Thursday, March 3, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Las Vegas


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

By Carol D'Agostino

Drivers with Most Top 10s:
By Race
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 5
Both with 4 -  Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards
All with 3 -Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson

By Track
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 4
All with 3 - Paul Menard, Matt Kenneth, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman,  Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Las Vegas
Jimmie Johnson........................ 111.9
Kyle Busch............................... 103.4
Kevin Harvick.............................. 98.8
Matt Kenseth.............................. 96.7
Greg Biffle.................................. 97.9
Carl Edwards.............................. 96.1
Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 95.7
Joey Logano.............................. 94.4
Kyle Larson................................ 89.7
Kasey Kahne.............................. 89.4

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2015 races (11 total) among active drivers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

2015 Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Recent Pole Winners:
2015 Jeff Gordon
2014 Joey Logano

The Likely Suspects: As we go into this third race, I wonder if we'll start to see the "1.5-Mile Wonders" Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski make some real noise? Logano in particular has a knack for Las Vegas with a third-best average finish. In addition to Logano, these drivers should run well this weekend: Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. 

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards. My next picks are Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne I will round out my team with Brian Vickers, who's in back in the No. 14 car, and Chase Elliott.

My Final Four: Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Chase Elliott.

Points to Ponder:
  • 11 different drivers have won at Las Vegas, led by Jimmie Johnson with four (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010).
  • Three other drivers have multiple wins at Las Vegas: Matt Kenseth (three), Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards (each have two).
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Las Vegas with seven, followed by Hendrick Motorsports with five.
  • Four manufacturers have visited Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas led by Ford (eight), Chevrolet (seven), Toyota (two) and Dodge (one).
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4 comments :

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