously [using yellow lights].(9-10-2004)
- Friday's First Practice for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the fastest:
slowest: #00-McGlynn 119.580, #72-Shelmerdine 121.561.
slowest 'regular driver': #41-Mears, 45th at 124.361
No speed listed for #08-Long.
Most laps run: #2-Wallace, 40; #23-Hmiel, 39
Best average speed [all laps averaged]
(from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
For speeds, see or NASCAR.com.(9-10-2004)
- Qualifying Order Links are posted for Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. 52 cars/drivers listed. All on the Entry List are on the qualifying order. First driver cheduled out is #29-Kevin Harvick, last due out is #01-Joe Nemechek.(9-10-2004)
- Qualfying Order Links at:
Qualifying order - NASCAR.com
- Rookie News and Notes
- Richmond Entry List the entry list for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 is posted: 51 drivers [for 43 spots], some of the entries include:
#27-David Green [Brewco - Timberwolf]
#33-Johnny Sauter [RCR car]
#80-Mike Bliss [would get to use #80 if both make the race]
#80-Carl Long [listed as #08 on practice sheets / if Bliss makes would need to use a different number]
#92-TBA [Bob Jenkins owned car]
A few missing but may be added:
UPDATE: Brad Teague is listed in the #92, add #13-Greg Sacks, remove #75-Mike Garvey, so still have 51 entries.
UPDATE 2: add #37-Kevin Lepage, up to 52 entries.(9-8-2004)
- Entry List Links:
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Race Results Page
- Jayski's - 2004 Nextel Cup Practice Leader and Links
- 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
- How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).
- Links: Practice speeds, qualifying and results can be found at these sites:
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Maintaining a Top-10 Standard: Four drivers have remained in the top-10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings all season: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistical Services)(9-5-2004)
- $$ Fact: Only five drivers [and only three with more then two starts] have won more then $100,000 in every race run in 2004: #12-Ryan Newman, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #17-Matt Kenseth, #1-Ron Fellows and #60-Jason Leffler.(9-5-2004)
- September 2003 Results
- May 2004 Results
- Track Qualifying Record: Brian Vickers, May 2004, 129.983mph
- Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph
- May 2004 Pole Sitter: #25-Brian Vickers, 129.983, finished 8th
- May 2004 Race Winner: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 98.253mph, started 4th
- Sept 2003 Pole Sitter: Mike Skinner, 125.792mph, started 18th
- Sept 2003 Race Winner: Ryan Newman, 94.945mph, started 4th
- Slowest Race Record: Tony Stewart, 86.824mph, 5/2002
(since track was reconfigured for the Sept 1988 race)
- Most Wins: 13 - Richard Petty; Current driver: 4, Jeff Gordon
- Most Poles: 8 - Richard Petty, Bobby Allison; Current driver: 6, Rusty Wallace
- Most Top 5s: 34 - Richard Petty
- Most Top 10s: 41 - Richard Petty
- Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 28 days, Sept 1991
- Youngest Winner: Richmond Petty, 23 years, 9 months, 21 days, April 1961
- Most Laps Led by a Leader: 488, David Pearson, 9/13/70
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Kyle Petty, 2/23/86
- Most Lead Changes: 25 - twice, most recently, 3/3/96
- Most Leaders: 16, 9/10/94
- Fewest Leaders: 2, eight times, most recently 3/11/79
- Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - seven times, most recently 2/23/75
- Most Cautions: 15, 5/3/03
- Most Caution Laps: 123 (2 times) most recently Sept 1974
- Fewest Cautions: 0 - 3/7/76
- Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 3/7/76
- Most Finishers on a lead lap: 23, 5/3/03
- Most Running at the Finish: 39, three times, most recently 9/11/99
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 1 - 4/19/53
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 28, Chevy; 27, Ford
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Richard Petty, March 1971, started 28th
- Races won from starting pos 1: 19 [of 96 races] 19.8%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 12, 12.5%
- Races won from starting pos 3: 14, 14.6%
- Races won from starting pos 4: 7
- Races won from starting pos 5: 2
- Races won from starting pos 6: 7
- Races won from starting pos 7: 9
- Races won from starting pos 8: 2
- Races won from starting pos 9: 2
- Races won from starting pos 10: 2
- Races won from starting pos 11: 1
- Races won from starting pos 12: 2
- Races won from starting pos 13: 2
- Races won from starting pos 14: 1
- Races won from starting pos 16: 3
- Races won from starting pos 19: 1
- Races won from starting pos 20: 1
- Races won from starting pos 21: 1
- Races won from starting pos 22: 2
- Races won from starting pos 23: 1
- Races won from starting pos 24: 1
- Races won from starting pos 25: 1
- Races won from starting pos 26: 1
- Races won from starting pos 28: 1
- Races won from the top 5: 54 of 96 - 56.3%
- Races won from the top 10: 76 of 96 - 79.2%
- Traffic Alert for Richmond: Although traffic is moving in both directions on Laburnum Avenue between Carolina Avenue and Vawter Avenue near Richmond International Raceway, Henrico County officials are encouraging fans to allow for extra time when attending thisweekend's NASCAR races at the track.
