News NASCAR at Richmond 2018: Odds, fantasy advice, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch

18:10  21 april  2018
18:10  21 april  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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His driver rating of 110.2 is tops as well. Phoenix’s track is similar to Richmond and New Hampshire which saw Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch win at respectively last season with Martin Truex Jr Odds via Westgate. Which drivers are best for fantasy NASCAR at Phoenix?

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After an extended weekend in Tennessee, NASCAR heads to Richmond Raceway Saturday night for the ninth race of the Cup Series season.

Richmond, the site of the Toyota Owners 400, is 0.25 miles longer than Martinsville, but NASCAR still categorizes it as a short track. It's actually most similar to New Hampshire and Phoenix's flat track and it's no surprise drivers who've had success at those tracks have been contenders at Richmond.

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After a crash-filled Daytona 500, NASCAR moves to Atlanta’s weathered 1.54-mile asphalt track. The track is favored by many NASCAR drivers as the surface allows for side-by-side racing in multiple grooves. Tires wear out very quickly on the oval, putting a higher importance on long-run speed.

NASCAR was at Phoenix earlier in the season and Kevin Harvick took the checkers but it was Kyle Busch who led the most laps. Martin Truex, Jr. was on the pole and Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola and Daniel Suarez somewhat surprised with top-eight finishes.

It shouldn't come as a surprise those drivers are among the stalwarts at Richmond and New Hampshire. Over the past four races at each track, Truex leads all drivers with 904 laps led and Harvick has six top-five finishes in eight races.

The Toyota tandem of Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin can't be ignored either. Busch leads active Cup drivers in wins (four) and top-five finishes (15) in 25 career starts at the 0.75-mile track. Hamlin is tied for the second-most wins among active Cup drivers at his hometown track of Richmond with three wins and owns the most poles (3) and has the most laps-led there with 1,653.

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Our pick to win Saturday night is a 10-1 favorite in Joey Logano. While Busch and Harvick have been the class of the field early in the season, Logano actually owns the third-best average finish (8.67) and driver rating over the past six races.

Logano won at Richmond last spring only to have his win encumbered due to a rear suspension violation but the track has been one of his best. Over the past eight races at Richmond, Logano owns eight top-10 finishes with two wins and five top fives.

What are the betting odds for NASCAR at Richmond?

Ryan Newman has a top-10 driver rating at Richmond, an average finish of 11.0 in the past four Phoenix races, and a career average finish of 13.9 at New Hampshire. These type of tracks signal a top-10 finish for Newman Saturday.

Kyle Busch 4/1
Kevin Harvick 4/1
Martin Truex Jr. 6/1
Denny Hamlin 6/1
Kyle Larson 8/1
Brad Keselowski 10/1
Chase Elliott 10/1
Joey Logano 10/1
Erik Jones 15/1
Jimmie Johnson 20/1
Clint Bowyer 20/1
Kurt Busch 20/1
Ryan Blaney 30/1
Aric Almirola 40/1
Ryan Newman 80/1
Alex Bowman 80/1
Daniel Suarez 100/1
Jamie McMurray 200/1
Austin Dillon 200/1
William Byron 200/1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 200/1
Paul Menard 200/1
Trevor Bayne 300/1
Darrell Wallace Jr. 300/1
Kasey Kahne 500/1
Ty Dillon 500/1
AJ Allmendinger 500/1
Chris Buescher 1000/1
Michael McDowell 1000/1
Field (all others) 1000/1

Odds via Westgate

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Betting favorites and fantasy sleepers for Sunday's TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix. Phoenix's track is similar to Richmond and New Hampshire which saw Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Denny Odds via Westgate. Which drivers are best for fantasy NASCAR at Phoenix?

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Which NASCAR drivers are best for fantasy lineup at Richmond?

Clint Bowyer, who has two wins in his career at Richmond, also has two wins at a similar layout of New Hampshire. Sixth at Phoenix in March, Bowyer should be a top-five contender Saturday night.

Ryan Blaney 30/1

Ryan Newman has a top-10 driver rating at Richmond, an average finish of 11.0 in the past four Phoenix races, and a career average finish of 13.9 at New Hampshire. These type of tracks signal a top-10 finish for Newman Saturday.

Kurt Busch has six combined wins at Richmond, Phoenix and New Hampshire and is seeking a fourth straight top-10 finish at Richmond Saturday.

Looking to save salary? Draft Michael McDowell, Chris Buescher and Trevor Bayne, who owned a decent 20th-place finish at Phoenix and was 13th and 17th in the past two spring races at Richmond.

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