2002 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Race Facts WHAT: HARDEE'S 250 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Series Race ...
2002 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Race Facts
NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Series
Race #10 of 34
Richmond International Raceway
3/4-Mile Paved Oval
Friday, May 3, 2002
250 Laps / 187.5 Miles
Field consists of the fastest 36 cars through time trials. Also, seven provisional starting positions based on 2002 owner points, for maximum 43-car field. The 43rd position is reserved for a past NASCAR Busch Series champion, if needed. If unused, it will go to the next eligible owner.
National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR)
Richmond International Raceway, Inc.
TV: FX (Live)
Race Airtime: 7:30 p.m. ET
RADIO: MRN Radio (Live)
Airtime: 7:30 p.m.
SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES LOCAL)
Thursday, May 2:
12:30-2:30 p.m. - NBS Practice
4 p.m. - NBS Bud Pole Qualifying; (all positions)
6:30-7:30 p.m. - NBS Final Practice
Friday, May 3:
7:10 p.m. - NBS Driver Introductions
7:40 p.m. - Start of HARDEE'S 250
Qualifying: 125.780 mph - Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, May 3, 2001
Race: 104.928 mph - Dale Jarrett, Ford, September 8, 1995
THE TRACK: The NASCAR Busch Series has visited Richmond International Raceway since 1982. Richmond is a 3/4 mile oval, with 14 degrees of banking in the corners, 8 degrees of banking on the front straightaway and 2 degrees banking on the back straightaway. The frontstretch is 1,290 feet in length and the backstretch length is 860 feet.
2001 RACE REVIEW:
Bud Pole: Matt Kenseth, 125.780 mph, 21.466 seconds TRACK RECORD
Time of Race: 2 hours, 13 minutes, 53 seconds
Average Speed: 84.028 mph
Margin of Victory: 1.430 seconds
Lead Changes: 9 lead changes among 5 drivers
Caution Flags: 8 cautions for 72 laps
TOP 3 IN 2001 RACE:
1. Jimmy Spencer
2. Tony Raines
3. Mike Skinner
PARTICIPATING AWARD SPONSORS:
Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Clevite, Autolite Spark Plugs, Auto Meter Products, Bowman Distribution, Competition Cams, Ford Motor Corporation, Gatorade, Goodyear Eagle Tires, Goody's, Holley Carburetors, JE Pistons, Jesel Rocker Arms, Kar Products, Mac Tools, Mechanix Wear, Moog Chassis Parts, Moroso Ignition Wire Set, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks, Raybestos Brakes, Simpson Firesuits, 76 Race Gasoline, 76/NASCAR High Performance Motor Oil, Wix Air Filters.
* Jimmy Spencer won last year's Hardee's 250, then went on to win the fall race at Richmond, the Autolite/Fram 250.
* In 1982, Tommy Houston won the first NASCAR Busch Series race at Richmond, when the track was a .542-mile oval. (That layout was replaced in 1988 by a three-quarters mile oval.) Houston's win came in the Eastern 150, which was held in February. The first Richmond spring race for the NASCAR Busch Series was held in May 1982. That was the Spring 220, won by Butch Lindley.
* Mark Martin is the all-time leader in NASCAR Busch Series victories at Richmond, with five. Two of those came in the spring event, in 1993 and' 99.
* Among the drivers in the current top five in NASCAR Busch Series points, only fifth-place Kenny Wallace can claim a Richmond win. Wallace has won three times at Richmond, including the spring race in 1995.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
* Last week's race winner Scott Riggs, the leader in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, has climbed to third in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings, 86 behind leader Jack Sprague. Riggs has won two of the first nine races this season. (Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway on April 13; and Auto Club 300 at California Speedway last Saturday.)
* Sprague leads the points despite having not won a race. He does, however, have seven top-10 runs in nine starts.
* Johnny Benson, a regular in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, starts a limited schedule in the NASCAR Busch Series this week. Benson is slated to drive the No. 31 Whelen Chevrolet in the Hardee's 250. Benson won the 1995 NASCAR Busch Series championship.
* The NASCAR Busch Series officially began in 1982 but the circuit has 52-year-old roots. The series originally was known as the NASCAR Sportsman Division when it was formed in 1950; it became the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division in 1968, and then became the NASCAR Busch Series in 1982. The first NASCAR Busch Series race was held Feb. 13, 1982 at Daytona International Speedway, won by Dale Earnhardt. Jack Ingram was the first NASCAR Busch Series champion. The Hardee's 250 will be the 606th race in the history of the NASCAR Busch Series.