Henrico County crews have been working constantly to repair the damage on Laburnum Avenue since Tropical Storm Gaston hit last week. The right lane in each direction is still closed, leaving only two lanes for vehicles to pass. Henrico County officials are hoping to have a third lane open by Saturday's sold out Chevy Rock & Roll 400, where more than 107,000 fans are expected for the race.
"Since we have so many access routes to and from the track, Laburnum Avenue is generally one of the areas that we ask people to avoid anyway since the majority of our parking is on the north side of our property and not on the east side near where we have these challenges with the roadways" said track president Doug Fritz. "We are asking fans who must come in or leave the track via Laburnum Avenue to allow for extra time."
Fans are encouraged to take other routes to the track, including Richmond-Henrico Turnpike (Meadowbridge Road) and Chamberlayne Avenue (Rt. 301). Additional updates will be provided throughout the weekend at www.rir.com.(9-9-2004)
- Concerts at RIR: Officials from Richmond International Raceway, General Motors and Action Performance Companies announced recently that race fans attending the upcoming Chevy Rock & Roll 400 weekend September 9-11 will be treated to two free concerts surrounding the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. Fans who hold race tickets for the Emerson Radio 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday, September 10 will be able to see rising country music artist Big & Rich, while Collective Soul [a Jayski Fave] - holder of eight number one rock hits- will perform a track side show prior to the sold out Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Saturday, September 11.(RIR PR)(9-9-2004)
- Rumsfeld will attend RIR Cup race: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will be attending the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Nextel Cup event and participating in prerace ceremonies at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. RIR officials confirmed a formal announcement will be made today concerning the race, which is being held on the third anniversary of Sept. 11. Rumsfeld, who is attending his first NASCAR race, will become the second member of the Bush administration welcomed at a Cup race this year. President Bush gave the command to start engines at the season-opening Daytona 500.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-8-2004)
- Four Major Races in Three Nights at RIR: One of the most anticipated weekends of NASCAR racing is quickly approaching Richmond International Raceway. A quadruple header of Racing Perfection "under the lights" kicks off on Thursday, September 9, with the inaugural Crown Royal IROC Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Kroger 200. The NASCAR Busch Series cars drop the green flag Friday night for part three of this exciting weekend. And the moment fans across the country have been waiting for-the final race to determine which ten drivers make the cut for the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup"-will be decided in Saturday's Chevy Rock & Roll 400.(more at the RIR site)(9-7-2004)
- RIR Truck Race gets a sponsor: Kroger, one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, announced it will be the title sponsor of the upcoming NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Richmond International Raceway. The Kroger 200 will run Thursday night, September 9 as part of a double header with the inaugural Crown Royal International Race of Champions (IROC) Series. Kroger, which sponsored the 2000 and 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events at Richmond International Raceway, is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kroger, which has more than 65 retail stores in the commonwealth of Virginia, partners with Richmond International Raceway as the track celebrates the running of their 10th NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The Kroger 200 is set to run "under the lights" with the green flag drop scheduled for 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, September 9. Race tickets, which are only $30, include the inaugural short track event for the Crown Royal IROC Series, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information, fans can call 1-866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com.(RIR PR)(9-7-2004)
- President Bush at RIR? UPDATE - No?: hearing President Bush will attend the Nextel Cup race at Richmond International Raceway on 9/11/2004 and that security for the race will be heightened even more since the race falls on 9/11, the three year anniversary of the attacks.(7-5-2004)
