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Federated Auto Parts 400 At Richmond International Raceway Preview


This weekend, NASCAR’s finest head to Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400. This is the 26th race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. In last years running, Matt Kenseth collected his second win of the season by beating out teammate Kyle Busch.

And Then There Was One: This weekend’s race marked the 26th and final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season. Although, the majority of spots have already been claimed by winners, some unsettled drama remains. From Chris Buescher’s last push to stay in the top 30, to Ryan Newman’s fate after a costly post-race inspection, here’s who needs to clinch and their scenarios needed.



Win And They’re In: Some throughout the years have used Richmond International Raceway as a way to not only win, but gate crash their way into the Chase For The Sprint Cup. Here’s a list of those who can do that with a win at the Federated Auto Parts 400.



Hometown Hamlin Seeks Another Win: Denny Hamlin, the winningest driver from Virginia in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history with 28 victories, goes for his eighth win in the Old Dominion State on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. Additionally, He also has seven top fives, 11 top 10s and a 10.6 average finish there.

Larson’s Form Grows At The Right Time: One week after winning his first NASCAR national series race, Kyle Larson challenged for the victory again at Darlington, leading 45 laps before finishing third. In his last six races, Larson claims four top-six finishes: fifth at Indianapolis; sixth at Pocono; first at Michigan and third at Darlington. Larson enters Richmond as a perfect example on how one race, or even several can turn around a season in this Chase format.

Mr. 500’s: Greg Biffle will make his 500th career Sprint Cup start this Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. Biffle made his Sprint Cup debut in 2002 at California driving for Jack Roush. Over his 15 years in the series he has earned 19 wins, 92 top-five and 175 top 10 finishes. But, he will be joined in that club on the same night with former teammate Jamie McMurray. McMurray made his Cup debut also in 2002 at Talladega Superspeedway. His career includes 7 wins, 57 top 5’s, and 139 top 10 finishes.

Below is some NASCAR Fantasy advice for the Federated Auto Parts 400 and the drivers to consider and to avoid:

Drivers To Consider: Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Larson

Drivers To Avoid: Austin Dillon, Tony Stewart, Ryan Blaney, Greg Biffle, and Paul Menard

Potential Sleepers: Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Chase Elliott, Aric Almirola, and Jeff Gordon

When and Where to Watch: The Federated Auto Parts 400 At Richmond International Raceway starts Saturday at 7:30PM EST on NBCSN