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DATE: Saturday, September 10th
SITE: Richmond International Raceway (1946) -- Richmond, Virginia
TRACK: 0.75-mile oval - 1,290 feet (Frontstretch); 860 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 97,912 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 53rd
TELEVISION: ABC
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)/Green Flag - 7:43 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 10th)
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: $5,052,458 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $219,975; 2nd Place - $203,256; 3rd Place - $179,828
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Denny Hamlin146Clint Bowyer4
2Kyle Busch327Juan Pablo Montoya2
3Jimmie Johnson118AJ Allmendinger3
4Joey Logano69Kevin Harvick20
5Marcos Ambrose1310Carl Edwards1
2010 Wonderful Pistachios 400 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 104.096 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 52 minutes, 55 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.537 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 28 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 14 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (127.762 m.p.h.)
Past Wonderful Pistachios 400 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (14th) -- Toyota -- 104.096 m.p.h.
2009 -- Denny Hamlin (3rd) -- Toyota -- 96.601 m.p.h.
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 92.680 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 91.813 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 101.342 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kurt Busch (4th) -- Ford -- 98.567 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jeremy Mayfield (7th) -- Dodge -- 98.946 m.p.h.
2003 -- Ryan Newman (4th) -- Dodge -- 94.945 m.p.h.
2002 -- Matt Kenseth (25th) -- Ford -- 94.787 m.p.h.
2001 -- Ricky Rudd (9th) -- Ford -- 95.146 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jeff Gordon (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 99.871 m.p.h.
1999 -- Tony Stewart (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 104.006 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Burton (3rd) -- Ford -- 91.985 m.p.h.
1997 -- Dale Jarrett (23rd) -- Ford -- 109.047 m.p.h. (race record)
1996 -- Ernie Irvan (16th) -- Ford -- 105.469 m.p.h.
1995 -- Rusty Wallace (7th) -- Ford -- 104.459 m.p.h.
1994 -- Terry Labonte (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 104.156 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 99.917 m.p.h.
1992 -- Rusty Wallace (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 104.661 m.p.h.
1991 -- Harry Gant (13th) -- Oldsmobile -- 101.361 m.p.h.
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 95.567 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rusty Wallace (6th) -- Pontiac -- 88.380 m.p.h.
1988 -- Davey Allison (1st) -- Ford -- 95.770 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 67.074 m.p.h.
1986 -- Tim Richmond (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 70.161 m.p.h.
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 72.508 m.p.h.
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 74.780 m.p.h.
1983 -- Bobby Allison (6th) -- Buick -- 79.381 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 82.800 m.p.h.
1981 -- Benny Parsons (4th) -- Ford -- 69.998 m.p.h.
1980 -- Bobby Allison (2nd) -- Ford -- 79.722 m.p.h.
1979 -- Bobby Allison (2nd) -- Ford -- 80.604 m.p.h.
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 79.568 m.p.h.
1977 -- Neil Bonnett (2nd) -- Dodge -- 80.644 m.p.h.
1976 -- Cale Yarborough (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 77.993 m.p.h.
1975 -- Darrell Waltrip (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 81.886 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Dodge -- 64.430 m.p.h.
1973 -- Richard Petty (5th) -- Dodge -- 63.198 m.p.h.
1972 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Plymouth -- 75.899 m.p.h.
1971 -- Richard Petty (11th) -- Plymouth -- 80.025 m.p.h.
1970 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Plymouth -- 81.476 m.p.h.
1969 -- Bobby Allison (26th) -- Dodge -- 76.388 m.p.h.
1968 -- Richard Petty (1st) -- Plymouth -- 85.659 m.p.h.
1967 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Plymouth -- 57.631 m.p.h.
1966 -- David Pearson (1st) -- Dodge -- 62.886 m.p.h.
1965 -- David Pearson (2nd) -- Dodge -- 60.983 m.p.h.
1964 -- Cotton Owens (3rd) -- Dodge -- 61.955 m.p.h.
1963 -- Ned Jarrett (7th) -- Ford -- 66.339 m.p.h.
1962 -- Joe Weatherly (2nd) -- Pontiac -- 64.980 m.p.h.
1961 -- Joe Weatherly (7th) -- Pontiac -- 61.680 m.p.h.
1960 -- Speedy Thompson (3rd) -- Ford -- 63.740 m.p.h.
1959 -- Cotton Owens (1st) -- Thunderbird -- 60.380 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Capital City 200 (1959-60), Capital City 250 (1961),
Capital City 300 (1962-1968), Capital City 500 (1969-1975), Capital City
400 (1976-1980), Wrangler SanForest 400 (1981-85), Wrangler Jeans Indigo
400 (1986-87), Miller High Life 400 (1988-89), Miller 400 (1990-96),
Exide Select Batteries 400 (1997-99), Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400
(2000-02), Chevy Rock & Roll 400 (2003-09), Air Guard 400 (2010).
 
