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THE RACE: The Chevy Rock and Roll 400

Nextel Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2007 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Race: Saturday, September 8, 2007 in Richmond, VA

  • Title Sponsor: Chevrolet

  • Track: Richmond International Raceway

  • TV: ABC 7:30pm/et

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 7:00pm/et

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:40pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 4:30pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air:
    Sunday, September 9 at 2:30am/et on ESPN2
    Sunday, September 9 at 1:00pm/et on ESPN Classic
    Thursday, September 14 at 3:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, September 14 at 8:00pm/et & Friday, September 15 at 12:00am/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Mike Massaro, Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little

  • Studio: Brent Musburger, Suzy Kolber and Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

  • Radio Coverage: This Week - MRN and Sirius

    Motor Racing Network (MRN)

    Sirius Satellite - NASCAR Radio

  • Purse/Race Awards: $5,057,510 (was $4,955,0816 in 2006)


    Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Happy Hour and the ONLY Practice: Friday, September 7, 11:15am - 1:00pm/et on TV-ESPN2


    Qualifying Info

  • Qualifying Draw: September 7, 10:15am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-43, Friday, September 7 at 4:05pm/et [IMPOUND], TV-ESPN2, re-air at 2:00am/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.

  • NEXTEL CUP EVENT SCHEDULE for this race

    THURSDAY, September 6
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM NNCS HAULERS ENTER

    FRIDAY, September 7
    6:00 AM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    6:45 AM NBS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
    7:30 AM NBS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & DRAWING FOR QUALIFYING ORDER
    8:00 AM Ticket Windows and Grandstands Open
    8:30 AM - 9:40 AM NBS PRACTICE
    9:40 AM - 10:10 AM NBS ROOKIE PRACTICE
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Fan Fest presented by Chevrolet
    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
    4:05 PM NBS WRIC TV-8 POLE QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS - ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
    5:45 PM NBS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
    6:10 PM NNCS FAS MART POLE QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS - ALL POSITIONS) IMPOUND
    7:30 PM NBS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
    8:00 PM NNCS GARAGE CLOSES
    8:00 PM NBS EMERSON RADIO 250 RACE (250 LAPS - 187.5 MILES)

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Fan Fest presented by Chevrolet
    2:00 PM Ticket Windows, Grandstands,TORQUE Club, and Suites Open
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM Green Flag Zone Open
    2:00 PM - 6:30 PM Pre-Race Pit Access (All Hospitality Areas)
    3:00 PM NNCS GARAGE OPENS
    5:30 PM NNCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (TENT)
    7:00 PM NNCS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
    7:30 PM NNCS CHEVY ROCK & ROLL 400 RACE (400 LAPS-300 MILES)

    key
    NNCS = Nextel Cup Series
    NBS = Busch Series
    NCTS = NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
    SUBJECT TO CHANGE


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Nextel Cup: Left-side -- 1,250, Right-side -- 1,250;
    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 100-105 laps, based on fuel mileage (Nextel Cup).

    Notes: This is Goodyear's flat track/mile track tire set-up for 2007 and was run at Richmond in May . . . other major NASCAR tracks at which this combination of left- and right-side tires has been run this season are Phoenix, New Hampshire, Milwaukee, Gateway and Indianapolis Raceway Park . . . also, this left-side tire code (D-4104) was run twice by Nextel Cup teams at Pocono in 2007 . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.

    Goodyear Blimp: Goodyear's "Spirit of Innovation," based out of Pompano Beach, Fla., will be covering both races this weekend at Richmond.


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS, WEATHER, TRACK/FAN INFO

Local Newspaper and other Sites that cover the Richmond, VA Area:
Richmond Times-Dispatch
richmond.com
The Daily Press
Kingsport Times-News
Lynchberg News and Advance
News Leader
Roanoke Times
Virginian Pilot


The Weather Channel
Accuweather
CNN
National Weather Service
Race Day Weather
Weather Underground

Track/Travel/Camping/Reviews/Info for Fans:
ARS Racing Outlet - Richmond Review
Laid Back Racing (lots of info)
Go RVing
RV USA

AREA DRIVER APPEARANCES:
any I know of are listed on my Driver Appearances/Chats page with info and links

Scanner Frequencies - sponsored by Racing Electronics:
see my Scanner Freq/Equipment Links Page

Satellite/Backhaul Listing's Links:
Satellite/Backhaul Listing's: Stutzman Computer Service/Sales - Racing Feed Locations
Gofastmotorsports.com


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE and RESULTS
news and links

  • Johnson wins at Richmond: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway for his 6th win in 2007 and 29th of his career, locking him into the lead of the drivers points at the start of the Chase. The race for the chase ended up with #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. losing an engine while running 3rd with 5 laps to go, finishing 30th, but it didn't matter as #2-Kurt Busch finished 9th and #29-Kevin Harvick finished 7th, so they easily clinched a spot in the Chase. Back to the race....#20-Stewart finished 2nd, followed by #6-Ragan [best career finish], #24-Gordon, #70-Sauter [his best career finish and 1st ever top-5], #11-Hamlin, #29-Harvick, #9-Kahne, #2-Busch and #18-Yeley. Other chase drivers finished: #07-Bowyer 12th; #17-Kenseth finished 14th; #1-Truex Jr. 15th; #31-Burton 18th; #5-Busch 20th; #99-Edwards 42nd/engine. There were 12 cautions for 71 laps and 11 drivers led the race with 17 lead changes.
    Race Results on my Richmond Race Results/Awards Page.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Richmond page.(9-8-2007)

  • The Chase Standings [after Richmond, race 26]:
    Rank, Driver, Wins, Red Points Rank, Difference
    1 Jimmie Johnson, 6, 5,060, 4, +2
    2 Jeff Gordon, 4, 5,040, 1, -1
    3 Tony Stewart, 3, 5,030, 2, -1
    4 Carl Edwards, 2, 5,020, 6, +2
    5 Kurt Busch, 2, 5,020, 10, +5
    6 Denny Hamlin, 1, 5,010, 3, -3
    7 Martin Truex Jr., 1, 5,010, 11, +4
    8 Matt Kenseth, 1, 5,010, 5, -3
    9 Kyle Busch, 1, 5,010, 8, -1
    10 Jeff Burton, 1, 5,010, 7, -3
    11 Kevin Harvick, 1, 5,010, 12, +1
    12 Clint Bowyer, 0, 5,000, 9, -3.
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-8-2007)

