Originally created 05/03/01

Racing facts

Where: Richmond International Raceway's .75-mile quad-oval with 14-degree banking in the turns, a 1,290-foot front stretch and an 860-foot backstretch in Richmond, Va.

When: 8 p.m. SaturdayBroadcast: Television - FX; Radio - Motor Racing Network

Last year's winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Morris News Service pick to win: Tony Stewart

Others to watch: Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Notes: The posted awards are $3,270,994. ... Richmond has become one of the favorite race tracks among the drivers because it's fast enough to be exciting but slow enough to be racy. Cars will qualify at about 126 mph, and the average speed will be about 120 mph. ... The most competitive part of Richmond is the second corner. After sweeping through the first and second turns, the back straightaway requires a hard left turn. It's easy to spin the tires and hit the second-turn wall trying to get a run down the backstretch. ... Saturday's race marks the one-year anniversary of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s last victory in a points race.


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