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NASCAR at Richmond Stay Race Updates, Outcomes, Highlights from Federated Auto Elements 400

The second 2020 NASCAR playoff race will take place on Saturday afternoon with five drivers within 10 points of the post-season elimination line.

Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch are seven and four points above the cutoff, respectively, while Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer are tied for the final by 12 positions which will advance if the field drops from 16 after the next weekend. Cole Custer is just three points behind Almirola and Bowyer.

So the competition in Richmond on Saturday should be heated as the drivers know that if they get out of the competition they are a single mistake.

Here’s the playoff picture towards Richmond:

rank
driver
Points to cut off
1
Kevin Harvick
+73
2
Denny Hamlin
+54
3
Joey Logano
+27
4th
Brad Keselowski
+22
5
Alex Bowman
+19
6th
Martin Truex Jr.
+16
7th
Chase Elliott
+12
8th
Austin Dillon
+10
9
William Byron
+9
10
Kyle Busch
+7
11
Kurt Busch
+4
12
Aric Almirola
0
– –
– –
– –
13
Clint Bowyer
0
14th
Cole Custer
-3
fifteen
Ryan Blaney
-17
16
Matt DiBenedetto
-17

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NASCAR at Richmond Live Race Updates, Federated Auto Parts 400 Highlights

9:03 pm Harvick comes out of the pit lane with a lead of more than 10 seconds.

21 clock: Byron started the night relatively safely but will have to retire at this rate next weekend.

8:54 pm: Austin Dillon’s team are in one of the best moods ever given their strong start and the recovery from the penalty early in the second leg.

“Oh my god, he’s dragging ass.”

That was the general mood throughout the night on the 3 team’s second channel.

Austin Dillon cracked the top 10 before the green flag stops began.

He asked what he needed.

Austin says no changes.

“10-4” is the emphatic answer.

– Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) September 13, 2020

8:51 pm: William Byron has deteriorated over the course of the race and is in 22nd place. Blaney, who was forced into a frustrating double pit in the first stage, recovered somewhat to 18th place.

8:44 pm: Brad Keselowski overtakes Logano for first place.

8:42 pm: Austin Dillon is already back in the top 15.

8:33 pm: Joey Logano is the new leader after the Hamlin and Austin Dillon penalties.

8:28 pm: Well, that’s a big change in the competition. The top two cars are forced backwards.

PENALTIES: Denny Hamlin AND Austin Dillon speed up. Backwards.

So much for her early success …

– Davey Segal (@DaveyCenter) September 13, 2020

Austin Dillon said he was 0.1 mph over the limit.

– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 13, 2020

8:22 pm: Hamlin wins the first stage. Austin Dillon is just second.

Playoff drivers outside the top 10:

11. Custer
12. KuBusch
13. KyBusch
15. Almirola
16. Byron
17. DiBenedetto
25. Blaney

– Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) September 13, 2020

. @ dennyhamlin wins the 1st stage, its 8th stage W this season (series high). @ austindillon3 (P2) with nine stage points. HUGE development as Custer, Ku. Busch, Ky. Busch, Almirola, Byron, DiBenedetto and Blaney ALL couldn’t get any points.

– Davey Segal (@DaveyCenter) September 13, 2020

8:13 pm Kyle Busch has moved up to 15th place, an impressive placement after the last start due to two inspection errors. There are 22 laps left in stage 1.

8:07 pm: Denny Hamlin overtakes Austin Dillon for first place.

8:05 pm: Ryan Blaney is in serious trouble after scoring the lowest points among playoff drivers on Saturday.

7:59 pm: Austin Dillon’s crew tells him that he currently has the fastest car on the track. He surprises some people here after performing well last weekend.

7:56 pm: Austin Dillon is now first.

Statement from Austin Dillon, Justin Alexander and Company

– Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) September 12, 2020

NEW LEADER: Austin Dillon. What!? Holy cow, people.

– Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) September 12, 2020

7:54 pm: Kevin Harvick, who started at the front of the field, stayed in first place for 15 laps. Austin Dillon is up to second place.

7:47 pm: We’re green and the second playoff race of the 2020 campaign is underway.

7:40 pm: Engines will fire and the green flag should come within the next 10 minutes.

7:20 pm: The expected time for the green flag has been postponed slightly.

Green 7:48 p.m. ET. NBCSN. Stages 80-155-165 (400 laps). Backwards: KyBusch (failed technology 2x), Bell (unapproved adjustments). Beware of round 30. 9 puts tires. Fuel run 125-132 laps. #nascar

– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 12, 2020

NASCAR race start time today

The green flag for the NASCAR Cup Series race on Saturday night in Richmond will fly shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET, provided there are no rain delays, as has so often been the case since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.

The 7:30 p.m. ET start time will make customization during the race critical for racing teams, even on a short distance (0.75 miles) like Richmond. The track will be hot and slippery at the start of the race and cooler and faster as the night progresses. And Richmond Raceway is known to be tough on tires and brakes.

Richmond Raceway obviously has lights so a weather delay could move the race into the late hours of Saturday and the early hours of Sunday. The race is scheduled for 400 laps (300 miles) and must reach half the point to be considered official in the event of weather problems.

NASCAR starting grid in Richmond

Here is the full grid for Saturday night’s NASCAR race in Richmond:

Item
driver
Car no.
team
1
Kevin Harvick
4th
Stewart-Haas Racing
2
Joey Logano
22nd
Team Penske
3
Austin Dillon
3
Richard Childress Racing
4th
Alex Bowman
88
Hendrick Motorsports
5
William Byron
24
Hendrick Motorsports
6th
Kyle Busch
18th
Joe Gibbs Racing
7th
Denny Hamlin
11
Joe Gibbs Racing
8th
Kurt Busch
1
Chip Ganassi Racing
9
Brad Keselowski
2
Team Penske
10
Aric Almirola
10
Stewart-Haas Racing
11
Clint Bowyer
14th
Stewart-Haas Racing
12
Chase Elliott
9
Hendrick Motorsports
13
Cole Custer
41
Stewart-Haas Racing
14th
Martin Truex Jr.
19th
Joe Gibbs Racing
fifteen
Ryan Blaney
12
Team Penske
16
Matt DiBenedetto
21st
Wood Brothers Racing
17th
Erik Jones
20th
Joe Gibbs Racing
18th
Jimmie Johnson
48
Hendrick Motorsports
19th
Matt Kenseth
42
Chip Ganassi Racing
20th
Michael McDowell
34
Motorsport in the front row
21st
Ryan Newman
6th
Roush Fenway Racing
22nd
Tyler Reddick
8th
Richard Childress Racing
23
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
47
JTG Daugherty Racing
24
Ryan Preece
37
JTG Daugherty Racing
25th
Chris Buescher
17th
Roush Fenway Racing
26th
Christopher Bell
95
Leavine Family Racing
27
Ty Dillon
13
Germain Racing
28
Daniel Suarez
96
Gaunt Brothers Racing
29
Brennan Poole
fifteen
Premium motorsport
30th
Bubba Wallace
43
Richard Petty Motorsports
31
John Hunter Nemechek
38
Motorsport in the front row
32
JJ Yeley
27
Rick Ware Racing
33
Quin Houff
00
StarCom Racing
34
Corey LaJoie
32
Go Fas Racing
35
Reed Sorenson
77
Spire Motorsports
36
Joey gases
51
Petty Ware Racing
37
Timmy Hill
66
Motorsport Business Management
38
James Davison
53
Rick Ware Racing

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