NASCAR Betting: Examining The Field For This Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400



The NASCAR drivers on the bubble in the Sprint Cup series will get one more shot at clinching a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup this Saturday night with the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond, Virginia. A number of drivers have already locked up their spots but with the top contenders battling for points near the top of the standings and several drivers on the bubble this could be one of the most exciting races of the season. Here is a look at the best bets on the NASCAR betting board for this Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400.

The Favorite
Kevin Harvick +500

Harvick owns a series-best average finish position as well as the third-best driver rating at Richmond so it’s no surprise that he is listed as the outright favorite to win this race. Harvick qualified on the front row and ended up finishing fifth in the last race at Richmond and while his winless drought continued with a fifth-place finish at Darlington last weekend he has registered four straight top-five finishes and always seems to find a way in to contention for the victory every single week.

Next In Line
Brad Keselowski +600

Keselowski has finished in the top-five in each of the last five races including runner-up finishes at Pocono and at Darlington last week. Keselowski still has only one win this season but he has come close a couple of times over the last few weeks and he has to be itching for that victory in this weekend’s Federated Auto Parts 400 as he attempts to set the tone for the playoff.

Kyle Busch +500

The Joe Gibbs Racing drivers have been absolutely on fire over the last couple of months and while Busch has already locked up a spot in the Chase he would love an extra three bonus points for a win entering the playoffs. Busch did not compete in this year’s first race at Richmond but he knows this track well and has recorded four wins and 13 top-five finishes here over the course of his career.

Joey Logano +700

Logano and Kurt Busch dominated the Richmond race in April with Logano winning the pole and leading 94 laps on his way to a top-five finish. Logano was not always a strong pick for Richmond but he has placed in the top-five in each of the last two races here. Considering his recent form at this track and the fact that he was won two of the last four Sprint Cup races overall he should be a good bet to win on Saturday.

Matt Kenseth +800

Kenseth’s three wins are tied with Logano for the second-most in the Sprint Cup behind only the four that both Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson have recorded this season and he will be itching to get back on track after a couple of rough starts. Kenseth finished 21st in last weekend’s race at Darlington after he placed 42nd at Bristol the weekend before so don’t underestimate the driver of the No. 20 Toyota heading in to Saturday’s race.

Sleeper Pick
Jamie McMurray +3000

There has been a lot of talk about the drivers that are right on the outside looking in at the Chase but a sleeper pick that might be worth taking a shot on is McMurray, who is still looking for his first win of the season. McMurray qualified ninth and actually led four laps on his way to a fourth-place finish at the Richmond race in April and he could have a chance to finally break through with a victory this weekend.

Consensus Best Bet: Joey Logano +700

Driver To Win
Kevin Harvick +500
Kyle Busch +500
Brad Keselowski +600
Joey Logano +700
Matt Kenseth +800
Kurt Busch +900
Denny Hamlin +1000
Carl Edwards +1000
Jimmie Johnson +1500
Martin Truex Jr +1800
Jeff Gordon +2000
Dale Earnhardt Jr +2000
Jamie McMurray +3000
Kyle Larson +3000
Kasey Kahne +4000
Ryan Newman +4000
Clint Bowyer +4000
Tony Stewart +7500
Field +2000