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NASCAR: Federated Auto Parts 400 Preview, Odds & Pick (Sept 11)

  • Second race in the NASCAR Cup Series round of 16 takes place at Richmond Raceway this weekend
  • Race was won by Brad Keselowski last year

The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs got underway in South Carolina last weekend, as the Cook Out Southern 500 was staged. However, the round of 16 continues this weekend, as the action heads to Virginia for the Federated Auto Parts 400.

Federated Auto Parts 400 Schedule

  • When: Saturday, 11th September
  • Where: Richmond Raceway, Virginia
  • How To Watch: NBCSN

Federated Auto Parts 400 Vegas Odds

DriverOdds
Martin Truex Jr+400
Denny Hamlin+500
Joey Logano+700
Kyle Busch+700
Kyle Larson+800
Brad Keselowski+1000
Chase Elliott+1000
Kevin Harvick+1200

Race Preview

Event Details & Winners

The Federated Auto Parts 400 is now a crucial part of the playoffs, despite previously being the race that was run just before the post-season got underway. It has been in this spot in the calendar since 2004, with the Brickyard 400 now being the last race before the playoffs. This race has gone under a number of different names throughout its history, including the Air Guard 400, Chevy Rock & Roll 400, and Wonderful Pistachios 400.

Sep 5, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) races during the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) races during the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Drivers need to complete 400 laps at the Federated Auto Parts 400, which is made up of 300 miles. The first 80 laps take place in stage one, before 155 and 165 laps are contested in stage two and the final stage, respectively. Richard Petty remains the most successful driver in the history of this race, having won seven times in the past. Chevrolet are the leading manufacturers, while the most successful teams are Joe Gibbs Racing and Petty Enterprises, who have both won on seven previous occasions.

Leading Contenders

Denny Hamlin could be one of the drivers to watch this weekend, as he could potentially move to the top of the Drivers’ Championship with another victory. He was in excellent form last weekend, as he came out on top in the Cook Out Southern 500. That victory moved him up to second in the standings, with only Kyle Larson above him now. Larson was able to hold on to the top spot as he finished second and also led for the most laps in the final Classic of the season.

Sep 5, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) races during the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) races during the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Truex Jr is the current favorite in the betting for the race this weekend, as he currently sits third in the Drivers’ Championship. He finished fourth in the race last weekend and could be in a menacing position on the grid to lay down a challenge. Truex Jr has also won this race in the past, with his last success coming in 2019. Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin have also recorded wins in the Federated Auto Parts 400 in the past.

Pick & Prediction

Who will win the Federated Auto Parts 400 this weekend:

It will be a wide-open race in Virginia this weekend, and cases can be made for many of the drivers at the top of the betting. However, we think that Denny Hamlin will get the win. He won this race in 2016 and has been in great form over recent weeks.

Free Pick:

  • Denny Hamlin
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