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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Richmond Race Info

THE RACE: Federated Auto Parts 400
TRACK: Richmond Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #28 of 36
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race #2 of 10

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 in Richmond, VA
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:43 pm/et

Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR America: 6:00pm/et on NBCSN
NASCAR Countdown to Green: 7:00pm/et on NBCSN
Television Race Coverage: NBCSN, 7:30pm/et

Practices:
Friday, September 21, 11:35am-12:25pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
Friday, September 21, 1:30-2:20pm/et, TV-NBCSN.

Qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, September 21 at 6:05 pm/et, TV-NBCSN;
re-air scheduled: None

In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett
Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns
Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood
Breaking News: Nate Ryan

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TBA

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

NBC Sports - Live
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, September 20
4:00 PM-6:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, September 21
8:30 AM-9:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:45 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:35 AM-12:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
1:30 PM-2:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
6:05 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, September 22
2:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
5:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
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


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Richmond Raceway Track News, Stats & Links page

September 2017: see the Richmond Race Info page
April 2018: see the Richmond Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Tim Trudnowski, President, Automotive Jobber Supply, Spokane, WA
Command to start engines: Tim Trudnowski
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Matt McGuire, Dir. Traditional Sales, Motorcar Parts of America
Honorary Pace Car Driver: VA Governor Ralph Northam
Color Guard: TBA
Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: The President's Own United States Marine Band
Flyover: Four F-15 Eagles, 159th Fighter Wing, Louisiana Air National Guard, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans

Friday Richmond Raceway Notebook: Can Kyle Busch finally get a breakthrough fall victory at Richmond? Alon Day hopes to impress in first NASCAR start on an oval; Short Strokes.[More](9-21-2018)

What to Watch For: Richmond Raceway: Wild Weekend in Vegas Leads to Playoff Uncertainty;Brad Keselowski Looking for 4 in a Row; Kyle Busch Always Ready for the Action Track; Dale Earnhardt Jr. Returns to the Track; XFINITY Series Playoffs Start at Richmond.[More](9-21-2018)

Richmond Raceway Weekend Preview: Richmond is a Cup Playoff race for the first time; XFINITY Playoffs kick off Friday night.[More](9-20-2018)

A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Richmond Raceway

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 Raceway page


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links



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".

Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)

Qualifying Order
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds

Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Coverage of Qualifying for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2018 at 6:05pm/et.
Television (TV): NBCSN, 6:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

Group qualifying under the three-round qualifying format:
• Round 1 -- All entries will have 15 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 #48-Johnson.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #10-Almirola.
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).(9-21-2018)

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#2-Keselowski120.224
#78-Truex Jr. 120.133
#3-ADillon 119.458
#13-TDillon 119.390
#31-Newman 119.305
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 36 drivers): #19-Suarez 118.141
slowest: #66-Hill 112.122
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (9-21-2018)

First practice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#18-Busch 121.190
#10-Almirola 120.968
#20-Jones 120.697
#13-Dillon 120.514
#47-Allmendinger 120.273
most laps run: 58, #88-Bowman
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 29 drivers): #18-Busch
slowest: #66-Hill 110.240
notes: Some drivers struggled during the session, missing pit road entrance, due to the reconfiguration at the track. #78-Truex suffered a flat tire early but suffered no damage to his car.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) (9-21-2018)

Entry List for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #00-Gase, #6-Kenseth, #23-Day, #51-Custer, #52-Gaulding, #66-Hill, #72-LaJoie, #95-Smith, #99-Cassill.
Since only 40 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 Richmond(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


WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Race Day Forecast
WeatherBug
Weather Underground
Brian Neudorff @NASCAR_WXMAN
Aaron Studwell @RaceWeather


TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Richmond Goodyear Tire Notes See complete tire information for the race weekend across all series on the [Goodyear Tire Notes - Richmond Raceway page.(9-19-2018)


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Richmond Race Preview by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race