- Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway have been made.
Pole sitter #42-Larson chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #2-Keslowski took pit stall 17, the first pit stall in front of it.
#15-Bowyer, who starts 3rd took the 5th pit stall.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #23-Bowman, who starts 24th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-25-2014)
- Qualifying rained out; Larson on pole: Rain at Richmond International Raceway forced the cancellation of Sprint Cup qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400. The starting lineup was set according to the NASCAR rulebook and based on first practice speeds.
#42-Larson will start from the pole (his first career pole).
#2-Keselowski will start second, followed by #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #4-Harvick, #55-Vickers, #1-McMurray, #83-Truex, #27-Menard, and #48-Johnson.
Missing the race were: #95-McDowell, #77-Blaney.
See starting lineup, links, and notes on Jayski’s Richmond Qualifying / Starting Lineup page.(4-25-2014)
- NASCAR Next Roster For 2014 Announced: When Chase Elliott took the NASCAR Nationwide Series checkered flag at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month, he joined fellow rising star Kyle Larson in the 2014 win column. Before their headline-making victories on one of the sport’s biggest stages, though, Elliott and Larson were ‘next’ – the next in a wave of young talent making its way up the NASCAR ladder. Like Elliott and Larson before them, the 12 drivers named today to the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class have résumés loaded with accomplishments and promise. The roster was unveiled at Richmond International Raceway and marks the kickoff of the fourth installment of the industry initiative designed to spotlight NASCAR’s rising stars.
The NASCAR Next members for 2014-15 are:
– Cole Custer (16 years old, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Twitter: @colecuster00) – A two-time winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013, he opened the K&N Pro Series West season this year with a victory from the pole in Phoenix.
– Rubén García Jr. (18, Naucalpan, Mexico, @rubengarcia4) – The 2012 NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series Rookie of the Year continues to improve and finished fourth in the standings last season. Earlier this season, he made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.
– Gray Gaulding (16, Colonial Heights, Va., @graygaulding) – Holds the mark for youngest pole winner in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, and recorded his first series win at Phoenix last fall.
– Ryan Gifford (25, Winchester, Tenn., @ryangifford2) – The NASCAR Drive For Diversity driver scored the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win at Richmond and posted an impressive top-10 finish in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut last August in Iowa.
– Austin Hill (20, Winston, Ga., @hillbroracing) – The winner at last year’s K&N East race at Dover, he has two top-five finishes in this season’s four races.
– Erik Jones (17, Byron, Mich., @erik_jones) – Made his mark on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series last November in Phoenix by becoming the youngest winner in series history.
– Jesse Little (17, Sherrills Ford, N.C., @jesselittle97) – The 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He made his first series start just 11 days after turning 15 in 2012.
– Dylan Lupton (20, Wilton, Calif., @LuptonDylan) – The 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Sunoco Rookie of the Year picked up his first series victory at Evergreen Speedway in August.
– Brandon McReynolds (23, Mooresville, N.C., @Bmcreynolds28) – With starts in four different NASCAR series, he is chasing the championship in the K&N Pro Series West, where he is second in points.
– Ryan Preece (23, Berlin, Conn., @RyanPreece16) – He became the youngest champion in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour last season while balancing a 43-race schedule in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (finished fourth in the national standings) and making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut.
– Ben Rhodes (17, Louisville, Ky., @benrhodes) – The current points leader in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with three poles in four races, and a win at Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway. He scored an impressive top-10 finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck series debut at Martinsville.
– Kenzie Ruston (22, El Reno, Okla., @KenzieRuston) – She finished sixth in last season’s K&N Pro Series East season standings and has top 10 finishes this season at New Smyrna and Daytona. She has the highest finish – both in a race and in the championship standings – for a female driver in K&N Pro Series East history. (NASCAR)see the complete release on the Development Drivers/Drive for Diversity News page.(4-25-2014)
- Happy Hour practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. 123.429
slowest: #30-Yeley 118.880 & #40-Cassill 116.706.
Notes: #40-Cassill did not get on track for the first time today until there were 15 minutes left in the session. The team had trouble getting through inspection because of a rear end issue.
See fastest speeds, laps run and 10-lap consecutive average on the Richmond Practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(4-25-2014)
- First Friday practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 120 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #66-Nemechek 118.864 & #30-Yeley 118.265. No speed: #40-Cassill.
