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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on May 9, 2011

Wow, what a finish to last week’s race!  We don’t get to see the fisticuffs very often anymore so when it happens you have to savor it.  Both Harvick and Kyle Busch can be aggressive on the track, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Harvick knock Kyle out.  Too bad Kyle didn’t want to stand toe to toe with Harvick.  (Can’t say I blame him though.)  Check out some video of the confrontation below.  We’ll see what NASCAR has to say to them and if it deters them from wrecking each other this week.  Dover is only a 1 mile track, so they should be around each other quite a bit as the race goes on.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Why put Jimmie Johnson on your team you ask?  Everyone else will have him too?  Well, Johnson has more wins at Dover (6) than anyone and he’s done it in only 18 career races.  Johnson is averaging a 9.7 place finish and has 12 top ten finishes at the track.  Sure, everyone else may have him on their team, but he’s probably going to win the race and get you more points than any other driver.  That’s why he should be on your Fantasy NASCAR team this week.

Alternate Chaser: Carl Edwards
Still don’t want to pick Jimmie Johnson?  Maybe Carl Edwards is your guy then.  He’s the only driver with a better average finish at Dover than Johnson (7.7).  Edwards has also finished in the top ten 9 times in 13 career races.  He only has one career win at the track, but Edwards definitely can rack up the points for you.  If you’re not going to have Johnson as your chaser this week, then you better have Edwards on your team.

Ryan Newman
At one point in the season Newman had 4 consecutive top ten finishes, and then had 4 outside the top ten.  Last week he finished 5th.  Is this the start to another string of top ten finishes for Newman?  I think so.  He has been pretty awesome at Dover over his career.  In 18 races Newman has collected 11 top ten and 5 top five finishes with 3 wins.  Add the fact that he has finished in the top ten here in 3 of the last 4 races and you have a pretty good case to put Newman on your Fantasy NASCAR team this week.

Mark Martin
This week’s race will be the 50th race for Martin in Dover.  In the previous 49 races he has 30 top ten and 22 top five finishes with 4 wins.  And don’t think that the success was way back in the day for him.  Martin has finished in the top ten at the track in 3 of the last 5 races.  Also, his 12.5 average finish is 7th best among active drivers.  We all know Mark Martin is a good driver.  If he’s on your fantasy team, keep him there.  If he’s not on it, pick him up this week and keep him there.

Dark Horse: Joey Logano
It was slim pickings for the dark horse this week.  Logano is way down in 25th place and only has one top ten finish all season.  It’s been a bad year for the kid.  This is hope though (at least for this week).  Logano finished in the top ten at Dover in both races last year.  In the spring race he finished 10th and took home 3rd in the fall race.  Hopefully him knowing that he’s had success here in the past will energize Logano this week and propel him to contend for a top ten spot.

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