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THE RACE: Chevy Rock and Roll 400

TRACK: Richmond International Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2009 season
Chase to the Race #10 of 10
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Saturday, September 12, 2009 in Richmond, VA

  • Title Sponsor: Chevrolet - Chevy

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


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Countdown: ABC - 7:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: ABC, 7:30pm/et

  • TV Announcers: Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree, Dr. Jerry Punch
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Shannon Spake, Vince Welch
    Studio: Allen Bestwick, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Sunday, September 13 at 3:30am/et on ESPN2
    Sunday, September 13 at 11:00am/et on ESPN Classic
    Wednesday, September 16 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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Practice Dates/Times/TV

  • Practices:
    Friday, September 11, 12:00 - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, September 11, 2:00 - 3:30pm/et, TV-ESPN2


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RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Hamlin wins at Richmond: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Race for his 1st win at Richmond [his home track], 2nd win of 2009 and 6th of his career. #2-Busch finished 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #5-Martin, #18-Busch, #33-Bowyer, #83-Vickers, #77-Hornish Jr., #29-Harvick and #39-Newman. Points leader #14-Stewart finished 17th. #17-Kenseth finished 25th and fell out of the top 12 and for the first time since The Chase started in 2004, Kenseth will not be in The Chase. #83-Vickers got in to the Chase, beating #18-Busch by 8 points. There were 10 cautions for 56 caution laps and there were 16 lead changes among 5 drivers.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2: Sunday, September 13 at 3:30am/et; ESPN Classic: Sunday, September 13 at 11:00am/et; SPEED, Wednesday, September 16 at 12:00pm/et.
    For race results, awards and more, see my Richmond Race Results Page.(9-12-2009)

  • Richmond Facts and Notes:
    * Denny Hamlin won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
    * Kyle Busch finished fifth and missed the Chase by just eight points behind Brain Vickers, who earned the 12th and final playoff spot.
    * Jimmie Johnson is the only driver to qualify for all six Chase playoffs (2004-2009).
    * This is the first Chase for Brian Vickers and Juan Pablo Montoya.
    * Mark Martin -- at 50 years, 8 months, 3 days -- is the oldest driver to make the Chase, passing Rusty Wallace, who was 49 years, 27 days.
    * Hamlin scored his sixth career victory in his 141st start. He scored his second win in 2009. He became the seventh repeat race winner in 26 races this season.
    * Toyota swept both races at Richmond in 2009. Kyle Busch won the spring race.
    * Hamlin has scored six straight top-10 finishes in a streak that began at the second Pocono race. He scored the 75th win for Joe Gibbs Racing. It was JGR's seventh win this season.
    * Hamlin led six times for a race-high 299 laps, including the final 195.
    * Jeff Gordon moved into sixth all time in laps led at Richmond, passing seventh-place Cale Yarborough and sixth-place David Pearson. Gordon led six times for 98 laps.
    * Chevrolet has scored 12 wins in 2009, leading all manufacturers. Toyota has nine, while Dodge has three and Ford has two.
    * Kurt Busch (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish of the season.
    * Jeff Gordon (third) extended a six-race streak of top-10 finishes at Richmond.
    * Mark Martin (fourth) has scored seven straight top-10 finishes in his last seven short-track races.
    * Brian Vickers (seventh) extended a nine-race streak of top-15 finishes that began at Daytona in July.
    * Matt Kenseth finished 25th and missed the Chase. He finished 38 points behind Vickers before the points reset.
    * Tony Stewart (17th) ended a five-race streak of top-10 finishes at Richmond. Stewart has finished outside the 10 in the last four races. He has scored 18 top-10 finishes in 26 races this season.
    * Joey Logano (14th) was the highest-finishing rookie contender.
    * Jeff Burton (18th) has finished 16th or worse in the last 12 races.
    (ESPN)(9-14-2009)

