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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 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway.

Who’s HOT at Richmond

  • Kyle Busch leads all drivers in wins (6) and average finish (7.0).
  • Martin Truex Jr., who won in the spring, has finished in the top 10 in five of the last seven races and has combined to lead 861 laps in that span.
  • Joey Logano has finished in the top 10 in 10 of the last 11 races, including two wins.
  • Denny Hamlin has led 269 laps and posted a 5.6 average finish, with one win (this event in 2016), in the last eight races.
  • Kevin Harvick has finished in the top five in six of the last seven races, including a runner-up finish in this event last year.
  • Brad Keselowski has posted a 7.8 average finish dating back to his win in the 2014 September race.

Keep an Eye On at Richmond

  • Kyle Larson has finished seventh or better in three of the last four races at Richmond, including a win in this event in 2017.
  • Clint Bowyer has finished in the top 10 in his last three starts at Richmond. He scored his last of two wins at the track in this event in 2012.
  • Jimmie Johnson has not finished worse than 12th in the last 10 races at Richmond, including seven top 10s.
  • Kurt Busch, winner of the 2015 spring race (day race), has posted a 9.3 average finish in the last 10 races at Richmond.
  • Ryan Blaney (9.3) and Chase Elliott (11.6) each rank in the top 10 in average finish in the seven races at ovals this season with the 750 horsepower package. Ryan Newman is 11th with average finish of 12.7.
  • Daniel Suarez has finished in the top 10 in three of the four short-track races this season.
  • Austin Dillon has finished sixth in the last two races at Richmond.
  • Matt DiBenedetto has finished in the top five in the last two oval track races with the 750 horsepower package. Erik Jones has two finishes of sixth or better in the last three.

Notes: This weekend will mark the eighth race of the season at an oval with the 750 horsepower rules package with no aero ducts..Teams will run the same left- and right-side tires they ran at Richmond in April…The pole position has produced the most race winners (24) at Richmond…Denny Hamlin was the last driver to win from the pole in this event in 2016.

*Best Average Finish at Richmond

Last # of Races Driver Average Finish
Two Races Martin Truex Jr. 2.0
Four Races Kyle Busch 4.8
Six Races Joey Logano/Denny Hamlin 5.5
Eight Races Joey Logano 5.5
Ten Races Joey Logano 5.5

*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. 349
Four Races Martin Truex Jr. 668
Six Races Martin Truex Jr. 861
Eight Races Martin Truex Jr. 861
Ten Races Martin Truex Jr. 861

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

Richmond Loop Data Stat Leaders (Last Five Races)

Average Running Pos. Laps in Top 15
 1. Martin Truex Jr. – 4.3  1. Martin Truex Jr. – 1,947
 2. Kevin Harvick – 6.1  2. Brad Keselowski – 1,886
 3. Brad Keselowski – 6.2  3. Kevin Harvick – 1,844
 4. Joey Logano – 7.5  4. Joey Logano – 1,837
 5. Kyle Busch – 7.6  5. Kyle Busch – 1,808
Fastest Laps Run Driver Rating
1. Martin Truex Jr. – 203 1. Martin Truex Jr. – 121.0
2. Brad Keselowski – 191 2. Kevin Harvick – 112.3
3. Kevin Harvick – 155 3. Joey Logano – 110.5
4. Kyle Busch – 146 4. Brad Keselowski – 108.9
5. Denny Hamlin – 86 5. Kyle Busch – 107.3

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

Driver Points Earned
Martin Truex Jr. 65
Joey Logano 55
Kevin Harvick 53
Brad Keselowski 50
Clint Bowyer 40
Kyle Larson 31
Kyle Busch 31
Aric Almirola 30
Kurt Busch 30
Chase Elliott 20

2019 Spring Richmond Stage Finishes

Stage 1 Stage 2
1. Kyle Busch 1. Joey Logano
2. Joey Logano 2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Martin Truex Jr. 3. Kevin Harvick
4. Kevin Harvick 4. Brad Keselowski
5. Clint Bowyer 5. Clint Bowyer
6. Brad Keselowski 6. Daniel Suarez
7. Kurt Busch 7. Kurt Busch
8. Chris Buescher 8. Erik Jones
9. Paul Menard 9. Chris Buescher
10. Daniel Suarez 10. Paul Menard

