The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Richmond Raceway this weekend for the Federated Auto Parts 400, and thanks to how this season unfolded, it’s been nearly a year since the teams have raced at this track. The good news is that we’ve been to similar tracks, including Phoenix and New Hampshire. As far as the track specifics of Richmond, it’s a 0.75-mile D-shaped oval that’s flat. It’s almost like a mix between a speedway and a short, flat track (at least in my eyes).

There are quite a few statistics that go into the Power Index formula, including recent performance both overall and at Richmond specifically, similar track performance, projected strength of the car, practice speeds, starting position, and a few other variables.

Here’s a quick overview of the Power Index number: essentially, zero (0) is considered average; the more negative a number is in the Power Index, the stronger that driver is considered in the Fantasy NASCAR world. The opposite holds true as well: the more above zero a driver is, the worse he is considered for Fantasy NASCAR that week.

Richmond Federated Auto Parts 400 Fantasy NASCAR Power Rankings

1.Truex, Jr., Martin-44.4
2.Harvick, Kevin-43.5
3.Logano, Joey-40.1
4.Hamlin, Denny-37.2
5.Keselowski, Brad-34.8
6.Busch, Kyle-29.7
7.Elliott, Chase-25.2
8.Byron, William-24.6
9.Johnson, Jimmie-20.0
10.Bowyer, Clint-19.2
11.Almirola, Aric-16.5
12.Busch, Kurt-13.9
13.Bowman, Alex-7.7
14.Custer, Cole-4.7
15.Dillon, Austin-0.9
16.Newman, Ryan-0.8
17.DiBenedetto, Matt-0.5
18.Blaney, Ryan2.4
19.Jones, Erik6.8
20.Reddick, Tyler10.1
21.Buescher, Chris15.3
22.Stenhouse, Jr., Ricky15.8
23.Bell, Christopher16.5
24.Preece, Ryan21.3
25.Dillon, Ty22.5
26.Kenseth, Matt22.9
27.Wallace, Bubba24.1
28.McDowell, Michael28.6
29.Nemechek, John H30.5
30.Suarez, Daniel34.1
31.LaJoie, Corey38.9
32.Poole, Brennan45.3
33.Houff, Quin52.7
34.Yeley, JJ53.3
35.Hill, Timmy60.7
36.Sorenson, Reed62.4
37.Gase, Joey63.4
38.Davison, James70.9
As someone who has always been obsessed with numbers, Fantasy NASCAR has been the perfect fit with me. I pride myself on the quality of my analysis for each race, and am glad that I have been able to help others along the way. I've been a serious Fantasy NASCAR player for over 10 years now, and I'm just getting started.