SPRINT CUP RACE INFO and RUNDOWN
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NEWS, STATS, RESULTS, LINKS and INFO
- Race: Saturday, May 3, 2008 in Richmond, VA
- Title Sponsor: Crown Royal
- Track: Richmond International Raceway
- Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:45pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team
- FOX 7:00pm/et
- SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace
- Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Thursday, May 8 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
Thursday, May 8 at 5:30pm/et on HD Net (High Def)
- 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, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
NASCAR on TV
Race Fan TV
Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team
- This Week - Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius Satellite
- Happy Hour Practice [the only practice]: Friday, May 2, 11:00am - 1:00pm/et on TV-SPEED at 1:00pm/et [via tape]
- Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, May 2, 10:00am/et
- Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42 [if no past champ prov used, then 43rd goes next fastest non top-35 driver], Friday, May 2 at 5:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 1:30am/et on SPEED;
AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
news and links
- Bowyer wins at Richmond: #07-Clint Bowyer won the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway for his first win of 2008 and 2nd of his career after #18-Busch and #88-Earnhardt tangled with a couple laps to go, sending the leader, #88-Earnhardt Jr. into the wall. #18-Busch held on to 2nd, with the rest of the top-10 being #8-Martin, #20-Stewart, #1-Truex Jr., #12-Newman, #99-Edwards, #29-Harvick, #24-Gordon and #9-Kahne. #11-Denny Hamlin dominated most of the race, leading 381 of 382 laps before having a right front tire going down, giving way to Earnhardt Jr until he tangle with Busch, Hamlin finished 24th. #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 15th on the lead lap. Points leader coming in to the race, #31-Burton finished 11th, but lost the points lead to #18-Busch 1495 to 1477 points. There were 11 cautions for 62 laps and 4 lead changes amongh 4 drivers.
Richmond Race Results Awards Page.(5-3-2008)
- UNOFFICAL Drivers Points Standings [after Richmond race 10 of 36]:
1) #18-Kyle Busch 1495 [2 wins]
2) #31-Jeff Burton 1477 -18 [1 win]
3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1391 -104
4) #07-Clint Bowyer 1372 -123 [1 win]
5) #29-Kevin Harvick 1350 -145
6) #11-Denny Hamlin 1349 -146 [1 win]
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1318 -177 [1 win]
8) #20-Tony Stewart 1297 -198
9) #16-Greg Biffle 1269 -226
10) #99-Carl Edwards 1230 -265 [would be 7th if no 100pt penalty][3 wins]
11) #12-Ryan Newman 1212 -283 [1 win]
12) #9-Kasey Kahne 1162 -333
other chase contenders
13) #24-Jeff Gordon 1156 6pts out of 12th
14) #6-David Ragan 1106 -56
15) #1-Martin Truex Jr. 1104 -58
16) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya 1096 -66
Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Richmond page.(5-3-2008)
- Richmond International Raceay Penalty Report:
Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
1 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 66
2 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 129
3 #42 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 206
4 #84 Non-compliant refueling (overflow container) TE 208
5 #15 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 220
6 #83 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 221
7 #48 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 230
8 #96 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 230
9 #99 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 231
10 #83 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 231
11 #00 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 231
12 #15 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 231
13 #31 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 231
14 #09 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 232
15 #28 Outside half pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tire. TE 234
16 #00 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 261
17 #84 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 261
18 #5 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 355
19 #55 Safety violation MCI 355
20 #26 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 366
21 #11 Intentionally causing a caution 2 Laps 392
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)(5-3-2008)
- Richmond International Raceway Fast Facts
.. Clint Bowyer won the Crown Royal presents the Dan Lowry 400, his second victory in 83 Sprint Cup Series races. His other win came at New Hampshire in September 2007.
.. This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2008.
.. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five races at Richmond.
.. Kyle Busch (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in seven races at Richmond and tied his best finish here for the second time. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2008.
.. Mark Martin (third) posted his 24th top-10 finish in 45 races at Richmond.
.. Regan Smith (21st) was the highest finishing rookie.
