Next Up; Richmond
Richmond Raceway will host The Cup Series this Saturday night with the Federated Auto Parts 400. The race is 400 laps on the .75 mile oval for a total of 300 miles. The green flag will wave at 6:30 pm. The race will be televised on NBCSN.
There will be two practices Friday at 10:35 am and 12:35 pm. Qualifying is also Friday. It starts at 5:05 pm. NBCSN will air both practices and qualifying.
The winner last year at Richmond was Kyle Busch who started the race in 11th. Kevin Harvick was on the pole with a speed of 121.88 mph. Harvick was the runner-up to Busch. This will be the 127th race for the Cup Series at Richmond Raceway. The winner has come from the pole twenty-four times, from the Top 5 seventy-three times and the Top 10 ninety-eight times. Thirteen races have been won from 20th or back. The stages for this race end on Laps 100 and 200.
We have added a link to a recap of the previous race to the menu on the right side of this page.
The Cups And Stocks Tie For First At Vegas
The two teams at the top of the standings for Las Vegas totaled 234 points. The Cups and Stocks used different line-ups to lead the league. Teach Me How To Dougie took third with a 230 followed by White Lightning Racing's 229. This is the second time cashing for The Cups. They tied for third place last race.
Kyle Larsen is the most popular driver in the league. He is on eighteen lineups. Next are Brad Keselowski (17 rosters), Jimmie Johnson (16 rosters), Corey LaJoie and David Ragan (both on 12 rosters). Kurt Busch (Group 2), Chase Elliott (G2) and Aric Almirola (G3) are the only drivers in the Top Seven groups who are not on at least one lineup. Paul Menard and Martin Truex, Jr. are the only drivers on just one lineup. All of the other drivers in the top seven groups were on two or more rosters.
The "Move Of The Week" goes to Dusty Mullet. They added twenty points to their score by dropping Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for Austin Dillon. The "Goof Of The Week" this race goes to APEX and Steve Schoshinski who dropped William Byron for Clint Bowyer. That cost those teams twenty-seven points. The league average for the race was 202.4. There were no scores of 235 points or better at Las Vegas.
A team made up of the most popular driver in each group would have scored 219 or 225 points. Corey LaJoie and David Ragan, in Group Six, are each on twelve teams. A lineup with LaJoie would have scored 219 points and the lineup with Ragan would have totaled 225 points. No one had either lineup. There were four ties in the race standings which involved seven teams. The tie for 11th between M J Racing and Ised Jade was due to identical rosters. That gave us twenty-five unique lineups for South Point Casino 400.
Check out the results from Vegas.
Session Two Standings
The Cups kept their streak of 200 plus points going with their league high 234 at Vegas. That kept them them in first place. White Lightning Racing is twenty-six points back in second place after moving up two spots with a 229 this race. M J Racing slipped to third with a 214. They are thirty-six points behind The Cups. The Red Dragon (4th / -41 pts.) and Ised Jade (5th / -45 pts.) round out the top five teams.
Teach Me How To Dougie used their 3rd place score of 230 to move from 22nd place to 16th. Rhinelander Racing had a 176 at Las Vegas which dropped them seven positions to 19th. Those were the largest moves up and down in the standings.
The maximum score for Las Vegas was 264 points. The "Max" scores in Session Two averaged 275.5 points. The minimum score for this race would have been 81 points. Race #10 has the low for 2019 with a minimum of 47.
The Session Three average went up almost six points to 191.0. There were no "Big" scores this race so The Cups' 251 last race is still the only one this session. There were forty-five scores of 235 or better in Session Two.
Group One drivers had the best average scores for Las Vegas. They averaged 42.25 points per driver which included forty-eight stage points. Check out the link below to find out which Cup teams are scoring points with Stage racing.
There are twenty-seven teams for Session Two. We pay one spot for every three entries so this session the payouts go down to 9th place. Session One paid down to 8th.
All Events Standings
A 214 by Ised Jade added ten more points to their lead in the season long All Events contest. Ised Jade has a 200 point lead on Smoke who scored 204 this race. Mike Wilcox (-222 points) dropped a spot to third place with a score of 179 points. The Cups (4th / -297 pts.) used their league leading 234 to move up one spot. White Lightning Racing (5th / -306 pts.) also gained a spot in the standings with their 229. M J Racing (-309 pts.) dropped two spots to sixth with a 214.
Teach Me How To Dougie moved up three positions to 18th with their 230 this race. That was the biggest move up in the AE standings. A 161 by DDT dropped them three spots to 21st. That was the largest move down in the standings. The top eleven teams are averaging over 200 points a race. Dusty Mullet is in 11th with a 200.22 average.
The season average went up slightly to 199.0 points per race. We have had sixty-one scores of 235 or better.
In the All Events contest we pay out one out of every four teams entered. With twenty-four teams entered we will pay down to sixth place in 2019.
2019 All Events Standings