Top Five in Stage Points Earned in 2019 (27 Races)

Driver Stage Points Stage Wins
Joey Logano 279 9
Kevin Harvick 251 5
Kyle Busch 221 10
Chase Elliott 195 4
Martin Truex Jr. 194 4

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MRN.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Denny Hamlin
Pete Pistone: Martin Truex Jr.
Tyler Burnett: Denny Hamlin
Kenneth Lee: Kyle Busch

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

Joey Logano is a two-time winner of the spring race at Richmond with the last coming in 2017. Logano led 52 laps in the spring race en route to a second-place finish and 10th top 10 in the last 11 races. Logano ranks sixth in average finish (9.4) in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower rules package. He ranks third in laps led at short tracks this season.

Kevin Harvick has finished in the top five in eight of the last 10 races at Richmond. His last of three wins at the track came in the 2013 spring race when he was driving for Richard Childress Racing. Harvick has finished in the top 10 in five of the seven races at ovals this season with the 750 horsepower rules package, including a win at New Hampshire.

Denny Hamlin has finished sixth or better in seven of the last eight races at Richmond, including a win in the 2016 September race. That win was his third in 26 overall starts. Hamlin has posted the second-best average finish (6.3) in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower rules package, including a win last month at Bristol. He is also the only driver to finish in the top five in all four short-track starts in 2019.

Kyle Busch has finished in the top 10 in seven of the last eight races at Richmond, including wins in both races last season. His six overall wins leads all drivers. Busch leads all drivers in average finish (5.0) in the seven oval races with the 750 horsepower package, including wins at ISM Raceway and Bristol in the spring.

Brad Keselowski has finished 11th or better, including six top 10s, in the last eight races at Richmond. He led 31 laps and finished seventh in the spring. Keselowski’s lone Richmond win came in 2014 with a dominating performance in the September race, leading 383 laps, from the pole. He’s finished in the top 10 in four of the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower package, including a dominating win at Martinsville. Keselowski leads all drivers with 678 laps led in those seven events.

Jimmie Johnson has finished 12th or better in the last 10 races at Richmond, including top 10s in the last three of the last four races. He finished 12th in the spring. Johnson’s last of three wins at the track came in the 2008 September race. This season Johnson has posted two top 10s and an average finish of 16.7 in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower package.

Martin Truex Jr. scored his first win at Richmond in the spring after leading 186 laps. He’s combined to lead 861 laps in the last six races, 597 laps more than second ranked Kyle Busch in that span. Truex has three stage wins and leads all drivers with 65 stage points at Richmond. This season, Truex ranks third in average finish (6.9) and laps led (370) in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower package.

Kurt Busch is a two-time Richmond winner with his last coming in the 2015 spring race after dominating that day, leading 291 laps. Busch, who finished 11th in the spring in his first track start with Chip Ganassi Racing, saw his last of 15 top 10s at Richmond come in this event in 2017, fourth. This season, Busch has posted an average finish of 10.3 in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower package.

Chase Elliott finished 15th in the spring to snap a streak of three consecutive top 10s at Richmond. Elliott has two poles and three top fives in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower rules package.

Clint Bowyer is one of three drivers that have finished in the top 10 in each of the last four races at Richmond. His last of two wins came in this event in 2012. This season, Bowyer ranks fourth in average finish (9.1) in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower package.

Daniel Suarez has finished in the top 10 in two his five starts at Richmond, including a seventh in this event in 2017. Suarex finished eighth at Bristol last month for his third top 10 in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower package.

Kyle Larson finished 37th in the spring after an accident, snapping a streak of three consecutive top 10s at Richmond. The top 10 streak started with a win in this event in 2017. Larson has finished in the top 10 in three of the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower package.

Austin Dillon has finished sixth in the the last two races at Richmond – his only top 10s in 11 starts. His finish in April is his only top 10 in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower package.

Ryan Newman finished ninth in April for his third top 10 in the last five races at Richmond. He won this event back in 2003 when he was a member of Team Penske. Newman’s finish in April is one of five finishes of 12th or better in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower package.

Aric Almirola finished fifth in this event last year for his fifth top 10 in 15 starts at Richmond. Almirola finished 23rd in the spring at Richmond and has a 18.4 average finish in the seven races at ovals with the 750 horsepower package.