Thursday, April 25, 2013

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Richmond short trackin'




Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Bristol Motor Speedway • Dover International Speedway 
Martinsville Speedway •  Phoenix International Raceway 
Distance: .75 Mile 

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Kyle Busch - 5
Both with 4 - Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards
All with 3 - Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya

By Track
Kyle Busch - 7
All with 5 - Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson - 4

Recent Pole Winners:
2012 Mark Martin
2011 Juan Pablo Montoya

The Likely Suspects: The stars of Richmond short track racing include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch,  Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Jeff Burton.

My 2 Cents: There are a variety of good picks this week. However, you'll want to focus your final picks on where they start. Track position is key at Richmond. In fact, 90 of the 113 (79.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position, including 22 from the pole.

So my definites are a three-way, no brainer tie between Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer. Tony Stewart should be a great pick too, but I just don't trust this team for performance right now. Mark Martin is my next choice. He could very well earn me some qualifying points. I will finish up my team with Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, A.J. Allmendinger and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com.

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