Comments: NASCAR Picks for Richmond

Comments: NASCAR Picks for Richmond

Months of hard work will boil down to one race as the Cup Series heads to Richmond International Raceway Saturday night for the regular season finale. For the drivers currently in the Chase, Saturday night's race is the last bullet to dodge. For the drivers on the outside of the playoffs looking in, the race is the last chance to earn a spot in the Chase and compete for the title. Either way, the 12 drivers that will compete for the 2013 Sprint Cup will be set in stone when the checkered flag waves Saturday night.

It is also important for fantasy owners to keep in mind the situation each driver is facing heading into Saturday's race. After all, certain drivers like Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski are going to be in desperation mode as they attempt to make the Chase, and they are going to be willing to take serious risks as a result. On the flip side, a few drivers like Joey Logano and Greg Biffle simply need a solid finish to ensure themselves a spot in the playoffs, and they are going to take more of a conservative approach. For fantasy owners currently at or near the front of their leagues, playing it safe is probably the best option. For those that need to start making up ground, rolling the dice with drivers that have to try to win this weekend might be the way to go.

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