NASCAR Nationwide Series
NASCAR - Nationwide - Toyota Care 250 Preview

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DATE: Friday, April 26
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval
CAPACITY: 94,063 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 26th
TELEVISION: ESPNews
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 26/4 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kurt Busch (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (finished 3)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 187.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2004 (129.348 mph)
RACE RECORD: Denny Hamlin, 2011 (108.415 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kurt Busch106Elliott Sadler7
2Denny Hamlin27Ryan Blaney8
3Kevin Harvick18Michael Annett19
4Ricky Stenhouse Jr.69Austin Dillon3
5Sam Hornish Jr.1210Kasey Kahne5
2012 Toyota Care 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 104.070 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 48 mins., 6 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.062 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 20 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (124.625 mph)
Past Toyota Care 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Kurt Busch (10) -- Toyota -- 104.070 mph
2011 -- Denny Hamlin (11) -- Toyota -- 108.415 mph
2010 -- Brad Keselowski (4) -- Dodge -- 91.194 mph
2009 -- Kyle Busch (3) -- Toyota -- 86.672 mph
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (3) -- Toyota -- 96.238 mph
2007 -- Clint Bowyer (8) -- Chevrolet -- 91.899 mph
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (10) -- Chevrolet -- 79.068 mph
2005 -- Carl Edwards (5) -- Ford -- 85.709 mph
2004 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Chevrolet -- 85.023 mph
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (15) -- Chevrolet -- 74.652 mph
2002 -- Jason Keller (2) -- Ford -- 80.138 mph
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer (3) -- Chevrolet -- 84.028 mph
2000 -- Jeff Green (1) -- Chevrolet -- 81.023 mph
1999 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 90.060 mph
1998 -- Jeff Burton (8) -- Ford -- 95.799 mph
1997 -- Mark Martin (18) -- Ford -- 86.450 mph
1996 -- Jeff Purvis (1) -- Chevrolet -- 98.168 mph
1995 -- Kenny Wallace (21) -- Ford -- 96.291 mph
1994 -- Joe Nemechek (3) -- Chevrolet -- 91.253 mph
1993 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 103.766 mph
1992 -- Harry Gant (28) -- Buick -- 97.561 mph
1991 -- Harry Gant (11) -- Buick -- 92.156 mph
1990 -- Michael Waltrip (1) -- Pontiac -- 88.091 mph
1989 -- No race held -- Weather
1988 -- No race held
1987 -- No race held
1986 -- No race held
1985 -- No race held
1984 -- Sam Ard (3) -- Oldsmobile -- 75.084 mph
1983 -- Sam Ard (1) -- Oldsmobile -- 73.639 mph
1982 -- Tommy Houston (15) -- Pontiac -- 57.667 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Eastern 150 (1982-83), Wrangler 150 (1984), Pontiac 200
(1990-91), Hardee's 200 (1992-93), Hardee's 250 (1994-2003), Funai 250
(2004-05), Circuit City 250 (2006-07), Lipton Tea 250 (2008-09), BUBBA
Burger 250 (2010-11), Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (2012).
 
Past Toyota Care 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Kevin Harvick -- 3
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 25
2010 -- Kyle Busch -- 4
2009 -- Matt Kenseth -- 3
2008 -- Kasey Kahne -- 14
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 41
2006 -- Jason Leffler -- 24
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 4
2004 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2003 -- Michael Waltrip -- 4
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Matt Kenseth -- 4
2000 -- Jeff Green -- 1
1999 -- Jason Keller -- 30
1998 -- Wayne Grubb -- 4
1997 -- None -- Weather
1996 -- Jeff Purvis -- 1
1995 -- None -- Weather
1994 -- David Green -- 16
1993 -- Rick Mast -- 8
1992 -- Jeff Gordon -- 8
1991 -- Jeff Burton -- 31
1990 -- Michael Waltrip -- 1
1989 -- No Race -- Weather
1988 -- No Spring Race
1987 -- No Spring Race
1986 -- No Spring Race
1985 -- No Spring Race
1984 -- Tommy Ellis -- 15
1983 -- Sam Ard -- 1
1982 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 20
Last Race Results
RACE: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (April 12)
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Austin Dillon
FOURTH: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
FIFTH: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Alex Bowman (finished 14)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 25 mins., 20 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 123.853 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.272 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 42 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 22 among 11 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Bowman 1-4, Hornish Jr 5-22, Keselowski 23-26, Cassill 27, K.
Busch 28-53, Keselowski 54-65, Clements 66, Wallace 67,
Keselowski 68-69, Hornish Jr 70-72, Kahne 73-94, Kenseth 95-106,
Hornish Jr 107-110, Kahne 111-114, K. Busch 115-122, Koch 123,
Hornish Jr 124-127, Keselowski 128-141, K. Busch 142-148,
Keselowski 149, K. Busch 150-168, Earnhardt 169, K. Busch
170-200.
Toyota Care 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Hoovey the Movie
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)ChevroletTBA
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
5Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/corvetteparts.net
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Ford Ecoboost
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
8Scott Lagasse Jr. (St. Augustine, FL)Chevrolet/Hybrid Light
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/Sports Clips
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Juan Carlos Blum (Guadalajara, Mex.)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Chevrolet/Keller Williams Realty
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/SKF/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/Compassion International
29Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Toyota Care
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Delavacco
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cessna
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hungry Man
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
44Hal Martin (Galliano, LA)Toyota/American Custom Yachts
46Chase Miller (Canton, GA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
47Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
52Derek Thorn (Lakeport, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Stone Bridge Construction
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
79Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Ford/Donate Life
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet
89Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Chevrolet/Hylands
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
98Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN)Ford/Carroll Shelby Motors
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/St. Jude Children's Hospital
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kevin Harvick312Won4257---3
Sam Hornish Jr.---------4315------75
Elliott Sadler---2nd18th------------46
Austin Dillon------------------------9
Brian Scott---------------32281514
Justin Allgaier---------------3815315
Brad Keselowski---------35114Won516
Kyle BuschWon23953Won4------
Regan Smith40---2115---------------
Trevor Bayne------------------21------
Brian Vickers---------------------------
Kyle Larson---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Jeffrey Earnhardt - started 36 and finished 22
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway is the seventh race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 58 Nationwide races held at Richmond. This track hosted three events in the series during the 1982 season and then two each year after that.

Tommy Houston won the inaugural Nationwide race at Richmond, the Eastern 150, on Feb. 20, 1982.

Kevin Harvick holds the record for most Nationwide victories at Richmond with six. Harvick won the most recent event there last September. He is entered in this weekend's race.

Roush Fenway Racing has the most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Richmond with nine, followed by Richard Childress Racing with six.

Eleven of 58 Nationwide races at Richmond have been won from the pole position. Harvick most recently did it in September 2010.

Kyle Busch is the only driver on the entry list for this race that scored his first career Nationwide win at Richmond, which came on May 14, 2004. Busch holds the record for most career victories in the series with 55. Four of those wins have come this season.

Four drivers entered in this event made their first career Nationwide starts at Richmond: Jeff Green (Sept. 8, 1990), Austin Dillon (Sept. 7, 2008), Travis Pastrana (April 27, 2012) and Tanner Berryhill (same date as Pastrana).

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Richmond occurred one year ago when Kurt Busch beat Denny Hamlin to the finish line by just 0.062 seconds.

The next race is the May 4 Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway. Joey Logano won last year's event there.

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