THE RACE: Federated Auto Parts 400
TRACK: Richmond Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #26 of 36
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Richmond, VA
Title Sponsor: Federated Auto Parts
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:43 pm/et
NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: at 5:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show: at 7:00pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 7:30pm/et
Friday, September 8, 10:00 am - 10:55 am/et, TV-NBCSN;
Friday, September 8, 12:00 pm - 1:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN
Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, September 8 at 5:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: none
In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte
Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page
Thursday, September 7
6:00 PM-8:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
Friday, September 8
7:30 AM-9:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM-10:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
12:00 PM-1:25 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:45 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)
Saturday, September 9
2:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
6:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM MENCS RACE (400 LAPS, 300 MILES)
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Short Track: 0.75-mile oval, 60-foot width with 10-foot apron
Banking: turns: 14 degrees; front stretch 8 degrees; backstretch 2 degrees
Straights: Backstretch - 860 feet; Frontstretch - 1290 feet
Seating Capacity: 60,000 [was 71,000, 91,000 and 112,029]
Stages: 1 ends lap 100, 2 at lap 200, race finish is lap 400 (OT possible)
Grand Marshal: Cliff Havis
Command to start engines: Cliff Havis
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: Rutledge Wood
Color Guard: Coast Guard Color Guard
Invocation: Chaplain Phillip Coffman
National Anthem: The President's Own
Flyover: A-10s from Langley Air Force Base
Saturday Richmond Notebook: Martin Truex Jr. crossed up by late caution at Richmond; Erik Jones misses chance to steal a win on final restart; Matt Kenseth sweats out final stage after falling out.[More](9-9-2017)
Friday Richmond Notebook: Joey Logano faces do-or-die race on Saturday night; Hamlin acknowledges penalties were justified; Earnhardt isn't expecting a Sunday miracle.[More](9-8-2017)
What to Watch for: Richmond: 1 to Go Until Playoff Field is Set; Dale Junior, 19 Others Still Alive to "Win and Get In"; Logano's Interesting Case; Can Anyone Stop the Toyotas? Harvick Makes Start #600; Who's Hot and Who's Not.[More](9-7-2017)
Richmond Weekend Preview: New winner would shake up playoff picture; Byron tries to close out the regular season strong.[More](9-7-2017)
A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Richmond
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Richmond, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Richmond page
Kyle Larson rides late caution, superb pit stop to win at Richmond: A caution on Lap 397 of a scheduled 400 in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 turned what looked like a coronation for Martin Truex Jr. into an unexpected overtime victory for Kyle Larson, as the field of 16 drivers was set for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Truex, the regular season winner, had a comfortable lead over Larson when Derrike Cope brushed the outside wall with three laps left in regulation. Larson won the race off pit road after the lead-lap cars pitted for tires, and the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing pulled away from a restart on Lap 403.[More](9-9-2017)
Kyle Larson won the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway for his 4th win of 2017, 1st win at Richmond, and 5th career win.
#22-Logano finished 2nd. #31-Newman was third, followed by #41-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #77-Jones, #19-Suarez, #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, and #24-Elliott.
#78-Truex dominated most of the race, leading 198 laps. He was leading the race by more than 3 seconds with 4 laps to go when the caution came out. He fell to second during pit stops. On the final restart, which was an Overtime finish, Truex was running second when #11-Hamlin got into the rear of the #78 and sent him into the wall. The race ended under caution with Truex, Jr. in 20th.
#18-Busch won the first stage. #78-Truex Jr. won the second stage.
Pole sitter #20-Kenseth finished 38th. He led 89 laps early but ran into the back of #14-Bowyer while coming on to pit road during the 5th caution of the night. An ambulance mistakenly entered the track during the caution and stopped near pit entrance forcing several cars to check up coming on to pit road.
The 16 drivers who made the 2017 playoffs are #78-Truex, #42-Larson, #18-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #21-Blaney, #24-Elliott, #31-Newman, #41-Busch, #5-Kahne, #3-Dillon, #20-Kenseth, #1-McMurray. Those drivers' points have been reset to 2000 plus the playoff points they acquired so far this season.
