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The 2018 Federated Auto Parts 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on September 22, 2018, at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Contested over 400 laps on the .75-mile (1.21 km) D-shaped short track, it was the 28th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, second race of the Playoffs and second race of the Round of 16.

2018 Federated Auto Parts 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 28 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date September 22, 2018 (2018-09-22)
Location Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
.75 mi (1.2 km)
Distance 400 laps, 300 mi (480 km)
Average speed 103.152 miles per hour (166.007 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 22.153
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Laps 163
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Nielsen Ratings 1.0/1.1 (Overnight)[10]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (Backstretch)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Richmond Raceway, the track where the race will be held.

Richmond Raceway (RR), formerly known as Richmond International Raceway (RIR), is a 3/4-mile (1.2 km), D-shaped, asphalt race track located just outside Richmond, Virginia in Henrico County. It hosts the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series. Known as "America's premier short track", it formerly hosted a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, an IndyCar Series race and two USAC sprint car races.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Joey Gase (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Alon Day BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Cole Custer (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
52 Gray Gaulding Rick Ware Racing Ford
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
99 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Kyle Busch was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 22.279 seconds and a speed of 121.190 mph (195.036 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.279 121.190
2 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 22.320 120.968
3 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.370 120.697
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 22.458 seconds and a speed of 120.224 mph (193.482 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 22.458 120.224
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 22.475 120.133
3 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.602 119.458
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kevin Harvick scored the pole for the race with a time of 22.153 and a speed of 121.880 mph (196.147 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 22.148 22.194 22.153
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.014 22.182 22.159
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 22.113 22.161 22.217
4 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 22.105 22.074 22.241
5 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.967 21.964 22.244
6 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 21.970 22.166 22.267
7 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 22.098 22.186 22.320
8 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 22.001 22.162 22.342
9 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.054 22.185 22.342
10 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.168 22.182 22.347
11 51 Cole Custer (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 22.123 22.123 22.360
12 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.093 22.199 22.390
13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 22.235 22.232
14 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.108 22.236
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.093 22.241
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 22.175 22.286
17 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.269 22.297
18 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 22.025 22.318
19 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.066 22.332
20 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.244 22.354
21 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 22.195 22.374
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.240 22.438
23 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 22.291 22.439
24 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 22.273 22.678
25 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 22.305
26 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 22.324
27 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 22.326
28 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.348
29 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 22.355
30 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 22.373
31 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 22.407
32 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 22.416
33 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 22.448
34 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 22.578
35 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 22.601
36 52 Gray Gaulding Rick Ware Racing Ford 22.932
37 23 Alon Day BK Racing Toyota 22.954
38 00 Joey Gase (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 22.960
39 99 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 23.066
40 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 23.079
Official qualifying results
  • Kyle Busch, Daniel Suárez, Regan Smith, and David Ragan all started from the rear after failing inspection.

RaceEdit

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 100

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 8
4 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 100

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 10
2 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 6
6 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 2
10 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 200

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 11 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 40
2 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 400 53
3 3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 400 54
4 18 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 47
5 6 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 400 45
6 26 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 35
7 9 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 400 32
8 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 32
9 7 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 400 42
10 24 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 400 27
11 8 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 30
12 13 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 33
13 15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 24
14 12 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 399 25
15 16 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 399 22
16 2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 399 23
17 38 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 399 20
18 5 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 398 25
19 4 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 398 18
20 19 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 398 17
21 14 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 398 16
22 20 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 397 15
23 40 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 397 14
24 23 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 397 13
25 17 6 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 396 12
26 10 51 Cole Custer (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 396 0
27 25 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 395 10
28 29 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 395 9
29 28 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 394 8
30 22 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 394 7
31 39 95 Regan Smith Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 394 6
32 31 72 Corey LaJoie TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 393 5
33 30 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 392 0
34 27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 391 3
35 35 00 Joey Gase (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 388 0
36 36 99 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 387 0
37 32 96 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 387 1
38 34 23 Alon Day BK Racing Toyota 383 1
39 37 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 382 0
40 33 52 Gray Gaulding Rick Ware Racing Ford 289 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 8 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 3 for 23
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 54 minutes and 30 seconds
  • Average speed: 103.152 miles per hour (166.007 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and three-time Richmond winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. had the call in the booth for the race. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast will report from pit lane during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

The Motor Racing Network had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Backstretch: Dave Moody Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Richmond International Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 21, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 21, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 21, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Federated Auto Parts 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 22, 2018. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. September 24, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. September 24, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Richmond final TV ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (September 21, 2018). "Kyle Busch leads first Cup practice at Richmond". Motorsport.com. Richmond, Virginia: Motorsport Network. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (September 21, 2018). "Brad Keselowski tops Truex in final practice at Richmond". Motorsport.com. Richmond, Virginia: Motorsport Network. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  13. ^ Kurz Jr., Hank (September 21, 2018). "Harvick edges Hamlin for pole at Richmond". Associated Press. Richmond, Virginia: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on September 22, 2018. Retrieved September 21, 2018.


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