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THE RACE: Chevy Rock and Roll 400

Sprint Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2008 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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  • Latest Statement from Richmond International Raceway about postponed races: Due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Hanna, NASCAR and Richmond International Raceway officials have announced all weekend activities, including tonight’s Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race, as well as tomorrow night’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race have been postponed to Sunday. The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled to start at 1:00pm/et. Sunday. The Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race will follow the Sprint Cup Series race at 7:00pm/et.
    All Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race tickets will be honored at the gate Sunday for the 1:00pm Chevy Rock & Roll 400.
    All Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race tickets will be honored at the gate Sunday for the 7:00pm Emerson Radio 250.
    Track parking lots will open at 7:00am/et Sunday. The track credential office, NASCAR registration, media center and press box all will open at 7:30am/et. The Sprint Cup Series garage will open at 8:00am/et.
    Sprint Cup Series Hospitality, Suites, Pit Stop Club and Green Flag Zone will open at 8:00am. Sprint Cup Series TORQUE Club guests will also enter at 8:00am. Grandstand gates for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race will open at 10:00am. Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race pit pass access is from 8:00 – 11:45am/et.
    The Nationwide Series garage will open at 3:00pm/et. Nationwide Series TORQUE Club and Suite guests will enter at 5:00pm. Grandstand gates for the Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race will open at 6:00pm.
    The Three Days Grace concert is tentatively scheduled to run from 11:15 a.m. – Noon on the frontstretch on Sunday. Fans can obtain passes to view the concert from the track at the Chevy Fan Fest display on the Midway.
    The Richmond International Raceway ticket office will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for both races can also be purchased at the main ticket office, Gate 40, Gate 80 and on the Commonwealth Mall, at the will call building, on Sunday. Sprint Cup Series tickets start at $80 and Nationwide Series tickets start at $40. Tickets for both races can also be purchased online by clicking here. More info about Park and Ride, Parking and more can be found at rir.com.(RIR PR)(9-5-2008)


  • Race: Sunday, September 7, 2008 in Richmond, VA

  • Title Sponsor: Chevrolet

  • Track: Richmond International Raceway

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:10pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • TV: ESPN 1:00pm/et

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 11:00am/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Thursday, September 11 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED and
    Thursday, September 11 at ?pm/et on HD Net (High Def)

  • Announcers: Dr. Jerry Punch, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Shannon Spake

  • Studio: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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  • Happy Hour [and only] Practice: Friday, September 5, 11:00am- 1:00pm/et on TV-ESPN2


Qualifying Information/Times/TV

  • Qualifying Draw [ping pong balls]: Friday, September 5, 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, September 5 at 6:10pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio.
    CARS will be IMPOUNDED after qualifying


RACE RUNDOWN/RESULTS
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  • Johnson wins at Richmond: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, after the race was delayed a day due to tropical storm Hanna. #48-Johnson won for the 2nd race in a row, 4th win of the season for Johnson and 37th of his career. #20-Stewart finished 2nd [and was not happy he didn't win], followed by #11-Hamlin, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #8-Martin, #31-Burton, #29-Harvick, #24-Gordon, #44-Reutimann [ties his career best from last weekend] and #2-Busch. #07-Bowyer finished 12th and beat #9-Kahne [19th] and #6-Ragan [32nd], to grab the final spot in The Chase. There were 23 lead changes among 12 drivers and 14 cautions for 70 caution laps.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Richmond Race Results Awards Page.(9-7-2008)

  • Race Fast Facts - Richmond: Jimmie Johnson won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, his 37th victory in 245 Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2008.
    This is his third victory and fourth top-10 finish in 14 races at Richmond.
    Tony Stewart (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 20 races at Richmond. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2008.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in six races at Richmond.
    Michael McDowell (20th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 207 points over Carl Edwards.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-7-2008)