Truex, Jr. will start the playoffs with a 20 point lead over Larson.
There were 13 lead changes among 7 drivers and 7 cautions for 38 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 99.417mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Race Fast Facts - Richmond
Kyle Larson won the 60th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400, his fifth victory in 137 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in eight races at Richmond Raceway.
Joey Logano (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 18 races at Richmond Raceway. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2017.
Ryan Newman (third) posted his 18th top-10 finish in 32 races at Richmond Raceway.
Erik Jones (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr. finished the regular season as the champion, 95 points ahead of second-place Kyle Larson.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-9-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff drivers:
drivers in with at least one win
#78-Martin Truex Jr., 4 wins
#42-Kyle Larson, 4 wins
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 3 wins
#18-Kyle Busch, 2 wins
#2-Brad Keselowski, 2 wins
#11-Denny Hamlin, 2 wins [1 win encumbered]
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2 wins
#4-Kevin Harvick, 1 win
#21-Ryan Blaney, 1 win
#41-Kurt Busch, 1 win
#31-Ryan Newman, 1 win
#5-Kasey Kahne, 1 win
#3-Austin Dillon, 1 win
made the playoffs on points
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings:
[after Richmond, race 26 of 36]
1) #78-Martin Truex Jr., 2053
2) #42-Kyle Larson, 2033
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 2029
4) #2-Brad Keselowski, 2019
5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 2017
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2015
7) #11-Denny Hamlin, 2013
8) #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2010
9) #21-Ryan Blaney, 2008
10) #24-Chase Elliott, 2006
11) #31-Ryan Newman, 2005
12) #41-Kurt Busch, 2005
13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 2005
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 2005
15) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2005
16) #1-Jamie McMurray, 2003
See full standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).
Top-Ten Stage 2 Results (lap 200) of the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway (lap 200/400):
#78-Truex, Jr., 10pts, 1 playoff point
#88-Earnhardt, Jr., 4pts
Top-Ten Stage 1 Results (lap 100) of the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway (lap 100/400):
#18-Busch, 10 pts, 1 playoff point
#78-Truex, Jr., 6pts
Lucky Dogs, drivers that got a lap during the cautions (and their finish):
Caution 1: #23-Gaulding, 35th
Caution 2: #95-McDowell, 15th
Caution 3: #32-DiBenedetto, 31st
Caution 4: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 19th
Caution 5: #43-Almirola, 17th
Caution 6: #5-Kahne, 12th
Caution 7: None. Race ended
Richmond Saturday Pre-Race Schedule (ET):
7:00pm: Drivers Introductions
7:27pm: Pledge of Allegiance by SGT. Michael Saias, Ft. Lee Army Band
7:28pm: "God Bless America" presented by The President's Own
7:30pm: Presentation of Colors by Coast Guard Color Guard
7:30pm: Invocation by Chaplain Phillip Coffman
7:31pm: National Anthem by The President's Own
7:32pm: 4 A-10s from Langley Air Force Base (Turn 1 to Turn 4)
7:37pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines," by grand marshal Cliff Havis
See the starting lineup for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).
To the back: none
NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (4,26,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole sitter #20-Kenseth chose pit stall 1, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #11-Hamlin took pit stall 5, with an opening in front of it.
#41-Busch, who starts 3rd, took the 17th stall.
The final pit stall was taken by #24-Elliott, who starts 9th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-9-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumlative Race Report
Happy Hour Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List
Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light pole for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway with speed of 122.421mph for his 2nd pole of 2017, 3rd at Richmond and 20th of his career. Kenseth has won 4 times from the 19 previous poles.
#11-Hamlin will start 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #42-Larson, #78-Truex, Jr., #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #24-Elliott, #77-Jones, #1-McMurray, and #22-Logano.
#78-Truex, Jr. was fastest in the second round with a speed of 123.046mph, will start 5th.
