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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on September 12, 2011

Let the chase begin!  The field of chasers is set, and NASCAR will be kicking things off at the Chicagoland Speedway.  This is one of the newer 1.5 mile ovals on the circuit and can provide for some good racing.  Since NASCAR moved the Chicago race from the sweltering heat of mid-July to mid-September, the race will be on Sunday afternoon.

New chasers for 2011 are Dale Earnhardt Jr, Ryan Newman, and Brad Keselowski.  2010 chasers that didn’t make it are Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, and Jeff Burton.  It all starts at the Chicagoland Speedway.  This will make picking drivers a little tougher since you can only have one chaser.  Teams with Keselowski, Earnhardt, Newman, and Johnson aren’t possible any more.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Tony Stewart
No one has more top ten finishes in Chicago than Tony Stewart.  He has eight of them, and he also has two wins with seven top five finishes.  His average finish of 9.5 is 3rd best among active drivers.  Each year it seems like Stewart gets a hot streak going and cranks out 2 or 3 wins in a 5 race span.  He hasn’t done that yet, but he does have three top ten finishes over the last four races.  Could this be the beginning of his hot streak?  Stewart does will in Chicago, so there no reason to believe he can’t win.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
Stewart may have the most top ten finishes at Chicagoland Speedway, but no one has a better average finish at the track than Jeff Gordon (8.6).  Along with that he has 7 top ten and 6 top five finishes with one win.  Gordon has also been very hot lately, averaging a 5.2 place finish in the last five races of the season.  He’s peaking at the right time and looks to be in good shape entering the chase. 

Clint Bowyer
Bowyer wasn’t able to make the chase this season, but that should help out your fantasy team.  He has a good record at Chicago finishing in the top ten 4 times in 5 career races with one top five finish.  There’s no doubt Bowyer is disappointed he didn’t make the chase, and hopefully there’s no letdown and he drives motivated on Sunday and shows he can still race with the front of the pack.

A.J. Allmendinger
Allmendinger hasn’t been talked about a whole lot this season, but is quietly doing very well sitting 13th in points.  He has shown improvement each season, and continues to do so.  Although he doesn’t have a top ten finish in Chicago, Allmendinger is averaging a 13.3 place finish with 13th, 13th, and 14th place finishes in his three career races.  He may not get a win or even top five this weekend, but Allmendinger should contend for a top ten and probably finish in the top 15.

Dark Horse: Brian Vickers
It has been a very bad year for Vickers sitting way down in 27th.  Even with him coming back from his medical condition last year I don’t think Vickers expected it to be such a rough season.  There may be some good news this weekend since Chicagoland is a track that Vickers has historically performed well.  He’s averaging an 8.8 place finish here, and has three top ten and one top five finish at the track.  Hopefully he can feel comfortable with the track and race with the lead pack this weekend.

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