Casey Mears drove off course in turn two during the first practice session for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. There was no visible damage, but he returned to the garage so the team could check out the undercarriage.
Fantasy players looking for a top dark horse will want to pay close attention to Casey Mears at Michigan International Speedway this week. His worst result in the past four races on this track was a 25th and he was 17th in his most recent outing.
Casey Mears is riding a four-race streak of finishing on the lead lap at Pocono Raceway and should be able to extend that to five on Sunday after qualifying 18th for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400.
Casey Mears has more momentum on plate tracks at the moment than he has ever had in his career. Five of his 11 career top-10s at Talladega and Daytona have come in the past seven races.
Casey Mears has two top-fives and four total top-10s to his credit at Texas, but none of these have come in his last 15 attempts.
On the strength of a sweep of the top 25, Casey Mears has established his team in the top 16 in points.
Casey Mears broke a transmission in the second round of qualification and will roll off the grid 24th. He will need to change his drive train, however, and that will drop him to the back of the pack.
Casey Mears failed to find much speed on Friday and was forced to take a provisional to start the Auto Club 400. He will roll off the grid 37th on Sunday.
Casey Mears brings a four-race streak of 20-something finishes to Las Vegas. All of these starts came with Germain Racing and his best result was a 25th in 2011.
Casey Mears earned eight results in the 20s during last year’s 10 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. The only time he failed to finish in that range was during the last two races; he was 31st at Charlotte and 18th at Texas.
Casey Mears may well have been the best value in most fantasy games with his sixth-place finish in the Daytona 500. Moderately priced in cap games and overlooked in others, he nonetheless has one of the best current Daytona streaks.
Casey Mears was another driver who recorded his best Sprint Unlimited result on Saturday night. He finished fourth behind Matt Kenseth. Martin Truex Jr., and Carl Edwards.
Casey Mears should be one of the drivers considered each time NASCAR visits the specialty tracks. Three of his four attempts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways and both road course races ended in the top-15s last year.
Casey Mears will join the 25-car Sprint Unlimited next week, a team spokesperson confirmed Friday.