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DATE: Saturday, September 8th
SITE: Richmond International Raceway (1946) -- Richmond, Virginia
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval - 1,290 feet (Frontstretch); 860 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 91,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 54th
TELEVISION: ABC
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 7:43 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: David Reutimann (Finished 26th)
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: $5,008,697 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $256,736; 2nd Place - $196,266; 3rd Place - $165,536
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kevin Harvick76Kyle Busch13
2Carl Edwards87Tony Stewart22
3Jeff Gordon178Ryan Newman8
4David Ragan209Denny Hamlin28
5Kurt Busch1110Mark Martin4
2011 Federated Auto Parts 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 89.910 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 20 minutes, 12 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.139 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 15 for 85 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: David Reutimann (127.383 m.p.h.)
Past Federated Auto Parts 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kevin Harvick (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 89.910 m.p.h.
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (14th) -- Toyota -- 104.096 m.p.h.
2009 -- Denny Hamlin (3rd) -- Toyota -- 96.601 m.p.h.
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 92.680 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 91.813 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 101.342 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kurt Busch (4th) -- Ford -- 98.567 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield (7th) -- Dodge -- 98.946 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (4th) -- Dodge -- 94.945 m.p.h.
2002 -- Matt Kenseth (25th) -- Ford -- 94.787 m.p.h.
2001 -- Ricky Rudd (9th) -- Ford -- 95.146 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jeff Gordon (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 99.871 m.p.h.
1999 -- Tony Stewart (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 104.006 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Burton (3rd) -- Ford -- 91.985 m.p.h.
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (23rd) -- Ford -- 109.047 m.p.h. (race record)
1996 -- Ernie Irvan (16th) -- Ford -- 105.469 m.p.h.
1995 -- Rusty Wallace (7th) -- Ford -- 104.459 m.p.h.
1994 -- Terry Labonte (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 104.156 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 99.917 m.p.h.
1992 -- Rusty Wallace (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 104.661 m.p.h.
1991 -- Harry Gant (13th) -- Oldsmobile -- 101.361 m.p.h.
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 95.567 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (6th) -- Pontiac -- 88.380 m.p.h.
1988 -- Davey Allison (1st) -- Ford -- 95.770 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 67.074 m.p.h.
1986 -- Tim Richmond (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 70.161 m.p.h.
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 72.508 m.p.h.
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 74.780 m.p.h.
1983 -- Bobby Allison (6th) -- Buick -- 79.381 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 82.800 m.p.h.
1981 -- Benny Parsons (4th) -- Ford -- 69.998 m.p.h.
1980 -- Bobby Allison (2nd) -- Ford -- 79.722 m.p.h.
1979 -- Bobby Allison (2nd) -- Ford -- 80.604 m.p.h.
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 79.568 m.p.h.
1977 -- Neil Bonnett (2nd) -- Dodge -- 80.644 m.p.h.
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 77.993 m.p.h.
1975 -- Darrell Waltrip (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 81.886 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Dodge -- 64.430 m.p.h.
1973 -- Richard Petty (5th) -- Dodge -- 63.198 m.p.h.
1972 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Plymouth -- 75.899 m.p.h.
1971 -- Richard Petty (11th) -- Plymouth -- 80.025 m.p.h.
1970 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Plymouth -- 81.476 m.p.h.
1969 -- Bobby Allison (26th) -- Dodge -- 76.388 m.p.h.
1968 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Plymouth -- 85.659 m.p.h.
1967 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Plymouth -- 57.631 m.p.h.
1966 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Dodge -- 62.886 m.p.h.
1965 -- David Pearson (2nd) -- Dodge -- 60.983 m.p.h.
1964 -- Cotton Owens (3rd) -- Dodge -- 61.955 m.p.h.
1963 -- Ned Jarrett (7th) -- Ford -- 66.339 m.p.h.
1962 -- Joe Weatherly (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 64.980 m.p.h.
1961 -- Joe Weatherly (7th) -- Pontiac -- 61.680 m.p.h.
1960 -- Speedy Thompson (3rd) -- Ford -- 63.740 m.p.h.
1959 -- Cotton Owens (1st) -- Thunderbird -- 60.380 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Capital City 200 (1959-60), Capital City 250 (1961),
Capital City 300 (1962-1968), Capital City 500 (1969-1975), Capital City
400 (1976-1980), Wrangler SanForest 400 (1981-85), Wrangler Jeans Indigo
400 (1986-87), Miller High Life 400 (1988-89), Miller 400 (1990-96),
Exide Select Batteries 400 (1997-99), Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400
(2000-02), Chevy Rock & Roll 400 (2003-09), Air Guard 400 (2010),
Wonderful Pistachios 400 (2011).
 
