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Race Capsule

Richmond International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 11 of 34 on XFINITY circuit

  • Where:

    Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA

  • When:

    May 14, 2004 8:00 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    0.75 miles

  • Race Length:

    188.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Kevin Harvick Defending champion is 10th in points race with 2,420, 40 ahead of Jeremy Mayfield for the final spot in the "Chase for the Nextel Cup"; set the track qualifying record here last year with a speed of 184.343 mph; has finished no higher than 10th in last 10 races; posted three top-five finishes in first nine races, including thirds in the Ford City 500 and Aaron's 499.
Kasey Kahne Rookie picked up his third top-three finish of the season - tops among all rookies - in the Pennsylvania 500 and moved up two slots into 12th in the standings, 69 points out of 10th; recorded a top-10 finish in each of last two races after posting one, a second in the DHL 400, in previous 11; Subway 400 was first of his four second-place finishes; tied Art Watts (1957) on June 13 for the quickest driver to reach four career poles, doing so in 14 races.
Advanced two spots to 16th in the points standings following a sixth in the Siemens 300; has yet to win this year but has posted eight top-10 finishes, including seven in his last nine races; came in a disappointing 33rd at Pocono 500 earlier this year; best finish at Pocono Raceway was a second in June, 1988; "We had a very competitive race car at Pocono last month as last year as well when we finished fourth. I am very optimistic about our chances of getting a victory. We were close in New Hampshire, which is a good feeling."