Richmond: In the loop

'In The Loop' At Richmond International Raceway - RIR: The Slump Buster? DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 2, 2007) -- Thus far this season, Hendrick Motorsports has won six of the nine races run. Jimmie Johnson has three wins, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series...

'In The Loop' At Richmond International Raceway - RIR: The Slump Buster?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 2, 2007) -- Thus far this season, Hendrick Motorsports has won six of the nine races run. Jimmie Johnson has three wins, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points leader Jeff Gordon has two and Kyle Busch has one.

The dominance could come to halt this weekend.

Only Busch has excelled in recent trips to Richmond. In four visits to the .75-mile track, Busch has four top-five finishes (including a runner-up finish in the last Richmond race).

Though Busch has not won a race at Richmond, he has all the statistics that would suggest a trip to Victory Lane would come sooner than later:

- Second-best Driver Rating (116.2)
- Second-best Average Running Position (5.799)
- Fourth-most Fastest Laps Run (138)
- Third Fastest Green Flag Speed
- Second-most Laps in the Top 15 (1,567)

But Busch's Hendrick teammates haven't fared nearly as well at the Virginia track. Gordon has a Driver Rating of 65.9, which is his lowest Driver Rating at any track on the series schedule. Johnson has also struggled recently at Richmond, as his 60.3 Driver Rating would attest.

Actually, a number of the 2007 front-runners have had uncharacteristic troubles at Richmond.

Presumably, these Driver Ratings mean there's a good chance a driver who has yet to win in 2007 could visit Victory Lane and earn the coveted potential 10 bonus points if he makes the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.

Richmond could be a slump-buster for some drivers.

Below are a few drivers who have performed well at Richmond and could end their win drought.

Kasey Kahne
Races W/O a Win: 14
Richmond Ranks
Driver Rating: 3rd (111.7)
Average Running Position: 9th (12.729)
Fastest Laps Run: 2nd (214)
Laps in the Top 15: 6th (1,216)
Quality Passes: 3rd (88)

Greg Biffle
Races W/O a Win: 9
Richmond Ranks
Driver Rating: 4th (109.4)
Average Running Position: 4th (7.537)
Fastest Laps Run: 5th (74)
Laps in the Top 15: 3rd (1,463)
Quality Passes: 4th (86)

Denny Hamlin
Races W/O a Win: 25
Richmond Ranks
Driver Rating: 5th (107.8)
Average Running Position: 3rd (6.531)
Green Flag Speed: 7th
Quality Passes: 8th (18.0 avg. per race)
Speed in Traffic: 5th

Ryan Newman
Races W/O a Win: 54
Richmond Ranks
Driver Rating: 9th (95.0)
Average Running Position: 5th (9.423)
Green Flag Speed: 9th
Laps in the Top 15: 4th (1,423)
Speed in Traffic: 8th

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Greg Biffle , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Denny Hamlin