.. Denny Hamlin led 381 laps, setting the record for the number of laps led in a 400-lap race at Richmond. He eclipsed the mark of 369 set by Bobby Allison in September 1979. The record for laps led all-time at Richmond is 488 of 500 on the .500-mile configuration by David Pearson in September 1970.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-3-2008)
- Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #83-Vickers,
Caution 2: #26-McMurray,
Caution 3: #24-Gordon,
Caution 4: #38-Gilliland,
Caution 5: #41-Sorenson,
Caution 6: #28-Kvapil,
Caution 7: #43-Labonte,
Caution 8: #41-Sorenson(2),
Caution 9: #28-Kvapil(2),
Caution 10: none awarded with 10 or less laps to go
Caution 11: none awarded with 10 or less laps to go
- To The Back : #24-Gordon [starter change]
- Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results/Order Page
- 2009 Shootout Lineup/All-Times Poles
- Entry List Page
- Race Coverage of the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2008.
TV: Fox in Hi-Def at 7:00pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com NASCAR page - Racecast and Chat.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
SPEED, Thursday, May 8 at 12:00pm/et and;
HDNET, Thursday, May 8 at 5:30pm/et
NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
news and links
- Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway Pit Stall Selections
- Chase Notes: Matt Kenseth's third Bottom 10 finish in 9 races put him back to 19th in the race to the chase and 120 points out of 12th, but the Killer Bees need look back no farther than 2005, when they made up more than 13 spots and 192 points after race #9. Still, the 17 car doesn't want to drift back much further before making a run this summer. Juan Pablo Montoya's strong run at Talladega has landed him on the all-important bubble spot (12th place) in The Race to the Chase. Giving chase are names like Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Kenseth and Kurt Busch, all with at least one Chase under their belts. See more on my Chase Stats after Talladega page, also past stats on my Chase Stats after Phoenix page and Chase Stats after Texas page.(5-3-2008)
- Hamlin on pole at Richmond: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole for the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 126.198mph, for his 1st pole of 2008 and 6th of his career. Starting on the outside pole is #8-Mark Martin, followed by #1-Truex Jr., #10-Carpentier, #41-Sorenson, #42-Montoya, #18-Busch, #19-Sadler, #9-Kahne and #12-Newman. Points leader #31-Burton will start 33rd and #88-Earnhardt Jr will start 22nd. The eight go-or-go-homers [non top 35] to make the race are: #10-Carpentier [4th], #22-Blaney, #84-Allmendinger, #78-Nemechek, #70-Sauter, #09-Marlin, #45-Petty and #96-Yeley. The fastest 43 cars made the race. Four drivers did not make the race: #40-Schrader, #33-Wimmer, #34-Andretti and #21-Wood.
For pole preogeression, qualifying order and results and starting lineup, see my Richmond Qualifying Page.(5-2-2008)
- Coverage of Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 2, 2008 at 5:40pm/et.
TV: SPEED - 5:30pm/et
Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: 1:30am/et on SPEED
- Qualifying Order for the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway is posted. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done. The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #44-Reutimann, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #29-Harvick. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #45-Petty, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #33-Wimmer. See the full qualifying order on my Richmond Qualifying Page.(5-2-2008)
- The ONLY practice for the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the top-5:
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 123.412
slowest: #43-Andretti only 1 lap at 84.874 and #21-Wood 119.607
most laps run: #8-Martin 91; #2-Busch & #77-Hornish Jr. 82
Average speed - all laps counted - nascar.com
#88-Earnhardt Jr. 119.863 [fastest lap]
#70-Sauter 119.633 [32nd]
#84-Allmendinger 119.607 [26th]
See speeds, laps run, average speed on my Richmond Practice Speeds page.(5-2-2008)
- Where did the non top-35 drivers practice at Richmond
if things stay the same, these drivers would make the race:
#10-Patrick Carpentier, 12th fastest
#40-Ken Schrader, 24th
#22-Dave Blaney, 25th
#84-A.J. Allmendinger, 26th
#70-Johnny Sauter, 32nd
#45-Kyle Petty, 35th
#33-Scott Wimmer, 39th
#09-Sterling Marlin, 42nd
if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race:
#78-Joe Nemechek, 43rd
#96-J.J. Yeley, 45th
#21-Jon Wood, 46th
#34-John Andretti, 47th/last
See speeds, laps run, average speed on my Richmond Practice Speeds page.(5-2-2008)
- Entry List for the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
#09-Sterling Marlin (2/48)
#10-Patrick Carpentier (9/41)
#21-Jon Wood (9/44)
#22-Dave Blaney (9/39)
#34-John Andretti (9/45)
#33-Scott Wimmer (0/na)
#40-Ken Schrader (9/36)
