1: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories posted by Stewart-Haas Racing drivers at Darlington Raceway. Kevin Harvick took the organization’s first checkered flag at the Lady in Black on April 12. Team co-owner Tony Stewart has never won at the 1.366-mile speedway, and neither have teammates Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick.
2: The combined number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories recorded so far this season by Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing. Dale Earnhardt Jr. got Hendrick’s lone win in the Daytona 500. Kyle Busch scored for JGR at Fontana, Calif. The two organizations were the series’ most prolific winners in 2013, totaling 21 victories in 36 points races (12 for JGR and nine for HMS).
3: The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories recorded by Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Richmond International Raceway. Measured by wins alone, RIR is Earnhardt’s best non-restrictor- plate track and tied for his second best overall. Earnhardt has five victories at Talladega and three at Daytona.
7.6: The average starting position for Jeff Gordon in 42 NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Richmond International Raceway, best among active drivers. In fact, Denny Hamlin is the only other active driver with an average starting spot better than 10.0 (9.3).
1,390: The number of laps led by Denny Hamlin in 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Richmond International Raceway, his home track. Among active drivers, Hamlin’s total is second only to Jeff Gordon’s 1,464, a number the four-time series champion has amassed in 42 career starts.
Officials for Gateway Motorsports Park and MAKE Motorsports announced Friday that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will be known as the “Drivin’ for Linemen 200.” NASCAR returns to the St. Louis area on June 14, 2014 — for the first time since 2010 — with a race that will bring a heightened level of awareness to the Linemen of America and the electrical industry. This race will pay tribute to the past, present, future and fallen Linemen. The No. 50 MAKE Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado is the first industry-sponsored NASCAR Camping World Truck Series vehicle. … After a prolonged wait, figure this Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway as the likely spot for Kyle Busch to reach 10,000 career laps led. He needs 30 more laps led to become the 15th driver to reach the milestone. Busch has led 30 or more laps in seven of his 18 Richmond starts. … AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG-Daugherty Racing, will make his 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend, at Richmond. His best career finish is second, on April 1, 2012, at Martinsville Speedway – like Richmond, a short track. … Marcos Ambrose, who drives the No. 9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, will also make his 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on Saturday night. He has two wins in his career, both at Watkins Glen.
Tune-In: NASCAR On Television
– Thursday, April 24
Noon, NASCAR Race Hub, FOX Sports 1
6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub re-air, FOX Sports 2
7 p.m., How It’s Made: NASCAR Engines re-air, Science Channel
2 a.m. (Fri.), How It’s Made: NASCAR Engines re-air, Science Channel
2:30 a.m. (Fri.), NASCAR Now, ESPN2
2:30 a.m. (Fri.), NASCAR’s The List: Fights & Feuds re-air, NBC Sports Network
– Friday, April 25
10 a.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, FOX Sports 1
Noon, NASCAR Live, FOX Sports 1
1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, FOX Sports 1
2 p.m., The Day: Remembering Dale Earnhardt, FOX Sports 1
3 p.m., NASCAR Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, ESPN2
5 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1
6:30 p.m., NASCAR Nationwide Series Countdown, ESPNews
7 p.m., NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Richmond, ESPNews
3 a.m. (Sat.), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice reair, FOX Sports 1
4 a.m. (Sat.), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying re-air, FOX Sports 1
4 a.m. (Sat.), NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Richmond re-air, ESPN deportes
5:30 a.m. (Sat.), FOX Sports 1 on 1: Jimmie Johnson re-air, FOX Sports 1
– Saturday, April 26
5:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Day, FOX Sports 2
6:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pre-Race Show, FOX
7 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Richmond, FOX
11:30 p.m., NASCAR Victory Lane, FOX Sports 1
2 a.m. (Sun.), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Richmond re-air, FOX Deportes
National Series Standings
This year, wins matter more than in any season in the 65-year history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Essentially, a win locks a driver into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Kevin Harvick leads with two wins and one win each for Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano.
Going into Saturday’s race at Richmond, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point leaders are Jeff Gordon-297; Matt Kenseth- 296; Carl Edwards-278; Dale Earnhardt Jr.-271; Jimmie Johnson- 270; Kyle Busch-269;Brad Keselowski- 246; Joey Logano-245; Ryan Newman-236; Austin Dillon #-235; Greg Biffle-227; Tony Stewart-224; Brian Vickers-224; Kyle Larson #-223; Denny Hamlin-223; and Clint Bowyer-219.