Thursday, November 19, 2015

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Season Finale at Homestead-Miami

Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Charlotte Motor Speedway • Chicagoland Speedway  Darlington Raceway • 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
Kevin Harvick - 5
Both with 4 - Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth
All with 3 - Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon 

By Track
Both with 4 - Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick 
All with 3 - Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin

Recent Pole Winners:  
2014 Jeff Gordon
2013 Matt Kenseth

The Likely Suspects: This season has been full of drama, from Kyle Busch's injuries in the first Xfinity race to the Joey Logano controversies toward the end. I wonder what this season-ending race will bring? Look for these drivers to run well on Sunday: Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon,  Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin.

My 2 Cents: For the second year in a row my no-brainer pick at Homestead is a tie between Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth -- for you that is. I'm out of Kevin Harvick starts so I will have Jeff Gordon on my team. Again, I have no Martin Truex Jr. starts left, but if you have one, go for it. I'm going with Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray and Kasey Kahne. I will complete my team with Danica Patrick and Ty Dillon. 

My final four: Matt Kenneth, Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray and Danica Patrick.

Points to ponder:
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Homestead with seven, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with five.
  • Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick lead the series in top-10 finishes at Homestead with 12 each, followed by Jimmie Johnson with nine.
  • Kevin Harvick has the highest average finish at Homestead with a 7.5. Only two other drivers have an average finish inside the top 10: Carl Edwards (9.1) and Martin Truex  Jr. (10.0).
  • Five of the 16 (31.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Homestead have been won from the front row: two from the pole and three from second place.
  • About two-thirds (11 of the 16) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Homestead have been won from a starting position inside the top 10.
Will Kevin Harvick score his second championship or will we crown a new champ? In either case we're sure to see an amazing season closer. Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or follow me on Twitter at @purplecatpr.