NASCAR betting: Ready for a wild ride at Richmond

Sep 6, 2012 |
NASCAR betting: Ready for a wild ride at Richmond
Busch has four win at Richmond - three of those coming in the last give races there.
Busch has four win at Richmond - three of those coming in the last give races there.
Greg Engle is the editor of the racing blog and covers the Sprint Cup Series for the Examiner. You can follow him on Twitter @cupscene.

With so much on the line, Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway could be the wildest race of the season to date. This marks the final event in NASCAR’s regular season and finalizes the field for the 10-race 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup.
While the top of the field is locked in, there are still three spots up for grabs and 10 drivers who can mathematically contest for them.
Chief among those on the outside looking in is Kyle Busch. Currently Kasey Kahne holds the provisional wildcard spot with Busch looking to knock him off that bubble. Given the history of Joe Gibbs Racing here at Richmond, Busch has a great chance of doing just that Saturday night.
Kyle won here in the spring and was sixth in this race last season. Overall, he has four wins here - three of those coming in the last five Richmond races.
“We were in this situation in 2009 and we had to go to Richmond and finish five spots ahead of Brian Vickers and we finished fifth, which was great,” Busch told the media. “But Brian Vickers finished eighth, so we missed the Chase that night. Not necessarily one that you bank on going there and getting a win or anything like that. You feel like you can run well, but you can’t guarantee it, either.

"Again, you just do what you’ve got – do what you need to do to run as well as you can. There are definitely never any guarantees you’re going to show up to the racetrack and win. You’ve just got to work hard, communicate with your crew chief the best you can and not get too frustrated when things aren’t exactly correct. But, yet, be determined enough that you can get them fixed and get out there and make the most of your opportunities.”

Check out the rest of the Federated Auto Parts 400 preview and get Greg's picks to win.

Odds to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 (Courtesy of JustBet)

Denny Hamlin 9-2
Kyle Busch 9-2
Jeff Gordon 8-1
Jimmie Johnson 8-1
Tony Stewart 8-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 10-1
Brad Keselowski 10-1
Kasey Kahne 10-1
Kevin Harvick 12-1
Matt Kenseth 20-1
Greg Biffle 20-1
Carl Edwards 20-1
Clint Bowyer 20-1
Mark Martin 25-1
Martin Truex Jr. 25-1
Ryan Newman 50-1
Joey Lagano 60-1
Jamie McMurray 100-1
Jeff Burton 100-1
Juan Montoya 100-1
Kurt Busch 100-1
Sam Hornish, Jr. 100-1
Marcos Ambrose 100-1
Paul Menard 100-1
David Ragan 300-1
Regan Smith 300-1
Aric Almirola 300-1
Bobby Labonte 300-1
David Gilliland 300-1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50-1

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