Past Federated Auto Parts 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- David Reutimann -- 26th
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 10th
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 4th
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1st
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 15th
2005 -- Kevin Harvick -- 10th
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 20th
2003 -- Mike Skinner -- 18th
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 13th
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 36th
2000 -- Jeff Burton -- 5th
1999 -- Mike Skinner -- 11th
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 7th
1997 -- Bill Elliott -- 30th
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 9th
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 3rd
1994 -- Ted Musgrave -- 17th
1993 -- Bobby Labonte -- 13th
1992 -- Ernie Irvan -- 11th
1991 -- Rusty Wallace -- 3rd
1990 -- Ernie Irvan -- 12th
1989 -- Bill Elliott -- 18th
1988 -- Davey Allison -- 1st
1987 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 23rd
1986 -- Harry Gant -- 7th
1985 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 7th
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1982 -- Bobby Allison -- 1st
1981 -- Mark Martin -- 7th
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 26th
1979 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4th
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1977 -- Benny Parsons -- 3rd
1976 -- Benny Parsons -- 29th
1975 -- Benny Parsons -- 18th
1974 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1973 -- Bobby Allison -- 3rd
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1971 -- Bill Dennis -- 14th
1970 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1969 -- Richard Petty -- 19th
1968 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1967 -- None -- Weather
1966 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1965 -- Dick Hutcherson -- 25th
1964 -- Ned Jarrett -- 5th
1963 -- Joe Weatherly -- 21st
1962 -- Rex White -- 5th
1961 -- Junior Johnson -- 2nd
1960 -- Ned Jarrett -- 3rd
1959 -- Cotton Owens -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: AdvoCare 500 (Sept. 2)
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Georgia
MILES: 327
LAPS: 503.58
WINNER: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Martin Truex Jr
FIFTH: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (Finished 22nd)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 32 minutes, 45 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 142.020 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.378 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 18 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: T. Stewart - pole; G. Biffle 1; T. Stewart 2-9; J. Gordon 10-15;
Kyle Busch 16-34; D. Hamlin 35-40; Kyle Busch 41-81; D. Hamlin
82; K. Harvick 83-84; Kyle Busch 85-90; D. Hamlin 91-134; K.
Harvick 135-173; D. Hamlin 174-176; K. Harvick 177-215; D. Hamlin
216-221; K. Harvick 222-242; D. Hamlin 243-281; M. Truex Jr.
282-321; D. Hamlin 322-327.
Federated Auto Parts 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
0Mark Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/Blue Ox
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Quaker State
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Mac Tools
10David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Chevrolet/TMone
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Office Depot
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/Owens-Minor
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Best Buy
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/Plinker Tactical
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
23Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Moen
29 *Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Ken Schrader (Fenton, MO)Ford/Federated Auto Parts
33Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
37J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Mossy Oak/Pursuit Channel
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/hendrickcars.com
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Burger King
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood&Pellet
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mt. Dew/Nat Guard
91Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Plinker Tactical
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Kellogg's
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Kevin Harvick16th12th10thWon7th7th9th9thWon
Carl Edwards---6th21st35th42nd13th15th10th2nd
Jeff Gordon10th3rd30th31st4th8th3rd12th3rd
Kyle Busch------4th2nd20th15th5th2nd6th
Tony Stewart27th19th7th18th2nd2nd17th16th7th
Ryan NewmanWon20th12th20th11th33rd10th11th8th
Denny Hamlin---------15th6th3rdWonWon9th
Mark Martin13th5th13th5th21st5th4th20th10th
Brad Keselowski------------------38th15th12th
Greg Biffle20th8th3rd6th39th15th13th32nd13th
Dale Earnhardt Jr17th2nd20th17th30th4th21st34th16th
Marcos Ambrose------------------22nd5th21st
Clint Bowyer---------12th12th12th6th6th22nd
Matt Kenseth7th28th2nd8th14th39th25th14th23rd
Martin Truex Jr---------40th15th16th39th22nd30th
Jimmie Johnson11th36th25th23rdWonWon11th3rd31st
Paul Menard------------26th34th28th26th34th
Joey Logano------------------14th4th35th
Kasey Kahne---24th8th3rd8th19th12th29th38th
 
