Toyota Owners 400
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For the second week in a row and the third time in four races, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is set to visit a short track. Richmond International Raceway is this weekend's stop, and the 0.75-mile oval will play host to Sunday's Toyota Owners 400.
Much like the first two short track events of the year, I will be focusing my lineup on the laps led and fastest laps run categories. With 400 laps on tap, there are more than enough points available in the dominator categories to carry the day, and I expect at least one driver to deliver a triple-digit score at DraftKings.
Qualifying should be a good indicator of which drivers you will want to build around this weekend. In six races at Richmond over the last three seasons, nine drivers have led 90-plus laps in a race at Richmond, and eight of those drivers have started sixth or better. In the same span, seven drivers have led more than 150 laps in a race at RIR, and seven of them have started in the top 6. There have also been three instances of drivers leading well over 200 laps during the last three seasons at Richmond, and all three of those drivers started third or better.
Make sure to check back after qualifying for updated picks and lineup tips. In the meantime, here is a closer look at the drivers I'll be targeting ahead of Sunday's Toyota Owners 400.
Kyle Busch ($10,600)
Busch had horrible luck at Bristol last weekend but that shouldn't stop you from using him in your lineup this weekend at Richmond. His four wins and 7.0 average finish at the track are both tops among active drivers. He ranks second in laps led, third in fastest laps run and has top-scorer potential.
Kevin Harvick ($10,400)
He has reeled off nine straight Top 15s at Richmond, finishing in the Top 5 in four of his last five starts here. More importantly, he is able to deliver in the dominator categories, ranking in the Top 3 in both laps led and fastest laps run. Harvick should be one of the safest options to build around this weekend.
Matt Kenseth ($8,800)
Joining Joe Gibbs Racing has transformed Kenseth into a force at Richmond. He has finished seventh or better in six of his eight starts, winning the fall race in 2015. Kenseth has also led 537 laps in his eight starts here with JGR, the second most of any driver over that span. With his upside in the dominator categories, he could be a useful contrarian building block this weekend.
Clint Bowyer ($8,500)
Bowyer's resurgent season with Stewart-Haas Racing continued with a second-place finish at Bristol and he should be in the mix for another Top 5 finish this weekend. He is a two-time winner at Richmond and ranks seventh in laps led. Regardless of how qualifying plays out, Bowyer should be a solid mid-priced play.