  • Richmond Race Fast Facts:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, his sixth victory in 141 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2009.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Richmond International Raceway.
    #2-Kurt Busch (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 18 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2009.
    #24-Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 22nd top-10 finish in 34 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    #20-Joey Logano (14th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    The eight points that separated #83-Brian Vickers and #18-Kyle Busch is the closest at the Chase cut-off since its inception in 2004. The previous closest margin was 15 points in 2004.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-12-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CLASSIC Driver Points Standings
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 3806, finished 17th at Atlanta
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 3627, -179, 3rd
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 3534, -272, 11th
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 3491, -315, WON
    5) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 3322, -484, 2nd
    6) #5-Mark Martin [4 wins], 3291, -515, 4th
    7) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 3280, -526, 12th
    8) #99-Carl Edwards, 3280, -526, 15th
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 3272, -534, 10th
    10) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 3251, -555, 19th
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 3249, -557, 13th
    12) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 3203, -603, 7th
    Failed to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup:
    13) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 3195, -8 points out of 12th, 5th
    14) #17-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 3165, -38, 25th
    15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 3059, -144, 6th
    15) #00-David Reutimann [1 win] 3048, -153, 20th
    For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page.(9-12-2009)

  • UNOFFICIAL Sprint Cup CHASE Standings
    [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]:

    pos, car#, driver, points, behind, [wins], race finish
    1) #5-Mark Martin [4 wins], 5040, finished 4th at Richmond
    2) #14-Tony Stewart [3 wins], 5030, 17th
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 5030, -10, 11th
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 5020, -20, WON
    5) #9-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 5020, -20, 12th
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 5010, -30, 3rd
    7) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 5010, -30, 2nd
    8) #83-Brian Vickers [1 win], 5010, -10, 7th
    9) #99-Carl Edwards, 5000, -40, 15th
    10) #39-Ryan Newman, 5000, -40, 10th
    11) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 5000, -40, 19th
    12) #16-Greg Biffle, 5000, -40, 13th
    For drivers and owners points standings, see the Drivers Points Standings page.(9-12-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
    No changes the spread between 35th and 36th now up to 115 points
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2106, +297
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1924, 115 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1809, 115 points out of 35th
    37) #71-Gilliland-Labonte/TRG: 1529, -395
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(9-12-2009)

  • Penalty Report - Richmond:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #82, 8, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
    #55, 46, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail End
    #82, 59, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #55, 59, Outside half of the pit box tire violation/Team member not in contact with the outside tires, Tail End
    #1, 279, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #31, 319, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #55, 327, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #07, 333, Disobeying a NASCAR request, Not starting in the proper position, Pass Thru
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-12-2009)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: no driver down a lap
    Caution 2: #6-Ragan, 33rd
    Caution 3: #43-Sorenson, 16th
    Caution 4: #14-Stewart, 17th
    Caution 5: #7-Gilliland, 24th
    Caution 6: #12-Stremme, 26th
    Caution 7: #7-Gilliland (2), 24th
    Caution 8: #31-Burton, 18th
    Caution 9: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 21st
    Caution 10: #47-Ambrose, 22nd
    (9-12-2009)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Richmond (or seemed to)?
    43rd: #66-Blaney, completed 38 laps
    42nd: #71-Bliss, 38
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(9-12-2009)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Richmond: The selections of pit stalls for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #5-Martin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters], outside pole sitter #1-Truex Jr. took pit stall 17, the next pit stall with an opening in front of it, #11-Hamlin, who starts 3rd took the 3rd stall. The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #09-Keselowski, who starts 9th.
    See the pit selection chart on the Richmond Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-11-2009)

  • Race Coverage of the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2009.
    Television (TV): ABC at 7:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:43pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    ESPN2: Sunday, September 13 at 3:30am/et
    ESPN Classic: Sunday, September 13 at 11:00am/et
    SPEED, Wednesday, September 16 at 12:00pm/et

  • Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page

  • NASCAR’s Robin Pemberton explains new restart rules: NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton gave an explanation Friday of the new double-file restart rules. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the media and his answers to some questions ask.
    SD: What is the procedure for double-file restarts?
    Pemberton: “When the caution comes out, the field will be frozen as it is today. The free-pass car will be identified as it is today and it will be the same format. As the cars are gathered behind the pace car, the pit road is opened for leaders, the second time by it will be open for the lap-down cars, and that is how it is today. And when we come to the one [lap]-to-go [until the green drops], the cars that have elected not to pit that are lap-down cars that will be in front of the lead-lap cars that have pitted, will be waved around to join the field at the tail end. The lineup will be on the double-file restart, lead-lap cars to the front, lap-down cars, … then it will be the free-pass car, then it will be the cars that have been waved around and then it will be the penalty cars.
    SD: If a guy on the lead lap opts not to pit, he’s the leader?
    Pemberton: Correct. Still P1 [the leader].
    SD: Is there an option for the lead car to select which lane?
    Pemberton: When we give the 1-to-go, the leader throughout the entire race will get lane choice, high or low. He has to make that choice when we come to the 1-to-go at the stripe. One other thing we have added is the free pass will take place from start to finish throughout the entire race.
    SD: If a car on the lead lap pits a second time with the lap-down cars, does he restart with the lap-down cars?
    Pemberton: He will start in his respective track position how he came off of pit road. If you have a lead-lap car who makes multiple pit stops to work on his car, he is not in that lead-lap group that pitted that first-time by. He’ll be scored where he comes off pit road [with lapped cars]
    SD: The lap-down cars that don’t pit and the get the wave around the leader, do they get to come all the way around to rear of the field?
    Pemberton: That’s correct but they will not be able to hit pit road for tires and fuel. Pit road won’t be closed but they will forfeit their wave-around status if they hit pit road for tires and fuel.
    SD: At tracks like Martinsville and Bristol and you’re waiting for the 1-to-go, are you anticipating that the wave around could be hard to be completed?
    Pemberton: There could be issues. Every track has its different set of challenges. We’ll have to address those when we get to them. The whole field will be double file so they won’t be as strung out.
    SD: If multiple lead-lap cars stay out, do the lap-down cars that don’t pit still get waved around?
    Pemberton: The only way you can be waved around is if you are between the leader and the pace car. As pit stops take place, you need to be in front of the lead-lap cars. You get waved around regardless if you’re one or two or three laps down [or more].
    SD: Are you going to use double-file restarts throughout the race for every race?
    Pemberton: Yes.
    SD: It was said that Trucks and Nationwide will use it later this year? Any timetable?
    Pemberton: It’s just later. We need to work through some of these details here. We’ve got three races in three different states [this weekend]. We want to make sure we concentrate on this [in Cup] and get everything as right as we can.(SceneDaily)(6-7-2009)

  • NASCAR Announces “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style”: NASCAR announced a change to its race format with the addition of “Double-File Restarts – Shootout Style” throughout each race. Beginning with this weekend at Pocono Raceway, the first- and second-place drivers will line up side-by-side as the green flag flies for each restart. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear: ‘double-file restarts – shootout style’ are coming to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This addition to the race format is good for competition and good for the fans.”
    NASCAR recently used the “double-file” format for its non-points NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which produced an unpredictable finish. The format will be adapted for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the near future. Under the previous format, cars on the lead lap would restart in a single-file line while cars that had been lapped would start in a line next to them. Under the new format, the race leader will have the option to restart on the inside or outside lane. The second-place driver would then restart next to the leader. Regardless of where the leader starts, drivers in odd number positions (3rd, 5th, 7th places, etc.) will restart on the inside lane, while drivers in even number positions (4th, 6th, 8th places, etc.) will restart on the outside. All restarts will use the same format regardless of the number of laps remaining in the race.
    The first-place driver will continue to control the timing of restarts in a designated zone on the track. Likewise, cars are to stay in line until they reach the start/finish line. The first eligible car a lap or more down will continue to earn one lap back following a caution, which is known as the “free pass.” However, a new element beginning this week will be that the “free pass” will remain in effect the entire race [before it was all race until 10 or less laps to go, then none was awarded]. Lapped cars choosing to remain on the track will be “waved around” the caution car and will restart the race in respective track position, thus picking up a lap to the leader provided the leader also pits. This will also remove lapped cars from behind the pace car, allowing the leaders to take the green without interference [so the leader will not restart in the middle of the pack].(NASCAR)(6-4-2009) Comment here


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Richmond Pit Stall Selections

  • Martin on pole at Richmond: #5-Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a lap of 126.808mph for his 6th pole of the season and 47th career pole, Martin has won 7 races from the 1st starting position. #1-Truex Jr. was 2nd fastest followed by #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, #9-Kahne, #83-Vickers, #24-Gordon, #18-Busch, #09-Keselowski and #99-Edwards. Points leader #14-Stewart will start 29th. The fastest 43 cars made the race and the one slowest failed to qualify.
    The non Top-35 drivers who made the race: #09-Keselowski, #82-Speed, #71-Bliss, #66-Blaney, #78-Smith, #87-Nemechek, #36-McDowell and #13-Papis.
    The one driver who failed to qualify: #37-Raines.
    See the qualifying results, pole progression, starting lineup and more on the Richmond Starting Lineup/Qualifying Page.(9-11-2009)

