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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on October 10, 2011

Look out Edwards and Harvick; Jimmie Johnson is on the move!  After his win in Kansas Johnson moved from 5th to 3rd place in the standings and is only 4 points out of first.  Never doubt the 48 team.  On the other side of the spectrum is Jeff Gordon.  For doing so well before the Chase, he has struggled a little of late.  His 34th place finish last week dropped him to 10th in the standings, 47 points out.  He now joins Earnhardt, Newman, and Hamlin as drivers that are essentially out of it.  The other eight chasers still have a legitimate chance at the title.  Eight place Kyle Bush is only 20 points out of first.

The 1.5 mile tri-oval of Charlotte is the next stop.  It’s obviously a great track that can provide some quality racing and exciting finishes.  There are a lot of drivers that have legitimate shots at winning and finishing in the top ten.  Let’s see who you should have on your team.  Don’t forget; the race is Saturday night this week!

This Week’s Recommendations

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
No active driver has more wins in Charlotte than Johnson.  His six are one better than Jeff Gordon.  He’s also finished in the top ten 14 times in 20 career races at the track.  The Lowes team is starting to find its Chase groove and cranking out great performances.  Winning last week, and finishing 2nd the week before is only the beginning.  Johnson is in great position to win his sixth championship in a row.  When they start to run like this there isn’t much that can stop them.

Alternate Chaser: Carl Edwards
Well, Edwards is the points leader as well as the hottest driver on the circuit.  He’s averaging a 4.4 place finish over the last five races, and Edwards has seven consecutive top ten finishes, with five of those top five finishes.  The streak will have to end eventually, but not this race.  Edwards has 7 top ten finishes at Charlotte in 13 career races, and amazingly hasn’t finished in the top ten here since the Coca-Cola 600 in 2009.  That’s four consecutive races without a top ten finish in Charlotte.  That’s simply too long of a streak and it has to end this weekend.

Kasey Kahne
I was surprised to see how well Kasey Kahne has done at the Charlotte Motor Speedway throughout his career.  He’s averaging a 14.1 place finish in 15 races, along with 5 top five finishes and three wins.  He hasn’t finished in the top ten for three consecutive races at Charlotte, so like Edwards, I think Kahne is due.  He has finished 4th and 2nd in the last two weeks so maybe Kahne is starting to put it together late in the year and building momentum for his ride with Hendrick in 2012.  Either way, Kahne looks to be a solid driver to have on your team this week.

Joey Logano
Would you believe that Joey Logano has the best average finish (7.4) at the Charlotte Motor Speedway than any other active driver?  Sure, the sample size is smaller (5 races), but the fact is he does well here.  Logano has 2 top five and 4 top ten finishes in those five races.  It’s been a bad year, and he needs a couple good runs to wrap up the season, and this is a place that he could get it.  Logano was owned by less than 4% of the fantasy teams last week, so there is definitely a chance for you to pick him up and gain some points.

Dark Horse: David Reutimann
Another surprise for me when I was looking at the stats for Charlotte was David Reutimann.  He’s finished in the top ten here four of the last five races.  Reutimann hasn’t done much this season, but it’s obvious he has figured out Charlotte and it’s become one of his favorite tracks.  One of his two career victories came here back in the Coca-Cola 600 of 2009.  Reutimann was on less than 1.5% of the teams last week, so this is definitely an opportunity for you to pick up a driver almost no one else will have and gain points.

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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on May 22, 2011

Nothing can really top the Indianapolis 500, and the spectacle that surrounds it on Memorial Day weekend, but the Coca-Cola 600 is usually a dang good race.  It’s easily the longest race of the NASCAR season.  Even when Bobby Labonte set the record for average speed in 1995 (151.952 MPH), it still took 3 hours and 57 minutes to complete.  The Coca-Cola 600 is definitely a marathon race, not a sprint.  Smart teams that know how to adapt from the sunlight to the lights at night will be the ones running up front when it counts and contending for the win.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
No active driver has more wins at the track than Jimmie Johnson’s six.  He also has 14 top ten and 10 top five finishes in 19 career races.  His 9.8 average finish at the track is 2nd best, and his 8.2 place average finish over the past five races is also good enough for 2nd best.  It seems pretty obvious that Jimmie is starting to heat up this season (up to 2nd in points) and he’s at a track that he has dominated in the past.  Jimmie is always tough to beat, but he could be extra tough this week.

Alternate Chaser: Kyle Busch
Sick of everyone on the Jimmie Johnson bandwagon and want a different chaser on your team?  Kyle Bush is for you.  Why?  Well, how about 7 consecutive top ten finishes at Charlotte Motor Speedway and 8 in the last 9.  His average finish in his first 5 races in Charlotte was 33.6.  In his last nine races his average finish is a disgusting 7.2.  Kyle hasn’t won a race here yet, but with 5 top five finishes he’s knocking on the door.  This is definitely a good reason to put Kyle on your fantasy NASCAR team.

Kasey Kahne
Technically Kahne qualifies as a dark horse since he’s 18th in points, but I have someone else in mind for that role.  Kahne had a slow start to the season, but two top five finishes in the last three races this season has improved the outlook.  Kahne has also fared pretty well in Charlotte over his career.  In 14 races he has 3 wins, 5 top five and 7 top ten finishes.  It looks like Kahne is starting to show some life this season, and the Coca-Cola 600 could be the race that really wakes him up for his first win.

