Thursday, June 27, 2013

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Quaker State 400



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

With only two Sprint Cup races in the books at Kentucky Speedway, let's look at performance trends over those two races and compare them with statistics for Intermediate Tracks.

Past Performance at Kentuscky Speedway
Top 10s: Jimmie Johnson; Matt Kenseth; Kyle Busch; and Brad Keselowski 

Performance at Intermediate Tracks in 2013:
Top 10s
Kyle Busch - 7
All with 6 - Kevin Harvick; Carl Edwards; Jimmie Johnson; Matt Kenseth; Joey Logano; and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
All with 5 - Tony Stewart; Clint  Bowyer; Brad Keselowki; Martin Truex, Jr.; and Ryan Newman

Top 5s
Kyle Busch - 5
Both with 4 - Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson

Drivers with Most Top 10s - Intermediate Tracks (Last 5 Years):
Jimmie Johnson - 71
Tony Stewart - 61
Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon - 57
Matt Kenseth - 54
Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer  - 53
Denny Hamlin - 51

Past Pole Winner:
2012 Jimmie Johnson

The Likely Suspects: This core group of drivers have skillfully mastered Kentucky Speedway and reign supreme when it comes to intermediate tracks: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth; Kyle Busch; and Kevin Harvick. 

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski although Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick are also decent picks. I will round out my team with Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, A.J. Allmendinger, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr..

Enjoy the race. Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com.

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