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    THE RACE: Air Guard 400

    TRACK: Richmond International Raceway

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #26 of 36 for the 2010 season
    FINAL Sprint Cup Race before the start of the 2010 CHASE
    (Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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    • Race: Saturday, September 11, 2010 in Richmond, VA

    • Title Sponsor: Air Guard

    • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et

    Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

    • NASCAR Pre-race: ABC - 7:00pm/et

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

    • In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
      Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
      On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer

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

    • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
      Sunday, Spetmber 12 at 3:30am/et on ESPN2
      Wednesday, September 15 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

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      • Co-Anchors: Barry Hall, Joe Moore

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      • Turn Announcers: Dave Moody, Mike Bagley, Jeff Striegle, Kyle Rickey, Alex Hayden

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    (times in eastern time)
    • Practices:
      Friday, September 10, 12:00 - 2:00pm/et, TV-ESPN2

    • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, September 10, 2:45-3:30 pm/et, TV-ESPN2

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    • Qualifying Draw: Friday, September 11, 11:00 am/et

    • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, September 10 at 5:40 pm/et, TV-ESPN2, no re-air scheduled;
      AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on

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    • Hamlin wins at Richmond: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 6th win of 2010 and 14th of his career. #18-Busch finished second followed by #48-Johnson, #20-Logano, #47-Ambrose, #33-Bowyer, #42-Montoya, #43-Allmendinger, #29-Harvick and #99-Edwards [pole sitter]. #16-Biffle finished 32nd, down 5 laps, but clinched a spot in the Chase and with #33-Bowyer's 6th place finish, he is the final driver in the Chase. The 1-2-4 finish by the three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers was the 9th time JGR teammates have finished 1-2 and the first time all three were in the top-5.
      There were 14 lead changes among 6 drivers and only 3 cautions for 28 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 95,000, down from last years 109,000 but the track removed around 14,000 seats since last year.
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs are ESPN2, Sunday, September 12 at 3:30am; and SPEED, Wednesday, September 15 at 12:00pm/et.
      See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Atlanta Race Results/Awards page.(9-11-2010)

    • Richmond Notes and Facts:
      • Denny Hamlin won the Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway. It was his 14th Cup series victory in his 177th start and was his sixth win in 2010. His last previous win came at Michigan on June 10, 10 races earlier.
      • Hamlin will start the 2010 Chase in first position, based on his series-high six victories. (5,060 points). It's the first time in his career that he has led the points standings.
      • Hamlin scored his second win at Richmond in his 10th start there. He has won four of the past seven short-track races, all in the state of Virginia.
      • Hamlin led six times for 251 laps, including the final 69. He led the most laps for the fourth time at Richmond. He has 1,150 laps led at Richmond in 10 starts.
      • Joe Gibbs Racing posted its 86th Cup series win and ninth victory in 2010, a series high. JGR scored its seventh win at Richmond and fourth in a row at the Virginia track. JGR finished 1-2 for the ninth time overall and third time in 2010.
      • Toyota posted its 10th win in 2010. Chevrolet has 13 victories; Dodge has two; and Ford has one.
      • Kyle Busch (second) scored his fifth top-2 finish in 2010.
      • Jimmie Johnson (third) had his 10th top-5 finish this season. He will start the Chase in second place, 10 points behind Hamlin.
      • Joey Logano (fourth) posted his third top-5 this season.
      • Marcos Ambrose (fifth) had his seventh career top-5 finish.
      • Clint Bowyer (sixth) scored his 14th top-10 in 2010, and his third straight. He was the last driver to clinch a spot in the Chase.
      • Ryan Newman (11th) finished the regular season 13th in points, missing the Chase by 98 points.
      • Points leader Kevin Harvick finished ninth. He will start the Chase in the third spot. He had a 228-point lead before the reset.
      • Greg Biffle (32nd) clinched the 11th Chase spot on Lap 47 when Jason Leffler dropped out of the race.
      • The race had only three cautions, tying the record for the fewest. The last 159 laps were run under green.(ESPN)(9-13-2010)

    • Race Fast Facts - Richmond:
      #11-Denny Hamlin won the Air Guard 400, his 14th victory in 177 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his sixth victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2010.
      This is his second victory and sixth top-10 finish in ten races at Richmond International Raceway.
      #18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 12 races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2010.
      #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 18 races at Richmond International Raceway.
      #33-Clint Bowyer and #16-Greg Biffle clinched the final two spots in the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-11-2010)

    • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
      [after Richmond, race 26 of 36]:
      rank, car#, driver, points, behind
      1) #11-Denny Hamlin [6 wins], 5060
      2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 5050, -10
      3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 5030, -30
      4) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 5030, -30
      5) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 5020, -40
      6) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 5010, -50
      7) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 5010, -50
      8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 5000, -50
      9) #99-Carl Edwards, 5000, -50
      10) #31-Jeff Burton, 5000, -50
      11) #17-Matt Kenseth, 5000, -50
      12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 5000, -50
      See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-11-2010)

    • Five drivers who made the chase in 2009, missed it in 2010:
      13) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 3079, -644, 98 points out of the chase
      15) #5-Mark Martin, 3022, -701, -155
      16) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya [1 win], 3017, -706, -160
      18) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2932, -791, -245
      36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness](9-11-2010)

    • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver 'Classic' Points Standings:
      [after Richmond, race 26 of 36....the OLD way]:
      rank, car#, driver, points, behind
      1) #29-Kevin Harvick (X)[3 wins], 3723
      2) #18-Kyle Busch (X)[3 wins], 3495, -228
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon (X), 3493, -230
      4) #99-Carl Edwards (X), 3427, -296
      5) #48-Jimmie Johnson (X)[5 wins], 3417, -306
      6) #14-Tony Stewart (X)[1 win], 3417, -306
      7) #31-Jeff Burton (X), 3390, -333
      8) #17-Matt Kenseth (X), 3346, -377
      9) #11-Denny Hamlin (X)[6 wins], 3342, -381
      10) #2-Kurt Busch (X)[2 wins], 3337, -386
      11) #33-Clint Bowyer (X), 3221, -502
      12) #16-Greg Biffle (X)[1 win], 3177, -546
      13) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 3079, -644
      14) #1-McMurray [2 wins], 3050, -673
      15) #5-Mark Martin, 3022, -701
      (X= chase drivers)
      See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-11-2010)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at New Hampshire:
      No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #7 team stays in 35th and the #26 team remains 36th with the points spread from 35th to 36th drops to 83 and the #38 is only 87pts out of 35th.
      34) #71-Cassill-Labonte/TRG: 1928, +160
      35) #7-Conway/RGM, 1851, 83 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
      36) #26-Green/Latitude43: 1768, -83 points out of the top 35
      37) #38-Kvapil-Blaney/Front Row: 1764, -87
      The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.(9-11-2010)

      For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(9-11-2010)

    • Penalty Report - Richmond:
      Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
      #55, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, driver change
      #83, Pre-Race to the rear, tail end, transmission change
      #00, 56, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #87, 56, Running the stop and go sign/light, 1 lap
      #00, 60, Safety violation, pitdragging metal
      #55, 147, Pitting before pit road is open, tail end
      #16, 153, Disobeying a NASCAR request, 1 lap
      (NASCAR Statistics)(9-11-2010)

    • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Richmond: (and their finish)
      Caution 1: #19-Sadler, 27th
      Caution 2: #20-Logano, 4th
      Caution 3: #24-Gordon, 12th

    • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Richmond (or seemed to)?
      43rd: #32-Leffler, 30 laps run
      42nd: #87-Nemechek, 61 laps
      with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #32 this week
      (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)(9-11-2010)

    • Pit Stall Selections - Richmond: The selections of pit stalls for the Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #99-Edwards chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
      Outside pole sitter #42-Montoya took pit stall 17, the first with an opening in front of it [after the 1st stall of course].
      #43-Allmendinger, who starts 3rd took the 30th pit stall, the next stall with an opening in front of it.
      The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 34th.
      To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-10-2010)

    • NASCAR Sprint Cup on ABC: With final seedings in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on the line, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 400 laps in prime time under the lights at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, Sept. 11, and ABC will have a live telecast. The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show kicks off the evening at 7:00pmn/et with the race telecast at 7:30pm/et. The race’s green flag is at 7:46pm/et. Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.

    • Race Coverage of the Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2010.
      Television (TV): ABC at 7:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:46pm/et
      Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
      Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
      ESPN2, Sunday, September 12 at 3:30am/et
      SPEED, Wednesday, September 15 at 12:00pm/et

    • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

    • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

    • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

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    • Edwards wins pole at Richmond: #99-Carl Edwards won the Coors Pole for the Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 127.762mph for his 2nd pole of 2010 and 6th of his career.
      #42-Montoya will start 2nd followed by #43-Allmendinger, #33-Bowyer, #00-Reutimann, #20-Logano, #98-Menard, #12-Keselowski, #88-Earnhardt Jr. and #9-Kahne. Points leader #29-Harvick starts 20th. #83-Mattias Ekstrom makes his oval race debut, start 42nd. #09-Bobby Labonte uses a past champions provisional to make the race and starts 43rd. His brother #10-Terry Labonte was faster, but was 8th fastest and failed to qualify for the race. If Bobby didn't have to use the provisional, Terry could had.
      The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #26-Green [16th], #13-Mears, #36-Blaney, #87-Nemechek, #32-Leffler, #55-Bliss, #38-Kvapil and #09-BLabonte (using a past champions provisional).
      The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (5): #10-TLabonte, #46-McDowell, #64-Bodine, #66-Riggs and #92-Brian Keselowski.
      See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Richmond Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(9-10-2010)

    • Qualifying Fast Facts - Richmond:
      #99-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Air Guard 400 with a lap of 21.133 seconds, 127.762 mph.
      This is his sixth pole in 219 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
      This is his second pole and eighth top-10 start in 2010.
      This is his first pole in 13 races at Richmond International Raceway. His previous best start at Richmond was second (twice).
      #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (second) posted his 17th top-10 start of 2010 and his second in eight races at Richmond International Raceway.
      #43-A J Allmendinger (third) posted his first top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his sixth in 26 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-10-2010)

    • Coverage of Qualifying for the Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, September 10, 2010 at 5:40pm/et.
      Television (TV): ESPN2 5:30pm/et
      Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
      Qualifying Re-Air: none

    • Qualifying Order for the Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted. 48 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 #2-Busch.
      The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #88-Earnhardt Jr.
      The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #64-Bodine with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #55-Bliss.
      See the full qualifying order on the Richmond Qualifying Page.(9-10-2010)

