We’re onto Richmond.
Jimmie Johnson won his second-straight race last week at Bristol, and unfortunately he wasn’t one of my picks. I did, however, correctly pick him to win at Texas. I don’t typically pick the same driver to win two races in a row, so that’s my rock-solid excuse for being wrong.
Here are my five picks for Sunday’s race at Richmond.
*odds are according to Westgate Sportsbook
Sleeper Pick: Jamie McMurray (30:1)
McMurray has never won a race at Richmond, so placing him in the sleeper category seems to make sense. However, over the past seven races at Richmond, McMurray has an average finish of 8.71. He’ll be starting in the 10th position.
Value Pick: Ryan Blaney (40:1)
Really? We’re doing this Ryan Blaney at 40:1 thing again? He’s starting in the second spot at Richmond and has quietly been one of the more consistent drivers this season. He’s going to get a W at some point, and this very well could be the race it happens.
My Pick: Kyle Busch (6:1)
A safe pick every week, although he had a tough time at Bristol on Monday. The younger Busch brother owns Richmond. He holds the top average finish (7.0), a 110.8 driver rating , and the second-best average running position (7.7). Bet on Busch if you don’t want to be too risky.
Two Safest Picks: Kyle Larson (6:1) & Joey Logano (7:1)
Logano will be starting at the back of the pack, but don’t let that discourage you. He always seems to find his way to the front. As for Larson, he’s the favorite for yet another week.