Itâs NASCAR race day at Richmond Raceway, and weâve got some essential information you need to get ready for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400, the second playoff race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
START TIME:Â Tim Trudnowski, President of Automotive Jobber Supply,Â will instruct drivers to start their engines at 7:27 p.m. ET followed by the green flag at 7:33 p.m. ET.
RACE DISTANCE:Â The Federated Auto PartsÂ 400 is 400 laps around the 0.75-mile Richmond Raceway for a total of 300 miles.
RACE STAGES:Â After a successful run last season, NASCARÂ will once again beÂ dividing races into stagesÂ and handing out points. Here are the segmentsÂ for tonight’s Cup race:Â Stage 1: 100Â laps, Stage 2: 100Â laps, Stage 3: 200Â laps.
PLAYOFFS:Â Tonight’s race is the second of 10 playoff races and the second of the three-race first round, which concludesÂ next weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sixteen drivers qualified for the postseason and four will be eliminated after the Sept. 30 Charlotte race.
NATIONAL ANTHEM:Â The Presidentâs Own United States Marine BandÂ will perform the national anthem at 7:21 p.m. ET, followed by a flyover by four F-15s from theÂ 159th Fighter Wing, Louisiana Air National Guard.
TV RADIO SCHEDULE:Â The race will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) starting at 7:30Â p.m. ET, with a pre-show beginning at 7Â p.m. ET. Radio calls can be found on the Motor Racing Network andÂ Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio.
LIVE STREAMING:Â NBCSports.comÂ will live-stream the race for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider’s credentials.
WEATHER: The race should begin under cloudy skies with temperatures around 70. As the temperature drops into the high 60s as the night wears on, the chance of precipitation increases. The Weather Channel is forecasting a 10-20% chance of showers after 9 p.m.
LAST TIME: Kyle Busch led the final 11 laps and 32 overall in April to win at Richmond for the fifth time in the Cup Series. In September 2017, in the final regular-season race of last season, Kyle Larson led 53 laps to record his fifth career Cup win.
LINEUP:Kevin Harvick won his third pole of the season and the 24th of his Cup Series career,Â turned a lap at 121.880 mph on Friday night to edge hometown favorite Denny Hamlin, who will start second.
Three drivers had their qualifying speeds disallowed after failing inspection and will start at the rear of the field: Daniel Suarez, Regan Smith and David Ragan. Kyle Busch will also drop the to rear of the field after making unapproved adjustments following qualifying.
Here is the starting lineup for theÂ Federated Auto Parts 400 (car number in parentheses; *-dropping to rear of field).Â
1. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford
2. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota
3. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota
4. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
5. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford
6. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford
7. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford
8. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota
9. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
10. (51) Cole Custer, Ford
*-11. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota
12. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
13. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
14. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet
15. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford
16. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet
17. (6) Matt Kenseth, Ford
18. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
19. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
20. (21) Paul Menard, Ford
21. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet
22. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet
23. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford
24. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford
25. (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet
26. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
27. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford
28. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet
29. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet
30. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
31. (72) Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet
32. (96) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Toyota
33. (52) Gray Gaulding, Ford
34. (23) Alon Day, Toyota
35. (00) Joey Gase, Chevrolet
36. (99) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet
37. (66) Timmy Hill, Toyota
38. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota
39. (95) Regan Smith, Chevrolet
40. (38) David Ragan, Ford