Thursday, May 5, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Go Bowling 400 at Kansas

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

By Carol D'Agostino

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Both with 5 - Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 4
All with 3 -  Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards 

By Track
Jimmie Johnson - 7
All with 5 - Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards and Joey Logano

Recent Pole Winners:  
2015 Joey Logano
2014 Kevin Harvick

Last Year's Race Winner: Jimmie Johnson

The Likely Suspects: Whew! Now that we got the Talladega crash craziness done with we all can rest this week with some more predictable fantasy picks. Let's all try to earn some bonus points this week to make up for what we lost last week. These drivers should help us all earn some respectable points this week: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. My next picks are Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle. My final picks are Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott.

My Final Four: Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney.

Points to ponder:
  • 12 different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson with three each.
  • Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne and Ryan Newman are tied for the series' most runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with two each.  
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 11; followed by Jimmie Johnson with eight and Greg Biffle with seven.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Kansas Speedway with 16; followed by Jeff Gordon (14), Carl Edwards (12) and Matt Kenseth (11).
  • Jimmie Johnson (9.055) is the only active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with an average finishing position at Kansas Speedway inside the top 10.
  • Matt Kenseth leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Kansas Speedway with 655 laps led in 20 starts.
  • 13 drivers have Coors Light poles at Kansas, led by Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne with three each.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Kansas with six: Jeff Gordon (three: 2001, 2002 and 2014) and Jimmie Johnson (three: 2008, 2011 and 2015).
  • Four manufacturers have won at Kansas Speedway in the NSCS; led by Chevrolet with 10 victories, Ford with six, Toyota and Dodge each have two.
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