#45-Kyle Petty (9/42)
#70-Johnny Sauter (9/37)
#78-Joe Nemechek (7/43)
#84-A.J. Allmendinger (9/40)
#96-J.J. Yeley (9/38)
In the event qualifying is cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 40,70,96,22,84,10,45,78
missing the race would be : #'s 21,34,09,33
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond
no changes in who is in or out, the order got changed a bit and the points between 35th and 36th is now 61
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
31) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing 708 +110
32) #41-Sorenson/Ganassi Racing 678 +80
33) #44-Reutimann/Waltrip Racing 670 +72
34) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing 663 +65
35) #01-Smith/Dale Earnhardt Inc 659, 61 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #40-Franchitti/Ganassi Racing 598, 61 points out of 35th
37) #70-Sauter/Haas CNC Racing 584 -75
38) #96-Yeley/Hall of Fame Racing 579 -80
39) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis 577 -82
40) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing 521 -138
For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(4-27-2008)
- IMPOUND: the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway will be the 2nd IMPOUND race of 2008, there are five impound races in 2008, both Talladega races [April & Oct], both Richmond races [May & Sept] and Daytona in July. For more info, see my Impounding Info page.
- 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 Sprint 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)
- Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: NASCAR announced in January that starting with the Cup race at California, teams outside the top 35 in owners points will be allowed to qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The Nationwide and Truck Series used this procedure at Daytona. Sprint Cup didn't use the new procedure at Daytona due to the unique/somewhat complicated qualifying session/races there. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.(2-19-2008)
- Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
- Jayski's - 2008 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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 2008 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2008)
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
- May 2007 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 91.270mph, started 4th
- Sept 2007 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 91.813mph, started 1st
- Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett, Sept 1997, 109.047mph
- Slowest Race Record: Tony Stewart, 86.824mph, 5/2002
(since track was reconfigured for the Sept 1988 race)
- May 2007 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 126.251mph, finished 4th
- Sept 2007 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmy Johnson, 126.298mph, finished 1st
- Track Qualifying Record: Brian Vickers, May 2004, 129.983mph
- Worst Starting Spot to Win: Clint Bowyer, May 2008, started 31st
- Most Races (all-time): 63 - 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 10s (all-time): 41 - Richard Petty
- 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: 25, 9/6/2006
- 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: 32 Chevy; 28 Ford; 17 Dodge
- Races won from starting pos 1: 21 [of 103 races] 20.4%
- 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: 59 of 103 - 57.3%
- Races won from the top 10: 83 of 103 - 80.6%
- At Richmond International Raceway:
• Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.
• The first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was held on April 19, 1953.
• The track surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between spring and fall races in 1968.
• Track was re-measured to 0.542 miles in September 1969.
• The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond was Feb. 20, 1982.
• The track was rebuilt as a 0.750-mile D-shaped oval following the spring race on Feb. 21, 1988.
• The first race under lights was held Sept. 7, 1991.
• The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ran 11 races at Richmond between 1995 and 2005.
• The first season with both races as night races was 1999.
• There have been 103 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway since the track opened in 1953.
• Buck Baker won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole in 1953.
• Lee Petty won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race in April 1953.
• Davey Allison won the first race on the 0.75-mile layout from the Coors Light Pole in 1988.
• There have been 46 different pole winners led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty (eight).
• Jeff Gordon (five) leads the active drivers with five poles.
• 44 different drivers have posted victories led by Richard Petty (13).
• Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart (three) lead the active race winners.
• Petty Enterprises has won 15 races at Richmond, more than any other organization.
