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Before blowing an engine at Pocono and getting crashed at New Hampshire, Joey Logano had one of the best flat track records of the season with fourth-place finishes at Phoenix and Martinsville, as well as a victory at Richmond.

Before last week’s incident Logano had the second strongest car to his teammate Brad Keselowski so it should be easy to regain his place at the front of the pack. Momentum is a tricky force, however, and back-to-back 40th-place finishes on this track type could derail him. Logano should be a favorite to finish in the top five, but he should also be watch closely during the race for any signs of weakness that could impact his handicap next week at Pocono.
Jul 23 - 10:52 AM

If his past flat track efforts this year are an indication, fantasy players should expect Reed Sorenson to finish somewhere in the 30s in the Crown Royal 400.

Four of Sorenson’s five flat track races ended in a narrow band from 31st at Phoenix to a pair of 34ths at Martinsville and Pocono. The only time he failed to finish in this range was because of a blown tire at Richmond. Sorenson is often overlooked in fantasy racing, but predictability is always welcome.
Jul 23 - 10:30 AM

Brendan Gaughan remains seventh in the driver point standings as the Nationwide Series heads to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 39-year-old driver is set to make his first Nationwide Series start at the historic 2.5-mile oval. Gaughan has one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in 2004. The Las Vegas-native was involved in an on-track accident and completed 95 of 161 laps.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 23 - 9:59 AM

In addition to driving the No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Paul Menard will pilot the No. 33 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon.

In two Nationwide Series starts at Indy, Menard has an average starting position of 9.5 and an average finish of seventh. In addition, Menard has seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, including a win in 2011.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 23 - 9:54 AM

Finishing 38th at New Hampshire, Casey Mears suffered his worst flat track finish of the year. His previous four attempts on this track type ended in a 14th at Phoenix, 24th at Martinsville, 19th at Richmond, and 23rd at Pocono.

Mears’ record works out to a 20th-place average finish, which could make him a good choice for fantasy players if he fits into one of the last niches on their roster.
Jul 23 - 9:50 AM

Ty Dillon made his second career Nationwide Series start at the famous 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the No. 51 WESCO Chevrolet Camaro on July 28, 2012.

He recorded his first career top-five finish crossing the finish line third in the inaugural Nationwide Series race at the Brickyard. In addition to this Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 at IMS, Dillon is scheduled to make a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Silverado at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 23 - 9:48 AM

In two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brian Scott has an average starting position of 13th and an average finish of eighth. His best performance was during last season's event as Scott lead in the closing laps of the race, finishing second.

In the second round of the Nationwide Insurance Dash-4-Cash program, Scott and his No. 2 RCR team captured the $100,000 bonus as the highest of the four qualified drivers with a sixth-place finish. Scott's win automatically transfer's him to the third round of the Dash-4-Cash running this weekend at Indianapolis.-Richard Childress Racing
Jul 23 - 9:42 AM

Alex Tagliani (No. 18 EpiPen/Dicom Express Dodge) has a win, five poles, six top fives and an additional two top 10s in 20 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.

Missed the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park opener to compete in Indianapolis 500 qualifying, but has an average finish of ninth in the four races since, including a pair of top fives. Best finish in eight career oval starts is fifth, recorded last time out at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Finished 24th in his only previous Autodrome St-Eustache start, which was the series’ inaugural 2008 event.-NCATS
Jul 23 - 9:33 AM

Elliott Sadler and the No. 11 OneMain Financial team travel to Indianapolis, IN, this weekend to compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This will be the third-annual Nationwide Series race at the historical track, with Sadler competing in all three. In addition, Sadler has 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis, with a pole award in 2005, two top-five and two top-10 finishes with 76 laps lead.-Drivers Choice Marketing
Jul 23 - 9:29 AM

Kyle Larson has at least a dark horse’s chance to record his first Cup victory at Indy. With Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing ride they finished second in 2007 and Larson is coming off a solid top-five last week on another flat track in New Hampshire.

In recent seasons, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has played host to some dark horse victories. Paul Menard’s fuel mileage win in 2011 as well as Ryan Newman’s triumph last year were unexpected before those weekend activities commenced.
Jul 23 - 9:25 AM

John Wood (No. 30 Wahl Traction Toyota) has a best finish in three career series starts at Colorado National Speedway of 14th (2012).

