Federated Auto Parts 400 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2013

RICHMOND, VA - APRIL 27:  Brian Vickers, driver of the #11 FedEx Delivery Manager Toyota, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, lead the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 27, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway marks the final race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which means you can expect some desperate performances by drivers on the bubble. 

Last year's winner Clint Bowyer is currently in second place in the standings, and a victory on Saturday night in Richmond would give him some excellent momentum heading into the Chase. 

Brad Keselowski, who needs a top finish to get into the Chase, was looking good in practice on Thursday, posting the fastest time, as noted by NASCAR Stats:

Here's all of the information you need for the race on Saturday, including where, when and how to watch the final event before the Chase, followed by the complete lineup and some additional analysis.

 

When: Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.

Watch: ABC

 

Car #DriverManufacturerTeam
1Jamie McMurrayChevroletEGR
2Brad KeselowskiFordPenske
5Kasey KahneChevroletHendrick
7Dave BlaneyChevroletTBR
9Marcos AmbroseFordRPM
10Danica PatrickChevroletSHR
11Denny HamlinToyotaJGR
13Casey MearsFordGermain
14Mark MartinChevroletSHR
15Clint BowyerToyotaMWR
16Greg BiffleFordRFR
17Ricky Stenhouse JrFordRFR
18Kyle BuschToyotaJGR
19Mike BlissToyotaHSR
20Matt KensethToyotaJGR
22Joey LoganoFordPenske
24Jeff GordonChevroletHendrick
27Paul MenardChevroletRCR
29Kevin HarvickChevroletRCR
30David StremmeToyotaSwan
31Jeff BurtonChevroletRCR
32Ken SchraderFordFAS Lane
33Tony RainesChevroletCircle Sport
34David RaganFordFront Row
35Josh WiseFordFront Row
36JJ YeleyChevroletTBR
38David GillilandFordFront Row
40Landon CassillChevroletCircle Sport
42Juan Pablo MontoyaChevroletEGR
43Aric AlmirolaFordRPM
47AJ AllmendingerToyotaJTG/D
48Jimmie JohnsonChevroletHendrick
51Ryan TruexChevroletPhoenix
55Brian VickersToyotaMWR
56Martin Truex JrToyotaMWR
78Kurt BuschChevroletFRR
83David ReutimannToyotaBK Racing
87Joe NemechekToyotaNEMCO/JRR
88Dale Earnhardt JrChevroletHendrick
93Travis KvapilToyotaBK Racing
95Reed SorensonFordLFR
98Michael McDowellFordPPR
99Carl EdwardsFordRFR
39Ryan NewmanChevroletSHR

 

Martin Truex Jr. put together an impressive performance last week to give himself a chance of sneaking into the Chase with the second wild-card spot.

Despite the fact that the cast protecting his broken wrist melted during the AdvoCare 500, Truex Jr. finished in third place and currently sits in 13th place in the standings. He'll need another top finish on Saturday to earn a spot in the Chase.

Speaking of standings, here's a quick look at how the top drivers stack up heading into this final race.

 

RankCarDriverPointsPoints Behind
148Jimmie Johnson837Leader
215Clint Bowyer809-29
329Kevin Harvick795-42
499Carl Edwards795-42
518Kyle Busch786-51
620Matt Kenseth768-69
788Dale Earnhardt Jr.750-87
822Joey Logano729-108
916Greg Biffle727-110
1078Kurt Busch719-118
1124Jeff Gordon713-124
125Kasey Kahne709-128
1356Martin Truex Jr. 704-133
1439Ryan Newman699-138
152Brad Keselowski691-146

 

There isn't much room separating the men in the top 12 from the drivers trying to work their way into it. 

As such, you can be sure the men on the outside looking in will be driving at breakneck speeds, throwing caution to the wind in an attempt to make the Chase. 

The top drivers in the standings have found success at Richmond in recent years. Jimmie Johnson won this event two years in a row from 2007-08, and he'll be extra pumped for the race after his wife Chandra gave birth to their daughter on Thursday morning, as noted by NASCAR:

Clint Bowyer won it last year, and Denny Hamlin, who currently sits at No. 26 in the standings, also won it two years in a row from 2009-10.

After winning a thrilling race last weekend, Kyle Busch secured a spot in the Chase, but his brother Kurt still has some work to do this week to join him. A strong finish at Atlanta bumped him up into the 10 spot, but he can't rest on his laurels.

With a sixth-place finish last weekend, Joey Logano moved up two spots to No. 8. He's been running hot this year at times and appears to be getting hot once again for the Chase. 

Saturday's race will be full of excitement. With so much on the line, you can be sure a few feathers will be ruffled before the checkered flag is waved for the winner. For many drivers, this is their last chance to make it to the biggest events of the season.

 

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