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    THE RACE: Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400

    TRACK: Richmond International Raceway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #10 of 36 for the 2009 season
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Saturday, May 2, 2009 in Richmond, VA

    • Title Sponsor: Crown Royal

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:43pm/et


    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • Television Coverage: 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:
      Wednesday, May 6 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

    • Announcers: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

    • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

    • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

    • TV Listings, Links and Info:
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    Practice Dates/Times/TV

    • Practices:
      Friday, May 1, 12:00 - 1:30pm/et, TV-SPEED

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, May 1, 2:00 - 3:30pm/et, TV-SPEED


    Qualifying Information/Times/TV

    • Qualifying Draw: Friday, May 1, 11:00am/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, May 1 at 5:40pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air at 12:00am/et;
      AND live via radio at MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio.


    RACE RUNDOWN
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    • Kyle Busch wins at Richmond: #18-Kyle Busch won the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway for his 3rd win of 2009 and the 15th of his career. With the win on his 24th birthday, he is the youngest driver ever to reach 15 Cup wins. He also won the Nationwide Series race Friday night, making it is his second weekend sweep (he did it last year in Chicago). #14-Tony Stewart finished second, followed by #31-Burton, #39-Newman, #5-Martin, #77-Hornish, #26-McMurray, #24-Gordon, #07-Mears, and #42-Montoya. #88-Earnhard Jr. finished 27th. #48-Johnson battled brake problems all night and finished 36th. There were 15 cautions (which ties the record at Richmond) for 79 laps and 21 lead changes among 8 leaders.
      For race results, awards and more on the Richmond Race Results Page.(5-2-2009)

    • UNOFFICAL Driver Points Standings [after Richmond, race 10 of 36]:
      1) #24-Jeff Gordon 1441 [1 win]
      2) #2-Kurt Busch 1431 -10 [1 win]
      3) #14-Tony Stewart 1402 -39
      4) #11-Denny Hamlin 1321 -120
      5) #18-Kyle Busch 1314 -127 [3 wins]
      6) #48-Jimmie Johnson 1290 -151 [1 win]
      7) #31-Jeff Burton 1257 -184
      8) #33-Clint Bowyer 1212 -229
      9) #99-Carl Edwards 1204 -237
      10) #39-Ryan Newman 1198 -243
      11) #16-Greg Biffle 1193 -248
      12) #17-Matt Kenseth 1187 -254 [2 wins]
      Contenders for the top-12/chase:
      13) #00-David Reutimann 1156, 31 points out of 12th
      14) #42-Juan Montoya 1152, -35
      15) #5-Mark Martin 1126, -61
      16) #83-Brian Vickers 1118, -69
      17) #9-Kasey Kahne 1106, -81
      18) #88-Dale Earnhardt 1100, -87
      For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers/Owners Points Standings.(5-2-2009)

    • Racing Resources Says …
      * Kyle Busch won the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It was his 15th victory in his 160th Cup series start and his third win in 2009; he also scored victories at Las Vegas and Bristol.
      * Busch scored his first victory in nine races at Richmond. He had finished second at Bristol three previous times. He became the 46th different winner in 106 Cup races at Richmond.
      * Busch, who started 14th, scored his third career short-track victory in 27 such races.
      * Busch, 24, became just the second driver in Cup series history to win on his birthday. Cale Yarborough, whose birthday is March 27, did so twice. Busch is the youngest driver in NASCAR history to score 15 wins. He also is the youngest to win a Cup race at Richmond. Jeff Gordon was 24 years, 6 months, 28 days old when he won at Richmond on March 3, 1996.
      * Busch became the third driver to score a weekend sweep at Richmond, joining Harry Gant (Sept. 6-7, 1991) and Kevin Harvick (Sept. 8-9, 2006). Busch won a benefit race put together by fellow racer Denny Hamlin at Southside Speedway in Virginia on Thursday night, the Nationwide race at Richmond on Friday night and the Cup race.
      * Busch tied Ned Jarrett, Junior Johnson and Greg Biffle with 50 combined NASCAR wins -- 11th all time.
      * This was the 22nd of 106 races at Richmond to be won from a starting position outside the top 10 (21 percent).
      * Busch's victory is the 71st Cup win by Joe Gibbs Racing, which ranks seventh all time. Gibbs scored its fourth victory at Richmond, where Stewart has won three times and Busch has won once.
      * Busch led three times for 53 laps Saturday night, including the final 49.
      * Hamlin led the most laps (148). He has led laps in all seven of his races at Richmond. The driver leading the most laps has failed to win the past seven races at Richmond. For the sixth time in his career and his second time at Richmond, Hamlin led the most laps of a race yet didn't win.
      * The driver leading at the midpoint of the race has failed to win the past eight races at Richmond. Hamlin led 381 laps at Richmond one year ago and finished 24th.
      * Tony Stewart (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 2009. It marked his fifth straight top-10 at Richmond. He climbed from fourth to third in points. He has ranked eighth or better in the standings all season.
      * This was the third victory for Toyota in 2009. Chevrolet has four, Ford has two and Dodge has one.
      * Jeff Burton (third) tied his best finish in 2009 set at Las Vegas. Burton has scored eight straight top-15 finishes.
      * Ryan Newman (fourth) scored his fourth top-10 finish in 2009, all in the past six races. He climbed from 13th to 10th in the points standings, making his first appearance among the top 12 since he ranked 11th after the Richmond race in May one year ago. For the first time, Stewart-Haas Racing drivers (Stewart and Newman) scored top-5 finishes in the same race.
      * Jeff Gordon (eighth) took over as the leader of the Cup standings, by 10 points over Kurt Busch, who finished 12th. Gordon has finished 13th or better in eight of the 10 races this season.
      * Casey Mears (ninth) posted his best finish of the season.
      * David Reutimann (28th) posted his third finish outside the top 20 in 2009. He dropped from 11th to 13th in the points standings. He ranked 13th after Daytona and had ranked among the top 12 in the past eight races.
      * Bobby Labonte (31st) has been running at the finish in the past 21 races at Richmond, the longest current streak.
      * The 15 caution periods tied the record at Richmond.
      * The top 10 consisted of seven Chevrolets, one Toyota, one Dodge and one Ford.(ESPN)(5-5-2009)

