CAPSULES: Meet drivers who will compete in the 2020 Cup Series playoffs
PREDICTIONS: Who will win the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series championship?
SEEDINGS (heading into second playoff race): 1. Kevin Harvick; 2. Denny Hamlin; 3. Joey Logano; 4. Brad Keselowski; 5. Alex Bowman; 6. Martin Truex Jr.; 7. Chase Elliott; 8. Austin Dillon; 9 William Byron; 10. Kyle Busch; 11. Kurt Busch; 12. Aric Almirola; 13. Clint Bowyer; 14. Cole Custer; 15. Matt DiBenedetto; 16. Ryan Blaney.
LAST TIME: This will be the first race at Richmond this year after the spring race was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Martin Truex swept both races last year en route to seven wins in 2019. In the spring race, Truex led 186 laps before edging Joey Logano by 0.178 seconds. In the 2019 playoff race, Truex led 109 laps before holding off teammate Kyle Busch by 2.630 seconds.
Martin Truex Jr. (19) takes the checkered flag to win the 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. (Photo: Amber Searls, USA TODAY Sports)
QUALIFYING: There were no practice rounds or qualifying ahead of the Federated Auto Parts 400. The lineup was determined by four performance metrics from the previous race: 15% based on fastest lap time position, 25% of the driver’s final race finish position, 25% of the owner’s final race position and 35% of the owner points position.