Fantasy NASCAR: Kansas Speedway
The Chase continues as the twelve drivers that made the quarterfinals take on Kansas Speedway this weekend in the second race of this three race set. The 16th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 will boast 267 laps to complete the 400 miles on this mile and a half track. All the talk last week was about how the drivers had to have a clean race in the first two races before going to Talladega next week, but as it turns out, they probably should have been worried about last week’s race. I talked about Kevin Harvick last week and how lucky he was to snag a win in the first round to get through to the second round. Well, it looks like he may have to turn the trick again as he is now in 12th place and 41 points back from first place. Of course he is only seven points away from Denny Hamlin, who is in the last transfer spot in eighth place. The fact is Harvick can ill afford to have another week like last race.
Jimmie Johnson punched his ticket to the next round by winning last week in Charlotte and it just so happens he is in a good spot this week to finish high as he runs very well at this track. I guess the most ridiculous thing I have heard from last week is that Nascar has penalized both Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson for ‘swerving’ after the conclusion of last week’s race. Although there is no penalty that will affect the race, both drivers had to wait before going onto the track for the first practice. It seems like a petty rule to hand out any penalties for. As usual DraftKings pricing will be used for this article.
Martin Truex Jr. ($11,100) – It took six races for Truex to finally finish out of the top seven as he finished 13th last week in Charlotte. His salary however has eclipsed the 11k mark and may be too pricey to afford this weekend. He does however have five top ten finishes here at Kansas in the last ten starts and up until last week was able to dial in the car regardless of track. One can only assume that the driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota will once again return to the top of the grid when the checkered flag drops on Sunday. He is precariously embedded in seventh place but could easily move up as he will start fourth for the 16th Annual Hollywood Casino 400.
Kevin Harvick ($10,900) – As stated above, it’s awfully hard to roster a driver who has finished 20th or lower in three of the four ‘chase races’. Luckily he took home the checkered flag in New Hampshire to qualify for the second round. The good thing is that the driver of the #4 Outback Chevrolet has finished either first or second in the last six races here. The bad news however is that he has finished 16th and 12th in the last two races that were run here in the fall. Harvick has led at least 21 laps in five of those six races and looks to have a good run here at Kansas. He will start from the 11th position for Sunday’s race and currently sits twelfth of the 12 drivers looking to advance to the next round.
Jimmie Johnson ($10,600) – With the win last week Johnson gets the free pass into the next round but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t going to try to win this race. Johnson has finished no lower than 12th in the last five races and has picked up eight top ten finishes in the last ten starts here at Kansas. As we said last week, Johnson is very consistent and usually worth the money on a week to week basis. The #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet will roll of 21st when the green flag drops on Sunday. This is the lowest starting position of any of the 12 drivers still in The Chase.
Brad Keselowski ($9,700) – Speaking of consistency, the driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford has racked up nine top ten finishes in the last ten races and is squarely in the thick of things where this year’s championship is concerned. He has also finished in the top ten in the last three races he has started here making him a decent play as he qualified in the eighth position and seems safe as he is currently fourth in The Chase standings.
Matt Kenseth ($8,700) – Since The Chase began, Kenseth has finishes of second, fifth, second and ninth. Kenseth is no stranger to driving under pressure as he took home the championship trophy back in 2003. Of course the format to win it all was different, but the driver of the #20 Dewalt FlexVolt Toyota still knows his way around the track. Kenseth also runs well here as he has finished in the top ten seven times over the last ten races while winning two of them. Kenseth will start from the pole as he beat out teammate Kyle Busch by one one thousandth of a second. He also sits second in the standings going into this race.
Kasey Kahne (8,500) – Kahne’s salary continues to rise as he has tallied six top ten finishes in the last seven races, including a stellar third place finish last weekend in Charlotte. As far as Kansas Speedway is concerned, the driver of the #5 Farmer’s Insurance Chevrolet has been very consistent by virtue of having five top five finishes over the last ten starts here. Kahne is not in The Chase and will start from the 20th position on Sunday afternoon.
Aric Almirola ($6,800) – I mentioned him last week and he came through with flying colors as he finished 15th which was good for 51 points at a lower tiered price. This week we will try to go for the exacta as he has three top twenty finishes in a row and is even more lucrative this week as he starts from the 35th position. He does have enough horse power to stay on the lead lap, especially on this mile and a half track, which means he should finish higher than other cars just by default.
Paul Menard ($6,400) – OK, we know if you want to get a lot of stud drivers into your line up you will need to roster a punt or two. Menard may fit this bill here at Kansas Speedway. Barring the race here earlier in the year where he finished dead last because of engine trouble, the driver of the #27 FVP/Menard’s Chevrolet has finished in the top 20 in nine of his last nine starts here. That’s not too bad considering his price. Menard is not in The Chase as he starts 16th this weekend.
That will about wrap up this week’s Nascar preview. Be sure to check back next week as I take a look at the third and final race from this segment from Talladega Superspeedway. Check back during the week for more NFL,NBA and NHL content here at FanVice.com. as always, good luck in your games this week and check me out on twitter @elctrceye.