    • Race Fast Facts - Richmond:
      Kyle Busch won the CROWN ROYAL Presents The Russ Friedman 400, his 15th victory in 160 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his third victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2009.
      This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in nine races at Richmond International Raceway.
      Tony Stewart (second) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 21 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2009.
      Jeff Burton (third) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 30 races at Richmond International Raceway.
      Joey Logano (19th) was the highest finishing rookie.
      Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 10 points over Kurt Busch.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-2-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Darlington:
      No teams jumped into the top 35, #7-Gordon moved up to 34th and the #34 team dropped to 35th
      33) #98-Menard/Yates: 839, +140
      35) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 768, +69
      34) #34-Andretti/Earnhart Ganassi: 743, 44 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 699, 44 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 640, -103
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(5-2-2009)

    • Penalty Report - Richmond
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #66, 9, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #41, 115, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #48, 116, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, tail end
      #00, 116, Rolling a tire(s) beyond the center of pit road, tail end
      #41, 171, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      #26, 171, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      #48, 192, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #98, 194, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, tail end
      #48, 196, Disobeying a NASCAR request, pass thru
      #12, 274, Removing equipment from assigned pit area, pit
      #83, 287, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, tail end
      #29, 291, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #29, 309, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      #1, 327, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #9, 327, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #09, 329, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #41, 329, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #96, 346, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #96, 346, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, tail end
      (NASCAR Statistics)(5-2-2009)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: no driver down a lap, race started under green/yellow
      Caution 2: no driver down a lap
      Caution 3: #42-Montoya, 10th
      Caution 4: #26-McMurray, 7th
      Caution 5: #16-Biffle, 17th
      Caution 6: #7-Gordon, 16th
      Caution 7: #07-Mears, 9th
      Caution 8: #17-Kenseth, 13th
      Caution 9: #26-McMurray (2), 7th
      Caution 10: #99-Edwards, 26th
      Caution 11: #6-Ragan, 23rd
      Caution 12: #55-Waltrip, 24th
      Caution 13: #19-Sadler, 25th
      Caution 14: #83-Vickers, 15th
      Caution 15: #44-Allmendinger, 21st
      (5-2-2009)

    • Pit Stall Selections - Richmond: The selections for pit stalls of the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 have been made. Pole sitter #83-Vickers chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], while outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 17, the next stall with an opening in front of it. #44-Allmendinger, who starts 31st, chose the final pit stall. See the pit selection chart on the Richmond Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-1-2009)

    • Race Coverage of the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2009.
      TV: FOX at 7:00 pm/et; pre-race show at 7:45 pm/et; green flag approx ?
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      ESPN.com: on the ESPN.com ESPN's Racecast and Chat.
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, May 6 at 12:00pm/et;


    NEWS, PRACTICE, QUALIFYING and RESULTS
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    • Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 Pit Stall Selections

    • Vickers on pole at Richmond: #83-Brian Vickers won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 127.131mph for his 2nd pole of the year and 7th pole of his career. #24-Jeff Gordon was 2nd fastest followed by #11-Hamlin, #1-Truex, Jr., #31-Burton, #09-Bliss, #5-Martin, #82-Speed, #00-Reutimann, and #39-Newman.
      The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #09-Bliss, #82-Speed, #87-Nemechek, #66-Blaney, #71-Gilliand, #41-Mayfield, #36-Riggs, and #37-Raines
      The two drivers who failed to qualify: #64-Bodine, #06-Boys.
      See qualifying results, order, pole progression and starting lineup on my Richmond Qualifying/Starting Lineup page.(5-1-2009)

    • Richmond Qualifying Fast Facts:
      Brian Vickers won the Coors Light Pole Award for the CROWN ROYAL Presents The Russ Friedman 400 with a lap of 21.238 seconds, 127.131 mph.
      This is his seventh pole in 182 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his second pole and fourth top-10 start in 2009.
      This is his second pole in ten races at Richmond International Raceway.
      Jeff Gordon (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2009 and his 25th in 33 races at Richmond International Raceway.
      Denny Hamlin (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his fourth in ten races this season.
      Scott Speed (eighth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statsistics)(5-1-2009)

    • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
      Toyota: #83-Vickers, 127.131, starts 1st
      Chevy: #24-Gordon, 126.844, starts 2nd
      Dodge: #09-Bliss, 126.286, starts 6th
      Ford: #16-Biffle, 1125.535, starts 20th
      (5-1-2009)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2009 at 5:40pm/et.
      TV: SPEED - 5:30pm/et
      Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
      Qualifying Re-Air: 12:00am/et on SPEED

    • Qualifying Order for the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. 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 #77-Hornish, the final top-35 driver scheduled is #44-Allmendinger. The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #66-Dave Blaney and the final driver scheduled to qualify is #64-Todd Bodine. See the full qualifying order on the Richmond Qualifying Page.(5-1-2009)

    • Happy Hour/Final Practice for the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the fastest:
      #48-Johnson 124.636
      #24-Gordon 124.619
      #83-Vickers 124.619
      #00-Reutimann 124.567
      #2-Busch 124.481
      Slowest: #64-Bodine 120.224 & #06-Boys 115.409
      #12-Stremme scraped the wall coming off turn four, only minor damage
      See speeds, ave speed. laps run and more on my Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(5-1-2009)