Notes: #15-Bowyer made contact with the outside wall early, but only bent in a little sheet metal.
There is a increasing chance of rain throughout the day. If qualifying is rained out, this practice session would set the starting lineup.
See fastest speeds, laps run and 10-lap consecutive average on the Richmond Practice 1 speeds page (pdf). (4-25-2014)
- Qualifying Order for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is posted. 45 cars/drivers are listed. Qualifying order is how the cars can come off pit road for group qualifying.
The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #14-Stewart.
The final driver scheduled to go out is #55-Vickers.
Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
See the full qualifying order on the Richmond Qualifying Page.(4-25-2014)
- Richard Petty expected back at Richmond UPDATE: #43-Aric Almirola talked Thursday about Richard Petty’s planned return to the track this weekend following the death of his wife, Lynda:
WHAT WILL IT MEAN TO HAVE RICHARD BACK AT THE TRACK THIS WEEKEND?
Almirola – "I think he’s doing well. I think being back at the race track is gonna be good for our race team and good for him. I think it’ll be good medicine. When something like that happens you kind of want to hide a little bit and just get your feelings straight, but he’s been by the shop and been in good spirits and I think he’s doing very well considering. We’re looking forward to getting him back at the race track and getting him back into race mode. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with him over the last few weeks since Miss Lynda passed, and it’s gonna be great to have our leader back at the race track. He’s the name and the face of our company and all the guys on the race team, any myself included, look up to him and enjoy having him around at the race track and having him inside the hauler and talking to us after practice and getting his perspective on what he sees with other race cars and with our race cars throughout practice, so I’m excited about having him back at the race track and, like Trent said, I think it’s gonna be good medicine for him. He comes to about 95 percent of the races every year, so for him to take the two or three weeks off that he’s taken, I know he’s itching to get back to the race track. He’s been watching the practices and watching qualifying and watching the races and Dale Inman goes home on Sunday night and gives him the full report on what went down that weekend and how things went. He’s still heavily involved and he’s still been paying attention for sure, he just hasn’t been at the race track. He knows everything that’s been going on."(Ford Racing PR)(4-24-2014)
UPDATE: Richard Petty met with the media Friday morning at Richmond:
WHAT IS IT LIKE FOR YOU TO BE BACK? "I just felt like I needed to sort of had a little time on our own so I have been gone for two or three weeks but I am back in the saddle again now. I am just learning to live all over again."
DO YOU THINK BEING AT THE TRACK WILL BE A GOOD DISTRACTION? "Yeah, doing the things we were supposed to do the last few weeks have been put off so starting Monday we were in Georgia and Tuesday we were in Tennessee and Wednesday in Wyoming and now here on Thursday. The busier they keep me the better off I will be."
HOW ARE YOU DOING? "I am surviving. It is going to be different I guess. After 55 years I have to start all over again. I was fortunate that all the kids came home for Easter. We had all the kids and grand kids home and that really made things work good."
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT THE OUTPOURING YOU WILL RECEIVE AT THE TRACK TO BE LIKE?"It is great that so many people knew Lynda so well. Of course she had been around a long time too. She never met a stranger. Every once in awhile I would come in the house and see people I didn’t even know. She would invite them in the house to spend the night or whatever. Again, it is just going to be different."(Ford Racing PR)(4-25-2014)
- Matt Bowling wins Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown: Matt Bowling won the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on Thursday night at South Boston Speedway, fighting off Matt Waltz in the seventh edition of the charity race. The event benefits the Denny Hamlin Foundation and raises awareness and funding to support Cystic Fibrosis research and new therapies in the region. Nick Smith finished third. Hamlin was eighth, while defending Showdown champion Kyle Busch ended the night in fourth. Matt Kenseth was fifth, and David Reagan 20th. Truck Series driver Timothy Peters finished 27th after his night was cut short following a tangle with Jeb Burton, who finished 25th after getting into a scuffle with Blake Stallings.(Associated Press/ESPN)(4-25-2014)