    • Happy Hour practice for the Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, top five, slowest and notes:
      #99-Edwards 125.290
      #98-Menard 124.752
      #42-Montoya 124.464
      #16-Biffle 124.464
      #9-Kahne 124.441
      slowest: #92-Brian Keselowski 119.443 & #7-Cinway 120.166.
      See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(9-10-2010)

    • Richmond Happy Hour practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #13-Casey Mears, 17th fastest
      #46-Michael McDowell, 28th
      #55-Mike Bliss, 29th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 32nd
      #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 33rd
      #38-Travis Kvapil, 38th
      #36-Dave Blaney, 39th
      #10-Terry Labonte [PC2], 45th, would use past champ prov to get in
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      #64-Todd Bodine, 40th
      #32-Jason Leffler, 42nd
      #26-Jeff Green, 43rd
      #66-Scott Riggs, 44th
      #92-Brian Keselowski, 48th/last
      [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

    • 1st Friday practice for the Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is being over, after 120 scheduled minutes, top five, slowest and notes:
      #33-Bowyer 122.688
      #39-Newman 122.438
      #42-Montoya 122.349
      #99-Edwards 122.327
      #00-Reutimann 122.255
      slowest: #92-Brian Keselowski 115.483 & #83-Ekstrom 118.172
      incident: #56-Truex Jr. had a throttle hang and hit the wall hard just a few minutes in to practice, he drove it back to the hauler, the team has brought out the backup car. Midway thru, Truex is back on the track in the backup car.
      See fastest speeds, average speeds, laps run on my Richmond Practice Speeds Page.(9-10-2010)

    • Richmond 1st practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
      if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
      #36-Dave Blaney, 11th fastest over
      #46-Michael McDowell, 13th
      #87-Joe Nemechek, 30th
      #13-Casey Mears, 32nd
      #64-Todd Bodine, 34th
      #66-Scott Riggs, 37th
      #38-Travis Kvapil, 39th
      #09-Bobby Labonte [PC1], 43rd, would need past champ prov
      these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
      #55-Mike Bliss, 40th
      #26-Jeff Green, 41st
      #32-Jason Leffler, 42nd
      #10-Terry Labonte [PC2], 44th
      #92-Brian Keselowski, 48th/last
      [PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]

    • Some Chassis selections for Richmond:
      #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team will bring chassis #1007 to Richmond this weekend. This chassis was used earlier in the season at the first Richmond event finishing 19th and at Martinsville where McMurray battled handling issues after an on track altercation forcing a 30th-place finish. The chassis was also tested at Gresham Motorsports Park in August.
      #2-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led “Blue Deuce” team will be racing their “PRS-702” Dodge Charger at Richmond this weekend. After debuting this car in winning fashion in last November’s race at, Busch named the winning Penske Racing entry “Patriot,” as the Dodge carried a special Operation Homefront color scheme. The car was raced again at Homestead in last year’s season finale where Busch finished 4th. Busch raced this chassis in Feb. at Las Vegas where he won the pole and had a strong run going before getting innocently caught up in a crash between Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya. This chassis was victorious in its last visit to a race track, with Busch leading 19 laps early and coming back from a brush with the wall to claim the win in the May 22 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte.
      #5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-561 for Saturday night's race at Richmond. This is the same chassis Martin drove at Richmond earlier this year. Most recently, this chassis was tested at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado.
      #6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-635 Last ran New Hampshire – finished 20th Backup: RK-633 Last ran Michigan in the fall of 2009 – finished 30th
      #11-Denny Hamlin: and the FedEx Racing team will unload chassis # JGR 276 this weekend in Richmond. 276 last ran at Indianapolis in July when it recorded a 15th-place finish. JGR 251 will serve in backup duty. The #11 FedEx Office Toyota will carry the numbers 7361 on the b-posts this weekend at Richmond International Raceway in recognition of the Colorado market's outstanding performance and commitment to customer service.
      #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-706 during Saturday night’s Air Guard 400 at Richmond. Keselowski drove this chassis to a seventh-place finish in the All-Star Race at Charlotte in May.
      #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-525: Prior to its debut at Martinsville in March 2009, Chassis No. 14-525 was a brand new racecar that had never turned a wheel on the track. Despite its rookie status, Chassis No. 14-525 delivered at the tight, .526-mile oval where it finished third, which at the time was the best result for Stewart-Haas Racing. It sat idle until September, when it returned to action at Dover. There, it qualified 22nd and rallied to finish ninth after an early race incident left it 37th on lap 36. This year’s spring race at Richmond marked Chassis No. 14-525’s first start of 2010. It qualified 18th and finished an uncharacteristic 23rd.
      #17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-698 (brand new chassis)
      #18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 277 will make its second-ever start in Saturday night’s Air Guard 400 at Richmond. In its only previous start, at Pocono in August, Busch started 21st and finished 23rd.
      #19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 270 for this weekend's event. This is the same Ford Fusion the team utilized for the New Hampshire, the race at Martinsville and the spring event at RIR.
      #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-542 for Saturday night's race at Richmond. Gordon led 92 laps and drove this car to a third-place finish at Martinsville in March. In June, he drove this car to a fourth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
      #29-Kevin Harvick: Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 304 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built brand new for 2010, the team raced this Chevrolet Impala at Phoenix, Richmond and New Hampshire, finishing 13th, third and fifth, respectively.
      #31-Jeff Burton: will race Chassis No. 302 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new for 2010, Burton drove this Caterpillar Chevy to a 12th-place finish at Texas in April where he overcame a pit road commitment line violation to be in contention for the win, leading with 10 laps to go. However, a nine-car incident brought out a lengthy red flag and after the engines re-fired and green-flag racing continued, the handling on the #31 Chevy went away in the closing laps and Burton held on to finish 12th. Most recently, this #31 racer competed at Dover where Burton scored a runner-up finish.
      #33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot Chassis No. 303 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, Bowyer drove this Chevy to seventh-place finishes at Charlotte in May and New Hampshire in June. Most recently, the 31-year-old RCR driver piloted this #33 Impala to a fourth-place finish at Bristol in August.
      #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the #42 team are bringing chassis #1005 to Richmond this weekend, the second race of the season for this chassis. The chassis was first used at Martinsville where Montoya had a tire expire forcing a 36th-place finish.
      #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis No. 289 for this weekend's event at Richmond. This car was run on three other occasions this season. Allmendinger drove it in the first event at RIR, the race at Las Vegas and the New Hampshire event where he finished in the 10th position.
      #47-Marcos Ambrose and crew chief Frank Kerr have elected to take the chassis Ambrose ran at New Hampshire (13th) and Richmond (9th) earlier this season.
      #48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 590 will be the primary for Saturday night's event. Johnson last piloted that car to a ninth-place finish at Martinsville in March. Back up chassis No. 520 has collected four wins in five starts – the most recent coming at Martinsville in March.
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-586 this weekend at Richmond. This chassis first saw action at Phoenix in April where Earnhardt finished 12th. In May, Earnhardt raced this chassis to a 32nd-place finish at Richmond after a cut tire forced an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 196. The #88 team also tested this chassis recently at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga.
      #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 693 for this weekend's event. This is the same car the team ran at Indianapolis. Menard drove to a 14th-place finish in that event. Pittsburgh Paints returns to the hood of the #98 machine this weekend, marking its fourth and final appearance of the season.
      #99-Carl Edwards: The #99 team will be bringing chassis RK-570 to Richmond this weekend. This chassis raced at Richmond in May when Edwards finished fifth. It will also have a new Cheez-It paint scheme for the second Kellogg’s race of the season.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(9-9-2010)

