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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders

Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia, going into the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

NASCAR Cup Series Driver Playoff Outlook Following Race No. 27
Rank Driver Points Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Pts From Cutoff
1 Denny Hamlin 2,072 1 6 21 In On Wins
2 Kyle Larson 2,106 5 13 53 80
3 Martin Truex Jr. 2,062 3 5 24 36
4 Kurt Busch 2,052 1 3 8 26
5 Ryan Blaney 2,048 3 4 24 22
6 Joey Logano 2,047 1 5 13 21
7 Kevin Harvick 2,046 0 0 2 20
8 Brad Keselowski 2,038 1 2 8 12
9 Christopher Bell 2,031 1 0 5 5
10 Chase Elliott 2,030 2 3 21 4
11 Aric Almirola 2,029 1 0 5 3
12 Tyler Reddick 2,026 0 3 3 0
13 Alex Bowman 2,026 3 0 15 0
14 Kyle Busch 2,024 2 5 22 -2
15 William Byron 2,017 1 3 14 -9
16 Michael McDowell 2,006 1 0 5 -20

Richmond Raceway Data
Season Race #: 27 of 36 (09-11-21)
Track Size: 0.75-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 14 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees
Frontstretch Length:  1,290 feet
Backstretch Length:  860 feet
Race Length: 400 laps / 300 miles
Stage 1 Length: 80 laps
Stage 2 Length: 155 laps
Final Stage Length: 165 laps

Top 12 Driver Ratings at Richmond
Kyle Busch…………………………. 110.1
Kevin Harvick……………………… 109.8
Denny Hamlin……………………… 107.8
Brad Keselowski………………….. 100.5
Kurt Busch…………………………… 93.8
Joey Logano………………………… 93.4
Martin Truex Jr……………………… 93.3
Christopher Bell…………………….. 91.1
Kyle Larson………………………….. 87.6
Ryan Newman………………………. 86.2
Chase Elliott…………………………. 85.9
Aric Almirola…………………………. 78.2
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2021 races (32 total) among active drivers at Richmond Raceway.

Richmond Raceway Qualifying / Race Data

Track Qualifying Record:

Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet

130.599 mph, 20.674 secs.

September 4, 2013

Track Race Record:

Dale Jarrett, Ford

109.047 mph, (02:45:04),

September 6, 1997

2020 Playoff Race Pole Winner:

The Sept. 12, 2020 Playoff race at Richmond decided the starting lineups by Metric Qualifying. Kevin Harvick started on the pole.

2020 Playoff Race Winner:

Brad Keselowski, Ford

101.868 mph, (02:56:42)

September 12, 2020

NASCAR Cup Series 2021 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Richmond Raceway

Rank Driver Races Poles Wins Top Fives Top 10s DNFs Average Finish Driver Rating
1 Kyle Larson 13 0 1 2 5 1 12.2 87.6
2 Denny Hamlin 29 3 3 14 18 0 9.0 107.8
3 Martin Truex Jr 30 1 2 7 13 4 16.9 93.3
4 Kurt Busch 40 0 2 7 15 1 15.2 93.8
5 Ryan Blaney 10 0 0 0 0 1 23.4 63.3
6 Joey Logano 24 2 2 11 14 1 10.5 93.4
7 Kevin Harvick 40 3 3 15 26 0 10.1 109.8
8 Brad Keselowski 23 2 2 6 12 1 12.3 100.5
9 Christopher Bell 2 0 0 1 1 0 9.5 91.1
10 Chase Elliott 11 0 0 3 4 0 12.0 85.9
11 Aric Almirola 18 0 0 2 7 0 15.0 78.2
12 Tyler Reddick 2 0 0 0 0 0 15.5 73.8
13 Alex Bowman 10 0 1 1 2 0 21.5 65.5
14 Kyle Busch 31 1 6 18 24 0 6.8 110.1
15 William Byron 6 0 0 0 1 0 16.2 77.5
16 Michael McDowell 20 0 0 0 0 10 31.9 44.5

* – Based on last 32 races at Richmond Raceway (2005 – 2021).

At Richmond Raceway:

HISTORY

  • 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 at Richmond Raceway was held on April 19, 1953 and won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Lee Petty in a Petty Enterprises Dodge with an average speed of 45.535 mph.
  • In 1955, Paul Sawyer and former driver Joe Weatherly bought the property. Track was then known as Atlantic Rural Fairgrounds.
  • 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.
  • In 1999, International Speedway Corporation purchased the raceway and surrounding property. It was the first season with both races as night races and the track was renamed to Richmond International Raceway.
  • In 2017, the track underwent renovations to upgrade the amenities for fans and in the process changed the name of the track to Richmond Raceway.
  • In total, there have been 129 NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond Raceway, one event from 1953 – 1958 and two races per year since 1959 to 2019. Due to the pandemic in 2020, the series only raced at Richmond once that season.

