There are two big storylines going into this weekend at Richmond: who will make the Chase and will Hanna spoil the party?
Let's tackle the second one first. Hanna, currently a tropical storm as of this writing, is heading toward the East coast and looks to put a serious damper on this week's festivities. People I've talked to think the chance of getting the race run on Saturday is a major longshot, but NASCAR is hopeful that the race can be run Sunday if the storm doesn't cause much damage. Hmm, maybe NASCAR needs to rethink not having an off week somewhere in the final stretch of the season. Enough of the weather reports and commentary, let's get down to fantasy business.
The other big story line is who will make the Chase once we finally get the race in. Only five drivers are locked into the Chase right now; but
Tropical storms, playoff spots on the line, and short track excitement -- Richmond has it all this weekend. So without further ado, let's take a look at the favorites, sleepers and longshots heading into Saturday night's (cross your fingers) Chevy Rock & Roll 400.
It was another solid week for my picks, with a couple exceptions.
"This is hands-down my favorite place to race. In addition to being close to home and holding some great memories for me as a fan and as a driver, it's just a great racetrack and everyone who comes to watch sees a good, close race. The way the spring race here ended, after we ran so well, makes me want to come back here even more and get on the track. I know we may never have a car that dominating again but we are going to Richmond ready to compete for a win and make this Chase. I've been really luck to celebrate making the Chase here a couple of times before - would be fun to make it three years in a row."
The Chase kicks off with a return visit to the paper clip-shaped New Hampshire Motor Speedway.