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DATE: Friday, Sept. 6
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval
CAPACITY: 94,063 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 33rd
TELEVISION: ESPN 2
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Sept. 6/4:05 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (finished 2)
LAPS: 250
MILES: 187.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kyle Busch, 2004 (129.348 mph)
RACE RECORD: Denny Hamlin, 2011 (108.415 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kevin Harvick36Austin Dillon2
2Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17Ty Dillon11
3Kurt Busch178Joe Nemechek14
4Denny Hamlin69Ryan Blaney27
5Michael Annett1310Darrell WallaceJr. 20
2012 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 91.724 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 2 mins., 39 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.944 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 45 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (122.822 mph)
Past Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Kevin Harvick (3) -- Chevrolet -- 91.724 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (3) -- Toyota -- 90.909 mph
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (1) -- Chevrolet -- 98.039 mph
2009 -- Carl Edwards (39) -- Ford -- 101.458 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (5) -- Ford -- 90.787 mph
2007 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Chevrolet -- 93.913 mph
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (5) -- Chevrolet -- 85.627 mph
2005 -- Kevin Harvick (8) -- Chevrolet -- 88.634 mph
2004 -- Robby Gordon (3) -- Chevrolet -- 86.372 mph
2003 -- Johnny Sauter (30) -- Chevrolet -- 99.543 mph
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (1) -- Chevrolet -- 78.089 mph
2001 -- Jimmy Spencer (3) -- Chevrolet -- 90.156 mph
2000 -- Jeff Burton (2) -- Ford -- 89.203 mph
1999 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (20) -- Chevrolet -- 87.754 mph
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (2) -- Chevrolet -- 82.067 mph
1997 -- Steve Park (2) -- Chevrolet -- 77.774 mph
1996 -- Kenny Wallace (3) -- Ford -- 100.987 mph
1995 -- Dale Jarrett (6) -- Ford -- 104.928 mph
1994 -- Kenny Wallace (6) -- Ford -- 97.487 mph
1993 -- Mark Martin (4) -- Ford -- 98.511 mph
1992 -- Robert Pressley (14) -- Oldsmobile -- 95.373 mph
1991 -- Harry Gant (29) -- Buick -- 86.719 mph
1990 -- Rick Mast (22) -- Buick -- 99.759 mph
1989 -- Bobby Hamilton (29) -- Oldsmobile -- 92.071 mph
1988 -- Harry Gant (1) -- Buick -- 89.434 mph
1987 -- Mark Martin (16) -- Ford -- 66.180 mph
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 76.174 mph
1985 -- Tommy Ellis (3) -- Pontiac -- 80.539 mph
1984 -- Tommy Ellis (1) -- Pontiac -- 65.199 mph
1983 -- Morgan Shepherd (3) -- Oldsmobile -- 63.848 mph
1982 -- Butch Lindley (7) -- Pontiac -- 59.894 mph
 
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)
2012 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- 2
2011 -- Brad Keselowski -- 19
2010 -- Kevin Harvick -- 1
2009 -- Denny Hamlin -- 17
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 40
2005 -- Mark Martin -- 4
2004 -- Kasey Kahne -- 9
2003 -- None -- Weather
2002 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 1
2001 -- Jeff Green -- 22
2000 -- Todd Bodine -- 4
1999 -- Jeff Burton -- 35
1998 -- Andy Santerre -- 10
1997 -- Michael Waltrip -- 28
1996 -- Michael Waltrip -- 38
1995 -- Randy LaJoie -- 9
1994 -- Jason Keller -- 36
1993 -- Chuck Brown -- 14
1992 -- Todd Bodine -- 7
1991 -- Bobby Labonte -- 16
1990 -- Michael Waltrip -- 3
1989 -- Tommy Ellis -- 2
1988 -- Harry Gant -- 1
1987 -- Larry Pearson -- 10
1986 -- Brett Bodine -- 19
1985 -- Jimmy Hensley -- 8
1984 -- Tommy Ellis -- 1
1983 -- Tommy Ellis -- 2
1982 -- Tommy Ellis -- 15
Last Race Results
RACE: Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 (Aug. 31)
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Ga.
MILES: 300.3
LAPS: 195
WINNER: Kevin Harvick
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Sam Hornish Jr.
FOURTH: Kasey Kahne
FIFTH: Kyle Larson
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 8 mins., 1 sec.
AVERAGE SPEED: 140.747 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.579 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 20 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-37, Clements 38, K. Busch 39-41, Dillon 42, K. Busch
43-58, Harvick 59-91, Larson 92, K. Busch 93, Smith 94, Harvick
95-148, Annett 149-150, Harvick 151-195.
Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Brett Butler (Lilburn, GA)Toyota/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Penske Truck Rental
14Chase Miller (Canton, GA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
18Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Resers
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Hertz
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Ryan Ellis (Torrance, CA)Toyota/TBA
29Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/American Ethanol
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/WORX
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Snickers
33Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Armour
40Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Travel Centers
44Hal Martin (Galliano, LA)Toyota/U.S. Forensic
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Value Lighting
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Donate Life
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (El Paso, TX)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
73Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/TBA
74To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
79Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Ford/Keen Parts
86To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/pellitgrillsusa.com
89Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Chevrolet/King's Tire
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/RAB Racing
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Austin Dillon------------26---------6
Elliott Sadler---6------19---13612
Justin Allgaier---------------812913
Sam Hornish Jr------------------------30
Kyle Busch51412Won1039Won---
Brad Keselowski------3838214219---
Matt Kenseth---334---------------
Kasey Kahne9------9---------------
Regan Smith---3626------------------
Brian Vickers---------6---------------
Kyle Larson---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Kevin Harvick - started 20 and finished 1
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway is the 25th race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 59 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's most recent win there came one year ago. He is not competing 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 seven.

Twelve of 59 Nationwide races at Richmond have been won from the pole position. Brad Keselowski most recently did it in the spring race there in April.

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 60. Nine of those wins have come this season.

Three drivers entered in this race made their first career Nationwide starts at Richmond: Jeff Green (Sept. 8, 1990), Austin Dillon (Sept. 7, 2008) and Travis Pastrana (April 27, 2012).

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Richmond occurred in April 2012 when Kurt Busch beat Denny Hamlin to the finish line by just 0.062 seconds.

The next race is the Sept. 14 Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won last year's race there.

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