STARTS

  • A total of 521 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway; 341 drivers have competed in more than one Cup race at Richmond.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Richmond Raceway with 63; followed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin with 56, Ricky Rudd and Terry Labonte have 55.
  • Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Richmond with 40 each.
  • A total of 50 different drivers have made their first start in the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway; most recent was Daniel Hemric on April 21, 2018.
  • Dick Rathmann (two series starts) leads the series in average starting position at Richmond Raceway with a 2.0.
  • Kyle Larson (13 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond Raceway with an 8.769; followed by Denny Hamlin (29 starts) with a 9.690.

Top Five 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 2.000 2 1 Kyle Larson 8.769 13
2 Herb Thomas 3.000 2 2 Denny Hamlin 9.690 29
3 Billy Wade 3.667 3 3 Joey Logano 10.125 25
4 Bobby Isaac 3.700 10 4 Brad Keselowski 10.435 23
5 Ned Jarrett 4.077 13 5 Kyle Busch 11.806 31
6 Glen Wood 4.333 3 6 William Byron 12.500 6
7 Speedy Thompson 4.600 5 7 Kevin Harvick 12.650 40
8 Marvin Panch 5.000 3 8 Martin Truex Jr 12.900 30
9 Cotton Owens 5.111 9 9 Ryan Newman 14.079 38
10 Bill Morgan 6.000 2 10 Ryan Blaney 14.100 10

POLES

  • A total of 55 different drivers have won at least one pole at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (1961, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 sweep, 1974, 1975) and Bobby Allison (1972 sweep, 1973 sweep, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1982) lead the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Richmond with eight each.
  • Denny Hamlin (2006, 2008 and 2016) leads all active pole winners at Richmond Raceway with three poles; followed by Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick with two each.
  • Buck Baker won the inaugural Pole Award at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series in 1953 with a speed of 48.465 mph in an Oldsmobile owned by Bob Griffin.
  • 10 different drivers have won consecutive poles at Richmond – Buck Baker (1953, 1956), Ned Jarrett (1960 sweep, 1964 sweep), Rex White (1962, 1963), Richard Petty (1969, 1970 sweep, Bobby Allison (1972-1974), Darrell Waltrip (1983, 1984 sweep, 1985), Alan Kulwicki (1987 sweep), Ted Musgrave (1994 sweep), Joey Logano (2015 sweep) and Matt Kenseth (2017 sweep) – Logano is the only active driver to accomplish the feat.
  • Bobby Allison holds the record for most consecutive poles at Richmond with five straight from 1972-1974; Darrell Waltrip has the second-most with four-straight from 1983-1985.
  • Youngest Richmond Cup pole winner: Brian Vickers (May 15, 2004 – 20 years, 6 months, 21 days).
  • Oldest Richmond Cup pole winner: Mark Martin (April 28, 2012 – 53 years, 3 months, 19 days).
  • Nine different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career pole at Richmond Raceway – none are currently active.
First-Time Pole Winners Date
Russ Hepler Sunday, May 5, 1957
Ned Jarrett Sunday, June 5, 1960
Dave Marcis Sunday, March 7, 1971
Bill Dennis Sunday, November 14, 1971
Morgan Shepherd Sunday, February 22, 1981
Alan Kulwicki Sunday, March 8, 1987
Bobby Labonte Saturday, September 11, 1993
Ted Musgrave Sunday, March 6, 1994
Brian Vickers Saturday, May 15, 2004
  • A total of nine different manufacturers have posted at least one pole at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Chevrolet (46); followed by Ford (34), Dodge (11), Toyota (10), Pontiac (six), Plymouth (five), Mercury (three), Buick (two) and Oldsmobile (two).

WINS

  • A total of 53 different drivers have won a NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway; 10 are active this weekend.
  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway was held on April 19, 1953 and won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Lee Petty in a Petty Enterprises Dodge with an average speed of 45.535 mph.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Richmond Raceway 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.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in wins at Richmond with six victories (spring 2009, spring 2010, spring 2011, spring 2012, 2018 sweep).

