JR Motorsports |
RACE: Federated Auto Parts 400
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
TRACK: Richmond International Raceway
LENGTH: .75-mile D-shaped oval
TV: ABC (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET)
RADIO: MRN Radio (Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET)
News & Notes
NATIONWIDE DEBUT: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have Nationwide on his side as the company makes an early debut as a primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS team this weekend in Richmond. A first look at the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS will be given to fans Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. ET via the new @Nationwide88 Twitter account that will provide updates related to Earnhardt and his Hendrick Motorsports team.
POINTS REPORT: Dale Earnhardt Jr. ranks second in the driver standings after finishing 11th at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend. He trails teammate Jeff Gordon by 21 points with one race remaining until the 16-car field is set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
CHASE CLINCH: Thanks to his three wins and a secured spot in the top 30 of the standings, Earnhardt clinched a spot in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, presuming he attempts to qualify for this weekend’s race.
AT RICHMOND: In 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, Earnhardt has recorded three wins, one pole position, nine top-five finishes and 13 top-10s. He has led a total of 501 laps and completed 99.2 percent of all laps he's attempted at the short track (11,913 laps of 12,009 total).
RICHMOND WINS: Among active drivers, Earnhardt is one of four drivers tied for second with three Cup victories at Richmond. Earnhardt most recently went to Victory Lane at Richmond on May 6, 2006, after leading 47 laps.
CHASSIS CHOICE: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-857. Earnhardt most recently raced this chassis to a 10th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.
DRIVER RATING: According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Earnhardt ranks 12th in the driver rating category at Richmond with an average score of 86.8 over the last 19 races. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
HENDRICK AT RICHMOND: In 194 starts at Richmond International Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports has 10 wins, 52 top-five finishes and 92 top-10s. Jimmie Johnson most recently went to Victory Lane there for the organization on Sept. 7, 2008.
30TH ANNIVERSARY: In 2014, Hendrick Motorsports is celebrating its 30th anniversary in NASCAR. The organization began in 1984 with five employees and 5,000 square feet of work space. It has grown to more than 500 employees with a 430,000-square-foot facility that sits on 140 acres. Driver Geoff Bodine won the Martinsville Speedway spring race on April 29, 1984, marking Hendrick Motorsports’ first victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
DALE EARNHARDT JR. (ON RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY): “I enjoy racing at Richmond. You can be aggressive and the racing is fun. We run at night and get a great crowd for the event. Richmond has put on a good show for years.”