NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Federated Auto Parts 400 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, Sept. 7
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval
CAPACITY: 94,063 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 56th
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Sept. 6/5:35 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Clint Bowyer
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (finished 14)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Matt Kenseth, 2013 (130.334 mph)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1997 (109.047 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Clint Bowyer46Jeff Burton20
2Jeff Gordon27Brad Keselowski10
3Mark Martin68Ryan Newman14
4Tony Stewart289Greg Biffle23
5Matt Kenseth1710Kevin Harvick13
2012 Federated Auto Parts 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 100.019 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 59 mins., 58 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.198 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 41 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (127.023 mph)
Past Federated Auto Parts 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Clint Bowyer (4) -- Toyota -- 100.019 mph
2011 -- Kevin Harvick (7) -- Chevrolet -- 89.910 mph
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (14) -- Toyota -- 104.096 mph
2009 -- Denny Hamlin (3) -- Toyota -- 96.601 mph
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson (5) -- Chevrolet -- 92.680 mph
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (1) -- Chevrolet -- 91.813 mph
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (5) -- Chevrolet -- 101.342 mph
2005 -- Kurt Busch (4) -- Ford -- 98.567 mph
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield (7) -- Dodge -- 98.946 mph
2003 -- Ryan Newman (4) -- Dodge -- 94.945 mph
2002 -- Matt Kenseth (25) -- Ford -- 94.787 mph
2001 -- Ricky Rudd (9) -- Ford -- 95.146 mph
2000 -- Jeff Gordon (13) -- Chevrolet -- 99.871 mph
1999 -- Tony Stewart (2) -- Pontiac -- 104.006 mph
1998 -- Jeff Burton (3) -- Ford -- 91.985 mph
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (23) -- Ford -- 109.047 mph
1996 -- Ernie Irvan (16) -- Ford -- 105.469 mph
1995 -- Rusty Wallace (7) -- Ford -- 104.459 mph
1994 -- Terry Labonte (3) -- Chevrolet -- 104.156 mph
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (3) -- Pontiac -- 99.917 mph
1992 -- Rusty Wallace (3) -- Pontiac -- 104.661 mph
1991 -- Harry Gant (13) -- Oldsmobile -- 101.361 mph
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (6) -- Chevrolet -- 95.567 mph
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (6) -- Pontiac -- 88.380 mph
1988 -- Davey Allison (1) -- Ford -- 95.770 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (8) -- Chevrolet -- 67.074 mph
1986 -- Tim Richmond (4) -- Chevrolet -- 70.161 mph
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (22) -- Chevrolet -- 72.508 mph
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Chevrolet -- 74.780 mph
1983 -- Bobby Allison (6) -- Buick -- 79.381 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (1) -- Chevrolet -- 82.800 mph
1981 -- Benny Parsons (4) -- Ford -- 69.998 mph
1980 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Ford -- 79.722 mph
1979 -- Bobby Allison (2) -- Ford -- 80.604 mph
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (1) -- Chevrolet -- 79.568 mph
1977 -- Neil Bonnett (2) -- Dodge -- 80.644 mph
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (6) -- Chevrolet -- 77.993 mph
1975 -- Darrell Waltrip (2) -- Chevrolet -- 81.886 mph
1974 -- Richard Petty (1) -- Dodge -- 64.430 mph
1973 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Dodge -- 63.198 mph
1972 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Plymouth -- 75.899 mph
1971 -- Richard Petty (11) -- Plymouth -- 80.025 mph
1970 -- Richard Petty (1) -- Plymouth -- 81.476 mph
1969 -- Bobby Allison (26) -- Dodge -- 76.388 mph
1968 -- Richard Petty (1) -- Plymouth -- 85.659 mph
1967 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Plymouth -- 57.631 mph
1966 -- David Pearson (1) -- Dodge -- 62.886 mph
1965 -- David Pearson (2) -- Dodge -- 60.983 mph
1964 -- Cotton Owens (3) -- Dodge -- 61.955 mph
1963 -- Ned Jarrett (7) -- Ford -- 66.339 mph
1962 -- Joe Weatherly (2) -- Pontiac -- 64.980 mph
1961 -- Joe Weatherly (7) -- Pontiac -- 61.680 mph
1960 -- Speedy Thompson (3) -- Ford -- 63.740 mph
1959 -- Cotton Owens (1) -- Thunderbird -- 60.380 mph
 