Active NASCAR Cup Series Richmond Raceway Winners

Active Winners (10) Wins Seasons
Kyle Busch 6 2018 sweep, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Denny Hamlin 3 2016, 2010, 2009
Kevin Harvick 3 2013, 2011, 2006
Brad Keselowski 2 2020, 2014
Joey Logano 2 2017, 2014
Kurt Busch 2 2015, 2005
Martin Truex Jr 2 2019 sweep
Alex Bowman 1 2021
Kyle Larson 1 2017
Ryan Newman 1 2003
  • A total of 11 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Richmond Raceway: Joe Weatherly (1962-1963), David Pearson (1965, 1966 sweep), Richard Petty (1970, 1971 sweep, 1972 sweep, 1973 sweep), Cale Yarborough (1976-1977), Bobby Allison (1982, 1983 sweep), Dale Earnhardt (1987 sweep, 1990-1991), Rusty Wallace (1989 sweep), Terry Labonte (1994-1995), Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep), Kyle Busch (2018 sweep), Martin Truex Jr. (2019 sweep)
  • Richard Petty leads the series in consecutive Cup wins at Richmond with seven consecutive victories from the fall race of 1970 to the fall race of 1973.
  • Youngest Richmond Cup winner: Richard Petty (April 23, 1961 – 23 years, 9 months, 21 days).
  • Oldest Richmond Cup winner: Harry Gant (September 7, 1991 – 51 years, 7 months, 28 days).
  • A total of 27 different starting positions have led to victories in the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway.
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the NASCAR Cup Series field at Richmond, producing more winners than any other starting position at Richmond Raceway with 24 victories.
  • The first driver to win from the pole or first starting position at Richmond in the NASCAR Cup Series was Buck Baker on April 29, 1956.

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Richmond Raceway

Starting Pos. Wins Winning % Starting Pos. Wins Winning % Starting Pos. Wins Winning %
1 24 18.60% 10 3 2.33% 21 1 0.78%
2 14 10.85% 11 2 1.55% 22 2 1.55%
3 17 13.18% 12 2 1.55% 23 1 0.78%
4 11 8.53% 13 2 1.55% 24 2 1.55%
5 7 5.43% 14 3 2.33% 25 2 1.55%
6 7 5.43% 16 3 2.33% 26 1 0.78%
7 11 8.53% 17 2 1.55% 28 1 0.78%
8 3 2.33% 19 1 0.78% 31 1 0.78%
9 3 2.33% 20 2 1.55% 32 1 0.78%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 18.60% 24
Winning from the Front Row: 29.46% 38
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 56.59% 73
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 77.52% 100
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 9.30% 12
  • Only three active drivers have been able to win from the pole or first starting position: Kyle Busch (2010), Brad Keselowski (2014) and Denny Hamlin (2016).
  • The deepest in the field that a NASCAR Cup Series race winner has started at Richmond Raceway is 32nd, by Kyle Busch in the spring race of 2018.
  • Five drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Richmond Raceway – Kasey Kahne (2005), Tony Stewart (1999), Kyle Petty (1986), Neil Bonnett (1977) and James Hylton (1970)
  • Michael McDowell leads the NASCAR Cup Series among active drivers with the most series starts at Richmond Raceway without visiting Victory Lane at 20; followed by Aric Almirola with 18 starts.
  • In total 37 different organizations have won at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Joe Gibbs Racing leads the NASCAR Cup Series in victories at Richmond Raceway with 16 wins – Tony Stewart (1999, 2001, 2002), Denny Hamlin (2009, 2010, 2016), Kyle Busch (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018 sweep), Matt Kenseth (2015), Carl Edwards (2016), Martin Truex Jr. (2019 sweep).
  • Petty Enterprises has the second-most NASCAR Cup Series wins at Richmond Raceway with 15 victories.

Top Five in Cup Organization Wins at Richmond Raceway

Organizations Wins
Joe Gibbs Racing 16
Petty Enterprises 15
Hendrick Motorsports 11
Richard Childress Racing 9
Team Penske 9
  • A total of nine different manufacturers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway.
  • Chevrolet leads the series in wins at Richmond with 39 victories; followed by Ford (33), Dodge (17), Toyota (14), Pontiac (11) Plymouth (10), Buick (two), Oldsmobile (two) and Chrysler (one).
  • Chevrolet holds the record for the longest streak of consecutive wins in the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway with six consecutive victories from 2006-2008.