  • September 16, 2007's Cup race at New Hampshire was the first time all 43 cars that started a Cup race finished it since NASCAR mandated the 43-car rule in 1998.
    UPDATE: and on September 7, 2008, the Cup race at Richmond was the 2nd race that all 43 cars that started a Cup race finished it since NASCAR mandated the 43-car rule in 1998.(9-7-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Chase Drivers Points Standings [after Richmond race 26 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 5080 [8 wins x 10 bonus pts]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 5050 [6 wins, 5 wins x 10 pts = 50pts*]
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 5040 [4 wins]
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5010 [1 win, 2nd, 3rd, 3-4ths]
    5) #07-Clint Bowyer 5010 [1 win, 2nd, 3rd, 4th]
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin 5010 [1 win, 7-3rds]
    7) #31-Jeff Burton 5010 [1 win, 1-3rd]
    8) #20-Tony Stewart 5000 [3-2nds]
    9) #16-Greg Biffle 5000 [2-2nds]
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon 5000 [1-2nd, 3-3rds]
    11) #29-Kevin Harvick 5000 [1-2nd, 1-3rd]
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth 5000 [2-3rds]
    * lost the bonus for win at Las Vegas due to penalty
    • To start the Chase, all 12 drivers have their point totals reset to 5,000.
    • After the reset, Chase drivers get 10 bonus points for each victory thus far this season.
    • Those new totals produce the Chase seedings.
    • For drivers starting the Chase with identical point totals, their seedings are determined by the traditional tiebreaker of best finishes beyond race victories.
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Richmond page.(9-7-2008)

  • UNOFFICAL Classic Drivers Points Standings [after Richmond race 26 of 36]:
    1) #18-Kyle Busch 3878 [8 wins]
    2) #99-Carl Edwards 3671 -207 [6 wins]
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson 3576 -302 [4 wins]
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3488 -390 [1 win]
    5) #31-Jeff Burton 3384 -494 [1 win]
    6) #20-Tony Stewart 3285 -593
    7) #29-Kevin Harvick 3283 -595
    8) #16-Greg Biffle 3280 -598
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin 3235 -643 [1 win]
    10) #24-Jeff Gordon 3221 -657
    11) #17-Matt Kenseth 3132 -746
    12) #07-Clint Bowyer 3116 -762 [1 win]
    13) #9-Kasey Kahne 3047 -831 [2 wins]
    14) #6-David Ragan 3039 -3039
    Points Standings on my Drivers/Owners Points after Richmond page.(9-7-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    #00-McDowell moves into the top 35 and RGordon is out
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 2029 +81
    32) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing: 2009 +61
    33) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 2004, +56
    34) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1969 +21
    35) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1959 11 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #7-Gordon/RGM: 1948, 11 points out of 35th
    37) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1947 -12
    38) #10-Carpentier/GEM: 1767 -192
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(9-7-2008)

  • Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #77-Hornish, 38th
    Caution 2: #44-Reutimann, 9th
    Caution 3: #28-Kvapil, 17th
    Caution 4: #45-Petty, 24th
    Caution 5: #00-McDowell, 20th
    Caution 6: #6-Ragan, 32nd
    Caution 7: #99-Edwards, 13th
    Caution 8: #43-Labonte, 21st
    Caution 9: #10-Carpentier, 25th
    Caution 10: #66-Riggs, 31st
    Caution 11: #96-Schrader, 27th
    Caution 12: #18-Busch, 15th
    Caution 13: #45-Petty (2), 24th
    Caution 14: #66-Riggs (2), 31st
    (9-7-2008)

  • Richmond Penalty Report:
    Car#, Penalty, Reason, Lap Issued
    1 #84 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 37
    2 #7 Excessive Speed-Entering pits TE 38
    3 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 97
    4 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 104
    5 #70 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 116
    6 #16 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 123
    7 #84 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 164
    8 #19 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 165
    9 #18 Too many crewmembers in contact with pit service area TE 213
    10 #19 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 228
    11 #7 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 228
    12 #18 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 228
    13 #78 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 229
    14 #83 Intentionally causing a caution 2 Laps 296
    15 #83 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 297
    16 #21 Pitting before Pit Road is Open TE 316
    17 #41 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 360
    18 #15 Removing equipment from assigned pit area TE 371
    19 #96 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 371
    20 #41 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 371
    21 #15 Excessive speed - Exiting pits TE 371
    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)(9-7-2008)