    • The Entry List for the Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 48 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
      Not in top 35 of owners points:
      #09-Bobby Labonte (2009 race winner as owner)(2000 Champ)(38/25)
      #10-Terry Labonte (1996 Champ)(0/0)
      #13-Casey Mears (40/25)
      #26-Jeff Green (2009 race winner as owner)(36/25)
      #32-Jason Leffler (47/10)
      #36-Dave Blaney (39/25)
      #38-Travis Kvapil (37/25)
      #46-Michael McDowell (41/25)
      #55-Mike Bliss (43/25)
      #64-Todd Bodine (46/13)
      #66-Scott Riggs (44/25)
      #87-Joe Nemechek (42/25)
      #92-Brian Keselowski (54/2)
      In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
      the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09, 26, 10, 38, 36, 13, 46, 87
      missing the race would be [5]: #'s 66, 55, 64, 32, 92
      See the full entry list at my Jayski's Richmond Entry List.(9-7-2010)

    • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond:
      No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #7 team stays in 35th and the #26 team remains 36th with the points spread from 35th to 36th drops to 98.
      34) #71-Cassill/TRG: 1864, +151
      35) #7-Conway/RGM, 1811, 98 points ahead of 36th
      these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
      36) #26-Green/Latitude43: 1713, -98 points out of the top 35
      37) #38-Blaney/Front Row: 1706, -105
      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 Owners Points Standings page.(9-5-2010)

    • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
      [after Atlanta, race 25 of 36]:
      rank, car#, driver, points, behind
      1) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 3585
      2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3366, -219
      3) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 3325, -260
      4) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 3302, -283
      5) #99-Carl Edwards, 3288, -297
      6) #31-Jeff Burton, 3261, -324
      7) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 3247, -338
      8) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 3228, -357
      9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3225, -360
      10) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 3147, -438
      (all above have clinched a spot in the Chase)
      11) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 3110, -475, +161
      12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 3066, -519, 117 pts ahead of 13th
      Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
      13) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2949, -636, 117 points out of the chase
      14) #1-McMurray [2 wins], 2938, -647, -128
      15) #5-Mark Martin, 2919, -666, -147
      16) #00-David Reutimann [1 win], 2880, -705, -186
      2009 Chase Drivers who will miss the 2010 Chase
      17) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya [1 win], 2866, -719
      18) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2856, -729
      36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
      See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-5-2010)

    • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/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: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. 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 points).

