NASCAR at Richmond live race updates, results, highlights from Federated Auto Parts 400
September 13, 2020
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:
Points to cutoff
Martin Truex Jr.
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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.
“Oh my god, he’s hauling ass.”
That’s been the general sentiment throughout the night on the 3 team’s second channel.
Austin Dillon cracked the top-10 before green flag stops started.
.@dennyhamlin wins Stage 1, his 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 failed to grab any points.
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: