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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on August 22, 2011

The night race at Bristol is definitely one of the highlights of every NASCAR season.  The fans and drivers both love Bristol for its tight racing and non-stop action.  Each race gets more important as we draw closer to the chase.  Some drivers, like Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, and Brad Keselowsi, are peaking at the right time and looking strong for when the chase starts.  Other drivers, like Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, David Ragan, and Juan Montoya are headed in the wrong direction, doing very poorly over the last five races.  They have either cemented their fate to not make the chase, or will have little momentum when the chase does start.

This Week’s Recommendations

Chaser: Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch won last week and he has to be the odds-on favorite to win again this weekend.  He has won 4 of the last 5 races at Bristol and also has 6 consecutive top ten finishes.  His average finish of 8.7 is the best among active drivers.  In 13 career races Busch has earned 10 top ten finishes and 5 wins.  People may not like him, but he’s ultra-talented and should be in the lead most of the night on Saturday.

Alternate Chaser: Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth has two wins at Bristol in his 23 career races.  He also has 15 to ten and 9 top five finishes.  Kenseth isn’t as dominant as Kyle Busch, but he’s very good here.  He’s quietly putting together a pretty good season, sitting 5th in points with 2 wins.  About 15% of you had Kenseth on your team last week, but maybe more should pick him up if you want someone that can compete with Kyle Busch.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt Jr. is obviously no secret, especially this season sitting 9th in points.  He was owned by more than 44% of the teams last week.  Earnhardt is solid at Bristol with 12 top ten, 7 top five finishes and 1 win over his 23 race career.  It’s been a “safe pick” week so far for me, and Dale Jr. is definitely a safe pick for this weekend.

Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman is averaging a 7.8 place finish over the last five races this season.  Only Jeff Gordon is better (7.6).  Newman has never won a race in Bristol, but seems to have figured the track out finishing in the top ten in 5 of the last 6 races.  It’s been a great season so far for Newman, and with close to 77% of you having him on your team last week, it’s obvious he’s a popular pick.  Well, there’s no reason to drop him from your team now.  Keep Newman and keep collecting points.

Dark Horse: Kasey Kahne
After the race in Michigan Kahne moved up two spots to 17th.  It hasn’t been a great year for Kahne, but he’s starting to show some signs of life, although probably too late now.  Kahne’s record at Bristol isn’t the greatest, but he has shown some potential of late finishing the top ten in the last two races.  Close to 19% of you had Kahne on your team before, so there is a chance to pick him up and collect points that others could miss.

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