Thursday, April 20, 2017

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Food City 500 at Bristol

By Carol D'Agostino

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

By Track
Joey Logano - 5
All with 4: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
All with 3: Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth

Recent Pole Winners: 
2016 Carl Edwards
2015 Matt Kenseth

Last Year's Race Winner: Carl Edwards

The Likely Suspects: Think wild and the powerfully patient this week when doing your picks. These drivers are on my radar: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a two-way tie between the oh-so-patient Matt Kenseth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. My next picks are Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Chase Elliott. I will complete my team with Ty Dillon and Matt DiBenedetto

My Final Four: Matt Kenseth, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon

Points to Ponder:
  • Roger Penske leads the series among active car owners with the most wins at Bristol with 12.
  • Eight different manufacturers have won in the MENCS at Bristol; led by Chevrolet with 43 victories; followed by Ford (36), Toyota (9), Dodge (8), Pontiac (8), Buick (4), Plymouth (3) and Oldsmobile (1).
  • The race winner has started from the pole 24 times (21.6%) - the most productive starting position.
  • 89 of the 112 (79.4%) MENCS races have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Joey Logano leads all active MENCS drivers in average starting position at Bristol with a 7.760.
  • Joey Logano (7.760) and Chase Elliott (9.500) are the only two active drivers with an average starting position inside the top 10.
  • Paul Menard (19 starts) leads the series in starts with the fewest DNFs (0) at Bristol.
  • Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman lead all active drivers with three poles each at Bristol.
  • Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch each have five wins, the most among active drivers at Bristol.
  • Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Bristol with five; followed by Kyle Busch with three.
  • Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth lead all active drivers in top-three finishes at Bristol with 8 each.   
  • Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers in top-five finishes at Bristol with 13; followed by Kevin Harvick with 11.
  • Matt Kenseth leads the series among active drivers in top-10 finishes with 20; followed by Jimmie Johnson (17).
Remember if you're playing Yahoo! Fantasy Auto Racing, your pick deadline is Friday, April 21 at 5 a.m. EDT.

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