- NASCAR to announce engine changes by All-Star race: NASCAR’s senior vice president of racing operations has said that a formal announcement on engine changes for the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season will come before next month’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. At a sponsor summit for Iowa Speedway, Steve O’Donnell said that the final overall racing package for 2015 would also see changes involving downforce, aerodynamics, and tires. In additional comments to The Des Moines Register, O’Donnell said that teams have already been notified of where NASCAR was going with the changes and that the process of finalizing the 2015 engine package was underway. O’Donnell wouldn’t divulge exact details of the package, but did perhaps show a glimpse of how drivers would have to adapt to it. "If you combine the aero package with that [reduction of] horsepower [and] allow some aero changes with the engines going into the corner, drivers have to get off the gas and they’re able to maneuver around a little bit more," O’Donnell said according to the Register’s Chad Leistikow. "Combine that with Goodyear and a little softer tire, now you’re able to move around a little bit more."(NBC Sports)(4-25-2014)
- Cole Whitt joins BK Racing; gets two race sponsor: As BK Racing embarks on this weekend’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the team will have several new additions to the fray including the addition of Scorpyd Crossbows as a two race primary sponsor for Richmond and Talladega. BK Racing’s newest teammate Cole Whitt will drive the #26 Scorpyd Crossbows Toyota Camry as he competes for Sunoco Rookie of the Year in his debut race under the BK Racing flag. Scorpyd Crossbows and Reverse Draw Technology are both creations of Crossbow innovator Jim Kempf. The technology that Jim Kempf created has now lead Scorpyd Crossbows to be one of the most effective hunting tools to date.(BK Racing), see an image of the car on the #26 team paint schemes page.(4-25-2014)
- Kligerman undecided on future plans: Parker Kligerman said on his podcast Thursday that he can "absolutely, 100 percent say I will be racing" after losing his ride in Swan Racing’s restructuring. Kligerman said on his podcast "Kickin’ it with Kligerman" that he remains under contract with Swan Racing. "In situations like this, I always see a silver lining," said the 23-year-old Kligerman, who was 44th in the points. "I always see an opportunity to take it and parlay it into something bigger and better. I’ve done that two or three times in my career. I think this just gives me another chance to see where I can expand as a racecar driver." Kligerman said he’s received interest to drive in NASCAR and elsewhere but has yet to decide where he’ll go next. "We have been approached by certain teams within the Cup series," Kligerman said. A key, Kligerman said, is if those are the right opportunities to "moving my career forward. With that said, there are a couple of exciting opportunities outside of NASCAR. We also will be looking at those and evaluating and understanding them."(Motor Racing Network)(4-25-2014)
- Reutimann gets new crew chief: According to MRN’s Dustin Long, Derrick Finley is new crew chief for David Reutimann in #35 for Front Row. Todd Anderson no longer with team.(4-25-2014)
- Hillman Racing gets Richmond sponsor: Atlantic Plumbing and Utilities, Virginia’s leading provider of HVAC, plumbing, and utilities services, announced it is the sponsor of the #40 Chevy SS for this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond International Raceway. Hillman Racing’s #40 is driven by Landon Cassill, the 24-year-old Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native and 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year. "Atlantic is exceptionally proud to sponsor the #40 Atlantic Plumbing and Utilities Chevy in the race this weekend. We are a high-speed, progressive company so this sponsorship is right up our alley," said Tavis Meredith, Atlantic’s Director of Business Development, "and we are excited to be a part of the Sprint Cup Series event."(Hillman Racing)(4-25-2014)
- Richmond Notes and Facts – Friday: poles:
– Buck Baker won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Richmond in 1953 with a speed of 48.465 mph.
– 52 drivers have Coors Light poles at Richmond, led by Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with eight each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six.
– Seven drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Richmond. Bobby Allison holds the record for most consecutive Coors Light poles at Richmond with five (1972 – 1974).
– Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.643.
– 22 of the 115 (19.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from the Coors Light pole. Only three active drivers have been able to accomplish the feat: Kasey Kahne (2005), Jimmie Johnson (2007) and Kyle Busch (2010).
– The pole starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners than any other starting position at Richmond (22).
– The pole starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners than any other starting position at Richmond (22).
– 35 of the 115 (30.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond have been won from the front row: 22 from the pole and 13 from second-place.
