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Richmond 400 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Richmond International Raceway:

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  • Number of previous races: 111.
  • First Sprint Cup race: April 19, 1953, won by Lee Petty.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: September 10, 2011, won by Kevin Harvick.
  • Won from pole: 22, last time by Kyle Busch in 2010.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 62 times in 110 races (56%). The starting position of one race winner is unknown.
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 87 times (79%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 9 times (8%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 31st, by Clint Bowyer in 2008.
  • Most laps led: 488, by Richard Petty in 1970.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Cotton Owens in 1959, Tom Pistone in 1959, and Lee Petty in 1953.

  • Track records:

    • Fastest race: 109.047 mph by Dale Jarrett in 1997.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 129.983 mph by Brian Vickers in 2004.
    • Most lead changes: 25 in 1991 and 1996.
    • Closest finish: Jeff Burton's .051 second margin over Jeff Gordon in 1998.
    • Most caution flags: 15 in 2003, 2009 and 2011.

  • From 2007-2011 a typical Richmond race had 14.9 lead changes, 10.8 cautions for 62.8 laps, and an average green-flag run of 28.7 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 34, Ford 26, Dodge 17, Pontiac 11, Plymouth 10, Toyota 5, Buick 2, Chrysler 2, Oldsmobile 2, Thunderbird 2.

  • Most victories by owner: Petty Enterprises 15, Rick Hendrick 10, Richard Childress 8, Joe Gibbs 8, Junior Johnson 8, Bud Moore 7.

Driver Notes:

  • The most Richmond races without a:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Ken Schrader (46 races) Ken Schrader (46 races)
    Top 5: Michael Waltrip (45) Michael Waltrip (45)
    Top 10: Kenny Wallace (24) Kenny Wallace (24)
    Pole: Michael Waltrip (45) Kyle Petty (54)
    Lap led: David Gilliland, Scott Riggs (11) J.D. McDuffie (39)
    Lead-lap finish: Hermie Sadler (5) J.D. McDuffie (39)


  • Top career marks at Richmond:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Terry Labonte (55) Richard Petty (63)
    Wins: Five drivers (3) Richard Petty (13)
    Top 5s: Mark Martin (17) Richard Petty (34)
    Top 10s: Terry Labonte, Mark Martin (28) Richard Petty (41)
    Poles: Jeff Gordon (5) Bobby Allison, Richard Petty (8)
    Laps: Mark Martin (20,054) Richard Petty (21,135)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (1,413) Richard Petty (5,136)
    Lead-lap finishes: Mark Martin (33) Mark Martin (33)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Richmond (3 or more starts):

    1. Kyle Busch (5.0)
    2. Denny Hamlin (7.6)
    3. Clint Bowyer (10.5)
    4. Tony Stewart (10.9)
    5. Kevin Harvick (11.5)
    6. Ryan Newman (11.6)
    7. Mark Martin (12.2)
    8. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (14.4)
    9. Jeff Gordon (14.5)
    10. Jeff Burton (14.8)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Richmond (3 or more starts):

    1. Michael McDowell (36.0)
    2. Scott Speed (34.2)
    3. Tony Raines (33.2)
    4. David Stremme (32.5)
    5. Hermie Sadler (32.2)
    6. Landon Cassill (32.0)
    7. Mike Bliss (31.5)
    8. David Gilliland (31.1)
    9. Robby Gordon (30.2)
    10. Paul Menard (28.9)


    Current top-10 drivers at Richmond:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Greg Biffle 19 0 2 5 1 7388 77 17.3 16.6 82.8
    Martin Truex, Jr. 12 0 1 2 0 4482 41 17.4 24.3 78.0
    Matt Kenseth 24 1 3 9 0 9358 223 21.7 17.2 79.0
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 25 3 8 10 0 9908 427 16.7 14.4 82.6
    Denny Hamlin 12 2 6 8 2 4806 1188 10.0 7.6 117.6
    Kevin Harvick 22 2 6 14 1 8686 929 17.3 11.5 112.6
    Jimmie Johnson 20 3 5 7 2 7498 414 11.6 17.2 88.6
    Tony Stewart 26 3 9 17 0 10221 817 17.1 10.9 95.4
    Carl Edwards 15 0 3 7 1 5788 236 12.1 15.1 86.4
    Ryan Newman 20 1 5 12 1 7882 437 11.1 11.6 93.0

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Richmond: Kyle Busch (114.8), Jeff Gordon (98.5), Clint Bowyer (96.3), Kurt Busch (92.7), Mark Martin (91.5), Jeff Burton (85.6), Kasey Kahne (85.0), Juan Pablo Montoya (81.1).