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Fantasy NASCAR Recommendations for 2011 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on October 4, 2011

Kurt Busch’s win last week and Jimmie Johnson’s second place finish show how much movement there can be in the standings with the chase format and new points system.  Both drivers moved up five spots; to 4th and 5th, making them contenders for the title once again.  (Busch is actually tied in points for 3rd.)  Tony Stewart’s 25th place finish hurt, but definitely didn’t take him out of contention.  He is only 9 points out of the lead, tied for 3rd place with Kurt Busch.  With the new points format it seems that anyone currently in the top 9 are still in the hunt.  Right now Jeff Gordon holds down that spot, only 19 points out of the lead.

Bad news for Dale Earnhardt Jr, Ryan Newman, and Denny Hamlin though.  They may have to start thinking about next season and be glad they made the chase in 2011.  Earnhardt is 34 points out, Newman 41, and Hamlin 68.  There are simply too many good drivers to be passed up for either one of these guys to have a legitimate chance at the title, although that’s not to say they will give up trying.

So, what have we learned three races into the Chase?  The field is still wide open and there are a lot of drivers with a legitimate chance to take home the title.  Heck, this could be the same line I use when we’re six or seven races into the chase.  Let’s hope so!

This Week’s Recommendations:

Chaser: Jeff Gordon
No driver gets around the Kansas Speedway like Jeff Gordon.  His 8.1 place average finish is the best, his two wins are tied for the most, and the eight top five and nine top ten finishes at the track are also the most at the track.  In short, Jeff Gordon is awesome at Kansas.  His worst finish of 39th was back in 2006.  Since then he has five consecutive top five finishes here.  His only other finish outside of the top ten was in 2004 when he finished 13th.  Gordon is also averaging an 8.8 place finish over the last five races this season.  Sounds like a good recipe for a top five run and possibly another win.

Alternate Chaser: Tony Stewart
If Jeff Gordon is the No. 1 driver at Kansas, then Tony Stewart has to be 1B.  Like Gordon, Stewart has raced at Kansas 11 times and has two victories.  The slight difference is that Stewart only has five top five and eight top ten finishes at the track.  His 11.9 place average finish here isn’t quite up to Gordon’s mark, but pretty close.  In 2007 & 2008 Steward finished a horrible 40th and 39th, so it would appear that he’s gotten the bad luck out of the way and he can battle for another top five or win this weekend in Kansas.

Greg Biffle
I guess Biffle has to be driver 1C in Kansas since his record is almost as impressive as Gordon and Stewart’s.  The Biff is averaging an 8.3 place finish at the track, has two wins, six top five and seven top ten finishes in ten career races.  This has to be a big no brainer to get Biffle on your team this week.  He had a bad finish last week, but don’t let that turn you off.  Biffle will be primed and ready to go this weekend.  He knows Kansas is a track that he can dominate and have a chance to win the race.

A.J. Allmendinger
Allmendinger has four career races at the Kansas Speedway.  In his first race, in 2008, he finished 9th.  In Allmendinger’s second race at the track he finished 17th; third race, 10th, and fourth race earlier this year he finished 27th.  See the trend?  That of course means that Allmending will finish in the top ten this weekend.  Well, maybe not, but he has shown that he can get a good finish at the track, and has a little bit of momentum after a 7th place run last weekend.  32% of you owned Allmendinger last week, so there is still a chance to put him on your team and gain points.

Dark Horse: David Ragan
David Ragain really is a darkhorse for this race.  He does have one top ten finish in Kansas over his five appearances at the track, but a 17.6 place average finish isn’t too impressive.  Outside of the 2009 race where Ragan finished 35th, he actually hasn’t done too badly.  He has finishes of 13th, 16th, 8th, and 16th.  These aren’t great, but finishing in the top 15 or top 20 isn’t horrible either and it’s steady points.  Ragan was on less than 5% of the fantasy teams last week.  If you need to make up points, he could be your guy.  Odds are good that he’ll be battling for a top 15 finish, and may even sneak into the top ten.

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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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Driver Recommendations for 2010 Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway

Posted by chadmusselman on September 27, 2010

The third race of the chase is at the Kansas Speedway, and will be the tenth Sprint Cup race at the track.  Jimmie is making his run to the top and after winning last week catapulted himself to second.  Clint Bowyer didn’t do himself any favors with the bad run last week, and getting caught cheating.  Now he’s down to 12th in points, 235 points back.  So, who will be the one to win this weekend and jump the most spots in the standings?

This Week’s Recommendations

Chaser: Jimmie Johnson
He’s baack.  Jimmie won last week and it looks like he could be back to dominating the chase as he has done the last four seasons.  In his eight races at Kansas Jimmie has collected six top ten, two top five finishes and one win.  He’s clearly the best driver in NASCAR, so why wouldn’t he be on your team?  Pick him and watch him rack up the points for you.

Alternate Chaser: Jeff Gordon
No one has a better record at Kansas than Jeff.  His 7 top ten and 6 top five finishes are the most, and his two wins ties Jeff with Tony Stewart for the lead.  It’s almost a lock that Jeff will finish in the top ten in Kansas.  If you don’t have Jimmie on your team you need to have Jeff.  One of these two guys should win on Sunday.

Mark Martin
Mark only has 4 top ten finishes at Kansas in the 9 races at the track, but his average finish of 12.4 is impressive and good enough for 5th best.  Mark has been on a bit of a slide lately.  He hasn’t had a top ten finish since race 21 at Pocono Raceway.  He did finish 12th last week, which is a good sign and hopefully means he can get another top ten finish in Kansas this weekend.

Ryan Newman
In the first three races at Kansas, Ryan finished 2nd, 2nd, and 1st.  Since then he only has one top 20 finish, 16th in 2008.  Ryan is long over-due for another top ten finish at Kansas, and since it’s been 7 years since his last one, why wouldn’t this be the year that he does it?  He has had a solid season sitting in 13th place, has done well over the past 5 races, averaging a 8.2 place finish.  He has the momentum and should fare well this weekend.

Dark Horse: Kasey Kahne
Kasey has a couple of top ten finishes in Kansas over the last three races here and could be a good pick to surprise and do well this weekend.  He’s 19th in points with only 6 top five and 8 top ten finishes, which is a big disappointment.  Kasey needs to rebound and have a few good races to end the season and get his confidence back up and be ready to kick off the 2011 season strong.

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