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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Capital City 400 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, April 28th
SITE: Richmond International Raceway (1946) -- Richmond, Virginia
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval - 1,290 feet (Frontstretch); 860 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 112,029 (Seating Capacity)
ANNUAL: 57th
TELEVISION: FOX
ANNOUNCERS: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 7:43 p.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (Finished 29th)
LAPS: 400
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Brian Vickers, 2004 (129.983 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1997 (109.047 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $4,991,887 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $239,316; 2nd Place - $202,500; 3rd Place - $154,683
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch206Clint Bowyer3
2Denny Hamlin117A.J. Allmendinger18
3Kasey Kahne48Jimmie Johnson30
4David Ragan279Tony Stewart31
5Carl Edwards810Brian Vickers37
2011 Capital City 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 95.280 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 8 minutes, 55 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.805 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 60 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Juan Pablo Montoya (128.639 m.p.h.)
Past Capital City 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kyle Busch (20th) -- Toyota -- 95.280 m.p.h.
2010 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 99.567 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (14th) -- Toyota -- 90.627 m.p.h.
2008 -- Clint Bowyer (31st) -- Chevrolet -- 95.786 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.270 m.p.h.
2006 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 97.061 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kasey Kahne (1st) -- Dodge -- 100.316 m.p.h.
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (4th) -- (Chevrolet -- 98.253 m.p.h.
2003 -- Joe Nemechek (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 86.783 m.p.h.
2002 -- Tony Stewart (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 86.824 m.p.h.
2001 -- Tony Stewart (7th) -- Pontiac -- 95.872 m.p.h.
2000 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 99.374 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Jarrett (21st) -- Ford -- 100.102 m.p.h.
1998 -- Terry Labonte (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 97.044 m.p.h.
1997 -- Rusty Wallace (7th) -- Ford -- 108.499 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 102.750 m.p.h.
1995 -- Terry Labonte (24th) -- Chevrolet -- 106.425 m.p.h.
1994 -- Ernie Irvan (7th) -- Ford -- 98.334 m.p.h.
1993 -- Davey Allison (14th) -- Ford -- 107.709 m.p.h.
1992 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 104.378 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 105.397 m.p.h.
