Jimmie Johnson tied the closest finish in history in a three wide finish two weeks ago. After taking off because of Easter the Sprint Cup Series is back and ready to race at Richmond: Short Track Perfection.
Kyle Busch may be the best bet for Saturday night's race. In 12 races at the action track Shurb has two wins, ten top fives, ten top tens, 624 laps lead, one pole, and an average finish of 5.25. He has won the last two spring races here don't see why he can't win three.
Denny Hamlin's home track is Richmond and it isn't surprising how good his stats are here. In ten starts Hamlin has two wins, five top fives, six top tens, 1,150 laps lead, two poles, and an average finish of 8.00. Hamlin season has been very slow to say the least. Richmond and Darlington are his two best bet to get something started before his two worst tracks (Dover and Charoltte) are up.
Tony Stewart says his favorite race track is Richmond and his starts reflect his thoughts. In 24 starts Smoke has three wins, nine top fives, 15 top tens, 817 laps lead, and an average finish of 11.13. Stewart has been fast all season but seems to fail to put everything to together to get that win. He could be the points leader with five victories but sits 12th with none. Perhaps he gets his fourth Richmond win and firts of his season this Saturday night.
Dale Earnhardt Jr used to love Richmond and the way he has been running he should look forward to this race. In 23 starts Jr has three wins, eight top fives, ten top tens, 427 laps lead, and an average finish of 14.13. Though he has only one top five and top ten since he won here in 2006, Jr should considered to be a contender for the win.
Jeff Gordon has won at Richmond since 2000 but he has been fairly consistent there. In 36 starst Gordon has two wins, 14 top fives, 23 top tens, 1,402 laps lead, five poles, and an average finish of 14.11. Gordon may not be a solid bet for the win but a top five or top ten for sure.
Kevin Harvick is a short track type driver so it is expected that he has ran well at Richmond. In 20 starts Happy has one win, five top fives, 13 top tens, 727 laps lead, one pole, and an average finish of 11.95. Harvick just flat knows how to get around short tracks and he will be fast in the race.
Ryan Newman is like Gordon very solid at Richmond. In 18 starts the Rocketman has one win, five top fives, 11 top tens, 437 laps lead, one pole, and an average finish of 11.39. Newman has shown consistency that he showed in his very promising rookie year. Perhaps he can match that with the speed he had in his eight win season in 2003.
Ones to watch
Okay so Jimmie Johnson in 18 starts has three wins here. Five top fives is also pretty good. But he has only one top ten outside those top fives (a 10th) which adds up to six top tens. With 376 laps lead, 2 poles, and an average finish of 16.94 Johnson isn't a favorite. But his three wins make him one to watch.
Clint Bowyer stole a win here in 2008. That win is his only top five here and he has five top tens, 57 laps lead, but an average finish of 9.80. He may not be always a contender for the win but a solid top ten pick.
Winner: Kyle Busch
I've already stated Kyle Busch's stat so it just makes sense.