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- Race: Saturday, May 5, 2007 in Richmond, VA
- Title Sponsor/Link: Crown Royal
- Track: Richmond International Raceway
- TV: FOX 7:00pm/et
- FOX Pre-Race Show: FOX - 7:00pm/et - with hosts Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- Speed's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Green Flag Scheduled: 7:25pm/et
- Race Re-Air: Thursday, February 29 at 3:00pm/et on Speed
- Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
- Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
- Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond
- TV Listings and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
- Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius
Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio
- Purse/Race Awards: $5,032,994 (was $4,931,502 in 2006)
- Happy Hour Practice [ONE PRACTICE]: Friday, May 4, 11:15 - 1:00pm/et on TV-SPEED
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, May 4, 10:15am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, May 4 at 6:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 3:00am/et; AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
- NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race
Friday, May 4th
8:00 AM Ticket Windows & Grandstand Gates Open
8:30 AM - 9:40AM NBS Practice
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM NBS Rookie Practice
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Fan Fest Presented by Chevrolet Open
10:10 AM - 11:10 AM NBS Final Practice
10:15 AM NNCS Rookie & Spotter Meetings & Drawing for Qualifying Order
11:15 AM - 1:00 PM NNCS Final Practice
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Party Zone Pre-Race Pit Pass Access
2:00 PM TORQUE Club and Suites Open
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM Party Zone Open
2:30 PM - 7:00 PM Hospitality Pre-Race Pit Pass Access
2:30 PM Corporate Hospitality Pavilion Open
4:05 PM Pole Qualifying for Busch Series Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI (2 laps, all positions)
5:45 PM NBS Driver / Crew Chief Meeting (Tent)
6:10 PM Wawa Pole Qualifying for Nextel Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400
(2 laps, all positions)
7:30 PM NBS Driver Introductions/Pre-Race Activities
8:00 PM Start of Busch Series Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI race
Saturday, May 5th
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Fan Fest Presented by Chevrolet Open
2:00 PM Grandstand Gates Open
2:00 PM TORQUE Club and Suites Open
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM Green Flag Zone Open
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM Green Flag Zone and Hospitality Pre-Race Pit Pass Access
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM Corporate Hospitality Pavilion & Cintas Pit Stop Club Open
3:00 PM NNCS Garage Opens
7:00 PM NNCS Driver Introductions/Pre-Race Activities
7:30 PM Start of Nextel Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400
NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
NBS = NASCAR Busch Series
NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
***** Tentative and Subject to Change*****
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires:
Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
Busch Series: Left-side -- 600, Right-side -- 600
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4104; Right-side -- D-4106
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 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 -- 13 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 85-95 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).
Notes: Both the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series will run the same tire codes
at Richmond this weekend . . . teams in these two series ran this tire setup
with great results just two weeks ago at Phoenix . . . this exact combination is
also scheduled to be run at New Hampshire June 29-July 1 . . . as on most NASCAR
ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires
- Johnson wins at Richmond: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway for his 4th win of 2007 and 27th of his career. The race was scheduled to run Saturday night, but was rained out and run today, May 6th. Johnson beat teammate #5-Kyle Busch. The rest of the top-10 were: #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #2-Busch [highest finishing Dodge], #12-Newman, #29-Harvick, #20-Stewart, #07-Bowyer and #17-Kenseth [highest finishing Ford]. #22-Blaney was the highest finishing Toyota at 11th. Another tought day for #9-Kahne, who wrecked late and finished 40th. Jeff Gordon's points lead increases to 211 over Johnson. #31-Jeff Burton, who started the race 2nd in points, finished last/43rd and dropped to 5th in the points standings. Hendrick Motorsports now has 7 wins in the 10 races this season and has won all four COT races. There were 14 cautions for 80 laps and 12 drivers lead the race with 24 lead changes
Race Results on my Richmond Race Results/Awards Page.
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Richmond page.(5-6-2007)
- Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standing after Richmond [10 of 36 races]:
#24-Jeff Gordon 1691
#48-Jimmie Johnson 1480 -211
#17-Matt Kenseth 1431 -260
#11-Denny Hamlin 1359 -332
#31-Jeff Burton 1352 -339
#5-Kyle Busch 1229 -462
#20-Tony Stewart 1225 -466
#29-Kevin Harvick 1203 -488
#2-Kurt Busch 1198 -493
#07-Clint Bowyer 1159 -532
#99-Carl Edwards 1131 -560
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1118 -573
#01-Mark Martin is 14th, only ran 7 races
#42-Juan Montoya is 21st
#9-Kasey Kahne is 32nd
For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(5-6-2007)
- Rumblings - Richmond Race Notes: Jimmie Johnson outsprinted teammate Kyle Busch in a 20 lap dash to the
checkers today and took the Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Run one day late due to rain last night, it didn't seem to matter to the Hendrick boyz cause they continue to own these C-O-T events. This was the 4th win of the season for Johnson, and the 27th of his Nextel Cup career (he's now solo in 22nd all-time). Win #156 for Hendrick Motorsports (and 6th in the last 7 races) was worth $244,386 from the $5M in posted awards.
Ryan Newman (6th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Infineon last June.
Dave Blaney (11th) had his best finish since he was 9th at Loudon last September.
J. J. Yeley (14th) had his best finish since he was 13th at California in February.
Dave Reutimann (29th) had his best finish since he was 22nd at Lowe's in October of 2005.
A. J. Allmendinger (32nd) has his career-best finish today. His previous best was 38th at Martinsville last month.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 6 Top-5's in a row. Jimmy Johnson has 4 Top-5's in the last 5 races. Denny Hamlin has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races. Matt Kenseth has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Kyle Busch (+32), followed by brother Kurt Busch (+28 ), Paul Menard (+27), Ryan Newman (+24), and Kevin Harvick (+20). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Kasey Kahne (-35), followed by Scott Riggs (-27), Ricky Rudd (-26), and Martin Truex Jr (-20). This is BD #3 for Kahne....he's tied with Riggs for the lead in that negative stat.
Tony Raines led today for the first time since he led three times for 28 circuits at Lowe's last October. He's the 38th different driver to lead a lap this season.....last year we had 48 different leaders.
No move-ups in the Top-35 in Owner Points this week, but Ricky Rudd falls to 35th.....just 34 points ahead of Scott Riggs.
Wholesale changes in the driver point standings this week....except at the top. Jeff Gordon's lead over new second place driver Jimmie Johnson is now 211. Every position but two changed in the Top-35! Ryan Newman (23rd to 19th) made the best move forward, while Jamie McMurray (7th to 13th) fell the most spots....and below the "Chase" line as well. Dale Earnhardt Jr is now in the hunt for the Cup replacing McMurray.(Stock Car Fans)(5-6-2007)
- Richmond Race Notes/Facts:
.. Jimmie Johnson won the Crown Royal presents The Jim Stewart 400, his 27th victory in 193 Nextel Cup Series races.
