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Statistical Advance: Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 At Richmond International

                    



April 25, 2011

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Statistical Advance: Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400

At Richmond International Raceway

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 25, 2011) Ė Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Richmond International Raceway going into Saturday nightís race Ė the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400.


RICHMOND-SPECIFIC STATISTICS


Clint Bowyer (No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet)

         One win, one top five, five top 10s

         Average finish of 9.8

         Average Running Position of 10.9, fourth-best

         Driver Rating of 96.6, sixth-best

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.443 mph, eighth-fastest

         3,076 Laps in the Top 15 (76.7%), ninth-most

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

 

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)

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

         Average finish of 14.4

         Average Running Position of 14.9, 10th-best

         Driver Rating of 86.7, 11th-best

         542 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.276 mph, 12th-fastest

         3,171 Laps in the Top 15 (65.9%), seventh-most

         291 Quality Passes, seventh-most

 

Kurt Busch (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge)

         One win, three top fives, six top 10s

         Average finish of 17.8

         Average Running Position of 13.5, eighth-best

         Driver Rating of 94.1, seventh-best

         269 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

         537 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.562 mph, fifth-fastest

         3,114 Laps in the Top 15 (64.7%), eighth-most

         323 Quality Passes, third-most


Kyle Busch (No. 18 Pedigree Toyota)

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

         Average finish of 5.3

         Average Running Position of 7.4, third-best

         Driver Rating of 113.8, second-best

         368 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.875 mph, second-fastest

         4,253 Laps in the Top 15 (88.4%), second-most

         332 Quality Passes, second-most

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet)

           Three wins, eight top fives, 10 top 10s

           Average finish of 14.1

           Average Running Position of 15.7, 12th-best

           Driver Rating of 85.6, 13th-best

           263 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

           609 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

           Average Green Flag Speed of 116.266 mph, 13th-fastest

 

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive to End Hunger/AARP Chevrolet)

         Two wins, 14 top fives, 23 top 10s; five poles

         Average finish of 14.1

         Average Running Position of 13.1, seventh-best

         Driver Rating of 97.8, fourth-best

         247 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.445 mph, seventh-fastest

         3,194 Laps in the Top 15 (66.4%), sixth-most

         252 Quality Passes, 11th-most

 

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

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

         Average finish of 8.0

         Series-best Average Running Position of 5.4

         Series-best Driver Rating of 119.8

         Series-high 440 Fastest Laps Run

         Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 116.967 mph

         3,815 Laps in the Top 15 (95.1%), fourth-most

         288 Quality Passes, eighth-most


Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)

         One win, five top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 12.0

         Average Running Position of 7.3, second-best

         Driver Rating of 112.1, third-best

         358 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.834 mph, third-fastest

         Series-high 4,425 Laps in the Top 15 (92.0%)

         Series-high 379 Quality Passes

 

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

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

         Average finish of 16.9

         Average Running Position of 15.7, 11th-best

         Driver Rating of 89.9, 10th-best

         170 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.325 mph, 10th-fastest

         2,743 Laps in the Top 15 (57.0%), 11th-most

         268 Quality Passes, ninth-most

 

Kasey Kahne (No. 4 Red Bull Toyota)

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

         Average finish of 19.0

          Driver Rating of 85.9, 12th-best

         235 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

         571 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.292 mph, 11th-fastest

         2,582 Laps in the Top 15 (53.7%), 12th-most

         254 Quality Passes, 10th-most

 

Mark Martin (No. 5 Quaker State/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet)

         One win, 17 top fives, 27 top 10s; four poles

         Average finish of 12.2

         Average Running Position of 13.8, ninth-best

         Driver Rating of 91.6, ninth-best

         145 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.445 mph, sixth-fastest

         2,865 Laps in the Top 15 (59.6%), 10th-most


Ryan Newman (No. 39 Haas Automation Chevrolet)

         One win, five top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

         Average finish of 11.4

         Average Running Position of 11.1, fifth-best

         Driver Rating of 93.4, eighth-best

         527 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.425 mph, ninth-fastest

         3,868 Laps in the Top 15 (80.4%), third-most

         318 Quality Passes, fifth-most

 

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

         Three wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s

         Average finish of 11.1

         Average Running Position of 11.6, sixth-best

         Driver Rating of 97.4, fifth-best

         196 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

         557 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

         Average Green Flag Speed of 116.627 mph, fourth-fastest

         3,525 Laps in the Top 15 (73.3%), fifth-most

         319 Quality Passes, fourth-most


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Top 12 at Richmond International Raceway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating*

 

