NASCAR Richmond Sunday, April 7, 2019

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES RICHMOND STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Active drivers at Richmond
  • Most Richmond wins: 6 Kyle Busch
  • Most Richmond top 10 finishes: 23 Kevin Harvick
  • Most Richmond laps led: 1659 Denny Hamlin
  • Kyle Busch:
  • First NASCAR win: 5/14/04 – Richmond NXS
  • 50th NASCAR win: 5/2/09 (Birthday) – Richmond MENCS
  • 50th MENCS win: 9/22/18 – Richmond
  • Joe Gibbs Racing swept Richmond last season – Christopher Bell NXS & Kyle Busch MENCS
  • Kyle Busch swept Richmond last season – Only driver to sweep both races at a track last season
  • Kyle Busch won both Richmond races last season – Didn’t take lead for first time until lap 273 in April & 287 in Sept.
  • 3 Finished top 5 both Richmond races last season – Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott & Kevin Harvick
  • 7 Finished top 10 both Richmond races last season – Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Elliott, Harvick, Johnson, Keselowski & Larson
  • Fewest cautions last season: 3 Sonoma, Richmond Sept. & Kansas Oct.
  • Richmond 4/18: Longest green run in any race last year – 142 laps (213-354) – First 101 laps run caution-free
  • Commitment line violations
  • 4/18: 3 (A. Dillon, Stenhouse Jr. & Wallace) & 9/18: 3 (Allmendinger, Kenseth & Menard)
  • Steve Byrnes birthday April 14
  • Kyle Busch leads active drivers with 6 Richmond wins
  • Quarter of season will be over after Richmond
  • 51 Different winners in 125 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Richmond races
  • 29 Different winners in 61 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Richmond .75-mile track races
  • 9 Richmond pit road speeding penalties last year – 5 by 5 drivers in April & 4 by 4 drivers in September
  • (Chart of penalized drivers below)
  • Kyle Busch & Rusty Wallace tied for most with 6 wins on Richmond .75-mile track
  • Kyle Busch: 6 Richmond wins – 5 in spring race & 1 in fall (9/18)
  • Kyle Busch only repeat winner last 9 Richmond races (2 Wins) – 7 Others 1 win each
  • Joe Gibbs Racing won 5 of last 7 Richmond races with 4 different drivers –
  • Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards & Denny Hamlin
  • Joe Gibbs Racing (5) & Team Penske (3) won 8 of last 10 Richmond races (CGR & SHR other winners)
  • Martin Truex Jr. led most laps 4 of last 5 Richmond races – Finished 3rd (9/16), 20th (9/17), 14th (4/18) & 3rd (9/18)
  • *Martin Truex Jr. led most laps last 3 Richmond races
  • Martin Truex Jr. led 675 of 2013 laps last 5 Richmond races (Led 4 of last 5 Richmond races)
  • Martin Truex Jr. passed for final lead change 3 of last 5 Richmond races
  • Winner took lead for final time with 5 or fewer laps to go 5 of last 12 Richmond races
  • Kyle Busch passed for final lead change 5 times at Richmond
  • Joey Logano: Finished 4th at Richmond 4/18 – Stage 1 & 2 winner
  • Martin Truex Jr.: Finished 3rd at Richmond 9/18 – Stage 1 & 2 winner
  • Stage 1 or 2 winner hasn’t gone on to win Richmond race
  • 13 Richmond win streaks – Drivers winning consecutive races (Kyle Busch won last 2 Richmond races)
  • Kyle Busch only driver to win 4 straight Richmond spring races – 2009, ’10, ’11 & ‘12
  • 10 Richmond season sweeps – 8 Went on to win championship
  • *Only 2 that didn’t: Richard Petty 1973 & Kyle Busch 2018
  • 1 of 125 Richmond races settled by last lap pass (4/16) – Carl Edwards passed Kyle Busch
  • Worst official starting position of Richmond winner: 32nd – Kyle Busch 4/18
  • *Joey Logano won Richmond from rear of field 4/17 (Transmission)
  • *Kyle Busch won Richmond from rear of field 9/18 (Unapproved adjustments)
  • 5 Won first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond
  • James Hylton, Neil Bonnett, Kyle Petty, Tony Stewart & Kasey Kahne
  • 5 Richmond Overtime races (5/08, 4/13, 9/16, 9/17 & 4/18)
  • 3 Won Richmond in first try – Tim Flock, Paul Goldsmith & Lee Petty
  • Terry Labonte won for first time in 33rd try – Most of all drivers
  • February 25, 1990: Low temperature 19 degrees / High temperature: 34 degrees
  • September 9, 1973: Lap 4 14-car pileup which blocked the track
  • Largest Richmond margin-of-victory: 6 Laps – 2/23/75 Richard Petty over Lennie Pond
  • Richard Petty tied for record of consecutive wins at 1 track with 7 at Richmond (9/70-9/73)
  • 2 Won on previous & current Richmond layouts – Dale Earnhardt & Ricky Rudd