  • Racing Resources Says …
    * Jimmie Johnson won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday. Johnson posted his 37th career victory in his 245th race. Johnson posted his fourth victory of the 2008 season. Johnson also won at Phoenix, Indy and the second California race a week ago. He posted his third victory at Richmond in his 14th start. Johnson has won three of the past four races at Richmond. He finished 30th at RIR in June. Johnson won the race from the third-place starting position and led 32 of the 400 laps raced, including the final nine laps.
    * David Reutimann led 104 laps in the race, the most of the day and the most in his career.
    * Johnson, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards combined have won the past nine races of the season (each has won three).
    * Hendrick Motorsports scored its 10th victory at Richmond. Hendrick posted its fifth victory of the 2008 season.
    * Tony Stewart posted his fourth second-place finish of the season. He has not won a race since Watkins Glen in 2007, 40 races ago.
    * Jeff Gordon (eighth) has gone 31 races without a victory, tying his longest streak between victories.
    * Michael McDowell, who finished 20th, was the highest-finishing rookie of the year contender.
    * The top 10 consisted of six Chevrolets, three Toyotas and one Dodge. The highest-finishing Ford was Edwards in 13th.
    * All 43 cars were running at the finish, the fifth time in NASCAR history that has occurred.
    * The 2008 Chase is made up of four teams: Hendrick Motorsports with Gordon, Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.; Joe Gibbs Racing with Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer and Stewart; Roush Fenway Racing with Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Edwards; and Richard Childress Racing with Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton.
    * Kasey Kahne (19th) failed to make the 2008 Chase, finishing 13th in the final points, 69 points behind 12th-place Bowyer.(ESPN)

  • Pit Stall Selections have been made for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, #18-Busch got to choose first since he starts first [quals rained out] and choose the stall #1, #99-Edwards who starts 2nd took stall #17, the next with an opening in front of it and #48-Johnson who starts 3rd, took stall #5. See who took what stakk on my Richmond Pit Stall selections page.(9-7-2008)

  • Richmond races postponed until Sunday: The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway has been postponed from Saturday night Sunday, September 7th at 1pm/et. The race will be televised on ESPN. The Nationwide Series race, scheduled for Friday night, has been postponed to 6:30pm/et on Sunday, September 7th and will be televised on ESPN2.(9-5-2008)

  • Latest Statement from Richmond International Raceway about postponed races: Due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Hanna, NASCAR and Richmond International Raceway officials have announced all weekend activities, including tonight’s Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race, as well as tomorrow night’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race have been postponed to Sunday. The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled to start at 1:00pm/et. Sunday. The Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race will follow the Sprint Cup Series race at 7:00pm/et.
    All Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race tickets will be honored at the gate Sunday for the 1:00pm Chevy Rock & Roll 400.
    All Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race tickets will be honored at the gate Sunday for the 7:00pm Emerson Radio 250.
    Track parking lots will open at 7:00am/et Sunday. The track credential office, NASCAR registration, media center and press box all will open at 7:30am/et. The Sprint Cup Series garage will open at 8:00am/et.
    Sprint Cup Series Hospitality, Suites, Pit Stop Club and Green Flag Zone will open at 8:00am. Sprint Cup Series TORQUE Club guests will also enter at 8:00am. Grandstand gates for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race will open at 10:00am. Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race pit pass access is from 8:00 – 11:45am/et.
    The Nationwide Series garage will open at 3:00pm/et. Nationwide Series TORQUE Club and Suite guests will enter at 5:00pm. Grandstand gates for the Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race will open at 6:00pm.
    The Three Days Grace concert is tentatively scheduled to run from 11:15 a.m. – Noon on the frontstretch on Sunday. Fans can obtain passes to view the concert from the track at the Chevy Fan Fest display on the Midway.
    The Richmond International Raceway ticket office will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for both races can also be purchased at the main ticket office, Gate 40, Gate 80 and on the Commonwealth Mall, at the will call building, on Sunday. Sprint Cup Series tickets start at $80 and Nationwide Series tickets start at $40. Tickets for both races can also be purchased online by clicking here. More info about Park and Ride, Parking and more can be found at rir.com.(RIR PR)(9-5-2008)

  • Race Coverage of the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, September 7, 2008.
    TV: ESPN at 1:00pm/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, September 11 at 12:00pm/et and;
    HDNET, Thursday, September 11 at 5:30pm/et

  • Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway scheduled DIRECTV drivers
    (DIRECTV channel, car#, driver)
    HD (high definition)/SD (standard definition) Channels
    795, #20-Tony Stewart
    796, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    797, #31-Jeff Burton
    798, #29-Kevin Harvick
    799, Team Radios/National Broadcast
    Teams and drivers are subject to change at anytime, more info at directv.com/hotpass


NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING
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  • Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway Pit Stall Selections

  • Qualifying at Richmond cancelled: qualifying for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway was canceled and the field set by the rules book/owners points/race attempts, See the starting lineup on my Richmond Starting Grid/Qualifying page. #34-Raines, #09-Marlin and #02-Logano will miss the race. #18-Kyle Busch will start 1st with #99-Edwards 2nd.(9-5-2008)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, September 5, 2008 at 6:10pm/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: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Chevy Rock and Roll 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 #48-Johnson, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #1-Truex Jr.. The first go-or-go homer to go out [36th] is #96-Schrader, the final driver scheduled to qualify is #02-Logano. See the full qualifying order on my Richmond Qualifying Page.(9-5-2008)

