The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a busy weekend of short track racing at Richmond Raceway with the Federated Auto Parts 400.

Last weekend, Kevin Harvick kicked off the playoffs with a win at Darlington and guaranteed his spot in the next round of the playoffs.  Harvick will sit on the pole for tonight’s race and bring the field to green.

When the green flag drops, Chad Knaus will mark 700 Cup Series starts as a crew chief.  As a crew chief for the Hendrick Motorsports number 24, Knaus has been the crew chief for seven time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and William Byron.

The 2020 racing season has not been a good year for the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch.  The Covid-19 pandemic, no on track practice, and an inability to figure out the tires have all conspired to keep Busch out of Victory Circle this season.  After his Joe Gibbs Racing number 18 car failed the pre-race inspection process twice, Busch will have to give up his sixth place starting spot and move to the back of the field to start the race.

Christopher Bell also has to move to the back of the field after some inspection issues.

The starting lineup for the Federated Auto Parts 400:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
William Byron
Kyle Busch – moved to the back of the field for failed inspection
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Aric Almirola
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Cole Custer
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Matt DiBenedetto
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
Tyler Reddick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Preece
Chris Buescher
Christopher Bell – moved to the back of the field for inspection issues
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Brennan Poole
Bubba Wallace
John Hunter Nemechek
JJ Yeley
Quin Houff
Corey La Joie
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill
James Davison

Stages one is 80 laps each, stage two is 155 laps long, and stage three is 165 laps long for a total of 400 laps around the ¾ mile track.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start ace and jumps out in front of Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap three, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Joey Logano in second: Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five.  After starting from the back of the field, Kyle Busch is in 30th place.

Lap eight, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly half a second on Joey Logano with Austin Dillon in third.

Lap eleven, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over half a second on Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 25th place.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 30.

Lap 15, Kyle Busch continues to lead the race with a lead of over half a second on Austin Dillon.

Lap 17, all 38 cars are on the lead lap with Kevin Harvick out in front by over half a second on Austin Dillon.

Lap 20, Austin Dillon has caught leader Kevin Harvick and passed him to take the lead of the race.

Lap 22, the top five are Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 21st place.

Lap 28, Austin Dillon has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano with Kevin Harvick in third over two seconds back; Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

NASCAR puts out the yellow flag for the competition caution at the end of lap 30.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires and service with Austin Dillon winning the race off of pit road; Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick follow.

Ryan Blaney had to make a second trip down pit road to tighten a loose tire.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 38 with Dillon jumping out in front for the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 39, Denny Hamlin passes Austin Dillon for the lead.

Lap 41, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano with Austin Dillon in third; Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is in 16th place.

Lap 45, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Loagno.  There are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 47, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski. 

Lap 50, Denny Hamlin holds on to a one second lead on Joey Logano with Austin Dillon a second and a half back.

Lap 53, Austin Dillon passes Joey Logano to take second place; Denny Hamlin leads the race by a second and a half.  Kyle Busch has moved up to 15th place.

Lap 57, Austin Dillon has closed the gap on leader Denny Hamlin to a second with Joey Logano in third over two seconds back.

Lap 60, with 33 cars on the lead lap, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over half a second on Austin Dillon; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is in 16th place over eleven seconds back.

Lap 66, Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to just over half a second on Austin Dillon; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 69, Kyle Busch enters the top 15.  Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to just half a second.

Ryan Blaney is reporting a tight condition on his car.

Lap 72, Austin Dillon has closed the gap on leader Denny Hamlin to under half a second with Joey Logano in third over four seconds back.  There are 31 cars on the lead lap.

Five laps remain in stage one; Denny Hamlin has a lead of under half a second on Austin Dillon.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one for his eighth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Clint Bowyer

With the abrasive track, drivers are eager to get four new tires on each pit stop.  Once again Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.  Kyle Busch moves up five spaces to eighth place after his pit stop.

Denny Hamlin and Austin Dillon were caught speeding on pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 90 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr.  Kyle Busch is in seventh place.

Lap 98, Joey Loagno has a third of a second lead on Brad Keselowski with Martin Truex Jr in third; Alex Bowman and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 103, Austin Dillon has moved up to 21st place and Kenny Hamlin is in 24th place after having to restart from the back of the field for a speeding penalty.

