Thursday, September 5, 2013

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Richmond style




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

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Kevin Harvick - 5 
All with 4 - Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Mark Martin
All with 3 - Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman

By Track
Kyle Busch - 7
All with 6 - Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick 

Recent Pole Winners:
2012 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2011 David Reutimann

The Likely Suspects: This last race in the regular season never disappoints. Looks for these Richmond masters vying for the win: Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman.

My 2 Cents: This short track has an identity crisis as it thinks it's a superspeedway. Don't be surprised if you see lots of two and three-wide racing. With the wild card standings at stake, there are more than a handful of drivers with nothing to lose and a lot to prove.

My no-brainer pick this week is surprisingly Kevin Harvick, followed closely by Clint Bowyer. If you have any Kyle Busch starts left, pick him this week. I don't, so I'm going with Ryan Newman. I will complete my team with Carl Edwards, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, A.J. Allmendinger and David Ragan.

Keep in mind Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon have good records at Richmond, and they are particularly hungry for a win so they are definitely worth a look for your fantasy team. Whoever you pick this week, don't stray too far from your television because you won't want to miss a second of the action. Enjoy!

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

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