  • The one and only practice for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the fastest:
    #24-Gordon 121.534
    #6-Ragan 121.529
    #42-Montoya 121.419
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 121.327
    #8-Martin 121.294
    slowest: #77-Hornish 119.011 and #21-Elliott 118.634
    incident: #16-Biffle smacked the wall with the right rear and did slight damage to the car
    See speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Richmond Practice Speeds page.(9-5-2008)

  • Entry List for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2008 owners points (2008 race attempts/owners pts standings in parens):
    #00-Michael McDowell (25/36)
    #02-Joey Logano (0/0)
    #09-Sterling Marlin (5/48)
    #10-Patrick Carpentier (25/39)
    #21-Bill Elliott [champ prov](25/42)
    #34-Tony Raines (21/45)
    #45-Kyle Petty (25/40)
    #70-Johnny Sauter (25/42)
    #77-Sam Hornish (25/36)
    #78-Joe Nemechek (25/41)
    #96-Ken Schrader (25/38)
    In the event qualifying is cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 21,77,00,10,96,45,78,70
    missing the race would be [2]: #'s 34,09,02
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List.(9-2-2008)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond:
    #84-Allmendinger jumps up to 31st, #7-Robby Gordon falls to 35th, and #77-Hornish falls out of the top 35.
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    31) #84-Allmendinger/Red Bull Racing: 1935, +42
    32) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing: 1932, +39
    33) #66-Riggs/Haas CNC Racing: 1931, +38
    34) #55-Waltrip/Waltrip Racing: 1930 +37
    35) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon Motorsports: 1911 18 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #77-Hornish/Penske Racing: 1893, 18 points out of 35th
    37) #00-McDowell/Waltrip Racing: 1856 -55
    38) #10-Carpentier/Gillett Evernham Motorsports 1622 -289
    For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(8-31-2008)

  • IMPOUND: the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway will be the 4th 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

  • Sept 2007 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 91.813mph, started 1st

  • May 2008 Race Winner: #07-Clint Bowyer, 95.786mph, started 31st

  • 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 2007 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmy Johnson, 126.298mph, finished 1st

  • May 2008 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 126.198mph, finished 24th

  • 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: 33 Chevy; 28 Ford; 17 Dodge

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 21 [of 104 races] 20.2%
  • 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 starting pos 31: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 59 of 104 - 56.7%
  • Races won from the top 10: 83 of 104 - 79.8%

  • At Richmond International Raceway:
    • Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a .5-mile dirt track.
    • The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on April 19, 1953.
    • The spring 1964 race was run on a Tuesday night under temporary lighting.
    • The track name changed to Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1967.
    • The track surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between races in 1968.
    • The track name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969.
    • Track was re-measured to .500-miles in April; then to .542-miles in September 1969.
    • The first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond was Feb. 20, 1982.
    • The track was rebuilt as a .750-mile D-shaped oval following the spring race on Feb. 21, 1988.
    • The first race under permanent lights was held Sept. 7, 1991.
    • The first season with both races as night races was 1999.
    • There have been 104 Sprint Cup races at Richmond since the track opened in 1953 – 24 on dirt and 39 on the current configuration.
    • The current 400-lap race length was established on the .542-mile measurement in March 1976.
    • Buck Baker won the first Sprint Cup pole in 1953.
    • Lee Petty won the first Sprint Cup race in April 1953.
    • Davey Allison won the first .750-mile race at Richmond from the pole.
    • There have been 46 different pole winners, led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty (eight).
    • Jeff Gordon (five) leads active drivers with five poles.
    • 45 different drivers have posted victories at Richmond, 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 car owner.
    • 59 of 104 races at Richmond have been won from the top five starting positions, including 21 from the pole.
    • Nine of the past 10 races have been won from the top 10.
    • The furthest back in the field that a race winner started was 31st, by Clint Bowyer in this season’s spring race.
    • There have been 10 different pole winners in the past 11 races. Denny Hamlin is the only repeat pole winner in the 11-race period.
    • Kyle Petty became the first third-generation NASCAR race winner when he won his first race, at Richmond, on February 23, 1986. Richard Petty posted his first Richmond victory in 1961 and Lee won the very first Richmond race in 1953.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-2-2008)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #02-Joey Logano Reverse Home Depot #02 Team Schemes Page
    #7-Robby Gordon Jim Beam Operation Homefront #7 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
    #21-Bill Elliott Air Force #21 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon Nicorette/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #28-Travis Kvapil Hitachi Power Tools #28 Team Schemes Page
    #38-David Gilliland CitiFinancial #38 Team Schemes Page
    #45-Kyle Petty Marathon American Spirit Oil #45 Team Schemes Page
    #70-Johnny Sauter Hunt Brothers Pizza #70 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink #88 Team Schemes Page


