Race #: 26 of 36 (09-08-12)
Track Size: 0.75-miles
Banking/Corners: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,290 feet
Backstretch Length: 860 feet
Race Length: 400 laps / 300 miles
2011 pole winner: David Reutimann, Toyota (127.383 mph, 21.196 sec., 09-08-11
2011 race winner: Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet (89.910 mph, 3:20:12, 09-10-11)
Track qualifying record: Brian Vickers, Chevrolet (129.983 mph, 20.772 sec., 5-14-04)
Track race record: Dale Jarrett, Ford (109.047 mph, 2:45:04, 9-6-97)
NSCS Practice - Noon & 2:30 p.m on Friday, September 7 on ESPN2
NSCS Qualifying: Friday, September 7 at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Race Coverage: (TV): ESPN at 7:30 p.m.; NASCAR Countdown Pre-Race show at 7:00 p.m.; Green flag approx 7:43 p.m.
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-hour Energy Toyota)
· One win, one top five, seven top 10s
· Average finish of 10.2
Kurt Busch (No. 51 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet)
· One win, four top fives, seven top 10s
· Average finish of 17.9
Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)
· Four wins, 12 top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 4.7
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard Chevrolet)
· Three wins, nine top fives, 11 top 10s
· Average finish of 13.9
Carl Edwards (No. 99 Kellogg’s Ford)
· Three top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 14.8
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)
· Two wins, 15 top fives, 24 top 10s; five poles
· Average finish of 14.7
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota)
· Two wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 7.3
Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet)
· Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 11.8
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
· Three wins, five top fives, eight top 10s; two poles
· Average finish of 16.7
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet)
· One win, four top fives, seven top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 18.4
Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota)
· One win, 17 top fives, 29 top 10s; five poles
· Average finish of 12.1
Ryan Newman (No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)
· One win, five top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 11.8
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
· Three wins, 10 top fives, 18 top 10s
· Average finish of 10.6
· Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.
· The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was April 19, 1953.
· The spring 1964 race was run on a Tuesday night under temporary lighting.
· The track name changed to Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1967.
· The track surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between races in 1968.
· The track name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969.
· The track was re-measured to .542-mile for 1970.
· The track was rebuilt as a three-quarters-mile D-shaped oval following the Feb. 21, 1988 race.
· The first race under permanent lights was Sept. 7, 1991.
· The first season with both races as night races was 1999.
· There have been 112 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond since the track opened in 1953.
· The current 400-lap race length was established on the .542-mile measurement in March 1976.
· Buck Baker won the pole in 1953.
· Lee Petty won the first race in April 1953.
· There have been 50 different pole winners, led by Bobby Allison and Richard Petty (eight).
· Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with five poles each.
· 47 different drivers have posted victories at Richmond, led by Richard Petty (13).
· Kyle Busch leads all active race winners with four.
· Petty Enterprises has won 15 races at Richmond, more than any other team. Hendrick Motorsports has the second most wins with 10.
· 63 of 112 races have been won from the top five starting positions, including 22 from the pole.
· The last driver to win from the pole was Kyle Busch on May 1, 2010.
· The furthest back in the field a race winner has started was 31st, by Clint Bowyer in the 2008 spring race.
· Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch (4.7), Denny Hamlin (7.3) are the only active drivers with an average finish in the top 10.
· Kyle Petty became the first third-generation NASCAR race winner when he won his first race at Richmond, on Feb. 23, 1986. Richard Petty posted his first Richmond victory in 1961 and Lee Petty won the very first Richmond race in 1953.
· Three of the last five races have had a margin of victory less than one second.
· Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Richmond International Raceway winner: Richard Petty (04/23/1961 – 23 years, 9 months, 21 days)
· Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Richmond International Raceway winner: Harry Gant (09/07/1991 – 51 years, 7 months, 28 days)
Source: NASCAR Media