Gaming
Race-Day Info:
Auto Racing Extras
More Auto Racing
NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Crown Royal 400 Preview

From The Sports Network

 
DATE: Saturday, April 30th
SITE: Richmond International Raceway (1946) -- Richmond, Virginia
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval - 1,290 feet (Frontstretch); 860 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 112,029; 97,912 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 56th
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 7:43 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Brian Vickers, 2004 (129.983 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1997 (109.047 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $5,034,763 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $264,506; 2nd Place - $198,151; 3rd Place - $171,676
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch16Juan Pablo Montoya19
2Jeff Gordon47Martin Truex Jr26
3Kevin Harvick78Ryan Newman5
4Jeff Burton179Marcos Ambrose20
5Carl Edwards2810Jimmie Johnson3
2010 Crown Royal 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 99.567 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 47 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.755 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 37 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (127.077 m.p.h.)
Past Crown Royal 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 99.567 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (14th) -- Toyota -- 90.627 m.p.h.
2008 -- Clint Bowyer (31st) -- Chevrolet -- 95.786 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.270 m.p.h.
2006 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 97.061 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kasey Kahne (1st) -- Dodge -- 100.316 m.p.h.
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (4th) -- (Chevrolet -- 98.253 m.p.h.
2003 -- Joe Nemechek (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 86.783 m.p.h.
2002 -- Tony Stewart (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 86.824 m.p.h.
2001 -- Tony Stewart (7th) -- Pontiac -- 95.872 m.p.h.
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 99.374 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Jarrett (21st) -- Ford -- 100.102 m.p.h.
1998 -- Terry Labonte (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 97.044 m.p.h.
1997 -- Rusty Wallace (7th) -- Ford -- 108.499 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 102.750 m.p.h.
1995 -- Terry Labonte (24th) -- Chevrolet -- 106.425 m.p.h.
1994 -- Ernie Irvan (7th) -- Ford -- 98.334 m.p.h.
1993 -- Davey Allison (14th) -- Ford -- 107.709 m.p.h.
1992 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 104.378 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 105.397 m.p.h.
1990 -- Mark Martin (6th) -- Ford -- 92.158 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 89.619 m.p.h.
1988 -- Neil Bonnett (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 66.401 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 81.520 m.p.h.
1986 -- Kyle Petty (12th) -- Ford -- 71.078 m.p.h.
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 67.945 m.p.h.
1984 -- Ricky Rudd (4th) -- Ford -- 76.736 m.p.h.
1983 -- Bobby Allison (6th) -- Buick -- 79.584 m.p.h.
1982 -- Dave Marcis (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.914 m.p.h.
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (7th) -- Buick -- 76.570 m.p.h.
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 67.703 m.p.h.
1979 -- Cale Yarborough (9th) -- Oldsmobile -- 83.608 m.p.h.
1978 -- Benny Parsons (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 80.304 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 73.084 m.p.h.
1976 -- Dave Marcis (2nd) -- Dodge -- 72.792 m.p.h.
1975 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Dodge -- 74.913 m.p.h.
1974 -- Bobby Allison (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 80.095 m.p.h.
1973 -- Richard Petty (8th) -- Dodge -- 74.764 m.p.h.
1972 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Plymouth -- 76.258 m.p.h.
1971 -- Richard Petty (28th) -- Plymouth -- 79.836 m.p.h.
1970 -- James Hylton (3rd) -- Ford -- 82.044 m.p.h.
1969 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Ford -- 73.752 m.p.h.
1968 -- David Pearson (16th) -- Ford -- 65.217 m.p.h.
1967 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Plymouth -- 65.982 m.p.h.
1966 -- David Pearson (4th) -- Dodge -- 66.539 m.p.h.
1965 -- Junior Johnson (1st) -- Ford -- 61.416 m.p.h.
1964 -- David Pearson (10th) -- Dodge -- 58.660 m.p.h.
1963 -- Joe Weatherly (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 58.624 m.p.h.
1962 -- Rex White (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 51.360 m.p.h.
1961 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Plymouth -- 62.460 m.p.h.
1960 -- Lee Petty (10th) -- Plymouth -- 62.250 m.p.h.
1959 -- Tom Pistone (12th) -- Ford -- 56.860 m.p.h.
1958 -- Not held
1957 -- Paul Goldsmith (7th) -- Ford -- 62.445 m.p.h.
1956 -- Buck Baker (1st) -- Dodge -- 56.232 m.p.h.
1955 -- Tim Flock (22nd) -- Chrysler -- 54.298 m.p.h.
1954 -- Not held
1953 -- Lee Petty (2nd) -- Dodge -- 45.535 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Richmond 200 (1953-75), Richmond 400 (1976-83), Miller
High Life 400 (1984-87), Pontiac Excitement 400 (1988-2003), Chevy
American Revolution 400 (2004-05), Crown Royal 400 (2006), Crown Royal
Presents the Jim Stewart 400 (2007), Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry
400 (2008), Crown Royal presents the Russ Friedman 400 (2009), Crown
Royal presents the Heath Calhoun 400 (2010). Race changed from 500 to
400 laps in 1976.
 
