Welcome to the Monster Energy Cup Series Preview. This week we will be looking ahead to the Cup Series race at Richmond. If you are just finding the DFS Army and are not a VIP member sign up and use code LARKIN to save 20%!! Our DFS Army VIP members get access to the Domination Station and Research Station post qualifying. Also, VIP members get access to our VIP Slack and direct contact to the NASCAR coaches. Come join the best team in NASCAR DFS! You can follow myself Ryan Larkin on twitter @Larkin8
This week the Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway. The 3/4 mile short track is extremely rough on tires so pay close attention to long run speed in practice. Due to the tire wear drivers tend to focus on themselves and not race each other very hard especially the first half of the race. This leads to long green flag runs that can bring about green flag stops. Passing has become almost impossible at times here at Richmond so restarts are going to be incredibly important as will track position.
Richmond Inspection: Cars will be impounded after qualifying on Friday and inspected Saturday when the garage opens. The starting lineup will be unofficial until inspection is complete. Cars that do not pass on the first attempt will have their qualifying times disallowed.
Date: September 21st
Practice 1: Friday 11:35 am ET.
Practice 2: Friday 1:35 pm ET.
Qualifying: Friday 6:05 am ET.
Race: Sunday 7:30 pm ET.
Laps: 400 Stages: 100/200/400
Defending Champion: Kyle Busch
AVG. # of Cautions: 4 excluding stage breaks
AVG DNF’s: 2 per race
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Dominator / Top Tier
For this week we will look for 1-3 dominators. We have seen multiple races here with only one dominator over the past few years. For the most part we should expect the Gibbs cars to be the biggest threats to dominate and be the top contenders for the win. Hamlin and Kyle Busch both posses incredible record here and Martin Truex has led over 100 laps in 5 of the last 6 Richmond races. Outside of the Gibbs cars the biggest threats will be Harvick, Keselowski and Logano. Long run speed is something all six drivers are fantastic at maintaining.
Mid to Low Tier
Since there is the risk of drivers having to start at the rear due to failing inspection it will be important to wait until lineup is official. Any solid mid tier driver who starts in the back and who will grab a large amount of place differential will be important. We have seen several races where teams have passed with no issues though. Richmond is a track where smooth patient drivers who are good on the long run can deliver a better than normal finish. Jimmie Johnson is a great example of this. As someone who has struggled the last few years overall, Richmond has not been a place where he has fallen off. His worst finish is 12th in his last 10 races. Past race history is a great tool to use this week.
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With so few DNFs in this races history and multiple long green flag runs we shouldn’t expect much from this group. The spring race here this year saw the highest finishing punt which was Corey Lajoie finish four laps down. They will be a couple laps off the pace of even the lower tier drivers such as Ty Dillon and Ryan Preece. Only justification would be if playing a punt to free up salary for multiple high priced doms.
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