Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway will be an unforgettable one. Thirty-seven of the world’s best drivers take to the track on the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Many drivers will race with special 9/11 tribute paint schemes to honor the first responders and other individuals lost on that horrific day.
On the racing side of things, Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders is meaningful in the Cup Series playoffs. The event is the second of three races in the Round of 16. Denny Hamlin won last weekend’s Southern 500 and has punched the only ticket into the Round of 12 thus far. Kyle Larson sits 80 points above the cutline and needs two DNF’s to put his playoff hopes remotely in jeopardy. Martin Truex Jr. holds a 36-point advantage from the cutline and is seemingly safe to advance into the Round of 12. The other 13 drivers remaining in the playoffs are all still on the bubble.
Saturday’s race is 400 laps around the 0.75-mile oval. Stage breaks are at laps 80 and 235 with the fuel window estimated around 120 to 130 laps. Teams have four sets of tires for the 300-mile race.
Kyle Larson starts Saturday’s race from the pole position with Southern 500 winner Hamlin starting in second place. The entire starting lineup for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders is below.
|Starting Position||Driver||Car Number||Team|
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Gibbs|
|11||Tyler Reddick||8||Richard Childress|
|16||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row|
|18||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway|
|19||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress|
|20||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty|
|23||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty|
|24||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway|
|28||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers|
|30||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front Row|
|31||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty|
|32||BJ McLeod||78||Live Fast|
|33||Josh Bilicki||52||Rick Ware|
|34||Joey Gase||15||Rick Ware|
|36||Cody Ware||51||Rick Ware|
|37||JJ Yeley||53||Rick Ware|