• 59 of 103 races have been won from the top-five starting positions, including 21 from the pole. However, only four races on the 0.75-mile configuration have been won from the pole.
• The last 10 races have been won from the top 10.
• The furthest back in the field that a Richmond race winner started was 28th by Richard Petty in the 1971 spring race.
• The furthest back in the field that a race winner has started on the 0.75-mile configuration was 25th by Matt Kenseth in the 2002 fall race.
• Kyle Petty became the first third-generation NASCAR race winner when he won his first race – at Richmond – on February 23, 1986. Richard posted his first Richmond victory in 1961 and Lee won the very first Richmond race in 1953.
• There has been a different pole winner in each of the past 10 races at Richmond International Raceway.(NASCAR Statsistics)(4-29-2008)
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
- Kennametal Back Onboard the #40: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced in late March an expansion of its current partnership with Kennametal to include primary sponsorship for multiple NSCS races this 2008 season. Kennametal made its primary sponsorship debut at Martinsville Speedway earlier this year and is going for its second run this weekend at RIR on the #40, to be driven by Ken Schrader. Kennametal, a longtime CGRFS partner, supplies tooling and machining technology to the team's Charlotte and Indianapolis-based racing shops. In addition, Kennametal provides the team's engineers and machinists with a myriad of opportunities to further refine their skills in order to gain optimum performance through Kennametal's internal university program.(CGRFS) See images of the scheme on my #40 Team Schemes page.(5-2-2008)
- Charter colors for Robby at RIR: Robby Gordon will race the #7 Charter Communications Dodge this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.(RGM), see image of the scheme on my #7 Team Schemes page.(5-1-2008)
- Steak-umm debut at Richmond: #01-Regan Smith and his team will be unveiling a new sponsor at Richmond -- Steak-umm, the best known sandwich steak brand in the country. The company is using a special Steak-umm paint scheme on the #01 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet to promote their burgers.(DEI), see image of the scheme on my #01 Team Schemes page.(5-1-2008)
- Kenseth Back in Black: For the second time in 2008, Matt Kenseth’s #17 Ford will be painted black with the DEWALT NANO Technology paint scheme. Kenseth will also sport these colors at Darlington, the All-Star race, Bristol and the second Richmond race in 2008. The #17 crew will be unloading car RK-574 this weekend at Richmond, a brand new car.(Roush Racing), see images of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(5-1-2008)
- Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer...on the #43: This weekend at Richmond, the #43 Petty Enterprises Dodge of Booy Labonte will sport a special paint scheme to promote the new movie, Speed Racer, which opens across the country May 9. The paint scheme is reflective of Speed Racer’s Mach 5, the car driven by the character in both the classic 1960s animated series and the new live action family film. Labonte: "I appreciate NASCAR allowing us to have a little extra 'speed' this weekend. It's really cool to have the new Speed Racer movie on the side of the #43 Dodge for Richmond. Any young boy that grew up in the '70s watched Speed Racer. I know I did. To a kid that dreamed of growing up to be a racecar driver, that was the coolest show on television. They haven't given me a sneak preview yet, but I'm sure I'll check it out in the theaters."(Petty Racing/MCG Sports)(4-30-2008) Comment here
- BB&T colors return on the #07: After showcasing a DIRECTV paint scheme the last two races, Clint Bowyer's #07 Chevy will be wrapped in burgundy and gold BB&T colors this weekend in Richmond. Jack Daniel's, Bowyer's mainstay primary sponsor, will be featured on the car's lower-rear quarter panels and deck lid. BB&T is the primary sponsor of Bowyer's #2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in the Nationwide Series and also sponsored the #07 at Martinsville in March.(RCR), see images of the scheme on my #07 Team Schemes page.(4-30-2008)
- LifeLock Sponsoring Carpentier for 8 Races: Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced that LifeLock, the nation’s leading identity theft protection service, will sponsor the #10 Dodge with driver Patrick Carpentier in eight races in the 2008 Sprint Cup Season. LifeLock will sponsor Carpentier at Phoenix on April 12, Talladega on April 27, Richmond on May 3, Darlington on May 10, Charlotte on May 25, Michigan on June 15, Chicagoland on July 12 and Kansas on Sept. 28. Gillett Evernham Motorsports CEO Tom Reddin said the addition of LifeLock to the existing sponsorship lineup at the #10 of Valvoline, Auto Value/All Pro Bumper-to-Bumper, Charter and Cintas mean there are few unsponsored races remaining on the #10 Dodge in 2008.(Gillett Evernham PR)(4-4-2008)
