Which NASCAR drivers are best for fantasy lineup at Richmond?
That tenacity and attitude occasionally hinders focus. And with Busch leaving after this year, any hiccups could thwart good results. Mike Bugarewicz regular-season points finish: Bowyer won earlier this year at Martinsville and probably will be a threat there again. If he can make it to the third round and win Martinsville, who knows what will happen? While this team has won twice this year, Bowyer has just two top finish in his past nine starts.
We can't make mistakes. Mistakes have wiped us out [this year]. Todd Gordon regular-season points finish: If any driver can "sneak" his way in, Logano could be that guy. He was in the top four in points for the first 21 weeks of the season, so he knows how to stay out of trouble and get the most out of his car.
He has just seven top-five finishes and just three of those came at tracks that are in the playoffs. Battling to get into that championship race will be tough. The playoffs are about to start and hopefully we'll do better.
Chad Knaus regular-season points finish: He's won seven titles, so it's not like he cracks under pressure. He has led just 29 laps this year and didn't clinch a playoff spot until the last regular-season race.
This isn't the 48 team of , nor even that of Now we just need to go the rounds and get hot at the right time. Mike Wheeler regular-season points finish: If not now, when? Hamlin has had better seasons than this one and hasn't won a title. But you can't count him out each week, and he isn't going to lack confidence. Hamlin hasn't made the final four since , the first year of this format.
And in the past three years, he has won seven races. This year just seems like one where the results just aren't there. We have to be more consistent.
John Klausmeier regular-season points finish: If he and his team can put together some solid, full races, he could find his way into the championship race, where anything can happen. He hasn't won this year. He has just one win in his whole career. A driver needs to win to have a realistic shot. At the least, a driver must lead laps. And he has led just laps this year. Alan Gustafson regular-season points finish: Elliott appears to be peaking at the right time although Indianapolis was a disappointment.
He has a team that is experienced in the playoffs. Hendrick Motorsports still appears to be a tick or two behind. It's doubtful it will make that up in time for Elliott to make a serious final four run. Jeremy Bullins regular-season points finish: Blaney doesn't appear to let the pressure get to him. And there's a lot of pressure come the playoffs. He has just five top-5 finishes in 26 races this year.
That percentage isn't going to get it done in the playoffs. There's only one way to find out and that's next week. Richard Childress Racing No.
Justin Alexander regular-season points finish: This is his third time in the playoffs and if he can get to the second round, he'll be a threat at Talladega. If he can get to the third round, if he can get some help and if he can be strong at Homestead, he has a shot. Count the number of times the word "if" appears in the paragraph above. We will go after it hard when we get to Vegas. Chris Gayle regular-season points finish: The JGR cars are strong and he has been through this type of elimination format in the Xfinity Series.
This round only consists of one race: This race takes place on Sunday, November 18 th. The 4 remaining drivers will have their points reset to 5, However, their previously accrued playoff points will not be added. All 4 drivers will battle it out on equal grounds and, whoever finishes the highest at the end of the race, will become the NASCAR Champion.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:. He led the series with 7 wins on the season and 12 stage wins. Kevin was the model for consistency all season and he was arguably the fastest driver all year long. Kyle Busch won the regular season and earned that 15 point bonus to give him the tiebreaker over Harvick for the top spot in the playoffs.
Martin will be looking for a new team next year as his current team has decided to shut down their racing operations. At the beginning of the season, I took an in-depth look at the drivers and their odds on winning a championship. In my analysis, I had picked Kurt Busch as my dark horse driver to win it all.
Busch is a former champ, having won it in Kurt is 7 th in the playoff standings but was a model of consistency throughout the year. Logano is a sneaky pick in my opinion. At the beginning of the year, I picked Logano to make the Championship Round. With this playoff format, I believe he could still accomplish this. Logano only won one race this year, but he also won 3 stages and only had 2 DNFs. At the beginning of the year, I picked Jimmie Johnson as my best value bet to win the title. The opening round of the playoffs features Las Vegas where Johnson has won 4 times, Richmond where JJ has won 3 times, and Charlotte where JJ has won 8 times in his career.
For JJ to move on to the next round, he will most likely need to win. Bowman, Almirola, Dillon and Erik Jones will all be eliminated.
All 4 of these drivers have never won at Vegas and Richmond. Only Dillon has won at Charlotte. I believe JJ will win one of the first 3 races and move on to the next round. I also see Hamlin and Larson racing well enough to make the Top 12 as both drivers have won at Richmond. Talladega, Kansas and Martinsville. I think Hamlin is going to get a win in this round, as he has at least 1 career victory at each of these 3 tracks.
Logano has won at Phoenix and Texas during his career. At Dover he has an average finish of 14 th. It will take multiple race wins by drivers outside of the Top 3 to bump one of the Big 3 out of the Championship Round. With that said, the race for the 4 th spot will be incredible and, as I stated above, I believe Logano takes it. In the final race, at Homestead, we will be treated with an epic one-race battle that will most likely come down to Harvick vs Busch.