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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on April 4, 2011

The Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, TX is the venue for the 7th race of the season.  When this track was originally built in 1996 it had a two-track/dual banking system; one with 24 degree banking for NASCAR and an inner track with 8 degrees of banking for Indy Cars.  That has since been removed and the track is more traditional with one consistent banking.  This is also a track where the 2010 chasers perform well.  Seven of the chasers are in the top ten for best average finish and nine of them have won at least one race here.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Matt Kenseth
Kenseth has the second best average finish at Texas (9.5) among active drivers, and he has the third best average finish over the past 5 races this season.  Put those two factors together and you get my top pick for winning the race this weekend.  Kenseth has a win with 8 top five and 11 top ten finishes at the track in 17 career races.  Take Denny and Jimmie off your Fantasy NASCAR team this week and insert Kenseth.

Alternate Chaser: Kevin Harvick
Wow, has Harvick come on strong at the end of the last couple races or what!  With those two wins he is the hottest driver on the circuit, averaging a 5.8 place finish in the last five races.  He’s also done very well at the Texas Motor Speedway averaging a 12.4 place finish with one win, 7 top five and 12 top ten finishes in 20 races.  If you want a hot driver on your team, Harvick is your guy; there’s no one hotter.

Mark Martin
Martin has the longest active streak of top ten finishes in Texas with four.  He has finished 6th, 4th, 6th, & 3rd in those races.  After last week’s strong run Martin has climbed back into the top ten in the standings.  This should be another good run for Martin and help him continue his climb up the standings.  He knows how to drive and may not always be able to win every race, but definitely is capable of finishing in the top ten in every race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is up to 8th in the point standings?  Is it 2006 again?  I’ll give Earhnardt credit; he’s having a pretty good season so far.  He’s been up in the lead pack most of the time contending for the top 5 and winning the race.  Texas Motor Speedway is also a track that he’s won at before so this could be the weekend that he breaks his long winless streak.  Earnhardt has also finished in the top five 3 times and top ten 8 times in 17 career races.

Dark Horse: Martin Truex Jr.
Truex finds himself down to 17th in points after a bad race in Martinsville.  He has done OK at Texas though with 5 top ten finishes in 11 career races.  Truex was a chaser in 2007, so he is capable of going on a good run and collecting top ten finishes.  If you want someone different on your team that others won’t have, Martin Truex Jr. could be your guy.


2 Responses to “Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway”

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  2. peoplespigskin said

    What about Jimmie Johnson? He would have had a shot at winning last week if it hadn’t been for that late speeding penalty. And he’s due for a win; by this point last season he had won three already. Thoughts?


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