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This weekend, Brad Keselowski (2 Ford) will make the 150th NSCS start of his young, championship career.

So far the Rochester Hills, MI native has recorded nine wins, 31 top-five finishes and 54 top-10 results since making his debut at Texas Motor Speedway in November of 2008. Keselowski finds himself four points outside of the top 10 cutoff to make the Chase. However, having tested at both Atlanta Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway, the team remains confident that they will be able to defend their 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.-Penske Racing
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 08:59:00 PM

Kevin Harvick and at least 13 other drivers will compete in brand new chassis this week. The list of drivers includes Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, and Jimmie Johnson. Many teams have not reported which chassis they will be using.

Teams want to bring their freshest and strongest car to this race because of its high visibility. For most of these drivers, the new car should be expected to contain the best tricks they have learned in the first 19 races of the season and their fantasy odds are positively impacted.
Source: Jayski.com
Jul 26 - 9:54 AM

Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick could all clinch spots in the Chase at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. The magic number leaving the Crown Royal 400 is 289 points ahead of 31st-place in the points. Any driver ahead of that mark will be in the playoffs.

The fantasy impact for these seven drivers depends on their willingness to gamble for a victory. Last week at New Hampshire, Gordon and Harvick finished badly after rolling the dice on fuel and coming up snake eyes. They will be risky propositions on several occasions leading up to the Chase. If one of these drivers finish badly in back-to-back races, however, look for them to change strategies to gain some momentum.
Source: NASCAR.com
Jul 26 - 9:37 AM

On Sunday, Brian Vickers will make his first Indy start since finishing 15th in the 2011 Brickyard 400.

He also missed the 2010 edition of this race, but finished fifth in 2009. Those two top-15 finishes are countered somewhat by his 2014 flat track record with only one top-15 finish in five starts. He finished 19th at Pocono, which is the track most comparable to Indy. Fantasy owners should expect another result in that same general range.
Jul 26 - 9:16 AM

Danica Patrick hopes that her second Brickyard 400 start goes better than her first. She qualified 33rd in this race last year, lost two laps, and finished 30th.

Increased competition in this marquee race limits her usefulness to fantasy players. She should be watched for signs of strength and if they are present owners might consider starting her at Pocono or New Hampshire later in the year.
Jul 26 - 9:14 AM

Rain will delay or cancel final practice on Saturday. If rain continues throughout the day and qualification is canceled, Juan Pablo Montoya, Trevor Bayne, and Matt Crafton would be the drivers who fail to make the show.

Bobby Labonte in a third Tommy Baldwin Racing car would make the show based on owner points, which would elevate him to the most favored dark horse status.
Jul 26 - 9:04 AM

Justin Allison finishes 13th in Friday night's ARCA Racing Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

He started the No. 88 HaVaCoSales.com Ford 5th on the grid for the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care.
Jul 26 - 9:01 AM

Justin Allgaier showed rapid improvement in the unrestricted oval races from June’s FedEx 400 at Dover through the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. In five races he finished with a best of 16th at Michigan and a worst of only 27th at Pocono.

A late-race accident derailed his New Hampshire Motor Speedway effort and sent him home 37th, but he was running respectably before that. Another solid finish in the 20s in one of NASCAR’s biggest races of the year will go a long way to restoring his confidence before the taxing 17-race grind to the end of the season.
Jul 26 - 8:59 AM

Thomas Praytor finishes 16th in Friday night's ARCA Racing Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

He started the No. 2 DK LOK Ford 19th on the grid for the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care.
Jul 26 - 8:59 AM

Cole Whitt has shown promise on NASCAR’s flat tracks. He finished in the top 30 in four of five races, with a best of 27th being earned at Phoenix. His other efforts netted a 29th at Martinsville, 30th at Pocono, and 28th at New Hampshire, which leaves a 41st at Richmond as the only poor effort.

At Richmond, Whitt had tire issues that sent him behind the wall for an extended stay. He was not the only driver to experience trouble that evening as veteran Clint Bowyer also had to make extensive repairs after a tire failure. Whitt’s consistency otherwise makes him an interesting dark horse choice for a top-25.
Jul 26 - 8:58 AM

Bobby Gerhart finishes 18th in Friday night's ARCA Racing Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

He started the No. 5 Lucas Oil-MAVTV Chevrolet 22nd on the grid for the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200.
Jul 26 - 8:50 AM

Juan Pablo Montoya may not have made many starts this season, but he will race a battle-tested chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His primary car was last raced by teammate Brad Keselowski in the All-star race.

Keselowski finished 10th in this chassis in May, but did not make a lot of noise during the evening. Still, Montoya needs to finish only among the teens to make him one of this week’s better values at his cap level or in Yahoo!’s Group C.
Source: Jayski.com
Jul 26 - 8:47 AM




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