#42-Larson was fastest in the first round with a speed of 123.378mph, will start 4th.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-8-2017)
Matt Kenseth takes step toward playoff with Richmond pole run: In need of a playoff spot next week and a place to drive next year, Matt Kenseth stormed to the pole position for Saturday night's Federated Auto parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. Kenseth covered the .75-mile distance in 22.055 seconds (122.421 mph) in the final round of Friday's knockout qualifying session to edge Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin (122.277 mph) for the top starting spot by .026 seconds.[More](9-8-2017)
Richmond Raceway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 60th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 with a lap of 22.055 seconds, 122.421 mph.
This is his 20th pole in 640 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and 15th top-10 start in 2017.
This is his third pole in 36 races at Richmond Raceway.
Denny Hamlin (second) posted his 15th top-10 start of 2017 and his 14th in 23 races at Richmond Raceway.
Kurt Busch (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at Richmond Raceway. It is his ninth in 26 races this season.
Erik Jones (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
#78-Truex, Jr. 123.046
the rest of the top 12: 11 1 77 24 22 17 4;
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 14 21 2 19 5 6 10 48 88 47 43 37
First Round of Qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 123.080
the rest of the top 24: 48 18 41 4 6 11 78 14 10 21 37 1 43 2 47 24 5 77 88;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 32 27 31 95 38 34 3 13 83 23 72 55 33 15 51
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is scheduled for Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:45pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 5:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 20 minutes to post a qualifying time, after which the 24 registering the fastest laps will advance to the second round. Those failing to advance will be sorted based on first-round times in descending order (from fastest to slowest).
• Round 2 -- The 24 fastest from the first round will have 10 minutes to post a second-round qualifying time, with the 12 fastest advancing to a third round. Those not advancing will earn starting positions 13 through 24 based on time, again in descending order.
• Round 3 -- The final round will be five minutes in length. The fastest times from this session will determine the first (Coors Light Pole Award) through 12th starting positions.
There will be a seven-minute break between each round; teams may make adjustments to their entries only during the individual breaks. They will not be allowed to jack the vehicle or raise the hood, and once the car or truck enters the garage, it will no longer be permitted to return to the track for additional qualifying attempts.
Qualifying Order for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is posted.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #95-McDowell.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #42-Larsonz.
The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(9-8-2017)
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 119.697
slowest: #72-Whitt 115.070 & #15-Cope 114.097
Top 10 lap average (of 31 drivers): #78-Truex, Jr. 117.480
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (9-8-2017)
First practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is over, after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 120.897
slowest: #51-McLeod 113.431 & #15-Cope 112.886
most laps run: #95-McDowell, 58 laps.
Top 10 lap average (of 28 drivers): #11-Hamlin 118.948
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(9-8-2017)
Entry List for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Cope, #23-Gaulding, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-McLeod*, #55-Sorenson*, #83-LaJoie*
Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Richmond(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
Cup: 4 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 9 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 7 sets for the event
Left-side -- D-4674; Right-side -- D-4676
Left-side -- 87.20 in. (2,215 mm); Right-side -- 88.27 in. (2,242 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 12 psi; Left Rear -- 12 psi;
Right Front -- 30 psi; Right Rear -- 27 psi
Storyline - High Tire Wear Leads to Great Racing at Richmond: Coming off a race at Darlington Raceway, the NASCAR circuit visits another high tire wear track in Richmond Raceway this week. Goodyear brings a tire combination to Richmond that addresses that and will rubber-in the race track. That, of course, leads to multiple racing grooves. The other interesting thing about Richmond is that while it has traditionally lined up with other tracks of similar length - New Hampshire and Phoenix - it requires a little more stagger (difference in height between the shorter left-side and taller right-side tires) being built into the tire set-up to help the cars turn in the corners.
"Richmond is a tricky track -- not only for drivers and teams, but also for Goodyear," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "With the wear characteristics of the track surface, our goal when deciding on a tire set-up was to come up with a tread compound that lays down rubber. With the tire recommendation we've brought to Richmond the last couple seasons, we've been able to do that, which then creates multiple lines and makes it incumbent on teams to stay on top of their set-ups and drivers to find the fastest line, which will change over the course of the race."
Notes: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Richmond this week . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires these teams ran earlier this season and twice last season at Richmond . . . this is the only track at which teams in these two series will run these tire codes (Camping World Truck Teams ran this same tire set-up at Gateway) . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Richmond.
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship