Friday, September 18, 2015

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Chase Round One, Race One at Chicagoland

Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Charlotte Motor Speedway • Darlington Raceway  Homestead-Miami Speedway • Kansas 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 - Brad Keselowski and Clint Bowyer 
All with 3 -  Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch  

By Track
Brad Keselowski - 4 
All with 3 - Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer

Recent Pole Winners:
2014 Rained Out
2013 Joey Logano

The Likely Suspects: Welcome to the second year of NASCAR's version of the playoffs -- The Chase. The first race in the Challenger round is the perfect time for non-Chase spoilers to show their stuff while the Chase drivers are just anxious for a quick win to get them in the next round. This all spells drama and exciting racing. My eye will be on those five drivers who made it in on points: Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon. Look for these drivers who perform well in Chicagoland to spoil their day: Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick is Brad Keselowski. My next picks are Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson. I will complete my team with Ryan Blaney and Justin Allgaier,

My final four: Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Justin Allgaier.

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