Thursday, April 14, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Food City 500 at Bristol



Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Dover International Speedway • Martinsville Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway •  Richmond International Raceway
Distance: .533 Miles

By Carol D'Agostino

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
All with 3: Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Brian Vickers and Kasey Kahne 
All with 2: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray 

By Track
All with 5: Brian Vickers, Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard
All with 4: Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne 

Recent Pole Winners: 
2015 Matt Kenseth
2014 Denny Hamlin

Last Year's Race Winner: Matt Kenseth

The Likely Suspects: Short-track racing is an art embraced by both the wild and the powerfully patient drivers. These drivers will perform well this weekend: Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards and Austin Dillon.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a three-way tie between the powerfully-patient Matt Kenneth, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman. My next picks are Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Paul Menard. I will complete my team with Ryan Blaney and Ty Dillon.

My Final Four: Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney.

Points to Ponder:
  • Roger Penske leads the series among active car owners with the most wins at Bristol with 12.
  • Paul Menard (17 starts) leads the series in starts with the fewest DNFs (0) at Bristol.
  • Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch each have five wins at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most among active drivers.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Bristol with five; followed by Kyle Busch with three. 
  • 64 of the 110 (58.8%) races have been won from a top-five starting position. Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in top-five finishes at Bristol with 13; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick with 10 each.
  • 88 of the 110 (80%) races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Eight different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed by Ford (36), Dodge (8), Pontiac (8), Toyota (7), Buick (4), Plymouth (3) and Oldsmobile (1).
  • Four car numbers have produced eight or more Bristol NSCS wins. They are by Car Number – (Number of Wins) – Most Recent Win: No. 11  - (19 wins) – Denny Hamlin, 2012; No. 2 – (12 wins) – Brad Keselowski, 2012; No. 17 – (eight wins) – Matt Kenseth, 2006; and No. 3 – (eight wins) – Dale Earnhardt, 1999.
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