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Josh Wise has been on a downward spiral on NASCAR’s short tracks this season. He finished 23rd at Bristol, 35th at Martinsville, and 39th at Richmond in three races on this course type.

The No. 98 team is giving their all with limited resources and short tracks are often considered driver’s courses. There appears to be too much of a deficit to overcome for the moment, however.
Aug 21 - 2:33 PM

Austin Dillon will race chassis No. 457 this week in the Irwin Tools Night Race. This chassis was last raced at Pocono in June where it finished 17th.

Chassis No. 457 has mostly seen action on unrestricted, intermediate speedways and it had some success at Auto Club this March. Dillon nearly cracked the top 10 with an 11th in that event.
Source: Jayski.com
Aug 21 - 2:29 PM

Greg Biffle enters the Irwin Tools Night Race with a five-race, top-20 streak to his credit, but the good news is that his latest three efforts netted top-15s.

Better still, Biffle’s single top-10 at Bristol since fall 2011 came in last year’s Irwin Tools Night Race, so he could be considered a sleeper for Saturday night’s race.
Aug 21 - 2:27 PM

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


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