Richmond Bottom Line – At Richmond, look for Cole Custer to likely be a high-teens to low-twenties driver. Historically he’s finished in the 20’s here (3 of his 4 starts), but this spring at Phoenix he had one of his best races of the young season and that afternoon he finished 16th, had a 16.7 average running position and had the 18th best Total Speed Ranking.
Richmond Track History – At Richmond, Cole Custer has one respectable result on his resume (14th), but overall, in 3 of his 4 races he’s finished between 22nd to 26th. In 2021, Custer had a pair of low 20’s results. Last fall, Custer finished 22nd, had a 23.2 average running position, ranked as the 19th Fastest Driver Late In A Run and had the 24th best Total Speed Ranking. In spring 2021, Custer was a low 20’s performer. He finished 23rd, had a 24.7 average running position, was the 19th Fastest Driver Late In A Run and had the 23rd best Total Speed Ranking. In fall 2020 when he was in the Playoffs, Custer showed up with speed and had his best Richmond race. In that event he finished 14th, had a 12th place average running position and had the 16th best Total Speed Ranking.
Richmond Bottom Line – At Richmond, I would view Austin Cindric as a high-teens to low-twenties driver heading into the weekend. This year at conventional tracks, we really haven’t seen anything that encouraging from him. Perhaps this is the weekend he’ll turn it around? That’s just hope though. At Phoenix this spring, Cindric started 8th, had a 19.9 average running position and then finished 24th when the checkered flag waved.
Richmond Track History – Austin Cindric made a Cup start last spring at Richmond, but I wouldn’t read into his pre-rookie start much. In the race, Cindric started in the back, finished 28th, had a 25.5 average running position and his Total Speed Ranking was the 24th best. Last year in the Xfinity series at Richmond, Cindric led 50 laps and finished 16th. In 2020 when the lower series had a double weekend, Cindric swept the top ten and had results of 4th and 10th.
Richmond Bottom Line – At Richmond, Justin Haley might just have teens potential. Specifically, I think he’s a high-teens to low-twenties driver. This year minus superspeedways, Haley’s average finish is 18th and he’s had a result between 15th to 23rd every race. At Phoenix, the most similar track visited, Haley finished 17th and had a 24th place average running position.
Richmond Track History – Justin Haley didn’t have much success at Richmond in 2021. Last fall in the #77, Haley was a high-twenties performer. In the race he finished 27th, had a 28th place average running position and his Total Speed Ranking was the 29th best. In spring 2021, Haley had engine problems right at the start and completed just a single lap (finished 38th). Of course, no fantasy lessons could be learned from that race.