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There are many good drivers to select from in Group B this week.
It would be easy to keep using Greg Biffle each week, but Roush-Fenway Racing has not performed well at Richmond. A Ford has not won a race at Richmond since 2006. Matt Kenseth is the only driver from Roush-Fenway Racing that has won a race at Richmond—he won in 2002. Biffle is 0-for-56 at short tracks in his career.
Here are my selections for Yahoo Group B:
Newman is by far the best pick in Group B this week.
On the two short track races in 2012 (Bristol and Martinsville), Newman has an average finish of 6.5, led 12 laps and has one win.
In his career at Richmond he has one win, five top-five finishes, 12 top-10 finishes and one pole. His 11.5 average finish at Richmond is fifth-best of any driver in the field. He has made 422 green flag passes which is the third-most.
Newman should finish inside the Top Five Saturday night.
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. does not have a strong history at Richmond, but he has performed well on the short tracks this season. Truex finished No. 3 at Bristol and No. 5 at Martinsville. He is one of the hottest drivers in the sport right now. He did everything but win the race last week at Kansas Speedway.
Although Truex has a career average finish of 21.5 at Martinsville, I still think he will perform well this week.
I selected Mark Martin for my team this week for one reason: for him to win the pole. Martin has a history of starting up front at Richmond, and he did win the pole at Phoenix. I am hoping he can do it again.
Martin has one win, 17 top-five finishes, 28 top-10 finishes and four poles at Richmond. His average running position of 13.5 is eighth-best.
Martin will finish in the Top 10 this week.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Could this be the week? Will this be the last time I ask: Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. break his winless streak this week? I hope so!
I am by no means a Earnhardt fan. I enjoy watching him race, but I usually end up cheering for all 43 drivers throughout the season. That is just part of fantasy NASCAR. I want Earnhardt to win so we can stop talking about how long it has been since he won a race.
If Earnhardt was ever to break his winless drought, Richmond is the place for him to do it. Earnhardt has three wins, eight top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes.
I would not be surprised to see Earnhardt give Hendrick Motorsports their 200th victory and break his winless streak all in the same night.
Other good picks: Clint Bowyer, A.J. Allmendinger, Kasey Kahne, and Greg Biffle