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DATE: Saturday, April 26
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval
CAPACITY: 94,063 (Seating Capacity)
ANNUAL: 60th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 25/5:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Clint Bowyer
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (finished 7)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 2013 (130.599 mph)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1997 (109.047 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kevin Harvick176Carl Edwards28
2Clint Bowyer57Matt Kenseth1
3Joey Logano78Aric Almirola34
4Juan Pablo Montoya69Kurt Busch14
5Jeff Burton1610Dale Earnhardt Jr19
2013 Toyota Owners 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 92.141 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 18 mins., 17 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.343 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 75 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (130.334 mph)
Past Toyota Owners 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kevin Harvick (17) -- Chevrolet -- 92.141 mph
2012 -- Kyle Busch (5) -- Toyota -- 105.202 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (20) -- Toyota -- 95.280 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 99.567 mph
2009 -- Kyle Busch (14) -- Toyota -- 90.627 mph
2008 -- Clint Bowyer (31) -- Chevrolet -- 95.786 mph
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (4) -- Chevrolet -- 91.270 mph
2006 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (10) -- Chevrolet -- 97.061 mph
2005 -- Kasey Kahne (1) -- Dodge -- 100.316 mph
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (4) -- (Chevrolet -- 98.253 mph
2003 -- Joe Nemechek (2) -- Chevrolet -- 86.783 mph
2002 -- Tony Stewart (3) -- Pontiac -- 86.824 mph
2001 -- Tony Stewart (7) -- Pontiac -- 95.872 mph
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (5) -- Chevrolet -- 99.374 mph
1999 -- Dale Jarrett (21) -- Ford -- 100.102 mph
1998 -- Terry Labonte (16) -- Chevrolet -- 97.044 mph
1997 -- Rusty Wallace (7) -- Ford -- 108.499 mph
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 102.750 mph
1995 -- Terry Labonte (24) -- Chevrolet -- 106.425mph
1994 -- Ernie Irvan (7) -- Ford -- 98.334 mph
1993 -- Davey Allison (14) -- Ford -- 107.709 mph
1992 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 104.378 mph
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (19) -- Chevrolet -- 105.397 mph
1990 -- Mark Martin (6) -- Ford -- 92.158 mph
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (2) -- Pontiac -- 89.619 mph
1988 -- Neil Bonnett (3) -- Chevrolet -- 66.401 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 81.520 mph
1986 -- Kyle Petty (12) -- Ford -- 71.078 mph
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 67.945 mph
1984 -- Ricky Rudd (4) -- Ford -- 76.736 mph
1983 -- Bobby Allison (6) -- Buick -- 79.584 mph
1982 -- Dave Marcis (6) -- Chevrolet -- 72.914 mph
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (7) -- Buick -- 76.570 mph
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Chevrolet -- 67.703 mph
1979 -- Cale Yarborough (9) -- Oldsmobile -- 83.608 mph
1978 -- Benny Parsons (3) -- Chevrolet -- 80.304 mph
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (7) -- Chevrolet -- 73.084 mph
1976 -- Dave Marcis (2) -- Dodge -- 72.792 mph
1975 -- Richard Petty (1) -- Dodge -- 74.913 mph
1974 -- Bobby Allison (1) -- Chevrolet -- 80.095 mph
1973 -- Richard Petty (8) -- Dodge -- 74.764 mph
1972 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Plymouth -- 76.258 mph
1971 -- Richard Petty (28) -- Plymouth -- 79.836 mph
1970 -- James Hylton (3) -- Ford -- 82.044 mph
1969 -- David Pearson (1) -- Ford -- 73.752 mph
1968 -- David Pearson (16) -- Ford -- 65.217 mph
1967 -- Richard Petty (1) -- Plymouth -- 65.982 mph
1966 -- David Pearson (4) -- Dodge -- 66.539 mph
1965 -- Junior Johnson (1) -- Ford -- 61.416 mph
1964 -- David Pearson (10) -- Dodge -- 58.660 mph
1963 -- Joe Weatherly (3) -- Pontiac -- 58.624 mph
1962 -- Rex White (20) -- Chevrolet -- 51.360 mph
1961 -- Richard Petty (1) -- Plymouth -- 62.460 mph
1960 -- Lee Petty (10) -- Plymouth -- 62.250 mph
1959 -- Tom Pistone (12) -- Ford -- 56.860 mph
1958 -- Not held
1957 -- Paul Goldsmith (7) -- Ford -- 62.445 mph
1956 -- Buck Baker (1) -- Dodge -- 56.232 mph
1955 -- Tim Flock (22) -- Chrysler -- 54.298 mph
1954 -- Not held
1953 -- Lee Petty (2) -- Dodge -- 45.535 mph
 
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), Crown Royal presents the
Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 (2011), Capital City 400 (2012). Race
changed from 500 to 400 laps in 1976.
 