.. This is his fourth victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2007 – all top-fives. He has accumulated a potential 40 bonus points should he qualify for the 2007 Chase for the Nextel Cup.
.. This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 11 races at Richmond.
.. Kyle Busch (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in as many races at Richmond.
.. This is the fourth 1-2 finish for Hendrick Motorsports this season. The previous three involved Johnson and Jeff Gordon. It is the third consecutive victory for Hendrick.
.. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at his hometown track. He finished second in this race in 2006.
.. This was just the second daytime race at Richmond since 1999. In May 2002, the race was also postponed until Sunday afternoon.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-6-2007)
(as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)
- The Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway:
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens), lap leaders, cars out, cautions, lucky dogs and some notes
after 400 of 400 laps:
car#, driver-manu, (starting spot)(laps led)
#48-Johnson-C (4)(104 laps led) +0.723 seconds lead
#5-Busch-C (34)(28 laps led)
#11-Hamlin-C (6)(12 laps led)
#24-Gordon-C (1)(115 laps led)
#2-Busch-D (33)(22 laps led)
#12-Newman-D (30)(1 laps led)
#29-Harvick-C (27)(103 laps led)
#20-Stewart-C (22)(1 laps led)
#17-Kenseth-F (28)(1 laps led)
C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie
- Pit Selection Chart page at:
FoxSports - Richmond Pit Stall Selection
- Cars on the lead lap: 21 (of 43 starters)
- Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 96,14,66,45,42
- Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 19,1,00,10,46,84,13,7,70,78,26
- Cars on the track: 37 (of 43 starters)
- Off track/out of race (6) and reason:
- Laps Leaders Unofficial (12 leaders with 24 lead changes):
#24-Gordon (114, pole)
- Lap leaders: #24-Gordon - pole; #24-Gordon 1-31; #48-Johnson 32-42; #2-Busch 43; #24-Gordon 44-62; #96-Raines 63; #24-Gordon 64-127; #11-Hamlin 128-129; #29-Harvick 130-143; #11-Hamlin 144; #29-Harvick 145-162; #11-Hamlin 164-171; #29-Harvick 172-205; #2-Busch 206; #12-Newman 207; #20-Stewart 208; #17-Kenseth 209-211; #01-Martin 212-213; #29-Harvick 214-252; #22-Blaney 255-254; #2-Busch 255-279; #48-Johnson 280-294; #5-Busch 295; #48-Johnson 296-354; #5-Busch 355-380; #48-Johnson 381-400;
Cautions: 14 for 80 laps
Caution 14 - Laps 373 - 380: three wide into turn 4, #22-Blaney locked up his brakes, then #14-Marlin into #4-Burton sending Burton into #88-Rudd, the #88 and #4 nosed into the frontstretch wall, #20-Stewart caught the end of the #4. #1-Truex Jr. slowed and got spun by #84-Allmendinger, sending the #1 thru the frontstretch grass.
Caution 13 - Laps 364 - 367: #40-Stremme cut down a right front tire and smacked the turn 1 wall
Caution 12 - Laps 358 - 361: #66-Green got into #16-Biffle, sending the #16 into the turn 3 wall. doing damage to the rear end
Caution 11 - Laps 350 - 354: #78-Wallace stopped on the track on the backstretch, with electrical problems
Caution 10 - Laps 338 - 342: Debris on the backstretch, looked like a piece of bumper cover or something like that.
Caution 9 - Laps 318 - 322: Debris in turn 1, a piece of metal in the groove, clearly shown on TV
Caution 8 - Laps 286 - 291: #66-Green locked up the brakes, went up into #8-Earnhardt Jr. in turn 3, spinning the #8 around
Caution 7 - Laps 279 - 284: #38-Gilliland and #46-Benson made contact off turn 2, spinning Gilliland who hit the inside backstretch wall on the right rear.
Caution 6 - Laps 252 - 260: #18-Yeley bounced off the turn 2 wall
Caution 5 - Laps 120 - 124: #12-Newman got into #42-Montoya who shot into #70-Sauter in turn 2, both spun up towards the wall.
Caution 4 - Laps 104 - 109: #19-Sadler spun on the frontstretch after losing a right front tire
Caution 3 - Laps 57 - 62: #26-McMurray lost a right front tire, smacked the wall, couldn't get off the track and shredded a tire, leaving debris on the track
Caution 2 - Laps 42 - 46: competition caution thrown by NASCAR to check tires and setups
Caution 1 - Laps 6 - 11: #70-Sauter slid up into #25-Mears in turn 4, Mears spun, #2-Busch locked up the brakes, spun and went down a lap, #41-Sorenson stopped so not to hit Busch.
- Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
Caution 14: none
Caution 13: #01-Martin, 17th
Caution 12: #25-Mears, 18th
Caution 11: #41-Sorenson, 21st
Caution 10: #15-Menard, 16th
Caution 9: #40-Stremme, 38th
Caution 8: #18-Yeley, 14th
Caution 7: #43-Labonte, 15th
Caution 6: none as #18-Yeley was eligible, but was the cause for the caution
Caution 5: #78-Wallace, 39th
Caution 4: #84-Allmendinger, 32nd
Caution 3: none as #26-McMurray was eligible, but was the cause for the caution
Caution 2: #2-Busch, 5th
Caution 1: #7-Gordon, 34th
See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
Lucky Dog page.
- Richmond Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
1 #7 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 17
2 #7 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 43
3 #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 56
4 #19 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 104
5 #70 TE Running the stop & go sign/light 123
6 #29 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 253
7 #29 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 254
8 #9 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 254
9 #78 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 287
10 #4 TE Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon 319
11 #13 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 350
12 #16 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 357
13 #42 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 372
14 #42 TE Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon 372
15 #84 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 373
PT - Pass through
TE - Tail end of the longest line
SG - Stop and Go
OL - One lap
ND - NASCAR discretion
MCI - Must come into pits.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-6-2007)
- RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
---- on lap 334, #10-Riggs came in for an unscheduled pit stop, with brake problems
---- on lap 332, #84-Allmendinger slapped the turn 2 wall, but drove on ok
---- during the 9th caution, all 18 lead lap cars came into to pit, all took 4 tires and fuel, except #22-Blaney who took 2 right side tires and came out 3rd
---- on lap 304, #9-Kahne squeezed #40-Stremme up into the wall, Kahne hooked and snacked the wall doing heavy front end danage, but Kahne drove on and there was no caution, but debris was left on the track
---- on lap 301, #13-Nemechek lost a right front tire and scraped the wall and headed to the pits, no caution
---- during the 7th caution, #2-Busch, who was leading, came in to pit, 7 drivers on the lead lap [17 cars]. stayed out, #'s 48,5,24,11,20,16,40
---- during the 6th caution, leader #29-Harvick was coming out of his pit and #6-Ragan was coming in, they made contact, #29 has right front nose, #6 spun into pit, the crew made the pit stop with Ragan backwards, Ragan then spun himself out of the pit and back onto the track, then Harvick was caught speeding on pit road.
