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NASCAR at Richmond live race updates, results, highlights from Federated Auto Parts 400


Denny Hamlin has been right up with Kyle Larson for the top spot in the NASCAR Cup Series all season long, despite having no race wins to his name.

He finally picked up that elusive first-place finish at the perfect time, claiming the checkered flag at Darlington Raceway in the first playoff race to immediately vault himself to the top of the playoff standings and ensure he makes the next round.

But after Darlington, the stakes rose up for Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, William Byron and Michael McDowell. After the Cook Out Southern 500, those four moved below the cutline. Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders race at the Richmond Raceway could go a long way toward deciding who is really in the driver’s seat heading into the final race in the Round of 16 next week at Bristol.

Sporting News will track live updates and sharing highlights all race from the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at the Richmond Raceway.

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NASCAR at Richmond live updates, highlights from Federated Auto Parts 400

7:52 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr. has to drive onto pit road after beating Denny Hamlin to the starting line.

7:51 p.m.: There’s the green flag and the race is officially underway.

7:46 p.m.: Fans at the Richmond Raceway are waving American flags to honor first responders and the lives lost on 9/11.

7:40 p.m.: Hometown heroes from Virginia have given the command to drivers.

7:33 p.m.: The Henrico Fire Choir now singing the national anthem ahead of the start of tonight’s race.

7:17 p.m.: Before the race, NBC Sports took a look back at the first NASCAR race after 9/11.

7:10 p.m.: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is working overtime today. After finishing 14th in the Go Bowling 250, Earnhardt will be headed up to the booth for the call tonight.

7 p.m.: Kyle Larson will start in the rear of tonight’s race after his car failed pre-race inspection.

NASCAR start time today

  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET (TV time)
  • TV channel: NBCSN (TSN5 in Canada)
  • Live stream: NBCSports.com | NBC Sports App | fuboTV (7-day free trial)

The green flag for Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Richmond Raceway’s 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval is scheduled to drop at 7:45 p.m. ET.

Weather is not expected to be a concern. The National Weather Service’s forecast for Richmond, Va., calls for clear skies, light winds and the temperature falling into the low 60s on Saturday night, after a sunny afternoon with a high temperature in the low 80s.

NASCAR Cup playoff standings

Denny Hamlin became the first driver this year to clinch a second-round when he won at Darlington. Runner-up driver Kyle Larson increased his playoff points lead and four playoff drivers suffered big hits in the standings after crashing out at the track that’s “Too Tough to Tame.”

Pos. Driver Points
1 Kyle Larson 2106
2 x-Denny Hamlin 2072
3 Martin Truex Jr. 2062
4 Kurt Busch 2052
5 Ryan Blaney 2048
6 Joey Logano 2047
7 Kevin Harvick 2046
8 Brad Keselowski 2038
9 Christopher Bell 2031
10 Chase Elliott 2030
11 Aric Almirola 2029
12 Tyler Reddick 2026
13 Alex Bowman 2026
14 Kyle Busch 2024
15 William Byron 2017
16 Michael McDowell 2006

x-Clinched berth in Round of 12.

NASCAR starting lineup at Richmond

Here is the complete NASCAR strating lineup for Saturday’s playoff race at Richmond Raceway, the Federated Auto Parts 400.

Pos. Driver Car No. Team
1 P-Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
2 P-Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 P-Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
4 P-Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
5 P-Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
6 P-Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
7 P-Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
8 P-Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
9 P-Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
10 P-Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
11 P-Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
12 P-Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
13 P-Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
14 P-William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
15 P-Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
16 P-Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
17 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
18 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
19 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
20 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
21 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
22 Daniel Suarez 99 TrackHouse Racing
23 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
24 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
25 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
26 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
27 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
28 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
29 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
30 Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
31 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
32 BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
33 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
34 Joey Gase 15 Rick Ware Racing
35 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
36 Garrett Smithley 51 Petty Ware Racing
37 JJ Yeley 53 Rick Ware Racing




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