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2013 Richmond: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 27, 2013 - 07:04 AM
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2013 Richmond: NASCAR Sprint Cup Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

It's Saturday night and time for some more NASCAR short-track action under the lights! Tonight, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series will run the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia.

Richmond International Raceway was built in 1946 and is a .750 mile D-shaped oval with 14 degree banking in the turns. The 1290 foot frontstretch has eight degree banking while the shorter backstretch - 860 feet - is a relatively flat two degrees. If all the seats are full tonight, at least 112,029 NASCAR fans will be cheering on their heroes.

The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond was run back on April 19th, 1953, and was won by Lee Petty in a '53 Dodge. The race had 27 entries and a Pole speed of 48.465 mph - though that was original half-mile track. Tonight, Matt Kenseth will start at the front ahead of 42 other entries after putting up a Pole speed of 130.334 mph.

But we won't be picking Kenseth tonight for the win because he is the Pole sitter. Pole sitters at Richmond have won exactly three races in the last 40 events. Three. Sorry Matt.

Historically, Richmond International Raceway has been a favorite of the bow-tie boys. But my-oh-my have things changed.

On May 2nd of 2009, Kyle Busch and his No. 18 Combos Toyota broke up what had been a all-Chevrolet party over the previous seven visits to Richmond. From 2006 to 2008, Chevrolet had won six straight races. Busch's triumph ended that winning streak, and started a new trend for the Toyota brand. Toyota has won seven of the last eight races at Richmond.

Which also means neither Ford or Dodge have won at Richmond since 2005.

But another trend that hasn't been bucked - yet - is that Kyle Busch wins the first visit to Richmond each season. Ladies and gentlemen, he's won the last four Spring visits to Richmond.

You can't beat Busch's numbers over the last eight races (4 wins, 6 top-fives, and a pole position). Busch has also scored more points at Richmond than another other driver over that stretch. Over his career, he's finished in the top-five 12 times in 16 tries, which is an amazing achievement. But even better, he's finished first or second eight times in 16 tries.

So we are going with Busch for the win tonight.

Should that logic fail us, keep an eye on Clint Bowyer, he won the Richmond Fall race. Jimmie Johnson has also won three times at Richmond, but his last win came back in 2008. While Gordon has a solid record here, and finished third in the Fall 2011 race though stumbling in 2012.

So sit back and enjoy tonight's Saturday night main event! It's sure to be a door bangin' crowd pleaser!

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Starting Line Up by Row
Richmond International Raceway
59th Annual Toyota Owners 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, April 26, 2013 @ 06:44 PM Eastern
Track Race Record: Dale Jarrett 09/06/97 02:45:04 109.047
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 20.716 130.334
2 11 Brian Vickers(i) FedEx Delivery Manager Toyota 20.721 130.303
2 3 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 20.729 130.252
4 5 Kasey Kahne Quaker State / Menards Chevrolet 20.740 130.183
3 5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Care Toyota 20.744 130.158
6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Depend Chevrolet 20.793 129.851
4 7 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 20.808 129.758
8 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 20.828 129.633
5 9 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Brakes Toyota 20.834 129.596
10 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 20.837 129.577
6 11 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 20.839 129.565
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Zest Ford 20.841 129.552
7 13 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 20.844 129.534
14 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing / Sealy Chevrolet 20.862 129.422
8 15 39 Ryan Newman Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 20.868 129.385
16 31 Jeff Burton Airgas / Bulwark Chevrolet 20.870 129.372
9 17 29 Kevin Harvick Bell Helicopter Chevrolet 20.871 129.366
18 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevrolet 20.883 129.292
10 19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 20.900 129.187
20 34 David Ragan CSX / Play it Safe Ford 20.904 129.162
11 21 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 20.912 129.112
22 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 20.912 129.112
12 23 2 Brad Keselowski Redd's Apple Ale Ford 20.925 129.032
24 51 AJ Allmendinger Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 20.944 128.915
13 25 30 David Stremme Swan Energy Toyota 20.961 128.811
26 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet 20.966 128.780
14 27 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 20.972 128.743
28 99 Carl Edwards Geek Squad Ford 20.975 128.725
15 29 27 Paul Menard Menards / CertainTeed Chevrolet 20.976 128.719
30 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 20.979 128.700
16 31 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos / Precon Marine Chevrolet 20.982 128.682
32 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Beans Toyota 20.994 128.608
17 33 16 Greg Biffle American Red Cross Ford 21.009 128.516
34 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 21.036 128.351
18 35 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 21.085 128.053
36 93 Travis Kvapil Dominion Raceway Toyota 21.101 127.956
19 37 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford Owner Points
38 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical / G Oil Toyota Owner Points
20 39 36 JJ Yeley NASCAR Foundation Chevrolet Owner Points
40 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford Owner Points
21 41 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Acredale Vending / AM FM Energy Toyota Owner Points
42 32 Timmy Hill # OXY water Ford Owner Points
22 43 52 Brian Keselowski Highland Wealth Advisors Toyota Owner Points
Did Not Qualify: None.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 17 0 Toyota 13 0






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