Lap 195, Joey Logano continues to lead the race with Brad Keselowski nearly a half second back; Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 107, Kevin Harvick passes Alex Bowman for fourth.

Brad Keselowski has caught leader and team mate Joey Logano but remains in second place.

Lap 114, Brad Keselowski is challenging leader Joey Logano for the lead as they encounter slower traffic.

There are 30 cars on the lead lap with Timmy Hill off the track.

Lap 117, the top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott. 

Lap 119, Brad Keselowski begins to battle Joey Logano for the lead.

Lap 121, Brad Keselowski passes Joey Logano for the lead.

Austin Dillon has moved up to 12th place and Denny Hamlin is in 20th

Lap 124, the top five are Brad Keselowski,, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott with 30 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 128, Brad Keselowski has a near half second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr is over a second back in third place.

Lap 129, Austin Dillon has moved up 18 spots since having to restart the  race from the back of the field.

Lap 132, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 138, there are 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 140, Matt DiBenedetto is on pit road for his green flag pit stop.  All of the teams will have to make at least one pit stop during the stage for fuel and tires.  Kevin Harvick also comes down pit road for his scheduled pit stop.

Lap 143, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Lap 145 more drivers come down pit road for their scheduled pit stops.

Lap 147, leader Brad Keselowski continues to lap slower traffic with 24 cars on the lead lap.

Kao 149, Keyle Busch passes Alex Bowman to enter the top five.

Austin Dillon has entered the top 10 in ninth place; Denny Hamlin is in 16th.

Lap 154, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Drivers making green flag pit stops go one or two laps down depending on their relationship to the leader until the leader balances out the field.

Lap 162, leader Brad Keselowski makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Kevin Harvick.

Lap 164, the top five are Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, and Matt DiBenedetto.

William Byron is having some handling issues with his car.  He is currently two laps down.

Lap 169, Kevin Harvick leads the race with Austin Dillon over a half second back; Aric Almirola, Cole Custer, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 177, Austin Dillon gets into the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 178, Kevin Harvick has a two second lead on Austin Dillon; Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano round out the top five.  There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 180, Austin Dillon has closed the gap on leader Kevin Harvick to under half a second.

Lap 182, Austin Dillon has caught and passed Kevin Harvick with newer tires to take the lead.

Lap 184, Austin Dillon has pulled out to a one second lead on Kevin Harvick; Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 187, Kevin Harvick makes a pit stop and was charged with making a commitment cone violation.  He will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 189, Austin Dillon has a lead of nearly three seconds on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 192, there are 17 cars on the lead lap.  Austin Dillon has a lead of nearly two seconds on Brad Keselowski.

After serving his penalty, Kevin Harvick returns to the track in 27th place one lap down.

Lap 200, Austin Dillon has his number three car in the lead nearly two seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano is in third over three seconds back.

Timmy Hill is out of the race.

Lap 205, Austin Dillon has a one second lead on Brad Keselowski; Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 210, Austin Dillon’s lead is down to just half a second on Brad Keselowski with just 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 213, Brad Keselowski has caught leader Austin Dillon and is beginning to challenge for the lead. 

While Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski battle for the lead, Joey Logano loses third place to Martin Truex Jr nearly five seconds back.

Lap 218, Brad Keselowski takes advantage of the lapped car of Michael McDowell to take the lead form Austin Dillon.

Lap 219, Brad Keselowski has already pulled out to a half second lead on Austin Dillon; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

In 16th place, the first car one lap down, Kevin Harvick is close to unlapping himself.

Lap 226, Brad Keselowski hasa one second lead on Austin Dillon; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Kevin Harvick has unlapped himself and is again back on the lead lap.

Lap 230, five laps remain in stage two; Brad Keselowski has a lead of less than half a second on Austin Dillon; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

With three laps remaining in stage two, Brad Keselowski has lapped playoff driver Cole Custer and is about to lap playoff driver Clint Bowyer.

Brad Keselowski wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two;
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Aric Almirola
Matt Kenseth
Kevin Harvick

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and fuel with Brad Keselowski winning the race off of pit road and Martin Truex Jr out second.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 244 and jumps out in front for the lead.

The top five are Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott.

La 247, Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon battle for fifth place.

Lap 248, Brad Keselowski has a one second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 250, Brad Keselowski leads the race with 16 cars on the lead lap.  Timmy Hill is the only driver out of the race.

