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In the last race on this track type, Reed Sorenson finished 36th at Texas Motor Speedway in the Duck Commander 500, but he was more than 15 laps off the pace when the checkered flag waved.

Sorenson was running at the end of the show, however, and might have made up a little more ground with greater attrition. His best opportunity to score points, however, with be with a positive place-differential if he starts at the tail-end of the field.
May 3 - 10:03 AM

Kasey Kahne does not have a lot of success in 2016, but what little does have was earned on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He enters the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway with back-to-back top-10s at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.

Given his inconsistency, he could fly under the radar this week. If that happens, he could be one of the best differentiators in a player’s lineup. Do not start him unless he starts in the front half of the field, however.
May 3 - 10:02 AM

Ryan Blaney has earned five NASCAR Sprint Cup top-10s in his career and two of those came on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. One of his top results was earned last October when he finished seventh in the Hollywood Casino 400 after starting eighth.

His other top-10 on this track type came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this spring from a 14th-place starting position, so qualification and practice will be critical in helping fantasy owners decide whether to start the No. 21. Be aware, however, that he faded from seventh to 29th one month ago at Texas.
May 3 - 10:02 AM

Clint Bowyer earned his second top-10 in the last three races by finishing seventh at Talladega SuperSpeedway. He was also eighth at Bristol Motor Speedway and those two top-10s could give the No. 15 team the momentum needed to score their first top-20 on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track this season.

Bowyer came close with a 22nd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March and needs only a little nudge to get those extra two spots. That was the only time in three races on this track type in 2016 that he finished on the same lap as the leaders.
May 3 - 10:01 AM

Joey Gase will get behind the wheel of the No. 32 this week and he has been incredibly consistent on this track type. He has not been particularly strong, however, with three 37th-place result and a 38th in four starts. Two of these starts came at Kansas Speedway.

In each of the four races he made, however, he finished better than he started by four or five positions, which could equate to a result in the 34th- to 36th-place range. That is not worth much, but predictability can be valuable to fantasy players.
May 3 - 10:00 AM

Cole Whitt has scored one top-30 in three starts in his current Premium Motorsports ride. The good news is that came in his most recent outing at Texas Motor Speedway when he improved from 37th to 30th.

That also marked the first time this season that he finished better than he started. At Atlanta Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he qualified 36th both times and finished 37th and 39th respectively.
May 2 - 7:50 PM

Kurt Busch enters the GoBowling.com 400 with a current streak of 10 consecutive top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. This streak was started at Kansas Speedway last spring and Busch has an average finish of 7.1 in that span of races.

Expand the parameters a little and Busch has only one result worse than 14th in his last 17 attempts on this course type. That represents nearly his entire career with Stewart-Haas Racing.
May 2 - 7:49 PM

Austin Dillon entered Texas Motor Speedway this April with four consecutive top-15 results on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. He sustained crash damage and finished 19th in the Duck Commander 500—two laps off the pace.

Dillon’s strong finish last week in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway will help regain some of the momentum he has lost in recent weeks and unless something unforeseen happens, he should be one of this week’s favorites to finish in the top 15 once again.
May 2 - 7:48 PM

In four starts with Front Row Motorsports on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, Chris Buescher has been running at the end of every race and finished 30th or better. He is looking to rebound quickly at Kansas Speedway after taking a wicked tumble at Talladega SuperSpeedway last week that has him batter and bruised.

Buescher’s best finish came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this season when he finished 26th after starting 25th. In spring 2014, he started 40th at Texas Motor Speedway and earned 10 place-differential points in route to a 30th-place result, so he could be a good value if he qualifies modestly.
May 2 - 7:47 PM

Josh Wise’s expectations may actually be a little higher than this, but if he can earn a top-35 at Kansas, it will at least match his best 2016 effort on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.

Wise started 39th and finished 35th in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was eight laps off the pace, but still running at the end of the show. For some of the smaller teams, NASCAR life is about learning to walk before they run.
May 2 - 7:46 PM

Daniel Suarez (#19 ARRIS Toyota Camry) finished seventh in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Sparks Energy 300 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.

He started second on the grid and completed all laps of the 116-lap race (led two laps). Suarez, who was the series leader heading into this race, drops to second in the 2016 NXS championship standings after this event. Both Suarez and Elliott Sadler (winner of this race) have 314 points but the tie breaker is wins (Suarez is winless).
May 2 - 3:04 PM

Ty Dillon (#3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Camaro) finished 20th in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Sparks Energy 300 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.

He started fifth on the grid and completed all laps of the 116-lap race. Dillon, who has competed in all nine series races so far this season, is currently third in the 2016 NXS championship standings after this event.
May 2 - 2:56 PM

Justin Allgaier (#7 Breyers Chevrolet Camaro) finished second in Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Sparks Energy 300 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.

He started 18th on the grid and completed all laps of the 116-lap race. Allgaier, who has competed in all nine series races so far this season, advanced three spots to fourth in the 2016 NXS championship standings after this event.
May 2 - 2:52 PM

Tyler Dippel (#38 East West Marine/TyCar Chevrolet) was credited with a 19th place DNF in Saturday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East Biscuitville 125 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.

He started sixth on the grid and made it to lap 48 of the 55-lap race before exiting the event (Transmission failure). Dippel, who competed in all five series races so far this season, dropped one spot to fifth in the 2016 NKNPSE point standings.
May 2 - 2:45 PM

Chase Briscoe (#77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge) finished third in Friday's ARCA Racing Series General Tire 200 at Talladega (AL) Superspeedway.

He started 20th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 74-lap race. John Wes Townley, points leader heading into this race and driving a partial ARCA schedule, did not enter this event. Briscoe passes him in the series points to become the leader in the 2016 ARCA championship standings. He leads Josh Williams (who finished second in the race) by 15 points after this event.
May 2 - 2:41 PM


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