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after Richmond [26 of 36 races]:
    (Traditional Points)
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon 3849
    2) #20-Tony Stewart 3537 -312
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin 3490 -359
    4) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3439 -410
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth 3430 -419
    6) #99-Carl Edwards 3372 -477
    7) #31-Jeff Burton 3328 -521
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 3302 -547
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 3179 -670
    10) #2-Kurt Busch 3160 -689
    11) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 3160 -689
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick 3155 -69
    some other notables:
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 13th, 2954 -895
    #12-Newman is 14th, 2890 -959
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.(9-8-2007)

  • Rumblings -- Richmond: Jimmie Johnson completed a sweep of the Nextel Cup races at Richmond International Raceway tonight by taking the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 in convincing fashion. As he pulled away to a three second margin at the finish, he captures his 6th win of the season and 29th of his Cup career (he's now solo in 21st place on the all-time win list). This win gives him back-to-back victories and was worth $249,836 from the over $5M in posted awards. This was win #161 for Hendrick Motorsports and their 12th this season.
    David Ragan (3rd) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 5th at Daytona in the 500 this past February.
    Johnny Sauter (5th) had his career-best finish tonight. His previous best was 9th twice....at Phoenix in April of 2005 and again there this past April. His Top-5 finish gives us 30 drivers at that mark this season....last year we had 29 and there were 30 drivers to score a Top-5 in 2005.
    J. J. Yeley (10th) had his best finish since he was runner-up at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    David Reuitmann (13th) had his career-best finish tonight as well. His previous best was 15th at Michigan in June.
    Kyle Petty (25th) had his best finish since he was 3rd at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.
    STREAKIN....Tony Stewart has 7 Top-10's in the last 8 races.
    Jimmie Johnson has 5 Top-5's in the last 6 races.
    Kurt Busch has 5 Top-10's in the last 6 races.
    This Week's Elevator....UP: Operator of the Week is Johnny Sauter (+30), followed by J. J. Yeley (+26) and Martin Truex Jr (+25). DOWN: The Big Dropper was Carl Edwards (-36), followed by Jamie McMurray (-26), Juan Pablo Montoya (-26), and Scott Riggs (-24).
    In "Classic" Points, Jimmie Johnson (6th to 4th), Johnny Sauter (32nd to 30th), and Paul Menard (36th to 34th) made the best moves forward in the Top-35, while Carl Edwards (4th to 6th) was the only multi-position mover on the negative side.(Stock Car Fans)(9-8-2007)

  • Richmond Fast Facts:
    .. Jimmie Johnson won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, his 29th victory in 209 Nextel Cup Series races.
    .. This is his Series-leading sixth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 2007.
    .. This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 12 races at Richmond. Both of his Richmond victories came this season.
    .. Tony Stewart (second) posted his 18th top-10 of 2007 and his 12th in 18 Richmond races.
    .. David Ragan (third) posted his career-best Nextel Cup finish.
    .. Jeff Gordon led point standings at the finish of the race but Jimmie Johnson assumed the lead by 20 points based on the Chase adjustment.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-8-2007)

    RACE RUNDOWN

    (as I cover the race on my racepage every race, then correct after race)

  • The Chevy Rock and Roll 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 (1)(104 laps led)
    #20-Stewart-C (7)(27 laps led)
    #6-Ragan*-F (8)
    #24-Gordon-C (2)(191 laps led)
    #70-Sauter-C (35)
    #11-Hamlin-C (5)(17 laps led)
    #29-Harvick-C (13)
    #9-Kahne-D (17)
    #2-Busch-D (14)
    #18-Yeley-C (36)
    C=Chevy; D=Dodge; F=Ford; T=Toyota; *=rookie

  • Pit Selection Chart page at:
    FoxSports - Richmond Pit Stall Selection

  • Cars on the lead lap: 25 (of 43 starters)

  • Drivers down only a lap [and still running]: #'s 15,19,88

  • Drivers down more then one lap [and still running]: #'s 21,44,41,66,22,96,10

  • Cars on the track: 35 (of 43 starters)

  • Off track/out of race (8) and reason:
    #78-Nemechek (accident-out)
    #99-Edwards (engine-out)
    #42-Montoya (accident-out)
    #16-Biffle (transmission-out)
    #26-McMurray (accident-out)
    #49-Andretti (engine-out)
    #7-Gordon (accident-out)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (engine-out)

  • Laps Leaders Unofficial (10 leaders with 15 lead changes):
    #24-Gordon (191);
    #48-Johnson (104, pole);
    #12-Newman (33);
    #20-Stewart (27);
    #11-Hamlin (17);
    #99-Edwards (15);
    #25-Mears (6);
    #07-Bowyer (4);
    #45-Petty (2);
    #15-Menard (1);

  • Lap leaders: #48-Johnson - pole; #24-Gordon 1-25; #25-Mears 26-31; #12-Newman 32-64; #15-Menard 65; #24-Gordon 66-166; #99-Edwards 167-181; #48-Johnson 182-183; #11-Hamlin 184-200; #24-Gordon 201-235; #07-Bowyer 236-239; #24-Gordon 240-269; #20-Stewart 270-296; #48-Johnson 297-337; #45-Petty 338-339; #48-Johnson 340-400

