Thursday, August 21, 2014

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Short trackin' fun at Bristol

Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Dover International Speedway • Phoenix International Raceway 
Martinsville Speedway • Richmond International Raceway
Distance: .533 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Both with 4 - Marcos Ambrose and Matt Kenseth
All with 3 - Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin,  Ryan Newman and  
Jimmie Johnson

By Track
Both with 6 - Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne
All with 5 - Kyle Busch, Brian Vickers, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Jimmie Johnson 

Recent Pole Winners: 
2013 Denny Hamlin
2012 Qualifying rained out
2011 Ryan Newman

The Likely Suspects: With only three races until the Chase begins and some key drivers still without wins, racing on a Saturday night in Bristol will be even more nail-biting and electrifying than usual.
Remember, short-track greats are either wildly wicked or incredibly patient. Look for these drivers to run well on Saturday: Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Brian Vickers and Marcos Ambrose.  Please note that Jeff Burton will be in the No. 14 car car again for Tony Stewart.

My 2 Cents: My perennial no-brainer pick at Bristol is the king of cool and collected: Matt Kenseth; followed closely by his polar opposite, the wild one Kyle Busch. I will round out my team with Marcos Ambrose, Brian Vickers, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Jeff Burton. When making your final picks, keep in mind that nearly 64 percent of the Bristol races have been won from the top 10 starting positions. Of those, 33 percent have been won from the front row. Pick carefully, and enjoy the race!

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