---- during scheduled green flag stop around lap 210, #66-Green came in to pit after running in the top 10 all day and was missing a lugnut and had to come back in the next lap and lost lap.
---- leader #29-Harvick came in to pit on lap 206, after things cycled around, Harvick was back in the lead on lap 215
---- around lap 200, regular green flag pit stops stated, with #40-Stremme, #99-Edwards and #8-Earnhardt Jr. the first lead lap cars coming in for gas and tired
---- around lap 145, #26-McMurray is back on the track after the crew made repairs to the suspension
---- on lap 143, #31-Burton retired from the race with a broken motor
---- during the 5th caution, #70-Sauter drove away from the pits with a saw attached [DeWalt], was held a lap for running the stop sign at the end of pit road.
---- on lap 52, #10-Riggs fell off the pace when his ignition shut off, he switched to the backup and picked speed back up.
---- during the 2nd caution, all the lead lap cars came in to pit.
---- #7-Gordon was then penalized for speeding on pit road and had to do a pass-thru penalty and lost yet another lap
---- on lap 15, #7-Gordon cut down another tire and had to pit, has some sort of problem as this is the 2nd right front tire he has cut down
---- many cars came in to pit suring the 1st caution, none were allowed to fuel the cars as NASCAR is not allowing the teams until lap 40
---- green flag at 1:16pm/et
---- NASCAR will throw a competition caution at lap 40
---- re-command to start engines at 1:09pm/et by Jim Stewart
---- National Anthem by April Lee
---- Because they did not get a green flag lap in, the race will start from scratch tomorrow, rather than starting from where the red flag came out.
---- The race has been officially postponed by NASCAR. It will be run at 1:00pm/et Sunday and the forecast looks better for then.
---- Mike Helton, interviewed on MRN at 8:35pm/et, said NASCAR is monitoring the radar, but gave no timeline for any decision. They would ideally like to be drying the track by 9pm/et and racing by 10pm/et. If the race is rained out, he expects a 1:00pm/et start Sunday.
---- Rain continues at 8:20pm/et and dryers are not on the track.
---- The rain/mist doesn't stop so NASCAR threw the red flag at 7:59pm/et on lap 13.
---- NASCAR was prepared to green flag the race on lap 8, but rain picked up just before that and the start was waived off. It's not raining enough to reg flag the race, but raining too much to go green.
---- the race started under a green/yellow while the jet dryers finished drying the track
---- green flag at 7:47pm/et
---- Jet dryers moved out on the track to dry up a few spots before the race started
---- command to start engines at 7:38pm/et by Jim Stewart
---- Military Flyover: none
---- National Anthem by Marine Drum and Bugle Corp
---- Moment of silence for Virginia Tech, Benny Parsons, and Bobby Hamilton
---- To The Back : none reported
---- weather = cloudy, 80% chance of rain, 55°, track temp ?° wind 10-15mph
---- #46-Johnny Benson was interviewed on Speed Channel during driver introductions wearing a 360 OTC firesuit.
- NASCAR to throw caution at lap 40: NASCAR will throw a competition caution at lap 40 of the Crown Royal/Jim Stewart 400 today at Richmond International Raceway. The caution will allow teams to adjust their cars and check their tires as they race on a green track following heavy rains Saturday night, which postponed the 400-lap event until today. Teams will not be allowed to re-fuel until that caution, according to the NASCAR rulebook on competition caution procedure. There is no rain in the forecast for the Richmond area, with the high predicted of 65 degrees.(SceneDaily.com)(5-6-2007)
- Rain postpones race until Sunday: Steady rain at Richmond International Raceway has postponed the Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The race will now be run at 1:00pm/et on Sunday and be broadcast live on Fox. The grandstand gates at the track, along with suites and the TORQUE Club, will open at 10:00 a.m. Sunday. The parking lots will open at 6:30 a.m. Rain stopped long enough during the afternoon for the track to be dried. The race started under a green/yellow and ran 12 laps under caution before being red flagged. Because the race had not run any laps under green, they will restart at lap 1 on Sunday.(5-5-2007)
- Jeff Gordon wins pole at Richmond: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 126.251mph. for his 5th pole of 2007, his third pole in a row, and the 61st of his career. The rest of the top 10 are #99-Edwards, #10-Riggs, #48-Johnson, #9-Kahne, #11-Hamlin, #8-Earnhardt, Jr., #1-Truex, Jr., #01-Martin, and #22-Blaney. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were #10-Riggs, #22-Blaney, #84-Allmendinger, #00-Reutimann, #4-W. Burton, #78-K. Wallace, #46-Johnny Benson (driving for Wyler Racing), and #15-Menard. #44-Jarrett was 47th fastest and was out of past champion provisionals. He missed his first race in 424 races. See the qualifying results/starting lineup on my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(5-4-2007)
- Seven do not qualify for the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway: #83-Vickers, #21-Schrader, #55-Waltrip, #36-Mayfield, #3-Jarrett, #37-Lepage, and #49-Bliss.(5-4-2007)
- Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #24-Gordon, 126.251, starts 1st
Ford: #99-Edwards, 125.657, starts 2nd
Dodge: #10-Riggs, 125.599, starts 3rd
Toyota: #22-Blaney, 125.000, starts 10th
- Qualifying Notes:
Jeff Gordon won the Bud Pole for the Crown Royal presents The Jim Stewart 400, lapping Richmond International Raceway in 21.386 seconds at 126.251 mph.
.. This is Gordon’s 61st Bud Pole 483 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. He remains fourth on the all-time Bud Pole winners list – nine behind third place Cale Yarborough (70).
.. This is Gordon’s fifth Bud Pole and eighth top-10 start in 2007. He also started first at Texas Motor Speedway when qualifying was canceled.
.. This is Gordon’s fifth Bud Pole at Richmond. He has started from the top 10 in 23 of his 29 races here.
.. The most recent driver to win three consecutive Bud Poles was Ryan Newman, who posted four in a row from Oct. 16, through Nov. 7, 2004.