    Cautions: 12 for 70 laps

    RED FLAG during 10th caution, as of 10:22pm/et to 10:42pm/et due to damage to the SAFER wall
    RED FLAG during 8th caution, as of 9:45pm/et to 9:54pm/et due to debris on the track
    Caution 12 - Laps 343 - 350: #49-Andretti blew an engine
    Caution 11 - Laps 337 - 341: #7-Gordon lost a right front tire and smacked the turn 4 wall
    Caution 10 - Laps 295 - 299: #19-Sadler into #88-Wallace in the backstretch, the #19 slowed, then #40-Stremme spun, also collecting #44-Jarrett, #26-McMurray, #49-Andretti and #22-Blaney, looks like McMurray has the most damage as he went head on into the wall.
    Caution 9 - Laps 258 - 263: #41-Sorenson got spun out on the backstretch by #12-Newman when Sorenson slowed for #38-Gilliland
    Caution 8 - Laps 243 - 250: #12-Newman spun off turn 4, then #42-Montoya, #26-McMurray and #2-Busch bunched up with damage to each, Montoya's front end was smashed in and the car caught fire, but Montoya got out and is ok. #29-Harvick went thru the grass and the engine is over heating
    Caution 7 - Laps 235 - 239: #40-Stremme got into the #88-Wallace car off turn 2, spinning the #88, no damage
    Caution 6 - Laps 202 - 206: #07-Bowyer and #11-Hamlin were fighting for the lead in turn 4, Bowyer came up and bounced off Hamlin and spun around, Hamlin slowed but drove on in 2nd place with #24-Gordon passing for the lead
    Caution 5 - Laps 183 - 189: #99-Edwards blew an engine as he was leading
    Caution 4 - Laps 133 - 137: #78-Nemechek lost a right front tire and smacked the turn 3 wall
    Caution 3 - Laps 64 - 70: #10-Riggs lost a right front tire and smacked the wall off turn 4
    Caution 2 - Laps 25 - 29: #15-Menard spun around in turn 4.
    Caution 1 - Laps 10 - 13: #96-Raines slid into #66-Green, with Raines spinning around in turn 3 and sending Green backend into the wall, also involved was #16-Biffle who got some damage

  • Who got a lap back on each caution? the Lucky Dog: (and their finish)
    Caution 12: #15-Menard(2), 26th
    Caution 11: #15-Menard [still a lap down], 26th
    Caution 10: #88-Wallace(3), 28th
    Caution 9: #45-Petty, 25th
    Caution 8: #84-Allmendinger, 23rd
    Caution 7: #83-Vickers, 24th
    Caution 6: #49-Andretti, 37th
    Caution 5: #88-Wallace(2), 28th
    Caution 4: #88-Wallace, 28th
    Caution 3: #78-Nemechek, 43rd
    Caution 2: #66-Green, 33rd
    Caution 1: no driver a lap or more down
    See past races, rules, news and who has used the most Lucky Dog passes on my
    Lucky Dog page.

  • Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Issued
    1 #96 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 9
    2 #66 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 9
    3 #66 TE Non-compliant refueling (overflow container) 67
    4 #66 PT Excessive speed - Exiting pits 69
    5 #1 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 133
    6 #88 OL Disobeying a NASCAR request 183
    7 #43 TE Pitting out of order 183
    8 #29 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 245
    9 #26 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 245
    10 #21 TE Excessive speed - Exiting pits 259
    11 #44 TE Pitting before Pit Road is Open 294
    12 #44 PT Running the stop & go sign/light 298
    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)(9-8-2007)

  • RACE/PIT NOTES: (as noted heard on TV or Radio)
    ---- with 5 laps to do #8-Earnhardt Jr. lost an engine
    ---- on lap 376, #44-Jarrett lost a tire and slapped the wall, no caution
    ---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 11th caution, #45-Petty stayed out to lead a lap, #48-Johnson came in 1st and went out 2nd, will take back the lead when Petty comes in
    ---- all the lead lap cars came in to pit during the 10th caution, Stewart came in 1st and #48-Johnson came out first with Stewart 2nd
    ---- during the 8th caution, #29-Harvick made a pit stop, the crew cleaned the grass out and that should unblock the opening and solve the over heating, Harvick will start at the end of the longer line
    ---- during the 7th caution pit stops, #11-Hamlin tossed his water bottle out the car and hit the kill switch on the steering wheel and took a few moments to realize what happened, he came in 2nd and came out 23rd
    ---- around lap 165, #99-Edwards reports his engine may be going, he switched ignition boxes, but still doesn't feel it is running well, as he is running 2nd
    ---- around lap 146, #6-Ragan and #25-Mears made contact and it looks like Ragan has a tire rub on the left front tire
    ---- around lap 142, #16-Biffle is back on the track, down 113 laps
    ---- on lap 140, #22-Blaney came down and into #8-Earnhardt Jr., Blaney got loose but held on to the car and both drove on ok.
    ---- during the 4th caution, #1-Truex Jr. was penalized for speeding off pit road, and #70-Sauter's car fell off the jack and he lost time
    ---- around lap 98, #66-Green, who was 3 laps down, passed leader #24-Gordon to get a lap back
    ---- #66-Green penalized for some sort of fueling issue during the 3rd caution, then he sped off pit road, rough night for Green
    ---- ABC is reporting that #24-Gordon may have clutch problems as of lap 54
    ---- all the drivers came in to pit but #25-Mears and #38-Gilliland
    ---- just after the start of the race, #48-Johnson, the pole sitter, slowed and dropped back to 6th
    ---- green flag at 7:48pm/et
    ---- command to start engines at 7:41pm/et by Grand Marshal Duane Paddock
    ---- Military Flyover: cargo plane of some sort, where from, not mentioned
    ---- National Anthem by Jolie Holliday
    ---- weather = mostly sunny/clear, 84°
    ---- To The Back [0]: none reported


  • Johnson wins pole at Richmond: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Budweiser Pole for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, for his 1st pole since April 2006 at Martinsville, 2nd at RIR and 10th of his career. Johnson becomes the 14th driver to qualifying for the 2008 Budweiser Shootout [not counting past winners eligible]. #24-Gordon will start 2nd, followed by #5-Busch, #12-Newman, #11-Hamlin, #99-Edwards, #20-Stewart, #6-Ragan, #19-Sadler and #43-Labonte. #8-Earnhardt Jr. starts 20th and #29-Harivick starts 13th. The non-Top 35 drivers [go or go homers] to make the race were: #10-Riggs, #00-Reutimann, #84-Allmendinger, #83-Vickers, #22-Blaney, #78-Nemechek, #44-Jarrett and #49-Andretti.
    For pole progression, qualifying speeds and order and more, see my Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page.(9-7-2007)

  • Four do not qualify [DNQ] for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway: #55-Waltrip [25 team attempts/44th in OWNERS pts], #36-Mayfield [25/42]; #4-Burton [24/41]; #and 37-Lepage [24/47].(9-7-2007)

