Top 10 Driver Ratings at Richmond
Kyle Busch…………………………. 110.1
Kevin Harvick……………………… 109.4
Denny Hamlin……………………… 108.9
Brad Keselowski……………………. 96.9
Kurt Busch…………………………… 95.6
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 93.5
Kyle Larson………………………….. 92.3
William Byron……………………….. 91.3
Matt Kenseth………………………… 91.0
Joey Logano…………………………. 90.1
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races (27 total) among active drivers at Richmond Raceway.
· Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.
· The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race was held on April 19, 1953 and won by Lee Petty.
· 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 in 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.
· In 2017, the track underwent renovations and changed the name to Richmond Raceway.
· There have been 124 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond Raceway, one event from 1953 – 1958 and two races per year since 1959.
· A total of 501 drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway; 328 have competed in more than one.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Richmond with 63; followed by Mark Martin with 56.
· Matt Kenseth leads all active series drivers with 36 Richmond starts; followed by Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch with 35 each.
· Dick Rathmann (two series starts) leads the series in average finish at Richmond Raceway with a 2.0.
· Kyle Larson leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond Raceway with an 8.444; followed by Denny Hamlin (9.750).
· A total of 55 different drivers have won Busch poles at Richmond Raceway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with eight each.
· Denny Hamlin (2006, 2008 and 2016) and Matt Kenseth (2013 and 2017 sweep) lead all active drivers in Busch poles at Richmond with three each; followed by Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson with two each.
· Buck Baker won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Richmond in 1953 with a speed of 48.465 mph.
· Eight drivers have won consecutive poles at Richmond – Joey Logano (2015 sweep) and Matt Kenseth (2017 sweep) are the two active drivers to accomplish the feat.
· Bobby Allison holds the record for most consecutive poles at Richmond with five from 1972 – 1974.
· Youngest Richmond pole winner: Brian Vickers (05/15/2004 – 20 years, 6 months, 21 days).
· Oldest Richmond pole winner: Mark Martin (04/28/2012 – 53 years, 3 months, 19 days).
· Nine Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers posted their first career Busch Pole Award at Richmond Raceway – Brian Vickers (2004), Ted Musgrave (1994), Bobby Labonte (1993), Alan Kulwicki (1987), Morgan Shepherd (1981), Bill Dennis (1971), Dave Marcis (1971), Ned Jarrett (1960) and Russ Hepler (1957).
· A total of nine different manufacturers have posted Busch Poles at Richmond Raceway in the Monster Energy Series; led by Chevrolet (46), Ford (31), Dodge (11), Toyota (10), Pontiac (six), Plymouth (five), Mercury (three), Buick (two) and Oldsmobile (two).
· A total of 51 different drivers have won a Monster Energy Series race at Richmond Raceway, led by Richard Petty with 13 victories (spring 1961, 1967 sweep, fall 1968, fall 1970, 1971 sweep, 1972 sweep, 1973 sweep, fall 1974 and spring 1975) – the third-most wins by a single driver at a single track in series history behind his 15 wins at Martinsville and North Wilkesboro.
· Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in wins at Richmond with five victories (spring 2009, spring 2010, spring 2011, spring 2012 and spring 2018).
· Youngest Richmond winner: Richard Petty (04/23/1961 – 23 years, 9 months, 21 days).
· Oldest Richmond winner: Harry Gant (09/07/1991 – 51 years, 7 months, 28 days).
· Eight drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Richmond Raceway – Joe Weatherly, David Pearson, Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Rusty Wallace, Terry Labonte and Jimmie Johnson.
· Richard Petty leads the series in consecutive wins at Richmond after posting seven consecutive victories from the fall race of 1970 to the fall race of 1973.
· Jimmie Johnson is the only active driver with consecutive wins at Richmond (2007 sweep).
· The pole starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners than any other starting position at Richmond Raceway with 24.
· Only five active MENCS drivers have been able to win from the pole: Kasey Kahne (2005), Jimmie Johnson (2007), Kyle Busch (2010), Brad Keselowski (2014) and Denny Hamlin (2016).
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Richmond Raceway is 31st, by Clint Bowyer in the spring of 2008.
· Five drivers have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Richmond – Kasey Kahne (2005), Tony Stewart (1999), Kyle Petty (1986), Neil Bonnett (1977) and James Hylton (1970)
· Jamie McMurray leads the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond without visiting Victory Lane at 30.
· Petty Enterprises has the most wins at Richmond in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 15 victories; followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with 12, Hendrick Motorsports, with 10 and Richard Childress Racing with nine.
· Nine different manufacturers have won at Richmond. Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Richmond with 38 victories; followed by Ford (32), Dodge (17), Pontiac (11) Toyota (11), Plymouth (10), Buick (two), Oldsmobile (two) and Chrysler (one).
Additional Finishing Position Stats
· Lee Petty (seven series starts) leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond Raceway with a 4.857.
· Kyle Busch (26 series starts) leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond Raceway with a 7.153.
· A total of 57 different drivers have finished runner-up in a Monster Energy Series race at Richmond Raceway.
· NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Richard Petty are tied for the series-most runner-up finishes at Richmond with nine each.
· Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in series runner-up finishes at Richmond with six; followed by Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Newman with two each.
· A total of 135 different drivers have finished in the top-five in a Monster Energy Series race at Richmond Raceway.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Richmond with 34.
· Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in top-five finishes at Richmond with 16; followed by Kevin Harvick (13) and Denny Hamlin (11).
· A total of 233 different drivers have finished in the top-10 in a Monster Energy Series race at Richmond Raceway.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Richmond with 41.
· Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in top 10s at Richmond with 22; followed by Kyle Busch (19) and Ryan Newman (18).
· Since the advent of electronic scoring, the closest margin of victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway was the race on September 12, 1998 – won by Jeff Burton with a MOV of 0.051 second over second-place finisher Jeff Gordon.
· Five MENCS races have resulted in NASCAR Overtime at Richmond Raceway.
· Four of the 124 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
· Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway eight times: 1955, 1962 (spring), 1967 (fall), 1986 (spring), 1997 (spring), 2008 (fall), 2014 (spring) and 2016 (spring).
· Richard Petty leads the series in laps led at Richmond Raceway with 5,136; followed by Rusty Wallace with 3,024 laps led. Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers with 1,659 laps led; followed by Kyle Busch (1,089).
Female Competitor Stats
· Two female drivers have competed at Richmond in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Danica Patrick and Janet Guthrie
NASCAR in Virginia
· There has been a total of 509 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks in the state of Virginia.
Virginia Drivers In NASCAR
· 180 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Virginia.
· 19 drivers from the state of Virginia have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series.
· 11 of the 19 Virginia native NASCAR winners have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
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