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NASCAR - Nationwide - ToyotaCare 250 Preview

Date: Friday, April 25

Start Time: 7 p.m. ET

Site: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.

Track: 0.75-mile oval

Laps: 250

Miles: 187.5

Capacity: 94,063 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 27th

On TV: ESPNews

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Denny Hamlin, 2011 (108.415 mph)

Qualifying record: Kyle Busch, 2004 (129.348 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Brad Keselowski (not defending)

Runner up: Kevin Harvick

Pole winner: Brad Keselowski (126.339 mph)

Top 10:

1. Brad Keselowski (Start: 1)

2. Kevin Harvick (4)

3. Kyle Busch (2)

4. Brian Vickers (9)

5. Regan Smith (16)

6. Elliott Sadler (14)

7. Sam Hornish Jr (3)

8. Kyle Larson (18)

9. Travis Pastrana (17)

10. Reed Sorenson (10)

Average speed: 83.768 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 14 mins., 18 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.718 secs.

Caution flags: 8 for 57 laps

Lead changes: 12 among 5 drivers

Past winners

2013 Brad Keselowski, Ford, 83.768 mph

2012 Kurt Busch, Toyota, 104.070 mph

2011 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 108.415 mph

2010 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 91.194 mph

2009 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 86.672 mph

2008 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 96.238 mph

2007 Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 91.899 mph

2006 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 79.068 mph

2005 Carl Edwards, Ford, 85.709 mph

2004 Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 85.023 mph

2003 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 74.652 mph

2002 Jason Keller, Ford, 80.138 mph

2001 Jimmy Spencer, Chevrolet, 84.028 mph

2000 Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 81.023 mph

1999 Mark Martin, Ford, 90.060 mph

1998 Jeff Burton, Ford, 95.799 mph

1997 Mark Martin, Ford, 86.450 mph

1996 Jeff Purvis, Chevrolet, 98.168 mph

1995 Kenny Wallace, Ford, 96.291 mph

1994 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 91.253 mph

1993 Mark Martin, Ford, 103.766 mph

1992 Harry Gant, Buick, 97.561 mph

1991 Harry Gant, Buick, 92.156 mph

1990 Michael Waltrip, Pontiac, 88.091 mph

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1984 Sam Ard, Oldsmobile, 75.084 mph

1983 Sam Ard, Oldsmobile, 73.639 mph

1982 Tommy Houston, Pontiac, 57.667 mph

Last race

Race: VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 (April 11)

Site: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, S.C.

Miles: 200.8

Laps: 147

Finish line order: Chase Elliott, Elliott Sadler, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano

Time of Race: 1 hr., 45 mins., 55 secs.

Average speed: 113.751 mph

Margin of victory: 0.283 secs.

Caution flags: 7 for 31 laps

Lead changes: 13 among 6 drivers

Lap leaders: K. Busch 1-19, Wallace 20, K. Busch 21-23, Harvick 24, K. Busch K. Busch 1-19, Wallace 20, K. Busch 21-23, Harvick 24, K. Busch 25-33, Elliott 34-60, Harvick 61-64, Elliott 65-88, Larson 89, K. Busch 90-142, Sadler 143-144, Larson 145, Sadler 146, Elliott 147.

Entry list

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/G&K Services

#2 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Shore Lodge

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Wesco

#4 Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC) Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com

#5 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Tide

#6 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/AdvoCare

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Hellmann's

#9 Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA) Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts

#10 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/supportmilitary.org

#11 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Toyota/One Main Financial

#13 Matt Carter (Denver, NC) Toyota/TBA

#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#16 Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.

#17 Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK) Dodge/NationalCashLenders.com

#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#20 Daniel Suarez (Monterrey, Mexico) Toyota/Silent Circle/Telcel

#22 Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC) Ford/SKF/Discount Tire

#23 To Be Announced Chevrolet/TBA

#28 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Dodge/JGL Racing

#31 Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Rockstar

#33 Cale Conley (Vienna, WV) Chevrolet/Okuma

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/RSS Racing

#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Cartwheel

#43 Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN) Ford/WinField

#44 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Toyota/TBA

#46 Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/RepairableVehicles.com

#52 Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/TBA

#54 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Monster Energy

#55 Jimmy Weller III (Hubbard, OH) Chevrolet/TBA

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Roush Fenway Racing

#62 Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/South Point

#70 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/Youtheory

#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Dodge/TBA

#76 Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS) Dodge/TBA

#86 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Chevrolet/Bubba Burger

#87 Kevin Lepage (Shelburne, VT) Chevrolet/JD Motorsports

#93 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Dodge/JGL Racing

#99 James Buescher (Plano, TX) Toyota/Rheem

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kevin Harvick 12 Won 4 2 5 7 --- 3 2
Kyle Busch 23 9 5 3 Won 4 --- --- 3
Regan Smith --- 21 15 --- --- --- --- --- 5
Elliott Sadler 2nd 18th --- --- --- --- 4 6 6
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 8
Trevor Bayne --- --- --- --- --- 21 --- --- 12
Brian Scott --- --- --- --- 32 28 15 14 20
Ryan Blaney --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 7 ---
Chase Elliott --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway is the eighth race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 60 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 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.

Twelve of 60 Nationwide races at Richmond have been won from the pole position. Brad Keselowski most recently did it one year ago.

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 65. Two of those wins have come this season.

Five drivers entered in this race made their first career Nationwide starts at Richmond: Jeff Green (Sept. 8, 1990), Chris Buescher (April 29, 2011), Ryan Blaney (April 27, 2012), Tanner Berryhill (same date as Blaney) and Ryan Reed (April 26, 2013).

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Richmond occurred on April 27, 2012 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. Regan Smith is the defending race winner.



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