Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Who Will Kiss the Bricks at Indy?

Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Daytona International Speedway •  Auto Club Speedway (Fontana) 
Michigan International Speedway • Pocono Raceway • Talladega Superspeedway
Distance: 2.5 Miles

The Sprint Cup race at Indy this week will feature a little more car tweaking from NASCAR similar to what happened at Kentucky. For fantasy players that means there is a bit of the unknown. I will be looking for traditional strength and performance at this track and hope that the tweaking doesn't negatively influence my picks. Interestingly enough, the drivers seem just as much in the dark about how the car will drive. Watch practices carefully, and we'll all learn together. Good luck!

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Kyle Busch - 5
Both with 4 -  Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart
All with 3 - Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Joey Logano

By Track
Both with 4 - Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch
All with 3 - Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Matt Kenneth

Recent Pole Winners:
2014 Kevin Harvick
2013 Ryan Newman

The Likely Suspects: This iconic track is Tony Stewart's home track. It would be great to see him emerge out of his season slump, but I don't think the car tweaks are going to make that much of a difference. This low-powered car has not suited Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson either, so although these three drivers would normally be soldiered picks here I won't have them on my team. My focus will be on these drivers to run well this week: the ever-exciting Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. My next picks are Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard. I will complete my team with Landon Cassill and Danica Patrick.

My final four: Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards and Danica Patrick.

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