Thursday, May 7, 2015

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas


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

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Both with 4 - Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson
All with 3 -  Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards 

By Track
Jimmie Johnson - 7
Both with 6 - Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards
Kasey Kahne - 5

Recent Pole Winners:  
2014 Kevin Harvick
2013 Matt Kenseth

2013 Flashback
Remember the new rules package has created a more "squirrelly" car, which makes the 2013 statistics more reliable than the 2014 ones. Think drivers who like squirrelly cars.

Top 15 Finishers at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013
  1. Matt Kenseth           
  2. Kasey Kahne           
  3. Jimmie Johnson           
  4. Martin Truex Jr.           
  5. Clint Bowyer           
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Jamie McMurray           
  8. Aric Almirola           
  9. Mark Martin                       
  10. Paul Menard           
  11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.           
  12. Kevin Harvick
  13. Jeff Gordon           
  14. Ryan Newman           
  15. Kurt Busch

The Likely Suspects: This week we make the shift from a superspeedway track to an intermediate track, making the fantasy-picking process a little easier and the racing a little more predictable. Look for these drivers to run well this week: Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Larson.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is Jimmie Johnson, followed quickly by Brad Keselowski. My next picks are Carl Edwards, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne. My final picks are Danica Patrick and Erik Jones.

My final four: Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Danica Patrick.

Points to ponder:

  • Joey Logano leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Kansas Speedway with an 10.818.
  • Kyle Larson (7.000) leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Kansas Speedway. Jimmie Johnson (9.529) is the only other driver with an average finish inside the top 10.  
  • Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman are tied for the series most runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with two each.  
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 14, followed by Jeff Gordon (12) and Carl Edwards (11).
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 10, followed by Greg Biffle with seven.

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