Bowman, Byron feeling playoff bubble heat after Richmond struggles – NASCAR

Bowman, Byron feeling playoff bubble heat after Richmond struggles - NASCAR
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The 2019 NASCAR Playoffs continue Saturday night under the lights with the 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway at 7:30 p.m. ET, the second of three races in the Round of 16 for the NASCAR Cup points championship. The iconic D-shaped, three-quarter-mile oval promises exciting racing from green flag to checkered flag, as drivers both in the playoff picture and outside the top 16 will be fighting in every turn for every spot. April race winner Martin Truex Jr. leads the playoff race so far and is one of the favorites Saturday night, as is defending champion Kyle Busch and defending Cup champion Joey Logano. They will be three of the popular options for NASCAR DFS lineups Saturday. However, before you make your NASCAR DFS picks, be sure to listen to the optimal NASCAR at Richmond DFS strategy and advice from DFS millionaire Mike McClure.

McClure is a predictive data engineer and a DFS pro with nearly $2 million in career winnings. Hes crushed his DFS selections in several sports recently, producing multiple tournament rosters that have cashed huge.

“I think the aero package and the horsepower is definitely a big part of the struggle to pass,” he continued. “We saw it in the spring race. I mean, I was way faster than him, literally. I think about it every day. I hate to use the word because its not a very good word for a race car driver to use, but I was dumbfounded. I knew when I caught him I was gonna blow his doors off and go on and win the race, or at least go to the next caution and have my hands full to deal with whatever then. But as far as passing him — that was a no-brainer, easy-peesie; and I got to him and within a lap-and-a-half, my mindset went from no problem to ‘Oh no, Im not gonna pass him.’

At Las Vegas last week, McClure was all over Joey Logano. The result: Logano led a race-high 105 laps and was in the mix for the checkered flag all the way to the end. Anybody who rostered him was well their way to a strong day. Now, hes turned his attention to NASCAR at Richmond and locked in his optimal lineups.

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For the 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond, we can tell you McClure is banking on Denny Hamlin at $13,200 on FanDuel and $10,600 on DraftKings. Hamlin is seventh in the points standings, and is tied for second this year with four race victories. The Joe Gibbs Racing veteran has 35 career Cup wins finished fifth in the Richmond spring race and has qualified for the playoffs 13 times – every season in which he did not miss multiple races.

If you get long runs, it becomes an easy track to pass at because the mechanical grip is pretty low and you really have to drive the cars; and the aero grip kind of evens out because everybody is in traffic. So on long runs, I think theres a fair amount of passing, Keselowski said. But certainly, having the patience and discipline for that to be realized is tough for us as race car drivers.

McClures optimal Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond DFS strategy also involves rostering Chase Elliott ($11,500 on FanDuel, $9,400 on DraftKings). Elliott is No. 6 in the current standings, and finished fourth last week in Las Vegas to earn valuable playoff points. The Hendrick Motorsports driver won at Talladega and Watkins Glen earlier this year, and is a threat to break out every weekend. 

Chase Elliott had the best idea, just like we used to do with the sealer, just coat the whole corner and let it ride for the weekend, he said. Let the racetrack evolve. But its become one of the most difficult places to pass, and its even more difficult this year. I think the traction compound would definitely be a good option because the tire dragon is really just wasting rubber.

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McClure is also targeting a value driver with a strong track record at Richmond. Hes in prime position to make a huge run at the checkered flag and comes at a price that wont break the bank. This pick could be the difference between cashing huge in your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing.

So what is the optimal NASCAR DFS tournament lineup for the 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond? And which value driver is a must-roster? Visit SportsLine now to see DFS millionaire Mike McClures complete optimal lineups for FanDuel and DraftKings, and cash in big on NASCAR at Richmond.

Following Martin Truex Junior’s win over Joey Logano at Las Vegas, we head back East. As in flipping the continent to North Carolina from the desert of Nevada. The second race of the playoff’s first round takes place Saturday night under the lights of Richmond for the Federated Auto Parts 400. Let’s get into some NASCAR DFS Picks.

Only 12 drivers will advance past the first round of the 2019 NASCAR Playoffs, which continues Saturday with the 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway. The green flag drops at 7:30 p.m. ET. This is the second of three races this round, and pressure is mounting on Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Erik Jones. Theyre all below the cut-line with only this race and Charlotte to go. Sportsbooks list defending champion Kyle Busch as the 3-1 favorite in the latest 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 odds, followed by last weeks winner Martin Truex Jr. (6-1), Kevin Harvick (6-1), Denny Hamlin (6-1), Joey Logano (7-1), Brad Keselowski (8-1), Chase Elliott (16-1), Erik Jones (16-1), Kyle Larson (14-1) and Clint Bowyer (20-1). With so much at stake and so many drivers capable of winning, check out the NASCAR at Richmond picks and predictions from Micah Roberts, the legendary Vegas bookmaker who pioneered wagering on racing, before locking in any 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400 picks of your own.