UPDATE - No? Denied: Rumors persist inside the NASCAR traveling show that President George W. Bush will be at Richmond for the 9/11 race, going there straight from Ground Zero in New York. Officials keep denying it or hedging, but the grapevine has it that the denials are all to keep the Secret Service happy by stifling advance notice.(Orlando Sentinel)
AND Flat out No: Contrary to previous reports from other news outlets, President George Bush will not visit the Richmond International Speedway next weekend on September 11th.(Motorsport.com)(9-4-2004)
- Richmond dries out/Daytona getting ready UPDATE 2 on RIR: As work crews deal with flooding at and around Richmond International Raceway in the wake of Tropical Storm Gaston, crews at Daytona International Speedway are "battening down the hatches" as Hurricane Frances approaches. Gaston dumped a foot of rain on Richmond, Va., on Monday, forcing local officials to condemn several blocks of the downtown area. At the speedway, there was flooding and a loss of power for about a day. "We're surviving," said Keith Green, the track's director of public relations. "We had no power and there was some flooding. Those pictures you saw of cars floating in the flooding was less than six blocks from here. We were lucky, track-wise. But it's still an absolute mess, an absolute mess." Green said many of the roadways leading into the speedway were still closed Wednesday as the raceway continued to prepare for next week's Busch and Nextel Cup series races. Also, many of the buildings in the infield of the three-quarter-mile speedway were flooded during the storm. While the speedway was without power Tuesday, Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett and Terry Labonte still managed to complete a test session for the Chevy Rock N Roll 400 on Sept. 11. Daytona International Speedway was spared major damage from Hurricane Charley three weeks ago, but the racetrack wasn't dropping its guard as Frances looms. If the storm continues on its current track, it should make landfall in Florida between Vero Beach and Jacksonville on Saturday morning. That puts Daytona Beach in the middle of the projected path.(Augusta Chronicle)
AND an update frpm RIR's PR folks - the cars floating down the street happened six blocks from the PR person's house, not the track. RIR did have minor flooding in their office, but not in the track infield. Lastly, in addition to the Busch and Cup races at RIR are hosting next week. they are also hosting a Truck race and the first ever IROC race on a short track. More info on these races can be found at www.rir.com.(9-2-2004)
UPDATE 2; The Richmond International Raceway property survived Tropical Storm Gaston's devastating, intense rainfall that dumped as much as 14 inches of rain in some areas of Richmond this past Monday night. The track's administrative offices and a few other buildings on the property sustained minor water damage and the entire facility lost power for the majority of the day on Tuesday. Several NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series teams still managed to test on Tuesday, as back-up generator power supplied the electricity for the gas pumps. The other damage to the property was part of a tram road that was washed out by the storm and some fencing that was knocked down. Those repairs will be completed before on-track activity starts on Thursday, September 9. "If we had to race tomorrow, we would be ready," said track president Doug Fritz. "We do not anticipate any disruption in our race events due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston. After assessing our entire property, including our parking lots, over the last couple of days and again this morning, we have held up very, very well. It's been a challenging few days for the entire Richmond community, but Richmond International Raceway will be ready for the biggest race weekend in our history. Honestly, we were lucky," Fritz continued. "There are other individuals and businesses in Richmond that are not as fortunate, including one of our own employees, who had extensive damage to his home and lost just about everything in it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to family members who lost loved ones or those who have lost their homes or other property."
Tropical Storm Gaston is responsible for at least five deaths, has caused an estimated $15 million in damage and has forced more than 100 sections of roads to close. Portions of two moderately-traveled roads leading to the track are currently closed, including U.S. Highway 301 (in nearby Hanover County at Kersey Creek) and Creighton Road (between Dabbs House Road and Gordon Lane). Both of those roads are northeast of Richmond International Raceway and while they are not part of the normal race-day traffic pattern, race fans should remember that these roads will probably not be passable in those areas and they should seek alternate routes.
