Fantasy Live Picks for Richmond

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The Cup Series travels to Richmond Raceway for another short track race. Richmond is one of the lucky tracks that get two dates on the NASCAR schedule. The teams will return in August, so running well at this track is important if the drivers want to make the playoffs. It will be fun to see how the race shakes out this week. The Toyota Owners 400 can be seen Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on FOX.

The Fantasy Live picks continue to score well. We were able to have the race winner (William Byron) in the lineup once again. Ty Gibbs , Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain scored top-seven finishes. Chase Elliott and Shane van Gisberger did not do us any favors. The lineup still scored 210 points and moved us to No. 126 in the overall standings (out of 152,000 lineups). I will try my best to keep moving up the overall standings this week at Richmond. (Be sure to follow me on X (Twitter) for my Garage pick at the end of Stage two. @MrFantasyNASCAR )

 

 

CUP SERIES PRACTICE

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 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 Fantasy Live lineups.

Here are the practice speeds for the Toyota Owners 400…

 

 

 

FANTASY LIVE PICKS FOR RICHMOND

KYLE LARSON (8): Larson won this race last year. The No. 5 car did not look great at Phoenix, but I am not worried about it. I trust Hendrick Motorsports to take the data from Phoenix and be better this week. Larson finished 1st and 5th in the two spring races using the Gen-7 car at Richmond. His car has speed again this week. Larson starts on the pole and he posted the second-fastest laps on the 15-lap and 20-lap average speed charts in practice. Larson should score a lot of points Sunday night.

JOEY LOGANO (8): Can we trust Logano Sunday night? He hasn’t been very good in 2024, but if Logano cannot run well at Richmond, he is officially dead to me. Richmond is one of the best tracks for Logano. His average finishing position in his last 19 races at Richmond is 5.8. That is a huge sample size with some consistent results. Logano looked good in practice so I will give him a chance in my lineup at his best track.

ALEX BOWMAN (10): 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.

TY GIBBS (9): I am going to ignore the stats for Gibbs at Richmond and focus on what he did at Phoenix. Gibbs finished 15th, 9th and 36th (engine failure) in his three races at Richmond. He seems to be a new driver in 2024. Gibbs led 57 laps and finished 3rd at Phoenix earlier this season. Surprise, surprise… The No. 54 car is fast again this weekend. Gibbs posted the 5th-fastest speed on the long runs in practice and qualified 8th for the race. I will use another allocation with Gibbs Sunday night.

MARTIN TRUEX JR. (9): Truex has been at his best on the short, flat tracks in the Gen-7 car. He finished every race he has ever started at Richmond in a Joe Gibbs Toyota in the top-11. His average finishing position in those 9 races is 4th. The No. 19 car looks fast again this weekend. Truex did not set the track on fire in practice, but his group was at a severe disadvantage. I am sure his car will be fast under the lights at Richmond.

 

(GARAGE PICK) DENNY HAMLIN (8): Hamlin has been a beast at his home track in Richmond and he has been the best driver on the short, flat tracks this season. Hamlin finished four of his last six races at Richmond in the top-two. His car was not blazing fast in practice, but Hamlin told MRN Radio, “This practice was more about finding a good balance in the car. I think we have it. I can tell Chris (Gale) what we need and we will be ready for the race Sunday night.” I trust Hamlin and his crew chief. I will start him in the Garage just in case he is bluffing.

 

 

Good luck and be sure to follow me on X (Twitter) @MrFantasyNASCARI will send out a Tweet during the race to let you know if I plan to swap out one of my drivers for my Garage pick.