The NASCAR Cup Collection heads north to Richmond Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 11) for the 2nd race of the very first spherical of the playoffs.
Brad Keselowski is the defending winner of September’s yearly Federated Auto Components 400 in the Commonwealth, but Alex Bowman arrived out of nowhere in the spring this year to come to be the most the latest winner at the track.
Meanwhile, Denny Hamlin is coming off his initially win of the season, coming past 7 days at Darlington Raceway as he held off Kyle Larson. Hamlin is no slouch at Richmond, both: he has three wins apiece in Cup and Xfinity collection level of competition, introducing another in the 2011 Denny Hamlin Brief Monitor Showdown. He also reeled off 5 straight finishes of sixth or much better amongst the drop of 2015 and spring of 2018, but hasn’t received at the D-shaped oval considering that 2016.
Talking of Larson, Hendrick Motorsports is looking to bounce again soon after each individual single just one of their autos finished up in the wall at Darlington. Of training course, Larson however arrived residence second, but the other three motorists in that stable (Bowman, Chase Elliott and William Byron) all completed 26th or even worse in the playoff opener.
Larson and Hamlin’s starting up buy was the inversion of their finishing positions previous week, with Larson holding pole position with Hamlin alongside. Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick spherical out the leading five, while Joey Logano, Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola and Christopher Bell fill out the relaxation of the top rated 10.
Like very last 7 days, the 16 playoff drivers make up the original top 16 starting off spots. Nonetheless, Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet failed pre-race inspection twice and he will start at the rear, so Hamlin inherits the pole and the rest of the aforementioned best 10 shift up a spot every. Tyler Reddick slides into the freshly vacant 10th starting situation. Cole Custer also unsuccessful two times.
Kyle Larson, who was meant to start from the pole tonight at Richmond, unsuccessful prerace tech 2 times and will have to fall to the rear. Hamlin, on outside, and Truex, on inside of, will be front row at commence of Cup race. Tech is even now continuing as automobiles go by means of 2nd 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, heading back-to-back after his Darlington triumph and holding off Justin Haley for the earn. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Gragson’s proprietor (and teammate for the race) and racing his lone function of 2021, finished up 14th.
The subject rolls off pit street for the Federated Car Components 400 at 7:30 p.m. ET this night.
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