  • Ramblings - Richmond Qualifying Notes: It's not just an all-Hendrick front row....it's an all-Hendrick Top-3! Continuing to show that COT dominance, Jimmie Johnson took the Bud Pole tonight at Richmond International Raceway for Saturday Night's Chevy Rock and Roll 400 with a time of 21.378 (126.298 mph) with teammate Jeff Gordon alongside and teammate Kyle Busch right behind him in 3rd. This is the first top-spot for Johnson this season and he becomes the 14th different driver to qualify for next February's Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. This is career pole #10 for JJ.
    Kenny Wallace (22nd....and in the #88 for Ricky Rudd this weekend) has his best starting spot since he lined up 6th at Darlington in May.
    Kyle Petty (30th) has his best starting spot since he qualified 23rd at Infineon Raceway in June.
    Dale Jarrett (32nd) has his best starting spot since he timed in 16th at Infineon Raceway in June.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 6 Top-10 starts in a row.
    Denny Hamlin has 6 Top-10 starts in the last 7 races.
    Kyle Busch has 5 Top-10 starts in the last 6 races.
    Short haul for the Trouble Train this week. The four dnq's are Michael Waltrip (for the 15th time this season), Jeremy Mayfield (his 14th), Ward Burton (#13 for him), and Kevin Lepage (the 22nd dnq for that team this season).(Stock Car Fans)(9-7-2007)

  • Richmond Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Jimmie Johnson won the Bud Pole for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 with a lap of 21.378 seconds, 126.298 mph.
    .. This is his 10th Bud Pole in 209 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his first Bud Pole and 17th top-10 start in 2007.
    .. This is Johnson’s second Bud Pole and seventh top-10 start in 12 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    .. Jeff Gordon posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 21.541 seconds, 125.298 mph. It is his 23rd top-10 start in 30 Richmond races and his 10th on the front row.
    .. Kyle Busch (third) posted his 11th top-10 start in 2007 and his third in six races at Richmond. He gave car owner Rick Hendrick a sweep of the top-three positions.
    .. Scott Riggs (16th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. David Ragan (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-7-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, September 7, 2007 at 6:15pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 6:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 2:00am/et

  • Qualifying Order List for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is up, 47 drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, #8-Earnhardt Jr. [and Elvis] is due out first on Friday, September 7 at 6:10pm/et on ESPN2, last driver scheduled out is #7-Gordon. For the Qualifying order, see my Richmond Qualifying Results/Order Page.(9-7-2007)

  • Happy Hour and only practice for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #24-Gordon 122.211
    #6-Ragan 122.177
    #48-Johnson 122.061
    #29-Harvick 121.896
    #70-Sauter 121.891
    slowest: #21-Elliott 118.734 & #26-Mayfield 119.353
    most laps run: #01-Martin 94; #20-Stewart 81
    incidents: none reported
    Best average speed [all laps averaged]
    (from NASCAR.com's leaderboard service)
    #22-Blaney 119.554 [19th fastest lap], 38 laps run
    #49-Andretti 119.550 [37th], 25 laps
    #07-Bowyer 119.135 [16th], 46 laps
    See all the speeds on my Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(9-7-2007)

  • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice? at Richmond
    if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
    #10-Scott Riggs, 13th fastest in practice
    #22-Dave Blaney, 19th
    #00-David Reutimann, 20th
    #4-Ward Burton, 25th
    #83-Brian Vickers, 29th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 36th
    #49-John Andretti, 37th
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 39th
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 40th
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 41st
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 44th
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 46th
    See all the speeds on my Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(9-7-2007)

  • COT Pts: the top 12 in drivers pts in the ten [of 16] COT races:
    Pos, Car#, Driver, COT Pts, 2007 Standings
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1613, 1 (2 wins)
    2 #11-Denny Hamlin, 1509, 3 (1)
    3 #48-Jimmie Johnson,1485, 6 (2)
    4 #5-Kyle Busch, 1406, 8 (1)
    5 #99-Carl Edwards, 1401, 4 (1)
    6 #20-Tony Stewart, 1371, 2 (1)
    7 #07-Clint Bowyer, 1289, 9
    8 #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1271, 13
    9 #17-Matt Kenseth, 1246, 5
    10 #12-Ryan Newman, 1228, 14
    11 #31-Jeff Burton, 1220, 7
    12 #16-Greg Biffle, 1201,15
    #1-Truex Jr. is 14th with a win
    #42-Montoya is 21st with a win
    the lowest pts pos for drivers who made all 10 races:
    29) #88-Ricky Rudd [will miss RIR race], 742
    34) #38-David Gilliland, 634
    (* points penalties are NOT deducted on any team)
    (9-6-2007)

  • Entry List for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 48 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 (25/39)
    #4-Ward Burton (24/41)
    #10-Scott Riggs (25/37)
    #22-Dave Blaney (25/36)
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield (25/42)
    #37-Kevin Lepage (24/47]
    #44-Dale Jarrett [OUT of Champ Provs] (25/40)
    #49-John Andretti (25/45)
    #55-Michael Waltrip (25/44)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (25/43)
    #83-Brian Vickers [2006 race winner](25/38)
    #84-A.J. Allmendiner (25/46)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 83,44,22,10,00,36,78,55
    missing the race would be [4]: #'s 49,84,4,37
    See the full list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List
    (9-4-2007)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond:
    #22 is now out and the #21 moves nack in BUT is only 4pts ahead of the #22 for 35th, and the race up to 33rd is only 56 pts
    33) #45-Petty/Petty Racing 1,920, 56 pts ahead of 36th
    34) #70-Sauter/Haas 1,920, +56
    35) #21-Elliott/Wood Bros. 1,868, +4
    these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 1,864, 4 pts behind 35th
    37) #10-Riggs/Evernham 1,700, -168
    See Owners/Drivers Points standings page for full owners pts rundown.(9-3-2007)

  • IMPOUND: the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway will be the 4th of 5 impound races of 2007, there are five impound races in 2007, both Talladega races, both Richmond races and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • 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]

  • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • 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)


THE LAST RACE to the CHASE

  • Unofficial Driver Points Top-12 Standings after California [25 of 36 races]:
    1) #24- Jeff Gordon 3679 cliched chase
    2) #20-Tony Stewart 3362 -317, cliched chase
    3) #11-Denny Hamlin 3335 -344, cliched chase
    4) #99Carl Edwards 3330 -349, cliched chase
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth 3309 -370, cliched chase
    6) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3249 -430, cliched chase
    7) #31-Jeff Burton 3219 -460, cliched chase
    8) #5-Kyle Busch 3199 -480, cliched chase
    9) #07-Clint Bowyer 3047 -632, starts at RIR to clinch
    10) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 3042 -637, starts at RIR to clinch
    11) #2-Kurt Busch 3022 -657, 32nd or better clinches at RIR
    12) #29-Kevin Harvick 3009 -670, 36nd or better clinches at RIR
    other notables:
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13th 128 pts behind 12th and the chase
    #12- Ryan Newman 14th 272 pts behind 12th and not in contention for the chase
    For drivers/owners points, see my Jayski's Drivers/Owners Points Page.

