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The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway is the
26th and regular-season-ending race on the 2013 Sprint Cup Series schedule.
Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond
International Raceway held its first race in 1946. It was a half-mile dirt
track at the time. The surface was changed from dirt to asphalt in 1968. The
track was rebuilt as a 0.75-mile "D"-shaped oval following the spring 1988
race. Permanent lights were installed in time for the fall 1991 event. The
first season with both races held at nighttime was 1999.
Richmond has 14 degrees of banking in all four turns as well as 8 degrees of
banking on the frontstretch and 2 on the backstretch. The length of the
frontstretch is 1,290 feet, and the backstretch measures 860 feet.
There have been 114 Sprint Cup races held at Richmond, including one event per
season from 1953-58 and then two each year since 1959.
Lee Petty won the inaugural Cup race at Richmond on April 19, 1953.
Richard Petty holds the record for most starts at Richmond with 63. Mark
Martin leads all drivers entered in this race with 55 starts at this track.
Richard Petty has the most wins at Richmond with 13. Kyle Busch leads all
active drivers with four victories at Richmond.
Petty Enterprises has the most car owner wins at Richmond with 15, followed by
Hendrick Motorsports with 10. Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing
have nine victories each there.
Eight drivers have won consecutive races at Richmond. Richard Petty leads the
Cup Series in consecutive wins at Richmond after scoring seven in a row from
1970-73. Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep) is the only driver entered in this race
that has consecutive victories at this track.
Bobby Allison and Richard Petty hold the record for most pole wins at Richmond
with eight each. Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with five
poles each there.
The race winner at Richmond has started from the pole 22 times, which is more
than any other starting position there. Busch most recently did it in May
Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest
margin of victory in a Cup race at Richmond occurred on Sept. 12, 1998 when
Jeff Burton beat Jeff Gordon by just 0.051 seconds. Burton drove for Roush
Racing at the time.
The furthest back a driver has started and won a Cup race at Richmond is 31st.
Clint Bowyer did it in the spring of 2008 when he drove for Richard Childress
Kasey Kahne is the only driver competing in this race that recorded his first
career Cup victory at Richmond. Kahne won the spring event there in 2005. Tony
Stewart's first victory in the series came in the fall race at this track in
1999. Stewart is out for the remainder of the season due to a leg injury.
Brian Vickers is the only driver on the entry list for this race that claimed
his maiden pole in the series at Richmond. Vickers pole win there came on May
15, 2004. Bobby Labonte also captured his first pole in the series at this
track on Sept. 11, 1993. Labonte is not competing this weekend due to a rib
Richard Petty holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at
Richmond. He took the checkered flag there on April 23, 1961 when he was 23
years, 9 months and 21 days old. When Harry Gant was 51 years, 7 months and 28
days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Sept. 7, 1991.
The 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins with the Sept. 15
GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's event
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