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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on July 4, 2011

NASCAR is having another Saturday night race; this time in Kentucky.  It’s the first race for the Sprint Cup Series at the Kentucky Speedway, which may make it harder to choose your drivers, but some of them have had success at the track when they raced in the Truck and Nationwide series.   Joey Logano won here in last year’s Nationwide race, and Carl Edwards has won here in a Truck race (2003) and a Nationwide race (2005).

This is one more of the cookie-cutter 1.5 mile D-shaped ovals.  Look for the usual suspects to do well this race that does well on every other 1.5 mile track in NASCAR. 

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jeff Gordon
No one in NASCAR has been hotter than Jeff Gordon over the past five races.  He’s averaging a 6th place finish and has one win in that span.  Gordon is also up to 8th in points and with his two wins seems to be safe to make the chase.  I don’t think that will be reason for him to take it easy though.  Look for Gordon to keep pressing and compete for another win.  He loves to break in new tracks with wins.  He’s done it at the Auto Club Speedway in California, the Kansas Speedway, and of course the first time NASCAR was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Gordon will be primed and ready to show he can still do it.

Alternate Chaser: Carl Edwards
Edwards was the first driver to win at Kentucky in two different series (Nationwide and Truck) and he could be the first driver to win in three different series.  We all know how dominating he can be on 1.5 mile ovals.  Of his 19 career victories 15 of them have been on ovals.   Edwards was on close to 12% of your teams last week and he finished 37th, falling out of the points lead.  Look for him to have a rebound week and push to get the win in Kentucky.

Joey Logano
Over the past five races Logano has been the hottest non-chaser in NASCAR.  He’s averaging a 12.2 finish with a top five and top ten finish.  He has won at this track in a Nationwide series car just last year, so Logano could pick up some good points for you this week.  Last week, when Logano finished 3rd and picked up 41 points, less than 6% of you had him on your team.  Jump on the bandwagon now and pick up Logano.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt is in the middle of a three race streak without a top ten.  That matches his longest of the season.  Last time this happened he finished 7th in the next race.  Let’s hope he can do something similar in Kentucky.  Earnhardt is having a great year making him a legitimate contender for the title again.  He doesn’t have a win yet this season, but with 3 top five and 8 top ten finishes he’s knocking on the door.  I don’t know if this weekend will be the one he wins, but it seems like one Earnhardt should at least finish in the top ten.

Dark Horse: Brad Keselowski
Brad is averaging a 14.8 place finish over the past 5 races this season.  That may not sound too impressive, but it’s good enough for 10th best.  Don’t forget that Keselowski did win at Kansas five weeks ago, which is a 1.5 mile D-Shaped oval like Kentucky, so he can get it done.  He may not win this weekend, but don’t overlook Keselowski.  He should at least contend for a top ten or fifteen finish.

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