  • How Dale Jr. can make the Chase: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. still has a shot to qualify for the Chase for the Nextel Cup. A longshot, granted. “I want [our fans and sponsors] to know that no matter what, me and the team are giving everything we got,” Earnhardt said. “We're not going to lose focus or give up or pack it in.” Earnhardt is 13th in series points coming into Saturday night’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400, 128 behind 12th-place #29-Kevin Harvick. The top eight drivers in the current points have clinched Chase spots. Drivers in ninth and 10th place must only start on Saturday night to clinch. The lowest Earnhardt can finish at Richmond is fifth to still have a chance at making the Chase. The two caveats to that scenario: He must also lead the most laps and Harvick has to finish 43rd. He can also finish fourth and lead one lap, or finish third and lead no laps and still qualify – as long as Harvick finishes last. On the other end of the spectrum, if Earnhardt wins Saturday night and leads the most laps, he’ll clinch a spot if Harvick finishes 33rd or worse OR if Kurt Busch finishes 37th or worse. If Earnhardt wins but doesn’t lead the most laps, he’ll need a Harvick finish of 34th or lower OR a Busch finish of 39th or lower.(NASCAR PR)(9-5-2007)

  • Chase Stats before Richmond: Quiet for most of the summer, defending champ Jimmie Johnson and the #48 team clinched their fourth straight Chase by winning at California, and took the lead in the 2007 Chase standings as well. Only #17-Matt Kenseth has made all four Chases. All #07-Clint Bowyer and #1-Martin Truex Jr. have to do is show up at RIR Saturday night and start the race and they gets in their first Chase in only their second full season. Truex was in 22nd and Bowyer was 18th at this time last season.
    In the 2004 inaugural Race to the Chase, Kasey Kahne lost an 89-point lead over Jeremy Mayfield and didn't make The Chase. In 2005, Jamie McMurray dropped out and Ryan Newman snuck in. Last year, Kahne was the one who got in the Chase as his third place gained 61 points over Tony Stewart's 18th, with Kahne having 16 points to spare in making his first Chase. If #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes the chase, he will become the first driver to make up over 100 points at RIR and make the Chase
    If only 10 got into the 2007 Chase [as it was the first three years], it would be four drivers fighting for two spots at RIR. Here's how it would look going to Richmond:
    Ahead of 11th
    9-Bowyer, +25
    10-Truex, +20
    Out of 10th
    11-KuBusch, -20
    12-Harvick, -33
    13-Earnhardt Jr., -161, Truex would just need to start
    For more Chase stats, see my Chase Stats before Richmond page and for last week, see the Chase Stats before California page.(9-5-2007)


TRACK RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Sept 2006 Race Winner: #29-Kevin Harvick, 101.342mph, started 5th

  • May 2007 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 91.270mph, started 4th

  • 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)

  • Sept 2006 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 127.986mph, finished 15th.

  • May 2007 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 126.251mph, finished 4th

  • 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): 5 - 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: 31, Chevy; 28, Ford; 17, Dodge

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 20 [of 102 races] 19.6%
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 12
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 14
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 8
  • 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: 58 of 102 - 56.9%
  • Races won from the top 10: 82 of 102 - 80.4%

  • At Richmond International Raceway:
    * Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a .5-mile dirt track.
    * The first Nextel Cup race was held on April 19, 1953 – won by Lee Petty.
    * David Pearson won the final race on dirt at Richmond on March 24, 1968.
    * The track name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969.
    * In 1968 the track was paved and measured at .625-mile.
    * Track was re-measured to .5-mile in April; then to .542-mile in September 1969.
    * The current 400-lap race length was established on the .542-mile measurement in March 1976.
    * The track was torn down and rebuilt as a .75-mile D-shaped oval following the spring race on Feb. 21, 1988.
    * The first race under permanent lights was held Sept. 7, 1991 – won by Harry Gant.
    * The first season with both races as night races was 1999.
    * There have been 102 Nextel Cup races at Richmond International Raceway since the track opened in 1953 – 38 on the current configuration.
    * Buck Baker won the first Nextel Cup Bud Pole at Richmond in 1953.
    * Lee Petty won the first Nextel Cup race at Richmond in April 1953.
    * Davey Allison won the first 3/4-mile race at Richmond from the Bud Pole in 1988, after the track was increased in distance from one-half mile between the two races that season.
    * There have been 46 different Bud Pole winners at Richmond led by Bobby Allison (eight). Qualifying was canceled five times.
    * 44 different drivers have posted victories at Richmond led by Richard Petty (13).
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart (three) lead active drivers in wins.
    * Petty Enterprises has won 15 races at Richmond, more than any other car owner.
    * 58 of 102 races at Richmond have been won from the top-five starting positions, including 20 from the pole. However, only three races on the .75-mile configuration have been won from the pole.
    * The past nine races have been won from the top 10.
    * The farthest back in the field that a Richmond race winner started was 28th by Richard Petty in the spring of 1971.
    * The farthest back in the field that a race winner has started on the 3/4-mile configuration was 25th by Matt Kenseth in the fall of 2002.
    * There has been a different Bud Pole winner in each of the past 11 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    * Kyle Petty became the first third-generation NASCAR race winner when he won his first race on February 23, 1986, the Miller High Life 400 at Richmond. Richard posted his first Richmond victory in 1961 and Lee won the very first Richmond race in 1953.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-3-2007)