.. Carl Edwards (second) posted just his third top-10 start of the 2007 season and his best since he won the Bud Pole for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2005.
.. Scott Riggs (third) has started from the top 10 in seven races this season, including each of the past three. This is his best start since he started second at Homestead in 2006.
.. Dale Jarrett failed to qualify, ending a streak of 424 consecutive races that dated to North Wilkesboro on Oct. 2, 1994.(NASCAR PR)(5-4-2007)
- Ramblings - Richmond Qualifying Notes: Jeff Gordon took the Bud Pole tonight for tomorrow night's Crown Royal presents the Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway...and he made it a three-peat. His time of 21.386 (126.251 mph) was good enough for his 5th top-spot of the season and 61st of his Nextel Cup career.
Carl Edwards (2nd) has his best starting spot since he had the pole at Homestead in November of 2005.
Scott Riggs (3rd) has his best starting spot since he had the outside pole at Homestead in November of 2006.
A. J. Allmendinger (13th) has his career-best starting spot this weekend. His previous best was 40th at Martinsville last month.
David Reutimann (14th) ties his career-best starting position. He also started 14th last week at Talladega.
Welcome Back Johnny Benson (31st). This is his first start since Atlanta in October of 2005 when he lined up 19th and finished 28th.
Got a first this week. All five Rookie of the Year Candidates have made the field....first time this season we've seen that.
STREAKIN....Jeff Gordon has 7 Top-5 starts in a row.
Denny Hamlin has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.
Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
Well, Dale Jarrett lost his best friend this weekend (the Champions Provisional) and he's on the Trouble Train out of town early. The DNQ's this week were: Brian Vickers, Ken Schrader, Michael Waltrip, Jeremy Mayfield, Jarrett, Kevin Lepage, and Mike Bliss.
(Stock Car Fans)(5-4-2007)
- COT: Car of Tomorroow: the is the 4th of 16 COT races in 2007, for more info on the COT see my:
COT News, Testings and Rumors Page
COT Images [before Bristol, during testing of the COT
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2007 at 6:10pm/et.
TV: SPEED - 6:00pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
Qualifying Re-Air: 3:00am/et
- Qualifying Order List for the Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway is up, 50 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #46-Benson is due out first on Friday, May 4 at 6:10pm/et on SPEED, last driver scheduled out is #13-Nemechek. For the Qualifying order, see my Richmond Qualifying Results/Order Page.(5-4-2007)
- NOTE on SPEEDS: Speeds on NASCAR.com, FOXSports and live on SPEED's TV coverage were wrong, there was some kind of glitch and speeds jumped up on some drivers. Been told that these are the correct speeds.(5-4-2007)
- The one and only practice for the Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the results:
slowest: #96-Raines 120.697 and #55-Waltrip 120.968
most laps run: #48-Johnson 81; #12-Newman 77
Track Qualifying Record = 129.983mph set in May 2004
See REVISED speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(5-4-2007)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Richmond
if things stayed the same, these drivers make the race:
#10-Scott Riggs, 1st
#22-Dave Blaney, 3rd
#00-David Reutimann, 9th
#36-Jeremy Mayfield, 11th
#84-A.J. Allmendinger, 17th
#83-Brian Vickers, 20th
#78-Kenny Wallace, 21st
#15-Paul Menard, 26th
if things stayed the same, these drivers miss the race:
#4-Ward Burton, 32nd
#46-Johnny Benson, 37th
#37-Kevin Lepage, 38th
#21-Ken Schrader, 40th
#44-Dale Jarrett, 44th [no champ prov left in 2007],
#49-Mike Bliss, 48th
#55-Michael Waltrip, 49th
See speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(5-4-2007)
- Entry List for the Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway is up, 50 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
these drivers who need to get in on speed and are NOT in a 2007 Top-35 Owners Points Position:
Not in top 35 of 2007 owners points (2007 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
#00-David Reutimann (9 attempts/45th in 2007 owners pts)
#4-Ward Burton (8/42)
#10-Scott Riggs (9/36)
#15-Paul Menard (9/39)
#21-Ken Schrader (9/37)
#22-Dave Blaney (9/40)
#36-Jeremy Mayfield (9/46)
#37-Kevin Lepage (9/47)
#44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs](9/38)
#46-Johnny Benson [Wyler Racing](0/0)
#49-Mike Bliss (9/44)
#55-Michael Waltrip (9/50)
#78-Kenny Wallace (9/43)
#83-Brian Vickers (won in 2006)(9/41)
#84-A.J. Allmendinger (9/48)
In the event that qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 83,44,10,21,15,22,78,49
missing the race would be : #'s 00,36,37,84,55,4 [only 8 race attempts],46
See the full list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List
- Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Richmond are set:
no team dropped out of the 35 or got into it, but the gap from 35th to 36th is closer
the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
31) #9-Kahne/Evernham 758, +102
32) #70-Sauter/Haas CNC Racing 743, +87
33) #45-Petty/Petty Enterprises 724, +68
34) #88-Rudd/Yates 711, +55
35) #25-Mears/Hendrick 663, +7pts ahead of 36th
these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #10-Riggs/Evernham 656, -7 pts behind 35th
37) #21-Schrader-Wood/Wood Brothers 597, -66
38) #44-Jarrett/Michael Waltrip Racing 591, -72 [out of champ provs]
39) #15-Menard/DEI 549, -114
40) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 548, -115
See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full rundown.(4-29-2007)
- No Racing to the Caution Rule and Q&A/Lucky Dog
- Jayski's - 2007 Nextel Cup Race Results 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
- 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).
- Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]
- Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)
TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- Gordon's start of season best ever? been asked, is #24-Jeff Gordon's 2007 start of the season after 9 races the best ever? I only looked back 20 years, but it was not. It is, however, the best since 1987, when Dale Earnhardt had 6 wins, 8 top-fives, 8 top-tens and 1555 points. But with the extra 10 points for winning a race [over 1987], Earnhardt would have 1605 points. Gordon has 2 wins, 7 top-fives, 8 top-tens and 1521 points after 9 races.(5-1-2007)
- After 9 races in 2004-2006 worst spot a future chaser was? with #9-Kasey Kahne, 31st in drivers championship points after 9 races, the question has been, after 9 races in the three previous Chase's, what was the worst spot a future Chaser [in that season] was in after the 9th race? In 2006 after the 9th race, #11-Hamlin was 19th in drivers points [and made it in the chase at 5th], in 2005 it was #17-Matt Kenseth who was 23rd [and made it in at 9th] after 9 races and in the first year of the Chase, 2004, Jeremy Mayfield [then in the #19, now in the #36] was 16th [and went into the chase at 9th]. The three drivers who won the last three Nextel Cup Championships were no deeper then 6th, that being #20-Tony Stewart. In 2006 #48-Jimmie Johnson was 1st and in 2004, #97-[now in the #2]-Kurt Busch was 4th after 9 races.(5-1-2007)
- COT Pts: the top 10 in drivers pts in the three COT races:
24-Jeff Gordon, 535 (1 wins)
5-Kyle Busch, 501 (1)
11-Denny Hamlin, 466
48-Jimmie Johnson, 465 (1)
31-Jeff Burton, 444
17-Matt Kenseth, 424
8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 417
20-Tony Stewart, 399
26-Jamie McMurray, 370
99-Carl Edwards, 369
- Richmond Active Streaks
• Greg Biffle has five consecutive top-10 finishes at Richmond and has started in the top 10 in
seven consecutive races.
