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

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Federated Auto Parts 400 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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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 # Driver Manufacturer Team
1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet EGR
2 Brad Keselowski Ford Penske
5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Hendrick
7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet TBR
9 Marcos Ambrose Ford RPM
10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet SHR
11 Denny Hamlin Toyota JGR
13 Casey Mears Ford Germain
14 Mark Martin Chevrolet SHR
15 Clint Bowyer Toyota MWR
16 Greg Biffle Ford RFR
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford RFR
18 Kyle Busch Toyota JGR
19 Mike Bliss Toyota HSR
20 Matt Kenseth Toyota JGR
22 Joey Logano Ford Penske
24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Hendrick
27 Paul Menard Chevrolet RCR
29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet RCR
30 David Stremme Toyota Swan
31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet RCR
32 Ken Schrader Ford FAS Lane
33 Tony Raines Chevrolet Circle Sport
34 David Ragan Ford Front Row
35 Josh Wise Ford Front Row
36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet TBR
38 David Gilliland Ford Front Row
40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Circle Sport
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet EGR
43 Aric Almirola Ford RPM
47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota JTG/D
48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Hendrick
51 Ryan Truex Chevrolet Phoenix
55 Brian Vickers Toyota MWR
56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota MWR
78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet FRR
83 David Reutimann Toyota BK Racing
87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO/JRR
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet Hendrick
93 Travis Kvapil Toyota BK Racing
95 Reed Sorenson Ford LFR
98 Michael McDowell Ford PPR
99 Carl Edwards Ford RFR
39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet SHR

 

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.

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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.

 

Rank Car Driver Points Points Behind
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 837 Leader
2 15 Clint Bowyer 809 -29
3 29 Kevin Harvick 795 -42
4 99 Carl Edwards 795 -42
5 18 Kyle Busch 786 -51
6 20 Matt Kenseth 768 -69
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 750 -87
8 22 Joey Logano 729 -108
9 16 Greg Biffle 727 -110
10 78 Kurt Busch 719 -118
11 24 Jeff Gordon 713 -124
12 5 Kasey Kahne 709 -128
13 56 Martin Truex Jr.  704 -133
14 39 Ryan Newman 699 -138
15 2 Brad Keselowski 691 -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.

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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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