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It's a day later than originally planned but the Race to the Chase is set to roll at Richmond International Raceway for Sunday afternoon's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chevy Rock & Roll 400.

Tropical Storm Hanna dumped several inches of rain and created significant winds as she ripped through the Eastern portion of the country Friday night and Saturday.

But the good news is there is no significant damage to report in and around the Richmond area and Sunday's 26th race of the season will take the green flag under sunny skies and warm temperatures just after 1 p.m. ET.

After a delay of about 18 hours, the pressure coker is back on for drivers hoping to make their way into the Chase by holding a spot in the coveted top twelve of the point standings after the checkered flag waves this afternoon.

"I’ve tried not to put a lot of pressure on myself,” said David Ragan who comes into the weekend only 17 points behind Clint Bowyer for the 12th and final position. “Certainly, if we make the Chase it’s not gonna be because we had a good race at Richmond. It’s gonna be because we were pretty solid all year. If we don’t make the Chase, it’s gonna be because we made some mistakes throughout the year."

While Ragan can't afford to make any mistakes Sunday and plans to take a defensive approach to the 400-lap race, Greg Biffle has an opposite strategy.

Biffle will be locked into the Chase once he takes the green flag and will be going all out with one goal in mind - getting to victory lane.

“It truly doesn’t matter where I finish,” Biffle said. “That’s kind of an unusual situation. I think it’s the first time ever in a points event for a NASCAR race that it doesn’t matter where I finish unless I win. That’s the obvious thing, but unless I win, that’s not really gonna change my outcome.”

Biffle, like Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. needs bonus points for a win Sunday to help their standing in the Chase seedings.

We can try some things to the car, maybe on pit stops and stuff like that, to try and gain track position," Biffle said. "....do what we can do to try and win. We’re gonna do that. We do that every week, so we’re not gonna do anything different there, but we can take a little bit of a gamble."

“The other thing is with the limited amount of practice, we’re already set to go for [the race], so the car is already done and is set up and is about like we ran it in the spring, just a little bit different as far as bar and shock package. So there’s nothing real off the wall we’re gonna try as far as learning something, so we’re just gonna go for it.”

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