Lap 254, Brad Keselowski has a near one second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 259, Brad Keselowski has a one second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr is in third over two seconds back; Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 266, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race with a one second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 16 cars on the lead lap.

NBC Sport broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr noted that stage three of a race in Richmond has never gone caution free.  The drivers will have to stop at least once for fuel…and tires…during stage three.

Lap 273, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 278, Brad Keselowski has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 16 cars on the lead lap.

In 13th place, Denny Hamlin said that his car is “just awful” and the car is “plowing”.

Lap 289, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over a second and a half on Joey Logano; Martin TReux Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 292, Denny Hamlin is the first driver to come down pit road for his green flag pit stop.

Lap 294, Joey Logano is the first of the lead lap drivers to make his pit stop.

Leader Brad Keselowski makes his pt stop and gives the lead over to Chase Elliott with Kyle Busch in second two seconds back.

Lap 295, Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch make their pit stops and gives the lead over to Kurt Busch.

Lap 298, the top five are Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr with just nine cars on the lead lap.  Kyle Busch is the last car on the lead lap in ninth place.

Lap 305, yet to make a pit stop, Kurt Busch has a three second lead on Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth.

Lap 308, Joey Logano passes Kurt Busch to take the lead on fresher tires.

Lap 311, the top five are Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Kurt Busch.

Lap 313, Kurt Busch finally makes his pit stop.

Lap 314, Joey Logano has the lead with Brad Keselowski on his bumper; Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 116, Brad Keselowski passes Joey Logano to take the lead with Martin Truex Jr nearly two seconds back in third.  There are only 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 420, Brad Keselowski has a one second lead on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five;  Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, and Alex Bowman fill out the top 10.

Lap 425, Brad Keselowski has led 126 laps so far and has a lead of a second and a half on team mate Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 432, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over three seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 434, Austin Dillon passes Joey Logano to take third place.

Austin Dillon drops to fourth place after missing pit road and has to make another lap before making his pit stop.  He is the first of the two stop drivers to come down pit road for fresh tires.

Lap 440, Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly four seconds on Martin Truex Jr with eleven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 441, Denny Hamlin makes his pit stop as the two stop drivers begin making their green flag pit stops.

Brad Keselowski makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch; Kevin Harvick is in second nearly three seconds back.

With 55 laps remaining in the race, the top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Austin Dillon.

Lap 447, Kyle Busch gives up the lead to come down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Kevin Harvick.

Kevin Harvick makes his pit stop and give the lead over to Kurt Busch.

Fifty to go, Kurt Busch is the leader with Austin Dillon in second just over half a second back; Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Austin Dillon takes the lead with Brad Keselowski in second and battling for the lead.

Brad Keselowski passes Austin Dillon to take the lead. 

With 43 laps remaining in the race, Brad Keselowski has a lead of two and a half seconds on Austin Dillon; Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

With 38 laps to go there are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Thirty-five to go, Brad Keselowski has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

With 26 laps to go, Austin Dillon has caught Joey Logano and is challenging for third.

Twenty to go, Brad Keselowski continues to dominate the race with a lead of two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Eighteen to go, Martin Truex Jr has closed the gap on leader Brad Keselowski to under two and a half seconds with just eleven cars on the lead lap.

Eleven to go, Brad Keselowski has a two and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Austin Dillon and Joey Logano battle for third with Chase Elliot rounding out the top five.

Eight to go, the battle for third between Joey Logano and Austin Dillon continues.

Five to go, Brad Keselowski called his shot earlier this week and is backing it up; he has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano has retaken third from Austin Dillon, and Chase Elliott rounds out the top five.

Brad Keselowski takes the white flag with a lead of over two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Brad Keselowski wins the race and earns himself a spot in the next round of the playoffs.  This is Keselowski’s 34th career win and his fourth win of the season.

The unofficial results of the Federated Auto Parts 400:
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer
Tyler Reddick
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Cole Custer
Christopher Bell
Matt Kenseth
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Preece
William Byron
Erik Jones
Ryan Newman
Chris Buescher
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Corey LaJoie
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
John Hunter Nemechek
Jimmie Johnson
Quin Houff
Brennan Poole
JJ Yeley
Joey Gase
Reed Sorenson
James Davison
Timmy Hill