NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Toyota Owners 400 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, April 27
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval
CAPACITY: 94,063 (Seating Capacity)
ANNUAL: 59th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 26/5:30 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (finished 8)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Brian Vickers, 2004 (129.983 mph)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1997 (109.047 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch56Jimmie Johnson27
2Dale Earnhardt Jr.107Clint Bowyer23
3Tony Stewart228Mark Martin1
4Denny Hamlin79Brad Keselowski16
5Kasey Kahne910Carl Edwards2
2012 Toyota Owners 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 105.202 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 51 mins., 6 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.095 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Mark Martin (128.327 mph)
Past Toyota Owners 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
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)
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: STP 400 (April 21)
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kan.
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
THIRD: Jimmie Johnson
FOURTH: Martin Truex Jr.
FIFTH: Clint Bowyer
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 59 mins., 51 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 133.611 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.150 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 40 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Kenseth 1-74, Stremme 75, Kenseth 76-111, Truex Jr 112-146,
Johnson 147-155, Edwards 156-159, Earnhardt Jr 160, Stenhouse Jr
161, Newman 162-163, Truex Jr 164-174, Kenseth 175, Edwards
176-190, Stenhouse Jr 191-215, Kenseth 216-267.
Toyota Owners 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Redd's Apple Ale
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Quaker State
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Sany
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/FedEx
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Rush Truck Centers
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/RK Motors
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/American Red Cross
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Zest
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Bell Helicopter
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Airgas/Bulwark
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Oxy Water
33Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/CSX/Play It Safe
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/MDS Transport
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Outback Steakhouse
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Depend
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Dover White
51A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
52Brian Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Toyota/TBA
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Brakes
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Acredale Vending
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Dominion Raceway
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Geek Squad
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kyle Busch---4522WonWonWonWon
Dale Earnhardt JrWon14Won13152732192
Tony Stewart4268422393
Kasey Kahne28Won344010292135
Jimmie Johnson24012Won30361086
Clint Bowyer------109Won181267
Mark Martin71511173525148
Brad Keselowski------------------14369
Carl Edwards---217127265510
Matt Kenseth51238103813132111
Paul Menard---------163130273713
Ryan Newman93866482015
Greg Biffle2164191417221518
Kevin Harvick2553783431219
Jeff Gordon6394049823923
Joey Logano---------------19161124
Martin Truex Jr------412852272725
 
Mover of the Week
Kasey Kahne - started 27 and finished 2
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Clint Bowyer
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 38
 
NOTES:
The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway is the ninth race on the 2013 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 113 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 12- driver 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 has 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 and Joe Gibbs Racing with nine.

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

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

Busch's only victory during the 2012 Sprint Cup season came at Richmond. Busch benefited from a late-race caution when he beat then leader Tony Stewart out of the pits and took over the top position. He then held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the closing laps for the win. Earnhardt, who experienced brake issues during his battle with Busch, finished one second behind in the runner-up spot. Stewart placed third.

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 Jeff Gordon by just 0.051 seconds. Burton drove for Roush Racing at the time.

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 (Sept. 11, 1993) and Brian Vickers (May 15, 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 5 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's race there.

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