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • A total of 58 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; followed by Jeff Gordon with eight.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in series runner-up finishes at Richmond with seven second-place finishes.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Richmond Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank Drivers Runner-Ups Rank Drivers Runner-Ups
1 Bobby Allison 9 1 Kyle Busch 7
  Richard Petty 9 2 Kevin Harvick 3
3 Jeff Gordon 8 Denny Hamlin 3
4 Dale Earnhardt 7 4 Joey Logano 2
Kyle Busch 7 Kurt Busch 2
  Ryan Newman 2

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 138 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.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Richmond Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank Drivers Top Fives Rank Drivers Top Fives
1 Richard Petty 34 1 Kyle Busch 18
2 Dale Earnhardt 25 2 Kevin Harvick 15
3 Bobby Allison 23 3 Denny Hamlin 14
4 Darrell Waltrip 22 4 Joey Logano 11
Rusty Wallace 22 5 Ryan Newman 8

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 238 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 series drivers in top 10s at Richmond with 26 top-10 finishes.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Richmond Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank Drivers Top 10s Rank Drivers Top 10s
1 Richard Petty 41 1 Kevin Harvick 26
2 Dale Earnhardt 33 2 Kyle Busch 24
3 Darrell Waltrip 33 3 Ryan Newman 20
4 Mark Martin 31 4 Denny Hamlin 18
5 Jeff Gordon 30 5 Kurt Busch 15
  Rusty Wallace 30

Average Finishes:

  • Lee Petty (seven series starts) leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond Raceway with a 4.857.
  • Kyle Busch (31 series starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond Raceway with a 6.806.

Top 15 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 4.857 7 1 Kyle Busch 6.806 31
2 Tommy Irwin 5.333 3 2 Denny Hamlin 9.000 29
3 Paul Goldsmith 5.500 4 3 Christopher Bell 9.500 2
4 Herb Thomas 6.000 2 4 Kevin Harvick 10.100 40
5 Rex White 6.300 10 5 Joey Logano 10.458 25
6 Glen Wood 6.333 3 6 Chase Elliott 12.000 11
7 Speedy Thompson 6.400 5 7 Kyle Larson 12.154 13
8 Ned Jarrett 6.769 13 8 Brad Keselowski 12.261 23
9 Kyle Busch 6.806 31 9 Ryan Newman 13.079 38
10 Billy Wade 7.000 3 10 Daniel Suarez 14.750 8
11 Bobby Allison 7.605 38 11 Kurt Busch 15.250 40
12 David Pearson 7.615 13 12 Tyler Reddick 15.500 2
13 Brownie King 8.000 2 13 William Byron 16.167 6
14 Maurice Petty 8.000 2 14 Martin Truex Jr 16.900 30
15 Dale Earnhardt 8.250 44 15 Austin Dillon 17.000 14

LAP LEADERS

  • A total of 137 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have led at least one lap at Richmond Raceway.
  • Richard Petty leads the NACAR Cup Series in laps led at Richmond Raceway with 5,136 laps led in 63 starts.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in laps led at Richmond Raceway with 1,911 laps led in 29 starts.
  • The most laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Richmond Raceway was 488 laps led of the scheduled 500 (97.6%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty on Sept. 13, 1970; he started from the pole.
  • The most laps led by a NASCAR Cup Series driver that did not win the race at Richmond Raceway was 381 laps led of the scheduled 407 (93.6%) by Denny Hamlin on May 3, 2008; he started from the pole but finished 24th.
  • The fewest laps led by the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Richmond Raceway was three laps of the scheduled 406 by Kevin Harvick on April 27, 2013; he started the race 17th.

Top 10 Laps Leaders in the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Races Led Completed % Led
1 Richard Petty 63 5,136 21,135 24.30%
2 Rusty Wallace 44 3,024 16,730 18.08%
3 Bobby Allison 38 2,961 14,313 20.69%
4 Darrell Waltrip 53 2,172 18,741 11.59%
5 Dale Earnhardt 44 1,976 16,808 11.76%
6 Denny Hamlin 29 1,911 11,611 16.46%
7 Jeff Gordon 47 1,637 17,669 9.26%
8 Kyle Busch 31 1,489 12,428 11.98%
9 David Pearson 13 1,221 3,535 34.54%
10 Cale Yarborough 22 1,208 6,861 17.61%
Rank Active Drivers Races Led Completed % Led
1 Denny Hamlin 29 1,911 11,611 16.46%
2 Kyle Busch 31 1,489 12,428 11.98%
3 Kevin Harvick 40 1,180 15,901 7.42%
4 Brad Keselowski 23 1,177 9,174 12.83%
5 Martin Truex Jr 30 1,125 11,688 9.63%
6 Kurt Busch 40 919 15,793 5.82%
7 Ryan Newman 38 483 15,050 3.21%
8 Joey Logano 25 428 9,507 4.50%
9 Kyle Larson 13 73 4,936 1.48%
10 Austin Dillon 14 56 5,599 1.00%

