Preview – The regular season has come to an end with the last race, under the lights at Richmond. As the teams head into this weekend’s final race, the playoff standings at the bottom are yet to be determined. Drivers like McMurray, Kenseth, Elliott all have the best shot of making the Chase. Look for this race to be a wild one, as everyone will be gunning for that spot.
Previous Winners –
Joey Logano 2017
Denny Hamlin 2016
Carl Edwards 2016
Matt Kenseth 2015
Stage 1 100 laps
Stage 2 200 laps
Stage 3 400 laps
Drivers to Dominate – Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano
Drivers to Build Around
Kyle Busch ($10,700)- Kyle finished 16th here back in the spring race, and as we all know by now it looks like Busch has changed things around at the right time. Kyle is the most expensive driver this weekend, as he should be he leads all Nascar with 4 wins and 15 top five’s at Richmond. Kyle will do all he can this week to win and gain some valuable playoff points.
Denny Hamlin ($10,000)– Hamlin is in a great spot to win back to back races this weekend. The team is clicking on all cylinders and at the right time heading into the playoffs. In his last 4 races here Hamlin has 4 top 10’s and 1 win, that came in this race last year. Hamlin is his own worst enemy this season. He has more pit road speeding penalties than any driver this year. If he can stay out of his own way, he is in a great spot to win.
Joey Logano ($9,200)- This is Logano’s last shot to make the playoffs. He won here in the spring race but got caught with an issue with his rear suspension and the win didn’t count towards the playoff hunt. He has finished in the top 10 in his last 7 races here with 2 wins. Logano and Team Penske haven’t run well in the latter part of the season, but with Logano’s history here he has a great shot to win.
Driver to Consider
Martin Truex Jr ($10,400)- Believe or not Truex hasn’t really ran that well here at Richmond. With a salary of $10,400 its tough to pick him this weekend being that he has never won here. This year though it doesn’t seem like any track can get his way. History shows he should under perform here but grant it he can easily be in the top 10 all day and may even push for a win. He’s definitely a GPP pick if anything just because of the way his season is going.
Ryan Newman ($7,200)- Newman is the type of driver that will save you some salary, yet also has a shot at winning the race. In 31 career starts here at Richmond Newman has finished in the top 20 28 times. He is not usually that great at qualifying so that will give you some pretty decent upside.
Aric Almirola ($5,700)- Aric and the 43 car have been having a pretty decent season this year to say the least. Like Newman, Almirola will save you tons of salary and brings you decent upside. In the spring race here he overcame a late race penalty to finish in 9th. Overall Almirola has decent track history here he’s finished 20th or better in 7 of the last 8 races here.
Kurt Busch ($8,000)- Kurt finished 3rd last week in Darlington, which was his best finish since winning the Daytona 500 back in February. In his last 6 races here he has 5 top 10 finishes with one of them being a win, which came back in 2015. Since 2013 Kurt has only finished out of the top 10 twice at Richmond. Getting a strong race from Kurt would give this team a huge momentum bump heading into the playoffs.