Past Wonderful Pistachios 400 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 10th
2009 -- Mark Martin -- 4th
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 1st
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 15th
2005 -- Kevin Harvick -- 10th
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 20th
2003 -- Mike Skinner -- 18th
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 13th
2001 -- Jeff Gordon -- 36th
2000 -- Jeff Burton -- 5th
1999 -- Mike Skinner -- 11th
1998 -- Rusty Wallace -- 7th
1997 -- Bill Elliott -- 30th
1996 -- Mark Martin -- 9th
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 3rd
1994 -- Ted Musgrave -- 17th
1993 -- Bobby Labonte -- 13th
1992 -- Ernie Irvan -- 11th
1991 -- Rusty Wallace -- 3rd
1990 -- Ernie Irvan -- 12th
1989 -- Bill Elliott -- 18th
1988 -- Davey Allison -- 1st
1987 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 23rd
1986 -- Harry Gant -- 7th
1985 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 7th
1984 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1983 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 3rd
1982 -- Bobby Allison -- 1st
1981 -- Mark Martin -- 7th
1980 -- Cale Yarborough -- 26th
1979 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4th
1978 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 1st
1977 -- Benny Parsons -- 3rd
1976 -- Benny Parsons -- 29th
1975 -- Benny Parsons -- 18th
1974 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1973 -- Bobby Allison -- 3rd
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 2nd
1971 -- Bill Dennis -- 14th
1970 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1969 -- Richard Petty -- 19th
1968 -- Richard Petty -- 1st
1967 -- None -- Weather
1966 -- David Pearson -- 1st
1965 -- Dick Hutcherson -- 25th
1964 -- Ned Jarrett -- 5th
1963 -- Joe Weatherly -- 21st
1962 -- Rex White -- 5th
1961 -- Junior Johnson -- 2nd
1960 -- Ned Jarrett -- 3rd
1959 -- Cotton Owens -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Advocare 500 (September 6th)
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Georgia
MILES: 500.5
LAPS: 325
WINNER: Jeff Gordon
RUNNER-UP: Jimmie Johnson
THIRD: Tony Stewart
FOURTH: Kurt Busch
FIFTH: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (Finished 34th)
TIME OF RACE: 4 hours, 58 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 124.623 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.598 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 64 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 35 among 14 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Kahne - pole; C. Bowyer 1; K. Kahne 2-16; C. Bowyer 17-23; D.
Hamlin 24-25; Kyle Busch 26-31; D. Hamlin 32; A. Lally 33; Kyle
Busch 34-45; J. Gordon 46-77; C. Edwards 78-79; J. Gordon 80-94;
D. Hamlin 95; J. Gordon 96-98; Kyle Busch 99; J. Gordon 100-130;
D. Hamlin 131; M. Kenseth 132-145; J. Gordon 146-164; M. Kenseth
165-174; D. Hamlin 175; C. Edwards 176-185; M. Kenseth 186-201;
C. Edwards 202; J. Yeley 203-217; M. Kenseth 218-240; J. Johnson
241; M. Kenseth 242; C. Edwards 243; L. Cassill 244; M. Truex Jr.
245-247; J. Johnson 248-275; J. Gordon 276-283; B. Keselowski
284-285; M. Skinner 286-287; J. Gordon 288-325.
Wonderful Pistachios 400 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
11 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M Honoring Our Heroes
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Ollie's
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Moen
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/U.S. Chrome
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Cheerios/Hamb. Helper
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Honoring Our Heroes
35Stephen Leicht (Asheville, NC)Chevrolet/Pepsi Max
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37To Be AnnouncedToyota/TBA
38Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Long John Silver's
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Green Stuff
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Scott Brand
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's Power of Pride
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Green Smoke
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Brakes
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Chevrolet/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Kellogg's
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Denny Hamlin------------15th6th3rdWonWon
Kyle Busch---------4th2nd20th15th5th2nd
Jimmie Johnson13th11th36th25th23rdWonWon11th3rd
Joey Logano---------------------14th4th
Marcos Ambrose---------------------22nd5th
Clint Bowyer------------12th12th12th6th6th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------41st30th19th7th
Kevin Harvick18th16th12th10thWon7th7th9th9th
Carl Edwards------6th21st35th42nd13th15th10th
Ryan Newman2ndWon20th12th20th11th33rd10th11th
Jeff Gordon40th10th3rd30th31st4th8th3rd12th
Jeff Burton39th4th23rd18th9th18th6th18th13th
Matt KensethWon7th28th2nd8th14th39th25th14th
Brad Keselowski---------------------38th15th
Tony Stewart30th27th19th7th18th2nd2nd17th16th
Jamie McMurray---19th9th40th25th38th29th27th17th
Kurt Busch19th24th15thWon27th9th10th2nd18th
David Reutimann---------------13th9th20th19th
Mark Martin6th13th5th13th5th21st5th4th20th
Martin Truex Jr------------40th15th16th39th22nd
Regan Smith------------------23rd40th25th
Paul Menard---------------26th34th28th26th
Kasey Kahne------24th8th3rd8th19th12th29th
Greg Biffle33rd20th8th3rd6th39th15th13th32nd
Dale Earnhardt Jr4th17th2nd20th17th30th4th21st34th
Brian Vickers------37th37th24th24th36th7th---
 