  • Robby to visit military base, run special scheme at RIR: Robby Gordon will visit soldiers assigned to the Warrior in Transition Unit (WTU) at Fort Lee, VA on behalf of Operation Homefront Thursday, September 4. The visit coincides with Jim Beam's efforts to help increase awareness of Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency assistance and morale to U.S. troops and their families. Additionally, the #7 Jim Beam Dodge will sport a special red, white and blue paint scheme featuring Operation Homefront under the lights at Richmond International Raceway. Jim Beam formed an association with Operation Homefront earlier this year when it recognized the organization had the same commitment and values as the Jim Beam brand - true character, integrity and doing the right thing. Gordon will arrive at Fort Lee, Thursday, September 4 at 1:15pm and will begin signing autographs at 1:30pm. The visit to the Warriors in Transition Unit will take place at 2:30pm.(Jim Beam Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #7 Team Schemes page.(8-26-2008)

  • Citifinanacial to sponsor #38 in four races UPDTE: CitiFinancial announced that it will sponsor the Yates Racing #38 Ford Fusion and driver David Gilliland in four Sprint Cup Series races beginning at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 17. The #38 will also sport the CitiFinancial and Citi paint scheme at Fontana, Richmond and Texas.(Yates Racing PR)(8-10-2008)
    IMAGE: see an image of thecar on my #38 Team Schemes page.(8-15-2008)

  • Nicorette scheme for the #24 at Las Vegas UPDATE: Jeff Gordon will run the special #24 DuPont Nicorette Chevy paint scheme for the first of six races in 2008 at Sunday's UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "It is rewarding to be involved with a sponsor such as Nicorette that focuses on making a difference in people's lives and helping people achieve better health by quitting smoking," said Gordon. "Nicorette continues to be an excellent partner and I look forward to a big weekend in the special DuPont Nicorette paint scheme at Las Vegas." 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 300 NASCAR team members from 19 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 LVMS 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 PR)(2-26-2008)
    UPDATE: Gordon is scheduled to drive the #24 DuPont/Nicorette Chevy at:
    Las Vegas,
    Phoenix [4/12],
    Chicago [7/12],
    Richmond [9/6],
    Atlanta [10/26] and
    Texas [11/2].
    Nicorette also sponsors the Nicorette 300 Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 8. see an image of the scheme on the #24 Team Schemes page.(2-27-2008)

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


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)
    Last Repaved: Fall of 2003

    Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Retired FDNY Craig Monahan
    Command to start engines: Craig Monahan
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: GM Dealer Owner Ted Linhart
    Invocation: Rev. Joe Ellison, Essex Village Community Church
    National Anthem: Contry Singer, Jolie Holiday
    Military Flyover: 4 F-22A Raptors, 192nd Fighter Wing, VA Air National Guard, Langley, AFB
    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 September 2007 Richmond Race Info page

  • Last May: see the May 2008 Richmond Race Info page


  • Richmond Race Tix Information for Sunday: Due to the postponement of both the Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race – originally scheduled for Friday night – and the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race – originally scheduled for Saturday night – Richmond International Raceway will now host both races on Sunday, September 7. The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 is scheduled for a 1pm/et start on Sunday and only Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 will be honored for admission. Following the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race, all fans must exit the track. The grandstands will be cleared, then closed, between races.
    The Emerson Radio 250 Series race is scheduled for a 7pm/et start later on Sunday. The grandstands are scheduled to reopen at 6pm/et. and only Nationwide Series tickets for the Emerson Radio 250 will be honored for admission. Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race tickets will not be accepted for admission to the Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race. Chevy Rock & Roll 400 ticket holders who also have tickets to the Emerson Radio 250 must also exit the track between races and reenter when the grandstands reopen at 6pm/et.
    Tickets for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 - “One Last Race To Make The Chase”- are still available by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or visiting www.rir.com. All seats are reserved and start at $80. Tickets are also available for the Emerson Radio 250 with general admission tickets priced at $40 and reserved seats price at $50. Children 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult in general admission sections for the Emerson Radio 250 race only.(RIR PR)(9-6-2008)

