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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Richmond 400


 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 23, 2012) Ė Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia going into this Saturday nightís race (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio; 7:30 p.m.)

 

RICHMOND-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

 

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)

         One win, one top five, six top 10s

         Average finish of 10.5

         Average Running Position of 10.8, fourth-best

         Driver Rating of 96.3, fifth-best

         636 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

         375 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fifth-most

 

Jeff Burton (No. 31 BB&T Chevrolet)

         One win, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 14.8

         Average Running Position of 15.3, 10th-best

         Driver Rating of 85.6, 12th-best

         674 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

         3,489 Laps in the Top 15 (62.2%), eighth-most

         334 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 51 Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevrolet)

         One win, four top fives, seven top 10s

         Average finish of 17.4

         Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best

         Driver Rating of 92.7, eighth-best

         275 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

         662 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.474 mph, fifth-fastest

         3,480 Laps in the Top 15 (62.0%), ninth-most

         365 Quality Passes, sixth-most

 

Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Brown Toyota)

         Three wins, 11 top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 5.0

         Average Running Position of 7.6, third-best

         Driver Rating of 114.8, second-best

         462 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.863 mph, second-fastest

         4,892 Laps in the Top 15 (87.2%), second-most

         425 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

         Three top fives, seven top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 15.1

         Average Running Position of 15.9, 11th-best

         Driver Rating of 86.4, 11th-best

         179 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

         718 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.258 mph, 12th-fastest

         3,234 Laps in the Top 15 (57.6%), 11th-most

         330 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

         Two wins, 15 top fives, 24 top 10s; five poles

         Average finish of 14.5

         Average Running Position of 12.8, seventh-best

         Driver Rating of 98.5, fourth-best

         295 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.468 mph, sixth-fastest

         3,823 Laps in the Top 15 (68.1%), sixth-most

         348 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota)

         Two wins, six top fives, eight top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 7.6

         Series-best Average Running Position of 6.1

         Series-best Driver Rating of 117.6

         Series-high 506 Fastest Laps Run

         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 116.912 mph

         4,437 Laps in the Top 15 (92.2%), fourth-most

         346 Quality Passes, eighth-most

 

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy Johnís Chevrolet)

         Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 11.5

         Average Running Position of 7.4, second-best

         Driver Rating of 112.6, third-best

         407 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.771 mph, third-fastest

         Series-high 5,161 Laps in the Top 15 (92.0%)

         Series-high 458 Quality Passes

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

         Three wins, five top fives, seven top 10s; two poles

         Average finish of 17.2

         Average Running Position of 16.3, 12th-best

         Driver Rating of 88.6, 10th-best

         187 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.261 mph, 11th-fastest

         3,025 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 12th-most

         309 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet)

         One win, three top fives, six top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 19.2

         Driver Rating of 85.0, 13th-best

         258 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

         633 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.283 mph, 10th-fastest

         3,004 Laps in the Top 15 (53.5%), 13th-most

         298 Quality Passes, 13th-most

 

Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota)

         One win, 17 top fives, 28 top 10s; four poles

         Average finish of 12.2

         Average Running Position of 13.5, eighth-best

         Driver Rating of 91.5, ninth-best

         152 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.400 mph, eighth-fastest

         3,380 Laps in the Top 15 (60.2%), 10th-most

 

Ryan Newman (No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet)

         One win, five top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 11.7

         Average Running Position of 11.0, fifth-best

         Driver Rating of 93.0, seventh-best

         662 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.356 mph, ninth-fastest

         4,532 Laps in the Top 15 (80.8%), third-most

         422 Quality Passes, third-most

 

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet)

         Three wins, nine top fives, 17 top 10s

         Average finish of 10.9

         Average Running Position of 12.2, sixth-best

         Driver Rating of 95.4, sixth-best

         199 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

         696 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.531 mph, fourth-fastest

         3,930 Laps in the Top 15 (70.1%), fifth-most

         379 Quality Passes, fourth-most

 

Chase Contenders

The Top 12

Following Race 8 of 36

 

                                                                                Rank        Season

                                                                                Last          Driver

Driver                             Points   Wins      Poles        Week        Rating

1. Greg Biffle                  312       1           1               1           108.2

2. Martin Truex Jr.         297       0           1               4           105.5

3. Matt Kenseth              295       1           0               2           103.9

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.     291       0           0               3           101.2

5. Denny Hamlin            289       2           1               6           103.7

6. Kevin Harvick            287       0           0               5           100.8

7. Jimmie Johnson       275       0           0               8           104.3

8. Tony Stewart              265       2           0              7             95.4

9. Carl Edwards             251       0           1            11             80.6

10. Ryan Newman         249       1           0               9             83.8

11. Clint Bowyer            227       0           0             10             85.1

12. Joey Logano           221       0           0             13             77.8

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ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

 

13. Kyle Busch                     218         32. Dave Blaney              111

14. Paul Menard                   218         33. Travis Kvapil              104

15. Brad Keselowski              217         34. Landon Cassill           101

16. Juan Pablo Montoya        207         35. J.J. Yeley                   73

17. Jeff Burton                     201         36. David Stremme            69

18. Jeff Gordon                    200         37. Brian Vickers               66

19. Jamie McMurray             190         38. Michael McDowell        51

20. Aric Almirola                   187         39. Brendan Gaughan         50

21. Marcos Ambrose             187         40. Ken Schrader               47

22. Regan Smith                   187         41. Tony Raines                35

23. AJ Allmendinger              185         42. Josh Wise                   31

24. Mark Martin                    181         43. Terry Labonte             27

25. Kurt Busch                     174         44. Hermie Sadler             13

26. Kasey Kahne                  166         45. Scott Riggs                13

27. Bobby Labonte                161         46. Robby Gordon               6

28. Casey Mears                  137         47. Scott Speed                  1

29. David Gilliland                 126

30. David Ragan                   123

31. David Reutimann             121

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final 2012 Top 12 at Richmond International Raceway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating



1

Greg Biffle

19

1

0

2

5

1

16.6

82.8


2

Martin Truex Jr.