    • Where did the non top-35 drivers practice in Happy Hour at Richmond International Raceway:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #82-Scott Speed, 20th
      #09-Mike Bliss, 21st
      #66-Dave Blaney, 32nd
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield, 37th
      #36-Scott Riggs, 38th
      #71-Gilliland, 39th
      #37-Tony Raines, 41st
      #87-Joe Nemechek,42nd
      these drivers would miss the race if things stayed the same:
      #64-Todd Bodine, 44th
      #06-Trevor Boys, 45th
      (5-1-2009)

    • The First Practice: for the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the fastest:
      #1-Truex, Jr. 123.046
      #39-Newman 122.968
      #99-Reutimann 122.438
      #18-Busch 122.393
      #66-Blaney 122.012
      Slowest: #37-Raines 118.869 & #06-Boys 114.577
      There were 2 incidents within the first 5 minutes of the session. #42-Montoya and #88-Earnhardt, Jr made contact with each other entering turn 1 at the start of the session, Earnhardt Jr's tire was cut down and he spun around, suffering just cosmetic damage. Minutes later #16-Biffle spun coming up turn 4 and slid into the infield.
      See speeds, ave speed. laps run and more on my Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(5-1-2009)

    • The Entry List for the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points (which now count after race five):
      #06-Trevor Boys (58/1)
      #09-Mike Bliss (40/9)
      #36-Scott Riggs (42/9)
      #37-Tony Raines (50/4)
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield (44/9)
      #64-Todd Bodine (46/8)
      #66-Dave Blaney (43/9)
      #71-David Gilliland (37/9)
      #82-Scott Speed (36/9)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (41/9)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,82,71,87,36,66,41,64
      missing the race would be [2]: #'s 37,06
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List.(4-27-2009)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond:
      no changes in who is in and who is out BUT #82-Speed moves to 36th and is only 18 points out of 35th
      33) #20-Logano/Gibbs: 753, +118
      34) #34-Andretti/Earnhart Ganassi: 676, +41
      35) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 653, 18 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
      36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 635, 18 points out of 35th
      37) #71-Gilliland/TRG: 594, -59
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
      For the owner points standings, see my Drivers/Owners Points Standings page.(4-26-2009)

    • 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 Sprint 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, if still tied then by best finish
      #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)

    • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

    • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

    • Single File Restarts with 20 laps to go: NASCAR will use single-file lineups for restarts with 20 laps remaining in all three national series this year, NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said today. The previous rule called for single-file restarts with only 10 laps remaining. All other restarts had lapped cars on the inside lane. NASCAR is still allowing for the first driver one-lap down [Lucky Dog] to get back on the lead lap until there are 10 laps left in the race. Pemberton said the rule was to allow the leaders more room to race following a caution in the waning laps. “We’ve been talking to the crews, teams and drivers and we felt like it was a time to make a change,” Pemberton said. “We haven’t taken away the lucky dog and haven’t hurt anybody from getting a lap back.”(SceneDaily)(2-12-2009) Comment here

    • 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.

    • 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 [NSCS]. 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 NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS 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 NSCS 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 Sprint 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 Sprint 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.
      See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.


    RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

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

    • Sept 2008 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 92.680mph, started 3rd

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

    • Sept 2008 Pole Sitter: none, rained out

    • 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, Jimmie Johnson, Terry Labonte

    • 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: 32, 9/7/2008

    • Most Running at the Finish: 43, 9/7/2008

    • Fewest Running at the Finish: 1 - 4/19/53

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 34 Chevy; 28 Ford; 17 Dodge

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 21 [of 105 races]
    • Races won from starting pos 2: 12
    • Races won from starting pos 3: 15
    • 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: 60 of 105
    • Races won from the top 10: 84 of 105

    • Some Sprint Cup Driver Notes:
      • #2-Kurt Busch is the new points leader, overtaking #24-Jeff Gordon by five points. Gordon held the top spot for the last six races. Busch, after a Talladega finish of sixth, assumes the lead for the first time since March 13, 2005.
      • #5-Mark Martin’s victory parade is short lived. After his win at Phoenix, Martin moved to 13th-place. But after only his sixth 43rd-place finish in 731 starts, Martin fell 18th. He is now 92 points outside the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup cut-off.
      • #39-Ryan Newman lands on the Chase bubble. Newman, who finished third at Talladega, has shrugged off a slow start that saw four consecutive finishes outside the top 20. He is now just 30 points outside the top 12. Only six races ago, Newman was 32nd in the points.
      • #16-Greg Biffle and #9-Kasey Kahne are going in opposite directions. Biffle, off three consecutive top 10s, is back in the top 12. Kahne, coming off four consecutive finishes outside the top 10, got bounced from the top 12 and sits 14th.
      • #47-Marcos Ambrose is the biggest mover this week, vaulting seven spots up the standings. His fourth-place finish at Talladega (which was his second career top five) moved him into the top 20.(NASCAR PR)(4-28-2009)

    • 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 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond since the track opened in 1953.

      • The current 400-lap race length was established on the .542-mile measurement in March 1976.

      • 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 .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., Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson (three) lead the active race winners.

      • Petty Enterprises has won 15 races at Richmond, more than any other car owner.

      • 60 of 105 races at Richmond have been won from the top five starting positions, including 21 from the pole.

      • 11 of the past 12 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 2008’s spring race.