"We do not anticipate significant changes to our traffic pattern related to these weather issues, but we do want our fans to be as prepared as possible when they leave their homes for the races," Fritz continued. "Right now, these road closures are a minor inconvenience and we are hoping there is no further damage to these or other roads. But if we have more storms or road conditions deteriorate for some reason, it may make things more challenging for people driving to the track. So we are asking our fans to please double check our website before they leave home and to tune into the traffic reports on the radio as they reach the Richmond area."
NOTE Next week, before they leave home, fans should continue to check www.rir.com and the Richmond Times-Dispatch for the latest updates on road conditions and any potential changes to the track's traffic pattern. Once fans arrive in the Richmond area for the races, they can tune into the following Clear Channel radio stations for the latest traffic updates:
For Thursday, September 9 and Friday, September 10 only:
Radio Station Traffic ReportTimes
98.1 FM Lite 98 4:17 p.m. to 5:47 p.m.
910 AM WRNL 3:18 p.m. to 6:18 p.m.
1140 AM WRVA 12:05 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For Saturday, September 11 only:
Radio Station Traffic Report Times
102.1 FM The X Noon-7:00 p.m., :20 and :50 minutes past the hour
910 AM WRNL Noon-7:00 p.m., :20 and :50 minutes past the hour
For tickets and information, fans can call 1-866-455-RACE (7223) or log onto www.rir.com.(RIR PR)(9-3-2004)
- Former Racetrack Commemorated: While NASCAR's elite series is in Richmond on Sept. 11 preparing for the race that will decide who competes for the Nextel Cup championship, a group of race fans will be in Augusta commemorating one of the city's great old tracks. The site of the old Augusta International Raceway road course is being developed into a public park complete with ballfields, a library and community center, but a group of racing enthusiasts is being allowed to place a monument to the track and its former stars on the property. The track hosted a race for the circuit now known as Nextel Cup on Nov. 17, 1963. At that time the track was a state-of-the-art, three-mile road course, but it only held the one Cup race in '63. That 417-mile event is significant in NASCAR history because it was the last ever won by Fireball Roberts.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution), more info about the track at augustainternationalraceway.com, the Dedication will be on Sept 11, 2004, former drivers Rex White and Frank Warren are scheduled to attend.(8-8-2004)
- IROC Test at Richmond, may have to shorten the race: The International Race of Champions will hold a critical test at Richmond International Raceway on May 17-19 to determine car setups and a race length for the all-star circuit's first event on a short track. IROC events, which match drivers from the IRL, NASCAR and World of Outlaws in identically prepared stock cars, typically are 100 miles. Series President Jay Signore expects the Sept. 9 race at RIR probably won't top 75 miles, or about 100 laps around the 0.75-mile oval. "We've got a one-hour TV program," Signore said. "We can't go more than 45 minutes of racing, so we probably can't go 100 miles. We'll factor in the fuel mileage, tire life and TV time and see how it all works out." Richmond is the third of four stops on the IROC schedule. The series will hold its second race of 2004 - and its first at Texas Motor Speedway - at 9 p.m. today. SPEED will telecast the race.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(4-2-2004)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Richmond International Raceway
- Sauter returns to Cup with RCR: Mag-Lite Flashlights and Johnny Sauter are teaming together this weekend to light up the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Sauter will be driving the #33 Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Mag-Lite Chevrolet with additional support from the GM Card. Sauter will have backing from Mag-Lite and the GM Card for both the Richmond and Phoenix Nextel Cup Series events. Known for its excellent design, the Mag-Lite flashlight was introduced in 1979. Police officers, firefighters, and mechanics quickly spread the word about the rugged, reliable anodized aluminum flashlight, which would change the portable lighting industry forever. Often referred to as the "Work of Art that Works," the Mag-Lite and Mini Maglite flashlights have received many prestigious honors and awards. Mag-Lite is also proud to be a leader in the current renaissance in American manufacturing. All Mag-Lite products are made domestically and bear the "Made In The USA" tagline. Sauter identifies with the "Made In The USA" tagline as the youngest of 12 brothers and sisters from the Midwest, but he might better
identify with the tagline, "Racing at Richmond." Sauter will be a busy man this weekend driving in all three NASCAR events (Trucks, Busch and Cup) at RIR.(Mag-Lite PR/Co-Pilott Motorsports Marketing), Sauter also mentioned on FSN's Totally NASCAR that he may run the #33 in the NHIS Cup race next week if the car comes out of Richmond intact.(9-8-2004)
- Hmiel to run more races for Davis: Bill Davis Racing, has hired Shane Hmiel to run five Cup races this season beginning with Sunday's Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway and hopes to sign him to a full-year deal for next year.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
AND one of the races will be at Richmond International Speedway.(BDR Site)(9-3-2004)
- Green-White-Checker OFFICIAL and: A “green-white-checkered” finish format will be used for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series beginning with next weekend’s races at New Hampshire International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced today. “The green-white-checkered format is an attempt to achieve everyone’s goals – a green-flag finish,” NASCAR President Mike Helton said. “This change hopefully will provide competitive finishes in the relatively rare occasions it is warranted. This format has been successful in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and considering the tight competition week in and week out in the other two national series, we feel the time is right to use the same procedure in all three national series.”