  • Traffic Alert for Sept 7th at RIR: Guests attending the Emerson Radio 250 Nationwide Series race on Sunday, September 7, scheduled for 7:00pm/et, are encouraged to arrive at Richmond International Raceway no later than 4:00pm/et, due to the egress of traffic following the 1:00pm/et start of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race.
    Track officials, working with Henrico County Police, are anticipating a heavy egress of traffic following the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, which may cause lane modifications for guests entering Richmond International Raceway for the Emerson Radio 250.
    Additionally, track officials are encouraging guests attending the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 to arrive early to avoid anticipated heavy traffic. Richmond International Raceway’s parking lots will open at 7:00am/et on Sunday. Guests are encouraged to avoid Wilkinson Road, due to the closure of one lane for bridge repair. Please note that travel routes are subject to change throughout the day by the Henrico County Police Department based on traffic conditions. As of 3:00pm/et [Sept 6th], there have been no road closures in Henrico County. Guests can stay tuned to WRVA 1140 AM for traffic updates. Track and county officials appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to efficiently get all guests in and out of Richmond International Raceway property in a safe and timely manner.(RIR PR)(9-6-2008)

  • Statement's from Richmond International Raceway about impact of Hanna UPDATE 4: “Given the projected path of Tropical Storm Hanna, we are working closely with NASCAR, as well as state and local government officials to monitor the path and potential impact of the storm. As always, the safety of our fans, competitors and the local community is of the utmost importance to Richmond International Raceway. This weekend’s events are currently scheduled to run as planned but we will provide updates at www.rir.com and 877-251-7223, as to their status at least twice daily, or as needed. Fans who have purchased ticket insurance and have questions specific to the insurance can call World Access at 800-628-6188.”(RIR PR)(9-2-2008)
    UPDATE: As of 11:00am/et Wednesday, this weekend’s events are scheduled to run as planned. The Main and Laburnum campgrounds opened at 7:00am this morning (Wednesday) and the Specialty campground will open as scheduled at 7:00am tomorrow (Thursday). We [RIR] are continuing to work closely with NASCAR, as well as state and local government officials to monitor the path and potential impact of Tropical Storm Hanna. As always, the safety of our fans, competitors and the local community continues to be of the utmost importance to Richmond International Raceway. They will provide an update on our website [www.rir.com], as well as on the Richmond International Raceway information line at 877-251-7223 at 7:00pm/et tonight.(RIR PR)(9-3-2008)
    UPDATE 2: As of 6:00pm Wednesday, this weekend’s events are scheduled to run as planned. The Specialty Campground will open as scheduled at 7:00am Thursday. As Tropical Storm Hanna’s path continually changes, we will continue to work closely with NASCAR, as well as state and local government officials to monitor its path and potential impact. As always, the safety of our fans, competitors and the local community continues to be of the utmost importance to Richmond International Raceway. The next update will be at 11:00am Thursday morning on our website [www.rir.com] and at 877-251-7223.(RIR)(9-3-2008)
    UPDATE 3: As of 11:00am/et Thursday, based on the latest information about the projected path of Tropical Strom Hanna, this weekend’s events are scheduled to run as planned. RIR is continuing to work closely with NASCAR, local government officials and meteorologists to monitor the path and potential impact of the storm. As always, the safety of fans, competitors and the local community is of the utmost importance to Richmond International Raceway. If you have already purchased ticket insurance and have questions specific to the insurance you have already purchased, please contact World Access at 800-628-6188. RIR's next update will come at 7:00pm/et Thursday at www.rir.com and at 877-251-7223.(RIR PR)(9-4-2008)
    UPDATE 4: “Richmond International Raceway is working hand-in-hand with the Governor’s office, as well as other state and local officials, National Weather Service officials and NASCAR, to monitor the path and potential impact of Tropical Storm Hanna. As of 6:00pm/et. Thursday, this weekend’s events are scheduled to run as planned, however, we will continue to provide updates at www.rir.com and 877-251-7223, as to their status every three hours beginning Friday morning at 9:00am/et/et. We are in constant communication with the Governor’s office and will provide updates as they become available.”(RIR PR)(9-4-2008)
    UPDATE 5 9/5 9am/et: "Richmond International Raceway officials are currently meeting with weather officials and NASCAR, to monitor the path and potential impact of Tropical Storm Hanna. As of 9:00am/et. Friday, this weekend’s events are scheduled to run as planned, however, we will continue to provide updates at 877-251-7223 and at www.rir.com, as to their status every three hours. The next update is scheduled for 12noon/et.(9-5-2008)
    UPDATE 6 - 9/5 12pm/et: Richmond International Raceway officials met with weather officials and NASCAR this morning to monitor the path and potential impact of Tropical Storm Hanna. They are continuing to work closely with the Governor’s office, as well as state and local officials as the storm continues moving Northeast. As of 12noon/et Friday, this weekend’s events are scheduled to run as planned, however, they will continue to provide updates at 877-251-7223 and at www.rir.com, as to their status every three hours. The next update is scheduled for 3:00pm/et Friday.(RIR PR)(9-5-2008)
    UPDATE 7 - 9/5 3pm/et: Richmond International Raceway officials are currently meeting with Henrico County officials, weather officials and NASCAR to monitor the path and potential impact of Tropical Storm Hanna. They are continuing to work closely with the Governor’s office as well, as the storm continues a Northwestern path. As of 3:00pm/et Friday, this weekend’s events are scheduled to run as planned, however, they will continue to provide updates at 877-251-7223 and at www.rir.com, as to their status every three hours. The next update is scheduled for 6:00pm/et Friday.(9-5-2008)(RIR PR)