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If you’re reading this you should be fully aware of who and what Richmond is. Let’s face it, right now the only people left playing NASCAR DFS are actual NASCAR fans…

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However, if you need a refresher or just lost your seat to CFB DFS and need to make bankroll back, buckle in.

Roberts got 2019 off to a blazing start, calling 25-1 long shot Jimmie Johnsons win in the Advance Auto Parts Clash. At the TicketGuardian 500, Roberts nailed Kyle Busch at 4-1 over the heavily favored Kevin Harvick, and at Dover he won with Martin Truex Jr. at 8-1. Truex won despite starting at the back of the field.

A .75-mile D-shaped oval, RIR hosts two annual NASCAR Cup events. If you’d like a more in-depth preview, check out my article for April’s race. In that race breakdown, I detail trends dating back to 2013. Thus, whatever you would need to know is probably in that article. If, however, you need more don’t hesitate to check out the Race Sheets.

Roberts, however, is extremely high on a massive long shot whos primed to contend using the 750-HP package. He has used the package nine times and finished in the Top 5 in all but three of those races. Anyone who backs this driver could hit it big.

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That is if you’re an Awesemo member. Now would be a great time to join Awesemo as the NFL season is just underway. Besides consuming our gobs of NFL content, Hockey is literally around the corner. Before long, the MLB playoffs will wrap up and the NBA season will commence. The PGA Swing Season is underway as well as the British Premiere League. Oh yeah, MMA and Tennis never stop.

Roberts entered the 2019 NASCAR season after finishing big-time in the black in 2018. Those who wagered $100 on each of his picks last year saw $1,750 in profit. Anyone whos following his picks is up huge year after year. 

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Besides, now that all of the sharks who play NASCAR have left for NFL, cashing in NASCAR has gotten that much easier. It’s amazing what happens in tournaments when guys with max entry bankroll no longer play.

So who wins the 2019 Federated Auto Parts 400? And which long shot stuns NASCAR? Visit SportsLine now to see the NASCAR at Richmond leaderboard from the nations premier NASCAR handicapper, and find out.

So, if we’re not going to needlessly rehash five years worth of racing data, what will we review? It seems appropriate to instead isolate this past April’s Richmond race. Don’t forget, April is the only race we have at Richmond under the 750 HorsePower package running at “short” tracks this season.

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The story of the 750 HP package has been if you want to lead, you need to start upfront. That’s precisely what occurred as our top three lap leaders came off the grid 5th, 3rd, and 4th. Another characteristic of this package has been the limited possibility of passing. While results seemed skewed thanks to wonky starting positions (post-qualifying technical inspections), only two drivers who finished inside the top-ten started outside of the top fifteen. Namely, Denny Hamlin (failed tech) from 30th and Ryan Newman from 24th.

Cautions wise, it was a pretty clean race for Richmond. Throwing out stage breaks and the competition caution, that race only saw two yellow flags. One for Kyle Larson on lap 125 and the other for Michael McDowell on lap 240. Coincidentally, those drivers were the only two to fail to finish the race.

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Finally, if I gave you one guess as to who the winner was you’d probably nail it. In true, afternoon to night racing fashion, Martin Truex Junior came alive leading 186 laps en route to victory.

We could run through the optimal lineup from this past Spring but it may just be noise. In fact, it is noise. As you may remember, technical inspection occurred Saturday before the race. In total, eight cars failed and lost their starting position. Three of those cars scored enough place differential to land in the optimal lineup. This, in turn, meant only one of our dominators (Truex) was actually optimal based on point per dollar scoring.

As the season has trudged along, we’ve seen fewer and fewer cars fail tech. The stakes are just too high to fail tech and have to march through the field. Thus, I expect no one to fail but I could be wrong. Desperation might provoke a driver like Erik Jones (16th) and his crew chief to get too aggressive with their set up and consequently fail.

Thus, as I typically do in these races, the Race Sheets are posted below with tiers highlighted. These will be adjusted as the inspection takes place so be sure to check back Saturday afternoon. Final roster construction game theory will be laid out in slack once the field is set.

Phill Bennetzen is a father, husband, and Catholic as well as a self-professed annoying fitness guy. Phill heads up NASCAR content at and even though he doesnt have any live finals trips to his name, he provides some of the top NASCAR DFS analysis around. You can contact Phill by emailing

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