Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Richmond Federated Auto Parts 400

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 - Jamie McMurray has made 21 career NSCS starts at RIR. In those starts McMurray has three top-10 finishes, completed 7911 of 8409 (94.1%) laps and has an average start of 23.8 and average finish of 23.3. His best start of second came in September 2011 and a best finish of seventh in May 2009. 

#2- Brad Keselowski - In 8 starts at Richmond, Keselowski has 2 top 10's and only 1 DNF. He has an average start of 12.250 and an average finish of 20.500. 

#5- Kasey Kahne -  At Richmond, Kasey Kahne will make NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start No. 350. In 19 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 12th-place finish in this race at Richmond a year ago.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose heads into Richmond with nine starts at the Virginia track and has posted one top-five and two top-10 finishes. In April, the No. 9 team showed they were strong before an engine failure ended their day early. Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer has seven starts at the .75-mile track. He tallied two top-five and three top-10 finishes in those starts.

#10-Danica Patrick - The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond will mark Danica Patrick's 36th career NASCAR Sprint Cup series start and her 2nd at Richmond. She has 3 Nationwide Series starts at the .75-mile oval, with a best finish of 18th.

#11- Denny Hamlin - Hamlin has two wins and nine top-10 finishes in 14 starts at the three-quarter-mile oval. Hamlin has led at least on lap in 11 Cup races at the track, including 202 of 400 one year ago. Hamlin missed the Richmond race earlier this season while recovering from a fractured back. Hamlin’s two wins at RIR came in back-to-back September races at the track in 2009 and 2010. He also has captured two Richmond poles, in Sept. 2006 and May 2008. He qualified seventh one year ago.

#14-Mark Martin - Martin leads all active drivers at Richmond in top 5's, top 10's, lead lap finishes and laps completed. he has 55 starts at the track and has 5 pole, 1 win, 18 top 5's, 30 top10's and only 3 DNF's. His last win at the track was in February of 1990. He has an average start of 9.691, an average finish of 12.418 and he has led 449 laps.

#15- Clint Bowyer -  In 15 Sprint Cup starts at Richmond, Bowyer has two wins, three top-five and nine top-10s. He has an average start of 14th and finish of 9th. He has led 276 laps and completed 6015 of 6016 total laps. He has finished seventh or better in five of his last six Richmond starts, including a win last September and a runner up finish in April. 

#16- Greg Biffle -  Biffle has 22 Sprint Cup career starts at Richmond, earning two top-five and six top-10 finishes. Last time at Richmond a broken part left Biffle with a 36th-place finish. Biffle currently sits ninth in the point standings with one win this season.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - Stenhouse made his first career Sprint Cup start at RIR in the spring, finishing 16th after battling an ill-handling race car. Stenhouse has six career Nationwide starts at Richmond, earning four top-five and four top-10 finishes. Stenhouse is currently 21st in the Sprint Cup standings. 

#18- Kyle Busch - Busch has four wins, 12 top-five finishes and 13 top-10s, and he’s led a total of 931 laps in his 17 career Sprint Cup starts at 
Richmond. His average Richmond finish is 6.5.

#20- Matt Kenseth - In 27 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Richmond, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 16.2 and has completed 10,564 of 10,809 (97.7 percent) career laps. Kenseth has earned one win, four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes at the 0.75-mile track, and earned his first pole there in April earlier this season.

#22- Joey Logano - In 9 previous starts at Richmond, Logano has earned 2 top 5's, 2 top 10's and has suffered only 1 DNF. His best finish of 3rd was scored this year in April. Logano has an average start of 14.111 with an average finish of 17.333. 

#24- Jeff Gordon - In 41 starts at the three-quarter-mile track, Gordon has two wins, five pole positions, 16 top-five finishes and 25 top-10s. He also has led 1,415 laps - the most among active drivers.

#27- Paul Menard - Menard has 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway. His best start of seventh came in 2010 and best finish of 13th came in both 2012 and earlier this season. The Wisconsin native has completed 5,095 of 5,216 laps attempted (97.7 percent) at the Virginia track, leading one of them.

#29- Kevin Harvick -  Since the 2001 season, Harvick has made 25 Sprint Cup Series starts at the 0.75-mile D-shaped oval. In those previous appearances, the California native has collected one pole award (September 2005), three victories (September 2006 and 2011, April 2013), seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. The RCR driver holds an average starting position of 16.5, an 11.3 average finishing position, has completed 98.8 percent (9,892 of 10,009) of the laps contested and has 945 laps led to his credit.

#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 39th start at the 0.75-mile facility and 681st-career NSCS start. He has amassed one win (1998), one pole award (2000), 10 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes at the historic track. No Stranger to Victory Lane, Burton has made three trips to Victory Lane at Richmond International Raceway, winning the Sprint Cup Series event in September 1998 and NASCAR Nationwide Series races in June 1998 and September 2000.

#39- Ryan Newman - In 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond, Newman has one pole, one win, five top-fives and 13 top-10's. Additionally, the 35-year-old driver has led 450 laps of competition, has an average starting position of 11.4, an average finish of 11.8 and has completed 98.7 percent of the laps he’s contested (9,088 of 9,209). 

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya - Juan Pablo Montoya came very close to his first oval win the last time Team Target raced at RIR. Montoya led a season high 67-laps and was en route to a win until a late caution flag altered the outcome and the team finished fourth. He has 13 career NSCS starts at RIR with one pole award, one top-five and four top-10 finishes. His average starting position is 14.2 and average finishing position is 19.3. 

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola has three starts at the .75-mile track. In April, he posted an eighth-place finish during the team's top-10 streak. Veteran Crew Chief Todd Parrott has sat atop the box for 33 races at the Virginia track and has scored two wins with Dale Jarrett in 1997 and 1999. 

#47- AJ Allmendinger - In 12 starts at RIR, Allmendinger has two top-10 finishes. His best finish is seventh-place (4/30/11). The 31-year-old's average start is 17.500 and his average finish is 21.167. 

#48- Jimmie Johnson - At Richmond Johnson has 3 wins (2007 sweep, September 2008), 2 poles (September 2002 and 2007), 5 top-five finishes (21.7 percent) and eight top-10s (34.8 percent) in 23 starts along with an average start of 12.7 and average finish of 16.3. He has completed 8,703 of 9,209 laps (94.5 percent) and led 417, and has 1 DNF (did not finish, April 2005).

#55- Brian Vickers -  Vickers owns three top-10 finishes in 15 starts. He has led 53 laps on the .75-mile oval. He started second and finished 35th driving the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing this year. 

#78- Kurt Busch - Busch has one win, four top-fives and eight top-10s in 25 career starts at Richmond.

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded three wins, one pole position, nine top-five finishes and 12 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 (11,113 laps of 11,209 total).

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards will make his 19th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. This season he has one win, seven top-five, 12 top-10 finishes and one pole. He is fourth in the series points’ standings.

- Reported in Team News/Press Release

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