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • 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

    Opened: 1946 (First NASCAR race was 1953)

    Race Festivities:
    Grand Marshal: Duane Paddock, from Chevy?
    Command to start engines: Duane Paddock, from Chevy?
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    National Anthem: Jolie Holiday
    Military Flyover: a cargo plane of some sort, never mentioned

  • Track Homepage: rir.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Richmond International Raceway

  • May 2007: Race Info / Rundown Page

  • September 2006: Race Info / Rundown Page


  • Richmond Cup race sold out: The Nextel Cup Series consecutive sellout streak at Richmond International Raceway has reached 32. All grandstand seats for the Saturday, September 8, Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Nextel Cup Series race, the final race before the Chase for the Nextel Cup, are sold out, raceway officials announced today. The sellout mark's 16 season of consecutive Nextel Cup Series sellouts at America's Premier Short Track. While all the grandstand seats are sold out for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, fans can still purchase tickets for the Friday, September 7, Emerson Radio 250 Busch Series race. Reserved tickets for Friday's events are $45 (in advance) and $50 (on race day). General admission seats are $35 (in advance) and $40 (on race day). Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission sections with a ticketed adult on Friday. For tickets and information, please visit www.rir.com or call 1-866-455-7223.(RIR PR)(9-6-2007)

  • Only 1000 seats left at RIR for Cup race: Fewer than 96 hours before Nextel Cup invades Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400, there still are tickets remaining. RIR has sold out 31 consecutive races, and Director of Public Relations Aimee Turner expects this weekend to be no different. "We're quickly selling them now," Turner said. "We're going to sell out. It's not a question of, 'Are we,' but just which day we make the announcement. It will be very soon." Turner said fewer than 1,000 tickets remain, with most of them being scattered single seats.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-5-2007)

  • PRS Guitars' to provide trophy for Richmond: Over the past two years, the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 trophy has become a celebrity in its own right. Posing for numerous photos with fans, getting plenty of attention from Nextel Cup Series drivers and participating in its own media tour, the one-of-a-kind award is becoming as recognizable as some of the most sought-after trophies in all of sports. Manufactured for the third consecutive year by PRS Guitars, the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 trophy weighs in at about 75 pounds and features a custom PRS guitar engulfed in polished aluminum flames and is embedded within a 3-D polished aluminum rendition of Richmond International Raceway. The guitar, which is painted to match the paint scheme of the Chevrolet Impala SS Pace Car, sits atop a mahogany and maple pedestal.(RIR PR)(9-4-2007)

  • Daughtry to perform concert at Richmond: For the fifth straight year Chevrolet will bring together the sounds of rock and roll and the intensity of NASCAR racing during the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Nextel Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 8, with this year's event featuring a pre-race concert by Daughtry. The triple-platinum selling rock band will perform on the frontstretch near the start/finish line of Richmond International Raceway on September 8 at 5:45 p.m., prior to the start of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Individuals with tickets to the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Nextel Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway can get an up-close view of the Daughtry concert by visiting Chevy Fan Fest on the midway at RIR on September 8. By participating in the Chevy Challenge, each individual will receive two free passes to watch the Daughtry performance on the frontstretch of the track. Tickets can be purchased at www.rir.com or by calling the RIR ticket office at 1-866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR PR)(9-1-2007)

  • Tix still available for Richmond: Fans looking to be a part of one of the most prestigious events on the NASCAR schedule still have the opportunity to do so. A limited number of tickets remain for the Saturday, September 8, Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Nextel Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. As the 26th race on the schedule, the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 marks the final race before The Chase for the Nextel Cup. After the checkered flag waves, the field will be set for The Chase. Only the top 12 drivers in the point standings will be eligible for the series championship. Tickets for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Nextel Cup Series race on Saturday, September 8, can be purchased by calling 1-866-455-7223 or visiting www.rir.com.(RIR PR)(8-31-2007)

  • Richmond Cup Tix on sale: Tickets for the Saturday, September 8, Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Nextel Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway are now on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased at www.rir.com or by calling 1-866-455-7223 or 1-888-472-2849 or in person at the Richmond International Raceway ticket office located at 600 East Laburnum Avenue; Richmond, VA 23222. Additionally, tickets are available for the Friday, September 7, Emerson Radio 250 Busch Series race.(RIR PR)(5-22-2007)

  • RIR Prez responds to Dale Jr. commnets about track surface: Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz was surprised as anyone to hear the comments from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. yesterday regarding his concerns about the track surface. "This is completely out of left field," said Fritz. "All of the comments I have heard about our track surface from the drivers have been overwhelmingly positive since we repaved it before the 2004 season. Between our two-day test session in early April and our races this past weekend, I did not hear one comment or concern regarding our track surface from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. or any other driver," said Fritz. "I'm always available and accessible to the drivers and I have received feedback from many of them over the years on a number of issues. I was in the garage frequently this past weekend and talked to many of the drivers, and there was no mention of any issues with the track surface. In fact, we've made numerous changes and enhancements at the drivers' request over the years, including concreting our pit stalls, taking out a kink in the backstretch wall, relocating the spotters' stand to a better location and many other improvements related to the competition side," continued Fritz. "Certainly, if there is a consensus among the drivers and NASCAR that we need to do something with this issue or any other, we will certainly take a look at it. Obviously, the drivers are busy today testing, but we have reached out to a number of them, including Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to talk about this." During testing Monday at Lowe's Motor Speedway Earnhardt told reporters, "The thing about Richmond, now honestly-they need to start sealing that track again. You ain't gonna have a second and third groove at Richmond if the sealer ain't up there to use. I don't know why that ain't registered in anybody's brain. I mean, when that track was good is when they were sealing it ever year...You know-hello?" Track officials have not applied any sealer to the asphalt after it was resurfaced prior to the 2004 season. Since it was repaved, the track has received rave reviews from the drivers-including Earnhardt-on the quality of the repaving job and the quality of the racing. "Considering his positive comments about our track and the repaving job during our test session last month and after his victory in last May's Crown Royal 400, I'm even more surprised at his statement," said Fritz. NASCAR has also not heard any complaints from any of the drivers. "Neither (Vice President, Competition) Robin Pemberton or (Nextel Cup Series Director) John Darby has heard anything from any of the drivers on this," said Kerry Tharp, Director of Communications, Competition, for NASCAR. This past weekend's Crown Royal Presents the Jim Stewart 400 featured more of the great side-by-side action Richmond International Raceway is known for. The race tied the track record for the most lead drivers (12) and fell one short of the record for the most lead changes (25), which has happened twice, most recently in March 1996.(RIR PR)(5-9-2007)

