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

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The second 2020 race of the NASCAR playoffs arrives Saturday afternoon with five drivers within 10 points of each other around the postseason 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 of 12 positions that will advance when the field trims down from 16 after next weekend. Cole Custer trails Almirola and Bowyer by just three points.

Competition at Richmond on Saturday should be heated, then, with drivers knowing they’re a single mistake from tumbling out of contention.

Here’s what the playoff picture looks like heading into Richmond:

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

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

8:54 p.m.: Austin Dillon’s team is in one of the best moods they’ve ever been in given his strong start and recovery from penalty to begin Stage 2.

8:51 p.m.: William Byron has gotten worse as the race has progressed and is down to 22nd place. Blaney, who was forced into a frustrating double pit in Stage 1, has rebounded somewhat to 18th place.

8:44 p.m.: Brad Keselowski passes Logano for first place.

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

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

8:28 p.m.: Well this is a huge shift in the competition. The top two cars are forced to the back.

8:22 p.m.: Hamlin wins Stage 1. Austin Dillon finishes a close second.

8:13 p.m. Kyle Busch has moved his way to 15th, an impressive placement after starting last due to two inspection failures. There are 22 laps remaining in Stage 1.

8:07 p.m.: Denny Hamlin passes Austin Dillon for first place.

8:05 p.m.: Ryan Blaney is in serious trouble having entered Saturday tied for the lowest points total among playoff drivers.

7:59 p.m.: Austin Dillon’s crew tells him he has the fastest car on the track right now. He’s surprising some people here after performing well last weekend.

7:56 p.m.: Austin Dillon is now in first place.

7:54 p.m.: Kevin Harvick, who started at the top of the field, has remained in first place through 15 laps. Austin Dillon is up to second.

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

7:40 p.m.: Engines are fired and the green flag should come within the next 10 minutes.

7:20 p.m.: Expected green flag time has been pushed back slightly.

NASCAR race start time today

The green flag for Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond will wave shortly after 7:30 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.

The 7:30 p.m. ET start time will make mid-race adjustments key for race teams, even at a short track (0.75 miles) like Richmond. The track will be hot and slick at the beginning of the race and get cooler and faster as the night progresses. And Richmond Raceway is notoriously tough on tires and brakes.

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

NASCAR starting lineup at Richmond

Here is the complete starting lineup for Saturday night’s NASCAR race at Richmond:

Pos. Driver Car No. Team
1 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
2 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
3 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
4 Alex Bowman 88 Hendrick Motorsports
5 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
6 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
7 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
8 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
9 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
10 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
11 Clint Bowyer 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
12 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
13 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
14 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
15 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
16 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
17 Erik Jones 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
18 Jimmie Johnson 48 Hendrick Motorsports
19 Matt Kenseth 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
20 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
21 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
22 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
23 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
24 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
25 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
26 Christopher Bell 95 Leavine Family Racing
27 Ty Dillon 13 Germain Racing
28 Daniel Suarez 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
29 Brennan Poole 15 Premium Motorsports
30 Bubba Wallace 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
31 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Front Row Motorsports
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 Gase 51 Petty Ware Racing
37 Timmy Hill 66 Motorsports Business Management
38 James Davison 53 Rick Ware Racing

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