What time does the 2018 NASCAR Cup playoff race at Richmond start

It’s NASCAR race day at Richmond Raceway, and we’ve got some essential information you need to get ready for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400, the second playoff race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:

START TIME: Tim Trudnowski, President of Automotive Jobber Supply, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 7:37 p.m. ET followed by the green flag at 7:43 p.m. ET.

RACE DISTANCE: The Federated Auto Parts 400 is 400 laps around the 0.75-mile Richmond Raceway for a total of 300 miles.

RACE STAGES: After a successful run last season, NASCAR will once again be dividing races into stages and handing out points. Here are the segments for tonight’s Cup race: Stage 1: 100 laps, Stage 2: 100 laps, Stage 3: 200 laps.

PLAYOFFS: Tonight’s race is the second of 10 playoff races and the second of the three-race first round, which concludes next weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sixteen drivers qualified for the postseason and four will be eliminated after the Sept. 30 Charlotte race.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM: The President’s Own United States Marine Band will perform the national anthem at 7:31 p.m. ET, followed by a flyover by four F-15s from the 159th Fighter Wing, Louisiana Air National Guard.

TV RADIO SCHEDULE: The race will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, with a pre-show beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Radio calls can be found on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio.

LIVE STREAMING: NBCSports.com will live-stream the race for those who sign in with their cable/satellite provider’s credentials.

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WEATHER: The race should begin under cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 70s. As the temperature drops into the high 60s as the night wears on, the chance of precipitation increases. The Weather Channel is forecasting a 40-50% chance of showers after 9 p.m.

LAST TIME: Kyle Busch led the final 11 laps and 32 overall in April to win at Richmond for the fifth time in the Cup Series. In September 2017, in the final regular-season race of last season, Kyle Larson led 53 laps to record his fifth career Cup win.

LINEUP:Kevin Harvick won his third pole of the season and the 24th of his Cup Series career, turned a lap at 121.880 mph on Friday night to edge hometown favorite Denny Hamlin, who will start second.

Here is the starting lineup for the Federated Auto Parts 400 (car number in parentheses):

1. Kevin Harvick, Ford

2. Denny Hamlin, Toyota

3. Martin Truex Jr., Toyota

4. Ryan Blaney, Ford

5. Daniel Suarez, Toyota

6. Kurt Busch, Ford

7. Aric Almirola, Ford

8. Brad Keselowski, Ford

9. Erik Jones, Toyota

10. Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

11. Cole Custer, Ford

12. Kyle Busch, Toyota

13. Joey Logano, Ford

14. Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

15. Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet

16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford

17. Ryan Newman, Chevrolet

18. Matt Kenseth, Ford

19. Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

20. William Byron, Chevrolet

21. Paul Menard, Ford

22. Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet

23. Chris Buescher, Chevrolet

24. Michael McDowell, Ford

25. Clint Bowyer, Ford

26. Darrell Wallace Jr., Chevrolet

27. David Ragan, Ford

28. Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

29. Matt DiBenedetto, Ford

30. AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet

31. Ty Dillon, Chevrolet

32. Ross Chastain, Chevrolet

33. Regan Smith, Chevrolet

34. Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet

35. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Toyota

36. Gray Gaulding, Ford

37. Alon Day, Toyota

38. Joey Gase, Chevrolet

39. Landon Cassill, Chevrolet

40. Timmy Hill, Toyota

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