2012 Capital City 400

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2012 Capital City 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 9 of 36 in the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Richmond spring race logo.jpg
Date April 28, 2012 (2012-04-28)
Location Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.75 mi (1.20 km)
Distance 400 laps, 300 mi (483 km)
Weather Mostly cloudy; wind out of the E at 6 mph.
Average speed 105.202 miles per hour (169.306 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing
Time 21.040
Most laps led
Driver Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 211
Winner
No. 18
Kyle Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds

The 2012 Capital City 400 presented by Virginia Is For Lovers was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on April 28, 2012 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Contested over 400 laps, it was the ninth race of the 2012 season. Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing took his first win of the season, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second and Tony Stewart finished third.

Race report[edit]

Background[edit]

Richmond International Raceway, the race track where the race will be held.

The track, Richmond International Raceway, is one of five short tracks to hold NASCAR races, the others being Bristol Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Phoenix International Raceway.[3] The NASCAR race makes use of the track's standard configuration, a four-turn short track oval that is 0.75 miles (1.21 km) long.[4] The track's turns are banked at fourteen degrees. The front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at eight degrees while the back stretch has two degrees of banking.[4] The racetrack has seats for 97,912 spectators.[4]

Before the race, Greg Biffle led the Drivers' Championship with 312 points, and Martin Truex, Jr. stood in second with 297. Matt Kenseth was third in the Drivers' Championship with 295 points, four ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and six ahead of Denny Hamlin in fourth and fifth. Kevin Harvick with 287 was twelve ahead of Jimmie Johnson, as Tony Stewart with 265 points, was fourteen ahead of Carl Edwards, and sixteen in front of Ryan Newman.[5] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 54 points, eight ahead of Ford. Toyota, with 43 points, was ten points ahead of Dodge in the battle for third.[6] Kyle Busch was the race's defending race winner after winning it in 2011.[7]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Mark Martin won the pole position, after having the fastest time of 21.040 seconds.

Two practice sessions were held before the race on Friday. The first session lasted 120 minutes long, while the second was 45 minutes long.[8] Mark Martin was quickest with a time of 21.309 seconds in the first session, under nine-hundredths of a second faster than Biffle.[9] Paul Menard was third, followed by Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, and Johnson. A. J. Allmendinger was seventh, still within two-tenths of a second of Martin's time.[9] Also in the first session, Menard collided into the wall after his throttle stuck, causing a red-flag to clean the track.[10] In the second practice session, Earnhardt, Jr. was fastest with a time of 21.800 seconds, only 0.026 seconds quicker than second-placed Edwards.[11] Landon Cassill took third place, ahead of Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Bowyer. Michael McDowell managed to be seventh quickest.[11]

Forty-five cars were entered for qualifying, but only forty-three would race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[12] Martin clinched his 53rd pole position during his career, with a time of 21.040 seconds.[13] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Edwards.[13] Harvick qualified third, Allmendinger took fourth, and Kyle Busch started fifth.[13] Gordon, Hamlin, Truex, Jr., Kasey Kahne, and Earnhardt, Jr. rounded out the first ten positions.[13] The two drivers who failed to qualify for the race were Scott Riggs and J. J. Yeley, who had times of 21.807 and 22.030 seconds.[13]


Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed Grid
55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 21.040 128.327 1
99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.046 128.290 2
29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.087 128.041 3
22 A. J. Allmendinger Penske Racing Dodge 21.100 127.962 4
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.101 127.956 5
24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.135 127.750 6
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.138 127.732 7
56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 21.147 127.678 8
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.161 127.593 9
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.169 127.545 10
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 21.184 127.455 11
39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.194 127.395 12
51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 21.205 127.328 13
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 21.213 127.280 14
78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 21.225 127.209 15
2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 21.261 126.993 16
36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 21.266 126.963 17
20 Joey Logano Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.274 126.915 18
47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 21.278 126.892 19
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21.290 126.820 20
83 Landon Cassill BK Racing Toyota 21.294 126.796 21
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.302 126.749 22
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 21.311 126.695 23
17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.313 126.683 24
98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 21.325 126.612 25
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 21.346 126.487 26
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.350 126.464 27
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.356 126.428 28
93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 21.369 126.351 29
31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.408 126.121 30
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.408 126.121 31
26 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.411 126.103 32
10 David Reutimann Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 21.423 126.033 33
30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 21.432 125.980 34
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 21.448 125.886 35
95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 21.456 125.839 36
1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21.485 125.669 37
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.503 125.564 38
19 Mike Bliss Humphrey-Smith Racing Toyota 21.545 125.319 39
33 Stephen Leicht Circle Sport Chevrolet 21.574 125.151 40
74 Cole Whitt Turn One Racing Chevrolet 21.663 124.636 41
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.690 124.481 42
32 Reed Sorenson FAS Lane Racing Ford 21.705 124.395 43
Failed to Qualify
23 Scott Riggs R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 21.807 123.813
49 J. J. Yeley Robinson-Blakeney Racing Toyota 22.030 122.560
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sprint Cup Series Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Brown, Brian (April 24, 2012). "The Capital City 400". Rotoworld.com. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "NASCAR Race Tracks". NASCAR. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "NASCAR Tracks—The Richmond International Raceway". Richmond International Raceway. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Driver's Championship Classification". NASCAR. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Manufactures' Championship Classification". Jayski.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2011 Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400". racing-reference.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site – Sprint Cup Race Info / Rundown Page". Jayski.com. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Practice One Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ Spencer, Lee (April 27, 2012). "Menard goes to back-up in first session". Fox Sports. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Practice Two Timing and Scoring". NASCAR. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Qualifying Entry List". NASCAR. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d e "Race Official Lineup". NASCAR. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 


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