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Brad Keselowski will race chassis No. PRS-918 this week. It was last run at Michigan and June where it finished third.

Michigan is a relatively flat track, but the speed carried through the corners translates to quick turns. Keselowski raced a new chassis at Bristol this spring and finished 14th.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 21 - 2:26 PM

Jamie McMurray is batting 0.500 at Bristol in his last 10 races. In that span of events, he has five top-10s including a best of third in the 2010 night race.

His other results are poor enough to give him an average finish of only 13.9, however. His Food City 500 this spring netted a 38th. He should not be considered and automatic pick this week, but should be watched for signs of strength in practice.
Aug 21 - 2:25 PM

Justin Allgaier has shown remarkable consistency on short tracks with three results ranging from 17th to 23rd.

Allgaier’s best finish on this track type came at Bristol this spring and he could be one of this week’s top differentiators. He is a high risk driver who could crack the top 15 under the right circumstances.
Aug 21 - 1:44 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. recorded a remarkable second-place finish at Bristol this spring and hoped that would translate into a strong short track season. He suffered crash damage at both Martinsville and Richmond, however, and finished outside the top 35.

Accidents can completely stall momentum, but if Stenhouse rebounds this week fantasy players may consider starting him at Richmond.
Aug 21 - 1:43 PM

Brad Keselowski entered the Toyota / Save Mart 350k at Sonoma with a four-race top-10 streak. Three of these were top-fives, but the tide shifted soon after and he has been much less consistent on oval tracks.

The No. 2 team seems to have given up consistency to gamble for wins. In the last six oval races, Keselowski won twice and has another top-10, but he also finished outside the top 15 in two events.
Aug 21 - 1:42 PM

Denny Hamlin finished sixth in this spring’s Food City 500 at Bristol and that has been the highlight of his short track season. Since then he finished 19th at Martinsville and 22nd at Richmond.

Traditionally Hamlin has been much stronger on the short, flat tracks so this trend is disconcerting. But he also has earned top-10s in his last five oval races this season so his momentum seems to have shifted.
Aug 21 - 1:41 PM

In the past two seasons, Kurt Busch has been an all or nothing driver on short tracks. In nine starts during 2013 and 2014 on courses less than a mile in length, he has four top-10s and four results outside the top 20.

There are a variety of reasons for Busch’s inconsistency, from simple bad luck to mistakes while driving, but this tendency makes him difficult to start most weeks.
Aug 21 - 1:40 PM

Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski wins the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP, his first victory in 62 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.

Keselowski becomes the 25th driver to win a race in all three of NASCAR's national series. His first Sprint Cup win came at Talladega on April 26, 2009. His first Nationwide Series win came at Nashville Superspeedway on June 7, 2008. Brad and his father Bob Keselowski become the first father/son duo to win races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Keselowski also has two NASCAR Sprint Cup wins (Aug. 2011, March 2012) and one NASCAR Nationwide Series win (Aug. 2008) at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Aug 21 - 1:37 PM

David Gilliland has shown a lot of consistency at Bristol during the past five seasons. In nine races since the start of 2010 he has finished in a narrow band from 20th to 27th.

An average finish of about 24th is good enough to make him a driver to watch this week and if he fits in the final niche on a roster, he might even deserve the position in salary cap games in which he is priced right.
Aug 21 - 12:22 PM

Carl Edwards is the most recent Bristol winner after scoring the victory this spring. He started the Food City 500 in 12th.

Before fantasy owners jump on his bandwagon, they should take a longer look at the Roush-Fenway racer. That is his only top-15 at Bristol in the past three seasons.
Aug 21 - 12:20 PM

Jimmie Johnson lost his momentum at Bristol in 2013 and seems to be carrying very little with him from the 2014 season. Four of his latest six races this year ended outside the top 25.

It appeared Johnson was going to have another bad run last week at Michigan when a shifter lever broke in his car. The team kept him in contention and an eighth-place finish might be what shakes them out of their funk. Cautious fantasy players will want to observe Johnson for another week, however, and consider activating him at Atlanta.
Aug 21 - 12:20 PM

Kyle Busch earned four victories in five races from 2009 through 2011, but reality has set in since. In the six races after his latest victory he has only two top-10s and an average of 15.7.

Busch is the stereotypical all-or-nothing driver on most tracks and Bristol is no exception. He will either challenge for a top-five or crash in Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race, so fantasy players need to assess their stomach for risk before activating the No. 18.
Aug 21 - 12:18 PM

Clint Bowyer has an active streak of five consecutive top-15s at Bristol that includes top-five finishes in spring 2012 and 2013.

Bowyer’s last two results have been in the top 15, however, which suggests the tide may be turning. He is a solid mid-cap pick, but will not anchor many rosters.
Aug 21 - 12:17 PM

Rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. out-muscled veterans Bobby Santos and Justin Bonsignore with a dozen laps to go and drove on to his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in Wednesday’s Bush’s Beans 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Barrett, from Millis, Massachusetts, was running third in the late stages of the hotly-contested race when he drove through and by Bonsignore and Santos – who had been the dominant cars of the night – on Lap 139. The 19-year-old held on to the lead in his No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet through one final restart on Lap 146 for the milestone first victory. It was just his 10th career start, and first time competing in the sixth annual combination race between the Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours.
Aug 20 - 8:58 PM

Following his win last week in Connecticut, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Justin Bonsignore stated he was looking forward to today’s Bush’s Beans 150 since his team has always had good speed at Bristol Motor Speedway. He’s backing that statement up.

Bonsignore, from Holtsville, New York, posted a fast lap of 14.925 seconds (128.563 mph) in Coors Light Pole qualifying to take home his fifth career Whelen Modified Tour pole, and second at the "World’s Fastest Half Mile." He was also fast qualifier for the 2010 event. The fast lap in time trials backed up his performance earlier in the afternoon when he also topped the practice speed chart.
Aug 20 - 8:18 PM


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