Past Crown Royal 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Kyle Busch -- 1st
2009 -- Brian Vickers -- 15th
2008 -- Denny Hamlin -- 24th
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4th
2006 -- Greg Biffle -- 4th
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 1st
2004 -- Brian Vickers -- 8th
2003 -- Terry Labonte -- 21st
2002 -- Ward Burton -- 30th
2001 -- Mark Martin -- 13th
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 5th
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 31st
1998 -- Jeff Gordon -- 37th
1997 -- None -- Weather
1996 -- Terry Labonte -- 8th
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 36th
1994 -- Ted Musgrave -- 13th
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 20th
1992 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1991 -- Davey Allison -- 12th
1990 -- Ricky Rudd -- 3rd
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 18th
1988 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 16th
1987 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 6th
1986 -- None -- Weather
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 2nd
1983 -- Ricky Rudd -- 28th
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 27th
1981 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 4th
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1979 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1978 -- Neil Bonnett -- 9th
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 7th
1976 -- Bobby Allison -- 3rd
1975 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1974 -- Bobby Allison -- 1st
1973 -- Bobby Allison -- 15th
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1971 -- Dave Marcis -- 5th
1970 -- Richard Petty -- 2nd
1969 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1968 -- Bobby Isaac -- 13th
1967 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1966 -- Tom Pistone -- 16th
1965 -- Junior Johnson -- 1st
1964 -- Ned Jarrett -- 13th
1963 -- Rex White -- 3rd
1962 -- None -- Weather
1961 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1960 -- Ned Jarrett -- 3rd
1959 -- Buck Baker -- 3rd
1958 -- None -- Weather
1957 -- Russ Hepler -- 18th
1956 -- Buck Baker -- 1st
1955 -- Arden Mounts -- 15th
1954 -- None -- Weather
1953 -- Buck Baker -- 3rd
Last Race Results
RACE: Aaron's 499 (April 17th)
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Alabama
MILES: 500
LAPS: 188
WINNER: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
THIRD: Jeff Gordon
FOURTH: Dale Earnhardt Jr
FIFTH: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 12 minutes, 1 second
AVERAGE SPEED: 156.261 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.002 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 88 among 26 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Gordon 1-4; C. Bowyer 5; J. Gordon 6-9; R. Newman 10; B.
Keselowski 11; C. Bowyer 12-13; J. Johnson 14; C. Bowyer 15-18;
K. Kahne 19; C. Bowyer 20-21; D. Ragan 22; Kurt Busch 23; Kyle
Busch 24-25; D. Ragan 26; Kyle Busch 27; C. Bowyer 28; C. Edwards
29; C. Bowyer 30-34; J. Logano 35; C. Bowyer 36; M. Ambrose 37;
M. Kenseth 38-42; J. Logano 43; R. Smith 44-45; J. Burton 46-47;
