The Action Track, as it’s known, hosts its first Cup race of the season on Saturday night. It’s the second race in the first round of the playoffs and only Kevin Harvick has locked himself in to the second round with a win last week at Darlington.

Richmond has been a very exciting short track race in the past and under the lights it only gets better. There are 400 laps in this weekend’s race which means that laps led will be a stat to focus on for your builds in both cash and GPPs as is typical with short tracks, the leader can often hold the lead for quite a while and tick off quite a few laps led in chunks.

Unlike other short tracks though, passing is a bit more possible here than say Martinsville and about equal to Bristol so we expect drivers in the back half of the 20s to still be able to move up here fairly well. There have been an average of five drivers a race in the last five races at Richmond to move up by double-digit positions which will also boost points. On Fanduel we’re still going for more of a finish position build though with the amount of laps in this race, laps led, despite being weighed so lightly, are still going to be a factor to separate your builds in a crowd like a large-field GPP.

Overall, I am playing a fairly even split between cash and GPPs this week as the way the field is set-up there isn’t a ton of chalk that makes cash not fun and there’s still a nice mix of PD and dominator points plays to differentiate you in a GPP format.

Average Points By Starting Spot

Once more these charts aren’t a be-all-end-all for how the scoring will happen but it gives you an idea for strategy about where the points can be gotten throughout the field as they are an average of points scored by that starting spot regardless of driver in that spot over the last five races at Richmond.