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Richmond Fantasy Racing Preview

Driver Averages | Laps Led Leaders | Driver Ratings | Past Winners

Detailed driver notes and statistics to help set your fantasy racing lineup for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway.

Who’s HOT at Richmond Raceway

  • Joey Logano has finished in the top 10 in the last nine races, including two wins.
  • Denny Hamlin has led 255 laps and posted a 3.6 average finish, with one win, in the last five races.
  • Kyle Busch leads all drivers in wins (5 – all in the spring race) and average finish (7.2).
  • Martin Truex Jr. has finished in the top 10 in three of the last five races and combined to lead 391 laps in the last two September races. He was running second in an overtime finish last year in this event until a crash relegated him to 20th.
  • Defending event winner Kyle Larson has posted a 6.0 average finish in his last four starts.
  • Kevin Harvick has finished fifth in four of the last five races.
  • Kurt Busch, winner of the 2015 spring race (day race), has posted an 8.1 average finish in the last seven races.
  • Brad Keselowski has posted a 7.2 average finish in the last five races.

Keep an Eye On at Richmond Raceway

  • Jimmie Johnson (7.8) and Jamie McMurray (12.4) each rank in the top 10 in average finish among drivers that have raced in all five of the Richmond races with the current tire combination.
  • Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher,  Cole Custer, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Hamlin, Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Larson, Paul Menard, David Ragan and Bubba Wallace tested at Richmond last month.
  • Kenseth and Clint Bowyer, who has a 6.0 average finish at short tracks this season, each rank in the top 10 in stage points earned in three races at Richmond. Kenseth scored his points when he raced for Joe Gibbs Racing. Aric Alimirola finished in the top five in Stage 1 and 2 in the spring.
  • Chase Elliott and Daniel Suarez each have finished in the top 10 in the last two races at Richmond.
  • Alex Bowman has finished in the top 10 in three of the four short-track races this season.

*Best Average Finish at Richmond

Last # of Races Driver Average Finish
Two Races Joey Logano 3.0
Four Races Denny Hamlin 3.0
Six Races Denny Hamlin 4.0
Eight Races Joey Logano 4.9
Ten Races Joey Logano 6.2

* – The best average finish is based off a driver entered in the race who has competed in every race during that time span.

Laps Led Leaders at Richmond

Last # of Races Driver Laps Led
Two Races Martin Truex Jr. 319
Four Races Martin Truex Jr. 512
Six Races Matt Kenseth 610
Eight Races Matt Kenseth 610
Ten Races Brad Keselowski 773

Click Here to view all laps led leaders at Richmond Raceway over the past 10 races.

Richmond Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2018, 27 Races)

Average Running Pos. Laps in Top 15
1. Kevin Harvick – 7.5 1. Kevin Harvick – 10,015
2. Kyle Busch – 7.7 2. Kyle Busch – 9,241
3. Denny Hamlin – 7.9 3. Denny Hamlin – 8,114
4. William Byron – 8.6 (1 start) 4. Ryan Newman – 7,792
5. Brad Keselowski – 11.2 5. Clint Bowyer – 7,167
Fastest Laps Run Driver Rating
1. Denny Hamlin – 770 1. Kyle Busch – 110.1
2. Kevin Harvick – 714 2. Kevin Harvick – 109.4
3. Kyle Busch – 692 3. Denny Hamlin – 108.9
4. Kurt Busch – 505 4. Brad Keselowski – 96.9
5. Brad Keselowski – 444 5. Kurt Busch – 95.6

Top 10 Stage 1 &2 Points Earned at Richmond
Three Races

Driver Points Earned
Matt Kenseth 35
Joey Logano 34
Kyle Larson 29
Martin Truex Jr. 28
Clint Bowyer 28
Brad Keselowski 24
Kyle Busch 21
Kevin Harvick 20
Kurt Busch 19
Aric Almirola 17

2018 Spring Richmond Stage Finishes

Stage 1 Stage 2
1. Joey Logano 1. Joey Logano
2. Aric Almirola 2. Clint Bowyer
3. Kurt Busch 3. Aric Almirola
4. William Byron 4. Kurt Busch
5. Clint Bowyer 5. William Byron
6. Kyle Busch 6. Kyle Busch
7. Chase Elliott 7. Ryan Newman
8. Austin Dillon 8. Brad Keselowski
9. Martin Truex Jr. 9. Martin Truex Jr.
10. Kevin Harvick 10. Kevin Harvick

Rookie Report
Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates William Byron and Bubba Wallace finished 12th and 25th, respectively, in their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Richmond Raceway in the spring.

