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The Drivers Who Struggle at Richmond

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Richmond Raceway is one of the most intriguing race tracks in NASCAR. It’s 0.75 miles long with moderately high banks in the turns, but it’s not every drivers cup of tea. Some drivers struggle at Richmond, but who are they?

Tyler Reddick

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 0 Top-10s; 0 Laps Led; Avg. Finish 17.5

Breakdown: Tyler Reddick has failed to be much of a factor in any of the Richmond races he has run in his career. He has no top-10s or laps led, and he only scored stage points in one career Richmond race. That race happened to be back in the spring, so, maybe Reddick is beginning to turn it around.

Bubba Wallace

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 0 Top-10s; 1 Lap Led; Avg. Finish 23.6

Breakdown: Bubba Wallace has only finished in the top-20 twice at Richmond with a best finish of only 12th. He has never failed to finish as race, but he has never been a factor in any either. He has also failed to record any stage points at Richmond.

Chris Buescher

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 1 Top-5; 1 Top-10; 0 Laps Led; Avg. Finish 24.1

Breakdown: Chris Buescher has had a couple of solid qualifying runs at Richmond, but he has had only one great race. He finished third there in August of 2022, but, aside from that, Buescher has failed to finish in the top-20 in 11 of 14 career starts at Richmond. With that recent good finish, Buescher noted that he could be warming up to Richmond some.

Erik Jones

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 1 Top-10; 0 Laps Led; Avg. Finish 22.6

Breakdown: Erik Jones’ second race at Richmond was a solid sixth place finish, but, since then, it’s been all downhill. He has failed to lead a lap, and he has one DNF there coming in August of 2022. This all comes despite five top-10 qualifying runs in his career at the race track.

Ryan Blaney

By the Numbers: 0 Wins; 0 Top-5s; 3 Top-10s; 129 Laps Led; Avg. Finish 16.5

Breakdown: Of the 129 laps Ryan Blaney has led at Richmond, 128 of them came in one race where he started on the pole in August of 2020. Aside from that, Blaney has never been a true race win factor at Richmond. He had three straight top-10s there at one point, but he finish 26th here in the spring after a pit penalty.

Richmond Raceway has not always been kind to these drivers, but some of them also have seemed to turn a corner at the track in recent years. This could be a weekend where drivers on this list could turn things around.

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