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Austin Dillon is still searching for his first top-10 on a flat track, but he has been relatively consistent. Three of his five efforts ended in the mid-teens with a worst of 27th at Richmond.

Dillon’s Pocono effort is the most representative and predictive. He qualified 11th for the Pocono 400, stayed on the lead lap, and finished respectably in 17th. Last week he was 14th on another flat track in New Hampshire.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 08:16:00 AM

Jamie McMurray won the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and then went nine races without another top-10 finish on a restrictor-plate, superspeedway until this May’s fourth in the Geico 500. Fantasy owners are interested in whether he will keep that momentum at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400.

The last time McMurray was at the top of the order, he scored back-to-back top-10s at Daytona and Talladega. In fact, all but one of his 13 career top-10s on this track type came as back-to-back successes.
Jul 1 - 12:45 PM

Matt Kenseth has finished worse than he started in his last five restrictor-plate, superspeedway races. Four of these attempts began on the first four rows, but his best result was a 14th.

In these five races, Kenseth averaged a finish of 22.2 with an average start of 7.4. In addition to banking very few points for his finishing position, Kenseth lost 14.8 place-differential markers.
Jul 1 - 12:45 PM

Kyle Busch crashed in Friday morning’s practice session and will be forced to roll out a backup car for qualification for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. A right rear tire blew and sent him heavily into the wall—nose first. No other cars were involved as he was drafting along with his teammates.

Busch will most likely be qualifying for pit position only as the team rolls out the backup and will probably change to the engine to insure it was not damaged. The good news is that the Coke Zero 400 can be won from any starting position.
Jul 1 - 12:19 PM

Brian Scott posted the fastest single lap of 199.349 mph in the first practice session for the Coke Zero 400. His time was recorded in the draft.

Scott was not overly impressive in last year’s edition of this race with a 42nd-place finish, but he was close to the middle of the pack in the Daytona 500 with a 24th. He is among the cheapest drivers in the game and should be on a number of rosters as a way to extend the salary cap at the top.
Jul 1 - 12:12 PM

Ty Dillon (#3 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Chevrolet Camaro) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

His average of 188.277 mph was best of the 13 cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. #42 Justin Marks, #33 Brandon Jones, #98 Aric Almirola and #39 Ryan Sieg are the rest of the top five on this list.
Jun 30 - 5:30 PM

Erik Jones (#20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota Camry) led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

The lap of 193.353 mph was the best of the 29 cars completing laps in this session. #18 David Ragan, #3 Ty Dillon, #33 Brandon Jones and #42 Justin Marks are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. Garrett Smithley in the #0 Chevrolet Camaro was the slowest.
Jun 30 - 5:27 PM

Michael McDowell finished 15th in the Daytona 500, which made him one of the better fantasy values this spring. In the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, he barely missed sweeping the top 20 with a result of 21st.

In most salary cap games, McDowell is one of the 10 cheapest drivers, so when he finishes in or near the top half of the field he is a great way to extend one’s budget. Last week, a broken rear end snapped a 16-race stretch in which McDowell was running at the end of the show. He will be determined to restart that streak.
Jun 30 - 3:35 PM

Kyle Busch is the only driver to finish in the top five in both plate races this season. He was third in the Daytona 500 and second in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

Those were his first top-10s after a six-race hiatus from the front of the pack. Busch can be an all or nothing driver and he has finished either in the top five or outside the top 10 in his last 19 restrictor-plate, superspeedway attempts. Given this tendency, approach him with caution.
Jun 30 - 2:42 PM

Ryan Blaney has a pair of top-10s on the restrictor-plate Talladega SuperSpeedway, but on the sister Daytona International Speedway he is still seeking his first top-15.

Blaney’s best result on this 2.5-mile superspeedway was a 19th this spring. His only other attempt on this course ended in a blown engine and crash damage. He has a good chance of finishing in the top 10 if he stays out of trouble.
Jun 30 - 2:34 PM

Landon Cassill is batting 0.500 in his last four starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways in regard to top-15s. He finished 11th this May at Talladega SuperSpeedway and was 13th in last year’s edition of the Coke Zero 400.

Cassill is a solid bargain in most salary cap games considering the overall strength of Front Row Motorsports on this course type. Fantasy owners should avoid the temptation to go all in on dark horses, but they should liberally season a roster.
Jun 30 - 2:30 PM

Bobby Labonte inherited the No. 32 ride on restrictor-plate, superspeedways from his brother Terry and he has done fairly well in it. In six previous starts in that car his best result was a 19th this May on Talladega SuperSpeedway. The Coke Zero 400 will mark his lucky seventh start for Frank Stoddard.

Specialty drivers are not always a great value, but they have their place in games that limit allocations or where they are bargain-basement priced. Keep Labonte in mind when filling the final slot.
Jun 30 - 2:24 PM




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