Top 10 Driver Ratings at Richmond
Kevin Harvick……………………… 111.0
Kyle Busch…………………………. 110.1
Denny Hamlin……………………… 107.6
Brad Keselowski……………………. 99.1
Kurt Busch…………………………… 94.7
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 93.9
Martin Truex Jr……………………… 91.4
Joey Logano………………………… 91.0
Matt Kenseth………………………… 90.0
Jimmie Johnson……………………. 89.0
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races
(30 total) among active drivers at Richmond Raceway.
NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Fast Facts: Race #2 (Richmond)
- The 2020 season marks the third time the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff’s second race has been held at Richmond Raceway (2018-2020).
- Richmond Raceway is the third track in series history to host the second race of the Playoffs; joining Dover International Speedway (2004-2010) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2011–2017).
- Prior to 2018, Richmond Raceway was the regular season finale for the NASCAR Cup Series from 2004-2017.
- A total of 12 different drivers have won the second race of the Playoffs, led by Hendrick Motorsport’s Jimmie Johnson with three wins (2005, 2009, 2010); followed by Kyle Busch (2017, 2018) and Matt Kenseth (2013, 2015) with two each.
- No non-Playoff driver has ever won the second Playoff race at Dover International Speedway (2004-2010) or New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2011-2017) or Richmond Raceway (2018-2019).
|Second Race Of The Playoffs – Race Winners|
|Track||Playoff Race Winners||Date|
|Richmond||Martin Truex Jr||Saturday, September 21, 2019|
|Richmond||Kyle Busch||Saturday, September 22, 2018|
|Loudon||Kyle Busch||Sunday, September 24, 2017|
|Loudon||Kevin Harvick||Sunday, September 25, 2016|
|Loudon||Matt Kenseth||Sunday, September 27, 2015|
|Loudon||Joey Logano||Sunday, September 21, 2014|
|Loudon||Matt Kenseth||Sunday, September 22, 2013|
|Loudon||Denny Hamlin||Sunday, September 23, 2012|
|Loudon||Tony Stewart||Sunday, September 25, 2011|
|Dover||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, September 26, 2010|
|Dover||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, September 27, 2009|
|Dover||Greg Biffle||Sunday, September 21, 2008|
|Dover||Carl Edwards||Sunday, September 23, 2007|
|Dover||Jeff Burton||Sunday, September 24, 2006|
|Dover||Jimmie Johnson||Sunday, September 25, 2005|
|Dover||Ryan Newman||Sunday, September 26, 2004|
- When Dover International Speedway hosted the second race of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, twice the winning driver went on to win the series title – Jimmie Johnson (2009 and 2010).
- When New Hampshire Motor Speedway moved to the second race in the Playoffs (2011 – 2017), only one driver won the event and went on to win the title – Tony Stewart (2011). Stewart won five races in the 2011 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (a series-record) including the first two (Chicago and New Hampshire).
- The worst finish by a driver in the second Playoff race that went on to win the title was:
- At Dover – The 2005 series champion, Tony Stewart, finished 18th.
- At New Hampshire – The 2015 series champion, Kyle Busch, finished 37th.
- At Richmond – The 2018 series champion, Joey Logano, finished 14th.
- Last season’s champion, Kyle Busch, finished second in the Richmond Playoff race and went on to win the title.
NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Richmond Raceway
|Rank||Driver||Races||Poles||Wins||Top Fives||Top 10s||DNFs||Average Finish||Driver Rating|
|6||Martin Truex Jr||28||1||2||5||11||4||17.9||91.4|
* – Based on last 30 races at Richmond Raceway (2005 – 2019).
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 NASCAR Cup Series race held at Richmond was 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 127 NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond Raceway, one event from 1953 – 1958 and two races per year since 1959.
- A total of 509 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway; 336 drivers have competed in more than one race at Richmond.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Richmond with 63; followed by Mark Martin with 56.
- Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active series drivers with 38 Richmond starts each.
- A total of 50 different drivers have made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at Richmond Raceway – the most recent was Daniel Hemric (April 21, 2018).
- Dick Rathmann (two series starts) leads the series in average finish at Richmond Raceway with a 2.0.