- BB&T with Bowyer for two races: Clint Bowyer will drive the #07 BB&T Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway on March 16th and on May 3, 2008 at Richmond International Speedway. BB&T is currently the primary sponsor for Clint Bowyer's #2 BB&T Monte Carlo in the Nationwide Series. See images of the scheme on the #07 Teams Schemes page.(3-15-2008)
- DeWalt NANO Paint Scheme Returns for six races in 2008: The popular, predominantly black, DeWalt NANO Technology paint scheme will return to Matt Kenseth's #17 Ford for six races in 2008. All six are night races with the paint scheme debuting at Phoenix International Raceway on April 12th. After that, the month of May will nearly be a complete "black out," with the paint scheme running three consecutive races, beginning at Richmond International Raceway on May 3rd, then Darlington Raceway on May 10th, and the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway on May 17th. The next stop for the DeWalt NANO Technology scheme will be at one of Kenseth's favorite tracks, Bristol Motor Speedway, for the August 23rd night race, where he's won two of the last three night races. Then the final stop for the paint scheme will be back at Richmond International Raceway on September 6th, for the "regular season" finale, the cutoff for the Chase. "It's a cool-looking car and I'm glad that we'll be running it some in 2008," Kenseth said. "I've always thought black racecars look really cool and I think the fans liked the scheme when it ran last year. I know the last time we ran the NANO scheme we had a pretty good day at Homestead, so maybe it can bring us the same kind of good luck this year." NANO Technology is a proprietary technology from DEWALT that delivers to the user longer cycle life, lighter weight, greater performance, and an expanded system of tool offerings. These benefits encompass the DEWALT commitment to providing professional contractors with a breadth of tool offerings that deliver the performance they need in an ideal ergonomic package.(Roush Fenway Racing Site), see an image of the scheme on my #17 Team Schemes page.(2-5-2008)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
- 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)
Last Repaved: Fall of 2003
Grand Marshal: Dan Lowry - Winner of Crown Royal "Your Name Here" Contest
Command to start engines: Dan Lowry
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Pamela Evans - Chairman of VA ABC Board
Invocation: Reverend Joe Ellison, Essex Village Community Church
Presentation of Colors: US Army Quartermaster Noncommissioned Officer Academy; Ft. Lee, Va.
Pledge of Allegiance: BG Jesse R. Cross - 50th Quartermaster General and Commander of the US Army Quartermaster Center and School
National Anthem: "The Commandant's Own" Marine Drum and Bugle Corps
Military Flyover: Navy's Blue Angels
for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
- Track Homepage: rir.com
- ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Richmond International Raceway
- Last Year: see my May Richmond Race Info page
- Last Year: see the September Richmond Race Info page
- RIR Sells Out Cup race: Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz announced this afternoon all grandstand seats for tonight's Sprint Cup Series race, the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400, have been sold. "Ticket sales were steady and we remained optimistic leading into this weekend," said Fritz. "The hard work of our staff and our continued effort to provide a first class experience for our fans continues to pay off." Tickets go on sale May 24 for "One Last Race to Make the Chase," the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race "under the lights" on Saturday, September 6, 2008. Tickets start at $80 and can be purchased at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR)(5-3-2008)
- Blue Angels to perform fly-over at Richmond: The sky above America’s Premier Short Track will be invaded by the roaring engines of the internationally known Blue Angels Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron on Saturday, May 3, prior to the Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400 Sprint Cup Series race. In addition to the fly-by performance, some of the Blue Angels team members will be making appearances at America’s Premier Short Track throughout the weekend. Several of the Blue Angels will visit the Green Flag Zone fan hospitality on Saturday, May 3, and the Party Zone fan hospitality on Friday, May 2. They will participate in question and answer sessions and sign autographs (time permitting).(RIR PR)(4-24-2008)
- Crown Royal Awards Fan Naming Rights to Cup Race at RIR: In the second installment of the ground breaking "Your Name Here" contest, in which one fan will receive official naming rights to the 2008 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on May 3, 2008, Crown Royal announced Dan Lowry as the grand prize winner. From this point forward, the race will officially be entitled "Crown Royal Presents The Dan Lowry 400." As part of Crown Royal's first ever press conference from the sky, Dan Lowry,
29, of New Waterford, Ohio, took part in an elaborate unveiling ceremony in which several helicopters flew high above the Las Vegas Strip to a 10,000-square-foot desert mosaic featuring Lowry's name as part of the official race logo to be used at Richmond International Raceway. Lowry was one of two winners of the contest that were flown to Las Vegas to