      • 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)(4-27-2009)


    PAINT SCHEME NEWS

      #7-Robby Gordon Energizer Batteries #7 Team Schemes Page
      #12-David Stremme Star Trek Movie #12 Team Schemes Page
      #41-Jeremy Mayfield SmallSponsor.com #41 Team Schemes Page
      #43-Reed Sorenson McDonald's McCafe #43 Team Schemes Page
      #44-A.J. Allmendinger PVA/Kings Cup #44 Team Schemes Page
      #55-Michael Waltrip NAPA Adaptive One Brake Pads #55 Team Schemes Page
      #98-Paul Menard Nibco/Menards #98 Team Schemes Page


    • Special McDonald's scheme for the #43 at RIR: This week, when Reed Sorenson takes to the track at Richmond, the #43 McDonald's Dodge will sport a new look to promote the national roll out of the McCafé menu of made to order drinks. McCafé features a range of five indulgent drinks that satisfy both your sweet tooth and your coffee fix at an affordable McDonald's price. The car design, which will appear this weekend at Richmond International Raceway and again at the Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte, prominently features the McCafé logo on the hood, sides and rear of the car. The driver's side features a chocolaty Iced Mocha topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup, while the passenger's side features a frothy Cappuccino.(McDonald's PR)(5-1-2009)

    • Energizer on the #7 for Robby: After a disappointing finish last weekend, the Robby Gordon Motorsports team is looking forward to the short-track racing action this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. The #7 Toyota Camry will debut the Energizer colors this weekend at the ¾-mile D-shaped oval.(RGM PR)(5-1-2009)

    • Cheez-It scheme returns for Martin: Cheez-It again will adorn the hood of the #5 Chevy of Mark Martin this weekend. Cheez-It was also on the hood at Texas Motor Speedway in April where the the #5 Chevy finished sixth. Cheez-It has two more races with the #5 team this year: Darlington in May and Pocono in August.(HMS PR), see images of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(5-1-2009) Comment here

    • Combos colors for the #18 at RIR: The Combos colors will adorn the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Kyle Busch this weekend ay Richmond for the first and only time in 2009. The orange Combo’s scheme turned out to be good luck in its only appearance for Busch in 2008, where he won the June event at Dover. Combos is giving guys the chance to upgrade their favorite manly hangouts with the Combos “Ultimate Man Zone Sweepstakes.” The Combo’s Man Zone will be on hand in the fan midway this weekend at Richmond.(JGR PR), see an image of the scheme on my #18 Team Schemes page.(5-1-2009) Comment here

    • UPS Unveils new scheme for Richmond: NASCAR fans will see a different look for the #6 UPS Ford this weekend when David Ragan hits the track at Richmond International Raceway for the Russ Friedman 400 presented by Crown Royal. Taking a break from the traditional brown UPS paint scheme, Ragan’s car will feature a special UPS Freight design to promote the Richmond, Va.-based division of UPS. The design incorporates the gray of UPS Freight with new brown and gold trim using a unique paint formula that includes crushed glass to make the vehicle sparkle. UPS Freight offers a wide range of ground freight shipping options for customers who need to ship anything from a single oversized package to a heavy pallet or full truckload of freight across North America, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To kick off the Richmond race weekend, Ragan will make a special appearance at the UPS Freight headquarters today to spend time with local UPS employees. UPS Freight employs nearly 2,000 people in the Richmond area and roughly 17,000 total around the country. In addition to the special UPS Freight paint scheme, the UPS Freight Charlotte Service Center will be featured on the wing of Ragan’s #6 Ford as part of UPS’s ‘Maximum Center’ program. UPS launched the program this year to recognize UPS operating facilities for accomplishments in service, safety and performance.(UPS Racing PR), see an image of the scheme on my #6 Team Schemes page.(4-30-2009)

    • Primary Sponsorship for Prilosec OTC on Two RCR Cars in 2009: Prilosec OTC, the No. 1 doctor and pharmacist recommended over-the-counter acid reducer, will be the primary sponsor of two of Richard Childress Racing teams for three races during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Prilosec OTC will be the primary sponsor of the #31 Prilosec OTC-Walmart Chevy driven by Jeff Burton at Richmond International Raceway in May and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Primary sponsorship will then be featured on the #33 Prilosec OTC-Walmart Chevy driven by Clint Bowyer at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., in October. Prilosec OTC has been an associate sponsor of RCR’s #31 team since 2006. “Over the last four seasons, we’ve engaged millions of race fans, educating them on how Prilosec OTC can treat their frequent heartburn and get them back to enjoying NASCAR to the fullest,” said Robert Cleveland, Prilosec OTC Brand Manager. “Our partnerships with RCR and NASCAR play an important role in showcasing Prilosec OTC’s product benefits and its ability to treat frequent heartburn all day and all night with one pill a day.” Throughout the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Prilosec OTC has been featured on the rear quarter panel of the #31 Caterpillar Chevy as well as the uniforms and firesuits of Burton and the entire #31 team. In addition to the RCR team partnership, Prilosec OTC will sponsor the “Prilosec OTC BBQ Shootout Series” throughout the 2009 Sprint Cup Series race season. The mobile tour will travel to six NASCAR cities during the spring and summer months showcasing the country’s best BBQ Pit Masters [Texas a few weeks ago, Richmond in May, Charlotte in May, Indy in July, Bristol in August and Atlanta in Sept.](RCR PR), see an image of the #31 car on my #31 Team Schemes page.(4-30-2009) Comment here

    • PVA scheme for A.J. at Richmond: #44-A.J. Allmendinger takes his vote campaign to Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race on the three-quarter mile, D-shaped oval. Last weekend in Talladega, Allmendinger gave away about 250 pizzas to fans while his wife Lynne, and their Labrador Misty, one of the puppies featured in the movie Marley and Me, sported shirts seeking votes to gain entrance in the All-Star race in Charlotte. The top two finishers from the Sprint All-Star Challenge transfer into the All-Star race while the third is voted in by the race fans. The 27-year-old Californian has pledged to “do anything” to earn the fan vote if he doesn’t race his way into the field. At Richmond, Allmendinger’s Dodge will carry a paint scheme promoting the “King’s Cup Karting for a Cause” race on May 19 in Mooresville, N.C. The event will feature a four-hour endurance go-kart race, along with appearances by ‘The King’ Richard Petty and other Richard Petty Motorsports drivers, entertainment and a silent auction. Money raised goes to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.(RPM PR)(4-30-2009) Comment here

