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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 STP 400 at Kansas Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on May 30, 2011

Sunday night the Coca-Cola 600 provided another exciting finish.  It looked like Dale Earnhardt Jr. was going to get the monkey off his back, but didn’t have enough fuel in the tank to cross the line under power, allowing Kevin Harvick to sneak in for the win.  Kansas is another of the 1.5 mile tracks and if it can produce a finish half as exciting as Charlotte we’ll be in for a treat.  I have to admit, I won’t be able to watch the race though since I’ll be in the Caribbean and Bahamas on vacation. 

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Greg Biffle
“The Biff” has perked up lately averaging a 12.4 place finish over the last five races of the season and moving up to 11th in the point standings.  He’s hitting his stride at the right time going to a track that he dominates.  Biffle has the best average finish at Kansas Speedway among active drivers (8.1) with 2 wins and 6 top five finishes in 9 career races.  Biffle is the reigning champion at the track and looks to be strong again this weekend.  His last 4 finishes at the track were 2 wins and 2 third place finishes.  Last week only 0.5% of the players owned Biffle.  Pick him up and get tons of points everyone else will miss out on.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Gordon has been hot and cold this season and finds himself down to 16th in the standings; very unusual for him.  He hasn’t had a top ten finish since Talladega in the 8th race of the season.  Gordon is past due for some luck.  He has run well races with a strong car, but always seems to get caught up in a bad situation.  Not at Kansas.  Jeff has 2 wins, 7 top five and 8 top ten finishes in the 10 races that have been held in Kansas.  His average finish of 8.5 is pretty unbelievable as well.  Only 4.4% of the fantasy players owned Jeff Gordon last week.  Pick him up for the Kansas race.  You’ll be glad you did.

A.J. Allmendinger
Allmendinger has only raced at Kansas three times, but does have 2 top ten finishes with a 12th place average finish.  He’s holding his own this season climbing three spots to 13th in points after the Coca-Cola 600.  Allmendinger isn’t flashy and doesn’t get a lot of people talking about him, but he has shown this season that he can be a dependable driver that will hang around the top 15 in a race and be in contention for a top ten finish, which is a pretty good points day.

Mark Martin
From 2002 to 2004 Mark Martin finished 20th, 20th, & 25th at Kansas.  After that it seems he figured the track out as he collected one win, three top ten finishes and had an average finish of 9.2.  Martin had a rough race in the Coca-Cola 600 finishing 34th, but don’t let that get you down.  Martin has finished 20th or worse two other times this season.  In the race following that bad performance he finished in the top ten each time.  From that logic, it looks like Martin is due for a good run in Kansas.

Dark Horse: Marcos Ambrose
Ambrose is 17th in points and has been on the up-swing the past couple of weeks with a 3rd place finish at Dover and 6th place finish at Charlotte.  Momentum and confidence are on his side and those two things should help carry him to a top 15 finish in Kansas.  In his three races at the track Marcos’ best finish was 14th back in 2009.  He can do it.

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