1

Carl Edwards

13

1

0

1

5

1

16.9

81.7

2

Jimmie Johnson

18

2

3

5

6

1

16.9

89.9

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

23

0

3

8

10

1

14.1

85.6

4

Kevin Harvick

20

1

1

5

13

0

12.0

112.1

5

Kurt Busch

20

0

1

3

6

1

17.8

94.1

6

Kyle Busch

12

1

2

10

10

0

5.3

113.8

7

Ryan Newman

18

1

1

5

11

0

11.4

93.4

8

Matt Kenseth

22

0

1

3

9

1

16.8

79.7

9

Juan P. Montoya

8

0

0

0

3

1

21.4

79.3

10

Clint Bowyer

10

0

1

1

5

0

9.8

96.6

11

Paul Menard

8

0

0

0

0

0

27.3

50.6

12

Tony Stewart

24

0

3

9

15

2

11.1

97.4

* Ė Based on last 12 Richmond International Raceway races.


Chase Contenders

The Top 10 Following Race 8 of 36

 

                                                                           Rank    Season                                               
                                                                          
Last      Driver

Driver                             Points   Wins    Poles   Week    Rating

 

1. Carl Edwards               295          1          2        1             97.6

2. Jimmie Johnson           290          1          0        4             97.7

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.        276          0          1        6             89.6

4. Kevin Harvick               268          2          0        9             86.9 

5. Kurt Busch                  267          0          0        5             95.5

6. Kyle Busch                 257          1          0        2           111.6

7. Ryan Newman             253          0          0        7             93.4

8. Matt Kenseth              252          1          1        3             92.1

9. Juan P. Montoya         246          0          1        8             82.7

  10. Clint Bowyer               245          0                12            97.0

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ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

 

11. Paul Menard            242                   30. Regan Smith              142

12. Tony Stewart           240                   31. Robby Gordon            128

13. Jeff Gordon             234                   32. Casey Mears              116    

14. Mark Martin            226                   33. Dave Blaney               105

15. AJ Allmendinger      226                   34. Bill Elliott                   100

16. Greg Biffle              221                   35. Andy Lally                  98

17. Denny Hamlin.        195                   36. Tony Raines               81 

18. Kasey Kahne          194                   37. Ken Schrader             44

19. Martin Truex Jr.       192                   38. Terry Labonte             40      

20. David Ragan           191                   39. J.J. Yeley                   26

21. Marcos Ambrose     188                   40. Michael McDowell      25

22. Jeff Burton              185                   41. Michael Waltrip          20

23. Jamie McMurray      181                   42. Brian Keselowski       3

24. Joey Logano           179                   43. Steve Park                 2

25. Bobby Labonte        178                  

26. David Reutimann     174                              

27. Brad Keselowski     171                  

28. Brian Vickers          155                  

29. David Gilliland         149                  

                       

 

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

 

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.

         Track was re-measured to a half-mile in April 1969; then to .542-mile in September.

         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 109 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 48 different pole winners, led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty (eight).
  • Jeff Gordon (five) leads active drivers with five poles.
  • 47 different drivers have posted victories at Richmond, led by Richard Petty (13).
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Terry Labonte (three) lead active race winners.
  • Car owner Richard Petty has won 15 races at Richmond, more than any other team.
  • 63 of 109 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 May 2010.
  • 13 of the past 16 races have been won from the top 10, but three of the last six have been won from a starting position outside the top 10.
  • The furthest back in the field a race winner has started was 31st, by Clint Bowyer in 2008ís spring race.
  • 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 won the very first Richmond race in 1953.
  • Three active drivers have a finish inside the top 10: Kyle Busch (5.2), Denny Hamlin (8.0) and Clint Bowyer (9.8).
  • Five of the last six races have had a margin of victory less than one second. 

NASCAR in Virginia

  • There have been 271 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Virginia.
  • 161 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

Curtis Turner

17

0

0

Denny Hamlin

16

10

0

Ward Burton

5

4

0

Glen Wood

4

0

0

Elliott Sadler

3

5

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

 

Richmond International Raceway Data

Race # 9 of 36 (4-30-11)

Track Size: .75 miles

     Banking/Corners: 14 degrees

     Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees

     Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees

     Frontstretch: 1,290 feet

     Backstretch: 860 feet

Driver Rating at Richmond

Denny Hamlin                119.8

Kyle Busch                   113.8

Kevin Harvick                112.1

Jeff Gordon                    97.8

Tony Stewart                 97.4

Clint Bowyer                  96.6

Kurt Busch                    94.1

Ryan Newman               93.4

Mark Martin                   91.6

Jimmie Johnson             89.9

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2010 races (12 total) at Richmond.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2010 pole winner: Kyle Busch   (127.077 mph, 21.247 seconds)

2010 race winner: Kyle Busch

(99.567 mph, 05-01-10)

Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers (129.983, 20.772 seconds, 05-14-04)

Track race record: Dale Jarrett (109.047 mph, 09-06-97)

 

 

 



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