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Chevy American Revolution 400

Status: Final Richmond International Raceway

Race Capsule

Richmond International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 11 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA

  • When:

    May 15, 2004 7:30 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    400

  • Track Length:

    0.75 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $4,902,954

Drivers to Watch

Ryan Newman Led the Winston Cup Series with eight wins in 2003, but is seeking his first victory this season; has two poles this year, nine from his 2003 total; enters Richmond with top-five finishes in two of his last three races; could be primed to break his winless streak as he returns to the .75-mile oval where he held off Jeremy Mayfield last September for his sixth win of 2003; also had runner-up finishes in both races here in 2002, when he beat Jimmie Johnson for Rookie of the Year honors; "At this point last season we were in a terrible slump and sitting 25th in points," Newman said. "While we haven't won a race yet, our main goal this season was to cut the DNFs and we've done that. We're more consistent this season. We watch the point standings, sure, but as long as we're in the top 10 at this point, we're good."
Jimmie Johnson Has recorded four straight top-10 finishes to climb within 25 points of Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the lead in the standings; his six top-five finishes this season are tied with Earnhardt for the most on the Nextel Cup Series; has experienced mediocre results at Richmond as he has failed to finish among the top 10, but has been better than 20th in all but one of four starts here.
Jeff Gordon Will try to win three straight races for the first time since 1998, when he won four in a row during a 13-win season; followed up his win at the Aaron's 499 by conserving fuel and notching his third career win at California Speedway; that was his 375th career start and 65th career victory; he has at least two wins in 11 straight seasons and is the only NASCAR driver with at least $60 million in career earnings.
Elliott Sadler One of just four drivers to be among the top 10 in the standings each week this season, but is just 41 points ahead of rookie Kasey Kahne; has struggled mightily at Richmond as he has finished inside the top 20 in only one of 10 career starts here; has not finished among the top 10 in any of his last three starts since holding off charging Kasey Kahne at Texas to get his second career victory.
Kevin Harvick Is sixth in the standings after recording top-10 finishes in the last two races; he and Kurt Busch both have 1,316 points, but Busch is ahead on the tiebreaker due to his victory at Bristol; has five top-10 finishes, including three among the top five, this season; has made 10 starts at Richmond, finishing second in September 2001 and sixth last May; "Well, it's neat for the fans and good for the drivers because it keeps us cool in the cars," Harvick said about racing at night in Richmond. "I think you get a bigger speed sensation at night, with the brakes glowing and the sparks flying everywhere. Believe it or not, it's actually easier to see from a driver's standpoint when you are racing at night. They've done such a good job with the lights that there are no shadows around the racetrack. It's crystal clear viewing as opposed to racing during the day."
Kurt Busch Is in the top five in the Nextel Cup points standings for the fifth straight week, although he dropped one spot to fifth after finishing 23rd two weeks ago in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway; that was his second straight finished outside the top 20 and Busch has dropped in the standings after each of the last three races; was eighth at Richmond last May for his first top-10 finish here, but was 24th in the September race.
Bobby Labonte The 2000 Winston Cup champion has recorded top-10 finishes in each of his last three races and moved up one spot to ninth in the standings after placing fifth in the Auto Club 500; has finished among the top 10 in the standings in six of the past seven years; has eight top-10 finishes in 22 career starts at Richmond, with four coming in his last six appearances; he was second to Joe Nemechek here last May and placed sixth in September.
Tony Stewart Richmond is the site of Stewart's first career NASCAR win in September 1999; led 333 of 400 laps and nearly made it two straight at the track if not for a pit road run-in with Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2000; won this race in 2001 and 2002, but has not been better than 27th place in his last three starts at Richmond; is eighth in the standings and has dropped one spot after each of the last three races, but is one of just four drivers to be ranked in the top 10 all season.
Matt Kenseth The 2002 Winston Cup champion has been among the top 10 in the standings for 45 straight weeks, which is the longest current streak in the Nextel Cup Series; is one of just three drivers to lead the standings this season as he was first in four straight weeks; finished fourth at California two weeks ago to overtake Kurt Busch for fourth place in the standings; has four consecutive top-10 finishes at Richmond and five in his last six here, including a victory in September 2002.
Kasey Kahne The top rookie on the circuit won his third career Nextel Cup pole in just his 10th start two weeks ago at California Speedway; the 24-year-old Washington native has finished outside the top 10 the last three races since finishing just 0.028 seconds behind Elliott Sadler at the Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway; has made four starts at Richmond on the Busch Series, with his best result being 12th last September; "I'm excited to go to Richmond. They repaved it. It's a tough little track, but it's a lot of fun to race on and I've always liked Richmond. With the new surface it should have a lot of grip, and it should be really fast."