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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway

Posted by chadmusselman on September 7, 2011

This is it, the last race before the chase.  It looks like the top 12 will be in the chase this year since Keselowski and Hamlin are the only ones outside the top ten (and inside the top twenty) with wins.  As for fantasy standings, it is still a close one in many leagues.  In league Johnson only 1 point separates 10th from 11th place, and only 5 points separate 10th from 13th.  Other leagues are similar with less than 10 points separating 10th place from 11th or 12th.  There could be a lot of movement in the top 15 of each league.  Good luck!

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Kyle Busch
There are five active drivers with 3 wins at Richmond, and Kyle Busch is one of them.  In his 13 career races at the track Busch has 11 top five finishes to go with those wins.  In the two races he didn’t finish in the top five he was 15th and 20th.  It almost seems too much like a lock to have Busch on your team, but you have to like those numbers and the chances that he’ll finish in the top five again, and possibly win the race.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Gordon is getting it done lately, averaging a 5.8 place finish over the last five races.  He can also get it done in Richmond.  In his 37 career races Gordon has 23 top ten and 14 top five finishes with 2 wins.  His 3 wins this season is the most Gordon has had since he won 6 races in 2007.  It seems that some of his dominance from years ago is re-appearing and proving that he very well could win the elusive 5th title of his career.  Gordon is securely in the chase, but with another win he’ll get the additional bonus points, so look for him to drive for that win this weekend.

Brad Keselowski
We all know the run that Keselowski has been on recently, and it is nothing short of amazing.  57% of you had him on your team last week.  For the 43% of you that didn’t, I ask, why not?  You’re losing points to everyone else.  Keselowski hasn’t done very well at Richmond before in his career, with his best finish being 14th last season, but we all know that doesn’t matter right now.  With the string of great finishes he’s putting together Keselowski can win any race at any track.  Put him on your team!

Ryan Newman
Newman has the 5th best average finish at Richmond among active drivers (11.8) and also sports the 6th best average finish in the last 5 races this season (10.8).  Seems like a good combination for him to get a good finish this weekend.  Newman has won here before as well as finished in the top five 5 times and top ten 11 time in 19 career races.  Newman was easily the most owned driver last week being on close to 78% of the teams.  He’s doing well, so don’t take him off your team yet.

Dark Horse: Marcos Ambrose
Ambrose is definitely not an obvious pick for Richmond, but the road racer has done fairly well here.  In only 5 races at the track he does have one top five and two top ten finishes.  Over the past five weeks Ambrose has finished 20th, 1st, 27th, 10th, and 21st.  See the pattern?  I think it’s time for him to finish in the top ten again this weekend.

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