The NASCAR Cup Series heads north to Richmond Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 11) for the 2nd race of the initial spherical of the playoffs.
Brad Keselowski is the defending winner of September’s yearly Federated Car Pieces 400 in the Commonwealth, but Alex Bowman arrived out of nowhere in the spring this year to come to be the most new winner at the monitor.
Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin is coming off his very first acquire of the period, coming last 7 days at Darlington Raceway as he held off Kyle Larson. Hamlin is no slouch at Richmond, possibly: he has a few wins apiece in Cup and Xfinity collection competitors, including one more in the 2011 Denny Hamlin Brief Track Showdown. He also reeled off 5 straight finishes of sixth or improved amongst the drop of 2015 and spring of 2018, but has not gained at the D-formed oval given that 2016.
Speaking of Larson, Hendrick Motorsports is looking to bounce back soon after each single a person of their cars finished up in the wall at Darlington. Of training course, Larson nonetheless arrived house 2nd, but the other a few drivers in that steady (Bowman, Chase Elliott and William Byron) all completed 26th or worse in the playoff opener.
Larson and Hamlin’s starting up buy was the inversion of their ending positions very last 7 days, with Larson holding pole position with Hamlin together with. Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick round out the top rated 5, when Joey Logano, Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola and Christopher Bell fill out the relaxation of the prime 10.
Like past week, the 16 playoff motorists make up the unique leading 16 beginning spots. Having said that, Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet unsuccessful pre-race inspection twice and he will start at the rear, so Hamlin inherits the pole and the rest of the aforementioned major 10 transfer up a spot every. Tyler Reddick slides into the recently vacant 10th commencing place. Cole Custer also failed 2 times.
Kyle Larson, who was meant to get started from the pole tonight at Richmond, failed prerace tech 2 times and will have to fall to the rear. Hamlin, on outside, and Truex, on inside of, will be entrance row at start of Cup race. Tech is continue to continuing as automobiles go as a result of second time. pic.twitter.com/HojxnGfpWl
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 11, 2021
The race will be held in a doubleheader with Xfinity on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Noah Gragson emerged as the Xfinity winner in the Go Bowling 250, likely back-to-back soon after his Darlington triumph and holding off Justin Haley for the get. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gragson’s owner (and teammate for the race) and racing his lone occasion of 2021, ended up 14th.
The area rolls off pit highway for the Federated Auto Elements 400 at 7:30 p.m. ET this evening.
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