Complete Preview and Prediction for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond

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Complete Preview and Prediction for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond
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There is one thing that NASCAR fans and competitors agree on: Short track racing rules!

And it doesn’t get any better than at the place they call “The Action Track,” Richmond International Speedway.

Ask a Sprint Cup driver to describe the perfect race track and they’ll likely say, “That’s easy, it's Richmond.”

Richmond’s three-quarter-mile speedway, located on the state fairgrounds in the capitol of Virginia, has produced many of the more memorable moments in NASCAR history. Most recently, it was the scene of one of NASCAR’s worst scandals, which some have called "Spingate," and it involved several Michael Waltrip Racing drivers and some bad acting.

But that was then and this is now. The Sprint Cup Series is in the midst of one of its most dramatic and competitive seasons in more than a decade.

A new emphasis on winning, the broadening of rules that allows for creativity along pit road, official supplier Goodyear’s weekly stress test involving its tires and ultra-quick speeds on Richmond’s bullring make for a potent mix this weekend. Who will ride off into the cool spring evening on Saturday as the winner of the Toyota Owners 400?

*All quotes in this slideshow are taken from official team and manufacturer media releases unless otherwise stated.

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