- Brad Keselowski leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond Raceway with an 10.0; followed by Denny Hamlin (10.1).
Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Richmond Raceway (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg Start||Races||Rank||Active Drivers||Avg Start||Races|
|1||Dick Rathmann||2.0||2||1||Brad Keselowski||10.0||21|
|2||Herb Thomas||3.0||2||2||Denny Hamlin||10.1||27|
|3||Billy Wade||3.7||3||3||Joey Logano||10.7||23|
|4||Bobby Isaac||3.7||10||4||Kyle Busch||12.1||29|
|5||Ned Jarrett||4.1||13||5||Kevin Harvick||13.1||38|
|6||Glen Wood||4.3||3||6||Martin Truex Jr||13.3||28|
|7||Speedy Thompson||4.6||5||7||Jimmie Johnson||13.6||36|
|8||Marvin Panch||5.0||3||8||Ryan Newman||13.8||36|
|9||Cotton Owens||5.1||9||9||Clint Bowyer||14.7||28|
|10||Bill Morgan||6.0||2||10||Ryan Blaney||14.9||8|
- A total of 55 different drivers have won a pole at Richmond Raceway, nine are active this weekend.
- NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Bobby Allison lead the series in poles at Richmond with eight each.
- Denny Hamlin (2006, 2008 and 2016) and Kevin Harvick (2005, 2018 and 2019) lead all active drivers in poles at Richmond with three each; followed by Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson with two each.
- Buck Baker won the inaugural pole at Richmond in 1953 with a speed of 48.465 mph.
- Nine drivers have won consecutive poles at Richmond – Joey Logano (2015 sweep) and Kevin Harvick (2018 Playoff race and 2019 Spring race) are the two active drivers to accomplish the feat.
- Bobby Allison holds the record for most consecutive poles at Richmond with five straight 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 NASCAR Cup Series drivers posted their first career pole 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 poles at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet (46), Ford (34), Dodge (11), Toyota (10), Pontiac (six), Plymouth (five), Mercury (three), Buick (two) and Oldsmobile (two).
|NASCAR Cup Series|
|9||Martin Truex Jr||2|
- A total of 52 different drivers have won a NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway, 11 are entered this weekend.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in wins at Richmond 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 six victories (spring 2009, spring 2010, spring 2011, spring 2012 and spring 2018, Playoff race 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).
- Nine drivers in the 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, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.
- 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.
- 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 four active series drivers have been able to win from the pole at Richmond: Jimmie Johnson (2007), Kyle Busch (2010), Brad Keselowski (2014) and Denny Hamlin (2016).
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Richmond Raceway
|Starting Position||Wins||Winning %||Starting Position||Wins||Winning %||Starting Position||Wins||Winning %|
|Winning from the First Starting Position:||18.90%||24|
|Winning from the Front Row:||29.92%||38|
|Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:||57.48%||73|
|Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:||77.95%||99|
|Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:||8.66%||11|
- The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Richmond Raceway is 32nd, by Kyle Busch in the spring of 2018.
- Five drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Richmond – Kasey Kahne (2005), Tony Stewart (1999), Kyle Petty (1986), Neil Bonnett (1977) and James Hylton (1970)
- Reed Sorenson leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond without visiting Victory Lane at 23.
- Petty Enterprises and Joe Gibbs Racing have the most wins at Richmond in the NASCAR Cup Series with 15 victories each; followed by 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), Toyota (14), Pontiac (11) Plymouth (10), Buick (two), Oldsmobile (two) and Chrysler (one).
Additional Finishing Position Stats
- A total of 57 different drivers have finished runner-up in a NASCAR Cup 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 seven.
- A total of 135 different drivers have finished in the top-five in a NASCAR Cup 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 18; followed by Kevin Harvick (15) and Denny Hamlin (13).
- A total of 234 different drivers have finished in the top-10 in a NASCAR Cup 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 25; followed by Kyle Busch (22) and Ryan Newman (20).
- Lee Petty (seven series starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond Raceway with a 4.857.
