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DATE: Friday, April 25
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval
CAPACITY: 94,063 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 27th
TELEVISION: ESPNews
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 25/3:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brad Keselowski (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (finished 1)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 187.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2004 (129.348 mph)
RACE RECORD: Denny Hamlin, 2011 (108.415 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Brad Keselowski16Elliott Sadler14
2Kevin Harvick47Sam Hornish Jr3
3Kyle Busch28Kyle Larson18
4Brian Vickers99Travis Pastrana17
5Regan Smith1610Reed Sorenson10
2013 ToyotaCare 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 83.768 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 14 mins., 18 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.718 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 57 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (126.339 mph)
Past ToyotaCare 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Brad Keselowski (1) -- Ford -- 83.768 mph
2012 -- Kurt Busch (10) -- Toyota -- 104.070 mph
2011 -- Denny Hamlin (11) -- Toyota -- 108.415 mph
2010 -- Brad Keselowski (4) -- Dodge -- 91.194 mph
2009 -- Kyle Busch (3) -- Toyota -- 86.672 mph
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (3) -- Toyota -- 96.238 mph
2007 -- Clint Bowyer (8) -- Chevrolet -- 91.899 mph
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (10) -- Chevrolet -- 79.068 mph
2005 -- Carl Edwards (5) -- Ford -- 85.709 mph
2004 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Chevrolet -- 85.023 mph
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (15) -- Chevrolet -- 74.652 mph
2002 -- Jason Keller (2) -- Ford -- 80.138 mph
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer (3) -- Chevrolet -- 84.028 mph
2000 -- Jeff Green (1) -- Chevrolet -- 81.023 mph
1999 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 90.060 mph
1998 -- Jeff Burton (8) -- Ford -- 95.799 mph
1997 -- Mark Martin (18) -- Ford -- 86.450 mph
1996 -- Jeff Purvis (1) -- Chevrolet -- 98.168 mph
1995 -- Kenny Wallace (21) -- Ford -- 96.291 mph
1994 -- Joe Nemechek (3) -- Chevrolet -- 91.253 mph
1993 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 103.766 mph
1992 -- Harry Gant (28) -- Buick -- 97.561 mph
1991 -- Harry Gant (11) -- Buick -- 92.156 mph
1990 -- Michael Waltrip (1) -- Pontiac -- 88.091 mph
1989 -- No race held -- Weather
1988 -- No race held
1987 -- No race held
1986 -- No race held
1985 -- No race held
1984 -- Sam Ard (3) -- Oldsmobile -- 75.084 mph
1983 -- Sam Ard (1) -- Oldsmobile -- 73.639 mph
1982 -- Tommy Houston (15) -- Pontiac -- 57.667 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Eastern 150 (1982-83), Wrangler 150 (1984), Pontiac 200
(1990-91), Hardee's 200 (1992-93), Hardee's 250 (1994-2003), Funai 250
(2004-05), Circuit City 250 (2006-07), Lipton Tea 250 (2008-09), BUBBA
Burger 250 (2010-11), Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (2012).
 
Past ToyotaCare 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Brad Keselowski -- 1
2012 -- Kevin Harvick -- 3
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 25
2010 -- Kyle Busch -- 4
2009 -- Matt Kenseth -- 3
2008 -- Kasey Kahne -- 14
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 41
2006 -- Jason Leffler -- 24
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 4
2004 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2003 -- Michael Waltrip -- 4
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Matt Kenseth -- 4
2000 -- Jeff Green -- 1
1999 -- Jason Keller -- 30
1998 -- Wayne Grubb -- 4
1997 -- None -- Weather
1996 -- Jeff Purvis -- 1
1995 -- None -- Weather
1994 -- David Green -- 16
1993 -- Rick Mast -- 8
1992 -- Jeff Gordon -- 8
1991 -- Jeff Burton -- 31
1990 -- Michael Waltrip -- 1
1989 -- No Race -- Weather
1988 -- No Spring Race
1987 -- No Spring Race
1986 -- No Spring Race
1985 -- No Spring Race
1984 -- Tommy Ellis -- 15
1983 -- Sam Ard -- 1
1982 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 20
Last Race Results
RACE: VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 (April 11)
SITE: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, S.C.
MILES: 200.8
LAPS: 147
WINNER: Chase Elliott
RUNNER-UP: Elliott Sadler
THIRD: Matt Kenseth
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 4)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 45 mins., 55 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 113.751 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.283 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-19, Wallace 20, K. Busch 21-23, Harvick 24, K. Busch
25-33, Elliott 34-60, Harvick 61-64, Elliott 65-88, Larson 89, K.
Busch 90-142, Sadler 143-144, Larson 145, Sadler 146, Elliott
147.
ToyotaCare 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/G&K Services
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Wesco
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
5Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Tide
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/supportmilitary.org
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
13Matt Carter (Denver, NC)Toyota/TBA
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Dodge/NationalCashLenders.com
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Daniel Suarez (Monterrey, Mexico)Toyota/Silent Circle/Telcel
22Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/SKF/Discount Tire
23To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
28J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/JGL Racing
31Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Rockstar
33Cale Conley (Vienna, WV)Chevrolet/Okuma
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cartwheel
43Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Ford/WinField
44Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/TBA
46Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/RepairableVehicles.com
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jimmy Weller III (Hubbard, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
60Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Youtheory
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Dodge/TBA
76Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS)Dodge/TBA
86Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/Bubba Burger
87Kevin Lepage (Shelburne, VT)Chevrolet/JD Motorsports
93Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Dodge/JGL Racing
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/Rheem
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kevin Harvick12Won4257---32
Kyle Busch23953Won4------3
Regan Smith---2115---------------5
Elliott Sadler2nd18th------------466
Kyle Larson------------------------8
Trevor Bayne---------------21------12
Brian Scott------------3228151420
Ryan Blaney---------------------7---
Chase Elliott---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Joey Logano - started 15 and finished 5
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 4
 
NOTES:
The ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway is the eighth race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 60 Nationwide races held at Richmond. This track hosted three events in the series during the 1982 season and then two each year after that.

Tommy Houston won the inaugural Nationwide race at Richmond, the Eastern 150, on Feb. 20, 1982.

Kevin Harvick holds the record for most Nationwide victories at Richmond with six. Harvick is entered in this weekend's race.

Roush Fenway Racing has the most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Richmond with nine, followed by Richard Childress Racing with six.

Twelve of 60 Nationwide races at Richmond have been won from the pole position. Brad Keselowski most recently did it one year ago.

Kyle Busch is the only driver on the entry list for this race that scored his first career Nationwide win at Richmond, which came on May 14, 2004. Busch holds the record for most career victories in the series with 65. Two of those wins have come this season.

Five drivers entered in this race made their first career Nationwide starts at Richmond: Jeff Green (Sept. 8, 1990), Chris Buescher (April 29, 2011), Ryan Blaney (April 27, 2012), Tanner Berryhill (same date as Blaney) and Ryan Reed (April 26, 2013).

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Richmond occurred on April 27, 2012 when Kurt Busch beat Denny Hamlin to the finish line by just 0.062 seconds.

The next race is the May 4 Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Regan Smith is the defending race winner.

04/23 09:24:58 ET

As of April 23, 2014, at 09:25 AM ET

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