We finally got to see an exciting race this past weekend at Bristol right up until the end when Kyle Busch ran away from his brother to secure his third win of the season. The Penske drivers dominated most of the race, but at the end Kyle rallied from an early race accident to claim the victory.
TOYOTA OWNERS 400
This week the drivers head to Richmond, VA and the Richmond Raceway for the running of the Toyota Owners 400. This is the first Saturday race of the season, so make sure and get your rosters set on time this week. Richmond is another short track at just three-quarters of a mile in length without a lot of banking. I’m thinking this should be another decent race to watch.
I have to stick with Kyle to win again this weekend. He won both races here last year and has won here six times overall in his career. He has also finished in the top five in seventeen of his twenty-seven starts at this track. He has been the most consistent driver on the circuit this year and has finished in the top ten in all eight races he has run this year.
Denny has looked pretty good himself this season and has three career wins at this track. He has finished in the top six in six of his last seven starts here and has led more laps here than any other active driver. Give him eleven top five finishes in twenty-five starts and he is another driver you might want on your roster this week.
Kevin is another driver with three wins here. He has also finished in the top five fourteen times and the top ten twenty-three times in thirty-six career starts. He has been off a little bit this season compared to the last couple of seasons and it seems that he still has a lot of issues with his pit crew making mistakes on pit stops.
Joey has two wins at Richmond and eight top five finishes in his twenty career starts here. He had a streak of nine straight top ten finishes broken here last fall when he finished fourteenth in that race. Regardless, the Penske teams have all looked fast all season long and Joey might be a better pick than Denny this weekend.
Chase Elliott: Chase finished second in this race last year and has three straight top ten finishes here. He has been close all year, but seems to get into some kind of trouble on the track not of his own making. I think he is going to be good here once again this weekend and could possibly win his first race of the year.
Jimmie ran alright at Bristol last week, but I think he knows he can do better and his team is moving in the right direction. This is another week we could put him on our roster as he has three wins at this track and hasn’t finished worse than eleventh in his last nine starts here. Once again this track isn’t so much about the speed of the cars, but the handling and that is where he can make big strides.
Brad has finished eleventh or better in nine of his last ten starts at this track. He has looked very good all year and this week should be no different. I’m not exactly sure what happened to him before the last restart at Bristol where he got penalized for not following NASCAR directions on where to line up and I’m sure that will get straightened out this week.
Kurt has been having a great year so far and he runs well at Richmond most of the time. In fact, Kurt has finished eleventh or better in seven of his last nine starts, has scored stage points in five of the last six stages, and lead almost a hundred laps in this race last year. This is the type of track where he really excels.
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin is still looking for his first career short track win and this is one of the short tracks where he is very good. He has scored points in seven of the last stage run here and won three of those. In the last three races here, Martin has led 472 laps. He has started in the top five in his last four starts also. I look for him to contend once again this weekend.
Clint is very good at this track also and is looking for a little redemption this week after having a great chance to win at Bristol last week until he and Joey Logano got together and Clint cut a tire and hit the wall late in the race. He has fourteen top ten finishes in twenty-six starts at Richmond along with two wins.
DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR RICHMOND RACEWAY
Driver Group Game Group A
- Kyle Busch
- Joey Logano
Driver Group Game Group B
- Denny Hamlin
- Kurt Busch
- Clint Bowyer
- Jimmie Johnson
Driver Group Game Group C
- Ryan Preece
- Ty Dillon
MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT RICHMOND RACEWAY
- Kyle Busch
- Denny Hamlin
- Joey Logano
- Kevin Harvick
- Martin Truex Jr.
Dark Horse: Daniel Suarez
Stay Away From: Auston Dillon
Big 18: Joey Logano