– 90 of the 115 (78.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
– 13 of the 115 (11.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.(NASCAR)(4-25-2014)
- Harvick wins Nationwide race at Richmond: #5-Kevin Harvick won the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. #9-Chase Elliott finished second followed by #54-Kyle Busch, #42-Kyle Larson, #2-Brian Scott, #11-Elliott Sadler, #60-Chris Buescher, #7-Regan Smith, #22-Ryan Blaney, and #99-James Buescher.
There were 5 cautions for 36 laps and 5 lead changes among 4 leaders. Complete results are on the Richmond race results page (pdf).(4-25-2014)
- Richmond Nationwide Race Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick(i) won the 27th Annual ToyotaCare 250, his 41st victory in 307 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2014.
This is his seventh victory and 20th top-10 finish in 25 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Chase Elliott (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one races at Richmond International Raceway. It is his seventh top-10 finish in 2014.
This is JR Motorsports’ fourth NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of 2014, tying the organization’s best season.
Kyle Busch(i) (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 18 races at Richmond International Raceway.
Chase Elliott (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chase Elliott # leads the point standings by 19 points over Regan Smith.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-25-2014)
- Nationwide Driver standings following Richmond:
1) #9-Chase Elliott# 313
2) #7-Regan Smith, 294, 19
3) #11-Elliott Sadler, 290, -23
4) #3-Ty Dillon# 278, -35
5) #6-Trevor Bayne 274, -39
6) #2-Brian Scott 265, -48
7) #62-Brendan Gaughan 239, -74
8) #99-James Buescher 229, -84
9) #31-Dylan Kwasniewski# 212, -101
10) #16-Ryan Reed# 204, -109
See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(4-25-2014)
- Nationwide Owner Standings following Richmond are posted (pdf).(4-25-2014)
- Scott on pole at Richmond: #2-Brian Scott on the Coors Light Pole for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 122.061mph. #31-Dylan Kwasniewski will start second followed by : #22-Ryan Blaney, #9-Chase Elliott, #6-Trevor Bayne, #7-Regan Smith, #60-Chris Buescher, #54-Kyle Busch, #5-Kevin Harvick, and #01-Landon Cassill.
Fastest in the second round of qualifying was #2-Brian Scott.
#6-Trevor Bayne was quickest in the opening qualifying session at 121.463mph
Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Richmond starting lineup page (pdf).(4-25-2014)
- Richmond Qualifying Notes:
Brian Scott won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 27th Annual ToyotaCare 250 with a lap of 22.120 seconds, 122.061 mph.
This is his third pole in 150 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2014.
This is his second pole in ten races at Richmond International Raceway.
In his last visit to Richmond International Raceway, Scott started on the pole and led a career-high 239 laps in a dominating performance before finishing second.
Dylan Kwasniewski (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2014 and his first in one races at Richmond International Raceway.
Ryan Blaney(i) (third) posted his second top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his third in three races this season.
Dylan Kwasniewski (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(4-25-2014)
- Crum backed by MyFreedomSmokes.com for Charlotte: Jake Crum Racing has partnered with the popular online electronic cigarette retailer MyFreedomSmokes.com for the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 16th. Jake Crum will pilot the #82 MyFreedomSmokes.com Chevy as a strategic alliance with fellow-independent team Empire Racing.Based out of Charlotte, NC, Freedom Smokes, Inc. is the brainchild of founder Chris Yelton. A smoker himself, Yelton set out to create a cigarette alternative that tastes great and would satisfy cravings with none of the harmful effects of the chemical-laden cigarettes that currently fill the market. They offer superior customer service, same day shipping, and the best pricing in the industry so that smokers wanting to kick the tar and harmful chemicals in cigarettes without giving up the stress-relieving aspects of smoking now have a legitimate alternative.(Jake Crum Racing)(4-25-2014)
- Train to perform at All-Star Race: Prior to the drop of the green flag for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 17, fans can enjoy a performance by GRAMMY Award-winning pop rock group, Train, as part of Time Warner Cable and Fox Sports 1 All-Star Night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The concert will take place between qualifying and the start of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The San Francisco-based group has achieved much success since originally forming in 1994, winning three GRAMMY Awards and two Billboard Music Awards. Some of their biggest singles include, "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)," "Hey, Soul Sister," "Calling All Angels," "Marry Me" and "If It’s Love." Their sixth studio album "California 37," released in 2012, produced their latest hits "Drive By" and "Bruises," featuring country music artist Ashley Monroe.(CMS)(4-25-2014)