Finished 18th at this event last year. Ranks seventh in the K&N West championship standings.-KNPSW
Jul 23 - 9:20 AM

Looking back to last year’s 18th-place finish at Martinsville in the Goody's 500, Kurt Busch has alternated top-five finishes with results outside the top 15 on NASCAR’s flat tracks. That has made him one of the more difficult drivers to handicap on a weekly basis.

If the pattern holds, Busch should be on track to score a top-five this week since his 17th at New Hampshire was preceded by a third at Pocono. Trends like this provide little insight for fantasy owners, but it could put him on several players’ radar screens.
Jul 23 - 9:07 AM

Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking, Inc. & 61 Chevrolet) has one win, 23 top fives and 70 top 10s in 128 career K&N Pro Series West starts.

Has seven career starts at Colorado National Speedway with one top five (2011) and four top 10s. His average at the track start is 8.3 and average finish is 10.6. Finished ninth at this event last year. Has also run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.-KNPSW
Jul 23 - 9:05 AM

Scott Steckly (No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge) has a series-leading three championships (2008, `11, `13) through the first seven years of NCATS competition.

Owner of 15 wins, 13 poles, 56 top fives and 69 top 10s in 92 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts. His top fives and top 10s totals rank second all-time while his wins and poles sit third in the record book. Is the all-time leader in laps led at 3,472. Ranks sixth in points after five races, highlighted by a third place finish last time out at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Has three wins (2008, `09, `13), an average finish of second and a record 381 laps led in five Autodrome St-Eustache races. Other two finishes there were fourth (2009) and second (2010).-NCATS
Jul 23 - 9:01 AM

Twenty-three-year old Dakoda Armstrong grew up in New Castle, Ind., just about an hour from one of the most historic tracks for auto racing in the world.

This weekend, he'll make his first ever NASCAR (Nationwide Series) start at the two-and-a-half mile track. He grew up attending races at Indianapolis, even getting the chance to race in the infield on a much smaller scale, but this weekend he'll get to realize his dream of competing on the "big track."-Breaking Limits
Jul 23 - 8:57 AM

Greg Pursley (No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports/Star Nursery/Real Water Chevrolet) has 19 wins, 18 poles, 54 top fives, 69 top 10s in 92 career K&N West starts.

Leads championship standings by 27 points over Dylan Lupton. Won 2011 series championship. Led series with five wins a season ago; has 16 victories dating back to the start of the 2011 campaign. Has one win, five top fives and five top 10s in five career starts at Colorado National Speedway. Finished fifth in this event last year. Has an average start of 3.6 and an average finish of 3.2 at this track.-KNPSW
Jul 23 - 8:48 AM

Andrew Ranger (No. 27 Mopar/Exide Dodge) is tied for the series all-time lead in both wins (19) and poles (14). Has 41 top fives and 57 top 10s in 66 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.

Of his 19 career triumphs, 15 have come on road courses. Earned his fourth oval win this year at Edmonton International Raceway while the first three came in 2009. Ranks third in points with wins at ICAR and EIR, and an additional top five last time out at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. Has an average finish of sixth and a best result of fourth (2008 and 2009) in four previous Autodrome St-Eustache races.-NCATS
Jul 23 - 8:40 AM

Based on post-qualifying technical inspection at the July 19 Ansell ActivArmr 150 at Chicagoland Speedway, the Venturini Motorsports #15 team has been penalized for violating 2014 ARCA Rulebook Page 19, #4F.

It states in part "On oval tracks 1-1/4 miles in length and over all cars will be required to have installed a full one piece window on the right side of the car". Team owner Bill Venturini and driver John Wes Townley have been penalized with the loss of 15 championship points, and the team has been fined $1000 as a result of the violation.-ARCA Racing News
Jul 23 - 8:36 AM

Brandon McReynolds (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota) has six top fives and eight top 10s in nine career K&N West starts.

Occupies the third position in the season standings. Competing fulltime in K&N West this season with Bill McAnally Racing. Three top fives and eight top 10s in 14 career K&N East starts. Is a member of the 2014-15 NASCAR Next class.-KNPSW
Jul 22 - 9:17 PM

Steve Mathews (No. 15 Bill Mathews Motors Ford) has three poles and nine top 10s in 28 career NASCAR Canadian Tire Series starts.

All nine of his top 10s have come at oval tracks. Has started four of five races this year. Tied his career-best finish with a third-place effort at Chaudiere after he captured the pole and led a career-high 64 laps. Only previous start at Autodrome St-Eustache was a 12th place finish in 2010.-NCATS
Jul 22 - 9:13 PM

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