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2012 Richmond II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview - The Numbers
Posted by: newsla on Sep 06, 2012 - 06:08 PM
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2012 Richmond II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview - The Numbers


THE NUMBERS for The Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway (all 112 Sprint Cup races)

 

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1 – fewest cautions (three times, most recent, 3/1/70)
1 – fewest cars on lead lap at finish (22 times, most recent 10/12/75)
2 – fewest leaders (six times, most recent 2/23/75)
2 – fewest lead changes (seven times, most recent 2/23/75)
4 – fewest laps led by race winner (Kyle Petty, 2/23/86)
5 – number of jet dryers available for track drying this weekend
6 – fewest caution laps (6/5/60)
12 – most leaders (four times, most recent 5/6/07)
13 – most wins by driver (Richard Petty)
15 – most cautions (three times, most recent 9/10/11)
22 – wins from the pole; 35 from the front row (112 races)
25 – most lead changes (twice, most recent 3/3/96)
32 – most cars on lead lap at finish (9/7/08)
43 – most running at finish (9/7/08)
47 – different race winners
50 – different pole winners
90 minutes – amount of time it takes to dry the .75-mile track after a significant rainfall
123 – most caution laps (two times, most recent 9/8/74)
276 – number of Sprint Cup Series races in state of Virginia at nine tracks
488 – most laps led by race winner (9/13/70 – Richard Petty – 500-lap race)

Key RIR Dates
1946 – Ted Horn won the first race on half-mile dirt track (10/12/46) in open-wheel car
1953 – Lee Petty won the first NASCAR Grand National Division, now Sprint Cup, race on the half-mile dirt track (4/19/53).
1955 – Paul Sawyer and driver Joe Weatherly purchased the track
1964 – race was run under temporary lights on a Tuesday night (3/10/64)
1968 – last race on dirt track won by David Pearson (3/24/68)
1968 – first race on paved track won by Richard Petty (9/8/68)
1969 -- track remeasured from .625-mile to .5625-mile; remeasured from .5625-mile to .5-mile; remeasured again from .5-mile to .542-mile prior to the first race of 1970
1988 – track reconfigured to its current .75-mile layout
1991 – permanent lighting added prior to fall event won by Harry Gant (9/7/91)
1999 – International Speedway Corporation (ISC) acquired track

2012 Caution Update
1 – fewest cautions this season (Fontana)
7 – races extended beyond scheduled distance (Daytona1, Martinsville, Talladega,
Darlington, Sonoma, Michigan2, and Atlanta)
13 – most cautions this season (Bristol2)
142 – cautions in the first 25 races of 2012; includes 70 for accidents, 36 for debris and
14 for spins
746 of 6,864 – laps under caution in 2012
1,069.332 of 9,412.536 – miles under caution in the first 25 races

-- Provided by Darnell Communications for SRT Motorsports and Dodge


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