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • Two female drivers, Danica Patrick and Janet Guthrie have competed at Richmond Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series. Below are their stats at Richmond:
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date Driver Rating
Danica Patrick 19 23 Saturday, September 9, 2017 63.5
Danica Patrick 21 18 Sunday, April 30, 2017 56.9
Danica Patrick 29 15 Saturday, September 10, 2016 66.4
Danica Patrick 21 24 Sunday, April 24, 2016 56.8
Danica Patrick 14 19 Saturday, September 12, 2015 61.1
Danica Patrick 21 25 Sunday, April 26, 2015 56.5
Danica Patrick 13 16 Saturday, September 6, 2014 75.5
Danica Patrick 35 34 Saturday, April 26, 2014 36.5
Danica Patrick 36 30 Saturday, September 7, 2013 39.1
Danica Patrick 30 29 Saturday, April 27, 2013 42.6
Averages 23.9 23.3   55.5
         
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Janet Guthrie 14 12 Sunday, September 11, 1977
Janet Guthrie 13 12 Sunday, February 27, 1977
Averages 13.5 12

TRACK / EVENT SPECIFIC STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, Richmond Raceway has produced 33 NASCAR Cup Series races with a Margin of Victory of less than a second; most recent was earlier this season – 0.381 second.
  • 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 Margin of Victory of 0.051 second over second-place finisher Jeff Gordon.

Top 10 Closest Margin of Victories at Richmond in the NASCAR Cup Series

Rank Margin of Victory Date Winner Runner-Up
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 Terry Labonte
6 0.159 Saturday, September 6, 2003 Ryan Newman Jeremy Mayfield
7 0.178 Saturday, April 13, 2019 Martin Truex Jr Joey Logano
8 0.343 Saturday, April 27, 2013 Kevin Harvick Clint Bowyer
9 0.365 Sunday, September 7, 2008 Jimmie Johnson Tony Stewart
10 0.372 Saturday, May 5, 2001 Tony Stewart Jeff Gordon
  • Five NASCAR Cup Series races have resulted in NASCAR Overtime at Richmond Raceway:
Date Scheduled Actual 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 of the 129 NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond Raceway 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 in the NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway 11 times:
Season Reason For Cancellation
1955 Weather
1962 (spring) Weather
1967 (fall) Weather
1986 (spring) Weather
1997 (spring) Weather
2008 (fall) Weather
2014 (spring) Weather
2016 (spring) Weather
2020 (fall) Pandemic
2021 (spring) Pandemic
2021 (fall) Pandemic

NASCAR IN VIRGINIA

  • There have been 533 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks in the state of Virginia.
  • Martinsville Speedway hosted the very first NASCAR national series race in the state of Virginia on Sept. 25, 1949 – the NASCAR Cup Series event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile).
Track Name City Cup Xfinity Truck Combined First Year
Martinsville Speedway Martinsville 145 36 43 224 1949
Richmond Raceway Richmond 129 74 13 216 1953
Langley Field Speedway Hampton 9 14 0 23 1964
New River Valley Speedway Dublin 0 4 0 4 1989
Norfolk Speedway Norfolk 2 0 0 2 1956
Old Dominion Speedway Manassas 7 0 0 7 1958
Princess Anne Speedway Norfolk 1 0 0 1 1953
South Boston Speedway South Boston 10 35 3 48 1960
Southside Speedway Richmond 4 0 0 4 1961
Starkey Speedway Roanoke 4 0 0 4 1958
Totals 311 163 59 533

VIRGINIA IN NASCAR

  • A total of 185 different drivers with their home state recorded as Virginia have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series race.
  • 19 drivers from 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.
  • In total the drivers from Virginia have won 264 NASCAR national series races combined.

NASCAR National Series Winners From Virginia

Driver Cup Xfinity Truck Combined
Denny Hamlin 45 17 2 64
Joe Weatherly 25 0 0 25
Ricky Rudd 23 1 0 24
Jeff Burton 21 27 0 48
Curtis Turner 17 0 0 17
Ward Burton 5 4 0 9
Glen Wood 4 0 0 4
Elliott Sadler 3 13 1 17
Emanuel Zervakis 2 0 0 2
Lennie Pond 1 0 0 1
Wendell Scott 1 0 0 1
Tommy Ellis 0 22 0 22
Jimmy Hensley 0 9 2 11
Rick Mast 0 9 0 9
Hermie Sadler 0 2 0 2
Elton Sawyer 0 2 0 2
Jeb Burton 0 1 1 2
Stacy Compton 0 0 2 2
Jon Wood 0 0 2 2
Totals 147 107 10 264

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