- Kyle Busch (29 series starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond Raceway with a 6.8.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Richmond Raceway (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg Finish||Races||Rank||Active Drivers||Avg Finish||Races|
|1||Lee Petty||4.9||7||1||Kyle Busch||6.8||29|
|2||Tommy Irwin||5.3||3||2||Denny Hamlin||9.1||27|
|3||Paul Goldsmith||5.5||4||3||Kevin Harvick||9.8||38|
|4||Herb Thomas||6.0||2||4||Joey Logano||11.1||23|
|5||Rex White||6.3||10||5||Daniel Suarez||12.2||6|
|6||Glen Wood||6.3||3||6||Ryan Newman||12.3||36|
|7||Speedy Thompson||6.4||5||7||Clint Bowyer||12.5||28|
|8||Ned Jarrett||6.8||13||8||Brad Keselowski||12.7||21|
|9||Kyle Busch||6.8||29||9||Chase Elliott||12.8||9|
|10||Billy Wade||7.0||3||10||Jimmie Johnson||14.9||36|
Track / Event Specific Stats
- Since the advent of electronic scoring, the closest margin of victory in the 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.
Top Five Closest Margin of Victories at Richmond in the NASCAR Cup Series
|1||0.051||Saturday, September 12, 1998||Jeff Burton||Jeff Gordon|
|2||0.100||Saturday, September 7, 1996||Ernie Irvan||Jeff Gordon|
|3||0.139||Saturday, September 10, 2011||Kevin Harvick||Carl Edwards|
|4||0.153||Saturday, September 9, 2006||Kevin Harvick||Kyle Busch|
|5||0.159||Saturday, May 6, 2000||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Jeremy Mayfield|
- Five NASCAR Cup Series races have resulted in NASCAR Overtime at Richmond Raceway:
|Date||Scheduled Laps||Actual Laps||Overtime Laps||Race Winner|
|Saturday, April 21, 2018||400||402||2||Kyle Busch|
|Saturday, September 9, 2017||400||404||4||Kyle Larson|
|Saturday, September 10, 2016||400||407||7||Denny Hamlin|
|Saturday, April 27, 2013||400||406||6||Kevin Harvick|
|Saturday, May 3, 2008||400||410||10||Clint Bowyer|
- Four NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond have been shortened due to weather conditions:
|Date||Scheduled Laps||Actual Laps||Fewer Laps||Race Winner|
|Saturday, May 3, 2003||400||393||-7||Joe Nemechek|
|Sunday, February 21, 1982||400||250||-150||Dave Marcis|
|Sunday, February 27, 1977||400||245||-155||Cale Yarborough|
|Sunday, April 1, 1962||250||180||-70||Rex White|
- Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway eight times: 1955, 1962 (spring), 1967 (fall), 1986 (spring), 1997 (spring), 2008 (fall), 2014 (spring) and 2016 (spring).
Lap Leader Stats
- In total 135 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have led at least one lap in a race at Richmond Raceway.
- Richard Petty leads the series in laps led at Richmond Raceway with 5,136 laps led in 63 starts; followed by Rusty Wallace with 3,024 laps led.
- Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers with 1,659 laps led; followed by Kyle Busch (1,484).
Top 10 Lap Leaders in the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Laps Led||Completed||% Led||Starts|
- Richard Petty has led the most laps (488 laps led of 500 = 97.6%) in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway and won (9/13/1970) – he started from the pole position.
- Denny Hamlin has led the most laps (381 laps led of 407 = 93.6%) in a series race at Richmond and did not win; finishing 24th after starting from the pole.
Female Competitor Stats
- Two female drivers have competed at Richmond in the NASCAR Cup Series – Danica Patrick and Janet Guthrie
|Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Date||Driver Rating|
|Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Date|
NASCAR in Virginia
- There has been a total of 526 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks in the state of Virginia.
|Track Name||City||Cup||Xfinity||Truck||Total Races||First Year|
|3||South Boston Speedway||South Boston||10||35||3||48||1960|
|4||Langley Field Speedway||Hampton||9||14||0||23||1964|
|5||Old Dominion Speedway||Manassas||7||0||0||7||1958|
|6||New River Valley Speedway||Dublin||0||4||0||4||1989|
|10||Princess Anne Speedway||Norfolk||1||0||0||1||1953|
Virginia Drivers In NASCAR
- A total of 182 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 NASCAR Cup Series.
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