* In the Loop: Leffler Figures to be a Factor at Richmond * Dodge looks to make move in Bill France Performance Cup standings * "Fate" brings author Meltzer, NASCAR together at Richmond On The Right Track: Kenny Wallace Stout At Richmond * ...
* In the Loop: Leffler Figures to be a Factor at Richmond
* Dodge looks to make move in Bill France Performance Cup standings
* "Fate" brings author Meltzer, NASCAR together at Richmond
On The Right Track: Kenny Wallace Stout At Richmond
* Kenny Wallace and Kevin Harvick have three wins at Richmond, tied for the lead among active drivers.
* Other former Richmond winners entered include Jeff Burton (No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet), Kyle Busch (No. 5 Lowe's Chevrolet) and Carl Edwards (No. 60 Ameriquest Ford).
* Burton (two) is the leading Busch Pole winner among active drivers entered. Kyle Busch, David Green (No. 27 Kleenex Ford) and Matt Kenseth have also won a pole at Richmond.
* Wallace is the active leader in top fives (17) and top 10s (nine).
* Wallace looks to make his 26th NASCAR Busch Series start at Richmond, which would put him only one start behind Elton Sawyer, the all-time leader.
* Burton's 507 laps led and seven races led are the most among active drivers.
* Kenseth has the highest average finish -- 6.7 in 13 races -- among active drivers at Richmond.
NBS ETC ... Tim Sauter (No. 36 Lester Buildings Chevrolet) is scheduled to return to the track this weekend at Richmond. Stanton Barrett substituted for Sauter last week at California following an injury to Sauter at Bristol two weeks ago. ... Danny O'Quinn Jr. (No. 50 Stonbridge Life Ford) is also back following a one-week layoff. The Roush Racing rookie was replaced at California by fellow team developmental driver David Ragan, giving team owner Jack Roush the opportunity to observe another of his young drivers in action. ... Vision Racing owner Adrian Berryhill plans to debut his team at Richmond with 20-year-old driver Josh Krug, a native of Omaha, Neb. NASCAR veteran Bill Wilburn -- who guided David Gilliland to his stunning win at Kentucky in June -- will serve as crew chief for the team, which is advancing from the ARCA/REMAX Series where Krug has competed this season. The team also plans to compete at Kansas Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. ... Clint Bowyer (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet) has been running at the finish in 53 consecutive races. Bowyer's Richard Childress Racing teammate Kevin Harvick has completed every lap this year and has finished on the lead lap for 30 straight races dating back to Texas last fall.
On Deck: Dover International Speedway
Following an off-week for the first time since mid-May, the NASCAR Busch Series returns on Sept. 23 to Dover International Speedway for the Dover 200.
Ryan Newman is the defending winner of last year's fall event, winning from the Busch Pole.
This past June, Jeff Burton posted the victory while Kevin Harvick won the pole.
Dover is one of seven tracks to have hosted NASCAR Busch Series races since the series' inception in 1982. Todd Bodine is the all-time win leader with three, while Harry Gant has the most poles at the 1-mile concrete track with five.
In The Loop: Leffler A Force At Richmond
Jason Leffler seems to have picked a good time to get hot.
He clawed his way back into the NASCAR Busch Series top 10 last week at his home-state California Speedway and according to NASCAR's Loop Data stats over the last three races at Richmond, seems poised to build on that momentum Friday night.
Leffler (third) has the best Average Running Position of NASCAR Busch Series regulars at 6.989 and has a solid Driver Rating of 115.1, again best of series regulars. By comparison, points leader Kevin Harvick boasts a 148.0 Driver Rating at Richmond, best among all drivers.
Leffler is eighth-best among Fastest Drivers Early in a Run, a crucial component at the .75-mile track as far as working for and keeping track position.
Along those same lines, Leffler also counters as one of the Fastest on Restarts where his 120.205 mph average speed ranks seventh. He is also among the top 10 drivers (sixth) in the Fastest Laps Run category, turning 28 fast laps for an 8.3 percentage among all drivers.
Leffler is fourth at Richmond in Quality Passes -- passing a car in the top 15 while under a green flag -- with 47 total Quality Passes for an average of 24. He's been able to parlay those lap-specific numbers into the No. 4 position among all drivers in Laps Led at Richmond in the last three series races there (75).
Leffler rounds out key Loop Data categories at Richmond by topping the Closers chart. He has moved up a total of nine positions in the last 10% of laps in each race at Richmond, gaining an average of 4.5 spots per event. Kenny Wallace -- all-time leader in best top five and top-10 finishes at Richmond among active drivers -- is second.
Dodge Primed For Late-Season Surge In Bill France Performance Cup Standings
With it's first-ever NASCAR Busch Series win at California, Dodge moved closer to overtaking second-place Ford in the Bill France Performance Cup standings.
Kasey Kahne's win gave Dodge its second victory in the last four races and with five wins on the season, the manufacturer has 153 points, seven points behind Ford (six wins, 160 points).
Chevrolet continues to lead the standings with 16 wins and 200 points. Although Dodge is searching for its first series win at Richmond, it has some late-season momentum on its side. Last year, Dodge won four of the season's final eight races including three in succession at Dover, Kansas and Charlotte.
Chevrolet is the all-time NASCAR Busch Series leader in manufacture wins at Richmond with 16 -- nine in the last 11 races.
From The NASCAR Busch Series "25 Seasons Running" Archives
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. The first NASCAR Busch Series event using the new configuration took place on Sept. 10, 1988. Busch Pole winner Harry Gant led a field of 36 cars to the green flag in a race that saw six drivers swap the lead a total of eight times. Gant held off a late-race charge by then-reigning series champion Larry Pearson to win by a margin of 1.14 seconds. Gant was the third series driver to win from the pole at Richmond.
The Race: Emerson Radio 250
The Place: Richmond International Raceway
The Date: Sept. 81
The Time: 7:50 p.m. (ET)
TV: TNT 7:45 p.m. (ET) Radio: MRN/XM Satellite
Track Layout: .75-mile oval
Race Purse: $1,102,365 2005 Winner: Kevin Harvick 2005 Pole: Mark Martin
Friday, Sept. 9 -- Practice, 8:30- 9:40 a.m. & 10:10-11:10 a.m. Rookie Practice, 9:40- 10:10 a.m. Qualifying, 4:35 p.m. Race, 7:50 p.m.