NASCAR at Richmond: Complete Preview and Prediction for Federated Auto Parts 400

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NASCAR at Richmond: Complete Preview and Prediction for Federated Auto Parts 400
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It doesn’t get much better than this.

Saturday night Sprint Cup Series racing on a short track. And what an amazing short track it is. 

There just might not be a better place to hold the 2014 Sprint Cup Series regular-season finale than at Richmond International Raceway. 

Why?

Its long and wide front stretch offers opportunities for three- and four-wide, speedway-like racing. But it’s connected to a short and fast backstretch by two tight corners. It’s easy to make a mistake here, and it’s even easier to get caught up in someone’s else’s.

All eyes will be on Tony Stewart again as the veteran driver makes his second start since returning to competition. But far more important will be the success or failure of the handful of drivers on the Chase bubble. 

Carl Edwards is the defending race winner, and Joey Logano won here in the spring. That might have you thinking this is a Ford track with back-to-back wins. But Chevrolet has the most wins at 36. Ford has 30.

Kyle Busch has four wins at RIR, the most of any active driver, followed by fellow Chase drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson with three apiece.

RIR is nicknamed “The Action Track,” and it will live up to that name this Saturday night.

 

 

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