Thursday, September 29, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Citizen Soldier 400 AKA Round 2 Closer

Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Bristol Raceway • Martinsville Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway •  Richmond International Raceway
Distance: 1 mile

by Carol D'Agostino

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Kyle Busch - 5
All with 4 - Clint Bowyer, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano 
Both with 3 - Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick

By Track
Both with 7 - Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano
All with 6 - Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth
All with 5 - Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr.  

Recent Pole Winners:
2015 Rained Out
2014 Kevin Harvick
2013 Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Last Year's Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

The Likely Suspects: Tighten those belts fans, this race should be an interesting ride. If it's anything like the first two races in this Chase round, the racing should be both chaotic and nail-biting. Oh, and did I mention that things are always a bit chaotic at Dover?  Look for these drivers to run well this weekend: Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenneth, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick is last week's race winner and last year's Dover race winner, Kevin Harvick. Jimmie Johnson is always a good bet at Dover, so I will also go with him. If you don't have any Johnson starts left or you are feeling like the No. 48 team has lost its golden horseshoe, then go with Matt Kenseth instead.

My next picks are: Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman. If I had a Martin Truex Jr. start left I would pick him instead of Stenhouse Jr. I'll round out my team with Jeff Gordon and Ryan Blaney.  

My Final Four: Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon.

Points to Ponder:
  • Over the past three years, Kevin Harvick has had the best loop data driver rating at Dover International Speedway and has led the most laps with 310.    
  • Chase Elliott has the best three-year average finish at Dover with 3.0.
  • Jimmie Johnson has the most wins at Dover with 10.
This weekend Beth Reinke and I will be doing race coverage at Dover. Check back throughout the weekend for articles and photos. Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or follow me on Twitter at @purplecatpr.


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