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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Federated Auto Parts 400 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, Sept. 6
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Virginia
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval
CAPACITY: 94,063 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 57th
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Sept. 5/5:45 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Carl Edwards
RUNNER-UP: Kurt Busch
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (finished 8)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jeff Gordon, 2013 (130.599 mph)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1997 (109.047 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Carl Edwards266Matt Kenseth5
2Kurt Busch27Martin Truex Jr7
3Ryan Newman248Jeff Gordon8
4Jamie McMurray79Mark Martin16
5Paul Menard2210Ricky Stenhouse Jr21
2013 Federated Auto Parts 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 105.028 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 51 mins., 23 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.668 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 29 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (130.599 mph)
Past Federated Auto Parts 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Carl Edwards (26) -- Ford -- 105.028 mph
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)
2013 -- Jeff Gordon -- 8
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: Oral-B USA 500 (Aug. 31)
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Georgia
MILES: 515.9
LAPS: 335
WINNER: Kasey Kahne
RUNNER-UP: Matt Kenseth
THIRD: Denny Hamlin
FOURTH: Jimmie Johnson
FIFTH: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (finished 19)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 55 mins., 22 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 131.514 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.574 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 56 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Harvick 1-80, Hamlin 81-84, Harvick 85, Hamlin 86-107, Harvick
108-118, Hamlin 119-122, Kenseth 123-135, Ku. Busch 136-157,
Kenseth 158-164, Harvick 165-170, Keselowski 171-173, Hamlin 174,
Kenseth 175-182, Harvick 183-210, Kenseth 211-227, Harvick
228-258, Hamlin 259-260, Harvick 261-298, Hamlin 299-302, Kahne
303-325, Kenseth 326-333, Kahne 334-335.
Federated Auto Parts 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/American Ethanol
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3-M Call Before You Dig
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fifth Third Bank
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Speed Stick Gear
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Sylvania
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Corvetteparts.net
33David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/CSX
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
37Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
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/Gwaltney
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt Professional
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Friedman Law Firm
75Clay Rogers (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/Beard Oil
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Nationwide Insurance
93J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Burger King
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Provident Metals
99 *Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Kellogg's Frosted Flakes
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Carl Edwards213542131510217Won
Kurt BuschWon279102185282
Ryan Newman122011331011883
Jamie McMurray40253829271714224
Paul Menard------2634282634235
Matt Kenseth28143925142356
Martin Truex Jr.---401516392230217
Jeff Gordon303148312328
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.------------------------10
Kevin Harvick10Won7799Won1011
Greg Biffle363915133213912
Dale Earnhardt Jr.20173042134161413
Kasey Kahne838191229381214
Brad Keselowski------------381512717
Kyle Busch4220155261619
Denny Hamlin---1563WonWon91821
Joey Logano------------144353022
Brian Vickers372424367---33---24
Clint Bowyer---1212126622Won25
Jimmie Johnson2523WonWon113311340
Kyle Larson---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Danica Patrick - started 27 and finished 6
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jeff Gordon) - finished 17
 
NOTES:
The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway is the 26th and regular-season-ending 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 116 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. Jeff Gordon leads all drivers entered in this race with 43 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.

Eight drivers have won consecutive races at Richmond. Richard Petty leads the Cup Series in consecutive wins there after scoring seven in a row from 1970-73. Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep) is the only driver entered in this race that has back-to-back victories at this track. Carl Edwards won at Richmond one year ago, and Joey Logano scored the victory there in April.

Bobby Allison and Richard 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. Kyle 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.

Two drivers entered in this race earned their first career Cup victories at Richmond: Tony Stewart (September 11, 1999) and Kasey Kahne (May 14, 2005).

Brian Vickers is the only driver on the entry list for this race that scored 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 running only a handful of races this season.

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. 14 MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Matt Kenseth won last year's event there.

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