Past Toyota Owners 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Matt Kenseth -- 7
2012 -- Mark Martin -- 8
2011 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 29
2010 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2009 -- Brian Vickers -- 15
2008 -- Denny Hamlin -- 24
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4
2006 -- Greg Biffle -- 4
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 1
2004 -- Brian Vickers -- 8
2003 -- Terry Labonte -- 21
2002 -- Ward Burton -- 30
2001 -- Mark Martin -- 13
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 5
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 31
1998 -- Jeff Gordon -- 37
1997 -- None -- Weather
1996 -- Terry Labonte -- 8
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 36
1994 -- Ted Musgrave -- 13
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 20
1992 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1991 -- Davey Allison -- 12
1990 -- Ricky Rudd -- 3
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 18
1988 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 16
1987 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 6
1986 -- None -- Weather
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 2
1983 -- Ricky Rudd -- 28
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 27
1981 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 4
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1979 -- Bobby Allison -- 2
1978 -- Neil Bonnett -- 9
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 7
1976 -- Bobby Allison -- 3
1975 -- Richard Petty -- 1
1974 -- Bobby Allison -- 1
1973 -- Bobby Allison -- 15
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2
1971 -- Dave Marcis -- 5
1970 -- Richard Petty -- 2
1969 -- David Pearson -- 1
1968 -- Bobby Isaac -- 13
1967 -- Richard Petty -- 1
1966 -- Tom Pistone -- 16
1965 -- Junior Johnson -- 1
1964 -- Ned Jarrett -- 13
1963 -- Rex White -- 3
1962 -- None -- Weather
1961 -- Richard Petty -- 1
1960 -- Ned Jarrett -- 3
1959 -- Buck Baker -- 3
1958 -- None -- Weather
1957 -- Russ Hepler -- 18
1956 -- Buck Baker -- 1
1955 -- Arden Mounts -- 15
1954 -- None -- Weather
1953 -- Buck Baker -- 3
Last Race Results
RACE: Bojangles' Southern 500 (April 21)
SITE: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, S.C.
MILES: 510.884
LAPS: 374
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
THIRD: Jimmie Johnson
FOURTH: Matt Kenseth
FIFTH: Greg Biffle
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 53 mins., 37 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 131.211 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.558 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 50 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 22 among 12 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Harvick-pole, Logano 1-37, J. Gordon 38-42, Ragan 43, J. Gordon
44-45, Harvick 46-60, Hamlin 61-63, Kenseth 64-75, Harvick
76-179, Keselowski 180-183, Kahne 184-201, Harvick 202, Kahne
203-207, Harvick 208-223, Vickers 224-247, J. Gordon 248, Vickers
249-254, Harvick 255-273, Biffle 274-278, Harvick 279-359,
Johnson 360-367, Earnhardt Jr 368-372, Harvick 373-374.
Toyota Owners 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Detroit Genuine Parts
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4. *Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Outback Steakhouse
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley/Ace/CMN
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Rush Truck Centers
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/AAA Insurance
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Scotch
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Nationwide Insurance
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot Husky
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/TBA
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
30Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/TBA
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Keen Parts
33David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Taco Bell
35David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Ford/MDS Transport
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Axe Peace
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield Foods
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Grillin Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Kobalt Tools
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
77Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Ford/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/VooDoo BBQ & Grill
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/LFR
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Ford Always Racing
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kevin Harvick53783431219Won
Clint Bowyer---109Won1812672
Joey Logano------------191611243
Carl Edwards2171272655106
Matt Kenseth12381038131321117
Kurt Busch1729542121822289
Dale Earnhardt Jr14Won1315273219210
Jeff Gordon39404982392311
Jimmie Johnson4012Won3036108612
Ryan Newman386648201515
Tony Stewart26842239318
Kasey KahneWon34401029213521
Kyle Busch4522WonWonWonWon24
Brad Keselowski---------------1436933
Brian Vickers3237---28152010---35
Greg Biffle6419141722151836
Denny Hamlin---2324141124---
Kyle Larson---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Jimmie Johnson - started 26 and finished 3
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Denny Hamlin
Last Week's Pick to Win (Denny Hamlin) - finished 19
 
NOTES:
The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway is the ninth race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946. It was a half-mile dirt track at the time. The surface was changed from dirt to asphalt in 1968. The track was rebuilt as a 0.75-mile "D"-shaped oval following the spring 1988 race. Permanent lights were installed in time for the fall 1991 event. The first season with both races held at nighttime was 1999.

Richmond has 14 degrees of banking in all four turns as well as 8 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and 2 on the backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 1,290 feet, and the backstretch measures 860 feet.

There have been 115 Sprint Cup races held at Richmond, including one event per season from 1953-58 and then two each year since 1959. The series will return at this track in September for the final race of the regular season. The 16- driver/team field for this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship will be determined after the fall event there.

Lee Petty won the inaugural Cup race at Richmond on April 19, 1953.

Richard Petty holds the record for most wins at Richmond with 13. Petty won seven consecutive races there from 1970-73.

Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with four victories at Richmond. Busch won the spring race there consecutively from 2009-12.

Petty Enterprises has the most car owner wins at Richmond with 15, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 10.

Bobby Allison and Petty hold the record for most pole wins at Richmond with eight each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with six poles there.

The race winner at Richmond has started from the pole 22 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Busch most recently did it in May 2010.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Richmond occurred on Sept. 12, 1998 when Jeff Burton beat Gordon by just 0.051 seconds.

The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Richmond is 31st. Clint Bowyer did it in the spring of 2008 when he drove for Richard Childress Racing.

Two drivers competing in this weekend's race scored their first career Sprint Cup victories at Richmond: Tony Stewart (Sept. 11, 1999) and Kasey Kahne (May 14, 2005).

Two drivers who are on the entry list for this race claimed their maiden poles in the series at Richmond: Bobby Labonte (September 1993) and Brian Vickers (May 2004).

Richard Petty holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Richmond. Petty took the checkered flag there on April 23, 1961 when he was 23 years, 9 months and 21 days old. When Harry Gant was 51 years, 7 months and 28 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Sept. 7, 1991.

The next race is the May 4 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. David Ragan won last year's race there.

04/22 21:47:28 ET

As of April 22, 2014, at 09:48 PM ET

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