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Driver Notes – Ordered by Average Finish (Top 15) in the Last Five Races at Richmond

Denny Hamlin is one of two drivers that have finished in the top 10 in each of the last six races at Richmond. Hamlin’s worst finish in that span of races is sixth and he scored his third Richmond win in the 2016 September race. Hamlin leads all active drivers with 1,659 laps led at Richmond and has the best average finish (3.6) in the five races that have been contested with the current tire combination. He tested at the track last month.

Joey Logano is the only driver that has finished in the top 10 in each of the last nine races at Richmond, including two wins in that span. Logano’s team was penalized after his win in the 2017 spring race for an issue with the rear suspension. Logano, who has finished fourth or better in his last three starts, has the second-best average finish (5.0) in the five races that have been contested with the current tire combination.

Kevin Harvick has finished fifth in four of the last five races at Richmond. His 7.0 average finish in the last five races (all with current tire combination) ranks third among all drivers. Harvick is a three-time winner at Richmond with his last coming in the 2013 spring race with Richard Childress Racing.

Brad Keselowski finished eighth in the spring for his eighth top 10 in 18 starts at Richmond. He dominated the 2014 September race, leading 383 laps en route to the win. Keselowski, who is coming of his third straight win of the season, ranks fourth in average finish (7.2) and sixth in laps led (125) in the five races at Richmond with the current tire combination.

Kyle Busch is coming off his fifth win at Richmond and first at the track with the current tire combination. The win was Busch’s fifth top 10 in the last six races that includes two runner-up finishes. All of Busch’s wins have come in the spring race. He led 38 laps last September en route to a ninth-place finish.

Jimmie Johnson finished sixth in the spring for his second consecutive top 10 and eighth straight of 11th or better. Johnson, who has finished in the top 10 in the last three short-track races this season, is a three-time winner at Richmond with his last coming in 2008. He tested at the track last month.

Kyle Larson won this event last year after leading 53 laps. He failed to lead a lap in the spring, but did finish seventh for his third top 10 in the last four races, which includes a runner-up in 2016.  Although he’s had success at Richmond, Larson still says it’s a tough track for him and he struggles with taking care of his tires on longer runs. Larson hopes participating in the NASCAR Open test last month will provide more positive results this weekend.

Kurt Busch led 98 laps and earned 15 stage points in the spring at Richmond, but finished 11th after the track bar broke for the final 100 laps of the race. The spring finish is Busch’s only outside the top 10 in the last five races. He dominated the 2015 spring race (held in the day), leading 291 laps en route to the win. Busch’s average finish in the last five races with the current tire combination is 8.2.

Daniel Suarez has finished 12th or better, including two top 10s, in his three starts at Richmond.

Martin Truex Jr. has dominated the last two night races leading a combined 391 laps. A crash in overtime while running second last year resulted in a 20th-place finish, snapping a streak of three straight top 10s. Truex won the pole and led 121 laps in the spring en route to a 14th-place finish.

William Byron finished 12th in his first Richmond Monster Energy Cup Series start in the spring. He finished in the top five in the first two stages.

Jamie McMurray finished 19th in the spring to raise his average finish to 12.4 in the five races at Richmond with the current tire combination. He’s finished seventh and 14th, respectively, in the last two spring races. His teammate, Kyle Larson, tested at Richmond last month.

Chase Elliott finished second in the spring for his second consecutive top 10 at Richmond. He’s scored points in the opening stage in the last two races. Elliott finished third last month at Bristol for his third top 10 at a short track this season.

Aric Almirola has finished 17th in his last two starts at Richmond. Almirola did finish in the top five in Stage 1 and 2 in the spring, which marked his first track start with Stewart-Haas Racing. His last of four top 10s came in the 2017 spring race when he drove for Richard Petty Motorsports.

Austin Dillon has yet to finish in the top 10 in nine starts at Richmond. His best finish (13th) came in this event in 2016. Dillon scored his first Richmond stage points in the spring with an eighth-place finish in Stage 1. Dillon did participate in the open test at Richmond last month.