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By the Numbers: Victories come in bunches at Richmond

April 27, 2012, , NASCAR.com

For Starters

4 -- Four drivers have combined to win 12 of the past 14 Nationwide Series races at Richmond: Kevin Harvick (4), Kyle Busch (3), Carl Edwards (3) and Denny Hamlin (2). Harvick and Hamlin are entered in this week's race.

4 -- Four drivers have combined to win 10 of the past 11 Cup Series races at Richmond: Kyle Busch (3), Jimmie Johnson (3), Denny Hamlin (2) and Kevin Harvick (2). Busch, Hamlin and Harvick join Brad Keselowski as two-time winners in the past 10 short-track races.

NATIONWIDE SERIES

Breakout Number

15 -- Kevin Harvick has 15 Nationwide Series wins on short tracks, more than any active driver and fifth-most all time in the series. Five of those victories have come at Richmond, where he shares the track record with Mark Martin. His most recent Richmond victory occurred in September 2010, where he led 170 laps and started from the pole.

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Track Tidbits

3 -- Three drivers finished in the top 10 in both races at Richmond last season: Justin Allgaier (third in the spring and ninth in the fall), Elliott Sadler (fourth and sixth) and Ryan Truex (eighth and fourth). Truex and Sam Hornish Jr., who finished seventh, each scored their first career series top-10 in the spring race.

6 -- Six of the past nine races have ended with a final green stretch of less than 10 laps, including the past four spring races.

108.415 -- Last year's spring Nationwide Series race at Richmond set a track record for the fastest race ever at 108.415 mph; track records also were set or tied for the fewest number of cautions at three (for the third time) and the fewest number of cautions laps at 12.

Recent Trends

1 -- The driver leading the most laps has won only one of the past six NNS races on short tracks: Denny Hamlin (199) in last year's spring race at Richmond, where the driver leading the most laps has won four of the past six races.

5 -- Five of the first six Nationwide races this season have been won by non-Cup drivers. The last non-Cup competitor to win at Richmond in the NNS was Kyle Busch in May 2004 (16 races ago), his first career series victory.

17 -- It's been 17 races since the last green-white-checkered finish in the NNS, the longest streak of races without a GWC since the procedure began in 2004. In the 16 races at Richmond since that time, six have ended in a GWC finish (most recently in April 2010), tied with Daytona for second-most behind Phoenix (seven).

SPRINT CUP SERIES

Breakout Number

15 -- Jeff Gordon has 15 short-track wins, the most among active drivers, but he has not won in 38 races, since Martinsville in 2005 (two Richmond wins, most recently in September 2000). In those 38 races he has finished second or third 11 times and in the top five 21 times (including one runner-up, two third-place finishes and five top-fives in 12 RIR races).

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Track Tidbits

3 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has three Richmond wins (most recently in May 2006), his most at a non-plate track. But he has only one top-10 in the past 11 races, a fourth-place finish in September 2008. Junior scored his first career top-10 at Richmond (10th in September 2009). His average finish in eight RIR races in the No. 88 is 21st.

5 -- Five of the six winningest drivers at Richmond are in the NASCAR Hall of Fame: Richard Petty (13), Bobby Allison (7), David Pearson (6), Darrell Waltrip (6) and Dale Earnhardt (5). Rusty Wallace, a first-year nominee, has the most victories (6) on the three-quarters-mile configuration. No full-time active driver has more than three wins at RIR: Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart.

200 -- The race winner has led more than 200 laps in each of the past five races, and at least 83 consecutive laps each time.

Recent Trends

1 -- Only one race this season (Daytona with 10) has had double-digit cautions, and three of the past four races have set track records for fewest cautions. The 15 cautions in the September 2011 race at Richmond tied the track record for the most cautions on the three-quarters-mile layout (it's happened three times in the 47 races since RIR was reconfigured in time for the September 1988 race). The first 26 races since then had only three races with double-digit cautions; the last 21 have had 15 double-digit cautions.

3 -- Hendrick Motorsports drivers have been passed for the win in three of the past four races this season and in three of the past four short-track races, including September 2011 at Richmond, where Jeff Gordon was passed by Kevin Harvick on Lap 385 of 400. Gordon has been the driver passed for the final lead change in four of the past six races at RIR.

5 -- Martin Truex Jr.'s current run of five consecutive top-10s in the best streak of his career. He has not finished worse than 17th this season. Truex has two top-10s in 12 starts at Richmond, including a seventh-place finish (May 2010) in the No. 56 Toyota. But, his average finish of 24.3 at RIR is his worst at any track. Incidentally, Kansas had been Truex's worst track until his runner-up finish last week improved his average finish from 26.3 to 23.2.

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