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)
2012 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- 14
2011 -- David Reutimann -- 26
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 10
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 4
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 15
2005 -- Kevin Harvick -- 10
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 20
2003 -- Mike Skinner -- 18
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 13
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 36
2000 -- Jeff Burton -- 5
1999 -- Mike Skinner -- 11
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 7
1997 -- Bill Elliott -- 30
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 9
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 3
1994 -- Ted Musgrave -- 17
1993 -- Bobby Labonte -- 13
1992 -- Ernie Irvan -- 11
1991 -- Rusty Wallace -- 3
1990 -- Ernie Irvan -- 12
1989 -- Bill Elliott -- 18
1988 -- Davey Allison -- 1
1987 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 23
1986 -- Harry Gant -- 7
1985 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 7
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3
1982 -- Bobby Allison -- 1
1981 -- Mark Martin -- 7
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 26
1979 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1
1977 -- Benny Parsons -- 3
1976 -- Benny Parsons -- 29
1975 -- Benny Parsons -- 18
1974 -- Richard Petty -- 1
1973 -- Bobby Allison -- 3
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2
1971 -- Bill Dennis -- 14
1970 -- Richard Petty -- 1
1969 -- Richard Petty -- 19
1968 -- Richard Petty -- 1
1967 -- None -- Weather
1966 -- David Pearson -- 1
1965 -- Dick Hutcherson -- 25
1964 -- Ned Jarrett -- 5
1963 -- Joe Weatherly -- 21
1962 -- Rex White -- 5
1961 -- Junior Johnson -- 2
1960 -- Ned Jarrett -- 3
1959 -- Cotton Owens -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: AdvoCare 500 (Sept. 1)
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Ga.
MILES: 500.5
LAPS: 325
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
THIRD: Martin Truex Jr.
FOURTH: Kurt Busch
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (finished 16)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 42 mins., 14 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 135.128 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.740 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 47 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 28 among 13 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Stenhouse Jr-pole, Montoya 1-24, Logano 25-26, Ragan 27, McDowell
28, Montoya 29-39, Edwards 40-58, Yeley 59-60, Mears 61, J.
Gordon 62-77, Montoya 78, Cassill 79, Edwards 80-121, Newman
122-123, Logano 124-138, Bowyer 139-166, Logano 167-172, Bowyer
173-192, Logano 193- 195, Edwards 196-200, J. Gordon 201, Edwards
202-203, Logano 204-212, Keselowski 213-243, Logano 244-251,
Newman 252, Montoya 253-254, Logano 255-289, Ky. Busch 290-325.
Federated Auto Parts 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/TBA
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/Geico
14Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15 *Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Scotchgard
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Nationwide Insurance
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Plinker Tactical
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paint
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Lean 1
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Federated Auto Parts
33Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Farm Rich
35Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/The Pete Store
36J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/United Mining Equip.
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/CRC Brakleen
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Gwaltney
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Toyota/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
51Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
78Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Leavine Family Racing
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Kellogg's
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Clint Bowyer------1212126622Won
Jeff Gordon330314831232
Mark Martin5135215420103
Matt Kenseth282814392514235
Brad Keselowski---------------3815127
Ryan Newman2012201133101188
Greg Biffle83639151332139
Kevin Harvick1210Won7799Won10
Kasey Kahne248381912293812
Jimmie Johnson362523WonWon1133113
Dale Earnhardt Jr2201730421341614
Kyle Busch---42201552616
Carl Edwards6213542131510217
Denny Hamlin------1563WonWon918
Martin Truex Jr------40151639223021
Kurt Busch15Won27910218528
Joey Logano---------------1443530
 
Mover of the Week
Kurt Busch - started 32 and finished 4
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kasey Kahne) - finished 36
 
NOTES:
The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway is the 26th and regular-season-ending 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 114 Sprint Cup races held at Richmond, including one event per season from 1953-58 and then two each year since 1959.

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

Richard Petty holds the record for most starts at Richmond with 63. Mark Martin leads all drivers entered in this race with 55 starts at this track.

Richard Petty has the most wins at Richmond with 13. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with four victories at Richmond.

Petty Enterprises has the most car owner wins at Richmond with 15, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 10. Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing have nine victories each there.

Eight drivers have won consecutive races at Richmond. Richard Petty leads the Cup Series in consecutive wins at Richmond after scoring seven in a row from 1970-73. Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep) is the only driver entered in this race that has consecutive victories at this track.

Bobby Allison and Richard 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. 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 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.

Kasey Kahne is the only driver competing in this race that recorded his first career Cup victory at Richmond. Kahne won the spring event there in 2005. Tony Stewart's first victory in the series came in the fall race at this track in 1999. Stewart is out for the remainder of the season due to a leg injury.

Brian Vickers is the only driver on the entry list for this race that claimed his maiden pole in the series at Richmond. Vickers pole win there came on May 15, 2004. Bobby Labonte also captured his first pole in the series at this track on Sept. 11, 1993. Labonte is not competing this weekend due to a rib injury.

Richard Petty holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Richmond. He 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 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins with the Sept. 15 GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's event there.

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As of September 3, 2013, at 06:17 PM ET