  • Where did the Chase Drivers/Contenders Qualify at Richmond:
    (by current points standing, 1st four have clinched a spot)
    1) #14-Tony Stewart starts 25th
    2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 7th
    3) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 4th
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 3rd
    (the following have not clinched a spot in The Chase
    5) #99-Carl Edwards, 10th
    6) #9-Kasey Kahne, 5th
    7) #2-Kurt Busch, 13th
    8) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 14th
    9) #39-Ryan Newman, 21st
    10) #5-Mark Martin, 1st-Pole
    11) #16-Greg Biffle, 24th
    12) #17-Matt Kenseth, 28th
    Contenders for the top-12/The Chase:
    13) #83-Brian Vickers, 6th
    14) #18-Kyle Busch, 8th
    15) #00-David Reutimann, 23rd.(9-11-2009)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Richmond International Raceway:
    #5-Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 with a lap of 21.292 seconds, 126.808 mph.
    This is his 47th pole in 748 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his sixth pole and 14th top-10 start in 2009. This matches Martin's career high in poles. He also had six poles in 1989.
    This is his fourth pole in 48 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    #1-Martin Truex Jr. (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2009 and his fifth in eight races at Richmond International Raceway.
    #11-Denny Hamlin (third) posted his seventh top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 12th in 26 races this season.
    #82-Scott Speed is the highest qualifying rookie of the year candidate and will start 20th.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-11-2009)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, September 11, 2009 at 5:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2 - 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • Qualifying Order for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed going for 43 starting spots. 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 #99-Edwards.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #43-Sorenson.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #13-Papis with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #71-Bliss.
    See the full qualifying order on the Richmond Qualifying Page.(9-11-2009)

  • Happy Hour Practice for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, the top-five were:
    #42-Montoya 124.412
    #48-Johnson 124.390
    #5-Martin 124.218
    #24-Gordon 124.178
    #9-Kahne 123.836
    Slowest: #55-Waltrip 119.989 & #34-Andretti 119.760
    See fast speeds, average speeds, lap run on my Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(9-11-2009)

  • The non top-35 drivers Happy Hour practice at Richmond International Raceway:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #82-Scott Speed, 16th fastest overall
    #71-Mike Bliss, 18th
    #09-Brad Keselowski, 20th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 29th
    #66-Dave Blaney, 33rd
    #13-Max Papis, 36th
    #78-Regan Smith, 38th
    #37-Tony Raines, 41st
    this driver would miss the race if things stayed the same:
    #36-Michael McDowell, 42nd

  • First Friday Practice for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is over, some results:
    #87-Nemechek 122.867
    #16-Biffle 122.594
    #18-Busch 122.482
    #33-Bowyer 122.410
    #11-Hamlin 122.288
    Slowest: #36-McDowell 117.961 & #37-Raines 118.250
    No speed listed: #66-Blaney
    See fast speeds, average speeds, lap run on my Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(9-11-2009)

  • The Entry List for the Chevy Rock and Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points:
    #09-Brad Keselowski (2009 Race Winner as driver)(38 in owners pts/25 attempts)
    #13-Max Papis (44/13)
    #36-Michael McDowell (42/25)
    #37-Tony Raines (45/17)
    #66-Dave Blaney (41/25)
    #78-Regan Smith (40/13)
    #71-Mike Bliss (37/25)
    #82-Scott Speed (36/25)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (40/25)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,82,71,87,66,36,37,78
    missing the race would be [1]: #'s 13
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List.(9-8/10-2009)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond:
    No changes the spread between 35th and 36th now drops to 94 points
    34) #7-Gordon/Robby Gordon: 2015, +261
    35) #34-Andretti/Earnhardt Ganassi: 1848, 94 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed but are close to the top-35:
    36) #82-Speed/Red Bull: 1754, 94 points out of 35th
    37) #71-Gilliland-Labonte/TRG: 1492, -356
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owners points standings, see my Owners Points Standings.(9-6-2009)