1990 -- Mark Martin (6th) -- Ford -- 92.158 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 89.619 m.p.h.
1988 -- Neil Bonnett (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 66.401 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 81.520 m.p.h.
1986 -- Kyle Petty (12th) -- Ford -- 71.078 m.p.h.
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 67.945 m.p.h.
1984 -- Ricky Rudd (4th) -- Ford -- 76.736 m.p.h.
1983 -- Bobby Allison (6th) -- Buick -- 79.584 m.p.h.
1982 -- Dave Marcis (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.914 m.p.h.
1981 -- Darrell Waltrip (7th) -- Buick -- 76.570 m.p.h.
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 67.703 m.p.h.
1979 -- Cale Yarborough (9th) -- Oldsmobile -- 83.608 m.p.h.
1978 -- Benny Parsons (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 80.304 m.p.h.
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 73.084 m.p.h.
1976 -- Dave Marcis (2nd) -- Dodge -- 72.792 m.p.h.
1975 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Dodge -- 74.913 m.p.h.
1974 -- Bobby Allison (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 80.095 m.p.h.
1973 -- Richard Petty (8th) -- Dodge -- 74.764 m.p.h.
1972 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Plymouth -- 76.258 m.p.h.
1971 -- Richard Petty (28th) -- Plymouth -- 79.836 m.p.h.
1970 -- James Hylton (3rd) -- Ford -- 82.044 m.p.h.
1969 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Ford -- 73.752 m.p.h.
1968 -- David Pearson (16th) -- Ford -- 65.217 m.p.h.
1967 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Plymouth -- 65.982 m.p.h.
1966 -- David Pearson (4th) -- Dodge -- 66.539 m.p.h.
1965 -- Junior Johnson (1st) -- Ford -- 61.416 m.p.h.
1964 -- David Pearson (10th) -- Dodge -- 58.660 m.p.h.
1963 -- Joe Weatherly (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 58.624 m.p.h.
1962 -- Rex White (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 51.360 m.p.h.
1961 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Plymouth -- 62.460 m.p.h.
1960 -- Lee Petty (10th) -- Plymouth -- 62.250 m.p.h.
1959 -- Tom Pistone (12th) -- Ford -- 56.860 m.p.h.
1958 -- Not held
1957 -- Paul Goldsmith (7th) -- Ford -- 62.445 m.p.h.
1956 -- Buck Baker (1st) -- Dodge -- 56.232 m.p.h.
1955 -- Tim Flock (22nd) -- Chrysler -- 54.298 m.p.h.
1954 -- Not held
1953 -- Lee Petty (2nd) -- Dodge -- 45.535 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Richmond 200 (1953-75), Richmond 400 (1976-83), Miller
High Life 400 (1984-87), Pontiac Excitement 400 (1988-2003), Chevy
American Revolution 400 (2004-05), Crown Royal 400 (2006), Crown Royal
Presents the Jim Stewart 400 (2007), Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry
400 (2008), Crown Royal presents the Russ Friedman 400 (2009), Crown
Royal presents the Heath Calhoun 400 (2010), Crown Royal presents the
Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 (2011). Race changed from 500 to 400 laps
in 1976.
 
