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That’s Racin’: Richmond Preview

This week’s race

Federated Auto Parts 400

What: 400 laps or 300 miles

Where: Richmond International Raceway, a 3/4-mile slightly bankedtri-oval located in Richmond, Va.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: ABC

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Carl Edwards

Also this week: Virginia 529 College Savings 250, Nationwide Series, Richmond International Raceway, 7:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN2.

Worth mentioning: With one race remaining before the start of the Chase, Jeff Gordon continues to lead the Sprint Cup Series standings and holds a 21-point lead over Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. Matt Kenseth is third, Joey Logano is fourth and Brad Keselowski is fifth.

Who’s Hot/Who’s Not

HOT

Kasey Kahne: The poster child of NASCAR’s new “win and you’re in” Chase format.

Matt Kenseth: If he can replicate his performance at Atlanta in the Chase, he could be a factor, wins or not.

Roush Fenway Racing: Looks like the organization is beginning to solve its intermediate track woes.

Kevin Harvick: Earned Nationwide win No. 3 on season and hasn’t finished worst than seventh all season.

Ryan Blaney: Prevailed in a wild last-lap battle with German Quiroga to win first Truck race of the season.

NOT

Kevin Harvick: Led 195 of 335 laps in the Cup race ... and finished 19th.

Kyle Busch: Not sure what that whole on-track incident with Martin Truex Jr. was about.

Clint Bowyer: Trying to make the Chase but having to change transmission mid-race isn’t going to cut it.

Chase Elliott: Made a rare pit road mistake but still leads the Nationwide Series standings.

Jim Utter

Sprint Cup Points Leaders

Through Sunday

1. Jeff Gordon, 872

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 851

3. Matt Kenseth, 794

4. Joey Logano, 791

5. Brad Keselowski, 782

6. Jimmie Johnson, 766

7. Carl Edwards, 755

8. Kevin Harvick, 748

9. Ryan Newman, 747

10. Greg Biffle, 728

Nationwide Points Leaders

Through Sunday

1. Chase Elliott, 874

2. Regan Smith, 859

3. Ty Dillon, 839

4. Elliott Sadler, 826

5. Brian Scott, 820

6. Trevor Bayne, 803

7. Chris Buescher, 713

8. Brendan Gaughan, 694

9. Ryan Reed, 658

10. James Buescher, 646

Camping World Truck Points Leaders

Through Sunday

1. Johnny Sauter, 524

2. Matt Crafton, 517

3. Ryan Blaney, 511

4. Darrell Wallace Jr., 486

5. German Quiroga, 476

6. Ron Hornaday Jr., 460

7. Joey Coulter, 456

8. Timothy Peters, 448

9. Ben Kennedy, 441

10. Jeb Burton, 420

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