Each week, seven of our esteemed B/R NASCAR writers discuss their picks for the upcoming race. Each week, the writer receives the total number of points their selected driver gets.
At the end of the 26-race regular season, writers will receive a ten point bonus for each win.
Here are our panel's picks:
Ben Bomberger - Brian Vickers
Adam Hesely- Well I'm really stuck on Dale Jr. or Denny Hamlin this week. Dale Jr. has momentum from Talladega and i think he will carry that momentum in to one of his other favorite tracks. Richmond. Dale Jr. is one of three drivers to have three wins at the the short track that drives like a superspeedway. Dale Jr. will have a strong run Saturday night, and just might get win number four.
Mary Jo Buchanan I am going with Tony Stewart for my second week in a row. I picked him last week at Talladega and unfortunately the plate racing gods were not with him. He has a good record at Richmond, has been so close all season to winning, and is itching to get that first one in his own car and equipment under his Old Spice belt.
L.J. Burgess No Pick Sent
Kelly Crandall Hey guys.
Hey guys.My pick for Richmond is Tony Stewart.
Stewart is coming so close to getting that first win of the year and in his own car and it could very well come from this weekend at a track that he does very well on.
In 20 races, Stewart has 14 top tens, 8 top fives and 3 victories, which is tied for first on the active wins list. His average finish is a 10.5 and he has led an incredible 815 laps which is the third highest among the active drivers, only behind Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton.
The last time that we were at a short track and a somewhat flat track, Stewart was once again a car to beat. That was at Phoenix when he finished second to Mark Martin, but Stewart says that he knows the wins are coming.
My first thought was to pick Denny Hamlin since he is another driver that runs well at Richmond and it's his home track, but I just feel like this is the track and this is the weekend that Tony Stewart lays it on the competition.
SM NapierGoing to be picking Rowdy Busch my two dark horses are Happy and Smoke.
I'm going with Mark Martin.