• Kevin Harvick has two consecutive top-five finishes and has started in the top 10 in four
consecutive Richmond races.
• Kyle Busch has a 3.8 average finish in four races at Richmond International Raceway – the best
of any driver with more than one start there. Busch has posted top-five finishes in all four of his
appearances. He finished fourth in his first two Richmond races (2005) and fifth and second in
• Mark Martin has three consecutive top-10 starts at Richmond.(4-30-2007)
- May 2006 Race Winner: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 97.061mph, started 10th
- Sept 2006 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 101.342mph, started 5th
- 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)
- May 2006 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 127.395mph, finished 4th
- Sept 2006 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 127.986mph, finished 15th.
- Track Qualifying Record: Brian Vickers, May 2004, 129.983mph
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Richard Petty, March 1971, started 28th
- Most Races (all-time): 63 - Richard Petty
- Most Races (active): 54 - Richard Petty
- Most Wins (all-time): 13 - Richard Petty
- Most Wins (active): 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart
- Most Poles (all-time): 8 - Richard Petty, Bobby Allison
- Most Poles (active): 4 - Jeff Gordon
- Most Top 5s (all-time): 34 - Richard Petty
- Most Top 5s (active): 20 - Ricky Rudd
- Most Top 10s (all-time): 41 - Richard Petty
- Most Top 10s (active): 28 - Ricky Rudd
- Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 28 days, Sept 1991
- Youngest Winner: Richard 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, four times, most recently 9/9/2006
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 1 - 4/19/53
- Most Wins by Manufacturer: 30, Chevy; 28, Ford; 17, Dodge
- Races won from starting pos 1: 20 [of 101 races] 19.8%
- Races won from starting pos 2: 12
- Races won from starting pos 3: 14
- Races won from starting pos 4: 7
- Races won from starting pos 5: 4
- Races won from starting pos 6: 7
- Races won from starting pos 7: 10
- Races won from starting pos 8: 2
- Races won from starting pos 9: 2
- Races won from starting pos 10: 3
- 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: 57 of 101 - 56.4%
- Races won from the top 10: 81 of 101 - 80.2%
- Richmond Driver Averages:
Vegas Insider - Driver Averages
- Richmond Tidbits
• There have been 101 Nextel Cup races at Richmond International Raceway – one a
year in 1953 and two a year since 1970.
• Buck Baker won the first Nextel Cup Budweiser Pole at Richmond in 1953.
• Lee Petty won the first Nextel Cup race at Richmond.
• Bobby Labonte (1993) and Brian Vickers (2004) won their career-first pole at Richmond.
• Kasey Kahne (2005), Tony Stewart (1999) and Kyle Petty (1986) all won their first career race at
• There have been 46 different pole winners at Richmond; 24 have won more than one.
• There have been 43 different race winners at Richmond; 22 have more than one win there.
• In 1968 the track surface was changed from dirt to asphalt.
• Kyle Petty became the first third-generation Nextel Cup race winner when he won his
first Nextel Cup race on February 23, 1986. Richard posted his first Richmond victory
in 1961 and Lee won the very first Richmond race in 1953.
• The first night race was held in the fall of 1991. 1999 was the first season that both Richmond
races were held at night.
• Petty Enterprises has won 15 Richmond races – more than any other car owner. Thirteen of
those wins came from Richard Petty; two from Lee Petty.
• Hendrick Motorsports has won seven races at Richmond with four different drivers.
• Roush Fenway Racing has won four races at Richmond – all with a different driver.
• There have been 14 different pole winners in the past 14 races at Richmond.
• There have been 15 different winners over the last 18 Richmond Nextel Cup races.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (three) and Tony Stewart (two) are the only repeat winners there since 1997.
• Twenty of the 101 races at Richmond have been won from the pole, most recently by Kasey Kahne
• Thirteen of the past 15 races at Richmond have been won from a top-10 starting position.
• Richard Petty’s starting position of 28th in 1971 was the lowest starting position of a Richmond race
• There has never been a green-white-checkered finish at Richmond.(NASCAR)(4-30-2007)
- 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: 112,029
Grand Marshal: Jim Stewart
Command to start engines: Jim Stewart
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
National Anthem: Elliott Yamin [Sat]; April Lee [Sunday]
Military Flyover: none
- Track Homepage: rir.com
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Richmond International Raceway
- May 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page
- September 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page
- Cup race at RIR is sold out, 31st consecutive: After adding nearly 8,000 additional seats to Richmond International Raceway's frontstretch during the off-season, track President Doug Fritz announced today all grandstand seats for the Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 set for Saturday, May 5 "under the lights" have been sold. During the sellout streak, more than 2.4 million fans from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries have attended Nextel Cup Series events at RIR. The sellout marks the 31st straight Nextel Cup Series race that the grandstands will be full. The sellout streak at Richmond International Raceway reaches back 16 seasons to March 8, 1992 when Bill Elliott edged Alan Kulwicki for the win. Tickets for Friday night's Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI Busch Series race are available at www.rir.com or by calling the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR PR)(5-3-2007)
- RIR offers another parking option: Following the successful launch of the "Park and Ride" program from downtown Richmond at the Richmond Coliseum parking lot, fans attending Nextel Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway will now have another off-site option to park their cars and RVs. Starting with the Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 on Saturday, May 5, fans can also park their cars and RV's at The Showplace and take a free shuttle ride to Richmond International Raceway. The Showplace is conveniently located less than three miles from Richmond International Raceway at 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike and is just ¼-mile off of I-64 at exit 192. The cost for parking at The Showplace on Saturday, May 5 is just $5 per car and $25 per RV. The Showplace parking lot will open at 11:00 a.m. and offer a complimentary shuttle to and from the track beginning at Noon until after the checkered flag. The shuttle will operate continuously on Saturday with pick-up at the Showplace lot and drop-off at the main entrance to Richmond International Raceway at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. Throughout the day and after the checkered flag, the shuttle service will have pick-up service back at the main entrance of Richmond International Raceway at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. The Richmond Coliseum parking area at North 7th Street in downtown Richmond will also continue to be open and offer free shuttle rides to fans on Nextel Cup Series race days. The shuttle service back to the Coliseum parking area resumes immediately after the conclusion of the Saturday, May 5 race from the track's main entrance. The shuttle is free but a $6 parking fee applies at the Coliseum lot. For a detailed map of the area, fans can visit www.richmondcoliseum.net/visitor_parking.asp.(RIR)(5-1-2007)