  • 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

  • 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: See my 2009 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • Chase Clinch Scenarios For Richmond: Eight spots remain in the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – and 11 drivers are mathematically in contention for securing one. Below are the clinch scenarios for Richmond, the final race before the Chase field is set:
    #99-Carl Edwards is currently 105 points ahead of 13th place.
    Regardless of any other driver’s finish, he will clinch if he finishes:
    24th or better
    25th and leads at least one lap or
    27th and leads most laps.
    #9-Kasey Kahne is currently 96 points ahead of 13th place.
    Regardless of any other driver’s finish, he will clinch if he finishes:
    21st or better
    23rd and leads at least one lap or
    24th and leads most laps.
    #2-Kurt Busch is currently 95 points ahead of 13th place.
    Regardless of any other driver’s finish, he will clinch if he finishes:
    20th or better
    22nd and leads at least one lap or
    24th and leads most laps.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya is currently 88 points ahead of 13th place.
    Regardless of any other driver’s finish, he will clinch if he finishes:
    18th or better
    20th and leads at least one lap or
    21st and leads the most laps.
    #39-Ryan Newman is currently 81 points ahead of 13th place.
    Regardless of any other driver’s finish, he will clinch if he finishes:
    16th or better
    17th and leads at least one lap or
    19th and leads the most laps.
    #5-Mark Martin is currently 69 points ahead of 13th place.
    Regardless of any other driver’s finish, he will clinch if he finishes:
    12th or better
    14th and leads at least one lap or
    15th and leads the most laps.
    #16-Greg Biffle is currently 68 points ahead of 13th place.
    Regardless of any other driver’s finish, he will clinch if he finishes:
    11th or better
    13th and leads at least one lap or
    15th and leads the most laps.
    #17-Matt Kenseth is currently 20 points ahead of 13th place.
    Regardless of any other driver’s finish, he will clinch if he finishes:
    Second and leads at least one lap.
    Third and leads the most laps.
    #83-Brian Vickers currently sits 13th, 17 points ahead of #18-Kyle Busch. He would need to gain 21 points on Kenseth and stay ahead of Busch to clinch a Chase spot. Busch, 37 points behind 12th, needs to gain 17 points on Vickers and 37 points on Kenseth to clinch. #00-David Reutimann, 132 points behind Kenseth, has an outside shot at clinching. He would have to gain 133 points on Kenseth. A maximum of 161 points can be made up in a given race.(NASCAR Public Relations)(9-7-2009)

  • May 2009 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 90.627mph, started 14th

  • 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 2009 Pole Sitter: #83-Brian Vickers, 127.131mph, finished 15th

  • 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, twice, 5/3/2003 and 5/2/2009

  • 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 106 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: 2
  • 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 106
  • Races won from the top 10: 84 of 106

  • 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 106 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.

    • 46 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 106 races at Richmond have been won from the top five starting positions, including 21 from the pole.

    • The last driver to win from the pole was Jimmie Johnson in September 2007.

    • 11 of the past 13 races have been won from the top 10. Though, two of the last three race winners have started from outside the top 10, including this May’s winner, Kyle Busch.

    • 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.

    • Two active drivers have a finish inside the top 10: Kyle Busch (6.1) and Denny Hamlin (9.6).

    • There have been 264 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Virginia.

    • 158 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Virginia.


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #5-Mark Martin Kelloggs/Carquest #5 Team Schemes Page
    #7-David Gilliland Jim Beam #7 Team Schemes Page
    #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Express #11 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Insignia/Audyssey #19 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon National Guard/Wounded Warriors/DuPont #24 Team Schemes Page
    #26-Jamie McMurray Crown Royal #26 Team Schemes Page
    #36-Patrick Carpentier Wave Energy Drink #36 Team Schemes Page
    #39-Ryan Newman U.S. Army - NCO #39 Team Schemes Page
    #43-Reed Sorenson Reynolds Wrap #43 Team Schemes Page
    #44-A.J. Allmendinger PVA.org #44 Team Schemes Page
    #78-Regan Smith World Vision #78 Team Schemes Page
    #87-Joe Nemechek Chuck Levin's #87 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Drink/MtnDew #88 Team Schemes Page
    #96-Bobby Labonte DLP #96 Team Schemes Page
    #99-Carl Edwards Aflac - Silver #99 Team Schemes Page


  • Wounded Warriors featured on the #24 at Richmond: The National Guard will honor Wounded Warriors on the hood of Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevy this weekend at Richmond. The National Guard has a program in place that ensures that the medical and personal needs of soldiers who have been wounded as a result of deployment are met so they can focus on transitioning back into their professional and personal lives in their communities. This safeguards the long-term health and well-being of those who answer the call to duty. Visit nationalguard.com to learn more. This season, Gordon and the #24 team are helping to bring awareness to the National Guard's community initiatives, which will be showcased on the #24 DuPont/National Guard Chevrolet in eight Sprint Cup Series events. In addition to this weekend at Richmond, Gordon will partner with the National Guard at two other venues: New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 20 and Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 25. Friends and family members can share why their current soldier is an inspiration and a hero to them by visiting youreverydayhero.com from Sept. 10-28. Chevy will choose the top-five stories, and the public will vote on the site for its favorite story from Oct. 5-22. The soldier with the most votes will win a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and will be a VIP guest at the Nov. 11 CMA awards, along with their immediate family.(HMS)(9-10-2009)

