Thursday, April 25, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Richmond

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 20 previous starts at Richmond International Raceway, McMurray has led 19 laps, earning three top-10 finishes. He has an average starting and finishing position of 24.3 and 23.2, 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. McMurray has completed 7,505 of 8,003 (93.8%) laps of competition at RIR.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has 7 starts at Richmond, earning 2 top 10's, His best finish was a 7th place finish in September of 2012. 

#5- Kasey Kahne -  In 18 Sprint Cup starts at Richmond, Kahne has earned one win, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He won in 2005 after starting from the pole position. Kahne scored a fifth-place finish in this race at Richmond a year ago. He has led 281 laps at the .75-mile oval during the last eight years, ranking him eighth among active drivers during that time.

#7- Dave Blaney - Blaney will make his 25th start at Richmond on Saturday night. He has 1 top 5, 2 top 10's 12 laps led and an average finish of 25.792.

#9- Marcos Ambrose -  Marcos Ambrose hopes to best his career-best finish of fifth at the Richmond International Raceway and collect the team’s first top-five of the season. Ambrose has 1 top 5 and 2 top 10's and an average finish of 16.00 at the track.  He will wheel the No. 9 DEWALT Ford in his ninth start at the .75-mile track this weekend.

#14-Tony Stewart - The Toyota Owners 400 will mark Stewart’s 509th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 29th Sprint Cup start at Richmond International Raceway. Stewart has three wins, four second-place finishes, 11 top-fives, 19 top-10s and has led a total of 950 laps in his 28 career Sprint Cup starts at Richmond. His average start is 17.7, his average finish is 10.4 and he has a lap completion rate of 98.4 percent.  Stewart’s first career Sprint Cup victory came on Sept. 11, 1999 at Richmond.

#15- Clint Bowyer - In his previous 14 starts at Richmond, Bowyer has scored 2 wins, 2 top 5's and 8 top 10's. He has led 163 laps with an average finish of 9.571. 

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has 21 Sprint Cup career starts at Richmond, earning two top-five and six top-10 finishes.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - Stenhouse will make his first Sprint Cup career start at Richmond this weekend. Stenhouse has six Nationwide career starts at Richmond, earning four top-five and four top-10 finishes. Stenhouse is currently 18th in the Sprint Cup standings. 115 points behind the leader.

#18- Kyle Busch - The Toyota Owners 400 will mark Kyle Busch’s 302nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 17th Sprint Cup start at Richmond International Raceway. Busch has four wins, 12 top-fives, 13 top-10s, and has led a total of 891 laps in 16 career Sprint Cup starts at Richmond. His average Richmond finish is 5.4. Additionally, Busch has completed all but one of the 6,410 laps available to him during his 16 starts at Richmond.

#20- Matt Kenseth -   In 26 career starts at Richmond in the Cup Series, Kenseth has earned one win, four top-five, and 10 top-ten finishes at the 0.75-mile track.  He’s completed 10,158 of 10,403 (97.6 percent) career laps at RIR and has an average finish of 16.5 in the Sprint Cup Series.

#22- Joey Logano - Logano has made 8 starts at Richmond and has 1 top 5, a 4th place finish in September of 2010. His average finish at the track is 19.125.

#24- Jeff Gordon - Along with two wins at the Virginia track, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has five poles, 16 top-five finishes and 25 top-10s in 40 starts. Gordon has a 7.9 average starting position and he has led 1,415 laps - both tops among active drivers at the short track. However, bettering those numbers will require some guessing.

#27- Paul Menard -  Menard has 12 starts at Richmond International Raceway. His best start of seventh came in 2010 and best finish of 13th came in 2012. The Wisconsin native has completed 4,689 of 4,810 laps attempted (97.5 percent) at the Virginia track, leading one of them.

#29- Kevin Harvick - Harvick will make his 25th Sprint Cup Series start at the 0.75-mile facility Saturday evening. Through the years, the California native has collected two wins (September 2006 and September 2011), one pole award (September 2005), six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. Harvick maintains an average start of 16.5 coupled with an 11.7 average finishing position, has completed 98.8 percent (9,486 of 9,603) laps contested and led 942 laps at the Virginia-based facility. 

#31- Jeff Burton - Burton grew up two hours away from the Richmond, Va.-based facility in South Boston, Va. Saturday’s event marks Burton’s 38th start at the .75-mile facility and 664th-career NSCS start. He has amassed one win (1998), one pole award (2000), nine top-five and 16 top-10 finishes at the historic track.  Burton has made three trips to Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway, winning the NSCS event in September 1998 and NASCAR Nationwide Series races in June 1998 and September 2000.

#36- J J Yeley - Yeley has 7 starts at Richmond with a best finish of 10th in 2007. His average start is 35.857 and average finish is 25.429.

#39- Ryan Newman - Chassis No. 39-790: Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-790 at Richmond International Raceway. Built new for 2013, Chassis 39-790 will see its first laps of racing competition this weekend.

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya -  Montoya has 12 starts at RIR which include one pole (spring 2011) and three top-10 finishes. He has led 28 laps and his best finish was in May of 2010 when he finished sixth. Montoya’s average start at Richmond is 14.8 with an average finish of 20.6.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola has two Sprint Cup starts at Richmond International Raceway under his belt, both during last season, and has five Nationwide starts at the .75-mile track. He collected his best Richmond finish of seventh in the fall Nationwide race in 2011.

#47- Bobby Labonte - Bobby Labonte has one pole award, four top-five, and 10 top-10 finishes and has led 161 laps at Richmond International Raceway. His average start is 19.725 and his average finish is 19.250. The Corpus Christi, Texas-native’s best finish is second twice occurring on 9/11/99 and 5/3/03. The 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion is currently 28th in the drivers points standings, 184 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. Labonte is only 113 points out of 10th place.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Notes of Interest: Three wins (September 2008 and April and September 2007) in 22 starts. Two poles (September 2007 and 2002). Five top-five finishes (22.7 percent) and 8 top-10s (36.4 percent) in 22 starts. Completed 8,297 of 8,803 laps (94.3 percent) and led 417. Average start is 12.0 and average finish is 16.5. One DNF (did not finish) – April 2005.

#55- Mark Martin -  In 54 Sprint Cup starts at Richmond, Martin owns one victory (1990) and 18 top-five finishes. He’s led 449 laps.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 27 Sprint Cup starts at Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded three wins, one pole position, nine top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He has led a total of 494 laps and completed 99.1 percent of all laps he's attempted at the short track (10,707 laps of 10,803 total).

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards will make his 18th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. In eight starts this season he has one win, four top-five, and four top-10 finishes.  He sits sixth in points.

- Reported in Team News/Press Releases

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