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Yahoo: Top 30 Drivers
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The Sprint Cup Series heads to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the final race of the regular season. The short track is the perfect venue for the final race before the Chase, and all the bumping and banging that makes short track racing so popular will only be amplified when the drivers on the outside the playoff picture do everything they can to keep their title hopes alive.
For some drivers, this simply means staying out of trouble and earning a solid finish. For others, the race is a win-or-go-home event. Not to mention the fact that if an unexpected driver wins the race and claims one of the automatic playoff spots, a driver who thought they would make it in on points could find themselves out of the playoffs all together.
It is important to keep in mind a driver's position in the standings when picking your Yahoo drivers this weekend. If you are in good shape in the overall standings, then you may want to lean towards drivers like Jamie McMurray and Chase Elliott, who just need to have solid finishes to make the Chase. If you need to try to gain ground on the competition, you may want to roll the dice on drivers like Ryan Newman and Kasey Kahne, who basically have to win at any cost to earn a spot in the Chase.
1. KYLE BUSCH, #18 MARS BRANDS/INTERSTATE BATTERIES, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Busch came within one turn of winning the spring race until a bump from his teammate forced him to settle for second. It was Busch's second straight runner-up effort at RIR and his third top three finish in his last four starts. He is a four-time winner at the track overall, and he has 15 top five finishes in 22 starts.
2. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 BUSCH BEER/JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
He has been the model of consistency at Richmond, and his 7.9 average finish over the last 10 races here ranks first among drivers who have competed in every race. Harvick has a series-best five top five finishes in that same stretch, including two trips to victory lane.
3. CARL EDWARDS, #19 ARRIS/STANLEY, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS B]
Edwards is going for a season sweep at Richmond after a last-lap pass for the win in the spring, and he has two wins in his last six starts at the track. Meanwhile, his 9.8 average finish in the last 10 races here ranks fourth in the series, and he has scored the second-most points and led the third-most laps in that span.
4. JOEY LOGANO, #22 SHELL-PENNZOIL, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]
He has six finishes of eighth or better in seven starts at Richmond since 2013, and he has four top five finishes during that same stretch, including a win. His safe floor and high ceiling make him an ideal A-List candidate.
5. MATT KENSETH, #20 DOLLAR GENERAL/DEWALT, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Kenseth is the defending winner of this weekend's race, and he was downright dominant in his victory last fall, leading 352 of the 400 laps. Over the last 10 races here, his seven top 10s are tied for the most of any driver, and he has led the second-most laps during that same span.