  • #39 Chevy to honor NCO's at Richmond: In recognition of the Secretary of the Army establishing 2009 as the Year of the NCO (Noncommissioned Officer), Ryan Newman's #39 Chevy will pay tribute to NCOs in Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. The hood on Newman's U.S. Army/Haas Automation Chevy will showcase the Year of the NCO logo along with the three-stripe Sergeant Insignia. Considered the backbone of the U.S. Army, noncommissioned officers have played a vital role for more than 200 years. "Honoring the NCO is a special tribute and it will be a privilege to represent this group of Army personnel," said Newman. "This is one of many incredible experiences I've been associated with this season as the driver of the U.S. Army car. To put the NCO Chevy in Victory Lane would make it an even better celebration." The U.S. Army plans to honor local Virginia Noncommissioned Officers in a pre-race ceremony conducted on the Chevy Stage at 3pm. Saturday; honoring one Soldier with the highest recruiting achievement issued by the Army -- the Glen E. Morrell Award. The ceremony will be conducted by Command Sergeant Major Dennis King from Fort Monroe, Va.(US Army Racing), see am image of the scheme on my #39 Team Schemes page.(9-9-2009)

  • Smith's #78 Chevy to Showcase World Vision at RIR: The Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet driven by Regan Smith will carry a special paint scheme for the Sept. 12th Saturday night NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. Smith's car will be fully-adorned in the colors of World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization based in Federal Way, Washington. The entire space on the car is being donated to World Vision by the team's sponsor -- the Denver-based Furniture Row Companies, one of the largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers with more than 330 stores in 31 states. The idea to donate the space came from Furniture Row owners Barney and Carolyn Visser, long-time World Vision supporters. World Vision is dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. More than 40,000 aid workers and volunteers comprise the international relief and development organization. "This innovative partnership with Furniture Row, one of World Vision's most faithful donors, will help bring the needs of the world's most vulnerable children to followers of NASCAR," says Richard Stearns, president of the international Christian organization. Joe Garone, president and general manager of Furniture Row Racing, said, "The global care-giving services that World Vision provides to children and families are truly inspiring and we are proud to offer our assistance in bringing this incredible humanitarian story to the NASCAR community." (Furniture Row Racing). See images of the scheme on my #78 Team Schemes page.(9-1-2009)

  • Wave Energy sponsoring TBR: Wave Energy Drink announced that it will sponsor Tommy Baldwin Racing's #36 Toyota and driver Patrick Capentier in six Sprint Cup Series races this season. Wave Energy Drink branding will appear on the #36 for the following six races [in a row]: Atlanta, Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas and Auto Club Speedway. “The partnership between Wave Energy Drink and Tommy Baldwin Racing will provide the brand with immediate access to a significant number of the core target audience vital to the brand’s success,” said Jason Wolter, V.P. of Marketing for Wave Energy. “The partnership will help us turbo-charge Wave Energy’s upcoming consumer launch. We are also excited about our involvement with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team that has a loyal following like TBR. For more information about Wave Energy Drink visit www.tastethewave.com.(TBR/Everest Marketing Group)(8-31-2009)
    IMAGEs: see images of the scheme on my #36 Team Schemes page (9-1-2009)

  • Special scheme for Sadler in 2 races: #19-Elliott Sadler is scheduled to run the lime green colored Insignia scheme at Chicago in July and Richmond in September. See an image of the scheme on the #19 Team Schemes page.(5-8-2009)

  • National Guard to sponsor Jeff Gordon? UPDATE 8 races: hearing that Jeff Gordon will be driving a National Guard scheme on the #24 Chevy in eight races in 2009, starting at Atlanta in March, have heard it will NOT effect the National Guard sponsorship of #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(11-23-2008) UPDATE: This season, Gordon and the #24 team will help bring awareness to the National Guard's community initiatives, such as the National Guard Youth Challenge, Active First, College First, Path to Honor and Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The programs will be showcased on the #24 DuPont/National Guard Chevy in eight races this season:
    March 8 at Atlanta
    April 5 at Texas
    May 9 at Darlington
    June 14 at Michigan
    July 11 at Chicagoland
    Sept. 12 at Richmond
    Sept. 20 at New Hampshire and
    Oct. 25 at Martinsville
    (HMS PR), see images of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(1-21-2009)