Past Capital City 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 29th
2010 -- Kyle Busch -- 1st
2009 -- Brian Vickers -- 15th
2008 -- Denny Hamlin -- 24th
2007 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4th
2006 -- Greg Biffle -- 4th
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 1st
2004 -- Brian Vickers -- 8th
2003 -- Terry Labonte -- 21st
2002 -- Ward Burton -- 30th
2001 -- Mark Martin -- 13th
2000 -- Rusty Wallace -- 5th
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 31st
1998 -- Jeff Gordon -- 37th
1997 -- None -- Weather
1996 -- Terry Labonte -- 8th
1995 -- Jeff Gordon -- 36th
1994 -- Ted Musgrave -- 13th
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 20th
1992 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1991 -- Davey Allison -- 12th
1990 -- Ricky Rudd -- 3rd
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 18th
1988 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 16th
1987 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 6th
1986 -- None -- Weather
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 2nd
1983 -- Ricky Rudd -- 28th
1982 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 27th
1981 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 4th
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1979 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1978 -- Neil Bonnett -- 9th
1977 -- Neil Bonnett -- 7th
1976 -- Bobby Allison -- 3rd
1975 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1974 -- Bobby Allison -- 1st
1973 -- Bobby Allison -- 15th
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1971 -- Dave Marcis -- 5th
1970 -- Richard Petty -- 2nd
1969 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1968 -- Bobby Isaac -- 13th
1967 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1966 -- Tom Pistone -- 16th
1965 -- Junior Johnson -- 1st
1964 -- Ned Jarrett -- 13th
1963 -- Rex White -- 3rd
1962 -- None -- Weather
1961 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1960 -- Ned Jarrett -- 3rd
1959 -- Buck Baker -- 3rd
1958 -- None -- Weather
1957 -- Russ Hepler -- 18th
1956 -- Buck Baker -- 1st
1955 -- Arden Mounts -- 15th
1954 -- None -- Weather
1953 -- Buck Baker -- 3rd
Last Race Results
RACE: STP 400 (April 22nd)
SITE: Kansas Speedway -- Kansas City, Kansas
MILES: 400.5
LAPS: 267
WINNER: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Martin Truex Jr
THIRD: Jimmie Johnson
FOURTH: Matt Kenseth
FIFTH: Greg Biffle
POLE WINNER: A.J. Allmendinger (Finished 32nd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 46 minutes, 44 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 144.122 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.700 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 18 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: A. Allmendinger 1-44; D. Hamlin 45; C. Edwards 46; M. Truex Jr.
47-91; J. Johnson 92-93; M. Kenseth 94; J. Montoya 95-96; M.
Truex Jr. 97-177; M. Kenseth 178; B. Keselowski 179-180; M. Truex
Jr. 181-223; J. Montoya 224-225; S. Hornish Jr. 226-232; M. Truex
Jr. 233-236; D. Hamlin 237-267.
Capital City 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Chevrolet/Tommy Baldwin Racing
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Freight
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/GKAS
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Humphrey Smith Racing
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
23Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/DuPont
26Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Morristown Driver's Service
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Nibco
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy Johns
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Toyota/Inception Motorsports
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/BB&T
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/TBA
33Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC)Chevrolet/littlejoesautos.com
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/TBA
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Seal Wrap
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield Helping Hungry
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
49J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/JPO Absorbents
51Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
52To Be AnnouncedToyota/crusaderstaffing.com
55Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Brakes
74Stacy Compton (Hurt, VA)Chevrolet/Turn One Racing
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood Pellet
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Diet Mt. Dew/Nat Guard
93Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Toyota/Burger King/Dr. Pepper
95Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/TWD Drywall
98Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Curb Records
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Kyle Busch------4th5th2nd2ndWonWonWon
Denny Hamlin---------2nd3rd24th14th11th2nd
Kasey Kahne---28thWon34th40th10th29th21st3rd
David Ragan------------20th17th23rd24th4th
Carl Edwards------21st7th12th7th26th5th5th
Clint Bowyer---------10th9thWon18th12th6th
A.J. Allmendinger------------32nd39th21st17th7th
Jimmie Johnson19th2nd40th12thWon30th36th10th8th
Tony Stewart41st4th2nd6th8th4th2nd23rd9th
Joey Logano------------------19th16th11th
Kevin Harvick6th25th5th3rd7th8th34th3rd12th
Mark Martin5th7th15th11th17th3rd5th25th14th
Greg Biffle17th21st6th4th19th14th17th22nd15th
Jeff Burton9th14th16th15th43rd11th3rd4th16th
Jamie McMurray22nd38th10th19th41st35th7th19th18th
Dale Earnhardt Jr3rdWon14thWon13th15th27th32nd19th
Ryan Newman39th9th3rd8th6th6th4th8th20th
Matt Kenseth7th5th12th38th10th38th13th13th21st
Kurt Busch8th31st17th29th5th42nd12th18th22nd
Marcos Ambrose------------------11th9th23rd
Martin Truex Jr---------41st28th5th22nd7th27th
Juan Pablo Montoya------------26th32nd10th6th29th
Brad Keselowski---------------------14th36th
Paul Menard------------16th31st30th27th37th
Jeff Gordon16th6th39th40th4th9th8th2nd39th
 