    • 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 2011 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


    • May 2010 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 99.567mph, started 1st

    • September 2009 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 96.601mph, 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)

    • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 28 days, Sept 1991

    • Youngest Winner: Richard Petty, 23 years, 9 months, 21 days, April 1961

    • May 2010 Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, 127.077mph, finished 1st

    • September 2009 Pole Sitter: #5-Mark Martin, 126.808, finished 4th

    • 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

    • Most Laps Led by a Leader: 488, David Pearson, 9/13/1970

    • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 4, Kyle Petty, 2/23/1986

    • Most Lead Changes: 25 - twice, most recently, 3/3/1996

    • Most Leaders: 16, 9/10/1994

    • Fewest Leaders: 2, eight times, most recently 3/11/1979

    • Fewest Lead Changes: 2 - seven times, most recently 2/23/1975

    • Most Cautions: 15, twice, 5/3/2003 and 5/2/2009

    • Most Caution Laps: 123 (2 times) most recently Sept 1974

    • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 3/7/1976

    • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, 3/7/1976

    • 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 - 4/19/1953

    • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 34 Chevy; 28 Ford; 17 Dodge; 2 Toyota

    • Races won from starting pos 1: 22 [of 108 races]
    • Races won from starting pos 2: 12
    • Races won from starting pos 3: 16
    • 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: 62 of 108
    • Races won from the top 10: 86 of 108

    • At Richmond International Raceway:
      · Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.
      · The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was 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.
      · The track was re-measured to .542-mile for 1970.
      · The track was rebuilt as a three-quarters-mile D-shaped oval following the Feb. 21, 1988 race.
      · The first race under permanent lights was Sept. 7, 1991.
      · The first season with both races as night races was 1999.
      · There have been 108 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.
      · BuckBaker won the pole in 1953.
      · LeePetty won the first race in April 1953.
      · There have been 47 different pole winners, led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty (eight).
      · Jeff Gordon (five) leads active drivers with five poles.
      · 47 different drivers have posted victories at Richmond, led by Richard Petty (13).
      · Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson (three) lead active race winners.
      · Petty Enterprises has won 15 races at Richmond, more than any other team.
      · 63 of 108 races have been won from the top five starting positions, including 22 from the pole.
      · The last driver to win from the pole was Kyle Busch, earlier this season.
      · 13 of the past 15 races have been won from the top 10.
      · The furthest back in the field a race winner has started was 31st, by Clint Bowyer in the 2008 spring race.
      · KylePetty became the first third-generation NASCAR race winner when he won his first race at Richmond, on Feb. 23, 1986. Richard Petty posted his first Richmond victory in 1961 and Leewon the very first Richmond race in 1953.
      · Two active drivers have an average finish inside the top 10: Kyle Busch (5.5) and Denny Hamlin (8.8). Tony Stewart averages a finish just outside the top 10 (10.9).
      · Four of the last five races have had a margin of victory less than one second.
      · Four drivers have come from outside the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint cut-off to make the Chase at Richmond:
      o Jeremy Mayfield in 2004 made up a 55-point deficit
      o Ryan Newman in 2005 made up a one-point deficit
      o Kasey Kahne in 2006 made up a 30-point deficit
      o Brian Vickers in 2009 made up a 20-point deficit
      · There have been 268 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Virginia.
      · 159 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Virginia.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-7-2010)


      Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
      #5-Mark Martin #5 Team Schemes Page
      #9-Kasey Kahne Budweiser - World Police & Fire Games #9 Team Schemes Page
      #11-Denny Hamlin FedEx Office #11 Team Schemes Page
      #14-Tony Stewart Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
      #19-Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools #19 Team Schemes Page
      #24-Jeff Gordon National Guard Military Intelligence Special #24 Team Schemes Page
      #47-Marcos Ambrose Kroger none...yet
      #56-Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Brakes #56 Team Schemes Page
      #71-Landon Cassill 9/11 GI Bill #71 Team Schemes Page
      #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page
      #98-Paul Menard Menards / Pittsburgh Paints #98 Team Schemes Page
      #99-Carl Edwards Cheez-It #99 Team Schemes Page

    • Special scheme for Kahne at RIR: Kasey Kahne's #9 Budweiser Ford paint scheme will have a special addition at Richmond - the 2011 World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) will adorn the hood, both quarter panels and the television panel. The World Police & Fire Games will take place in New York City Aug. 26 - Sept. 5, 2011. Spread throughout the five boroughs, the city that never sleeps will be the setting for the multi-sport, Olympic-style event. As many as 20,000 full time firefighters and law enforcement personnel from 70 different countries are expected to compete in 65 sports. The event will respectfully coincide with the 10 year remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001. Kahne and the #9 team will be joined by a group of first responders from New York. While at the track they will partici-pate in a number of activities, including media interviews, the driver/crew chief meeting and pre-race ceremonies (RPM).(9-10-2010)

    • Kroger back on the #47 at RIR: For Marco Ambrose’s fourth NSCS race at Richmond, Kroger will cover the hood of his #47 Toyota Camry carrying a message on the quarter panels that ‘TONIGHT’S GRILL NIGHT!’ Kroger is one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers with store formats that include grocery and multi-department stores, convenience stores and mall jewelry stores operating under nearly two dozen banners. “We had a lot of fun in February with Kroger handing out roses for Valentine’s Day and this time they are reminding fans that night time is also a good time to fire up the grill whether you are tailgating at a football game, a NASCAR race or cooking at home,” said Ambrose, who has finished 11th, 22nd and ninth respectively at RIR. “It’s a really a nice scheme and our car will look sharp under the Richmond lights. This particular car, we have raced twice and we feel good about it.”(JTG Daugherty Racing)(9-9-2010)

