Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Richmond Driver Previews

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 
#1- Jamie McMurray - In 18 starts at Richmond International Raceway, McMurray has led 19 laps, earning three top-10 finishes. He has an average starting and finishing position of 23.5 and 23.7, respectively. McMurray’s best start of second came in the fall of 2011 and his best finish of seventh came in the spring of 2009.

#2- Brad Keselowski - After eight points-paying events, Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team are ranked 15th in the 2012 driver point standings and 16th in the owner point rankings. The team is coming off an 11th-place finish in the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway last Sunday afternoon. 

#5- Kasey Kahne - In 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Richmond  International Raceway, Kasey Kahne has earned one win, three top-five finishes and six top-10s. He won in 2005 after starting from the pole position, his only one at the short track. In this race last year, Kahne started fourth and finished third. He has led 278 laps at the oval during the last seven years, ranking him sixth among active drivers during that time.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose has six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway. His best finish (fifth) and his best start (13th) came in the 2010 spring event at the .75-mile track. Ambrose has completed 2,396 of 2,400 laps attempted in Cup Series competition at the track,. His average starting position is 15.2 and his average finishing position at Texas is 23.

#10- David Reutimann - Reutimann has 10 Richmond International Raceway starts under his belt. During his NSCS career, he collected one top-10, three top-15s and one pole. He made seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Richmond, where he tallied one top-five and two top-10 finishes. He ranks as the third best closer among the field, which is based on positions improved in the last 10 percent of laps in each race. He is also ranked 11th for laps led and 17th for quality passes.

#14- Tony Stewart - The Capital City 400 will mark Stewart’s 473rcareer NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 27th career Sprint Cup start at Richmond International Raceway.  Stewart has three wins, four second-place finishes, nine top-fives, 17 top-10s and has led a total of 817 laps in his 26 career Sprint Cup starts at Richmond. His average start is 17.1, his average finish is 10.9 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.3 percent.

#15- Clint Bowyer -Bowyer will make his 13th career NSCS start at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. In 12 previous starts, he has one win and six top-10 finishes. In the spring 2008 race, Bowyer started 31st – his worst starting position ever at Richmond – and raced his way to the win. On average he starts 14th and finishes 11th. Bowyer has led five races for a total of 75 laps. Bowyer has won in both the Sprint Cup (spring 2008) and Nationwide Series (spring 2007).

#16- Greg Biffle - In 19 races at Richmond, Biffle has one pole, two top fives and five top tens with a driver rating of 82.8

#17- Matt Kenseth - In 24 Cup starts at Richmond, Kenseth has completed 9,358 of 9,603 laps (97.4 percent) and led for 223 laps. Kenseth has an average starting position of 21.2 and an average finishing position of 17.2 at Richmond. Kenseth has achieved one win, three top-five, and nine top-10 finishes at Richmond in the Cup series. This weekend at Richmond, Kenseth will pilot the No. 17 Ford EcoBoost Fusion.

#22- A J Allmendinger - Allmendinger has scored two top-10 finishes in his 10 career races at RIR and both of them came during the last three battles there. Dinger finished eighth in the fall race of 2010 and bounced back to finish seventh (his best finish to date on the track) in last year's spring race. He was close to making it three consecutive top-10s last September, but had to settle with an 11th-place tally.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Along with his two victories (1996 and 2000), the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has five pole positions, 15 top-five finishes and 24 top-10s in 38 starts at the Virginia track. The three-quarter mile layout typically offers side-by-side and sometimes three-wide racing, but having multiple grooves does not necessarily make the short track an easy one to navigate.

#27- Paul Menard - In 10 starts at RIR, Menard has finished each of his contested races and completed 97 percent of his laps (3,801 of 4,010). He has an average starting position of 27.3 and an average finishing position of 28.9 with his best finish of 16th coming in the May 2007 event. Menard posted his best start at the 0.75-mile oval in his September 2010 visit to the Richmond, Va.-based facility when he took the green flag in the seventh position. He has recorded three top-five and five top-10 finishes and led for 160 laps at RIR in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition.

#29- Kevin Harvick -  Harvick has competed in 14 Sprint Cup Series races at Richmond International Raceway since the inception of NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics in 2006. The 0.75-mile short track is one of Harvick’s best tracks on the circuit as shown in the following statistics: first in Quality Passes (458), first in Laps in the Top 15 (1,561), second in Laps Led (882) and third in Fastest Laps Run (407). Two wins, six top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole. Average finish of 11.5. Average Running Position of 7.4, second-best Driver Rating of 112.6, third-best.

#31- Jeff Burton - Burton has garnered impressive NASCAR Loop Data statistics at Richmond International Raceway since the inception of NASCAR Loop Data Statistics in 2006. Of all drivers entering the 400-mile event, he has the eighth most green flag passes (674), the 10th most quality passes (334), the 10th best average running position (15.2) and spent 3,489 laps in the top 15, that ranks him eighth amongst his competitors. One win, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole. Average finish of 14.8.

#36- Dave Blaney -  Blaney made 23 starts at Richmond International Raceway in his NSCS career. He scored one top-five, two top-10 and four top-15 finishes in his NSCS career. He tallied his best start of third in the fall race in 2002. He posted his best finish of fourth in the fall event in 2006. Last season, Blaney finished 13th in the spring event and 19th in the fall race while piloting the No. 36 TBR Chevrolet. He ranks as the fourth best closer among the field, which is based on positions improved in the last 10 percent of laps in each race.

#39- Ryan Newman - Newman’s only win at Richmond came in September 2003. In that race, Newman started fourth and led 125 laps en route to victory. Newman won a series-high eight races that season. Newman also has scored five top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole,     Average finish of 11.7, and Average Running Position of 11.0, fifth-best

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Montoya looks to make his 11th start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend.  In his previous 10 starts Montoya has earned one pole and three top-10 finishes.  He has average starting and finishing positions of 13.4 and 21.5, respectively.  Montoya’s pole came in the spring of 2011 and his highest finish of sixth came in the spring of 2010.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola is currently 20th in NASCAR championships points heading into Richmond and will be making his 1st Sprint Cup start there this weekend.

#48- Jimmie Johnson -  Johnson’s Richmond Quick Stats:  Three wins in 20 starts.  Two poles. Five top-five (25 percent) and seven top-10 finishes (35 percent). An average start of 11.6 and an average finish of 17.2. One DNF (did not finish) that occurred in May 2005.

#51- Kurt Busch - Busch has one win, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes and has 348 laps led in 22 career Sprint Cup starts at Richmond. Busch’s average Richmond finish is 17.4. Busch’s average starting spot at Richmond is 20.2.

#55- Mark Martin - Martin owns a win (Feb. 25, 1990) and 17 top-5 finishes in 52 starts at Richmond. He’s completed 20,054 of 20,653 laps (97.1 %) and led 420 laps. 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr - In 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded three wins, eight top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. He has led a total of 427 laps and completed 99.1 percent of all laps he's attempted at the short track (9,908 laps of 10,003 total). Among active drivers, Earnhardt is one of five ranked first in wins with three Cup victories at Richmond. Earnhardt most recently went to Victory Lane at Richmond on May 6, 2006, after leading 47 laps.

#99- Carl Edwards - Carl Edwards will make his 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. In eight starts this season he has two top-five, five top-10 finishes and one pole.  He sits ninth in points. Edwards has three top-five and seven top-10 finishes at Richmond. He has led 236 laps and completed 96.3 percent of the laps he has attempted at the 0.75-mile D-shaped oval.  His average starting position at 12.1 and his average finish is 15.1.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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