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


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specs:
    Race Length: 400 laps, 300 miles
    Track Length: 0.75 mile oval, measured 13 1/2 feet in from SAFER Barrier
    Track Width: 60 feet with 10-foot apron
    Banking: turns: 14 degrees; frontstretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
    Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
    Pit Road: 64-foot width, 43 concrete pit stalls, each measuring 28’x19’
    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: Specialist (SPC) Anthony M. Landowski
    Command to start engines: Specialist (SPC) Anthony M. Landowski
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Pastor Joe Ellison, Essex Village Community Church
    National Anthem: 29th Army Band, Virginia Army National Guard
    Military Flyover: 4 F-22's, Langley AFB, VA

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Website: rir.com

  • ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Richmond International Raceway

  • September 2008: see my Richmond Race Info page

  • May 2009: see the Richmond Race Info page


  • Rachtman returns to Richmond: Throughout most of 2009 TV/Radio personality Riki Rachtman could be seen on numerous shows airing on VH1 more notably his feature spot on “Daisy of Love”. Riki was the “voice of reason” as Daisy De La Hoya sifted through a houseful of men as she tried to find Mr. Right. In 2003 Rachtman was asked to host the inaugural Chevy Rock and Roll 400 Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. Riki, a self proclaimed hardcore NASCAR fan jumped at the offer and has been invited back every year on behalf of Chevy. ”I have always driven Chevrolets so to be associated with the bowtie makes me proud.” This weekend he will return to Richmond International Raceway for the 7th consecutive year. As in the previous 6 years Rachtman’s duties include a Q & A session with many of the top drivers in NASCAR at the Chevy fan fest. “ Truth be told,” says Rachtman “It is one of the events I look forward to every single year. I get up on stage hang out with race fans and talk to the superstars of NASCAR. It almost feels like I’m hanging out in my living room with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Tony Stewart and 2000 of my friends” In addition to his many TV appearances Riki can be heard weekly on his highly rated nationally syndicated radio show “Racing Rocks with Riki Rachtman” which is currently heard on over 110 radio stations across America. On Saturday Riki Rachtman will also spend time talking to fans at Richmond International Raceway’s Fan zone at 2:30pm/et then host Chevy Fan fest at 4:00pm/et with Tony STewart, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Richard Childress.(9-12-2009)

  • Pit Passes at Richmond: With a pre-race pit pass fans get to walk up and down pit road on race day and see the pageantry up close. The best way for fans to get a pit pass is to purchase the Scotts Miracle-Gro Green Flag Zone fan hospitality package, which includes a pre-race pit pass for Saturday. There is no age restriction or dress code for pit passes on Saturday. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Green Flag Zone package includes access to the exclusive fan hospitality area, where fans will have the opportunity to enjoy appearances by NASCAR drivers and personalities, an all-you-can-eat buffet, live musical entertainment, prizes and more. Tickets for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Green Flag Zone are $90 per person. Fans must have a ticket to Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Series race to purchase a Scotts Miracle-Gro Green Flag Zone pass. More info at RIR.com.(9-11-2009)

  • Car #'s for chase drivers to be displayed on RIR's walls: Recently, Richmond International Raceway President Doug Fritz placed the currently “locked in” drivers to the 2009 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship on the wall. In addition, after next week’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Fritz will finish out the decals with the remaining “locked in” drivers and those on the bubble leading into the 26th race of the season at Richmond International Raceway. On race weekend, fans and drivers will notice the driver numbers on the track wall in Turns 1, 2 and 3, as well as on the frontstretch and backstretch aprons, reflecting who is in and who is on the bubble leading into the 26th race of the season. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup culminates at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 12, at the Chevy Rock & Roll 400—“One Last Race to Make the Chase.” Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the series championship. Tickets, which start at $40, are on sale now and can be purchased by logging on to www.rir.com or calling 866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR)(9-10-2009)

