NASCAR at Richmond results: Brad Keselowski makes playoff statement in Federated Auto Parts 400

The second race of the NASCAR playoffs arrived Saturday afternoon with five drivers within 10 points of each other around the postseason elimination line.

That intense backdrop, however, didn’t lead to particularly intense racing down the stretch. Brad Keselowski sped to victory in a crash-free Federated Auto Parts 400 — the third race of the 2020 season without a non-competition caution.

With his win, Keselowski clinched advancement to the Round of 12, joining Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin as drivers who have secured a bid before the final race of the Round of 16. The rest of the field will be cut down next weekend at Bristol.

Outside of Keselowski, Austin Dillon garnered attention with his second straight strong postseason outing. He finished in fourth place and picked up valuable points from being the runner-up in Stage 1 and Stage 2. If not for a pit mishap with 60 laps remaining, it’s possible Dillon would have challenged Keselowski.

Martin Truex Jr. came in second place and Joey Logano came in third. William Byron had the worst showing among playoff drivers with a 21st-place effort that puts him on the brink of elimination.

Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Saturday’s NASCAR race at Richmond. Check out the complete results from the Federated Auto Parts 400:

Finishing positions at Richmond for playoff drivers

Driver Pos.
Brad Keselowski 1
Martin Truex Jr. 2
Joey Logano 3
Austin Dillon 4
Chase Elliott 5
Kyle Busch 6
Kevin Harvick 7
Aric Almirola 8
Alex Bowman 9
Clint Bowyer 10
Denny Hamlin 12
Kurt Busch 13
Cole Custer 14
Matt DiBenedetto 17
Ryan Blaney 19
William Byron 21

Lead changes: 19
Leaders: 9
Cautions: 3

NASCAR at Richmond results, highlights from Federated Auto Parts 400

(All times Eastern)

10:45 p.m.: Brad Keselowski wins at Richmond. He has clinched a spot in the Round of 12 with the victory.

10:41 p.m.: Dillon and Logano are fighting hard for third as we enter the final 10 laps.

10:36 p.m.: Twenty more laps remaining at Richmond. Keselowski holds a 2.6 second advantage over Truex Jr.

10:27 p.m.: It’s Keselowski, Truex Jr. and Dillon in front with about 40 laps to go.

10:19 p.m.: Austin Dillon misses pit road with 60 laps remaining in the race. That’ll cost him some time but won’t eliminate him from contention.

10:07 p.m.: Logano moves into first. Top 5: Logano, Keselowski, Truex Jr., Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott.

9:58 p.m.: Hamlin still hasn’t found his groove after being penalized at the start of Stage 1.

9:44 p.m.: Austin Dillon falls to eighth after Stage 3 goes green.

9:32 p.m.: Keselowski wins Stage 2. Dillon finishes second, equaling his feat from Stage 1.

9:24 p.m.: Keselowski takes the lead from Austin Dillon.

9:17 p.m.: A penalty against Harvick for a commitment line violation puts last week’s winner far from contention here at Richmond.

9:09 p.m.: Austin Dillon takes the lead. He’s gone from first to worst to first this race.

9:07 p.m.: Austin Dillon is in second place and cutting into Harvick’s lead.

9:03 p.m. Harvick comes out of pit road with a lead of more than 10 seconds.

9 p.m.: Byron entered the night in relative safety, but at this pace, he will be facing potential elimination next weekend.

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 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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