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NASCAR at Richmond 2016: Preview, Prediction for the Federated Auto Parts 400

Richmond International Raceway’s final race should be called The Bottom of the Ninth 400—this is the 26th and final race of the regular season, and several drivers’ playoff hopes are in their final at-bats. A year ago, the most thrilling part of the race was watching Aric Almirola pick his way through the field as he desperately drove to earn a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He needed a win, drove like a winner but couldn’t get there in the end. We’ll see much the same Saturday night when Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman gun for that final playoff spot on the Grid. As it stands, McMurray has a seven-point lead over Newman. That will be the race-within-the-race to watch. Chase drivers have worries...

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