    • Special colors for Truex at Richmond: Martin Truex's #56 Toyota will have a silver look for Saturday's race at Richmond. The NAPA Brakes paint scheme adorns Truex's ride to help kick off NAPA's Great Breaks on Great Brakes promotion. Customers can receive up to a $50 mail-in rebate with purchase of qualifying NAPA Brakes products at any participating NAPA AUTO PARTS store or AutoCare Center through Sept. 30. The #56 team tested at Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's race. The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation will host its third annual MTJF Golf Tournament more info on my Racing Charities page (MWR), see images of the scheme on my #56 Team Schemes page.(9-9-2010)

    • National Guard colors for Gordon at Richmond: Jeff Gordon will drive a specially painted #24 DuPont/National Guard Military Intelligence Chevy this weekend at Richmond. Today's Military Intelligence professionals are highly trained Soldiers who provide their commanders with relevant intelligence and electronic warfare support. Visit and search "Military Intelligence" to learn more (HMS), see images of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(9-9-2010)

    • Mohawk Northeast to sponsor #36 car at RIR: The #36 Chevy of Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will feature Mohawk Northeast, Inc. for the September 11th Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mohawk Northeast, Inc., one of the region's largest heavy civil contractors based in Connecticut, will be prominently displayed on the Chevrolet driven by Dave Blaney this weekend. "We are looking forward to partnering up with Tommy and the race team again at Richmond," Al Heinke, President of Mohawk Northeast said. "NASCAR has been a great way to increase brand recognition for us and the partnership with TBR has allowed us to reach a group of customers outside our current base in New England." Blaney will drive the #36 Chevy for TBR and will look to build on his previous success next weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "I'm excited Mohawk Northeast Inc. is on board with us again and we are confident we can help them extend their reach in this market," said owner Tommy Baldwin. "Dave has had success everywhere he has raced and we look forward to having him behind the wheel for TBR and Mohawk."(TBR)(9-9-2010)

    • Back to the 'regular' scheme for Kurt Busch: After running the special Miller Lite “Vortex” color scheme in all the races dating back to the “All Star” race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 22, Kurt Busch will be behind the wheel of a #2 Penske Racing Dodge adorned with the “regular” Miller Lite color scheme for several races beginning with this weekend at Atlanta. “We’ll go back to what we were running during the first race at Atlanta and run that for a couple of races,” said Busch. “We have another special color scheme we’ll roll out during the Chase.”(Tom Roberts PR), see images of the regular and Vortex schemes on my #2 Team Schemes page.(9-2-2010)

    • National Guard returns to the #24 in 2010: For the second year in a row, Gordon and the #24 team will be sponsored by the National Guard for eight Sprint Cup Series events. In addition to this weekend at Atlanta, Gordon will partner with the National Guard at seven other venues:
      Texas on April 18, Special Forces
      Darlington on May 8, Facebook
      Michigan on June 13, Job Skills
      Richmond on Sept. 11, Military Intelligence Special
      New Hampshire on Sept. 19
      Martinsville on Oct. 24, and
      Talladega on Oct. 31.
      In eight outings last year with the National Guard on the hood of his #24 Chevy, Gordon scored an average finish of 4.375. His best effort was a win at Texas Motor Speedway in April, while he scored runner-up finishes at Atlanta in March, Michigan in June and Chicago in July. He finished fifth at Darlington in May, third at Richmond in September and fifth at Martinsville in October. Visit the National Guard's Web site to get free downloads and view exclusive photos of Gordon at the track and sign up for the Fan Club for a chance to win one-of-a-kind prizes.(HMS), see image of the basic scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(3-3-2010)

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


    • Track Specifications:
      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: 97,912 was 112,029
      Attendence 2009: 108,000
      Attendence 2008: 110,000
      Attendence 2007: 112,079
      Opened: 1946 (First NASCAR race was 1953)
      Last Repaved: Fall of 2003

    • Race Festivities/Officials:
      Grand Marshal: General Harry Wyatt III, Air Guard
      Command to start engines: General Harry Wyatt III, Air Guard
      Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
      Invocation: Henrco County Fire Dept Chaplin Rich Jenkins
      National Anthem: SMSgt Cynthia Seymour, Air Guard
      Military Flyover: F-22 Raptors, 192nd Fighter Wing, Virginia Air Guard

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

    • Websites:
      Richmond International Raceway
      ISC Motorsports
      ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide
      Richmond International Raceway - Facebook
      Richmond International Raceway - Twitter

    • September 2009: see my Richmond Race Info page

    • May 2010: see my Richmond Race Info page

    • Night Ranger to rock RIR in pre-race concert: Night racing “under the lights” meets Night Ranger on Saturday, September 11, when rock icons - Night Ranger - perform a pre-race concert before the Air Guard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway. The pre-race concert, presented by Coca-Cola, will take place at 5:45 pm/et at the start/finish line.
      Fans with tickets to the Air Guard 400 race can watch the Night Ranger concert from their seats and see the performance on Richmond International Raceway’s state-of-the-art video scoring tower. The video scoring tower is the tallest in all of motorsports, featuring four giant LED screens visible to all grandstand seats. But, to “open happiness” with access to the concert area, fans must stop by the Coca-Cola display in The Midway to pick up a credential for the concert. Night Ranger has been rocking for nearly three decades, selling more than 17 million albums worldwide, performing more than 2,500 live shows and captivating an audience of more than 1 billion in radio airplay.
      Tickets, starting at $40, include the Coca-Cola Pre-Race Concert and are on-sale and available now by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or logging on to A limited number of $40 seats remain.(RIR)(9-8-2010)

