Thursday, November 17, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Championship Race at Homestead



Track Classification: Intermediate
Similar Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway • Charlotte Motor Speedway • Chicagoland Speedway  Darlington Raceway • Kansas 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
Kevin Harvick - 5
All with 4 - Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer
All with 3 - Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson

By Track
Kevin Harvick - 4
All with 3 - Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson

Recent Pole Winners:  
2015 Denny Hamlin
2014 Jeff Gordon

Last Year's Race Winner: Kyle Busch

The Likely Suspects: The drama will run high this weekend as the Sprint Cup Champion emerges from our four contenders: Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards. Keep an eye on these Homestead elite drivers when building your roster this week: Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick at Homestead is a tie between Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson. I'm out of Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. starts, but if you still have them, put them on your team. I'm going with Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard. I will complete my team with Ty Dillon and Alex Bowman. 

My Final Four: Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray and Alex Bowman

Points to Ponder:
  • Chase Contenders won nine of the 12 (75%) previous Chase races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Two non-Chase contenders won the Homestead-Miami Chase races: Greg Biffle (2004 and 2006) and Denny Hamlin (2013). 
  • Roush Fenway Racing leads the series in wins at Homestead with seven, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with six.
  • There have been 13 different Coors Light pole winners at Homestead, led by Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne with two each.
  • Twelve of the 17 (70.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Homestead were won from a starting position inside the top 10, most recently by Kyle Busch who started third last season.
  • Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart lead the Cup Series with three wins each, followed by Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin with two each.
  • Among active drivers, Kevin Harvick leads the series in runner-up finishes at Homestead with three, in top-five finishes with seven, and in top-10 finishes with 13. He also leads the series in average finish at Homestead with a 7.3.
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