Rain isn't expected to affect Friday's qualifying, race or practices for Saturday night's scheduled NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway, even though possible bad weather could postpone the main event to Sunday.
The qualifying for the regular-season closer is scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET. This is the last chance for several wild-card hopefuls to grab the final two spots in the Chase. Denny Hamlin, a Virginia native, has won two of the last three September races at the track and has won two races in a row. Kyle Busch, who is looking to grab one of those wild card spots, has won four straight spring races in Richmond, so he seems to be as big a favorite for the Chase as anyone.
Sprint Cup qualifying for Saturday night's can be seen on ESPN2. The Deuce is also showing the Nationwide qualifying at 4 p.m. and the Nationwide Series race later in the evening at 7:30. Sprint Cup practice can be seen on ESPN2 beginning at 2:30 p.m.
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