G. Biffle 48; J. Burton 49; M. Kenseth 50-51; B. Keselowski 52;
D. Earnhardt Jr. 53; M. Kenseth 54; D. Earnhardt Jr. 55-56; G.
Biffle 57-58; T. Bayne 59; D. Earnhardt Jr. 60-63; T. Bayne
64-66; D. Earnhardt Jr. 67-70; T. Bayne 71; C. Bowyer 72-75; J.
Johnson 76-82; R. Newman 83; J. Johnson 84-88; R. Newman 89-92;
C. Edwards 93; M. Martin 94; P. Menard 95-96; C. Bowyer 97; Kurt
Busch 98-99; D. Blaney 100; C. Edwards 101-103; Kurt Busch
104-108; C. Bowyer 109-110; Kurt Busch 111-114; R. Smith 115; C.
Bowyer 116; R. Smith 117; C. Bowyer 118; D. Blaney 119-121; K.
Harvick 122; Kurt Busch 123-128; C. Edwards 129; C. Mears 130; P.
Menard 131-132; R. Smith 133; J. Burton 134; D. Blaney 135-140;
B. Labonte 141; M. Truex Jr. 142; K. Harvick 143-146; M. Truex
Jr. 147; Kurt Busch 148; K. Harvick 149; M. Truex Jr. 150; K.
Harvick 151; J. Burton 152-153; J. McMurray 154; D. Blaney
155-157; C. Bowyer 158-168; R. Smith 169; C. Bowyer 170; M. Truex
Jr. 171-173; D. Blaney 174-177; K. Harvick 178-179; D. Blaney
180-183; C. Edwards 184; C. Bowyer 185; C. Edwards 186; J. Gordon
187; J. Johnson 188.
Crown Royal 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
09Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Security Benefits
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's Pretzel
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/FAS Lane Racing
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/BB&T
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Gander Mountain
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet
37Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Ford/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Richard Petty Motorsports
46J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Red Line Oil
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Kingsford
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/racehp.com
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
92Brian Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/K-Automotive Motorsports
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Scotts
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kyle Busch---------4th5th2nd2ndWonWon
Jeff Gordon7th16th6th39th40th4th9th8th2nd
Kevin Harvick40th6th25th5th3rd7th8th34th3rd
Jeff Burton3rd9th14th16th15th43rd11th3rd4th
Carl Edwards---------21st7th12th7th26th5th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------26th32nd10th6th
Martin Truex Jr------------41st28th5th22nd7th
Ryan Newman2nd39th9th3rd8th6th6th4th8th
Jimmie Johnson31st19th2nd40th12thWon30th36th10th
Denny Hamlin------------2nd3rd24th14th11th
Clint Bowyer------------10th9thWon18th12th
Matt Kenseth6th7th5th12th38th10th38th13th13th
Brad Keselowski------------------------14th
David Reutimann---------------29th22nd28th15th
Joey Logano---------------------19th16th
Kurt Busch27th8th31st17th29th5th42nd12th18th
Jamie McMurray---22nd38th10th19th41st35th7th19th
Brian Vickers------8th32nd37th24th28th15th20th
Kasey Kahne------28thWon34th40th10th29th21st
Greg Biffle---17th21st6th4th19th14th17th22nd
Tony StewartWon41st4th2nd6th8th4th2nd23rd
Mark Martin4th5th7th15th11th17th3rd5th25th
Paul Menard---------------16th31st30th27th
Dale Earnhardt Jr36th3rdWon14thWon13th15th27th32nd
 