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Richmond International Raceway


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Rudd injures shoulder in California crash: UPDATE 3 to miss RIR: Ricky Rudd injured his shoulder in a crash during Sunday night's Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway. After being caught up in a six-car pileup on lap 181 of the 500, Rudd was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. NASCAR officials confirmed he was treated and released. Rudd, driver of the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford, separated his left shoulder according to FoxSports.com. NASCAR officials would only confirm that Rudd injured that shoulder.(SceneDaily.com)(9-3-2007)
    UPDATE: Ricky Rudd, who made his 900th career Cup Series start Sunday at California Speedway, separated his left shoulder and was briefly knocked unconscious in a wicked wreck during the Sharp Aquos 500, the veteran driver told ESPN.com. The shoulder is the major concern, and leaves Rudd concerned about his status for next weekend's Chevy Rock 'n Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. He said he wouldn't grade his chances of competing as very high.(ESPN.com)(9-3-2007)
    UPDATE 2a: For the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career, Ricky Rudd will miss a race because of injury. The left shoulder separation Rudd suffered last Sunday at California Speedway will prevent him from competing in this weekend's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the veteran driver told ESPN.com on Tuesday. The wreck "tore a bunch of ligaments and tendons," Rudd said. "I'm out at Richmond." Rudd will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis to determine his return to competition. Kenny Wallace will replace Rudd in the #88 Snickers Ford. Rudd said he'll still attend the race to assist in any way possible, including driver/team communication. Rudd, who made his 900th career Cup Series start Sunday at California, separated his left shoulder and was briefly knocked unconscious in a wicked wreck on lap 181 of the Sharp Aquos 500. The last time Rudd was unable to compete because of injury was early in his career, when he'd only begun dabbling in stock car racing. At the time he was racing motorcycles, and a compound fracture of his arm ended his season. "Yeah, that was the only time and we really didn't have a true schedule, so to answer [the] question, no, I've never had to miss a race due to injury -- until now," Rudd said.(ESPN.com)(9-4-2007)
    UPDATE 3: Yates Newman Haas Lanigan driver Ricky Rudd will not race this weekend in the Nextel Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway as a result of a separated left shoulder sustained in an accident during Sunday’s race at California Speedway. Team Owner Robert Yates has selected Kenny Wallace to take over driving duties for Rudd this weekend at RIR. Rudd sustained the shoulder injury in a multi-car accident on lap 180 in Sunday’s race at California Speedway, when contact from another car sent the #88 machine into the outside retaining wall of the front stretch. Rudd was treated and released from the Loma Linda University Medical Center on Sunday before returning to Charlotte. After examination on Tuesday by a Charlotte area physician, specializing in shoulder and elbow injuries, it was determined Rudd will not require surgery on his shoulder. In addition to rest, Rudd will begin a rehabilitation program this week in Charlotte. Rudd will receive an evaluation next week to determine if he will be able to return as driver of the #88 for the September 16th race at New Hampshire International Speedway.(Yates Newman Haas Lanigan Racing PR)(9-5-2007)

  • Bobby Labonte Joins 500 Club: This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge Avenger team head to Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night's Richmond 400. Saturday's race will be Labonte's 500th career start. Labonte joins active drivers Terry Labonte, Bill Elliott, Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin, Kyle Petty, Ricky Rudd and Michael Waltrip to have eclipsed 500 career starts (not counting Sterling Marlin or Ken Schrader). Labonte and Rudd are the only two drivers to have over 500 starts and have started every race this season [until this weekend when Rudd will miss the race due to injury]. Labonte, 43, is also the youngest active driver to have 500 starts. This weekend's start will be Labonte's 498th consecutive Nextel Cup start. He is second on that list, only behind Jeff Gordon by one start [Gordon will make his 500th start next week at NHIS].(Petty Racing PR)(9-5-2007)

  • Lifelock the primary sponsor of the #49 at RIR: BAM Racing will have LifeLock as primary sponsor of the #49 Dodge driven by John Andretti for this weekend’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. LifeLock, the leader in identity theft prevention, helps consumers to render their personal information useless to thieves, backing up its service with a million-dollar guarantee. LifeLock also offers the nation’s only child identity theft prevention service. LifeLock is offering a 30-day free trial subscription as well as 10% off for life to BAM Racing fans by using or mentioning promo code BAM. Enroll online at www.lifelock.com or call 1-877-LIFELOCK (543-3562). The public can pay tribute to the military service of a family member or friend by purchasing a Tribute Star that places the name of the honored service member or veteran on the #49 Dodge. To support Paralyzed Veterans through the excitement of Nextel Cup Series racing, visit pvastartribute.org.(BAM Racing PR)(9-5-2007)

  • Nemechek Plans More Races with Furniture Row UPDATE: Joe Nemechek said he expects to run a handful of races with #78-Furniture Row Racing the remainder of the season. Nemechek qualified for the Sharp Aquos 500 this weekend at California Speedway and expects to drive next week at Richmond and the following two weeks at New Hampshire and Dover.(SceneDaily.com)(9-1-2007)
    UPDATE: Joe Nemechek qualified the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet for Sunday's race in California but finished last because of an engine failure. Nemechek will drive the car for a least the next five races for the Denver- based team.(Rocky Mountain News)(9-6-2007)

  • See the 2007 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #00-David Reutimann Burger King #00 Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam Black #7 Schemes Page
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser/Elvis Presley #8 Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground #11 Schemes Page
    #15-Paul Menard Menard's/Peak Antifreeze #15 Schemes Page
    #16-Greg Biffle DISH Network #16 Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott US Air Force #21 Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette #24 Schemes Page
    #40-David Stremme Energizer #40 Schemes Page
    #43-Bobby Labonte 500th career start #43 Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil #45 Schemes Page
    #49-John Andretti Lifelock none...yet
    #66-Jeff Green HD Done Right #66 Schemes Page
    #70-Johnny Sauter Radio Active Energy Drink #70 Schemes Page