The new procedure will consist of a restart of two laps – green flag for the first lap of the restart and the white flag signaling the final lap leading to the checkered flag. All additional laps will be counted and scored. The new format will not guarantee a green-flag finish. Only one restart under the “green-white-checkered” format will be attempted. If a caution comes out during that period, the race will be complete. This procedure will eliminate the need for a red flag in the final laps to immediately stop the race in an attempt to finish under green-flag conditions. The announcement expands the single attempt “green-white-checkered” format to all three of NASCAR’s national series, beginning next week.(NASCAR PR), for the Truck Series, who have had this procedure since it started, in 48 races with a G-W-C, 6 times has the lead changed [12.5%](Speed Channel)(7-15-2004)
AND - Trucks Change too: Until now, the trucks have been allowed to run multiple green-flag restarts to determine a winner. That will end after the race at Gateway. Cup races will be allowed only one re-start, and NASCAR will enforce that rule in all three series. Thus, a finish under caution is possible if an accident occurs on the final two laps.(St Louis Post Dispatch)(7-17-2004)
- See the 2004 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
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||#18 Paint Scheme Page
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||AOL - “Big & Rich”
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- AOL Scheme at RIR: Jeff Burton’s #30 AOL Chevrolet will exchange its normal blue and yellow paint scheme this weekend at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) for a psychedelic blue and black design as part of Chevrolet’s Rock & Roll 400 promotion. Country music band “Big & Rich” will adorn the hood and quarter panels of the car for the Saturday night event. Big & Rich has been nominated for two Country Music Association awards for Best New Group of the Year and Duo of the Year. Their album “Horse of a Different Colour” currently sits atop the Billboard Country Charts.(RCR PR)(9-9-2004)
- #8 to promote boxing at RIR: Budweiser, sponsor of the #8 NEXTEL Cup car with driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., will promote the boxing battle royale for the undisputed middleweight championship of the world between Oscar de la Hoya and Bernard Hopkins with a decal on the Bud Chevrolet this weekend. The decal will ride on the decklid of the Bud car for Saturday night's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond. Budweiser is presenting the fight, which can be seen on Pay-Per-View Saturday night, September 18.(fingerprint/Busweiser PR)(9-7-2004)
- Different look for Bobby Labonte at Daytona: Wellbutrin XL, a medicine indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder in patients 18 years and older, will serve as the primary sponsor for the #18 Chevrolet that Bobby Labonte drives this weekend at Daytona. Wellbutrin XL served as primary sponsor March 28 at Bristol and April 25 at Talladega and will serve as the main sponsor at Chicagoland (July 11), Michigan (Aug. 22), California (Sept. 5), Richmond (Sept. 11) and Atlanta (Oct. 31). The car is blue and yellow, not purple as it was ay Bristol and Talladega.(JGR Site)(7-2-2004)
- Harvick and KISS at RIR: #29-Kevin Harvick in Cup, #6-Matt Crafton in Trucks and #2-Ron Hornaday in the Busch Series will run paint schemes adorning the rock group [and Jayski fave - 24 CD's] KISS. These special paints are scheduled to be run at the Chevy Rock and Roll weekend at Richmond in September. See an image of the #29 on my #29 Team Paint Schemes page.(6-11-2004)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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