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DATE: Friday, April 29th
SITE: Richmond International Raceway (1946) -- Richmond, Virginia
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval - 1,290 feet (Frontstretch); 860 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 112,029; 97,912 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 25th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
ANNOUNCERS: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Darrell Waltrip
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Greg Biffle
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 4th)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 187.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2004 (129.348 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Dale Jarrett, 1995 (104.928 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,187,017 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $31,145; 2nd Place - $39,300; 3rd Place - $25,550
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Brad Keselowski46Joey Logano5
2Greg Biffle77Kevin Harvick11
3Jamie McMurray278Reed Sorenson2
4Kyle Busch19Brendan Gaughan17
5Carl Edwards310Matt Kenseth8
2010 BUBBA Burger 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 91.194 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 4 minutes, 21 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.261 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 45 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 4 among 3 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (124.098 m.p.h.)
Past BUBBA Burger 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Brad Keselowski (4th) -- Dodge -- 91.194 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (3rd) -- Toyota -- 86.672 m.p.h.
2008 -- Denny Hamlin (3rd) -- Toyota -- 96.238 m.p.h.
2007 -- Clint Bowyer (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 91.899 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 79.068 m.p.h.
2005 -- Carl Edwards (5th) -- Ford -- 85.709 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 85.023 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 74.652 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jason Keller (2nd) -- Ford -- 80.138 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 84.028 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jeff Green (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 81.023 m.p.h.
1999 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 90.060 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Burton (8th) -- Ford -- 95.799 m.p.h.
1997 -- Mark Martin (18th) -- Ford -- 86.450 m.p.h.
1996 -- Jeff Purvis (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 98.168 m.p.h.
1995 -- Kenny Wallace (21st) -- Ford -- 96.291 m.p.h.
1994 -- Joe Nemechek (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 91.253 m.p.h.
1993 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 103.766 m.p.h.
1992 -- Harry Gant (28th) -- Buick -- 97.561 m.p.h.
1991 -- Harry Gant (11th) -- Buick -- 92.156 m.p.h.
1990 -- Michael Waltrip (1st) -- Pontiac -- 88.091 m.p.h.
1989 -- No race held -- Weather
1988 -- No race held
1987 -- No race held
1986 -- No race held
1985 -- No race held
1984 -- Sam Ard (3rd) -- Oldsmobile -- 75.084 m.p.h.
1983 -- Sam Ard (1st) -- Oldsmobile -- 73.639 m.p.h.
1982 -- Tommy Houston (15th) -- Pontiac -- 57.667 m.p.h.
 
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).
 
Past BUBBA Burger 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Kyle Busch -- 4th
2009 -- Matt Kenseth -- 3rd
2008 -- Kasey Kahne -- 14th
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 41st
2006 -- Jason Leffler -- 24th
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 4th
2004 -- Kyle Busch -- 1st
2003 -- Michael Waltrip -- 4th
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Matt Kenseth -- 4th
2000 -- Jeff Green -- 1st
1999 -- Jason Keller -- 30th
1998 -- Wayne Grubb -- 4th
1997 -- None -- Weather
1996 -- Jeff Purvis -- 1st
1995 -- None -- Weather
1994 -- David Green -- 16th
1993 -- Rick Mast -- 8th
1992 -- Jeff Gordon -- 8th
1991 -- Jeff Burton -- 31st
1990 -- Michael Waltrip -- 1st
1989 -- No Race -- Weather
1988 -- No Spring Race
1987 -- No Spring Race
1986 -- No Spring Race
1985 -- No Spring Race
1984 -- Tommy Ellis -- 15th
1983 -- Sam Ard -- 1st
1982 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 20th
Last Race Results
RACE: Nashville 300 (April 23rd)
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Alabama
MILES: 300
LAPS: 225
WINNER: Carl Edwards
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 4th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 23 minutes, 32 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.375 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.521 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 25 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Logano 1-18; C. Edwards 19-50; J. Logano 51; C. Edwards
52-115; J. Logano 116; T. Bayne 117; A. Almirola 118; C. Edwards
119-134; B. Keselowski 135; J. Logano 136-144; K. Busch 145-169;
J. Logano 170; J. Wise 171-175; K. Busch 176-188; C. Edwards 189;
K. Busch 190; C. Edwards 191-225.
BUBBA Burger 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/G&K Services
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Easy Feet
7Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/American Ethanol
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/PPG
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/driverboutique.com
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kelly Bires (Mauston, WI)Toyota/Heil Heating & Cooling
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
20Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Sport Clips
22 *Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Dodge/Wildlife Conservation Society
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Pouch Tech
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/ABF
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs. CT)Ford/TBA
40Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
49Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Dodge/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Co-ops USA
52Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Oakley
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
68Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
70Shelby Howard (Greenwood, IN)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Riverwalk Cafe
75Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
79Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/TBA
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/daystar.com
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
99Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Pastrana Waltrip Racing
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last eight years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Brad Keselowski---------------35th11th4thWon
Carl Edwards---------Won6th13th7th2nd5th
Reed Sorenson---------31st36th8th------8th
Kelly Bires------------------20th---11th
Justin Allgaier---------------------38th15th
Jason Leffler------11th---24th37th16th10th16th
Steve Wallace------------28th32nd5th11th17th
Paul Menard------33rd36th8th---------19th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr------------------------20th
Kenny Wallace17th---9th20th23rd---37th23rd22nd
Michael Annett---------------------34th26th
Brian Scott---------------------32nd28th
Trevor Bayne---------------------------
Denny Hamlin---------13th10th41stWon------
Elliott Sadler---------2nd18th------------
Aric Almirola------------32nd------------
 
