Joe Gibbs Racing ought to really feel pretty comfy heading into the ultimate NASCAR Cup Series playoffs Round of 16 race.
Denny Hamlin, fresh off a win in Darlington, led for many of Saturday evening’s race till the ultimate stage, when he was handed by teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch. The latter two battled and appeared to have an in depth end brewing earlier than Busch was hit with a rushing penalty on pit street.
Hamlin made a late comeback effort however Truex was capable of maintain him off to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders at Richmond Raceway and clinch a spot in the Round of 12.
After the race, Truex mirrored on the day on which he received, the twentieth anniversary of 9/11.
During the race, Kyle Larson, who received the NASCAR Cup Series regular-season crown, clinched a spot in the following spherical of the playoffs based mostly on his efficiency in the primary two levels. He completed sixth on the evening.
Chip Ganassi Racing suffered a significant blow when, simply 40 laps into the race, Kurt Busch had a flat left rear tire that despatched him crashing into the wall. Busch dropped out of the highest 12, placing him in a crucial place for the Sept. 18 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol, the ultimate race in the Round of 16.
Sporting News tracked stay updates and highlights from the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Richmond Raceway.
NASCAR at Richmond stay updates, highlights from Federated Auto Parts 400
10:54 p.m.: Truex wins the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders, coming in simply forward of Hamlin. He has sealed a spot in the spherical of 12.
10:53 p.m.: Final lap. Truex can seal a spot in the following spherical if he can maintain off Hamlin, who’s underneath two seconds again.
10:52 p.m.: Truex’s tires are sporting down, however he has a extra clear experience with six laps left to go in comparison with Hamlin, who’s down underneath three seconds again.
10:51 p.m.: Chastain hits the rear left of Larson’s automobile, however Larson is ready to save himself from having any points. Larson completes the go on the within to maneuver as much as sixth place.
10:50 p.m.: 10 laps left, the hole is right down to three-and-a-half seconds. Hamlin making it shut.
10:47 p.m.: 15 laps to go, Truex’s lead is right down to underneath 5 seconds.
10:44 p.m.: Truex continues to be main the race, however has actually seen his lead over Hamlin shrink. Hamlin is now about 5 seconds again of the 19.
10:41 p.m.: Busch is now transferring up on Larson for the No. 8 spot with 29 laps remaining.
10:37 p.m.: Hamlin is steadily making up floor on Truex as he is lower what was an eight-second lead right down to underneath seven seconds.
10:35 p.m.: Even after the penalty, Busch continues to be solely in tenth.
10:34 p.m.: Truex holding to an eight-second lead over Hamlin.
10:32 p.m.: Busch hit with a penalty of coming into too quick. Huge mistake with simply over 50 laps remaining. Hamlin now heading to pit street.
10:31 p.m.: Truex is likely one of the first leaders to pit. Now Busch is following the lead, as are Keselowski, Elliott and Logano.
10:27 p.m.: Joe Gibbs Racing is at present having fun with a robust exhibiting. Busch, Truex and Hamlin make up the highest three because the race in lap 337.
10:26 p.m.: Bell has been racing particularly nicely in the third stage. He handed Elliott and is now in fourth.
10:23 p.m.: Elliott was at one level a lap down. He is now in fourth place with an opportunity to maneuver in on Hamlin for third place with 74 laps left.
10:17 p.m.: Busch has now put two seconds between him and Truex for the highest spot.
10:15 p.m.: Busch pushes Chastain and takes the lead with 95 laps remaining.
10:14 p.m.: McDowell hit with back-to-back rushing penalties on pit street. Those are his second and third calls of the evening.
10:13 p.m.: Bell lastly makes his cease at 301. Chastain, Busch, Truex, Hamlin are the brand new leaders.
10:12 p.m.: Larson goes to pit street on 299.
10:11 p.m.: Now Hamlin and Truex have gone to pit street. Bell and Larson are nonetheless on the market on lap 298.
10:10 p.m.: Several drivers taking their inexperienced flag stops to pit street. The leaders nonetheless have not gone but.
10:07 p.m.: Chastain has made loads of strikes up the monitor as he is simply handed Larson to maneuver into fifth regardless of having made contact with Elliott on pit street.
10:04 p.m.: With 120 laps to go, Truex has began to place some house between himself and Hamlin. There’s a few second-and-a-half hole.
9:59 p.m.: Truex passes Hamlin on the within with Bell, Busch and Larson holding the rest of the highest 5.
9:58 p.m.: It’s an in depth battle among the many first two vehicles with Hamlin and Truex separated by break up seconds.