    • Off-Site Parking & Shuttle offered at Richmond: Fans attending the Air Guard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 11 will once again be able to take advantage of the “Park and Ride” shuttle program from downtown Richmond at the Richmond Coliseum parking lot and The Showplace parking lot on Mechanicsville Turnpike. The shuttle service, which is only available on Saturday, September 11, allows fans to park their vehicles at either location and use the free shuttle service to the main gate of America’s Premier Short Track.
      The Richmond Coliseum parking area at North 7th Street in downtown Richmond opens and begins offering free shuttle rides to fans at 1:00 pm/et on Saturday, September 11. The shuttle service back to the Coliseum parking area resumes immediately after the conclusion of the Air Guard 400 race from the track’s main entrance. The shuttle is free, but a $6 parking fee applies at the Coliseum lot. The Richmond Coliseum parking area is conveniently located less than five minutes from the intersections of I-95 and I-64. To see a detailed map of the Richmond Coliseum area visit:
      Fans can also park their cars and RVs at The Showplace and take a free shuttle ride to Richmond International Raceway. The Showplace is conveniently located less than three miles from Richmond International Raceway at 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike and is just ¼-mile off of I-64 at exit 192.
      The cost for parking at The Showplace on Saturday, September 11 is $5 per car and $25 per RV. The complimentary shuttle to and from the track begins at Noon and operates continuously with pick-up and drop-off points at The Showplace and the main entrance to Richmond International Raceway at Richmond-Henrico Turnpike.
      The Saturday, September 11, Air Guard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race headlines the Post-9/11 GI Bill NASCAR Weekend at Richmond. Tickets are on sale now, with a limited number of $40 tickets available, and can be purchased by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or visiting

    • Post-9/11 GI Bill Named Presenting Sponsor for Richmond: Richmond International Raceway president Doug Fritz announced the Post-9/11 GI Bill has partnered with America’s Premier Short Track as the presenting sponsor of the upcoming NASCAR Doubleheader weekend. Titled the Post-9/11 GI Bill NASCAR Weekend at Richmond, the September 10-11 event weekend will feature the Saturday night Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup Series race and the Friday night Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series race.
      The Post-9/11 GI Bill, passed by Congress in 2008, provides financial support for education and housing to veteran service men and women, and allows every eligible veteran, service member, reservist and National Guard member an opportunity to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as vocational and technical training. The program includes payments for tuition and fees; housing allowance; a books and supplies stipend; tutorial assistance; licensing and certification test reimbursement; and the Yellow Ribbon Program, a plan which allows private colleges the ability to match government funds. In addition to the presenting sponsorship, Veteran Affairs, Educational Services representatives will staff an informational display during race weekend in the Midway for anyone interested in learning more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For additional information, visit the Post-9/11 GI Bill online or call 1-888-442-4551. Tickets are on sale now, including a limited number of $40 seats, and can be purchased on or by calling 866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR)(9-3-2010)

    • Richmond announces 2011 race dates: Richmond International Raceway officials announce America's Premier Short Track will once again host two doubleheader weekends, including the Spring season opener, as well as "One Last Race to Make The Chase" in September. And for the eighth consecutive year, the September NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race - scheduled for Saturday, September 10 - will set the field for next year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.(RIR)(8-16-2010)

    • Richmond International Raceway announces Air Guard 400: In a historic skydiving stunt into Richmond International Raceway, track president Doug Fritz and Air Guard representative MSgt Matt Leas announced the Air Guard will hold the race entitlement for the September 11, 2010 Sprint Cup Series race at America's Premier Short Track. With the help of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Stremme, the trio unveiled the new Air Guard 400 race logo for the "One Last Race to Make The Chase" NASCAR Doubleheader Weekend, September 10 - 11. The Air Guard allows Americans to serve part-time, providing flexibility to live life on their terms while serving their community and country with honor and pride.(RIR)(8-5-2010)

    • Richmond Oct Tix on sale Tuesday: With the NASCAR world setting its sights on the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, fans will want to grab their seats for the Saturday, September 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway—“One Last Race to Make The Chase.” Tickets, which start at $40, for the marquee event go on sale Tuesday, May 25 at 8:30am/et. To purchase seats, visit, call 866-455-RACE (7223) or visit the ticket office at 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23222, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. The September 10-11 NASCAR doubleheader weekend features the second operation of the new, state-of-the-art video scoring tower at Richmond International Raceway. A successful debut during the April 30-May 1 NASCAR weekend drew rave reviews from fans. Family Sections presented by Virginia 529, which are alcohol-free and smoke-free, continue for the September race weekend. Children 12 and under are admitted at half price in Family Sections for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and are admitted free with a ticketed adult for the Virginia 529 College Savings race. For tickets and information, please log on to or call the ticket office at 866-455-RACE (7223).(RIR)(5-24-2010)

