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Location: Richmond, Va.
Course: Richmond International Raceway
Format: 0.75-mile D-shaved oval
The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series shifts gears to short-track racing at Richmond International Raceway for the first time since 2005 in this weekend's ToyotaCare 250. The stakes couldn't be much higher either since this week's race will set the playoff field. This will also be the first time the series has visited a short-track in 2020 after the schedule was revamped due to the pandemic. Ben Rhodes won at Darlington a week ago to punch his ticket into the knockout rounds, and three spots remain up for grabs. Todd Gilliland and Derek Kraus straddle the cutoff line with 10 points separating the pair. Fantasy players should expect a tooth and nail fight to the finish where every point on offer could make the difference Thursday night.
Key Stats at Richmond International Raceway
- Number of races: 11
- Winners from pole: 1
- Winners from top-5 starters: 7
- Winners from top-10 starters: 9
- Winners from 21st or lower starters: 2
- Fastest race: 104.227 mph
Previous 10 Richmond Winners
Short-track racing can be heavily dependent on track position. However, at Richmond, four-tire stops may give drivers the grip needed to make passes and move forward. Richmond's wide and flat turns offer ample opportunity to change grooves to make passes. Its short distance also restricts teams from going off strategy, since pitting under green means losing laps to those who stay out front. Teams will take advantage of caution periods to pit and gain track position, which could set up a sprint to the finish by those teams that have avoided mistakes throughout the race distance.
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Sheldon Creed will start Thursday night's race 12th after picking up a penalty for speed on pit road in last week's race and missing out on a chance to win despite leading 82 laps. Fantasy players can expect him to be a top-five contender with the advantage of extra points for finish differential. Zane Smith finished 16th last week but has two wins from the last five races. He has found his stride just in time for the playoffs and starts inside the top 10 Thursday. Ben Rhodes was the beneficiary of Creed's mistake last week and took his first win of the season. He has been a reliable top-10 contender for fantasy players every race so far this season, and that isn't expected to change this week. Raphael Lessard has a bit of work to do to get into the playoffs, but a win would guarantee that spot for him. He starts Thursday night's race from seventh and has delivered four top-10 finishes in the last five races. Austin Wayne Self may not be a playoff contender, but he does have the potential to deliver top-20 finishes. He starts 17th in Thursday's race, and that could give him the platform from which to mount a top-15 charge. Finally, Jordan Anderson is another driver with top-two potential that should hit fantasy radars. He starts 23rd Thursday night and has had five top-20s so far this season.