12

0

0

1

2

3

24.3

78.0


3

Matt Kenseth

24

0

1

3

9

1

17.3

79.0


4

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

25

0

3

8

10

1

14.4

82.6


5

Denny Hamlin

12

2

2

6

8

0

7.6

117.6


6

Kevin Harvick

22

1

2

6

14

0

11.5

112.6


7

Jimmie Johnson

20

2

3

5

7

1

17.2

88.6


8

Tony Stewart

26

0

3

9

17

2

10.9

95.4


9

Carl Edwards

15

1

0

3

7

1

15.1

86.4


10

Ryan Newman

20

1

1

5

12

0

11.7

93.0


11

Clint Bowyer

12

0

1

1

6

0

10.5

96.3


12

Joey Logano

6

0

0

1

1

1

16.5

74.5


* Ė Based on last 14 Richmond International Raceway races.

 

At Richmond International Raceway:

History

         Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.

         The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was April 19, 1953.

         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 for 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.

Notebook

         There have been 111 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond since the track opened in 1953.

         The current 400-lap race length was established on the .542-mile measurement in March 1976.

         Buck Baker won the pole in 1953.

         Lee Petty won the first race in April 1953.

         There have been 50 different pole winners, led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty (eight).

         Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five poles.

         47 different drivers have posted victories at Richmond, led by Richard Petty (13).

         Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Terry Labonte and Jimmie Johnson (three) lead active race winners.

         Petty Enterprises has won 15 races at Richmond, more than any other team.

         63 of 111 races have been won from the top five starting positions, including 22 from the pole.

         The last driver to win from the pole was Kyle Busch in 2010.

         The furthest back in the field a race winner has started was 31st, by Clint Bowyer in the 2008 spring race.

         Kyle Busch (5.0) and Denny Hamlin (7.5) are the only active drivers with an average finish in the top 10.

         Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Richmond International Raceway winner: Richard Petty (04/23/1961 Ė 23 years, 9 months, 21 days).

         Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Richmond International Raceway winner: Harry Gant (09/07/1991 Ė 51 years, 7 months, 28 days).

         Kyle Petty became the first third-generation NASCAR race winner when he won his first race at Richmond, on Feb. 23, 1986. Richard Petty posted his first Richmond victory in 1961 and Lee Petty won the very first Richmond race in 1953.

         Three of the last four races have had a margin of victory less than one second.

Richmond International Raceway Data

Race #: 9 of 36 (04-28-12)

Track Size: .75 miles

Race Length: 300 miles

     Banking/corners: 14 degrees

     Banking/straights: 8 degrees

     Frontstretch: 1,290 feet

     Backstretch: 860 feet

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Richmond

Denny Hamlin............................ 117.6

Kyle Busch............................... 114.8

Kevin Harvick............................ 112.6

Jeff Gordon................................ 98.5

Clint Bowyer............................... 96.3

Tony Stewart............................... 95.4

Ryan Newman............................. 93.0

Kurt Busch.................................. 92.7

Mark Martin................................. 91.5

Jimmie Johnson.......................... 88.6

Carl Edwards.............................. 86.4

Jeff Burton................................. 85.6

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (14 total) at Richmond.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2011 pole winner: Juan Pablo Montoya

(128.639 mph, 20.989 seconds)

2011 race winner: Kyle Busch

(95.280 mph, 04-30-11)

Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers

(129.983, 20.772 seconds, 5-14-04)

Track race record: Dale Jarrett

(109.047 mph, 9-6-97)

 

Driver Ratings for Winners

Driver

Year

Pre-Race Driver Rating

Pre-Race

Driver Rating Rank

Kyle Busch

2011 Spring

113.8

2nd

Kyle Busch

2010 Spring

111.5

3rd

Kyle Busch

2009 Spring

109.9

3rd

Clint Bowyer

2008 Spring

88.8

11th

Jimmie Johnson

2007 Spring

60.3

30th

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2006 Spring

65.9

22nd

* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Richmond (last six spring races).

 

NASCAR in Virginia

         There have been 275 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Virginia.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville

127

Richmond International Raceway

Richmond

111

Langley Field Speedway

Hampton

9

Norfolk Speedway

Norfolk

2

Old Dominion Speedway

Manassas

7

Princess Anne Speedway

Norfolk

1

South Boston Speedway

South Boston

10

Southside Speedway

Richmond

4

Starkey Speedway

Roanoke

4

         163 drivers in NASCARís three national series (all-time) have their home state recorded as Virginia.

         There have been 18 race winners from Virginia in NASCARís three national series:

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

Joe Weatherly

25

0

0

Ricky Rudd

23

1

0

Jeff Burton

21

27

0

Denny Hamlin

19

11

1

Curtis Turner

17

0

0

Ward Burton

5

4

0

Glen Wood

4

0

0

Elliott Sadler

3

7

1

Emanuel Zervakis

2

0

0

Lennie Pond

1

0

0

Wendell Scott

1

0

0

Tommy Ellis

0

22

0

Jimmy Hensley

0

9

2

Rick Mast

0

9

0

Hermie Sadler

0

2

0

Elton Sawyer

0

2

0

Stacy Compton

0

0

2

Jon Wood

0

0

2

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