    • Special National Guard scheme for Dale Jr at RIR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a special #88 National Guard "Drive the Guard"/AMP Energy Chevy at Richmond International Raceway. Get paid, get trained and get moving in the right direction with the National Guard. The "Drive the Guard" program was developed to assist National Guard applicants in obtaining full-time employment by assisting them in completing truck driving training at an approved school. Graduates will be guaranteed employment with a motor carrier related to the Commercial Vehicle Driver Training Foundation Inc. Qualified applicants will receive a pre-hire commitment at the time of application to the commercial driver training program (CDTFI). Participants can get their commercial driver's license, a monthly paycheck and a full-time job with a reputable trucking company while serving part-time in the National Guard, without the need to relocate. Visit www.cdtfi.org for more information. See images of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.
      May will be busy for the paint bay in the #5/88 shop as the #88 team prepares to run three special paint schemes in a row this month. After the Drive the Guard car this weekend at Richmond, Earnhardt plans to race a Mountain Dew scheme at Darlington Raceway. Finally, Earnhardt's Dale Jr. Foundation will take the hood during the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway with a special design created by the 34-year-old driver. This is the final week that AMP Energy is giving fans a chance to win unique Earnhardt merchandise and VIP trips to the AMP Energy 500, which will be held in October at Talladega Superspeedway. To play, fans should enter the code found on the bottom of their AMP Energy beverage can.(HMS PR)(4-29-2009)

    • Special scheme for Waltrip; to appear on 'My Name is Earl: The #55 Toyota Camry of Michael Waltrip will boast a new paint scheme at Richmond and Darlington. NAPA Adaptive One Brake Pads will be on the car. Adaptive One Brake Pads are designed to reduce noise and brake dust without sacrificing the ‘stop-on-a-dime’ braking power. During the month of May, NAPA is offering a great rebate on a four-wheel brake job using NAPA’s Adaptive One Brake Pads. For details, go to AdaptiveOne.com for all the rebate details. ALSO: Waltrip will make his acting debut on the first of a two-part episode of the NBC sitcom, My Name is Earl [Jayski Fave]. “Inside Probe Part 1” will air Thursday night at 8:00pm/et.(MWR PR)(4-29-2009)

    • Bush's Baked Beans to sponsor Ambrose: JTG Daugherty Racing announced a 2009 Sprint Cup sponsorship agreement with Bush Brother’s and Company. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, the company will enter its 7th season as a partner. For the first time, Bush’s Baked Beans will serve as a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series for Marcos Ambrose’s #47 Toyota in Richmond (5/2) and Darlington (5/9). The brand will also serve as a major associate sponsor for 10 events next season. Jay Bush, Brand Ambassador and star of the brand’s advertising campaign added, “Duke and I are really excited about our partnership with Marcos Ambrose and JTG Daugherty Racing. They are a great team, and have represented our brand very well in the past. We are excited about continuing our relationship in the Sprint Cup Series. If I can just keep Duke from selling Marcos the Secret Family Recipe, we're in for a great season.(JTG Racing PR)(11-16-2008) Comment here

    • BB&T to sponsor #33 & Bowyer for eleven 2009 races: BB&T Corporation and Richard Childress Racing have agreed to an 11-race sponsorship for RCR’s #33 Chevy with driver Clint Bowyer for the 2009 Sprint Cup Series season. In addition to 10 points races, BB&T will also be the primary sponsor on Bowyer’s #33 Chevy for the annual Sprint Cup Series all-star race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May. The March 8 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will mark the first of three consecutive races for BB&T, followed by four in a row starting at Talladega in April and wrapping up with the all-star festivities in Charlotte. In September, BB&T will be showcased again in Atlanta and at Dover for the first of three Chase for the Sprint Cup races. Bowyer’s #33 Impala SS will also feature a burgundy and gold BB&T paint scheme at Martinsville and Talladega next fall. BB&T will serve as a major associate sponsor of the #33 Chevy for the remaining 26 races on the 2009 schedule while General Mills’ brands Cheerios and Hamburger Helper will be the primary sponsor. Next season will mark the second-consecutive year that BB&T has expanded its role within the RCR family of sponsors. In 2007, BB&T sponsored a partial Nationwide Series schedule with Bowyer in RCR’s flagship #2 Chevrolet. That role evolved into a 25-race schedule in 2008, in addition to two races on the #07 Chevy in the Sprint Cup Series.(RCR PR)(11-12-2008) Comment here

    • 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: Russ Friedman
      Command to start engines: Russ Friedman
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
      Invocation: Rev. Joe Ellison
      Essex Village Community Church
      National Anthem: Commandant’s Own Marine Drum & Bugle Corps
      Military Flyover: U.S. Coast Guard C-130J from Elizabeth City, NC
      for the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

    • Track Website: rir.com

    • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Richmond International Raceway

