2011 Wonderful Pistachios 400

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2011 Wonderful Pistachios 400
Race details[1]
Race 26 of 36 in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond International Raceway
Date September 10, 2011 (2011-09-10)
Location Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.75 mi (1.21 km)
Distance 400 laps, 300 mi (483 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 86 °F (30 °C); wind speeds up to 11.1 miles per hour (17.9 km/h)[2]
Average speed 89.91 miles per hour (144.70 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Michael Waltrip Racing
Time 21.196
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing
Laps 202
No. 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2011 Wonderful Pistachios 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on September 10, 2011, at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia.

Contested over 400 laps, it was the 26th race of the 2011 season. The race was won by Kevin Harvick for the Richard Childress Racing team. Carl Edwards finished second, and Jeff Gordon clinched third. For only the second time in modern-Sprint Cup history, an event was followed four days after another one. In this case, the AdvoCare 500 was held four days earlier than this event.


This race was dominated by accidents both involving single cars and multiple cars. Each green flag run averaged almost 20 laps while more than 21% of the race would be held under a caution flag. Kevin Harvick would dominate a good portion of the race while Jeff Gordon had a reasonable chance to win the race between laps 378 and 384. Scott Speed was the last-place finisher of the race due to a crash on lap 7. Despite Paul Menard's awful finish, he was the last driver to finish the race without any mechanical issues.[3]

Juan Pablo Montoya's 15th place finish and Marcos Ambrose's 21st place finish were respectable finishes for the token foreigners in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.[3] According to the gambling pundits, Kyle Busch was the mostly likely to win prior to the checkered flag while Ambrose, Regan Smith and Bobby Labonte were the three dark horses of the event.[4]

Each finisher was given a different amount of money as his/her individual winnings. These winnings were given out in addition to the driver's weekly salary as a part of a multi-car team. While Kevin Harvick received $256,736 for his valient effort ($269,155.03 when considering inflation), last-place driver Scott Speed received a meager $66,860 ($70,094.2 when considering inflation).[5]

Top ten finishers[edit]

  1. Kevin Harvick – #29
  2. Carl Edwards – #99
  3. Jeff Gordon – #24
  4. David Ragan – #6
  5. Kurt Busch – #22
  6. Kyle Busch – #18
  7. Tony Stewart – #14
  8. Ryan Newman – #39
  9. Denny Hamlin – #11
  10. Mark Martin – #5

Championship standings[edit]

Pos Driver Points[3]
1 Kevin Harvick 2012
2 Kyle Busch 2012
3 Jeff Gordon 2009
4 Matt Kenseth 2006
5 Jimmie Johnson 2003


  1. ^ "Sprint Cup Series Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ Weather information for the 2011 Wonderful Pistachios 400 at The Old Farmers' Almanac
  3. ^ a b c "2011 Wonderful Pistachios 400 race results". Racing Reference. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2011 Wonderful Pistachios 400 pundits' information". TheSpread.com. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Individual winnings information at Driver Averages

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