Driver Group Game Picks for Richmond

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The Cup Series had an early wakeup call Saturday at Richmond Raceway. The teams had a 20-minute practice session at 10:30 am. The race is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Sunday night. Most of the teams expect the track conditions to be different for the race, but we still cannot ignore the speeds from the practice Saturday morning. Most of the drivers were able to make some long runs in practice. We can use this data and combine it with the qualifying positions (track position is important at Richmond) to help select the drivers for our Driver Group Game lineups.

Here is my starting lineup for the Texas Owners 400

 

MARTIN TRUEX JR. (9): I thought about using one Hendrick Motorsports and one Joe Gibbs Racing driver in Group A, but I decided to go with Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin from Joe Gibbs Racing. I wish I would have used Kyle Larson, but hindsight is 20/20…. I will go with Turex. He was not very fast in practice, but he is one of the best drivers when practice is in the morning and the race is at night. Truex just knows what it takes to run fast laps under the lights at Richmond. I am sure the No. 19 car will be up front on Easter night.

 

ALEX BOWMAN (9): Richmond has been a good track for Bowman. He won at Richmond in 2021 and he finished 8th in both spring races at Richmond in the Gen-7 car. Bowman was the fastest on the 15-lap, 20-lap and 25-lap speed charts in practice. His car is one of the fastest on the long runs. Bowman finished 4th in his last two races (Bristol and COTA), so he is on a bit of a hot streak. This is a good race to take a chance with Bowman.

BRAD KESELOWSKI (7): Do you want to play it safe or do you want to swing for the fences? Use Ty Gibbs if you want to play it safe this week. I am going to take a chance with Brad Keselowski. Richmond is one of the best tracks for Keselowski. The track conditions did not have any speed when he made his qualifying lap. His car has speed and the No. 6 team will gamble with their pit strategy to get Keselowski to the front. That is what they did last year when Keselowski led 102 laps and finished 6th at Richmond.

 

 

RYAN PREECE (9): Richmond is a good track for Stewart-Haas Racing. Preece qualified 11th, finished 6th in Stage 1, 7th in Stage 2 and 5th in the race last year at Richmond. I wanted to use Chase Briscoe but he looked slow in practice and qualified 32nd. I will take a chance with Preece at one of his best tracks.

 

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