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Casey Mears

Team: Germain Racing-13
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/12/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'8 / 158

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Casey Mears has scored three top-25 finishes in his last four New Hampshire Motor Speedway starts with an average finish of 20.75 in that span.
Unfortunately, his worst result came this July with a 27th after starting 21st. This was the first time in four races that he failed to finish on the same lap as the leader. If Mears catches the cautions right, he should contend for the front half of the pack again. Watch him closely in practice and qualification. Sep 22 - 1:14 PM

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Casey Mears posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 120.557 mph.

Mears is not on many radar screens at the moment. If he keeps this speed through qualification later Friday afternoon, he could be a good dark horse unless he sustains damage and costs a lot of place-differential points.
Sep 9 - 1:33 PM

Casey Mears is ready to put his last two Michigan International Speedway races behind him. He experienced an overheating problem last August to finish 42nd and crash damage this June cost him 11 laps. He crossed under the checkers 32nd in the FireKeepers Casino 400.

The last time Mears had an incident free race at Michigan, he finished 13th in the June 2015 Quicken Loans 400. The previous fall, he was 17th in the Pure Michigan 400 so he is a good fantasy value—but only if he can stay out of trouble.
Aug 25 - 4:01 PM

Casey Mears finished between 23rd and 27th in four of his last five attempts at Bristol Motor Speedway. The only time he failed to finish that well was in April 2015 because of crash damage, but he qualified 27th that afternoon.

Mears has been a compelling dark horse on several occasions this year, but he has not lived up to expectations many times. That could have him flying under the radar and differentiate one’s lineup from the competition. Watch Mears closely in Friday’s practice.
Aug 18 - 11:11 PM

Casey Mears finished 12th in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, which tied his season-best finish. He was also 12th in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Notably, he stared 20th in both races and added some place-differential points. That has not been typical, however, as he has lost about one and half positions per race on average and finished worse than he started in more than half his attempts.
Aug 10 - 1:45 PM

Casey Mears posted a lap of 176.478 mph in qualification and will line up 20th on the Pennsylvania 400 grid at Pocono Raceway.

That might not seem incredibly impressive, but he will line up ahead of three of the four Hendrick Motorsports drivers. Confidence is built in a myriad of ways and outqualifying one of the storied teams on this track has to add a horsepower or two.
Jul 30 - 11:52 AM

Casey Mears qualified 34th with a lap of 180.792 mph for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard, which will mark the fifth time in his career that he starts 30th or worse at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With Free Passes and Wave Arounds it is easy to stay on the lead lap, which is something Mears did three times in his four previous attempts from the back. Mears could be an excellent dark horse this week, but he has not shown enough in practice to make him a must-have.
Jul 23 - 3:03 PM

Casey Mears finished 35th in the Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, 31st at Martinsville Speedway, 29th at Richmond International Raceway, and 24th at Pocono Raceway. That steady improvement in four flat track races this season makes him one to watch at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Pocono was the first time this year that Mears finished better than he started, however, so fantasy owners will want to pay close attention to how he practices and qualifies. If he starts outside the top 30, he should be avoided.
Jul 14 - 12:08 PM

Casey Mears has finished in the 30s in his last three restrictor-plate, superspeedway races with a 31st at Talladega SuperSpeedway last fall, a 32nd at Daytona International Speedway this spring, and a 33rd at ‘Dega in May.

Mears finished one lap off the pace in two of those events and was slowed by crash damage in another. The last time he went the distance on a plate track was at Daytona in this race last year and he nearly cracked the top 10 with an 11th.
Jul 1 - 12:44 PM

Casey Mears finished 17th in summer 2014 and was 13th last spring at Michigan International Speedway. He was unable to back that up last August, however, due to an overheating problem.

Mears has not been a great value very often this year, but he has shown promise and he is rightly priced in most salary cap games. He should be watched in practice and started if the fits the final niche on one’s roster.
Jun 9 - 12:41 AM

Casey Mears has earned two top-20s in the first 12 races of this season. That has not been much of a benefit to fantasy owners recently, however, because both of them came in the first five weeks.

Mears came out of the gates relatively strong with a 14th at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a 17th at Auto Club Speedway. He has only one top-25 in his last seven attempts, however, and that was a 21st at Kansas Speedway two weeks ago.
May 25 - 8:21 PM

Casey Mears should finish about 25th this week if his 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s session is representative. In that session, he logged the 13th-quickest lap among 20 drivers, which puts him just below the halfway point.

With an average finish of 23.3 in 26 starts and his last five Dover efforts landing between 24th and 27th, it is a safe bet that is the range in which he will finish this week.
May 14 - 12:15 PM

For Casey Mears, consistency on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks has been a key factor in the past two seasons. All but two of his last 13 attempts on this course type dating back to the beginning of 2015 have ended in top-25s.

Mears has been a little less consistent at Kansas Speedway, however. In his last six races there, he has finished worse than 25th three times and scored two results on the cusp of 20th. If he practices well and fits the right salary cap niche he could be a good value, but he will be a race day decision.
May 3 - 5:01 PM

Casey Mears’ last two plate races have been disappointing with a 31st last fall at Talladega SuperSpeedway and a 32nd in this year’s Daytona 500, but seven of his last 11 attempts on the big tracks ended in top-15 finishes.

Five of these were top-10s and while it is difficult to predict who is going to run well on this track type, that kind of consistency with a mid-range driver is impressive. Roll the dice and put him on your roster. Mears will probably finish somewhere in the teens.
Apr 26 - 1:11 PM

Casey Mears posted the third-quickest average speed in practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top speed of 124.440 mph was set during his first 10 laps on the track.

Mears is modestly priced in most salary caps. In der to take a more than two high-priced drivers fantasy owners will have to take a few risks. Mears is worth the gamble.
Apr 16 - 11:39 AM