- New Club and Grandstand at RIR Ready for Grand Opening: The new state-of-the-art TORQUE Club, part of the new Commonwealth Grandstand at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), is ready for business. With an incredible view of RIR and a breathtaking view of downtown Richmond, TORQUE and the new Commonwealth Grandstand will open to the public for the May 4-5 NASCAR doubleheader. The TORQUE Club, seats 700 people outside as part of the new Commonwealth Grandstand, while the inside of TORQUE has two full-service bars, buffet stations, a carving station, private restrooms and more than 60 FUNAI TV's as part of its 16,000-square feet of indoor, climate-controlled space. TORQUE is located on the middle level of RIR's new Commonwealth Grandstand, which is the cornerstone of the track's latest expansion project. The Commonwealth Grandstand is a 7,843-person, three-tiered structure that is two feet higher than the tower at Richmond International Airport, making it the tallest structure in Henrico County at 180-feet. In addition to the new Commonwealth Grandstand, construction crews removed 2,911 low-row seats in turns three and four. The net gain for 2007 is 4,932 seats, bringing the track's new capacity for 2007 to 112,029. A limited number of grandstand tickets are still available for the Crown Royal Presents The Jim Stewart 400 Nextel Cup Series race (Saturday, May 5). Tickets are also still available for the Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI Busch Series race (Friday, May 4). Additionally, fan hospitality passes are available for Saturday's Green Flag Zone and Friday's Party Zone. Tickets and information are available by calling the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 1-866-455-7223 or visiting www.rir.com.(RIR PR)(4-27-2007)
- RIR to remain an impound race: Nextel Cup teams better make good use of their car of tomorrow test April 3-4 at Richmond International Raceway because they won't get separate qualifying and race practice when they go there for the May 4-5 race weekend.
Richmond remains an impound race, just as it was for both races last year, NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said Friday. The Friday-Saturday schedule of the Richmond weekend allows for the impound procedure - where there is no practice between qualifying and the race - to make the schedule a little less hectic. While Richmond remains an impound race, when the teams go the following week to Darlington Raceway, they will not have their cars impounded. Darlington was not an impound race last year. Darlington also will be a COT race, and that will be the first COT race at a track longer than a mile [1.36miles].(SceneDaily.com)(3-25-2007)
- Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400 at RIR: For the first time in history, a major sporting event will depict the name of a fan. As part of a ceremony held today, Fri., Feb. 16 at Daytona International Speedway, Crown Royal awarded Jim Stewart from Houma, La., the naming rights to the spring Nextel Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway (RIR), which will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2007. As part of the Crown Royal "Your Name Here 400" promotion, Stewart's name will shine "under the lights" at RIR and will forever be engraved into the archives of sports history as the race's official title - "Crown Royal presents the Jim Stewart 400." Much like other race entitlement sponsorships, Stewart's name will be recognized by broadcast and media partners as the race's official title. As guest of honor, Stewart will wave the green flag to start the race, as well as participate in the check and trophy presentations to the race winner in Victory Lane. Crown Royal judged the finalists based on written and video submissions chronicling consumers' favorite "Crown-Worthy" moments, which is defined as a memorable moment or occasion deemed "worthy" of toasting with a Crown Royal cocktail in a responsible manner (i.e., big promotion at work, bowling the perfect game, etc.). Stewart's winning entry chronicled his moments growing up fishing with his father and later christening his own fishing boat with a toast to his father. Much like other race entitlement sponsorships, Stewart's name will be recognized by NASCAR's broadcast and media partners as the race's official title. As guest of honor at RIR, Stewart will take part in pre-race festivities, as well as participate in the check and trophy presentations to the race winner in Gatorade Victory Lane. During race weekend he will also receive VIP accommodations for himself and a guest. In total, Crown Royal received nearly 15,000 entries to the "Your Name Here 400" contest between May 6 and November 23, 2006, and the nine finalists were selected by a panel of judges on the basis of originality, relevance, appeal and clarity of their submissions. Each finalist received a prize package that included: race tickets, infield access, pre-race row tour of the garage, air travel and hotel accommodations to the 2007 Daytona 500. In its continuous efforts to utilize national platforms to promote responsible drinking, Crown Royal also made a donation of $50,000 to RADD (Recording Artists, Actors & Athletes Against Drunk Driving) - based on total submissions received - to help the organization's fight against drunk driving. Furthermore, Crown Royal announced that the "Your Name Here 400" contest will continue in 2007, where the official name of the spring 2008 Nextel Cup Series race at Richmond will be awarded to another adult fan.(Alan Taylor Communications PR)(2-16-2007)
- Crown Royal to announce winner of RIR named race at Daytona: Crown Royal Championship Racing will fill in the blanks next month during a unique, first-of-its-kind ceremony at Daytona International Speedway. Currently, Richmond International Raceway's spring Nextel Cup Series race is dubbed the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400. During the week leading up to the Daytona 500, which is set for Sunday, February 18, one of 10 lucky finalists will put his or her name in the "Your Name" slot. Crown Royal announced the "Your Name Here 400" promotion at last year's Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Since then, Crown Royal has judged written and video submissions chronicling consumers' favorite "Crown-Worthy" moments. A "Crown-Worthy" moment is defined as a memorable moment or occasion deemed "worthy" of toasting with a Crown Royal cocktail in a responsible manner. The grand prize winner's name will be recognized by broadcast and media partners as the race's official title (i.e., Crown Royal Presents The Joe Smith 400). As guest of honor at Richmond International Raceway, the winner will participate in several raceday activities and receive VIP accommodations. In total, more than 30,000 entries were submitted to the "Your Name Here 400" contest between May 6 and November 23, 2006, and the 10 finalists were selected by a panel of judges on the basis of originality, relevance, appeal and clarity of their submissions. Each finalist receives a prize package which includes race tickets, infield access, pre-race tour of the garage, air travel and hotel accommodations to this year's Daytona 500.(RIR PR)(1-31-2007)
