Thursday, April 30, 2015

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Geico 500 at Talladega

Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Daytona International Speedway • Auto Club Speedway (Fontana)  
Indianapolis Motor Speedway • Michigan International Speedway • Pocono Raceway
Distance: 2.66 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Clint Bowyer - 4
All with 3 - Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick and David Ragan 
All with 2 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., David Gilliland, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne

By Track
Clint Bowyer - 6
All with 4 - Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and David Ragan
All with 3 - Martin Truex Jr., Dale Earnhardt Jr., David Gilliland, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman 

Recent Pole Winner:  
2014 Brian Scott
2013 Rained Out

2013 Flashback: Throw out those 2014 statistics and crunch the numbers from 2014. You'll thank me later. This 2015 rules package makes 2014 not so important when trying to rack up fantasy points.

Top 15 Finishers at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5, 2013:
  1. David Ragan
  2. David Gilliland
  3. Carl Edwards
  4. Michael Waltrip
  5. Jimmie Johnson
  6. Regan Smith
  7. Martin Truex Jr.
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Scott Speed
  10. Aric Almirola
  11. Jeff Gordon
  12. David Stremme
  13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  14. Marcos Ambrose
  15. Brad Keselowski

The Likely Suspects: Restrictor-plate racing at Talladega has some predicable fantasy picks, but it is just as easy for a one-car, underfunded team to win as the big dogs. Look for these drivers to perform well: Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, David Ragan and David Gilliland.

My 2 Cents: Talladega racing is just as wild on the track as it is in the infield. Well, almost.

My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth. My next picks are the Davids -- Ragan and Gilliland. I will complete my team with Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle.

My final four: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer and David Gilliland.

Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or email me at


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