David Reutimann
When you think fantasy NASCAR David Reutimann isn’t the first driver you think of to put on your team.  Hear me out though.  David does well at Charlotte with a 15.4 average finish (9th best), one win, 2 top ten and 4 top ten finishes in only 8 races.  Three of those top ten finishes came in the last four races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Reutimann has been disappointing over the last five races, averaging a 21st place finish, but don’t let that scare you away.  His record at the track is good, and he should get you some points this weekend.  He probably won’t win, but should contend for a top ten finish.

Dark Horse: Joey Logano
Would you believe it if I told you that Joey Logano has the best average finish among active drivers at the Charlotte Motor Speedway?  Well, you better.  He’s averaging an 8.5 place finish here.  Logano has been pathetic all season (28th in points), but Charlotte is a track that he has done consistently well, albeit with a small sample size.  In four races Logano has a top five with three top ten finishes.  If you searching for someone who won’t be on many people’s team, Logano could be that guy.

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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on October 11, 2010

Race five of the chase is Saturday night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Last week Tony Stewart had a great race and moved up five spots in the standings to 5th place, and is only 107 points out of the lead.  Of course Jimmie is still the point leader and it’ll take a lot for someone to take him out, but Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are within striking distance.  If Jimmie does falter they’ll be there to take the top spot.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
Why pick Jimmie?  Well, let’s see; he’s Jimmie Johnson, he’s the point leader, he has more wins here than anyone (6), and his 10.2 average finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway is second best only to Joey Logano.  In 18 career races Jimmie has 13 wins and 9 top five finishes.  If he’s not on your team already, why not?

Alternate Chaser: Kyle Busch
Kyle has been red-hot at Charlotte Motor Speedway the past few years.  He’s finished in the top ten in 6 consecutive races here, pretty impressive.  Kyle hasn’t collected a win yet, but he does have 4 top five finishes.  Kyle really isn’t in contention for the championship but he should do well this weekend.

Mark Martin
Mark has had a long and successful career in Charlotte with 51 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway with 23 top ten finishes, 18 top five finishes, and 4 wins.  He has managed two top ten finishes in the last four races here, so the magic isn’t gone.

Kasey Kahne
Of Kasey’s 11 career wins, 3 of them have been at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  He’s finished in the top ten in 5 of the last 6 races here, and the one time he didn’t finish in the top ten he was 12th.  That great run has brought up is average finish at the track to 11.6, good enough for 3rd best among active drivers.  Put Kasey on your team and give him a shot to rack up some points for you.

Dark Horse: Joey Logano
No one has a better average finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway than Joey Logano.  Granted he’s only raced here three times, but he’s averaging a 9th place finish with one top five and two top ten finishes.  Joey seems to have a good feel for this track and should be able to take home another top ten finish this weekend.

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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on May 24, 2010

Memorial Day weekend has 1100 miles of racing between the IRL’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600.  The Indianapolis 500 used to be the premier racing event in the world with 500,000 fans packing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Now the Indy 500 isn’t the premier race that day, let alone all year.  The Coca-Cola 600 has taken over as the top race on Memorial Day weekend.  It’s the longest race of the NASCAR season and is a true test of endurance for the drivers.

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne has had an awful year and is all the way down in 21st place with only 3 top tens and 2 top fives.  If there’s one track that Kasey can get another top five and possibly a win, it’s at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  He has 5 consecutive top tens at the track with 3 career wins, 5 top fives, and 7 top tens in only 12 career races.  His average finish of 11.6 place is good enough for 3rd best among active drivers.  Kasey has been bad, but the numbers don’t lie.  He’s really good at Charlotte and is worth putting on your team if you want a driver that everyone else won’t pick.

Alternate Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
No active driver has more wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway than the driver Lowes sponsors.  Jimmie has 6 wins, 9 top fives, 13 top tens, and an average finish of 8.6 (2nd best) in 17 career races.  There really isn’t a better driver at the track than Jimmie Johnson.  If he doesn’t get caught up in a wreck or have mechanical issues Jimmie should be contending for the win on Sunday night.

Kyle Busch
Kyle’s career numbers aren’t all that special at the speedway with an average finish of 19th, but his 6 top tens and 3 top fives were all in the past 7 races at the track.  It seems pretty obvious that he’s figured out the track and how to make his car last and contend.  Add that to the fact that over the past 5 races this season he’s averaged a 4.2 place finish, and it’s obvious he should be on your team.

Jeff Burton
Jeff could qualify as “Mister Overlooked”.  He’s always good and finishes most races in the top 10 or 15 racking up points.  He’s been particularly good over the past 5 races averaging an 11.6 place finish.  His record at Charlotte Motor Speedway isn’t too bad either.  Over his 32 race career at the track he’s accumulated 3 wins, 8 top fives, 15 top tens, and averaged a 14.8 place finish.  He’s a solid driver and deserves some respect and to be on your team.  He should get some good points for you.

Dark Horse: Joey Logano
Well, Joey only has two races under his belt at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but he’s done very well in them finishing 5th and 9th.  He definitely qualifies as being a dark horse this weekend.  If his previous two races at the track are any indicator, then he should be battling for a top ten finish at the end of the race and be worth putting on your team.

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