- Richmond's new tower 75% complete: With Richmond International Raceway's Commonwealth Grandstand approximately 75% complete, local media members recently received a sneak preview of the ongoing construction project that will add nearly 5,000 seats for the 2007 season. The tour included a visit to the highest level of the new grandstand, the Commonwealth Tower, which provides an incredible birds-eye view of the track and a breathtaking, panoramic view of downtown Richmond and the surrounding counties. The Commonwealth Grandstand, which is on schedule to be completed in time for the May 4-5 NASCAR doubleheader at Richmond International Raceway, will feature three new levels: the Lower Mezzanine, the 700-person TORQUE club and the Commonwealth Tower. Over the past 45 days, construction crews have installed all of the seats in the Commonwealth Tower and Lower Mezzanine levels and extensive progress has been made in TORQUE, including the installation of electrical, plumbing and HVAC equipment. The project team will begin to hang dry wall in TORQUE by February 5 and begin interior work by March 1. The 180-foot grandstand is the tallest structure in Henrico County and is approximately two feet higher than the tower at Richmond International Airport. Towns and landmarks more than 30 miles away are visible from the top of the grandstand. Once completed, the new capacity of Richmond International Raceway will rise from 107,097 to 112,029. Included in the project will be 7,843 seats in the new Commonwealth Grandstand and the removal of 2,911 seats in turns three and four. Although seats in the new Commonwealth Grandstand are already sold out, there is good news for fans who have been on the waiting list for Richmond International Raceway tickets. Because existing season ticket holders upgraded to the now sold-out Commonwealth Grandstand, other seats have been vacated, which means many fans on the waiting list will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to see the non-stop excitement
at America's Premier Short Track. Those fans who are already on the waiting list can expect notification of how to purchase tickets by next week. Fans who missed the waiting list deadline can still register for future events by calling 1-866-455-7223 or logging on to www.rir.com.(RIR PR)(1-13-2007)
- Work Completed for Fuel Change at Richmond: With NASCAR switching to unleaded fuel for the 2007 season, workers drained and cleaned the fuel tanks in the Richmond International Raceway infield last week. After the Daytona 500, all teams will switch to an unleaded fuel with a 98 octane rating. Several Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series races in 2006 successfully used the unleaded fuel. The leaded fuel used in past seasons had a 112 octane rating. In addition, the IndyCar Series will switch to 100% fuel-grade ethanol for the 2007 season. Last year, the series used fuel enriched with 10% ethanol. Ethanol, which is made from renewable agricultural products such as corn, is environmentally friendly while maintaining superior performance.(RIR PR)(12-22-2006)
- Richmond's New Grandstand one step closer to completion: The construction of Richmond International Raceway's (RIR) Commonwealth Grandstand-a three-tiered, 18-story grandstand addition-reached a new milestone this week, as the final beam of
the framework was installed at the top of the tower's elevator shaft. The occasion was marked with a celebration known in the construction world as a "Topping Out" ceremony. RIR's staff, representatives from Henrico County, construction crew members and media members all signed the final beam before it was hoisted more than 180 feet atop the grandstand. Construction of the Commonwealth Grandstand at RIR is on schedule to be finished in time for the 2007 season. Once construction is complete, the new grandstand addition will feature three new levels, including a state-of-the-art 16,000-square foot Club Level. Nearly 5,000 seats will be added (approximately 7,800 seats in the new grandstand minus approximately 3,000 lower row seats which are being removed in turns three and four) to bring RIR's total capacity to 112,029. Now that the final beam is in place, construction crews will begin work on framing in the grandstand and working on the interior. All seats in the Commonwealth Grandstand addition will include seatbacks and cup holders. The highest seat will be twice as high as the current highest seat at RIR. The Club Level includes access to the indoor, air-conditioned lounge; multiple buffets and fully-stocked bars; outdoor, reserved stadium seating with in-seat service; reserved parking; private elevator and restroom access; a pre-race pit pass; a souvenir event program and a limited edition appreciation gift. For more information on the Club Level, please call 804-228-7636. Tickets for the 2007 season at Richmond International Raceway are
available now, call 1-866-455-7223 log on to www.rir.com.(RIR PR)(11-30-2006)
- Construction for New RIR Grandstands Right On Track: Construction of the new Commonwealth Mezzanine, Club and Commonwealth Tower is right on track, as crews completed the first half of the concrete pour for all three levels. More than 60% of the steel for the nearly 8,000-seat grandstand expansion is complete. By the beginning of December, construction crews hope to have all the steel completed and finalize the other half of the concrete pour. The next step in the massive construction effort on Richmond International Raceway's frontstretch includes the completion of an elevator shaft and roughed in plumbing and electricity. Seats will begin to be installed in early December. The project is right on track to be completed prior to the Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI and Crown Royal presents The Your Name Here 400 race weekend May 4-5, 2007.(RIR PR)(11-7-2006)
- Richmond Construction Update - New Grandstand Taking Shape: Construction crews are hard at work adding to Richmond's skyline, as nearly 1/3 of the framework for Richmond International Raceway's new 7,800-seat, 18-story frontstretch grandstand is now complete. Beams for the lower mezzanine seats and for the stairs leading to the lower mezzanine and club levels are also in place. Workers have also poured the concrete for the elevator shaft and kitchen floors. According to David Wright of Taylor and Parrish, Inc., the lead construction and design company for the project, close to 40 workers are working full-time during this phase. As the work intensifies and the framework nears completion, the workforce will double to nearly 80, as contractors for specialties like electricity and plumbing will be needed.
Some upcoming key milestones and their approximate completion dates include:
November 25: Begin framework of elevator shaft.
November 30: Framework for entire grandstand completed.
December 15: New light poles erected.
