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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Crown Royal 500 at Richmond International Raceway

Posted by chadmusselman on April 23, 2011

After a week off for Easter the boys roll into Richmond at the ¾ mile D-Shaped oval.  It’s race number 9 of the season and it’s starting to become clear which drivers will be contending to make the chase and win the championship and which ones will be left in the dust. 

Richmond is a track that the chasers from last year have done well at.  Ten of last year’s chasers have won a race here.  Last year’s chasers have also been on fire in the past five races this season.  Of the ten drivers that have the best average finish in the last five races nine of them were in the chase last year.  If that trend plays out, it looks like the chasers could dominate in Richmond.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Kyle Busch
No one has performed at Richmond like Kyle Busch.  In 12 career races Busch has 10 top five finishes and 2 wins!  His worst finish here was 20th back in 2007.  Busch is almost a lock to finish in the top five and contend for the victory.  He didn’t have very good finishes on the larger tracks in Texas and Talladega, but now that they’re going back to a short ¾ of a mile track Busch should be on top of his game and contending for a win like he did in Martinsville and Bristol.

Alternate Chaser: Kevin Harvick
Over the past five races of the season Harvick has averaged a 6.6 place finish and moved from 15th in points to 4th.  He’s on quite a run.  Add in the fact that he’s averaging an 11.9 place finish in Richmond (7th best among active drivers) and he becomes a really good pick to have on your Fantasy NASCAR team.  For his 20 race career at the track Harvick has one win, with 5 top five and 13 top ten finishes.  You know he’s a solid driver and already has two wins this season.  Why couldn’t he collect his third win in Richmond?

Ryan Newman
Newman has cooled off lately finishing out of the top ten three consecutive weeks, but Richmond could be where he starts up another hot streak.  He averages an 11.4 place finish here and does have one win.  Newman has also finished in the top ten in three of the last four races at the track, so odds are pretty good he’ll be contending for another top ten finish.  If you had him on your team the past couple weeks, don’t give up on him yet.  Keep him on for this week and see what he can do.

Mark Martin
It seems like the same guys get recommended each week, but if they’re the ones going to get you the points, then you have to stick with them.  Mark Martin is definitely one of those guys.  He does well at almost every track and Richmond is no exception.  He’s raced here 50 times and finished in the top ten 27 times with one win.  Martin is a little further down in the point standings than he’d like to be, but he’s a good driver and should be able to inch closer to that top ten.

Dark Horse: Marcos Ambrose
Ambrose has only raced at the Richmond International Raceway four times in his Sprint Cup Career, but last season he did very well; finishing 9th and 5th.  He also has an 11th place finish at the track as well, making his average finish a respectable 11.8.   Ambrose is a dark horse for a reason, but if you’re looking to put a driver on your Fantasy NASCAR team that not many others will have, he could be your guy.

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