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Michael McDowell has been running on the lead lap in his last two races of 2014 and he hopes that trend continues in the Crown Royal 400.

The team attempted to make the majority of the races at the beginning of the season and their results suffered. Since scaling back, they have been able to consolidate their resources and run much better. In a marquee race like the Crown Royal 400 each position is worth a considerably higher payday, which could mean the difference in making or missing some shows later in the season.
Jul 22 - 7:01 PM

AJ Allmendinger has five previous starts at Indy with the majority of them ending in the 20s.

That should make him a good mid-range pick this week with a potentially strong upside. He finished 10th on this track in 2008 for Red Bull Racing and was 16th in one of his attempts with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM). His equipment at JTG-Daugherty Racing should be on par with what was available to RPM in 2010.
Jul 22 - 6:42 PM

After struggling at the beginning of the season, Denny Hamlin is regaining his strength on flat tracks. He finished fourth at Pocono and was eighth last week in New Hampshire.

Hamlin’s eighth at New Hampshire was only part of the story. He spent more time among the top five than any driver except Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch, which provided him with one of the most dominant performances on a flat track since his return from injury last year. Fantasy owners can once again have confidence in starting the No. 11 on this track type.
Jul 22 - 6:23 PM

Jamie McMurray has a reputation for performing exceptionally well in marquee races. His 2010 Brickyard 400 victory came in his first attempt after rejoining Chip Ganassi’s organization.

This week’s prognosis is not as great, however. McMurray finished fourth at Indy the following year, but his last two attempts ended in results of 22nd in 2012 and 15th in 2013. In five races on flat tracks this year he topped out with 10th-place finishes at Phoenix and Pocono, which is the high water mark fantasy owners should expect on Sunday.
Jul 22 - 5:55 PM

J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express Chevrolet) has nine wins, shares the series record with 14 poles, has 39 top fives and 58 top 10s in 83 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.

Won the 2014 opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to extend his series record for wins at the road course to four. Held the points lead following the first four races of the season and now ranks second with top 10s in all five events. Has finishes of fifth (2008), eighth (2010) and third (2013) in three previous Autodrome St-Eustache starts.-NCATS
Jul 22 - 5:28 PM

Trevor Bayne makes his second NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. Bayne started third and finished 16th in this event last season.

In 10 career starts on 2.5-mile tracks in the NNS, Bayne has recorded one top-five and four top-10 finishes, with an average finish of 18th. Bayne will also be piloting the No. 21 Motorcraft / Quick Lane Ford Fusion for the Wood Brothers Sunday afternoon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). Bayne has made three previous starts at the 2.5-mile rectangular oval in the NSCS, earning a best finish of 17th in 2012.-Roush Fenway Racing
Jul 22 - 5:26 PM

L.P. Dumoulin (No. 47 WeatherTech Canada/Bellemare Dodge) has three wins, a pole, 14 top fives and 22 top 10s in 42 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.

First two career triumphs came at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in a 2013 season sweep of events at the road course. He became the first back-to-back winner there in series history. Leads the championship standings with top-five finishes in all five races, highlighted by his first career oval win last time out at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Finished sixth last year in his first appearance at Autodrome St-Eustache.-NCATS
Jul 22 - 5:23 PM

Youthful James Bickford, of Napa, Calif., is looking for his second consecutive win in the NASCAR K&N West Series at Colorado National Speedway here on Saturday night.

Bickford, 16, the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Late Model Series champion at All-American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., passed veteran driver Greg Pursley with four laps remaining to win his first K&N Series race on July 12 at State Line Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho. Now, with the series having been idle last weekend, Bickford and his Sunrise Ford/Interstate Plastics team, owned by Bob Bruncati, are seeking to keep their momentum in the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 on the three-eighths-mile track in Colorado.-Performance PR Plus
Jul 22 - 5:16 PM

Mark Dilley (No. 02 Johnsonville/Leland/BDI Ford) has three wins, 28 top fives and 46 top 10s in 80 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.

Has competed in four of five races this year, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Autodrome Chaudiere. Has an average finish of 14th and a best result of fifth (2009 opener) in four previous Autodrome St-Eustache starts.-NCATS
Jul 22 - 5:07 PM

Brad Keselowski is still looking for his first Brickyard 400 top-five. His previous best was a pair of ninth-place finishes in 2011 and 2012.

Coming off wins in the last two unrestricted oval races should give him the momentum necessary to accomplish the feat. He has also been incredibly strong on flat tracks with a second-place finish in Pocono, a third at Phoenix, and a fourth at Richmond. Keselowski should be a lock for a top-five finish and will be on a majority of rosters.
Jul 22 - 12:47 PM

Brett Moffitt will make his third Cup attempt this week at Indy in the No. 66 Michael Waltrip Racing entry. His lack of experience makes him hard to predict, but he should be watched closely.

It certainly appears as if this test driver for the organization is being groomed for a 2015 ride and the best way to get him exposure among sponsors is to enter him in marquee events. He needs to race conservatively and make the most of his opportunity, which could be worth a few positions to fantasy owners if attrition is heavy. Use him only if he fits a specific niche on one’s roster, however.
Jul 22 - 11:54 AM

Kyle Busch looks to improve one position over his last two unrestricted speedway efforts. He finished second to Brad Keselowski at Kentucky and New Hampshire. This week, he hopes to shed his role as a bridesmaid and become the bride.

There is a lot to be said for entering a race like the Brickyard 400 with momentum on one’s side and Busch has been good there in the past. He enters the weekend with a four-race, top-10 streak but only one of those was a top-five. He finished second in the 2012 edition of this race and could be due a victory if the cards fall his way.
Jul 22 - 11:26 AM

Landon Cassill will make his fourth NASCAR Cup attempt at Indy this Sunday. His previous best finish was a 20th in 2011 driving for James Finch.

Cassill is not expected to finish that well, but if he can regain some of his early-season mojo on flat tracks he could be a better-than-average value. He finished 25th and 26th at Martinsville and Richmond respectively, but fell into the mid-30s at Pocono and New Hampshire in his most recent attempts.
Jul 22 - 10:31 AM

Jimmie Johnson’s four Brickyard 400 victories have come in the past eight years, which means he is batting 0.500 in that regard. His most recent win came in 2012.

Johnson also has a second-place finish last year, but he has not been immune to trouble. Accidents, blown engines, and missed setups in the closing laps have sent him home outside the top 15 in half of his starts and worse than 30th on three of 12 occasions.
Jul 22 - 9:37 AM

Michael Annett will make his first Indy attempt this week, but fantasy owners can look to his other flat track efforts to help predict where the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet will finish.

Three of his five attempts on minimally-banked tracks this season ended in the 30s, but there is a reason to be hopeful that he will finish better in the Crown Royal 400. His Pocono 400 effort ended in a 20th-place finish and both tracks are measured and 2.5-miles. That extra room should allow Annett to steer clear of trouble.
Jul 21 - 7:58 PM


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