Thursday, October 13, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Hollywood Casino 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

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Both with 4 - Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson
All with 3 - Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski  

By Track
Jimmie Johnson - 7
Matt Kenseth - 6
All with 5 -  Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano

Recent Pole Winners:  
2015 Brad Keselowski
2014 & 2013 Kevin Harvick

Last Year's Race Winner: Joey Logano

The Likely Suspects: When picking this week, focus on cookie-cutter track greats and those drivers that may gain you extra points in qualifying and leading laps. Look for these drivers to run well this weekend: Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr. and last week's winner, Jimmie Johnson.

My 2 Cents: This weekend I expect to see some bold moves as drivers like Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano try to win to avoid the last-chance race in an always chaotic Talladega. My no-brainer pick this week is Kevin Harvick. My next choices are Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and A.J. Allmendinger. If you have any Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. starts left, pull Stenhouse Jr. and Allmendinger. I will complete my team with Ryan Blaney and Brian Scott.

My Final Four: Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Paul Menard and Ryan Blaney

Points to Ponder:
  • Thirteen different drivers have won at Kansas Speedway, led by Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson 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).
  • Kevin Harvick has the series most runner-up finishes at Kansas Speedway with three.  
  • Jeff Gordon leads the series in top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway with 11, followed by Jimmie Johnson with eight. Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle each have seven.
  • Jimmie Johnson is the only active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with more than one start at Kansas Speedway with an average finishing position inside the top 10 (9.150).
  • Martin Truex Jr. has led the most laps at Kansas over the last three years.
  • Kyle Busch has the best three-year average finish at Kansas Speedway.
  • Chevrolet tops the manufacturer list with 10 wins at Kansas.
  • The race winner at Kansas has started in the top five 76 percent of the time.
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