Mover of the Week
Juan Pablo Montoya - Started in the 39th position and finished 12th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Jeff Burton
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jimmie Johnson) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Greg Biffle) - Finished 5th
 
NOTES:
Last year, Kyle Busch equaled the great Richard Petty with his third win in a row at the Richmond spring race. This year, he's shooting to join Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip as the only drivers to win the same Sprint Cup race four straight seasons.

The Sprint Cup Series returns to the short track for the third and final time this spring, as NASCAR's best battle it out at Richmond International Raceway.

Gordon accomplished the feat twice, at Bristol in the spring and Darlington, while Waltrip won four straight at Bristol, also in the spring.

In 2011, Busch tied The King with his third consecutive win at RIR, as he outlasted Denny Hamlin by 1.805 seconds. Petty had won three straight at Richmond from 1971-73.

Busch put on a dominating performance, leading 235 of the 400 laps, as he easily held off teammate Hamlin. The victory came just two days before his 26th birthday.

Busch is off to a relatively show start in 2012. After winning the unofficial Budweiser Shootout, Busch has just four top-10 finishes in eight starts and ranks 13th on the points list. He has failed to lead a lap in the month of April.

When he won in 2010, it was a tale of two halves, as Busch, who started on the pole, led 221 of the first 229 laps before he experienced an ill-handling car. His team, led by crew chief Dave Rogers, made several key adjustments on the car late in the race to put him back in winning contention.

Jeff Gordon had dominated the second half and appeared to be on the way to ending his 38-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series. But an incident involving Sam Hornish Jr set up a five-lap dash to the finish. Gordon led the way, with Busch on the outside of him for the final restart. Busch passed Gordon on the outside and then led the last five laps for his first Sprint Cup win since last August at Bristol -- 21 races ago.

Back in 2009, Busch defeated Tony Stewart by almost three seconds for his 15th career Sprint Cup title on his 24th birthday. Celebrating his special day in style, Busch, following a restart, made a daring four-wide pass on the outside to take the second position from Carl Edwards and then moved around Jeff Gordon to grab the lead for good with 49 laps remaining. The win highlighted a weekend sweep at Richmond as he won Friday night's Nationwide Series race. He joined Harry Gant (1991) and Kevin Harvick (2005) as those drivers to win both races on the same weekend at the three-quarter- mile track.

When Clint Bowyer captured the checkered flag in 2008, he edged out Kyle Busch by less than a second for his second career Sprint Cup title. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin dominated most of the race, leading a whopping 381 laps, however he faded to finish 24th. Bowyer led the final 13 laps to win for the first time since capturing the Dodge Avenger 500 in 2007.

In 2007, Jimmie Johnson won this race for the first time, as he clipped Kyle Busch by less than a second for his fourth win of that season. Johnson, who now totals 55 Sprint Cup titles, took the checkered flag 0.724 of a second ahead of Busch. Johnson swept both races at Richmond International Raceway in 2007.

Dale Earnhardt Jr reclaimed the lead for the third time on lap 356 and held on the rest of the way to capture this race for the third time in his career in 2006. With the win, his 17th Sprint Cup title at the time, he joined his father as a three-time champion of this race. Earnhardt, who led the race for a total of 47 laps, edged Denny Hamlin by less than a second. Kevin Harvick led four times for a race-high 272 laps, while pole sitter Greg Biffle, who finished fourth, led for 54 laps.

"King" Richard was a six-time winner of this race and had 13 victories at Richmond, the most of all drivers. Petty was also an eight-time pole-winner at Richmond. In 63 races at RIR, Petty posted 34 top-5s and 41 top-10 finishes.

Tony Stewart has enjoyed amazing success at Richmond International Raceway. Since he began racing at RIR in 1999 on the Sprint Cup circuit, Stewart owns three wins, four seconds and 17 top-10 finishes in 26 races. Prior to Busch the past three season, Stewart was the last driver to win this race in back- to-back years (2001-02).

Richmond International Raceway has hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since 1953. Lee Petty won the first race that year. Formerly a half-mile oval, it was redesigned in 1988 between the spring and fall races. Recent renovations have made it one of the most modern speedways on the tour. Richmond offers fans a unique blend of short-track intimacy and superspeedway-style racing. The new Commonwealth Grandstand, located in Turn 1, has 7,843 new seats, bringing the track's capacity to 112,029. It is also 180 feet high - two feet higher than the control tower at Richmond International Airport and the tallest structure in surrounding Henrico County. The track itself is wide and smooth, giving the drivers plenty of room to race. Owned and operated by Paul Sawyer and his family, Richmond International Raceway has received numerous national and local honors, including the prestigious Myers Brothers Award.

A driver has won a race at RIR from the pole 22 times (most recently Kyle Busch in the spring race of 2010) and the deepest in the field that a race winner has started is 31st, a mark set by Clint Bowyer in 2008. Overall, there have been 111 Sprint Cup races at Richmond and 63 have been won from the top five starting positions. Busch (5.0) and Hamlin (7.5) are the only active drivers with an average finish in the top-10.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the May 6 Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Jimmie Johnson won last year's race there.

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