    • Last May: see my Richmond Race Info page

    • Last September: see the Phoenix Race Info page


    • Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400: This weekend Russ Friedman will roll into Richmond International Raceway as an everyday race fan – and leave a hero. As the grand-prize winner of the Crown Royal “Your Name Here” contest, Friedman was awarded naming rights to the Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, May 2. The race is officially titled “Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400.” However, when he accepted the prize during an elaborate ceremony earlier this year at Daytona International Speedway, the former Marine made it clear it would only be right if his fellow soldiers went along for the ride. In response, the makers of Crown Royal Canadian Whisky, along with the Jamie McMurray Foundation have been working to ensure Friedman’s race honors all the brave soldiers who serve our country. Throughout the last few weeks, The Crown Royal Company and McMurray – with Friedman’s input – have provided military personnel around the country with tickets to races, selected soldiers to serve as honorary pit crew members and made available giant “Thank you” cards for fans to sign and show their support for members of the military. One hundred NASCAR Day pins have been purchased for soldiers, the proceeds of which benefit the NASCAR Foundation and its associated charities. In addition, The Crown Royal Company and McMurray have created a replica racecar hood with the official Crown Royal The Russ Friedman 400 race logo for all the Cup Series drivers to sign prior to the race this weekend. After the race in Richmond, the cards, hood and pins will be sent to soldiers serving overseas on behalf of a grateful NASCAR nation. Friedman, a Huntington Station, N.Y., native was selected from a pool of nearly 5,000 entrants in the Crown Royal “Your Name Here” contest. His winning entry referenced his experience in Iraq receiving two Purple Hearts. Friedman enlisted in the Marines in 2001 and served two tours in Iraq, in 2003 and then again in 2004 when he was injured. In honor of Russ Friedman and in celebration of the race in Richmond, Governor Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia has issued a proclamation declaring the month of May 2009 Crown Royal 400 Month, urging all citizens to keep our soldiers in their prayers and thank them for their service to our country. Friedman will receive the royal treatment throughout the weekend. His name will be incorporated into the race broadcast and has been included on all the race tickets and merchandise. Some of his duties include serving as Grand Marshal, participating in pace-car laps, watching the race from the #26 pit box and delivering the trophy – emblazoned with his name – to the race winner in Victory Lane. Friedman will be joined by his fiancée April Willmott and several other close friends and family members.(Crown Royal PR)(5-2-2009)

    • Pre-Race Ceremonies announced for Richmond: The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Richmond International Raceway is sure to feature plenty of on-track excitement and emotion, but it will all be preceded by spectacular pre-race ceremonies both Friday and Saturday nights. Prior to the Lipton Tea 250 Nationwide Series race, fans will want to check out the midway concert by The Charlie Daniels Band, scheduled for 5:15 p.m. at the Lipton display, near the flagpole. Things get started when the crowd is introduced to several VIPs from Lipton Tea. Michael Olsen, Assistant Director of the United States Border Patrol, will lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the presentation of colors by the 217th Military Police Detachment of Fort Lee. Then, it will be Charlie Daniels who delivers the National Anthem, culminating with Altus Air Force Base performing a flyover with a KC-135 aircraft. On Saturday night, the star of the show will make his way to the pre-race stage, as Russ Friedman is showcased, moments before the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. We'll meet the Chief Administrative Officer of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Jeff Painter, before Olsen again leads us for the Pledge of Allegiance. The colors will again be presented by Fort Lee on Saturday night, along with an unfurling of a large American flag. For the third consecutive year, "The Commandant's Own" Marine Drum and Bugle Corps will play the National Anthem, delivering one of the best renditions you'll ever hear. The U.S. Coast Guard will fly their C-130J from Elizabeth City, NC for the flyover. Friedman will prepare us for Racing Perfection and deliver the most famous words in racing: "Gentlemen, start your engines!"(RIR PR)(5-1-2009)

    • Race Fans Caution - Swine flu, Richmond safe: The swine flu outbreak has caused Henrico County Health Department officials to advise race fans to take precautions when attending events this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. "There is no reason for fans not to attend and enjoy the events this weekend," said acting Health Director Dr. Robert B. Stroube. "However, as with any large public event, there is a risk of spreading viruses, but there are very simple yet effective precautions you can take to avoid exposure." People who are sick, experiencing flu-like symptoms or have a fever should stay home. Other precautions include frequent hand washing and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing. There are no confirmed cases of swine flu reported in the state, according to the Virginia Department of Health.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(5-1-2009)

    • The Top 10 Things You Need To Know About Your Trip to RIR: 1) Plan to get here early on Race Day!
      2) What you can bring. What you can't bring
      3) Hungry? There are plenty of new food options on race weekend
      4) Get on Pit Road, and see drivers up close and personal in fan hospitality
      5) Good times and good tunes are on the way
      6) Experience the Midway! There’s so much to do and see
      7) Let us show you the way! Download maps to get here and there quickly
      8) Getting here is easier than ever with free shuttle service
      9) Don’t miss a thing! The weekend schedule of events
      10) Don’t forget your Fan Guide and have a great time
      See the full list with explanations at rir.com.(4-29-2009)

