Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250

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Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250
Richmond International Speedway.png
NASCAR Xfinity Series
VenueRichmond Raceway
LocationRichmond, Virginia, United States
Corporate sponsorVirginia Tourism Corporation[1]
First race1982
Last race2019
Distance187.5 miles (301.8 km)
Laps250 (Stage 1: 75 Stage 2: 75 Stage 3: 100)
Previous namesEastern 150 (1982–1983)
Wrangler 150 (1984)
Pontiac 200 (1990–1991)
Hardee's 200 (1992–1993)
Hardee's Frisco 250 (1994)
Hardee's 250 (1995, 1998–2003)
Hardee's Fried Chicken 250 (1996–1997)
Funai 250 (2004–2005)
Circuit City 250 (2006–2007)
Lipton Tea 250 (2008–2009)
Bubba Burger 250 (2010–2011)
Virginia 529 College Savings Plan 250 (2012)
ToyotaCare 250 (2013–2019)
Most wins (driver)Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Mark Martin (3)
Most wins (team)Joe Gibbs Racing (5)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (13)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length0.75 mi (1.21 km)
Turns4

The Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 was a NASCAR Xfinity Series race that took place at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. The race was first held during the inaugural season for the Xfinity Series in 1982 as a 150-lap event. The race was removed from the schedule after 1984. It returned to the series starting in 1990 as a 200 lap race. It was expanded to 250 lap distance in 1994. In 2016, as part of an overhauling of the Richmond spring race weekend, including the new Dash4Cash format, the total of 210-laps and had two 35-lap heat races and a 140-lap feature.[2] In 2017, the heat races were discontinued (as a result of stage racing being implemented that year), and the race returned to its 250-lap distance with the new stage format: stages 1 and 2 were 75 laps long, and stage 3 made up the remaining 100 laps.

NASCAR removed the race in 2020 in favor of a race at Martinsville Speedway in October, though Richmond still maintained their other race on the Xfinity Series schedule in September, the Go Bowling 250. Even though Richmond lost one of their two Xfinity races, likely in exchange, NASCAR gave the track a Truck Series race to be run in April like the Xfinity Series.[3] Despite the removal from the regular schedule, the race was briefly restored during the 2020 season as a replacement for the Michigan International Speedway event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, serving as the second round in a September doubleheader with the Go Bowling 250.[4]

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1982 February 20 6 Tommy Houston Mike Day Chevrolet 150 81.3 (130.839) 1:24:35 57.667
1983 February 26 00 Sam Ard Thomas Brothers Racing Oldsmobile 150 81.3 (130.839) 1:06:14 73.639
1984 February 25 00 Sam Ard Thomas Brothers Racing Oldsmobile 150 81.3 (130.839) 1:04:58 75.084
1985

1989
Not held
1990 February 24 30 Michael Waltrip Bahari Racing Pontiac 200 150 (241.401) 1:42:10 88.091
1991 February 23 7 Harry Gant Whitaker Racing Buick 200 150 (241.401) 1:37:40 92.156
1992 March 7 7 Harry Gant Whitaker Racing Buick 200 150 (241.401) 1:32:15 97.561
1993 March 6 60 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 200 150 (241.401) 1:26:44 103.766
1994 March 5 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:03:17 91.253
1995 March 4 8 Kenny Wallace FILMAR Racing Ford 250 187.5 (301.752) 1:56:50 96.291
1996 March 2 4 Jeff Purvis Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 250 187.5 (301.752) 1:54:36 98.168
1997 March 1 60 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:10:08 86.45
1998 June 5 9 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 250 187.5 (301.752) 1:57:26 95.799
1999 May 14 60 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:04:55 90.06
2000 May 5 10 Jeff Green ppc Racing Chevrolet 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:18:51 81.023
2001 May 4 1 Jimmy Spencer Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:13:53 84.028
2002 May 3 57 Jason Keller ppc Racing Ford 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:20:23 80.138
2003 May 2 21 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:30:42 74.652
2004 May 14 5 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:12:19 85.023
2005 May 13 60 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 253* 189.75 (305.373) 2:12:50 85.709
2006 May 5/6* 21 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:22:17 79.068
2007 May 4 2 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:02:25 91.899
2008 May 2 20 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 253* 189.75 (305.373) 1:58:18 96.238
2009 May 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:09:48 86.672
2010 April 30 22 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 252* 189 (304.166) 2:04:21 91.194
2011 April 29 20 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 251* 188.25 (302.959) 1:44:11 108.415
2012 April 27 54 Kurt Busch Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 250 187.5 (301.752) 1:48:06 104.07
2013 April 26 22 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:14:18 83.768
2014 April 25 5 Kevin Harvick JR Motorsports Chevrolet 250 187.5 (301.752) 1:58:54 94.617
2015 April 24 20 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 250 187.5 (301.752) 1:50:47 101.55
2016* April 23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. JR Motorsports Chevrolet 149* 111.75 (179.844) 1:11:37 93.623
2017 April 29 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 254* 190.5 (306.58) 2:10:34 87.541
2018 April 20 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:00:36 93.284
2019 April 12 00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste Ford 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:04:17 90.519
2020 September 12 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 250 187.5 (301.752) 2:01:46 92.39
  • 1984: 150 lap distance race time and average speed record.
  • 1993: 200 lap distance race time and average speed record.
  • 2005, 2008, 2010-11, and 2016-17: Race extended due to a NASCAR overtime finish.
  • 2006: Race was delayed because of rain and finished at midnight.
  • 2011: 250 lap distance race time and average speed record even with overtime.
  • 2016: The main event was reduced to 140 laps, while 70 other laps were divided into two heat races for the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash program. However, due to a NASCAR overtime from a late caution, the race ran 149 laps instead.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
3 Mark Martin 1993, 1997, 1999
Kevin Harvick 2003, 2006, 2014
Denny Hamlin 2008, 2011, 2015
2 Sam Ard 1983, 1984
Harry Gant 1991, 1992
Kyle Busch 2004, 2009
Brad Keselowski 2010, 2013

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
5 Joe Gibbs Racing 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2018
4 Roush Racing 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999
3 Richard Childress Racing 2003, 2006, 2007
JR Motorsports 2014, 2016, 2020
2 Thomas Brothers Racing 1983, 1984
Whitaker Racing 1991, 1992
Phoenix Racing 1996, 2001
ppc Racing 2000, 2002
Penske Racing 2010, 2013

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Make Years Won
13 United States Chevrolet 1982, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020
9 United States Ford 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2013, 2019
6 Japan Toyota 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018
2 United States Oldsmobile 1983, 1984
United States Buick 1991, 1992
1 United States Pontiac 1990
United States Dodge 2010

Qualifying race winners[edit]

Year Date No. Race Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
2016 April 23 1[5] 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35 26.25 (42.25) 00:13:43 114.824
2[6] 3 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 35 26.25 (42.25) 00:13:42 114.964

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richmond Raceway partners with Virginia Tourism Corporation on NASCAR Xfinity entitlement for Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250". Richmond Raceway (Press release). August 13, 2020. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Racing-Reference.info - Richmond International Raceway Race Results
  3. ^ Norman, Brad (April 3, 2019). "2020 schedules for Xfinity Series, Gander Trucks unveiled". NASCAR. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  4. ^ Crandall, Kelly (August 6, 2020). "NASCAR confirms rest of 2020 schedules". Racer. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "2016 Toyota Care 250 Heat 1 Results" (PDF). Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 Toyota Care 250 Heat 2 Results" (PDF). Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN Internet Ventures. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.