NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington: Everything you need to know for Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders

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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
1 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick
2 Denny Hamlin 11 Gibbs
3 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Gibbs
4 Kurt Busch 1 Ganassi
5 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas
6 Joey Logano 22 Penske
7 Brad Keselowski 2 Penske
8 Ryan Blaney 12 Penske
9 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas
10 Christopher Bell 20 Gibbs
11 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress
12 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick
13 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick
14 William Byron 24 Hendrick
15 Kyle Busch 18 Gibbs
16 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row
17 Ross Chastain 42 Ganassi
18 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway
19 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress
20 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty
21 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas
22 Daniel Suarez 99 TrackHouse
23 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty
24 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway
25 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire
26 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas
27 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI
28 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers
29 Justin Haley 77 Spire
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
35 Quin Houff 0 StarCom
36 Cody Ware 51 Rick Ware
37 JJ Yeley 53 Rick Ware

 

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