Drivers have a short week after racing in Bristol on Monday due to a rain delay and now heading to Virginia for the 2017 Toyota Owners 400. The track is 300 miles long and has finished in over three hours in each of the last four races. There are 12 drivers who have won this race at least twice.
We have picked the winner in each of the last five NASCAR events, so let’s stay hot and keep pading that bankroll.
Here are five drivers to consider putting on this week's card. (Odds weren’t available when this article was posted.)
Kyle Busch - Kyle Busch flopped last week with a 35th place finish in the Food City 500, and he has just three top-10 finishes this season overall. However, few drivers have owned the Richmond International Raceway like Busch, as he’s won this event four times with all four of his victories coming in four straight years. Richard Petty is the only driver to win the Toyota Owners 400 more times than Busch. Sometimes you have to put form on the backburner and trust history, which is why I’m giving Busch another shot this week.
Jimmie Johnson - I made a note last week that when Jimmie Johnson wins a race, he usually wins multiple for long stretches. Well, Johnson has won back-to-back races, which includes last week when he was given odds of +1000. No way I’m leaving Johnson off the card now, especially with him posting top-10 finishes in 50 percent of his last 10 tries at the Richmond International Raceway and that doesn’t include a win in the 2007 The Jim Stewart 400 and a few wins in the second race in Virginia. Johnson is in great form and usually strings wins together once he tastes victory lane. I’ll continue to ride the hot hand.
Joey Logano - Joey Logano finished fifth last week and has now posted top-five finishes in each of his last four races. To make things better heading into this week, Logano has posted top-10 finishes in each of his last six appearances at the Richmond International Raceway, and that includes a victory in the 2014 Toyota Owners 400. Phoenix is the only race this season where Logano hasn’t posted a top-10 finish and he's due for his first victory of the season. Given his form and his history on this track, Logano is a solid bet to get his first win of the year.
Kevin Harvick - Kevin Harvick is also a driver looking for his first win of the season, and he's posted top-five finishes in each of his last two races. In Richmond, Harvick has finished fifth or better in four of his last five appearances at the Richmond International Raceway and picked up a victory in the 2013 Toyota Owners 400. Harvick hasn't gone thing long without a victory since the 2012 NASCAR season, so he’s due. You have to like his chances here, especially given his form with his last two races.
Matt Kenseth - Matt Kenseth finished fourth last week and has now racked up top-10 finishes in two of his last three races. Kenseth hasn’t had much success this season overall, but there’s no denying his recent form. There’s also no denying Kenseth’s success in Richmond, as he’s finished seventh or better in seven of his last nine appearances at the Richmond International Raceway and that includes a win in the 2015 Federated Auto Parts 400. It’s been awhile since Kenseth has won a race and he’s had a shaky start to the 2017 season, but we’re going to get big odds here and this feels like our Ryan Newman play a few weeks ago in the Camping World 500.