Mover of the Week
Dale Earnhardt Jr - Started in the 35th position and finished 7th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Denny Hamlin
Darkhorse - Regan Smith
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 36th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kasey Kahne) - Finished 23rd
 
NOTES:
Just one race remains in the regular season, as drivers jockey for position heading into the race for the Chase.

With his win last week, Denny Hamlin clinched a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Hamlin is the hottest driver heading into the Chase, after winning the past two races.

In all, six drivers clinched spots, as 10 drivers are in heading into the final race. Along with Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick joined the foursome of Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Jimmie Johnson.

Kasey Kahne, despite his two wins this season, might miss the Chase. Stewart holds 10th by just 18 points over Kahne. He's 23 points ahead of Kyle Busch and 35 points up on four-time NSCS champion Jeff Gordon. Stewart is in control of his own destiny at Richmond and can lock up 10th by finishing 16th while leading the most laps, 15th with one lap led and 14th without a lap led.

Last season, Kevin Harvick claimed his fourth win of 2011 and earned the second seed in the championship Chase, while Dale Earnhardt Jr finished 16th to clinch a spot in the playoffs for the first time in three years.

Harvick led 202 of 400 laps but had his hands full in the closing laps of the race. Jeff Gordon held the lead when the track-record 15th caution came for an incident involving Paul Menard. Harvick reclaimed the top position when he beat Gordon out of the pits with 16 laps remaining. He then held off a hard- charging Carl Edwards at the finish by just 0.14 seconds.

Back in 2010, Virginia native Denny Hamlin led 251 of 400 laps, but had to hold off several challenges from his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch during the final 40 laps to capture his sixth of eight wins of that season and the 14th of his career. Currently 7th on the points list, Hamlin now owns 21 titles, including four this season.

In 2008, Jimmie Johnson clipped Tony Stewart by less than a second for his 37th career Sprint Cup title. Johnson started third on the grid and claimed the lead for the first time on lap 367, a spot where he held steady through lap 389. Stewart briefly reclaimed the advantage on lap 390, but Johnson took control on the 392nd lap and held on for a 0.365 of a second victory.

Starting from the pole position, Johnson captured the 2007 race, as he crossed the finish line over three seconds ahead of Stewart. Johnson led three times for 104 laps, including the final 61, as he posted a 3.007 seconds victory. Jeff Gordon, who placed fourth, led four times for a race-high 191 laps.

When Johnson won this race in 2007, he became the first pole sitter to capture the checkered flag since Davey Allison in 1988. The winner of this race will most likely come from the top-10 starting positions on the grid. With 112 races held at RIR, 63 have been captured from the top-5, 89 from the top-10 and 22 from the pole. Only three times since 1992 has the pole sitter won here (2005, 2007, 2010).

Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a .5-mile dirt track. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on 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 and the name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969. The track was re-measured to .500 miles in April 1969, then to .542 miles in September 1969. The first race under permanent lights was Sept. 7, 1991 and the first season with both races at night was 1999.

The great Richard Petty was the last driver to win this race three straight years. Petty, a seven-time winner of this race, won five consecutive seasons at Richmond from 1970-74.

The 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins with the Sep. 16 GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Tony Stewart is the defending race winner.

09/04 17:26:42 ET

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