Name: Richmond International Raceway
Race Date: April 30, 2010
Location: Richmond, VA
Length: 0.75 miles
Banking in turns: 14 degrees
Banking on the frontstretch: eight degrees
Banking on the backstretch: two degrees
Grandstand Seats: 112,029
Tickets/track info: http://www.rir.com/ or 1 (866) 455-7223
Last Year’s Top 10
1. Kyle Busch
2. Carl Edwards
3. Matt Kenseth
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Joey Logano
7. Mark Martin
8. Michael McDowell
9. Jason Keller
10. Jason Leftler
September Winner: Carl Edwards
When you combine the points gained, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch gained the most points at Richmond last year. It was Busch leading Edwards to the line in May, and then Edwards leading Busch to the line in September.
It was a classic fight between these two talented drivers as part of their championship battle last year.
However, when you combine the past six races, Busch has gained the most points while Edwards sits second and Harvick sits third.
Further, Edwards gained the most points when the past eight races were combined. Sitting second once again is Busch while Harvick follows suit.
However, it’s Harvick who tops the field when you combine the last 10 races, with Edwards second and Busch third.
Kyle Busch: Busch won the race last May, and has gained the most points when the last six races at Richmond were combined. So, it should come as no surprise that he has the third highest average finish of drivers who’ve run more than two races at Richmond.
In 12 races, he has three wins, seven top fives, nine top tens, and an average finish of 7.2. Busch currently ranks third in the standings, 104 points back of points leader Brad Keselowski, though he does not plan on running the full schedule.
Carl Edwards: Edwards won at Richmond last September and has gained the most points when the last eight races at Richmond were combined. He also has a highest average finish, with the exception of Logano, who only has two starts at Richmond.
In 10 races at Richmond, he has three wins, five top fives, eight top tens, and an average finish of 7.0. Edwards currently ranks fifth in the standings, 213 points behind points leader Keselowski, and is looking to break through to the win column.
Kevin Harvick: Harvick has gained the most points when the last 10 races at Richmond were combined. He also sits high on the average finish category, as he has the second highest average finish of drivers who’ve run more than two races at Richmond.
In 18 races, he has four wins, 12 top fives, 14 top tens, and an average finish of 7.1. Harvick currently ranks second in points, 60 points behind Keselowski, and is debating on whether or not to run the full schedule.
Steven Wallace: Looking back at last year, Steven Wallace is the highest Nationwide regular in gaining points when both races are combined. This is by virtue of his ninth and 11th place finishes.
Overall, in his seven races at Richmond, he has one top five, two top tens, and an average finish of 17.1. He currently sits 14th in the standings, looking for his first top five of the year.
Kenny Wallace: When you look at the average finish category, Kenny Wallace is the highest Nationwide regular (sans drivers who have run less than three races at Richmond). In 30 starts, he has three wins, nine top fives, 17 top tens, and an average finish of 13.4.
He currently sits 18th in points. The team has been struggling financially this year to the point where they’re using tires from other teams who don’t need them anymore.
To help the issue, Wallace launched a campaign whereby any small businesses that wants to contribute $1800 to buy a set of tires will have its name placed on the rear quarter panel (starting in Richmond).
Good Once Again?
Joey Logano has only had two starts at Richmond, though both resulted in top 10 finishes and an average finish of 6.5. Logano currently sits seventh in points despite missing a race, and looks to break through with his first win of 2010.
Trevor Bayne has only one start at Richmond, though it resulted in a seventh place finish. Bayne currently sits 13th in points and looks for his first top five of the season.