Event: Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
TV: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN.
Then and now: This is it, the end of the 26-race regular season. After Saturday’s race, we will learn the 16 drivers who made the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and the 25-plus who fell short. Among drivers that are on the bubble and will garner a lot of attention in the race are Jeff Gordon, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer. But also keep your eyes on guys outside the top 16 right now, including Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson and Tony Stewart. If they somehow pull off a win at Richmond, they will make the Chase and another driver will be knocked out. ... Kyle Busch is the winningest active driver at RIR with four Sprint Cup race wins (in 20 starts). But that’s a far cry from Richard Petty’s track record 13 wins (in 63 starts, also a record). ... Kurt Busch won at RIR this past April 26, while Brad Keselowski won this race last year heading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup. ... Walking down Memory Lane: Tony Stewart (1999) and Kasey Kahne (2005) both earned the first Cup wins of their respective careers at Richmond. ... Carl Edwards rallied to hold off Brad Keselowski to win this past Sunday’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. ... Kevin Harvick remains atop the point standings, holding a 42-point lead over No. 2-ranked Joey Logano. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third, 93 points behind, followed by Brad Keselowski (111 points back) and Jimmie Johnson (131 points back).
Event: Virginia529 College Savings 250, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
TV: Friday, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN.
Then and now: Sprint Cup regular Denny Hamlin won last Saturday’s Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway, the sixth time a Toyota has won an Xfinity race in the last eight starts. ... Hamlin also won the last Xfinity race at Richmond back in late April. ... Friday’s race will mark the 64th time the Xfinity Series has raced at Richmond, one of the toughest short tracks (.750 of a mile) in NASCAR. ... After seeing his points lead slowly erode for three consecutive weeks, Chris Buescher regained a good chunk of lost ground at Darlington. He comes into Richmond with a 29-point lead over Ty Dillon, a 35-point edge over Chase Elliott and a 54-point margin over Regan Smith.
Camping World Truck
Next Event: The Truck series is off for the second of two consecutive weekends. The next race is Friday, Sept. 18, the American Ethanol 225, at Chicagoland Speedway.
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing
Next Event: Carolina Nationals Sept. 18-20 at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.
Last Week: The NHRA is coming off yet another spectacular weekend at the 61st annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Winners were Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle). ... Antron Brown won the TRAXXAS Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel drivers during the U.S. Nationals, while Beckman won the Shootout for Funny Car drivers. It was a perfect weekend sweep for Beckman, who was also the No. 1 qualifier heading into Monday’s eliminations. ... All four pro class winners were first-time winners at Indianapolis, the second consecutive year that has happened at NHRA’s biggest race of the season.
Western New York
Lancaster National: IHRA Drag Racing, Buffalo Superchargers, Friday, 7 p.m. Stock Cars: Off Week.
Holland Speedway: Crash-A-Rama, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Ransomville Speedway: Super DIRT.car Sportsman Series, Friday, 7:15 p.m.
Freedom Motorsports Park: Season Championship Night, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Merrittville Speedway: TUSA Canadian Modified Lite Weekend, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Smash-O-Rama, Sunday, 1 p.m.
Humberstone Speedway: Super DIRT.car Sportsman Series, Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
Raceway 5: FRall Enduro, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Wyoming County: Off Week.
Empire Dragway: Empire Gassers, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Stateline Speedway: Super Late Models, Saturday, 7 p.m.