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NASCAR Fantasy Cheat Sheet

The Toyota Owners 400

by Brian Brown
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stops at Richmond International Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400.  This event will be one of the most exciting races of the year as the talented Cup drivers negotiate the tricky configuration of RIR's "long-short" track.  We took a look at past performances, season trends, and talked to NASCAR contacts to shed a light on how the field should finish on Sunday night.

 

 

When:  Sunday, April 24; 1:14 p.m./et.

 

 

Weather:  Sunny with a high around 83; wind out of the SW at 7 mph.  Chance of precipitation is ZERO.

 

 

The Track: Richmond International Raceway

 

Richmondis a .75 mile D-shaped oval.  It has fairly flat 14 degree banking in the turns and 8 degree banking on the straights. 

 

 

Key to Race:  THE LONG-SHORT TRACK

 

A good indication as to who will be fast this weekend is to look at who was successful earlier this year at Phoenix.  Kevin Harvick took the checkers at Phoenix this year followed by Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Harvick is a three time winner at Richmond and will be fast once again.  Busch and Hamlin are also great options this weekend.

 

 

Qualifying Procedures:

 

41 cars will attempt to qualify for 40 spots. 

 

 

Fantasy Cheat Sheet:

 

Top 5

 

No. 4 Kevin Harvick:  Harvick always dominates at Phoenix and he will the man to beat at Richmond.  There is a great chance he will find victory lane again.

No. 18 Kyle Busch:  Kyle has four career wins at RIR.  Get him active in all leagues.

No. 22 Joey Logano:  Logano won the fall 2014 race at RIR and led 120 laps at the track last year.  He is a great pick.

No. 20 Matt Kenseth:  Kenseth won at RIR last fall.  Look for the crafty veteran to notch another top five.

No. 11 Denny Hamlin:  The Virginian is usually a force at RIR.  He is a great option this weekend.

 

 

 

 

6 to 10

 

No. 41 Kurt Busch:  Busch dominated the spring race at RIR last year.  He will be fast again.

No. 2 Brad Keselowski:  Keselowski won the spring 2014 race at RIR.  He should be in the mix all night. 

No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.:  Junior has three career wins at RIR.  Look for No. 88 to finish in the top 10 this weekend.

No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.:  RIR is one of Truex's favorite tracks.  He is a great pick this weekend.

No. 19 Carl Edwards:  Edwards drove a great race last weekend at Bristol and he should have the No. 19 sled back inside the top 10.

 

 

11 to 20

 

No. 48 Jimmie Johnson:  Johnson admitted in the past that RIR is a tough track for him, but he has won three of the last 18 races at venue. 

No. 24 Chase Elliott:  Elliott finished 16th last year at RIR.  He is a strong option this week.

No. 5 Kasey Kahne:  Kahne has averaged a top 15 finish at RIR during the past half-decade.  He will finish a little better this weekend. 

No. 42 Kyle Larson:  Larson has been fast at RIR so far in his career.  He is a nice third driver on all fantasy teams this weekend.

No. 31 Ryan Newman:  Newman has been very successful at RIR in the past.  He is worth using.

No. 1 Jamie McMurray:  This has been terrific at RIR the past five races.  He is a solid sleeper pick this weekend.

No. 47 A.J. Allmendinger:  A.J. is usually very fast at RIR.  Use him in most leagues.

No. 3 Austin Dillon:  Dillon hasn’t been great at RIR during his career.  He should just miss the top 15 this trip to the track.

No. 43 Aric Almirola:  Almirola notched top 20 finishes at RIR the past four races.  We like his chances.

No. 10 Danica Patrick:  Danica has been decent at RIR the past few years she is not a bad choice to round-out your roster.

 

 

21 to 30

 

No. 27 Paul Menard

No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

No. 16 Greg Biffle

No. 6 Trevor Bayne

No. 13 Casey Mears

No. 15 Clint Bowyer

No. 14 Brian Vickers

No. 21 Ryan Blaney

No. 38 Landon Cassill

No. 44 Brian Scott

 

 

Field Fillers

 

No. 83 Matt DiBendetto

No. 95 Michael McDowell

No. 7 Regan Smith

No. 23 David Ragan

No. 34 Chris Buescher

No. 46 Michael Annett

No. 98 Cole Whitt

No. 32 Jeffery Earnhardt

No. 30 Josh Wise

No. 55 Reed Sorenson

No. 93 Ryan Ellis

 

 

My NASCAR LIVE Team for this Week:

 

Jimmie Johnson          

Joey Logano

Austin Dillon             

Danica Patrick

A.J. Allmendinger      

 

Race Winner:            Kevin Harvick

Manufacturer:           Toyota

 

 

My Yahoo! Fantasy NASCAR Team for this Week:

 

A. Kevin Harvick

B. Carl Edwards

B. Aric Almirola

C. Brian Vickers