Sunday, September 21, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

This week's NASCAR race

Toyota Owners 400

Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: Fox 29/WNPV (1440-AM)

Course: 0.75-mile oval

Distance: 400 laps/300 miles

Forecast: clear, mid-70s

Last year's winner: Kevin Harvick

Last year's pole: Matt Kenseth, 130.334 mph

Track qualifying record: Jeff Gordon, 130.599 mph (September 2013)

Track facts: Hall of Famer driver Richard Petty is scheduled to return to the racetrack this weekend for the first time since the March 25 death of his wife, Lynda. The Pettys were together 57 years . . . Kevin Harvick led only twice, including the last two laps, in winning last year's race. Clint Bowyer (113 laps led) finished second; Joey Logano was third. Matt Kenseth paced the most laps (140) and finished seventh . . . Carl Edwards won the September race at Richmond . . . Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart are three-time winners at Richmond . . . Kyle Busch has the most wins (four) at Richmond among active drivers. He won four of seven races at the track from 2009-12 . . . Kenseth (series-high seven wins last year) and Johnson (six W's) are 0-for-2014. Kenseth's only victory at Richmond was in 2002 . . . Points leader Jeff Gordon is a two-time winner at the track, but his last W was 14 years ago.

Wins: Kevin Harvick, 2; Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch,

Joey Logano, 1 each.

Standings

1. Jeff Gordon. . . 297

2. Matt Kenseth. . . 296

3. Carl Edwards. . . 278

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr.. . . 271

5. Jimmie Johnson. . . 270

6. Kyle Busch. . . 269

7. Brad Keselowski. . . 246

8. Joey Logano. . . 245

9. Ryan Newman. . . 236

10. Austin Dillon. . . 235

11. Greg Biffle. . . 227

12. Tony Stewart. . . 224

13. Brian Vickers. . . 224

14. Kyle Larson. . . 223

15. Denny Hamlin. . . 223

16. Clint Bowyer. . . 219

17. Marcos Ambrose. . . 216

18. Paul Menard. . . 206

19. A J Allmendinger. . . 202

20. Jamie McMurray. . . 195

 

Up next: Aaron's 499, May 4, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala., 1 p.m.; TV: Fox; last year's winner: David Ragan.

- Bill Fleischman

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