9:56 p.m.: Following the outcomes of the primary two levels, Larson has clinched a spot in the following spherical, pending a post-race inspection. He joins Hamlin as the one two assured a spot in the spherical of 12.
9:54 p.m.: There’s the inexperienced flag on lap 255. Truex making use of strain to Hamlin proper out of the restart.
9:52 p.m.: Austin Dillon will obtain the free go after the warning.
9:49 p.m.: Looks like Wallace is having a difficulty with his proper entrance tire, which brings out a warning with 150 laps to go.
9:49 p.m.: Elliott began the stage with the free go. Byron, Reddick and McDowell every completed a lap down.
9:48 p.m.: Chastain was penalized for rushing on pit street. He’s now down in thirteenth.
9:47 p.m.: The inexperienced flag is again out with 156 laps to go.
9:43 p.m.: Coming off pit street, Hamlin, Truex, Busch, Larson and Bell are the primary 5 to begin the third stage.
9:38 p.m.: Hamlin wins the second stage. Busch, Truex, Larson, Logano are the following 4 drivers throughout the road.
9:38 p.m.: Elliott has handed Byron with three laps to go in the second stage.
9:37 p.m.: Hamlin is attempting to go Byron, who’s at present sitting in thirteenth. Hamlin finally moved out in entrance, and now Byron is in place to be the free go.
9:35 p.m.: This goes to be one thing to look at for Elliott as Hamlin continues to lap vehicles.
With Chase a lap down, he has to do all the pieces he can to be the primary automobile one lap down.
If he can do this, he’ll obtain the “free pass” on the following warning and be again on the lead lap
— NASCAR Nation (@NASCARNation) September 12, 2021
9:31 p.m.: Hamlin is likely to be about to place Austin Dillon a lap down in addition to he continues to look sturdy close to the top of the second stage.
9:30 p.m.: Larson has rejoined the highest 5 as he strikes previous Chastain on 132.
9:28 p.m.: Elliott is about to be put a lap down once more as Hamlin nears him on lap 210.
9:24 p.m.: Aric Almirola has moved as much as sixth place. He’s quietly been transferring up the leaderboard, and now sits between Chastain in fifth and Larson in sixth on lap 203.
9:20 p.m.: Hamlin lets Elliott transfer in entrance to unlap himself.
9:19 p.m.: After a number of leaders stopped on pit street, Hamlin is now up entrance with Busch, Truex, Logano and Chastain behind him.
9:18 p.m.: Larson, after main for a number of laps, has taken a pit cease. Elliott is now a lap down from Hamlin.
9:17 p.m.: Some points for Elliott on pit street as he now sustains injury to the automobile as he drives over the jack. The cease wound up costing him a while.
9:16 p.m.: Now a lot of the leaders are heading into pit street as nicely with Hamlin, Elliott, Busch, Chastain and others going to pit street.
9:15 p.m.: Hamlin and Elliott persevering with to battle for first as a number of vehicles head to pit street, together with Truex on lap 180.
9:14 p.m.: Larson is again in the highest 5 as he passes Logano to maneuver into fifth place. He’s nonetheless about 7.5 seconds again of Elliott.
9:08 p.m.: Hamlin avoids some contact as Elliott races out to the entrance with 73 laps remaining in the stage. Aggressive transfer on the within to go Hamlin.
9:07 p.m.: Halfway by way of Stage 2, the highest 5 are Hamlin, Elliott, Busch, Logano and Chastain, the latter of whom is the one non-playoff driver in the highest 14.
9:04 p.m.: In the 152 laps to this point, Hamlin has been in the lead for 100.
8:58 p.m.: Hamlin is the chief after a lot of the discipline wound up going to pit street. Elliott, Chastain, Logano and Busch spherical out the highest 5.
8:57 p.m.: Michael McDowell was penalized for rushing on pit street.
8:56 p.m.: Larson stops for pit street on 136.
8:55 p.m.: Hamlin and Tyler Reddick head to pit street on lap 132 — 52 of 155 in Stage 2. He’s the primary playoff driver to go to pit street, and now quite a few others are beginning to observe his lead, together with Elliott, who had been in the lead.
8:51 p.m.: Busch makes some contact with Logano attempting to maneuver up, however Logano continues to be holding sturdy.
8:49 p.m.: Busch has now moved up forward of Truex and is beginning to acquire on Logano for a spot in the highest 5 on lap 118.
8:47 p.m.: Larson has now dropped right down to eighth with Truex and Kyle Busch each passing him.
8:41 p.m.: Keselowski strikes up in entrance of Logano to slip into third place.
8:40 p.m.: Keselowski and Ross Chastain have each handed Larson to maneuver the regular-season winner down into sixth place.