participate in the ceremony. While Lowry was awarded the grand prize, Tim Weiland, the first-prize winner of De Pere, Wisconsin, received a custom Stage 1 Roush Fenway Ford Mustang. Crown Royal selected the winners from approximately 10,000 written submissions chronicling consumers' fondest Crown Royal memories that were enjoyed in a responsible manner. In his winning entry, Lowry recalled a moment when he was working thousands of miles away from home in Venezuela. He wandered into a local restaurant where he didn't recognize any of the labels behind the bar until he caught sight of the iconic purple and gold Crown Royal bag that immediately reminded him of the fond memories of home. Lowry's name will be incorporated into all official race logos, used for thousands of pieces of merchandise and recognized by NASCAR's broadcast and media partners as the race's official title. In addition, Lowry will take part in pre-race festivities at Richmond International Raceway, and participate in the trophy presentation to the race winner in Gatorade Victory Lane. During the race weekend he will receive VIP accommodations for himself and a guest.(RIR PR)(2-29-2008)
- RIR to make monthly donation to classrooms: Recognizing the needs of local public school classrooms in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area, Richmond
International Raceway officials announced that they will be making a monthly donation to a different classroom in need in its community. Working through DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit website that connects classrooms in need with individuals and companies who want to make a
difference through financial assistance, Richmond International Raceway will fund various classroom projects throughout the school year. In December 2007, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine announced Virginia's participation in DonorsChoose.org, a website that links teachers' class project wish lists with citizen philanthropists. Nearly 300 state teachers' projects had been added to the site before the expansion to Virginia was officially named. Richmond International Raceway begins its campaign to further enhance local public school classrooms by funding the "Building Vocabulary That Lasts a Lifetime" project at Glen Lea Elementary School in Henrico County. The project will benefit a third-grade classroom of students who have demonstrated a desire to increase their vocabulary. Each student will be provided with their own personal vocabulary tool kit to further develop their vocabularies.
DonorsChoose.org was pioneered by teachers at a Bronx, New York public high school in 2000. DonorsChoose.org is dedicated to addressing the lack of learning materials and experiences in our public schools. All donors are able to select the specific projects that they feel will have the biggest impact. Each project proposal is screened by DonorsChoose.org. Richmond International Raceway's 2008 season is just around the corner. Tickets are available by calling 866-455-7223 or visiting www.rir.com.(RIR PR)(2-27-2008)
- Limited Number of Commonwealth Mezzanine Tickets Available at RIR: Richmond International Raceway's new front stretch escalator system is progressing at a rapid pace, now that two of the six escalators have been installed in the Commonwealth Grandstand. In order to enhance the experience for those fans seated in the Commonwealth Mezzanine and Tower sections, a new escalator system will be in place in time for the May 2-3 NASCAR doubleheader weekend there. The escalator system will take fans from the ground level to the Commonwealth Mezzanine and the first row of the Commonwealth Tower, which will allow fans in these sections to access their seats easier and quicker than ever. The first two escalators, running from the ground to a platform below the Commonwealth Mezzanine, were installed January 25. The third and fourth escalators, which will run from the platform to the Commonwealth Mezzanine, are on track to be completed by February 9. The fifth and sixth escalators, which will run from the Commonwealth Mezzanine to the first row of the Commonwealth Tower, are projected to be completed by the end of February. Following the installation of the escalators, crews will begin work on cosmetics, which will be complete in time for the NASCAR Nationwide Series 250 and Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races May 2-3. Although tickets are sold out in the Commonwealth Tower, there is a unique and great way to grab a seat in the Commonwealth Mezzanine. The Cintas Pit Stop Club, an all-inclusive package for groups of eight, includes eight tickets in the Commonwealth Mezzanine for the Crown Royal Presents The Your Name Here 400 race, as well as indoor, climate-controlled hospitality for each group on race day. The hospitality area includes a full dinner buffet and beverages, pit passes, souvenir programs and more for each person in the group. The Cintas Pit Stop Club package, which includes a reserved table for eight, is available for $2,400 per group. These packages can be purchased by calling 804-228-7611 or going to rir.com.(RIR PR)(2-11-2008)
