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NASCAR At Richmond: Rain Hits Once Again, Race Still Well Shy of Halfway

With 151 of 400 laps in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, rain has hit the track once again and put the event under the red flag.

Denny Hamlin has led a race-high 83 laps and holds the top spot as the cars park on pit road. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is second, followed by Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson, and Kasey Kahne. Martin Truex Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., Mark Martin, Kevin Harvick, and Tony Stewart (all the way from 28th) round out the top-10.

Jeff Gordon is struggling mightily in 26th-place and, barring a miraculous turnaround, is likely to miss the Chase for the Sprint Cup for the second time in the nine-year history of the format. His rival for the wild card Kyle Busch currently sits 11th but had been in the top-10 nearly all night before being displaced shortly before the red flag by Stewart.

With 49 laps still to complete before the race would be official, NASCAR can not end the race if the rain continues. If that winds up being the case, the race will resume tomorrow afternoon.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.