  • Value Priced Food Options at RIR: In a continuing effort to provide the best fan experience in motorsports, Richmond International Raceway announced an extensive list of new and unique concession items available to fans for the 2009 season. The list of new items includes several options that will be available exclusively to fans at Richmond International Raceway during the September Doubleheader Weekend, including the Richmond Raceway Dog, a Crabcake Sandwich and the Raceway Rib Sandwich. Additional new items rolled out in 2009 includes 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 value meals are 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 a 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.(RIR)(9-10-2009)

  • Ride around RIR before race: Before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes to the track for “One Last Race to Make the Chase” at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 12, ticket holders will have an opportunity to ride around the same ¾-mile oval that will host the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. The Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE) will bring 10 NASCAR-style stock cars to Richmond International Raceway for three-lap ride-alongs with professional drivers, reaching speeds up to 120 mph. Guests who have tickets for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 will have the chance to speed around the track that will set the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, just hours later. Ride-alongs with RPDE on Saturday, September 12, are $149 and reservations are required by calling 1-800-BE-PETTY (1-800-237-3889). Ride-alongs will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Additional information can be found by visiting www.1800bepetty.com. For tickets to the races and information, log on to www.rir.com or call 866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR)(9-10-2009)

  • Richmond Tix still available: Tickets for the Saturday, September 12, Chevy Rock & Roll 400, start at $40 and can be purchased by logging on to www.rir.com or calling 866-455-RACE (7223). The weekend begins on Friday, September 11, with a full day of on-track activity, highlighted by the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race “under the lights.” Friday’s ticket includes practice and Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, as well as practice and WRIC-TV8 Pole Qualifying for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race. Friday’s tickets are $45 (reserved) and $35 (general admission) in advance. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections on Friday only.(RIR)(9-9-2009)

  • Grand Marshal for Chevy Rock & Roll 400: Specialist (SPC) Anthony M. Landowski, who was wounded in the line of duty in Afghanistan on May 17, will be the grand marshal for Saturday's Chevy Rock and Roll 400. Landowski, a 22-year-old native of Ringgold, Ga., and a soldier from the Georgia Army National Guard, was serving as a combat medic with the 48th Brigade Combat Team from Calhoun, Ga., when he was injured by an IED blast. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat as well as the Combat Medic Badge for rendering aid while under hostile enemy fire. Landowski has been receiving care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for the past four months and desires to return to his unit. He anticipates returning to Georgia, where he ultimately will finish his associate's degree and further pursue a career as a physician's assistant.(HMS)(9-9-2009)

  • The All-American Rejects headline Richmond pre-race concert: For the seventh straight year, the sounds of rock & roll and the intensity of NASCAR racing will merge at the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. This year's event features a pre-race concert by The All-American Rejects. The chart-topping rock band will perform on the frontstretch of Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 12, at 5:45 p.m., followed by the start of "One Last Race to Make the Chase"-the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. An American rock band formed in 2001 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, The All-American Rejects have released three studio albums that have garnered the band critical and mainstream success worldwide. Tickets for the NASCAR doubleheader weekend, September 11-12, at Richmond International Raceway, are on sale now. Tickets, which start at $40, can be purchased by logging on to www.rir.com or calling 866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR PR)(8-27-2009)

  • September RIR Sprint Cup Series Tix on sale: Tickets for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, scheduled for Saturday, September 12, will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, May 16 at 8:00am. Guests can purchase tickets—which start at $40—by clicking here, calling the ticket office at 866-455-RACE (7223) (Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 9:00pm and on weekends from 9:00am to 9:00pm), or stopping by the ticket office at 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23222, which will be open this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.(RIR)(5-16-2009)

  • New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)

  • 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: Left-side – 1,150, Right-side – 1,150; 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 90-100 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    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 combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at Richmond in May . . . these teams also ran this exact tire set-up at Phoenix earlier this season . . . additionally, this left-side tire code (D-4238) has run by Cup and Nationwide teams at New Hampshire, and by Nationwide teams at Milwaukee and O'Reilly Raceway Park . . . 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

  • McDowell in the #36; Carpentier out: Michael McDowell will drive the #36 Wave Energy Drink Toyota of Tommy Baldwin Racing beginning this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Patrick Carpenitier is no longer driving the #36 because of a business conflict in Canada. McDowell has been driving full-time in NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota during the 2009 season and captured five top-10 finishes.(TBR PR), Carpentier was scheduled to run the #36 at Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas and California. Mike Skinner was scheduled to run in the final six races. No word if Skinner or McDowell will run those races.(9-10-2009)

  • See the 2009 Team Chart and 2010 Team Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.


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