- Richmond fans help RIR give back: With the holiday season in full swing, Richmond International Raceway is proud to announce the results of its successful campaign to benefit two area charities and ultimately, citizens in Henrico County and the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Starting Monday, November 19, and ending this past Friday, December 14, the Richmond International Raceway ticket office served as a drop-off point to donate new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots program and canned goods to help the Central Virginia Foodbank. With track president Doug Fritz pledging to match all donations at the track, toy-for-toy and can-for-can, area residents and race fans responded with incredible generosity. All told, nearly 700 new, unwrapped toys will find their way into the hands of area children through the Marine Toys for Tots program and hundreds of pounds of food will help Richmond-area residents during a time of need. In addition, Richmond International Raceway held its fourth annual Community Tree Lighting on Tuesday, December 4. Hundreds attended the event, which was highlighted by musical performances by Laburnum Elementary School students and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Through its more than 550 partner agencies, the Central Virginia Foodbank serves the hunger needs of 31 counties and six cities in the Central Virginia area.(RIR PR)(12-20-2007)
- Commonwealth Grandstand Escalator Construction Begins; Seats Available: Richmond International Raceway took racing fans to new heights in 2007 and will do so even faster in 2008 with a new escalator system. Your opportunity to grab a seat in the Commonwealth Tower is just around the corner. Construction crews recently began work on a new escalator system for the frontstretch Commonwealth Mezzanine and Tower Grandstands, which is great news not only for current ticket holders in these grandstands, but also for those fans wishing to experience “Racing Perfection” for the first time in the best seats in the house. The construction will be complete in time for Richmond International Raceway’s 2008 season-opening NASCAR doubleheader May 2-3. The project will include three escalators, which will take fans from the ground to the Commonwealth Mezzanine, as well as the first row of the Commonwealth Tower. The Commonwealth Grandstand escalators will allow fans seated in these sections to access their seats easier and quicker than ever. Richmond International Raceway officials are pleased to announce that a limited number of tickets will be available in the Commonwealth Tower, which offers an unprecedented view of the ¾-mile track. The view from any seat in the Commonwealth Tower is one of the best in all of motorsports. These tickets are available only as season tickets, which includes all three race weekend at Richmond International Raceway in 2008. Tickets in the Commonwealth Tower will first be offered to current renewable ticket holders wishing to relocate their seats, beginning November 26 and extending through November 30. During this time, current renewable ticket holders wishing to relocate should call 1-866-455-7223 (from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET on weekends) or visit the Richmond International Raceway ticket office, located at 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA (from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday). Beginning December 1, customers on the ticket wait list will be given an opportunity to purchase tickets to Richmond International Raceway events, including seats in the Commonwealth Tower. Anyone on the wait list should call 1-866-455-7223 (from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday or 9:00am to 9:00pm/et on weekends) or visit the Richmond International Raceway ticket office, located at 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA (from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday). All remaining tickets for the May NASCAR doubleheader May 2-3 go on sale January 5. For more information on seats in the Commonwealth Tower, please call our ticket office at 1-866-455-7223, visit www.rir.com or stop by the ticket office at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road.(RIR PR)(11-26-2007)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Richmond International Raceway
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,150, Right-side -- 1,150;
Nationwide Series: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4174; Right-side -- D-4176
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in.; Right-side -- 88.7 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 95-100 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: This is the same exact combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series teams to run at Phoenix three weeks ago . . . Nationwide teams also tested this set-up during an open test here in March . . . this is the first time teams have raced on this tire set-up at Richmond . . . in addition to Richmond and Phoenix, other NASCAR tracks at which this exact combination is scheduled to be run are New Hampshire, Milwaukee and Memphis . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.