    • Richmond Configuration Years:
      Half-mile dirt 1953-68
      From its inaugural season until its first race in 1968, Richmond — then known as Atlantic Rural Fairgrounds, Atlantic Rural Exposition, and Virginia State Fairgrounds — was a half-mile dirt track. Victory Lane during these early years was a place for legends. David Pearson won five races during this period; Richard Petty and Joe Weatherly won three; and Speedy Thomas, Lee Petty and Cotton Owens won two.
      .625-mile paved 1968 (second race)
      Richard Petty won the first race on a paved Richmond surface. Only two drivers finished on the lead lap in the 300-lap event: Petty and David Pearson.
      Half-mile paved 1969 (first race)
      The track was re-measured to a half-mile for the first race of 1969. Pearson won the event.
      .5625-mile paved 1969 (second race)
      The track was once again re-measured, this time to a 9/16th-mile. Bobby Allison won.
      .542-mile paved 1970-1988
      Yet again, the track was re-measured — but this one lasted for more than one event. There were a couple name changes, too. During this 19-year period, Richmond was known as Virginia State Fairgrounds, Richmond Fairgrounds Speedway and Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway. Petty was The King during this era, with nine of his 13 Richmond wins coming during this period.
      .75-mile paved 1988-Present
      The track was reconfigured to its current shape and length for the second race of 1988, won by Davey Allison. The track also changed its name to Richmond International Raceway for that second event of ’88. Rusty Wallace is the wins leader on the 3/4-mile layout, with six victories. This era truly mirrors the evolution of the sport, itself. For one, the first season with both races under lights was 1999. Secondly, starting in 2004, race #26, held annually at Richmond, is the final race of the “regular” season. The top-12 drivers who will race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be decided in that event.(NASCAR)(5-1-2010)

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


      Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

      Number of Tires:
      Sprint Cup: Left-side – 1,400, Right-side – 1,400;
      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 NASCAR series in action at Richmond this weekend will run the same Goodyear tire codes . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at Richmond earlier this season and at both races last season . . . other tracks at which teams run this same combination of tires are Phoenix (both series) and Gateway (Nationwide only) . . . teams also run this left-side tire code (D-4238) with a slightly different right-side code at New Hampshire (both series) and O'Reilly Racewy Park (Nationwide only) . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Richmond.


    • Ekstrom back in the #83 car at Richmond? UPDATE 2: There is a possibility that Mattias Ekstrom will return to drive the #83 Red Bull Racing Toyota at Richmond International Raceway on Sept 11th. Ekstrom, a Red Bull Racing driver, made his Sprint Cup debut at Infineon Raceway in June, starting 38th and finishing 21st. Due to a DTM race on Nürburgring, Ekstrom was unable to run the car at Watkins Glen, Boris Said drove the car there.(Motorsport Total - translated in part)(8-18-2010)
      UPDATE: Mattias Ekstrom, a two-time champion in the German Touring Car Series, will make his second Cup start for #83 Red Bull Racing on Sept. 11 at Richmond, pending a successful test Tuesday at North Wilkesboro Speedway. As a fill-in for Brian Vickers, who is undergoing treatment for blood clots, Ekstrom qualified 38th and finished 21st after leading seven laps in his Cup debut at the road course at Infineon Raceway in June.(Sporting News)(9-6-2010)
      UPDATE 2: Red Bull driver Mattias Ekström will race the #83 Red Bull Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on September 11. In June, Ekström gave an impressive performance at Infineon Raceway in his first NASCAR race, leading seven laps and finishing 21st. Since then, Ekström has tested with Red Bull Racing Team at Gresham Motorsports Park, GA and North Wilkesboro Speedway, NC. "Mattias did a great job in Sonoma, and continues to impress at the oval track testing sessions," said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team Vice President and General Manager. "He has earned this opportunity, showing continued improvement every time he is behind the wheel." Ekström. a Red Bull-supported athlete for the past nine years, claimed his first victory of 2010 in the second round of the DTM Championship on May 23 in Valencia, Spain. He currently sits fifth in the DTM standings and has 14 career victories. "To do a race on an oval is something different – it's a lot of laps and a lot of cars," said Ekström. "Racing in Richmond will be one of the biggest tasks of my life so far, but I feel I am ready for the challenge."(Red Bull Racing)(9-8-2010)

    • Washington Music Center to Sponsor Nemechek: For the 2nd Year in a Row, Wheaton, MD based Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center is proud to be the Qualifying Sponsor for Nemco Racing's #87 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry in the Air Guard 400 Race to be held on Saturday September 11th at Richmond International Raceway. The #87 is driven by veteran owner/driver Joe Nemechek. "We're fortunate to have members of several NASCAR teams as customers of the store, and several members of our staff are avid Nascar fans, so sponsorship of a car seemed like a natural idea for us" said Brian Meader, Guitar Salesman and Director of Internet Marketing for Washington Music Center. "The Nascar fanbase reflects a very diverse group of people, and the opportunity to put the Chuck Levin's brand in front of such a wide audience really appeals to us". Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center has been serving musicians since 1958 and is the largest single independent retail music storefront in the United States.(Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center PR), see an image of the scheme on my #87 Team Schemes page.(9-8-2010)

    • Brian Keselowski to attempt Richmond: Despite failing to qualify at Bristol a few weeks back, #92-Brian Keselowski will return to the Sprint Cup Series to attempt the Air Guard 400 at Richmond this coming Saturday. Keselowski, whose Nationwide Series team does not have a Nationwide Series COT car, says that he is interested in doing some more Sprint Cup races towards the end of the 2010 season, owing in part to the larger purses offered at the Sprint Cup level.(Frontstretch)(9-6-2010)

    • See the Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.

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