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The History of The Air Guard 400 @ Richmond International Raceway 2004-2009

Travis SmithAnalyst IISeptember 9, 2010

The History of The Air Guard 400 @ Richmond International Raceway 2004-2009

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    The Air Guard 400 has been a tradition on the Sprint Cup schedule for many years but in 2004 the race took on a whole new importance when NASCAR came up with the "Chase for the Sprint Cup" idea. This race has been a fan favorite since then and there have been so many classic finishes at RIR but this slideshow looks at the history of this race from 2004 to 2009.

2004

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    2004 Chase For The Cup FieldRusty Jarrett/Getty Images

    Winner: 19 Jeremy Mayfield

    2nd: 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr

    3rd: 24 Jeff Gordon

    4th: 80 Mike Bliss

    5th: 6 Mark Martin

    6th: 99 Carl Edwards

    7th: 09 Mike Wallace

    8th: 16 Greg Biffle

    9th: 42 Jamie McMurray

    10th: 2 Rusty Wallace

     

    RACE FACTS

    Average Speed: 98.946 mph
    Margin of Victory: 4.928 seconds
    Time of Race: 03:01:55
    Lead Changes: 20
    Cautions: 9-11, 14-17, 53-58, 143-146, 158-163, 171-174, 180-191, 195-201, 207-210, 293-299

2005

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    2005 Chase For the Cup FieldRusty Jarrett/Getty Images

    Winner: 97 Kurt Busch

    2nd: 17 Matt Kenseth

    3rd: 16 Greg Biffle

    4th: 5 Kyle Busch

    5th: 2 Rusty Wallace

    6th: 19 Jeremy Mayfield

    7th: 20 Tony Stewart

    8th: 9 Kasey Kahne

    9th: 11 Terry Labonte

    10th: 29 Kevin Harvick

     

     

     

     

     

    RACE FACTS

    Average Speed: 98.567 mph
    Margin of Victory: .899
    Time of Race: 03:02:37
    Lead Changes: 23
    Cautions: 33-37, 90-93, 115-118, 143-147, 196-199, 214-221, 278-282, 313-318, 326-329, 347-352, 357-359, 364-369

2006

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    2006 Chase For The Cup FieldRusty Jarrett/Getty Images

    Winner: 29 Kevin Harvick

    2nd: 5 Kyle Busch

    3rd: 9 Kasey Kahne

    4th: 22 Dave Blaney

    5th: 6 Mark Martin

    6th: 16 Greg Biffle

    7th: 21 Ken Schrader

    8th: 17 Matt Kenseth

    9th: 31 Jeff Burton

    10th: 10 Scott Riggs

     

    RACE FACTS

    Average Speed: 101.342 mph
    Margin of Victory: .153
    Time of Race: 02:57:37
    Lead Changes: 16
    Cautions: 36-40, 82-86, 121-125, 129-137, 221-228, 253-262, 322-327 

2007

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    2007 CHase For the cup fieldRusty Jarrett/Getty Images

    Winner: 48 Jimmie Johnson

    2nd: 20 Tony Stewart

    3rd: 6 David Ragan

    4th: 24 Jeff Gordon

    5th: 70 Johnny Sauter

    6th: 11 Denny Hamlin

    7th: 29 Kevin Harvick

    8th: 9 Kasey Kahne

    9th: 2 Kurt Busch

    10th: 18 J.J Yeley

     

     

     

     

    RACE FACTS

    Average Speed: 91.813 mph
    Margin of Victory: 3.007
    Time of Race: 03:16:03
    Lead Changes: 15
    Cautions: 10-13, 25-29, 64-70, 133-137, 183-189, 202-206, 235-239, 243-250, 258-263, 295-299, 337-341, 343-350 

2008

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    Jason Smith/Getty Images

    Winner: 48 Jimmie Johnson

    2nd: 20 Tony Stewart

    3rd: 11 Denny Hamlin

    4th: 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr

    5th: 8 Mark Martin

    6th: 31 Jeff Burton

    7th: 29 Kevin Harvick

    8th: 24 Jeff Gordon

    9th: 44 David Reutimann

    10th: 2 Kurt Busch

     

     

     

    RACE FACTS

    Average Speed: 92.68 mph
    Margin of Victory: .365
    Time of Race: 03:14:13
    Lead Changes: 22
    Cautions: 37-42, 97-102, 104-108, 116-119, 123-127, 165-169, 203-208, 213-216, 228-232, 243-246, 298-304, 316-320, 360-364, 371-374 

2009

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    Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images

    Winner: 11 Denny Hamlin

    2nd: 2 Kurt Busch

    3rd: 24 Jeff Gordon

    4th: 5 Mark Martin

    5th: 18 Kyle Busch

    6th: 33 Clint Bowyer

    7th: 83 Brian Vickers

    8th: 77 Sam Hornish Jr

    9th: 29 Kevin Harvick

    10th: 39 Ryan Newman

     

     

     

     

    RACE FACTS

    Average Speed: 96.601 mph
    Margin of Victory: 0.378
    Time of Race: 03:06:20
    Lead Changes: 12
    Cautions: 6-9, 46-50, 59-63, 108-111, 174-180, 206-211, 280-287, 320-325, 328-333, 382-386 

Who Travis Is Picking to Win The Air Guard 400

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    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Richmond has been good to many diffrent drivers but I am sticking to my guns and I am picking Kevin Harvick to roll into victory lane Saturday night. Harvick won back in 2006 and he has been a model of conistancy when on the short tracks. Harvick has nothing to lose Saturday and well 10 bonus points to gain with a win so why pick agianst Happy?

     

     

    Kevin Harvick's Stats at Richmond: 1 Win (Fall 2006), 5 Top 5's, 12 Top 10's, and an average finish of 12th

     

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