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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway

Posted by chadmusselman on September 7, 2010

Another night race is on tap for the boys this weekend.  This is the third consecutive race at night.  This time at the ¾ mile D-shaped oval that is Richmond International Raceway.  One interesting note about the Raceway is that it’s the only one to hold all of its major events under the lights. 

There are many drivers that have been hot lately and could be on your team, but one driver that is going in the wrong direction is Denny Hamlin.  He’s averaging a 24.2 place finish over the past five races and has fallen to 10th in points.  He’ll still make the chase, but he need to do well this weekend to gain some momentum and confidence.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Jeff is in the Chase, but needs to go for a win before it starts to get the 10 bonus points and position himself a little better.  Richmond is a track that he could get that win.  He’s won here twice with 14 top fives and 23 top tens in 35 career races.  Jeff also has a streak of 7 consecutive top ten finishes here.  With him sitting 2nd in the points chase there’s no reason to think he won’t get another top ten and possibly the win.

Alternate Chaser: Ryan Newman
I haven’t given out Ryan’s name as a recommendation much this season, but he’s finally putting things together and putting a good second half of the season together averaging a 12.2 place finish over the last 5 races.  Too bad it’s probably too late to make the Chase.  Ryan has also run well at Richmond.  In his 17 career races he has a win, 5 top fives, and 11 top ten finishes.  He probably won’t make the chase, but he’ll be pushing hard to get a good finish.

Kyle Busch
No one has a better average finish here than Kyle (5.5).    In 11 career races he’s only finished outside of the top ten twice, and those were 15th and 20th place finishes.  Kyle is 3rd in the standings and absolutely cruising right now.  He’s averaged an 11th place finish over the last 5 races.

Kevin Harvick
What is there to really say about Kevin this season?  He’s the points leader and has been for many weeks.  There’s no reason he shouldn’t have been on your team every race for the past 10 weeks or so.  He has 12 top ten finishes in Richmond in 19 career races.  His 12.1 place average finish at the track is good enough for 7th best among active drivers.

Dark Horse: Marcos Ambrose
Marcos may be a bit of a stretch to finish in the top ten in Richmond, but he was able to do it in the spring race, finishing 9th.  He’s 24th in points and does have 4 top ten finishes this season, so it’s not out of the question that he can get another one this week.  He may be a longshot, but if you need a driver no one else will have on their team, Marcos may be your guy.

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  1. […] Driver Recommendations for 2010 Air Guard 400 at Richmond International Raceway – Chad Musselman […]

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