The project will be finished in time for the track's NASCAR doubleheader weekend May 4-5, which will include the Crown Royal presents Your Name Here 400 Nextel Cup Series race and the Circuit City 250 Presented by FUNAI NASCAR Busch
Series race. More updates will be provided in the coming weeks.(RIR PR)(10-17-2006)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Richmond International Raceway
- Benson to attempt Richmond with Wyler Racing: Johnny Benson will drive a Wyler Racing Toyota in next weekend's Nextel Cup race at Richmond International Speedway, Benson said this week. Benson, who drives a Bill Davis Racing Toyota in the Craftsman Truck Series, will be entered in the #46 Camry at Richmond. Wyler Racing fields the #60 Tundra for Jack Sprague in the Craftsman Truck Series. Wyler and Benson tested a car of tomorrow at Richmond earlier this month. "It tested pretty good and we were really happy with it," Benson said. "[Crew chief] Tony Furr and the guys did a tremendous job. It was a pleasure to go there, work with the guys and work with that new car." Benson said there is a possibility Wyler Racing could enter more Nextel Cup events later in the year. "Hopefully the race goes well enough that we get to go do more," Benson said. "That is still a question mark. I don't know what their plans are; they'd like to race more Cup events. It is so sponsor-driven now. It costs so much money to field a truck, let alone a Cup car. I think that Dave Wyler and his father are doing everything they can to try to run some races this year. Whether I'll be a part of that, I don't know. I just know that I'm a part of the Richmond deal for sure and hopefully I'll be able to run some more races."(SceneDaily.com)(4-29-2007)
- Next race for Almirola is RIR: In addition to a 14-race Busch schedule, #80-Aric Almirola will attempt to qualify for four Cup races this season, the next coming at Richmond International Raceway in May. He made his Cup debut in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 two weeks ago at Las Vegas, where he qualified 31st and finished 41st.(Roanoke Times)(3-24-2007)
- See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Gordon to carry special banner at RIR: Jeff Gordon will proudly carry a special banner with cops.KEVLAR.com on the rear TV panel of the #24 DuPont car during this week's Crown Royal 400 race at the Richmond International Raceway. DuPont has created the cops.KEVLAR.com Web site and a companion toll-free number, 1.877.COP.9606, to help raise awareness for the future National Law Enforcement Museum and encourage contributions to the Museum's fundraising campaign. Jeff will also show his support for the law enforcement community and the Museum through a public service announcement that will be highlighted throughout the race weekend. During the pre-race activities on Saturday, DuPont will present a check for $250,000 to the National Law Enforcement Museum fund.(Ogilvy PR)(5-4-2007)
- Reese's 2007 debut on the #29 at RIR: Reese’s, a major associate sponsor RCR’s #29 Chevy, kicks into high gear this weekend in Richmond as Kevin Harvick and the #29 team transform their bright yellow-and-red Shell-Pennzoil Chevy into a bright orange Reese’s racing machine for the Crown Royal 400.(RCR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #29 Team Schemes page.(5-4-2007)
- DIRECTV on the #07 at RIR: Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will sport a DIRECTV paint scheme this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. DIRECTV is the nation's leading digital television service provider and is also the official satellite television service provider of NASCAR. The team's customary primary sponsor, Jack Daniel's, will be featured on the car's lower-rear quarter panels and deck lid. This is the third time in 2007 Bowyer has run a DIRECTV scheme.(RCR PR), see images of the scheme on my #07-Team Schemes page.(5-3-2007)
- Pedigree on te #88 at RIR; Buddy Parrott to spot: This weekend the #88 team and driver Ricky Rudd will be running the bright yellow Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs Ford Fusion instead of their normal Snickers Ford. Legendary Crew Chief Buddy Parrott will be spotting for the #88 team this weekend in Richmond. Parrott replaces Jon Wolfe who is now serving as Car Chief for the #88 Pedigree Ford. Also on Thursday, May 3rd, Rudd and his family will attend Virginia’s Royal Welcome event commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. The event will take place at the Capitol Square in downtown Richmond and her majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be the guest of honor. Rudd was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame last weekend and was named Virginian of the Year in 2006. (Snickers Racing PR)(5-2-2007)
- Petty has seven race deal from tire companies UPDATE: Tire Kingdom/NTB/Merchant's Tire & Auto Centers are scheduled to sponsor #45-Kyle Petty in the Petty Enterprises Dodge for seven races in 2007. NTB [ National Tire and Battery] will be the sponsor at four races: Atlanta (3/18), Talladega (4/29), Chicago (7/15) and Texas (11/4); Tire Kingdom at Daytona in July and Charlotte in Oct. Merchant's Tire ay Richmond in May.(NTB Racing site), see images of the schemes on my #45 Team Schemes page.(2-1-2007)
UPDATE: Tire Kingdom, the largest independent tire and automotive services retailer in the United States, will once again serve as a primary sponsor on the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge driven by Kyle Petty in 2007. Tire Kingdom is a division of TBC Corporation and is the largest tire dealer in the country with over 650 locations under the Tire Kingdom, National Tire and Battery and Merchants Tires and Auto Center names. All names will appear as primary sponsors on Petty's Dodge this season joining Wells Fargo and Marathon as primary sponsors. Tire Kingdom and its names stores will serve as primary sponsor in seven races throughout the season and be an associate throughout the entire season [see list above]. "Tire Kingdom has been great for us so far," said Petty, driver of the #45 Petty Enterprises Dodge. "They became a big partner for us last season and we're looking to grow the relationship this season. Their stores have a national presence and we see that in the broad number of races that they will serve as a primary. We hope this partnership helps leverage them as the leading tire and automotive services retailer in the nation."(Petty Racing PR)(2-3-2007)
- New sponsor for Burton? UPDATE 2 no, sponsor extends with NHIS: Nextel Cup driver Jeff Burton and New Hampshire International Speedway will conduct a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 11:30am/et at Boston Park Plaza Hotel [Boston, MA]. With recent news that Burton's Cingular sponsor has decided not to extend its relationship [have not heard that, just that AT&T was taking over Cingualr name] with Richard Childress Racing, its expected that Danvers-based Sylvania lighting company will become the #31 car's primary sponsor for the 2007 season. Sylvania also partners with NHIS by sponsoring the Sylvania 300 each September.(Boston Herald)
UPDATE: been told by sources that the press conference at NHIS will be about LENOX becoimg more involved with the team somehow and about re-upping at the title sponsor for the July race at NHIS. Sources tell me that Cingular/AT&T will stay as the primary sponsor of the #31 RCR Chevy and Jeff Burton at least thru 2007.(1-22-2007)
UPDATE 2: LENOX Industrial Tools, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, hand tools, torches and band saw blades announced it has extended its sponsorship of the LENOX Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway (NHIS). For years to come, the summer Nextel Cup Series race at “The Magic Mile” will be known as the LENOX Industrial Tools 300. The announcement was made during a luncheon at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers in Boston, Mass. After much success with the race entitlement last year, LENOX, based in East Longmeadow, Mass. (just 150 miles from New Hampshire International Speedway), decided to join the track with a long-term partnership. In addition to the race entitlement, LENOX will also have another presence. Jeff Burton, the driver with the most Nextel Cup Series wins at NHIS, will race a special white and blue #31 Chevy in the event with LENOX Industrial Tools Chevy as his primary sponsor. LENOX is also an associate sponsor on Burton’s Richard Childress Racing car throughout the 2007 season. Advance tickets for the LENOX Industrial Tool 300 are on sale now, please call Speedway Guest Services at 603-783-4931 or visit the track website at www.nhis.com for more information.(Pro Sports Management & Marketing/LENOX PR), no terms were released.(1-25-2007)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
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