Date: Saturday, Sept. 7
Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Site: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
Track: 0.75-mile oval
Capacity: 94,063 (Grandstand Seating)
On TV: ABC
On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Race record: Dale Jarrett, 1997 (109.047 mph)
Qualifying record: Matt Kenseth, 2013 (130.334 mph)
Defending champion: Clint Bowyer
Runner up: Jeff Gordon
Pole winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (127.023 mph)
1. Clint Bowyer (Start: 4)
2. Jeff Gordon (2)
3. Mark Martin (6)
4. Tony Stewart (28)
5. Matt Kenseth (17)
6. Jeff Burton (20)
7. Brad Keselowski (10)
8. Ryan Newman (14)
9. Greg Biffle (23)
10. Kevin Harvick (13)
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
2012 Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 100.019 mph
2011 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 89.910 mph
2010 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 104.096 mph
2009 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 96.601 mph
2008 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 92.680 mph
2007 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 91.813 mph
2006 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 101.342 mph
2005 Kurt Busch, Ford, 98.567 mph
2004 Jeremy Mayfield, Dodge, 98.946 mph
2003 Ryan Newman, Dodge, 94.945 mph
2002 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 94.787 mph
2001 Ricky Rudd, Ford, 95.146 mph
2000 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 99.871 mph
1999 Tony Stewart, Pontiac, 104.006 mph
1998 Jeff Burton, Ford, 91.985 mph
1997 Dale Jarrett, Ford, 109.047 mph
1996 Ernie Irvan, Ford, 105.469 mph
1995 Rusty Wallace, Ford, 104.459 mph
1994 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 104.156 mph
1993 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 99.917 mph
1992 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 104.661 mph
1991 Harry Gant, Oldsmobile, 101.361 mph
1990 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 95.567 mph
1989 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 88.380 mph
1988 Davey Allison, Ford, 95.770 mph
1987 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 67.074 mph
1986 Tim Richmond, Chevrolet, 70.161 mph
1985 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 72.508 mph
1984 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 74.780 mph
1983 Bobby Allison, Buick, 79.381 mph
1982 Bobby Allison, Chevrolet, 82.800 mph
1981 Benny Parsons, Ford, 69.998 mph
1980 Bobby Allison, Ford, 79.722 mph
1979 Bobby Allison, Ford, 80.604 mph
1978 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 79.568 mph
1977 Neil Bonnett, Dodge, 80.644 mph
1976 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 77.993 mph
1975 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 81.886 mph
1974 Richard Petty, Dodge, 64.430 mph
1973 Richard Petty, Dodge, 63.198 mph
1972 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 75.899 mph
1971 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 80.025 mph
1970 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 81.476 mph
1969 Bobby Allison, Dodge, 76.388 mph
1968 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 85.659 mph
1967 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 57.631 mph
1966 David Pearson, Dodge, 62.886 mph
1965 David Pearson, Dodge, 60.983 mph
1964 Cotton Owens, Dodge, 61.955 mph
1963 Ned Jarrett, Ford, 66.339 mph
1962 Joe Weatherly, Pontiac, 64.980 mph
1961 Joe Weatherly, Pontiac, 61.680 mph
1960 Speedy Thompson, Ford, 63.740 mph
1959 Cotton Owens, Thunderbird, 60.380 mph
Race: AdvoCare 500 (Sept. 1)
Site: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Ga.
Finish line order: Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman
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 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.
#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna
#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite
#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
#7 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/TBA
#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt
#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/FedEx Express
#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/Geico
#14 Mark Martin (Batesville, AR) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
#15 * Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy
#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Scotchgard
#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Nationwide Insurance
#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's
#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/Plinker Tactical
#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot
#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Pitt. Paint
#29 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser
#30 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Toyota/Lean 1
#31 Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA) Chevrolet/Caterpillar
#32 Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD) Ford/Federated Auto Parts
#33 Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN) Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Farm Rich
#35 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Ford/The Pete Store
#36 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/United Mining Equip.
#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Long John Silver's
#39 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Quicken Loans
#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/CRC Brakleen
#42 Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia) Chevrolet/Target
#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Gwaltney
#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Toyota/Bush's Beans
#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
#51 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
#56 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
#78 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Furniture Row
#83 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA
#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/Time Warner Cable
#93 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
#95 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Ford/Leavine Family Racing
#98 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Kellogg's
|Dale Earnhardt Jr||2||20||17||30||4||21||34||16||14|
|Martin Truex Jr||40||15||16||39||22||30||21|
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.