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DATE: Friday, September 9th
SITE: Richmond International Raceway (1953) -- Richmond, Virginia
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval - 1,290 feet (Frontstretch); 860 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 97,912 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 30th
TELEVISION: ESPN 2
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (Finished 1st)
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: $1,201,859 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $49,795; 2nd Place - $27,500; 3rd Place - $35,368
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kevin Harvick16Denny Hamlin5
2Brad Keselowski37Clint Bowyer2
3Trevor Bayne88Paul Menard10
4Ricky Stenhouse Jr 239Kyle Busch6
5Reed Sorenson1810Carl Edwards4
2010 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 98.039 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 54 minutes, 45 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.256 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 30 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (123.990 m.p.h.)
Past Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 98.039 m.p.h.
2009 -- Carl Edwards (39th) -- Ford -- 101.458 m.p.h.
2008 -- Carl Edwards (5th) -- Ford -- 90.787 m.p.h.
2007 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 93.913 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 85.627 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kevin Harvick (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 88.634 m.p.h.
2004 -- Robby Gordon (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 86.372 m.p.h.
2003 -- Johnny Sauter (30th) -- Chevrolet -- 99.543 m.p.h.
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 78.089 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 90.156 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jeff Burton (2nd) -- Ford -- 89.203 m.p.h.
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 87.754 m.p.h.
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 82.067 m.p.h.
1997 -- Steve Park (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 77.774 m.p.h.
1996 -- Kenny Wallace (3rd) -- Ford -- 100.987 m.p.h.
1995 -- Dale Jarrett (6th) -- Ford -- 104.928 m.p.h. (race record)
1994 -- Kenny Wallace (6th) -- Ford -- 97.487 m.p.h.
1993 -- Mark Martin (4th) -- Ford -- 98.511 m.p.h.
1992 -- Robert Pressley (14th) -- Oldsmobile -- 95.373 m.p.h.
1991 -- Harry Gant (29th) -- Buick -- 86.719 m.p.h.
1990 -- Rick Mast (22nd) -- Buick -- 99.759 m.p.h.
1989 -- Bobby Hamilton (29th) -- Oldsmobile -- 92.071 m.p.h.
1988 -- Harry Gant (1st) -- Buick -- 89.434 m.p.h.
1987 -- Mark Martin (16th) -- Ford -- 66.180 m.p.h.
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 76.174 m.p.h.
1985 -- Tommy Ellis (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 80.539 m.p.h.
1984 -- Tommy Ellis (1st) -- Pontiac -- 65.199 m.p.h.
1983 -- Morgan Shepherd (3rd) -- Oldsmobile -- 63.848 m.p.h.
1982 -- Butch Lindley (7th) -- Pontiac -- 59.894 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Harvest 150 (1982), Miller Time 150 (1983-1984), 7-
Eleven 150 (1985), Freedlander 200 (1986-1987), Commonwealth 200
(1988-1989), Autolite 250 (1990-1999), Autolite/Fram 250 (2000-2001),
Funai 250 (2002-03), Emerson Radio 250 (2004-08).
 
Past Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Kevin Harvick -- 1st
2009 -- Denny Hamlin -- 17th
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Kyle Busch -- 1st
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 40th
2005 -- Mark Martin -- 4th
2004 -- Kasey Kahne -- 9th
2003 -- None -- Weather
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 1st
2001 -- Jeff Green -- 22nd
2000 -- Todd Bodine -- 4th
1999 -- Jeff Burton -- 35th
1998 -- Andy Santerre -- 10th
1997 -- Michael Waltrip -- 28th
1996 -- Michael Waltrip -- 38th
1995 -- Randy LaJoie -- 9th
1994 -- Jason Keller -- 36th
1993 -- Chuck Brown -- 14th
1992 -- Todd Bodine -- 7th
1991 -- Bobby Labonte -- 16th
1990 -- Michael Waltrip -- 3rd
1989 -- Tommy Ellis -- 2nd
1988 -- Harry Gant -- 1st
1987 -- Larry Pearson -- 10th
1986 -- Brett Bodine -- 19th
1985 -- Jimmy Hensley -- 8th
1984 -- Tommy Ellis -- 1st
1983 -- Tommy Ellis -- 2nd
1982 -- Tommy Ellis -- 15th
Last Race Results
RACE: Great Clips 300 (September 3rd)
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Georgia
MILES: 300.3
LAPS: 195
WINNER: Carl Edwards
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
FOURTH: Kevin Harvick
FIFTH: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 15 minutes, 40 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 132.811 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.697 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: C. Edwards 1-43; K. Busch 44-46; K. Harvick 47-55; K. Busch
56-57; K. Harvick 58; R. Stenhouse Jr. 59-60; K. Harvick 61-69;
R. Stenhouse Jr. 70; J. Clements 71; K. Busch 72-85; T. Bayne
86-87; K. Busch 88-93; C. Edwards 94-98; K. Busch 99-101; C.
Edwards 102-131; K. Busch 132-134; K. Harvick 135-138; J.
Allgaier 139-140; K. Kahne 141-164; C. Edwards 165-168; K.
Harvick 169-176; C. Edwards 177-195.
Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
03Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
04Fain Skinner (Live Oak, FL)Ford/Carport Empire
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Fastenal/Honoring Our Heroes
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
08Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville, GA)Ford/Randy Hill
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Federated Auto Parts
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/hipchixfundraisers.com
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Lilly Trucking of VA
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Fastenal/Honoring Our Heroes
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Z-Line Designs
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TBA
20Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/TBA
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Ruby Tuesday
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/maxelence.com
30Ricky Carmichael (Clearwater, FL)Chevrolet/Monster Energy
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33 *Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem Heating & Cooling
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Luis Martinez Jr. (Baldwin Park, CA)Ford/King Taco
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
41Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
42Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/Key Motorsports
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Key Motorsports
47Brian Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Chevrolet/Key Motorsports
49Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/Acredale Vending
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Liberty Tire Recyclers
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Racing Engines
52Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Chevrolet/TBA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal/Honoring Our Heroes
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
70David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Foretravel
71Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Ford/Lilly Trucking
75Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Lilly Trucking
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/daystar.com
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kevin Harvick---2nd7thWonWon24th8th2ndWon
Brad Keselowski------------38th38th21st4th2nd
Trevor Bayne---------------------7th3rd
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.------------------------4th
Reed Sorenson---------7th5th---------5th
Kyle Busch------5th14th12thWon10th3rd9th
Carl Edwards---------28th9th2ndWonWon10th
Aric Almirola------------------------11th
Justin Allgaier---------------------8th12th
Elliott Sadler---------6th------19th---13th
Jason Leffler------4th5th20th11th30th32nd14th
Jamie McMurray2nd------37th11th3rd---------
 