  • Local Richmond GM dealer to wave green flag at RIR: J.Theodore "Ted" Linhart is known for giving away pawpaw plants and selling cars banged up by a tornado, but tomorrow he will take on a new role: race starter. Linhart will climb onto the flag stand above the start-finish line at Richmond International Raceway and wave the green flag to start tomorrow's Chevy Rock & Roll 400. For Linhart, owner of Dominion Auto Group, the role of honorary starter at a NASCAR race is a dream come true. "I feel like a little kid throwing the first pitch at Yankee Stadium," he said. Chevrolet, a GM brand, is the title sponsor of the Sprint Cup race and gets to choose the honorary starter. The honorary starter is introduced at the start of the race, gets to attend the pre-race drivers' meeting and waves the green flag, a RIR spokesman said.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(9-5-2008)

  • Grand Marshall at RIR: Giving the most famous command in motorsports – Craig Monahan, a retired New York City firefighter – will serve as Grand Marshal for the 6th annual Chevy Rock and Roll 400. Monahan was a first responder during the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He will spend the weekend as a Chevy VIP guest where he will be honored for his heroic contributions. “When Chevy extended this opportunity to me to be Grand Marshal for the race, I was elated. To get a behind the scenes look at America’s fastest growing sport and have such an important duty at the race is exciting and a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Monahan. “I don’t consider myself heroic. It was my day off, I heard the news, jumped in my Silverado, and headed from Staten Island to the scene. It is in my nature, on or off duty, working or retired, to help those in need.”(GM Racing PR)(9-3-2008)


    The Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Trophy

  • RIR trophy to feature working guitar: When Saturday night’s Chevy Rock & Roll 400 winner visits Gatorade Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway, he’ll not only receive a fervent celebration with his team and owner, but he will also accept a piece of hardware that took three months to construct and refine into the piece of artwork that it truly is. For the fourth consecutive year, collaboration among Chevrolet, Paul Reed Smith Guitars and metal sculptor Karl Saar will result in a trophy valued at more than $20,000. Since 2005, the award for winning the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race has been a four-foot tall trophy incorporating a custom, fully functional PRS guitar engulfed in polished aluminum flames. The guitar, which can be removed and played, sits atop a mahogany pedestal and is painted to exactly match the color of the Official Pace Car.
    The paint design is quite an elaborate process. The paint codes used for the Pace Car are obtained from Chevy and directly applied to the trophy. There are several colors, along with a urethane topcoat, just like that used on the car. A meticulous process from start to finish, the paint design project takes about two weeks to complete. The colors this year are Crystal Black, Volcanic Red, O’ So Sexy Red, Performance Yellow, Orange Glow and Sterling Silver.
    The polished aluminum flames are manufactured by Baltimore metal sculptor Karl Saar. Along with the flames, the 2007 and 2008 trophies include an aluminum depiction of Richmond International Raceway’s D-shaped oval. Approximately 35 pounds of aluminum is used for this part of the project, which takes approximately 230 hours to construct and polish.
    “As soon as I jumped out of the car in Victory Lane, I noticed the trophy and asked one of the race officials if that was the one I actually got to take home,” said Kurt Busch, winner of the 2005 Chevy Rock & Roll 400. “I couldn’t believe it. It’s just a really cool trophy—very unique. It stands out from all the others.” The trophy is going on a media tour this week before going on display Saturday, September 6, prior to the Chevy Rock & Roll 400—“One Last Race to Make The Chase.” The race sets the field for the top 12 drivers who will battle it out over the final 10 races to determine the Sprint Cup Series champion. Tickets, which start at $80, can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 866-455-7223 or logging on to www.rir.com.(RIR PR)(9-3-2008)