8:39 p.m.: Elliott lastly will get out in entrance of Hamlin for the lead on lap 91.
8:38 p.m.: Hamlin will get a robust launch on the within to remain in first. Elliott is pushing from the surface, however he cannot get previous him on the restart.
8:37 p.m.: Daniel Suarez is handed an gear interference penalty, the second time a driver has been hit with one tonight.
8:34 p.m.: Hamlin, Elliott, Logano, Larson, Keselowski are the primary 5 off pit street.
8:30 p.m.: Hamlin wins the primary stage with appreciable ease, inserting in practically 5 seconds forward of Elliott. Logano, Larson and Blaney spherical out the highest 5.
8:28 p.m.: Larson with one other go, this time transferring previous Blaney to succeed in fourth.
8:27 p.m.: Larson cruises previous Brad Keselowski on the left with ease to maneuver up into fifth place.
8:26 p.m.: Blaney, Logano and Elliott all battling it out for second place. Logano is combating from the within whereas Elliott had been driving outdoors. For now, it is Logano who has moved as much as second behind Hamlin with 9 laps left in the primary stage.
8:23 p.m.: After an early penalty, Truex can also be making his manner up. Truex is in eleventh, whereas Larson has continued to maneuver as much as eighth on lap 64.
8:21 p.m.: Kurt Busch on the NBC Sports broadcast says that he is alright, however famous that he now looks like he wants a win in Bristol to maintain his season going.
8:19 p.m.: Kyle Larson has quietly moved his manner up the board. He’s moved all the way in which as much as tenth on lap 56 after beginning the race in the rear.
8:16 p.m.: There’s the restart and Hamlin instantly reclaims the lead on lap 48.
8:13 p.m.: No different drivers had been collected in the crash. Bubba Wallace ran over the tire and had it wedged underneath his automobile, nevertheless.
8:11 p.m.: Busch heads off the monitor in an ambulance for checkups so his day is finished.
8:10 p.m.: Caution flag comes out as Kurt Busch has a left rear flat tire. Huge crash into the wall.
8:08 p.m.: The inexperienced flag is again out. Hamlin and Kurt Busch begin out battling for first, however Hamlin cuts forward from the surface. Busch continues to be attempting to go him on the within, however Hamlin is not giving him the house.
8:08 p.m.: Kyle Busch assessed a penalty for gear interference.
8:05 p.m.: Kurt Busch is the primary off pit street, Hamlin strikes right down to second with Logano and Harvick in third and fourth.
8:03 p.m.: Competition warning is introduced out at lap 31.
8:00 p.m.: Kyle Busch moved up into eleventh after working three-wide with William Byron and Alex Bowman. Both Hendrick drivers are combating for his or her playoff lives as neither are above the cutline, as is the case with Busch.
7:56 p.m.: Hamlin has been main by way of the primary 15 laps of the race. Kurt Busch and Joey Logano are driving proper behind him.
7:52 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr. has to drive onto pit street after beating Denny Hamlin, the chief, to the beginning line.
7:51 p.m.: There’s the inexperienced flag and the race is formally underway.
7:46 p.m.: Fans at the Richmond Raceway are waving American flags to honor first responders and the lives misplaced 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 nationwide anthem forward of the beginning of tonight’s race.
7:17 p.m.: Before the race, NBC Sports took a glance again at the primary NASCAR race after 9/11.
7:10 p.m.: Dale Earnhardt Jr. is working extra time immediately. After ending 14th in the Go Bowling 250, Earnhardt will likely be headed as much as the sales space for the decision tonight.
7 p.m.: Kyle Larson will begin in the rear of tonight’s race after his automobile failed pre-race inspection.
NASCAR begin time immediately
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET (TV time)
- TV channel: NBCSN (TSN5 in Canada)
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The inexperienced 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 shouldn’t be anticipated to be a priority. The National Weather Service’s forecast for Richmond, Va. , requires clear skies, gentle winds and the temperature falling into the low 60s on Saturday evening, after a sunny afternoon with a excessive temperature in the low 80s.
NASCAR Cup playoff standings
Denny Hamlin turned the primary driver this yr to clinch a second-round when he received at Darlington. Runner-up driver Kyle Larson elevated his playoff factors lead and 4 playoff drivers suffered massive hits in the standings after crashing out at the monitor that is “Too Tough to Tame.”
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||2062|
x-Clinched berth in Round of 12.
NASCAR beginning lineup at Richmond
Here is the whole NASCAR strating lineup for Saturday’s playoff race at Richmond Raceway, the Federated Auto Parts 400.
|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|