Mover of the Week
Kevin Harvick - Started in the 38th position and finished 5th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Tony Stewart
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Dave Blaney) - Finished 27th
 
NOTES:
Could it be possible, someone equaling a feat accomplished by the great Richard Petty? The King captured this race three consecutive years from 1971-73 and Kyle Busch sits on the starting line having won the spring Richmond race the past two years.

Busch will have plenty of competition in his rearview mirror. Carl Edwards, who sits atop the point standings, has three top-10s in this race the past five years, not to mention, Jimmie Johnson, who captured the 2007 running of this race. Dale Earnhardt Jr, a three-time winner here, has recharged his batteries with three straight top-10 finishes, including a fourth two weeks ago.

With that being said, Busch is the man to beat, as he has six straight top- five finishes at this race, including two runner-up finishes and his two straight wins.

Last season it was a tale of two halves. Busch, the pole sitter, led 221 of the first 229 laps before he experienced an ill-handling car. His team, led by crew chief Dave Rogers, made several key adjustments on the car late in the race to put him back in winning contention.

Jeff Gordon had dominated the second half and appeared to be on the way to ending his 38-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series. But an incident involving Sam Hornish Jr set up a five-lap dash to the finish. Gordon led the way, with Busch on the outside of him for the final restart. Busch passed Gordon on the outside and then led the last five laps for his first Sprint Cup win since last August at Bristol -- 21 races ago.

After a stellar start to the 2011 season (six top-10's in 8 starts with 1 win), Busch has struggled in his last two races, placing 16th and 35th respectively.

When he won in 2009, Busch defeated Tony Stewart by almost three seconds for his 15th career Sprint Cup title on his 24th birthday. Celebrating his special day in style, Busch, following a restart, made a daring four-wide pass on the outside to take the second position from Carl Edwards and then moved around Jeff Gordon to grab the lead for good with 49 laps remaining. The win highlighted a weekend sweep at Richmond as he won Friday night's Nationwide Series race. He joined Harry Gant (1991) and Kevin Harvick (2005) as those drivers to win both races on the same weekend at the three-quarter- mile track.

When Clint Bowyer won in 2008, he edged out Kyle Busch by less than a second for his second career Sprint Cup title. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin dominated most of the race, leading a whopping 381 laps, however he faded to finish 24th. Bowyer led the final 13 laps to win for the first time since capturing the Dodge Avenger 500 in 2007.

In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won this race for the first time, as he clipped Kyle Busch by less than a second for his fourth win of that season. Johnson, who now totals 50 Sprint Cup titles, took the checkered flag 0.724 of a second ahead of Busch. Johnson swept both races at Richmond International Raceway in 2007.

Dale Earnhardt Jr reclaimed the lead for the third time on lap 356 and held on the rest of the way to capture this race for the third time in his career in 2006. With the win, his 17th Sprint Cup title at the time, he joined his father as a three-time champion of this race. Earnhardt, who led the race for a total of 47 laps, edged Denny Hamlin by less than a second. Kevin Harvick led four times for a race-high 272 laps, while pole sitter Greg Biffle, who finished fourth, led for 54 laps.

"King" Richard Petty was a six-time winner of this race and had 13 victories at Richmond, the most of all drivers. Petty was also an eight-time pole-winner at Richmond. In 63 races at RIR, Petty posted 34 top-5s and 41 top-10 finishes.

After six straight Chevrolet wins at RIR, Toyota has posted four consecutive wins, Busch winning in the spring and Denny Hamlin in the fall.

Tony Stewart has enjoyed amazing success at Richmond International Raceway. Since he began racing at RIR in 1999 on the Sprint Cup circuit, Stewart owns three wins, four seconds and 15 top-10 finishes in 24 races. Prior to Busch the past two season, Stewart was the last driver to win this race in back-to- back years (2001-02).

Richmond International Raceway has hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 1953. Lee Petty won the first race that year. Formerly a half-mile oval, it was redesigned in 1988 between the spring and fall races. Recent renovations have made it one of the most modern speedways on the tour. Richmond offers fans a unique blend of short-track intimacy and superspeedway-style racing. The new Commonwealth Grandstand, located in Turn 1, has 7,843 new seats, bringing the track's capacity to 112,029. It is also 180 feet high - two feet higher than the control tower at Richmond International Airport and the tallest structure in surrounding Henrico County. The track itself is wide and smooth, giving the drivers plenty of room to race. Owned and operated by Paul Sawyer and his family, Richmond International Raceway has received numerous national and local honors, including the prestigious Myers Brothers Award.

A driver has won a race at RIR from the pole 22 times (most recently Kyle Busch in the spring race of 2010) and the deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 31st, a mark set by Clint Bowyer in 2008.

The 2011 Sprint Cup Series season continues with the May 7th running of the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin is the defending race winner.

04/26 16:12:54 ET

As of April 26, 2011, at 04:13 PM ET

Sprint Cup News
· Keselowski on pole with track record at New Hampshire

· Keselowski aiming for a third straight win

· This Week in Auto Racing Sept. 20 - 21

More News
Sprint Cup