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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Federated Auto Parts 400

Through 25 races, NASCAR saw 13 drivers make their way to victory lane.  One of them waited months to get back behind the wheel, and another few months to get a trophy, beating his way to the checkered flag.

One used strategy, and a little fog, to make his way there, and kept fighting to make sure his spot, although possibly could disappear, was still there.

One tried for years to finally get his first taste of victory, after being touted as a great young man who had not even reached his full potential yet.  A feel-good win for the garage as he was always respected and revered, now he has a chance to win a title.

The rest, a usual cast of characters that one would expect to battle for a title.  But all this talk of the Chase, and yet there are still spots remaining.  Three positions are still to be decided, and in order to get those positions settled, it means hitting the track for a shootout.  It’s at a track that isn’t an oval, and is just under a mile in length.  It’s a place that has seen issues, anger, and controversy.  It’s now ready to decide who is going to go after the Sprint Cup for 2016.

One last regular season race, and it is at a place drivers, fans, and even broadcasters enjoy.  Richmond has been the final event before the Chase since 2004, and it has always produced a quality product.

That is what the writers are expecting, and hoping for, because this is their final shot before the standings get reset.  Here’s their decision of victory for the Federated Auto Parts 400:

 

Misan Akuya:  Denny Hamlin

Just like last year, those JGR cars are looking good.  With Kenseth and Edwards winning the last two races here, perhaps it’s Hamlin’s turn.

Rob Blount:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Mary Jo Buchanan:  Joey Logano

Slice it up at Richmond.

Stephen Conley:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Billy Fellin:  Denny Hamlin

Hometown guy grabs another win at his hometown track.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Ashley Hull:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Kara Martin:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Ashley McCubbin:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Jamie McMurray

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Carl Edwards

This place has Gibbs written all over it, so any of the four drivers in their stable could be chosen to win.  Although I expect Rowdy to be a little hot after having been bumped out of the way by his teammate in the first race here, I gotta go with the guy that won that race.

Patti Rodisch:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Carl Edwards

Seems like Edwards enjoys racing at “The Action Track.”  While he already has two wins this year, it couldn’t hurt to get a third victory and add bonus points, eh?

 

Standings after Darlington:

Sal Sigala Jr. (808) Kevin Harvick finished 2nd – 2

Ashley Hull (733) Kevin Harvick finished 2nd – 8

Ashley McCubbin (729) NO PICK SENT – 2

Patti Rodisch (713) Jeff Gordon finished 14th – 3

Rob Blount (711) Kyle Busch finished 11th – 4

Dustin Parks (686) Jeff Gordon finished 14th – 1

Rob Tiongson (661) Jimmie Johnson finished 33rd – 2

Klarissa Mitchell (654) Jamie McMurray finished 15th – 1

Misan Akuya (630) Tony Stewart finished 35th – 3

Billy Fellin (630) Carl Edwards finished 19th – 2

Mary Jo Buchanan (622) Jeff Gordon finished 14th – 3

Ashley Hobbs (620) Denny Hamlin finished 4th – 2

Stephen Conley (479) NO PICK SENT – 1

Kara Martin (477) NO PICK SENT – 1

 

Summary of Picks:

Kevin Harvick-4

Kyle Busch-2

Carl Edwards-2

Denny Hamlin-2

Joey Logano-1

Jamie McMurray-1

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