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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Toyota Owners 400 Preview

Date: Saturday, April 26

Start Time: 7 p.m. ET

Site: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.

Track: 0.75-mile oval

Laps: 400

Miles: 300

Capacity: 94,063 (Seating Capacity)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 60th

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Dale Jarrett, 1997 (109.047 mph)

Qualifying record: Jeff Gordon, 2013 (130.599 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kevin Harvick

Runner up: Clint Bowyer

Pole winner: Matt Kenseth (130.334 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kevin Harvick (Start: 17)

2. Clint Bowyer (5)

3. Joey Logano (7)

4. Juan Pablo Montoya (6)

5. Jeff Burton (16)

6. Carl Edwards (28)

7. Matt Kenseth (1)

8. Aric Almirola (34)

9. Kurt Busch (14)

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr (19)

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

Past winners

2013 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 92.141 mph

2012 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 105.202 mph

2011 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 95.280 mph

2010 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 99.567 mph

2009 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 90.627 mph

2008 Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 95.786 mph

2007 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 91.270 mph

2006 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 97.061 mph

2005 Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 100.316 mph

2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr, (Chevrolet, 98.253 mph

2003 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 86.783 mph

2002 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 86.824 mph

2001 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 95.872 mph

2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 99.374 mph

1999 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 100.102 mph

1998 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 97.044 mph

1997 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 108.499 mph

1996 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 102.750 mph

1995 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 106.425mph

1994 Ernie Irvan, Ford, 98.334 mph

1993 Davey Allison, Ford, 107.709 mph

1992 Bill Elliott, Ford, 104.378 mph

1991 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 105.397 mph

1990 Mark Martin, Ford, 92.158 mph

1989 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 89.619 mph

1988 Neil Bonnett, Chevrolet, 66.401 mph

1987 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 81.520 mph

1986 Kyle Petty, Ford, 71.078 mph

1985 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 67.945 mph

1984 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 76.736 mph

1983 Bobby Allison, Buick, 79.584 mph

1982 Dave Marcis, Chevrolet, 72.914 mph

1981 Darrell Waltrip, Buick, 76.570 mph

1980 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 67.703 mph

1979 Cale Yarborough, Oldsmobile, 83.608 mph

1978 Benny Parsons, Chevrolet, 80.304 mph

1977 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 73.084 mph

1976 Dave Marcis, Dodge, 72.792 mph

1975 Richard Petty, Dodge, 74.913 mph

1974 Bobby Allison, Chevrolet, 80.095 mph

1973 Richard Petty, Dodge, 74.764 mph

1972 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 76.258 mph

1971 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 79.836 mph

1970 James Hylton, Ford, 82.044 mph

1969 David Pearson, Ford, 73.752 mph

1968 David Pearson, Ford, 65.217 mph

1967 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 65.982 mph

1966 David Pearson, Dodge, 66.539 mph

1965 Junior Johnson, Ford, 61.416 mph

1964 David Pearson, Dodge, 58.660 mph

1963 Joe Weatherly, Pontiac, 58.624 mph

1962 Rex White, Chevrolet, 51.360 mph

1961 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 62.460 mph

1960 Lee Petty, Plymouth, 62.250 mph

1959 Tom Pistone, Ford, 56.860 mph

1958 , , ot held

1957 Paul Goldsmith, Ford, 62.445 mph

1956 Buck Baker, Dodge, 56.232 mph

1955 Tim Flock, Chrysler, 54.298 mph

1954 , , ot held

1953 Lee Petty, Dodge, 45.535 mph

Last race

Race: Bojangles' Southern 500 (April 21)

Site: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, S.C.

Miles: 510.884

Laps: 374

Finish line order: Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle

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 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.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/McDonald's

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Detroit Genuine Parts

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow

#4. * Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Outback Steakhouse

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley/Ace/CMN

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Ground

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Rush Truck Centers

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/AAA Insurance

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Scotch

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Nationwide Insurance

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot Husky

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/TBA

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed

#30 Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT) Toyota/TBA

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Quicken Loans

#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/Keen Parts

#33 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Taco Bell

#35 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Ford/MDS Transport

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Long John Silver's

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Axe Peace

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Smithfield Foods

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Bush's Grillin Beans

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Kobalt Tools

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Brandt

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/TBA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/VooDoo BBQ & Grill

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/LFR

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Ford Always Racing

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kevin Harvick 5 3 7 8 34 3 12 19 Won
Clint Bowyer --- 10 9 Won 18 12 6 7 2
Joey Logano --- --- --- --- 19 16 11 24 3
Carl Edwards 21 7 12 7 26 5 5 10 6
Matt Kenseth 12 38 10 38 13 13 21 11 7
Kurt Busch 17 29 5 42 12 18 22 28 9
Dale Earnhardt Jr 14 Won 13 15 27 32 19 2 10
Jeff Gordon 39 40 4 9 8 2 39 23 11
Jimmie Johnson 40 12 Won 30 36 10 8 6 12
Ryan Newman 3 8 6 6 4 8 20 15 15
Tony Stewart 2 6 8 4 2 23 9 3 18
Kasey Kahne Won 34 40 10 29 21 3 5 21
Kyle Busch 4 5 2 2 Won Won Won Won 24
Brad Keselowski --- --- --- --- --- 14 36 9 33
Brian Vickers 32 37 --- 28 15 20 10 --- 35
Greg Biffle 6 4 19 14 17 22 15 18 36
Denny Hamlin --- 2 3 24 14 11 2 4 ---
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

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.



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