    • RIR keeps focus on fan experience: Richmond International Raceway (RIR) is known for exciting night racing “under the lights,” and fans can expect to once again see some of the best and most entertaining racing in all of motorsports during the upcoming NASCAR Doubleheader weekend May 1-2. But, the commitment to the fan experience is one of the main reasons why RIR is known as America’s Premier Short Track. The track has continued to focus on improving the fan experience and fans can also expect the same great guest service during their upcoming visit. At Richmond International Raceway, it’s all about the fans.
      After listening to its fans and due to the economic conditions, earlier this year RIR announced a ticket price restructuring for Sprint Cup Series tickets in the Henrico Grandstand. Tickets currently on sale for the May 2 Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race start at $40. The $40 restructured price reflects a 50% decrease from the May 2008 price.
      RIR officials also worked with hotels in the region to promote special lodging rates and offers to race fans. Track officials reached out to area hotel owners and management and offered the opportunity to promote compelling lodging deals to race fans. The hotel offers for race weekend can be found online at: www.rir.com/hotelspecialoffers/. Some of the 2009 race weekend rates are 20-50% lower compared to 2008 race weekend prices, and many of the hotels on the list have reduced or eliminated the minimum stay requirement for the upcoming May race weekend.
      Additionally, for fans flying to Richmond from out of town, AirTran Airways is offering 10% off flights to Richmond International Airport for ticket holders to the NASCAR doubleheader weekend. Ticket holders received information about the reduced airfare with their tickets. For additional information on the AirTran program, please contact the RIR ticket office at 866-455-RACE.
      At the track, RIR recently announced an extensive list of new and unique concession options available to fans, as well as reduced prices on some traditional items. The list of new offers includes several options that will be available exclusively to fans at RIR, including the Richmond Raceway Dog, a Crabcake Sandwich and the Raceway Rib Sandwich. Additional new items to be rolled out in May include a two-piece fried chicken meal, a catfish and hushpuppy basket, Boardwalk French Fries, and Famous Dave’s Barbeque. Several new value meals will be available as well, including a jumbo barbeque sandwich with cole slaw, chips and a drink; a cheeseburger meal with chips and a drink; and the Boss Dog meal, featuring an enormous 1/3 pound hot dog, chips and a drink. There is also now a kids meal, featuring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Oreo cookies, a fruit cup and a Capri Sun drink.
      On Friday, the Charlie Daniels Band will perform a free concert on the midway at 5:15 p.m. at the Lipton display area, located near the flag pole in the center of the Midway. The Charlie Daniels Band concert is just one of many great activities to enjoy during the NASCAR doubleheader weekend out in the Midway. In addition to the concert, the Midway features free interactive displays and games, give-aways, product samples and souvenir stands with RIR gear and driver merchandise. Additionally, Chevy Fan Fest will be taking place on the Midway with show cars, games and more all weekend.
      The Commandant’s Own Marine Drum & Bugle Corps will perform their always-stunning rendition of the National Anthem prior to the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 Sprint Cup Series race. And as always, automobile parking in all of the RIR parking lots is free to fans with race tickets, and fans can continue to bring their own food and drinks into RIR. Tickets are on sale now for the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Lipton Tea 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and can be purchased by logging on to www.rir.com or calling 866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR PR)(4-26-2009)

    • RIR offers options and lower food prices: In a continuing effort to provide the best fan experience in motorsports, Richmond International Raceway is proud to announce an extensive list of new and unique concession items available to fans at America’s Premier Short Track during the NASCAR Doubleheader weekend May 1-2, as well as lower prices on some of the track’s well known items. After listening to its fans, Richmond International Raceway has worked to provide fans more affordable and diverse menu items, including several packaged value meals and kid-friendly meal options, at the track. The list of new items includes several options that will be available exclusively to fans at Richmond International Raceway, including the introductions of the Richmond Raceway Dog, a Crabcake Sandwich and the Raceway Rib Sandwich. The Richmond Raceway Dog features a hot dog topped with chili, delicious Richmond Relish and spicy mustard. A staple in the Mid-Atlantic Region, the Crabcake Sandwich provides a great option for seafood lovers, and the Raceway Rib Sandwich, smothered in mouthwatering barbecue sauce and pickles, provides another unique alternative to the normal concession fare. Each of the three new exclusive items carries a great low price as well, with both the Richmond Raceway Dog and Raceway Rib Sandwich available for $3. For those fans who want to stick with the traditional hot dog, that price has been lowered to $3 as well. The Crabcake Sandwich is priced at $6.
      Additional new items to be rolled out in May include a two-piece fried chicken meal with a dinner roll and cole slaw, a catfish and hushpuppy basket with cole slaw, Boardwalk French Fries and Famous Dave’s Barbeque. Several new value meals will be available as well, including a jumbo barbeque sandwich with cole slaw, chips and a drink, a cheeseburger meal with chips and a drink, the Boss Dog meal, featuring an enormous 1/3 pound hot dog, chips and a drink and a kids meal, featuring a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Oreo cookies, a fruit cup and Capri Sun drink. The value meal options represent an average savings of $3, or 25%, per meal over the cost of the same items in 2008. Also, the Fast Franks program has been carried over to 2009, featuring four regular ready-to-eat hot dogs packaged together for $10. By offering improved and value-added concession items, Richmond International Raceway continues to work on enhancing the overall fan experience at the track. Tickets for both races can be purchased by calling 866-455-RACE (7223), by visiting www.rir.com or at the Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 600 E. Laburnum Avenue.(RIR PR)(4-23-2009)

    • Charlie Daniels Band to perform at Richmond: Although the “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” the band that performs that famous ditty will be in Virginia for the NASCAR doubleheader weekend at Richmond International Raceway May 1-2, 2009. The Charlie Daniels Band will perform a free concert sponsored by Lipton Iced Tea on the midway Friday, May 1, at 5:15 p.m. at the Lipton display area, located near the flag pole in the center of the midway. The Charlie Daniels Band concert is just one of many free activities to enjoy at Richmond International Raceway May 1-2. While at the Lipton display, guests can try a free sample of Lipton iced tea, a sandwich made with Hellmann’s mayonnaise and a Klondike bar. In addition to the concert, Chevy Fan Fest—which features show cars and games, interactive midway displays, product samples and parking—are all free on raceway property during the May 1-2 weekend. Guests will want to stick around after the band’s performance because the night’s main event—the Lipton Tea 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race—is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. “under the lights” at America’s Premier Short Track. Charlie Daniels is scheduled to perform the National Anthem during pre-race ceremonies. Please log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-RACE (7223) for tickets and information.(RIR PR)(4-8-2009)

    • RIR works with local hotels for reduced rates: Richmond International Raceway is working with hotels in the Richmond region to promote special lodging rates and offers to race fans for the NASCAR Doubleheader weekend May 1-2 at America’s Premier Short Track. In conjunction with the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Richmond International Raceway is reaching out to area hotel owners and management and offering the opportunity to promote compelling lodging deals to race fans, which will include being listed on the track’s official web site www.rir.com. On the initial list of hotels offering significant deals, some of the 2009 race weekend rates are 20-50% lower compared to 2008 race weekend prices, and many of the hotels on the list have reduced or eliminated the minimum stay requirement for the upcoming May race weekend. The hotel program is another way Richmond International Raceway is working to make race weekends at America’s Premier Short Track more affordable and enjoyable for its fans. Please log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-RACE (7223) for tickets and information.(RIR PR)(3-30-2009)