Mover of the Week
Tony Stewart - Started in the 20th position and finished 3rd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Tony Stewart
Darkhorse - Greg Biffle
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Dale Earnhardt Jr) - Finished 19th
 
NOTES:
The great Richard Petty was the last driver to accomplish the feat of winning this race three straight years. Petty, a seven-time winner of this race, won five consecutive seasons at Richmond from 1970-74. This is significant, as Denny Hamlin has a chance to three-peat at RIR this weekend, the final race before the Race for the Chase begins.

Last season, Virginia native Hamlin led 251 of 400 laps, but had to hold off several challenges from his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch during the final 40 laps to capture his sixth of eight wins of 2010 and the 14th of his career. Currently 12th on the points list, Hamlin now owns 17 titles, and is fighting for the final wild-card spot in the Chase.

Hamlin has improved his standing in this race each of the last five seasons, culminating in victory the past two seasons. Hamlin was the dominant driver in 2009, leading a whopping 299 out of 400 laps, as he defeated Kurt Busch for win number six.

The final two positions in the race for the Chase will be determined this weekend. Brad Keselowski and Hamlin currently stand 11th and 12th respectively. AJ Allmendinger, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle are on the outside looking in and need some help.

In 2008, Jimmie Johnson clipped Tony Stewart by less than a second for his 37th career Sprint Cup title. Johnson started third on the grid and claimed the lead for the first time on lap 367, a spot where he held steady through lap 389. Stewart briefly reclaimed the advantage on lap 390, but Johnson took control on the 392nd lap and held on for a 0.365 of a second victory.

Starting from the pole position, Johnson captured the 2007 race, as he crossed the finish line over three seconds ahead of Stewart. Johnson led three times for 104 laps, including the final 61, as he posted a 3.007 seconds victory. Jeff Gordon, who placed fourth, led four times for a race-high 191 laps.

In 2006, Kevin Harvick captured the fall Richmond race, as he recorded a 0.153 of a second win over Kyle Busch. The victory was Harvick's third of the 2006 season and eighth of his "Cup" career. Harvick, who started fifth on the grid, reclaimed the lead for the fifth and final time on the second to last lap to register the win. Busch dominated most of the race, as he led for a race-high 248 laps.

When Johnson won this race in 2007, he became the first pole sitter to capture the checkered flag since Davey Allison in 1988. The winner of this race will most likely come from the top-10 starting positions on the grid. With 110 races held at RIR, 63 have been captured from the top-5, 87 from the top-10 and 22 from the pole. Only three times since 1992 has the pole sitter won here (2005, 2007, 2010).

Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a .5-mile dirt track. The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on April 19, 1953. The spring 1964 race was run on a Tuesday night under temporary lighting. The track name changed to Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1967. The track surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between races in 1968 and the name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969. The track was re-measured to .500 miles in April 1969, then to .542 miles in September 1969. The first race under permanent lights was Sept. 7, 1991 and the first season with both races at night was 1999.

The 10-race "Chase for the Sprint Cup" championship begins with the September 18th GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. David Reutimann is the defending race winner.

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