  • Richmond History
  • 4/30/67: 54th career win for Richard Petty tied father for first all-time in victories (55th win came at Darlington 5/13/67)
  • 3/1/70: After a record 12 2nd-place finishes – James Hylton won for the first time
  • 2/25/73: Richard Petty won for the 150th time in 600th career race
  • 9/9/73: Richard Petty’s 7th straight Richmond win – Petty won 9 of 10 Richmond races from 9/70 through 2/75
  • 10/12/75: Darrell Waltrip came from 3 laps behind to win Richmond
  • 9/12/76: Cale Yarborough’s first of 4 straight wins (Richmond, Dover, Martinsville & North Wilkesboro)
  • 2/21/82: Dave Marcis won in 400th career race
  • 3/26/89: Richard Petty’s consecutive race streak ends when he fails to qualify – 513 Races from 1971-‘89
  • 9/7/91: 51-Year-old Harry Gant 2nd of 4 straight wins (Darlington, Richmond, Dover & Martinsville)
  • 3/8/92: Bill Elliott’s 2nd of 4 straight wins (Rockingham, Richmond, Atlanta & Darlington)
  • 3/7/93: Final win for Davey Allison
  • 9/11/99: Joe Gibbs Racing first 1-2 finish – Tony Stewart (Winner) & Bobby Labonte (2nd)
  • 5/14/05: After 6 2nd-place finishes – Kasey Kahne won for the first time
  • 9/10/05: Roush first 1-2-3 finish – Kurt Busch (Winner), Matt Kenseth (2nd) & Greg Biffle (3rd)
  • 5/2/09: Kyle Busch won on birthday
  • 4/30/17: Joey Logano won, but failed post-race inspection – Penalties, fines & crew chief Todd Gordon suspended 2 races
  • 4/21/18: Kyle Busch won 3rd straight win (Texas, Bristol & Richmond)
  • Richmond Wins
  • 18
  • Kyle Busch
  • 6
  • 4
  • Kevin Harvick
  • 3
  • 11
  • Denny Hamlin
  • 3
  • 48
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • 3
  • 1
  • Kurt Busch
  • 2
  • 14
  • Clint Bowyer
  • 2
  • 22
  • Joey Logano
  • 2
  • 2
  • Brad Keselowski
  • 1
  • 6
  • Ryan Newman
  • 1
  • 42
  • Kyle Larson
  • 1
  • RICHMOND SPEEDING PENALTIES LAST SEASON
  • Finish
  • Finish
  • Daniel Suarez
  • 10th
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • 8th
  • William Byron
  • 12th
  • Ryan Newman
  • 15th
  • Alex Bowman
  • 18th
  • Paul Menard
  • 22nd
  • David Ragan
  • 33rd
  • Matt Kenseth
  • 25th
  • Gray Gaulding
  • 35th
  • 4 Penalties / 4 Drivers
  • 5 Penalties / 5 Drivers

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RICHMOND STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Christopher Bell swept Richmond last season
  • 2 Finished top 5 both Richmond races last season – Christopher Bell & Matt Tifft
  • 5 Finished top 10 both Richmond races last season – Christopher Bell, Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed, Elliott Sadler & Matt Tifft
  • 5 Cautions each Richmond race last season
  • Final green run 80 laps April (Bell led final 79 laps) & 14 laps September (Bell led final 14 laps)
  • 34 Different winners in 70 Richmond Xfinity Series races
  • 7 Different winners last 7 Richmond spring races
  • 27 Different winners in 60 NASCAR Xfinity Series Richmond .75-mile track races
  • Harry Gant & Kevin Harvick lead all with 3 consecutive Richmond wins – Christopher Bell won last 2
  • Chase Elliott (9/15) & Christopher Bell (4/18 & 9/18) only Richmond winners eligible for championship points since 2011
  • Only 1 swept both Richmond races & won championship in same season – Kevin Harvick 2006
  • 3 Richmond Xfinity Series & Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend sweeps – Last: Kyle Busch 5/09
  • 26 of last 29 Richmond NXS winners competed in Richmond MENCS race on same weekend
  • 6 Won first career Xfinity Series race at Richmond – Last: Robby Gordon (9/04)
  • 7 Richmond Overtime races – Leader at scheduled distance won 5
  • 4 Richmond Xfinity Series races settled by last lap pass
  • Kyle Busch led every lap 9/14 race (250 Laps)
  • Noah Gragson passed for final lead change at Richmond 4/18 – Finished 2nd
  • Matt Tifft passed for final lead change at Richmond 9/18 – Finished 5th
  • 7 Won Richmond for first time in first try – Kurt & Kyle Busch, Edwards, Hamilton, Houston, Lindley & Martin
  • 13 Won Richmond for first time in 1st or 2nd try
  • Dale Jarrett won Richmond for first time in 18th try (9/95) – Most of all drivers
  • Worst starting position of Richmond winner: 39th – Carl Edwards 9/09
  • Richmond hosted very first NASCAR Xfinity Series short track race on
  • 2/20/82 and won by Tommy Houston
  • 1 Won NXS races on previous & current Richmond layouts – Mark Martin (1 on previous & 4 on current)