    • Crown Royal Presents the “Your Name Here” 400 contest announced: An elaborate ceremony Friday at Daytona International Speedway revealed Russell Friedman, a two-time Purple Heart recipient, as the grand-prize winner of the third annual Crown Royal Presents the “Your Name Here” 400 contest. When Friedman accepted the prize – naming rights to the May 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway – he spoke of how his efforts could not be recognized alone and that it was important to honor all the individuals who serve our country. Friedman lives in Huntington Station, NY, and was chosen from a group of seven finalists from around the country based on a submission that detailed his experience serving in Iraq. The race at Richmond International Raceway on May 2, 2009 will now be titled “Crown Royal Presents the Russell Friedman 400.”
      “Winning the Crown Royal ‘Your Name Here’ 400 contest is absolutely amazing and truly an overwhelming experience,” said Friedman. “Not only do I get to live out one of my dreams, but I get a chance to help recognize all the American soldiers who defend our freedoms on a day-to-day basis and definitely deserve a toast with Crown Royal.” Throughout the contest, finalists submitted online or video entries describing an honorable act or achievement worthy of toasting with Crown Royal Canadian whisky. Nearly 5,000 entries were received, detailing a myriad of achievements from the heroics of firefighters to dedicated fathers going the extra mile. The ceremony to unveil Friedman as the winner included a 20-foot replica Crown Royal bottle featuring his name as part of the Richmond race logo and was draped with an oversized iconic purple bag for two days leading up to the announcement. A countdown clock ticked away while seven finalists waited with great anticipation as NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray and representatives from Crown Royal and Richmond International Raceway pulled down the bag to reveal the grand-prize winner’s name.
      The Russell Friedman 400 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, Friedman 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. Leading up to the big day in Richmond, Crown Royal will continue to remind fans to "Be A Champion. Drink Responsibly." through Safe Rides Home designated driver initiatives and other programming designed to reinforce the importance of drinking responsibly. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com online.(RIR PR)(2-14-2009)

    • 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 - 1,250, Right-side - 1,250;
      Nationwide: Left-side - 575, Right-side - 575

      Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4238; Right-side -- D-4240

      Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.6 in.

      Technical Inspection Inflation:
      Left Front -- 20 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
      Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 30 psi

      Minimum Recommended Inflation:
      Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 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 week . . . this is the same exact combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at Phoenix two weeks ago . . . this tire set-up was tested by A.J. Allmendinger (Dodge), Joey Logano (Toyota), Jamie McMurray (Ford) and Martin Truex Jr. (Chevrolet) at Phoenix back in January . . . this left-side tire (D-4240) is slightly different than the one run at Richmond last season, featuring a compound change to offer more grip . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.


    DRIVER/TEAM/TESTING NEWS

    • Andretti and Front Row Motorsports Head to Richmond: “Richmond is a favorite of a lot of guys. It’s a short track, but it’s a ‘bigger’ short track too. It’s unique in a lot of ways. It will wear your neck out more than Bristol will. You never stop turning at Richmond. The whole straightaway is a turn. The only rest you get is about the two seconds you go down the back. I like the fact that it’s a ‘racers’ track. I think a lot of guys agree. You can race down at the bottom, run the middle or run the top. You never know where the race is going to be won. It’s been won from all three. It’s a great little track. There is ‘rooting’ and ‘gouging’, but this isn’t Martinsville. We can put on a great show and usually always do. I’m sure after Talladega, a bunch of us are looking forward to it. Our team, Front Row Motorsports with Window World support this weekend, has overachieved in some areas and underachieved in others. We’re looking at the areas that we can get better and trying to capitalize on that. We’re still a new race team. People have spoken about the new teams that have come in this season, but this is a whole new team too. Sure, Front Row Motorsports has been around for while, but this is a whole new team. We have a new location (Statesville, N.C.), new people, new parts, different equipment and a lot of good things going on. The only thing that is the same is the team name, Front Row Motorsports and Bob Jenkins (team owner). We’re getting our legs underneath us. We’re a July, August team. I don’t mean we’re going to be chasing down Hendrick Motorsports at that time, but we’re certainly going to be making strides forward at that point. Right now, it’s one race at a time. The next race is in Richmond. Our hope is to have another good night and continue to build with this team.” This is the last race before Andretti takes a hiatus from Front Row Motorsports to concentrate on the Indianapolis 500 in May. Front Row Motorsports will continue to race at Darlington and Lowe’s with a driver to be announced.(Breaking Limits PR)(5-1-2009) Comment here

    • Gunselman Motorsports return to action at Richmond: After taking a one-race hiatus to concentrate their efforts on upcoming races; #64-Gunselman Motorsports is ready to get back to business this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Team owner Larry Gunselman and the Gunselman Group mutually decided to forego the Talladega Superspeedway race last week. Because the team is still searching for full time or one-race partnerships, the need to race smarter with what they have keeps things in check with pre-season plans. So, the plan to concentrate on the Richmond, Darlington and Charlotte races is being carried out with great attention to detail. The team feels their strengths are in their short-track program, which will be put to use with Todd Bodine driving the #64 Toyota at the .75-mile oval of Richmond this weekend. The team will be using Chassis No. 15, last used at Phoenix International Raceway that failed to make the race by a mere 1/10th of a second.(Gunselman Motorsports PR)(4-29-2009) Comment here

    • See the 2009 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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