Kyle Busch continued this hot streak last week by passing Kyle Larson in the final few laps at Bristol to win his 2nd Monster Energy Cup race in a row. Larson had a spectacular day, scoring more fantasy points than Busch, but could not hold on to get that elusive victory to qualify for the playoffs.
The Monster Energy Series Cup travels to another short track, Richmond International Raceway. Richmond Raceway is a .75 mile, D-Shaped, and asphalt racetrack. This is another race where you will try to fit as many top drivers into your six person lineup as possible, and taking a chance on some scrubs.
My Top 4 Drivers for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond
Kyle Larson($10,100): Larson had a great race last week, but could not hold on to win the race, but lead 200 out of the 500 laps. Look for Larson to carry this momentum and hunger into this week. He won at this track last year in the September 2017 race. Additionally, he finished 2nd in the September 2016 so his performance at Richmond is very solid.
Denny Hamlin($9,800): If you are a believer in the Hometown narrative, then Denny Hamlin is your guy this week. Richmond International Raceway is his home track and performs well at this short track. Hamlin has a stellar record of three wins, ten Top 5’s, and fourteen Top 10’s at this track. Since February of 2016(the last four races), Hamlin has the highest average finish of 3.75 among all active NASCAR drivers.
Joey Logano($9,500): Logano performs well at short tracks in general and won this race last April. In the last four races at Richmond, his average finish is 5.75, 2nd only to Hamlin. In the September 2017 race, he finished 2nd overall. Logano and his team have been consistent, finishing in the Top 10 in the last four races.
Kurt Busch($8,900): Kurt Busch has a decent track record at Richmond, scoring eight Top 10 finishes in his last ten races. His average finish in the last four races at Richmond is 7.5, fourth among active drivers. He has won at Richmond twice in his career, with his last win coming in September of 2015.
Others to Consider
Kyle Busch($11,400): Kyle Busch is on a major hot streak winning the past two races. He is an easy start, but is the most expensive driver on the board this week. He has an outstanding record at Richmond with four wins, fifteen Top 5’s, and eighteen Top 10’s. Personally, I like Kyle Larson this week over Kyle Busch, but Busch is an easy and safe start if you can fit him in your lineup.
Ryan Newman($8,100): Veteran driver Ryan Newman has a solid reputation as “difficult to pass”. His record at Richmond is one win, seven Top 5’s, and eighteen Top 10’s, a very respectable showing. Last year at Richmond, he placed 3rd and 7th place in the April and September races respectively. He is a good value at $8,100.