  • Pre-Race Concert at Richmond: Chevrolet will once again merge the heart-pounding sounds of rock and roll with the breathtaking excitement of NASCAR action at Richmond International Raceway, prior to the Saturday, September 6, Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race at America's Premier Short Track. Before the anticipation of "One Last Race to Make The Chase," modern rock band Three Days Grace will perform a pre-race concert at 5:45pm/et on Richmond International Raceway's frontstretch, near the start-finish line. Three Days Grace, comprised of Adam Gontier, Brad Walst, Neil Sanderson and Barry Stock, originated in 1997 in Ontario, Canada.
    Individuals with tickets to the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway can get an up-close view of the Three Days Grace concert by visiting Chevy Fan Fest on the midway at Richmond International Raceway on September 6. By participating in the Chevy Challenge, each individual will receive two free passes (while supplies last) to watch the Three Days Grace performance on the frontstretch of the track. Race fans who don't already have tickets to the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway can see their favorite Chevy drivers "under the lights" on Saturday, September 6 by purchasing tickets at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR PR)(8-26-2008)

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


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

    Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,150, Right-side -- 1,150;
    Nationwide: 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 100-110 laps, based on fuel mileage

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Richmond this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Goodyear brought for teams in these two series to run at Richmond earlier this season . . . with this being Goodyear's intermediate/flat track set-up, major NASCAR teams have a lot of experience on these tire codes . . . in addition to Richmond, teams in NASCAR's top-three series will run this specific tire set-up at Phoenix, New Hampshire, Gateway, Indianapolis Raceway Park, Memphis and Milwaukee this season . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one-mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.

    Testing update: Goodyear conducted a tire test with Bobby Labonte (#43 Petty Enterprises Dodge) and Mark Martin (#8 Dale Earnhardt Inc. Chevrolet) at Dover International Speedway this past Wednesday, confirming its tire recommendation for the NASCAR weekend on Sept. 19-21. . . other upcoming tests include confirmation tests at Atlanta (Sept. 16) and Homestead (Oct. 14), and two large scale tests at Indianapolis (Sept. 22-23 and Oct. 6-8).

    See past race tire codes, pressures on my Tire Notes Page


DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

  • Hunt Brothers Pizza to Participate in Chevy Rock and Roll 400 The #70 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet will make its next appearance at the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Speedway Saturday, September 6. Johnny Sauter will steer the Hunt Brothers Chevy under the bright lights of “America’s Premier Short Track.” Hunt Brothers Pizza will serve as a secondary sponsor on the #66 car driven by Scott Riggs at Richmond as well. “The Hunt Brothers car has made some very positive finishes this season during the first year of our NASCAR sponsorship,” said Scott Hunt, executive of Hunt Brothers Pizza. “We look forward to improving our standing for the remainder of the season and sharing our brand with the millions of faithful NASCAR fans next year as well.” To celebrate their NASCAR partnership, Hunt Brothers is sponsoring a Free Fill-Up Sweepstakes. Through October 27, 2008, visitors to www.freegasfreepizza.com will have the opportunity to sign up for a chance to win free gas and free pizza for a year.(PR), see images of the #70 and #66 Hunt Brothers Pizza car on my #70 Team Schemes page and #66 Team Schemes page.(9-5-2008)

  • Logano to the #20 in 2009; debut at RIR in #02: Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that The Home Depot will continue its sponsorship of the Sprint Cup #20 Toyota team in 2009 and beyond, and that Joey Logano, one of the sport’s brightest emerging stars, will take over the duties behind the wheel of one of NASCAR’s most successful race teams. Logano will make his NASCAR Spirit Cup series debut on Sept. 6 at Richmond International Raceway in a Home Depot sponsored car featuring a reverse color scheme and bearing the #02. In addition, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Greg Zipadelli, crew chief of the #20 Home Depot Toyota Sprint Cup Series for the past 10 years, will remain atop the pit box as Logano’s crew chief.(Joe Gibbs Racing site)(8-25-2008) Comment here

  • See the 2008 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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