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DATE: Saturday, April 25
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Virginia
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval
CAPACITY: 94,063 (Seating Capacity)
ANNUAL: 61st
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 24/5:45 p.m. ET (TV: FOX Sport 1)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
POLE WINNER: None due to weather, Kyle Larson awarded pole (practice speed)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 2013 (130.599 mph)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1997 (109.047 mph)
 
2014 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Joey Logano176A.J. Allmendinger14
2Jeff Gordon257Dale Earnhardt Jr13
3Kyle Busch198Ryan Newman18
4Brad Keselowski29Carl Edwards16
5Matt Kenseth1210Martin Truex Jr22
2014 Toyota Owners 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 93.369 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 12 mins., 47 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.946 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 66 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 20 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: None due to inclement weather
Past Toyota Owners 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2014 -- Joey Logano (17) -- Ford -- 93.369 mph
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)
2014 -- None -- Weather
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: Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes (April 19)
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
MILES: 272.4
LAPS: 511
WINNER: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Jeff Gordon
FOURTH: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
FIFTH: Ryan Newman
POLE WINNER: Matt Kenseth (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 37 mins., 54 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 74.997 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.287 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 117 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: M. Kenseth 1-5; K. Harvick 6-62; K. Busch 63-63; G. Biffle 64-69;
K. Busch 70-125; K. Harvick 126-160; K. Busch 161-165; K. Harvick
166-169; K. Busch 170-170; K. Harvick 171-256; C. Edwards
257-266; K. Busch 267-267; C. Edwards 268-276; K. Harvick
277-277; C. Edwards 278-290; K. Harvick 291-291; C. Edwards
292-345; M. Kenseth 346-346; K. Larson 347-436; M. Kenseth
437-443; K. Busch 444-477; M. Kenseth 478-511.
Toyota Owners 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Energizer
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/American Ethanol
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser/Jimmy John's
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Chevrolet/DOC 360
9Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Gwaltney
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/AAA Insurance
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Ortho
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fifth Third Bank
18David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Toyota/M&M's Crispy
19Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Toyota/Arris
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22 *Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
23J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/MaximFantasySports.com
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
25Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
26Jeb Burton (Halifax, VA)Toyota/Estes Express Lines
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
30Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
32Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Ford/Keen Parts/Donate Life
33Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NMChevrolet/HonorAndRemember.org
34Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Dockside Logistics
35Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Ford/Front Row Motorsports
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/The Pete Store
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Newtown Building Sup.
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
46Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Scott Products
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Pro Services
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Nationwide
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200620072008200920202011201220132014
Joey Logano---------191611243Won
Jeff Gordon4049823923112
Brad Keselowski------------14369334
Matt Kenseth3810381313211175
Dale Earnhardt Jr.Won13152732192107
Ryan Newman866482015158
Carl Edwards712726551069
Martin Truex Jr.4128522727252710
Kevin Harvick3783431219Won11
Jamie McMurray19413571918142613
Kasey Kahne3440102921352114
Greg Biffle41914172215183615
Kyle Larson------------------------16
Denny Hamlin2324141124---22
Kurt Busch2954212182228923
Tony Stewart684223931825
Jimmie Johnson12Won303610861232
Clint Bowyer109Won181267243
 
Mover of the Week
Jimmie Johnson - started 28 and finished 2
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Ryan Newman
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kurt Busch) - finished 15
 
NOTES:
The Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway is the ninth race on the 2015 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 117 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 on the second weekend in September for the final race of the regular season. The 16-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 this track 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 this track. Busch won the spring race there consecutively from 2009-12. He is not competing in this weekend's event due to a fractured right leg and left foot he sustained during an accident in the Feb. 21 Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway. David Ragan continues to substitute for him in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

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

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

The race winner at Richmond has started from the pole 23 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Brad Keselowski most recently did it last September.

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 Sprint Cup race at this track 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).

Richard Petty holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at this track. 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 Richmond on Sept. 7, 1991.

The next race is the May 3 GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Denny Hamlin won last year's event there.

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