Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. These are the drivers in the lowest tier of salaries that have the opportunity to score 30 to 40 DFS points.
1. Kyle Larson ($8,000) – Larson sits at the top of the value salary range this week, but may make a huge impact. Just like Kyle Busch, Larson loves short track racing and Richmond never disappoints. Monitor Larson and find out where he qualifies. If he qualifies 15th or above, he has a great shot to reach the top 10 and post some fast laps.
2. Kasey Kahne ($7,800) – Kahne has won and Richmond and desperately needs a win to help push his way into the Chase. Kahne has 8 top 10s at this track and Hendrick will be throwing everything in behind Kahne (and Gordon) this week. Look for Kahne to build on his fastest lap total and then grab some place differential points for your DK team this week.
3. Ryan Newman ($7,400) – Newman has been a top 10 machine this year, but unfortunately hasn’t been able to find Victory Lane lately. Look for Newman to build on his average finish of 10.9 and find the top 10 again this week. Yes, he has won here before (2003) and needs to win again to mark his place in the playoffs.
4. Clint Bowyer ($7,200) – Bowyer loves Richmond and in turn Richmond has been kind to Bowyer. Clint has two wins here and 11 top 10s. His last win came in 2012 so we know that it has been done recently. Bowyer has to come out firing on all cylinders if he wants to make the Chase and this is the track where he can get it done.
5. Greg Biffle ($6,800) – Win and I’m in, that’s Bifs motto this weekend. The Bif needs to find victory lane to take down a spot in the Chase this week. Biffle finished 3rd at this race in 2005 and has an average finish of 16.5. Biffle has also led laps at this track and been in position to take down a win. If nothing else Bif will drive aggressive this week and should make for a great place differential play.
Honorable Mention: Tony Stewart ($7,200) – Tony has an average finish of 11.5 at Richmond. He also has three wins during his tenure at this track. Just like all of the other drivers on this list, Tony needs a win. This hasn’t been a great year for Stewart, but if he can sneak into the top 15 he will easily hit value.