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Kasey Kahne – Kasey Kahne hasn’t run well at shorter flat tracks this season having finished in the twenties all three races. Since he’s locked into the Chase they would be smart to use this race as a test session for New Hampshire. At Richmond Kahne has had some recent success. In 3 of the last 5 races he’s finished in the top six. This spring he didn’t have a great race and it wasn’t incident free. On lap 252 while he was running in the mid-teens under caution he got a penalty. He had plenty of time to rebound so I wouldn’t call that a game changer by any means. When the checkered flag waved he finished 22nd and had a 21st place average running position. Last fall at Richmond he finished 6th and had a 14th place average running position. Over the last quarter of the race he was at his best. In spring 2016 he ran well throughout the event and was a consistent front runner. In the race he finished 4th, earned the 5th best driver rating and had a 6th place average running position. On Saturday night I think I would project him conservatively as a mid to high-teens driver. (Yahoo B Driver)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – There’s going to be a lot of attention on Dale Earnhardt Jr. this weekend. Unfortunately that’s not going to help him run any better. On Saturday night I think he’ll likely be a mid to high-teens driver. In recent season’s at Richmond he’s proven to be very solid here. Since 2012 he’s only once finished lower than 14th, and unfortunately that happened this spring. Performance wise earlier this year he was realistically a high-teens to low-twenties driver but his race wasn’t incident free. With 57 laps to go he had contact with Jimmie Johnson which damaged his car, and then with 44 laps to go he brought out another caution when he had a blown tire, spun and hit the wall which led to his 30th place finish. Additionally in the race it should be noted he had a 19th place average running position and earned the 24th best driver rating. Last fall Earnhardt Jr. missed the race because of his concussion symptoms. In spring 2016 he had a respectable performance. In the event he earned the 8th best driver rating (active drivers), had a 10th place average running position and finished 13th. He was really about 8th place good but something dropped him from that position late. In 2015 Earnhardt finished 5th and 14th. (Yahoo A Driver)

Chris Buescher – Chris Buescher has finished better each time he’s raced at Richmond, so that’s a positive trend. This spring he finished 17th, had a 20th place average running position and earned the 20th best driver rating. Last fall at Richmond his team played the race ultra safe because of Chase implications and when the checkered flag waved he finished 24th and had a 24th place average running position. Last spring when he had near “field filler quality equipment” he finished 34th, had a 35th place average running position, and earned the 35th best driver rating. On Saturday night I would look for Buescher to finish around the high-teens. (Yahoo B Driver)

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