Mover of the Week
Josh Wise - Started in the 36th position and finished 22nd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse - Steve Wallace
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Elliott Sadler) - Finished 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Dennis Setzer) - Finished 34th
 
NOTES:
Kevin Harvick became a five-time winner on the Nationwide Circuit at this track in 2010, as he outraced Brad Keselowski to the finish line.

Despite the close finish, Harvick dominated the race, leading 170 of the 250 laps, as he passed Keselowski for the top position with 53 laps remaining. After a late-race caution for an incident involving Clint Bowyer and Brian Scott, Harvick came out of the pits first, but Ryan Newman stayed on the track and inherited the lead.

Just after the final restart with 40 laps to go, Harvick quickly moved around Newman and reclaimed the top spot. Keselowski chased down Harvick in the closing laps when he got stuck in lap traffic. Keselowski then made several attempts to pass him, but came up 0.256 seconds short of pulling off the victory. It was Harvick's third win of that season and the 37th of his career. Harvick also tied Mark Martin for the most Nationwide victories at Richmond with five. In addition, last year's race set a new event record for most cars running at the finish with 39.

Carl Edwards became the fourth driver in history to win this race in back-to-back seasons, as he raced to victory in 2009. Edwards defeated Harvick by 1.170 seconds for his 24th career Nationwide Series title. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin led three times for a race-high 101 laps, but faded down the stretch and placed 17th.

Domination was the word in 2007, as pole sitter Kyle Busch led for 227 of the 252 laps, as he recorded his ninth career Nationwide Series victory. Busch led the first 27 laps and the final 93, in all he was the front runner four times during the race, defeating Carl Edwards by 0.868 of a second. With the win, Busch became the first pole sitter to take the checkered flag since Dale Earnhardt Jr in 2002.

Back in 2006, Kevin Harvick became the first back-to-back winner of this race since Earnhardt Jr in 1998-99, as he crossed the finish line 0.925 of a second ahead of Greg Biffle. The win, his sixth of the 2006 season and 23rd of his Nationwide career, was a dominating one, as he led five times for a race-high 154 laps. Pole sitter Jeff Burton failed to finish the race due to brake problems and placed 40th. Burton led three times for a total of 39 laps.

In 2005, Harvick clipped Paul Menard by less than a second for his 16th career Nationwide title and third of that season. Harvick, who started eighth on the grid, reclaimed the lead on lap 215 and held on the rest of the way in front of a crowd of 70,000. Harvick led for a total of 149 laps while Menard led for 66. Pole sitter Mark Martin, who led for 10 laps, finished fourth.

Richmond International Raceway had been a flat, one-half mile track since it was built in 1946, but the old speedway was changed in 1988 when a major makeover took place. Richmond was lengthened to its current three-quarter mile distance with new 14 degree turns and the original oval shape was transformed into a tri-oval.

Earnhardt Jr and now Harvick are the only three-time winners of this race, while Tommy Ellis was a four-time pole sitter in the fall. In all, the pole sitter has won 11 times in 54 races at Richmond.

The next Nationwide Series race is the September 17th running of the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

09/06 18:29:05 ET

As of September 6, 2011, at 06:29 PM ET

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