- Kvapil gets sponsor for Richmond: Yates Racing announced that Discount Tire, America's largest independent tire retailer, will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for this weekend's Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, May 3rd. "This has been such a tremendous week for our #28 team," stated Kvapil. "We just left Talladega with our best finish of the season so far, and now we have Discount Tire as our sponsor for Richmond this weekend. There's a lot of momentum right now at Yates Racing, and thanks to all the wonderful sponsors we've enjoyed partnerships with already this year, we're very grateful that companies recognize our increased performance both on and off the track. Discount Tire is a fantastic company and I am proud that they chose to partner with our #28 team at Richmond." Saturday night's race will mark the first time Discount Tire has been a primary sponsor in Sprint Cup Series. Discount Tire has been a sponsor in the Nationwide Series since 2004. Discount Tire provides sales of tires, wheels and related accessories and services through mail order, Internet and retail stores. They currently operate more than 650 stores across the country.(Yates Racing)(4-30-2008) Comment here
- No #21 driver named yet for RIR UPDATE Jon Wood in: The Wood Brothers have not announced who will drive for its [#21 Ford] car this week at Richmond, but Bill Elliott is scheduled to drive for the team at Darlington Raceway the following weekend.(Roanoke Times), Schrader?(4-28-2008)
UPDATE: Jon Wood will drive the #21 Air Force Ford Fusion at this weekend’s Sprint Cup event at the Richmond International Raceway. The 26 year old driver will be attempting to qualify for his second start of the 2008 season, after qualifying 12th at Talladega Superspeedway last week.(Wood Brothers Racing) Comment here
- Edwards gets his crew chief back: This weekend’s race at Richmond marks the return to the racetrack for Bob Osborne, crew chief of the #99 Office Depot team. Following a rule infraction at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 2, Osborne was placed on a six-week suspension from NASCAR. In the time that Osborne was away from the track, interim co-crew chiefs Chris Andrews and Robbie Reiser accumulated one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes. Had it not been for an engine failure in Atlanta, the win total may have been two. Edwards was leading the race when he was forced to retire from the event early.(Roush Fenway Racing)(4-29-2008) Comment here
- Marlin back in the #40 at Darlington? Schrader at Richmond: Sterling Marlin may drive again for Chip Ganassi Racing as a substitute for the injured Dario Franchitti in the May 10 Sprint Cup race at Darlington. Marlin drove eight seasons for Ganassi in the #40 Dodge before being replaced prior to the 2006 season. Marlin said nothing had been made official. “They’ve mentioned Darlington,” Marlin said. “I told them it’s whatever they want to do.” Marlin is committed to driving for Phoenix Racing in Richmond in Saturday night’s Cup race. He said his remaining schedule with the race team is not set. He signed a 10-race deal with Phoenix Racing prior to the season. Marlin finished 22nd in Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 — the first Cup race he qualified for this season. Marlin also is scheduled to compete in six Late Model races at Music City Motorplex beginning on May 10, but he said a Cup ride would take priority. Franchitti broke his left ankle in a crash on the 11th lap of Saturday’s Nationwide race at Talladega. It has not been determined how many races Franchitti will miss.(Tennessean), the #09 is not listed on the Richmond entry list...yet. Other drivers I have heard under consider for the #40 ride at Richmond include Ricky Rudd, Tony Raines, Mike Bliss, Dennis Setzer and Ken Schrader. Hearing Franchitti is having a carbon fiber cast put on Tuesday and the plan is for him to be back at Charlotte [All Star race May 17th].(4-29-2008)
UPDATE: hearing that Ken Schrader will drive the #40 Dodge at Richmond, subbing for the injured Dario Franchitti.(4-29-2008) Comment here
- See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.