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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Federated Auto Parts 400

One week ago, if a driver had a green spoiler and splitter, the gamble was not worth anything.  The 16-driver field that is going for a championship experienced all kind of issues.  Nearly 75 percent of those teams found themselves with issues, from tires to accidents, spins and handling.

It meant a lot of chaos to start the title run, but in the end, one playoff driver cashed in, and already has his spot secure for the second round.

Week two of the playoffs takes place at a familiar facility, but at an unfamiliar time.  Usually this became the perfect place to finish off the regular season.  Now, “Racing Perfection” has a new home, helping to determine who may advance into the second round.  It now becomes the second short track of the playoffs, one that many are pleased with, and now could find themselves victorious in a Saturday Night delight at Richmond.

The 3/4-mile track hosts the lone night race of the 2018 playoffs, but it becomes one that is critical to win, and even more critical when it comes to being at the back of the playoff standings.

That means the League needs to really consider who they need to go with when it comes to victory.  Last week, no one achieved a win, and now the picks from that week are off limits.  It’s a new week, new round of choices for all, and a new opportunity.

Here’s the picks for the Federated Auto Parts 400:


Misan Akuya:  Aric Almirola

After a sixth place finish, highest among all the SHR drivers, Almirola must be feeling good.  Had a car that was capable of winning in the spring.  Let’s see if he can do it again.

Rob Blount:  Denny Hamlin

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Denny Hamlin

Let’s see if Hamlin can find some good luck at his home track this weekend.


Dustin Parks:  Kyle Busch

He did not find any luck at home last week.  So, considering this was where he got his three in a row earlier this season, I’ll take my chances on the Candy Man.

Trisha Rodisch:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Joey Logano

Without any stage points, it really doesn’t matter where the driver finishes, LOL.

Rob Tiongson:  Clint Bowyer

Bowyer ​looks to rebound from his Las Vegas letdown with a Richmond rebound win on Saturday night.


Penny Whitecotton:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.


Playoff standings after Las Vegas:

Penny Whitecotton – 2064 – Kevin Harvick finished 39th (7) 54

Trisha Rodisch – 2064 – Ryan Blaney finished 5th (5) 29

Billy Fellin – 2063 – Kurt Busch finished 21st (4) 31

Ashley Hobbs – 2061 – Ryan Blaney finished 5th (5) 26

Dustin Parks – 2061 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 3rd (1) 10

Sal Sigala Jr. – 2059 – Kyle Larson finished 2nd (4) 23

Misan Akuya – 2059 – Kyle Larson finished 2nd (4) 23

Rob Tiongson – 2058 – Kyle Larson finished 2nd (4) 22

Rob Blount – 2038 – Jimmie Johnson finished 22nd (2) 16


Summary of Picks:

Kyle Busch-3

Denny Hamlin-2

Aric Almirola-1

Clint Bowyer-1

Joey Logano-1

Martin Truex Jr-1

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