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Junior has 3 Richmond victories to his credit and posted the 2nd fastest 10 lap average in practice 1 to lift his stock. A few other guys with stocks on the rise include both Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin who we pointed out in our opening odds newsletter preview.
Both drivers qualified towards the front and have been solid in practices. Edwards has been the most impressive by finishing 5th in practice 1 and then topping the charts as the fastest car in final practice.
From an opening odds perspective, Edwards may have had more value than any other driver at over odds. Follow nascarwagers Tweets from https: All picks are for entertainment purposes only. Any use of this information in violation of any state, federal, or local laws is prohibited. Go Bowling Race Info: Past Xfinity Series winners at Richmond.
South Point Race Info: DC Solar Race Info: World of Westgate Race Info: Two years ago, Busch finished fifth with Penske Racing in the Richmond fall race. Illogical, that is, until you stop to consider how he nearly ran away with the race win back in April. Montoya was the race leader when NASCAR tossed a debris caution with fewer than 10 laps left — effectively ruining Montoya's shot at a win after leading 67 laps because his pit crew was too slow during the final stop.
At a point in the season where effective B-List starters are beginning to become scarce, consider that Montoya has shown improved results in recent races. April's fourth-place finish at RIR was his first since that season.
As for the driver himself, a short track may be a great place to shine with the underfunded bunch. With Labonte, the No. Meanwhile, Allmendinger has been even better by finishing eighth, seventh, 11th, 16th and 14th in his last five RIR starts. Raise your hand if you saw this stat coming 26 races into the season: Danica Patrick has more top finishes than Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Of course, that's partially unfair because Patrick's only top 10 came at Daytona in February. Still, Stenhouse doesn't yet have one.
TV schedule, standings, qualifying drivers for Toyota Owners 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. Kurt Busch has six combined wins at Richmond, Phoenix and New Hampshire and is seeking a fourth straight top 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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