The first week of the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs is in the books and Martin Truex Jr. has jumped to the top of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings with a win last week in Las Vegas. Now NASCAR heads to Richmond Raceway for the 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night where they’ll be under the lights in primetime once again. The green flag drops at 7:30 p.m. ET and all 16 drivers in the playoff field have grand designs on putting together a magical finish and hoisting the cup at season’s end. Kyle Busch is in fourth in the standings now after a disappointing 19th-place finish last week, but the regular-season points leader is the favorite on Saturday in Richmond at 3-1 in the latest 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 odds. Truex is just behind him at 5-1 with Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick both listed at 6-1. But before you make any NASCAR at Richmond predictions, be sure to check out the 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 picks from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
Developed by daily Fantasy pro and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, this proprietary NASCAR prediction computer model simulates every race 10,000 times, taking factors such as track history and recent results into account.
The model has crushed its NASCAR picks this year. It correctly predicted Martin Truex Jr.’s victory at the Toyota/Save Mart 350. It also called Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin a top-four contender from the start. It nailed eight of the top 10 drivers at the Pennzoil 400, which included putting winner Joey Logano in its projected top five, and then hit nine of the top 10 drivers last week at the Go Bowling at The Glen. Additionally, it had Coca-Cola 600 winner Martin Truex Jr. in its top two and then nailed Kyle Busch’s huge win in the first race at Pocono. Anybody who has followed its picks is way up.
McClure, who has a mechanical engineering degree, grew up around race tracks. Big events at venues like Richmond Raceway are in his blood. Now, his model simulated NASCAR at Richmond 10,000 times and the results were surprising.
For NASCAR at Richmond, we can tell you the model is high on Ryan Blaney, who makes a strong run at the checkered flag despite going off as a long shot at 40-1 odds. Blaney is up to 10th in the standings after a top-five finish last week in Las Vegas where he made up 18 spots from his 23rd-place starting position and even led a lap.
He’s been incredibly consistent in his last 15 starts, finishing outside the top 13 just twice and racking up nine top-10s and four top-fives during that span. He hasn’t fared particularly well at Richmond historically, but his current run of form sets him up to bust that trend and he’s a particularly strong value given the 40-1 payout.
And a massive shocker: Martin Truex Jr., one of the Vegas favorites at 5-1, fails to crack the top five. There are far better values in a loaded lineup.
Truex got win No. 5 last week in Las Vegas and he won at Richmond earlier in the season, but this has been a boom-or-bust venue for the series points leader. In 27 career starts at Richmond, Truex has finished outside the top 20 on 13 occasions and he’s only got four top-five finishes with the win earlier this spring serving as his first ever there. In fact, that win was his first on a short track (less than a mile) of any kind in 82 career starts and that’s why the model is fading him this weekend.
The model is also targeting three other drivers with NASCAR at Richmond odds of 14-1 or longer to make a serious run at winning it all. Anyone who backs these long shots could hit it big. You absolutely need to see who they are before locking in any NASCAR picks.
So who wins the 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway? And which long shots stun NASCAR? Check out the latest odds below and then visit SportsLine now to see the full projected 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 leaderboard, all from the model that has crushed its NASCAR picks this season.Â
Kyle Busch 3-1
Martin Truex Jr. 5-1
Denny Hamlin 6-1
Kevin Harvick 6-1
Joey Logano 8-1
Brad Keselowski 8-1
Kyle Larson 14-1
Chase Elliott 16-1
Erik Jones 16-1
Clint Bowyer 20-1
Kurt Busch 25-1
Ryan Blaney 40-1
Aric Almirola 40-1
Alex Bowman 50-1
William Byron 50-1
Daniel Suarez 80-1
Jimmie Johnson 80-1
Ryan Newman 100-1