Thursday, April 19, 2012

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Racing at Oz, I mean Kansas!

Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Charlotte Motor Speedway • Chicagoland Speedway • Darlington Raceway • Homestead-Miami Speedway • Kentucky Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway • Texas Motor Speedway
Distance: 1.5 Miles

Drivers with Best Records at Kansas Speedway
[The spring race, the STP 400, was run for the first time in 2011]

2011 Race Winner: Brad Keselowski

Recent Pole Winners: 2011 Kurt Busch

Most Wins: 2 - Jeff Gordon
Most Poles: 3 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 5s: 8 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 9 - Jimmie Johnson
Track race record: Greg Biffle, (138.077 mph, 11-03-10)

The Likely Suspects:
Since NASCAR only recently began hosting two races per year at Kansas Speedway, picking your fantasy drivers this week is about looking at other similar tracks especially Atlanta Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Dark horses could dominate this race so think creatively. Check out the race finish from last week and think Roush-Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports.

So I'm beginning with Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick. To this group I'd add Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

My 2 Cents:
My go to driver will be Jimmie Johnson, followed by Matt Kenseth or Tony Stewart. Then Clint Bowyer or Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne or Martin Truex. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Ryan Newman will probably make the cut, too. My final selection will be determined by practice and qualifying performance.

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Enjoy the race!


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