Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Toyota Owners 400

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
Carl Edwards - 5
Kyle Busch - 4  
All with 3 - Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Clint Bowyer 

By Track
Carl Edwards - 6
All with 6 - Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer
All with 4 - Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch

Recent Pole Winners:
2014 Rained out
2013 Matt Kenseth

2013 Flashback
The 2015 Sprint Cup rules package is making 2014 statistics obsolete. Ditch 'em, and instead factor in the facts and figures from 2013.

Top 15 Finishers at Richmond International Raceway on April 27, 2013
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Clint Bowyer
3. Joey Logano
4. Juan Pablo Montoya
5. Jeff Burton
6. Carl Edwards
7. Matt Kenseth
8. Aric Almirola
9. Kurt Busch
10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
11. Jeff Gordon
12. Jimmie Johnson
13. Paul Menard
14. AJ Allmendinger
15. Ryan Newman

The Likely Suspects: This short track is a favorite with many drivers and it shows in their results, making it particularly difficult to pick the best selection for a fantasy team. Final selection gets a lot easier since starting in the top 10 is a good indicator of finishing well. Look for this group of drivers to score you some points this week: Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is Brad Keselowski, followed by Carl Edwards. My next picks are: Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart. I will round off my team with Justin Allgaier and David Ragan.

My final four: Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Justin Allgaier.

Points to ponder:
  • Ninety-one of the 117 (77.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Richmond International Raceway have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Of the 117 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at RIR, 13 (11.1%) have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Richmond International Raceway with a 7.909.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Richmond International Raceway with a 10.412.
  • Petty Enterprises has the most wins at Richmond in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 15, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 10. Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing each have nine.
Post your comments here or email me at I will be at the track for Skirts and Scuffs this weekend so be sure to check back for race coverage and photos. Enjoy the race.


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