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There will be many familiar picks in Group B. Fantasy NASCAR players would like to save some of the best drivers for later in the season, but the top drivers in the group all perform well at Richmond.
My sleeper pick this week is Jeff Burton. The Virginia native performs well at his home racetrack. Burton finished the last race at Richmond in sixth place.
Here are the four drivers I selected for Group B and stats from the NASCAR Media Center based upon their career stats at Richmond…
Kyle Busch had a horrible race last week at Kansas. He will bounce back this week at Richmond. Busch is the best driver in the field this week.
Busch has four wins, 12 top-five finishes, 13 top-10 finishes and one pole in his 16 career races at Richmond. Busch has the second-best driver rating of 113.9, the second-most fastest laps run with 508, the second-most laps run in the top 15 with 5,607 and the third-best average running position of 7.6.
Do not be scared away from Busch because of his finish last week. He is almost a lock for a top-five finish.
Carl Edwards has become one of the best drivers at Richmond over the past six races at the racetrack. He has finished five of the last six races at Richmond in the top 10.
Edwards has three top-five finishes, eight top-10 finishes and one pole in his 17 career races at Richmond. Edwards has the sixth-most green flag passes with 816 and the 10th-best average running position of 15.3.
Edwards is a good selection this week at Richmond.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for the September race and finished second in the April race at Richmond in 2012. He has been hit or miss at Richmond, but the way he is driving this year, I think he will finish in the top 10 this week.
Earnhardt has three wins, nine top-five finishes, 11 top-10 finishes and one pole in his 27 career races at Richmond. Earnhardt has the fifth-most fastest laps run with 320 and the fifth-most green flag passes with 820.
Earnhardt will score his sixth top-10 finish this week at Richmond.
Mark Martin knows how to get around Richmond. He won the pole for this race last year and has finished his last three starts at the racetrack in the top 10.
Martin has one win, 18 top-five finishes, 30 top-10 finishes and five poles in his 54 career races at Richmond. Martin’s average running position of 13.1 is seventh best, his 4,099 laps run in the top 15 are seventh best and he has the seventh-best driver rating of 92.6.
Martin is my pick to win the pole this week and score your fantasy team 10 bonus points.
Other good choices: Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Jeff Burton