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Jeff Gordon, a three-time All-Star race winner (1995, 1997 and 2001) of this annual event, believes aggression is key in the race split into four segments of 20 laps and one final 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag.

"The All-Star race is kind of a 'win-or-nothing' scenario, and that's not the case on other race weekends," said the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion who captured his 300th top-five finish in his 700th career start last weekend. "I've always approached it being as aggressive as I possibly can. We push hard trying to win every race, and this weekend is no different. The only difference is there are no points on the line."-Performance PR Plus
Tue, May 14, 2013 07:25:00 PM

All has not been perfect for Trevor Bayne this year, but he has been consistent on unrestricted speedways. His four attempts in 2014 at Las Vegas, Texas, Charlotte, Michigan each ended in either a 19th- or 20th-place finish.

Notably, all three of his plate race attempts ended outside the top 30, but since dark horses abound on that track type fantasy owners could quickly compensate. Some players will note his recent bad run at Daytona, which could be a chance for astute owners to use him to differentiate their roster.
Jul 23 - 12:29 PM

Conventional wisdom holds that flat tracks behave like road courses to some extent since drivers need to brake before entering the corners. Marcos Ambrose has long rejected that notion and his results at Indy are part of the reason why. His best effort there was a 16th earned last year.

Ambrose could hold a few surprises, however. Three of his last four results this year ended in top-15s. Notably his one dissenting result came last week on the flat New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but Ambrose could be a dark horse to score a top-15 if he practices and qualifies well.
Jul 23 - 12:09 PM

Paul Menard’s 2011 Brickyard 400 victory stands alone among his Indy results. In seven starts on this track, that is his only top-10 to date.

Menard’s victory that year was aided by fuel mileage, but he had to be in a position to capitalize on the strategy. Three of his last four attempts on this track ended in the low teens, which makes him a provisionally strong value in games where he is priced correctly.
Jul 23 - 11:46 AM

Before blowing an engine at Pocono and getting crashed at New Hampshire, Joey Logano had one of the best flat track records of the season with fourth-place finishes at Phoenix and Martinsville, as well as a victory at Richmond.

Before last week’s incident Logano had the second strongest car to his teammate Brad Keselowski so it should be easy to regain his place at the front of the pack. Momentum is a tricky force, however, and back-to-back 40th-place finishes on this track type could derail him. Logano should be a favorite to finish in the top five, but he should also be watch closely during the race for any signs of weakness that could impact his handicap next week at Pocono.
Jul 23 - 10:52 AM

If his past flat track efforts this year are an indication, fantasy players should expect Reed Sorenson to finish somewhere in the 30s in the Crown Royal 400.

Four of Sorenson’s five flat track races ended in a narrow band from 31st at Phoenix to a pair of 34ths at Martinsville and Pocono. The only time he failed to finish in this range was because of a blown tire at Richmond. Sorenson is often overlooked in fantasy racing, but predictability is always welcome.
Jul 23 - 10:30 AM

Brendan Gaughan remains seventh in the driver point standings as the Nationwide Series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 39-year-old driver is set to make his first Nationwide Series start at the historic 2.5-mile oval. Gaughan has one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in 2004. The Las Vegas-native was involved in an on-track accident and completed 95 of 161 laps.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 23 - 9:59 AM

In addition to driving the No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 33 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon.

In two Nationwide Series starts at Indy, Menard has an average starting position of 9.5 and an average finish of seventh. In addition, Menard has seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, including a win in 2011.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 23 - 9:54 AM

Finishing 38th at New Hampshire, Casey Mears suffered his worst flat track finish of the year. His previous four attempts on this track type ended in a 14th at Phoenix, 24th at Martinsville, 19th at Richmond, and 23rd at Pocono.

Mears’ record works out to a 20th-place average finish, which could make him a good choice for fantasy players if he fits into one of the last niches on their roster.
Jul 23 - 9:50 AM

Ty Dillon made his second career Nationwide Series start at the famous 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the No. 51 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro on July 28, 2012.

He recorded his first career top-five finish crossing the finish line third in the inaugural Nationwide Series race at the Brickyard. In addition to this Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 at IMS, Dillon is scheduled to make a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 23 - 9:48 AM

In two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brian Scott has an average starting position of 13th and an average finish of eighth. His best performance was during last season's event as Scott lead in the closing laps of the race, finishing second.

In the second round of the Nationwide Insurance Dash-4-Cash program, Scott and his No. 2 RCR team captured the $100,000 bonus as the highest of the four qualified drivers with a sixth-place finish. Scott's win automatically transfer's him to the third round of the Dash-4-Cash running this weekend at Indianapolis.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 23 - 9:42 AM

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge) has a win, five poles, six top fives and an additional two top 10s in 20 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.

Missed the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying, but has an average finish of ninth in the four races since, including a pair of top fives. Best finish in eight career oval starts is fifth, recorded last time out at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Finished 24th in his only previous Autodrome St-Eustache start, which was the series’ inaugural 2008 event.-NCATS
Jul 23 - 9:33 AM




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