The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competes at Richmond Saturday night. Allocations are becoming very valuable with the top drivers in the sport. It is important to only use your allocations with the top drivers when you know they will finish up front. The driver I chose for the race should have a good chance to run well Saturday night so I am not worried about using their allocations.
Here are my picks for Richmond…
Kyle Busch (3): Busch is my pick to win Saturday night. Usually when Busch runs the Xfinity Series race he performs very well in the MENCS race. He has 4 wins at the track and the 3rd best driver ranking. Busch had the 2nd-best 10-lap average speed in final practice. I think Busch makes a statement as the series heads into the playoffs next week.
Group A Rankings: 1) Kyle Busch, 2) Denny Hamlin, 3) Martin Truex Jr., 4) Matt Kenseth, 5) Kevin Harvick, 6) Brad Keselowski, 7) Joey Logano, 8) Dale Earnhardt Jr., 9) Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch (3): Busch has been heating up and if you haven’t hopped aboard the 41 bandwagon, you need to. He has finished 3 of the last 4 races in the top 6. Busch finished 8th in the spring race at Richmond and his car was fast in practice. He had the 8th fastest speed in final practice and he starts 3rd Saturday night.
Clint Bowyer (5): I wanted to use Ryan Newman in this spot but he qualified outside the top 24. Bowyer should be a good pick. He needs a win to make the playoffs so his team will do everything possible to get him to the front. The Stewart-Haas Racing cars have a lot of speed so I will give Bowyer a chance this week.
Group B Rankings: 1) Kyle Larson, 2) Kurt Busch, 3) Chase Elliott, 4) Clint Bowyer, 5) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 6) Jamie McMurray, 7) Ryan Blaney, 8) Ryan Newman, 9) Austin Dillon, 10) Kasey Kahne, 11) Danica Patrick, 12) Aric Almirola, 13) Chris Buescher, 14) Trevor Bayne, 15) AJ Allmendinger, 16) Paul Menard
Daniel Suarez (2): I really wanted to use Ty Dillon in this spot but I just cannot do it. Dillon had the 2nd slowest car on the 10-lap average speed chart and he starts 32nd. Suarez on the other hand was 2nd fastest in race trim and he had the 6th-best 10-lap average. Suarez needs a win to make the playoffs and the No. 19 team knows how to get to Victory Lane at Richmond.
Group C Rankings: 1) Daniel Suarez, 2) Erik Jones, 3) Ty Dillon, 4) David Ragan, 5) Landon Cassill
Good luck this week!
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