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Federated Auto Parts 400

Status: Final Richmond International Raceway

Race Capsule

Richmond International Raceway
  • What:

    Race 26 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA

  • When:

    September 8, 2012 7:44 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    400

  • Track Length:

    0.75 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $5,120,084

Drivers to Watch

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt climbed back into second place after Atlanta. He trails points leader Greg Biffle by eight points and leads third-ranked Matt Kenseth by 13 points.
Jeff Gordon 13th, 35 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week. Stands third in the wild card standings with one win. Trails second-place Kyle Busch by 12 points in the race for the second and final wild card spot.
Regan Smith 23rd, 223 points out of the top 10.
Clint Bowyer Bowyer dropped two spots in the standings to eighth in the Sprint Cup standings following Sunday night's race at Atlanta. He trails points leader Greg Biffle by 68 points, seventh-ranked Denny Hamlin by 11 points and leads ninth-ranked Kevin Harvick by four points.
Jimmie Johnson After dropping from first to fourth after Michigan, Johnson rebounded at Bristol to regain two positions, only to fall back two spots again to fourth after Atlanta. He trails points leader Greg Biffle by 31 points, third-ranked and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 10 points and leads fifth-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by 10 points.
Denny Hamlin Hamlin continued his climb up the standings, moving up one position to seventh after Atlanta. He trails points leader Greg Biffle by 57 points, sixth-ranked Brad Keselowski by nine points and leads eighth-ranked Clint Bowyer by 11 points.
Joey Logano 18th, 105 points out of the top 10. Stands sixth in the wild card standings with one win.
Martin Truex Jr. Truex remained in fifth place for the second straight week after Atlanta. He trails points leader Greg Biffle by 41 points, fourth-ranked Jimmie Johnson by 10 points and leads sixth-ranked Brad Keselowski by seven points.
Brad Keselowski After losing two spots at Bristol, Keselowski regained one of those positions to climb back to sixth place after Atlanta. He trails points leader Greg Biffle by 48 points, fifth-ranked Martin Truex Jr. by seven points and leads seventh-ranked Denny Hamlin by nine points.
Sam Hornish Jr. His team stands 22nd in the car owner point standings.
Kevin Harvick Harvick remained in ninth place for the second consecutive race after Atlanta. He trails points leader Greg Biffle by 72 points, eight-ranked Clint Bowyer by four points and leads 10th-ranked Tony Stewart by 38 points.
Ryan Newman 17th, 72 points out of the top 10. Lost two spots last week. Stands fifth in the wild card standings with one win. Trails second-place Kyle Busch by 49 points in the race for the second and final wild card spot.
Carl Edwards 14th, 49 points out of the top 10. Lost two spots last week. Stands seventh in the wild card standings with no wins.
Matt Kenseth After losing two spots in the standings after Bristol, Kenseth climbed back into third place after Atlanta. He trails points leader and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle by 21 points, second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 13 points and leads fourth-ranked Jimmie Johnson by 10 points.
Aric Almirola 22nd, 200 points out of the top 10.
Jeff Burton 20th, 160 points out of the top 10.
Kasey Kahne 12th, 23 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week. Stands second in the wild card standings with one win.
Marcos Ambrose 16th, 63 points out of the top 10. Stands fourth in the wild card standings with one win. Trails second-place Kyle Busch by 40 points in the race for the second and final wild card spot.
Greg Biffle Biffle, who led the points for 11 straight weeks earlier in the season, has been back in the top spot in the Sprint Cup standings following the last three races. He leads second-ranked Dale Earnhardt Jr. by eight points and third-ranked Matt Kenseth by 21 points.
Paul Menard 15th, 59 points out of the top 10. Gained two spots last week.
Jamie McMurray 19th, 151 points out of the top 10.
Tony Stewart After dropping four positions in the previous three races, Stewart remained in 10th for the second consecutive week after Atlanta. He trails points leader Greg Biffle by 110 points, ninth-ranked Kevin Harvick by 38 points and leads 11th-ranked Kasey Kahne by 18 points.
Bobby Labonte 24th, 231 points out of the top 10.
Kurt Busch 25th, 286 points out of the top 10.