Mover of the Week
Morgan Shepherd - Started in the 37th position and finished 28th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Darkhorse - Trevor Bayne
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brian Scott) - Finished 22nd
 
NOTES:
The silver anniversary of this race in Richmond takes center stage this week, as Brad Keselowski goes for the repeat. Last season, Keselowski benefited from a four-tire pit stop just before a two-lap overtime finish to pull out the win for his eighth of 12 career Nationwide Series titles.

Keselowski, who had won the previous Sunday at Talladega, dominated the race by leading 189 of 252 laps. He held a sizeable lead in the closing laps before Paul Menard cut a right-front tire and made contact with the wall to force the green-white-checkered finish. During the caution, Keselowski gave up the lead to Kyle Busch when he opted to hit pit road at the last second. Busch, Justin Allgaier and Jamie McMurray remained on the track, while the others on the lead lap also came in for a final stop. Keselowski charged from fourth to first in the final two laps for his second victory of the 2010 season.

Kyle Busch won for the 24th time in his Nationwide Series career in 2009, as he edged Carl Edwards by less than one second. Busch, whose win total now stands at 47, led four times for a race-high 115 laps, including the final 22. Edwards led a total of 71 laps. He grabbed the lead from Busch on lap 158, but Busch came storming back in the late stages. He made several attempts to pull ahead of Edwards, but could not make the pass before a caution came for an incident involving Ken Butler on lap 219. When the race resumed on lap 228, Busch quickly darted past Edwards to reclaim the lead for good. The win came on the eve of his 24th birthday.

In 2008, Denny Hamlin led the final 12 laps, as he outraced Kevin Harvick to the finish line for his sixth career Nationwide title. Edwards, who dominated the race, leading for 126 laps, placed seventh, while pole sitter Kasey Kahne finished 14th. Hamlin, who won four times in 2008, finished 0.789 of a second ahead of Harvick.

Clint Bowyer won the fifth of his eight Nationwide titles at Richmond in May 2007. Bowyer, who started eighth, crossed the finish line 1.483 seconds ahead of Matt Kenseth. He led a total of 29 laps. Jeff Burton, who finished third, put on a dominating performance for most of the race with 136 laps led. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin led the opening 20 laps, but finished 41st.

Starting from the 10th position in 2006, Harvick, raced to victory, as he defeated Jeff Burton by less than one second. Harvick led twice during the race for 49 laps, as he won for the 20th time in his Nationwide career. He now ranks third on the all-time Nationwide wins list with 37. Pole sitter Jason Leffler, who led for a total of 66 laps, finished 24th.

When Edwards won in 2005, he led just one lap, but it was the last, as he raced past Elliott Sadler in turn three of the final lap for 0.144-second victory. The win for Edwards was the second of five 2005 victories and the second of his Nationwide career. His win total now stands at 31.

The pole sitter has fared well in this race, posting wins five times. Kyle Busch was the last driver in this race to accomplish the feat back in 2004. Overall, the pole winner has gone on to win 11 of the 54 Nationwide events at Richmond. Of the 11 pole winners, Busch is the only two-time winner from the top spot (2004, 2007). The most winners (11) have come from the first and third (10) starting positions. Since 2004, a top-10 starting position has won in Richmond, except the fall 2009 event (39th position).

Mark Martin and Harvick are five-time winners at RIR, followed closely by Harry Gant with four. Martin has been equally impressive during his career at RIR, posting 20 top-10's in 25 races.

The next Nationwide Series race is the May 6 Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway. Denny Hamlin won last year's race there.

04/26 15:29:53 ET

As of April 26, 2011, at 03:30 PM ET

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