DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Darlington Raceway officials have rededicated the facility's media center in honor of former track president and NASCAR vice president of corporate communication, Jim Hunter. As part of the rededication, a plaque featuring a photo of Hunter will be installed near the building's main entrance.

How can the driver with the best qualifying average in the Sprint Cup Series be 30th in the standings?

RICHMOND, Va. -- If Dale Earnhardt Jr. doesn't win one of the next three Sprint Cup races, he'll get to see how the other half lives -- and he's intrigued by the prospect.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Juan Montoya posted the only sub-21-second lap during Friday's time trials for Saturday night's Crown Royal Presents 400 to claim the seventh pole of his Sprint Cup career.

Sprint Cup drivers practiced Friday at Richmond International Raceway with one eye on Saturday night's Crown Royal 400 and the other on a race that's still five months away. That's because even though Richmond isn't in the 10-race Chase, when the Cup Series returns in September, a victory could be the difference between making and missing NASCAR's postseason.

Clint Bowyer will start Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX) as arguably one of the hottest drivers in the series. He would like to leave the three-quarter-mile oval late Saturday night as the undisputed hottest driver in the series.

Phil Orr, who drove in the final two Cup races on the Daytona Beach road and beach course, died Saturday at 84.

1. Richmond marks the one-third post of the Sprint Cup regular season. Have the contenders been separated from the pretenders yet? And who's the most surprising in each category?

Golden Corral and Tommy Baldwin Racing announced Wednesday a partnership for the remainder of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season. Golden Corral will be the primary sponsor of the No. 36 Chevrolet for 19 of the 28 remaining Cup races and associate sponsor for the other nine races. Dave Blaney will drive the No. 36 Chevrolet beginning this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

Steve Newmark knew this season wouldn't be easy for Roush Fenway Racing.