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After back-to-back races at 1.5-mile tracks, drivers and fantasy owners will face a much different challenge this weekend when the Cup Series heads to Richmond International Raceway. After all, speed and down force take a backseat to bumping and banging and the brake pedal at the 0.75-mile short track. As with any short track, Richmond also tests the patience of the drivers, and the mental strain is only made worse by the track's multiple racing grooves. Drivers can spend lap after lap running side by side, and with the driver in the outside lane often pinching down any potential challengers, being able to drive underneath and complete can be a chore. By the time the checkered flag waves, there is usually a lot more taking than giving going on.

For fantasy owners, the trip to Richmond will likely involve some heavy roster reshuffling. Several of the drivers that excel at the intermediate ovals haven't enjoyed the same level of success at Richmond, and several drivers that are just average at the bigger ovals are actually studs at RIR. More importantly, a short track brings open the door for fantasy owners to take advantage of some different sleeper options. In either case, don't be afraid to shake up your lineup this weekend, even if you have been putting up big point totals in recent weeks. Any good crew chief will tell you that the key to sustaining success is to stay ahead of the changing track conditions.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  2. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  3. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  4. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  5. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  6. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  7. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  8. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  9. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  10. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  11. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  12. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  13. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  14. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  15. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  16. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  17. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  18. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  19. Juan Montoya, Target
  20. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  21. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  22. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  23. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  24. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  25. Paul Menard, Menards
  26. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  27. Bobby Labonte, TBA
  28. Danica Patrick, GoDaddy.com
  29. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  30. Landon Cassill, Hillman Racing
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