  • Ganassi extends with Energizer, special schemes on #40 in 2007: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (CGR), and Energizer Holdings, Inc. announced a multi-year extension to their long-lasting relationship that dates back over a decade. Energizer will continue to showcase its brand as a major associate sponsor on the #41 Target Dodge driven by Reed Sorenson in the Nextel Cup Series and both Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) entries in the IndyCar Series driven by current championship contender (second place) and past champion Scott Dixon and 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner and series champion Dan Wheldon beginning with the start of the 2008 racing season. "We're thrilled to continue our long-lasting partnership with Target Chip Ganassi Racing." said Jeff Ziminski, Chief Marketing Officer, Energizer Battery. "Both Energizer and TCGR share an ongoing commitment to quality and innovation. It's an honor to extend our pursuit of excellence with an outstanding organization like TCGR." In addition to the sponsorship extension, the #40 Dodge driven by David Stremme in the Nextel Cup Series will feature a special Energizer paint scheme in the upcoming events at Richmond International, New Hampshire and Kansas. The paint scheme, dynamic silver and blue, will highlight not only the Energizer e2 Lithium brand, the World's Longest Lasting Battery in High Tech Devices, but a successful, 12-year partnership between CGR and Energizer that keeps going and going, the famous Energizer Bunny.(Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR), see images of the scheme on my #40 Team Scheme page.(9-6-2007)

  • Jeff Gordon to run Nicorette scheme at Richmond: Jeff Gordon will run the special #24 DuPont/Nicorette Chevy paint scheme for the third time this season at Saturday's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Gordon drove the DuPont/Nicorette paint scheme at Las Vegas and Chicago earlier this year and will run the special paint scheme again at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 28. The special paint scheme coincides with one of the most unique sponsorships in Motorsports history with Nicorette helping race fans and crew members quit smoking through its QUIT Crew program. Nicorette's QUIT Crew program is currently helping over 280 NASCAR team members from 16 different racing organizations quit smoking through counseling, support, and the proper use of the smoking cessation products Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit. Quit smoking support is also available to NASCAR fans throughout race weekend at Nicorette's interactive Winner's Circle Exhibit located in the RIR fan area. At the exhibit, Nicorette's certified smoking cessation coaches will be on hand to provide individuals with free, quit smoking counseling. For more information about Nicorette's racing program and on how to quit smoking, visit www.quit2winracing.com.(Lighthouse Marketing/Nicorette Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #24 Team Scheme page.(9-6-2007)

  • Different look for the #66 in September, Green wins wager: The #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy is sporting a different look this weekend. Beginning at California Speedway and continuing through the September 16th race at New Hampshire International Speedway, the #66, driven by Jeff Green, will carry a special Best Buy "HD Done Right" paint design. Best Buy, the primary sponsor of the #66 Haas CNC Racing Chevy in a number of events this season, is promoting its expertise in the area of high-definition (HD) televisions and home theaters with the pledge, "HD Done Right." The pledge, along with the yellow Best Buy tag logo, will appear on the hood of the #66 entry. In addition, the car will be painted a lighter shade of blue than what is usually seen on the Best Buy-sponsored entry, and will display special graphics on the car's sides and quarter panels, along with the logos of Samsung HDTV, Comcast and Garmin, associate sponsors of the #66 Best Buy machine. When Jeff Green drove his #66 Samsung HDTV / Best Buy Chevy past Tony Raines' #96 DLP HDTV Chevy on the final lap at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend, Green gained more than just a position - he also won a friendly wager. Green and Raines agreed that whichever driver finished lower in the Bristol race must wear a hat advertising the other driver's team and sponsor this weekend at California Speedway. Green's last lap pass means Raines will sport a #66 Best Buy racing hat for the Labor Day weekend event. In addition to occupying the primary sponsor position on the #66 Chevy, the yellow Best Buy tag logo will also be displayed on the quarter panels of Raines' #96 DLP HDTV Chevyat California Speedway.(GMR Marketing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #40 Team Schemes page.(8-29-2007)

  • Dale Jr. to race Elvis scheme at Richmond: The King of Rock 'n' Roll will roll with the King of Beers when NASCAR's most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NHRA young gun Brandon Bernstein pilot commemorative Elvis Presley's 30th Anniversary paint schemes on the #8 Budweiser Chevy and Bud King Racing Top Fuel dragster in September. Earnhardt's #8 Budweiser Chevy is a predominantly white scheme with black and red highlights and features Elvis' image on the hood and rear quarter panels, plus the King's image and "Elvis 30th" on the deck lid for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sept. 8. A custom Elvis themed helmet and black driver firesuit includes the young Elvis' silhouette on the torso with Budweiser in red down each leg. The car will be unveiled Monday, Aug. 13 on the front steps of Elvis' Graceland home, and be on public display during Elvis Week in the Elvis Auto Museum, Aug. 14-18. Earnhardt and Bernstein will rev up the 30th Anniversary Elvis Week celebration by hosting the first night of the "Elvis Music & Movies" series on the front lawn of Graceland on Aug. 13. "Elvis Music & Movies" marks the first ever Elvis Week entertainment event inside the gates of Presley's famed home in Memphis. In addition, Budweiser will honor Elvis' passion for horses with a visit by the Budweiser Clydesdales, which will be stabled in Graceland's main tour center area for public viewing Aug. 14-18. For additional information on Elvis Week events and to buy tickets, visit ElvisWeek.com.(fingerprint inc./Budweiser PR), see images of tjhe car on my #8 Team Schemes page.(8-3-2007)

  • Nicorette Increases 2007 Program with Jeff Gordon: Nicorette nicotine gum will expand its Nextel Cup program next season, expanding its involvement with #24-Jeff Gordon to four races, officials announced Friday at Atlanta. They also commended the 173 NASCAR officials and crew members who quit smoking with their product this season. Gordon will run a special Nicorette paint scheme for four races:
    Las Vegas (March 11),
    Chicago (July 15),
    Richmond (Sept. 8) and
    Atlanta (Oct. 28).(AMS Pit Notes)(10-28-2006)

  • More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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