Texas AAA 500 Fantasy NASCAR Mid Pack Picks
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Jeff Burton – Remember what Jeff Burton did last year at Texas (Video)!

Burton’s record is pretty good at Texas and for the first time since 2010 he has back to back top tens (momentum). Burton was the first two time Texas winner and in 2007 he out dueled Matt Kenseth for the win in the closing laps. Since 2007 Burton’s only finished lower than 13th once and that was of course in the Jeff Burton vs Jeff Gordon incident I linked to above. (Yahoo B Driver)

Mark Martin – Martin finished 36th earlier this year due to an accident but in the four prior races he’s finished 3rd, 6th, 4th and 6th. Martin’s put forth some quality fantasy production this season on intermediate tracks so there’s no reason to think he won’t be able to do it again (Kansas 10th, Chicagoland 9th, Michigan 4th). I think he’ll wrap up his Hendrick tenure on a positive note. (Yahoo B Driver)

Martin Truex Jr. – I think Martin Treux will run like a “Front Runner” for the first 2/3rds of a race but I think he’ll finish like a mid pack driver. Texas is a very good track for Martin Truex Jr. and it fits his driving style perfectly (high line). Truex has finished in the top fifteen in eight of his twelve starts. In the last two Texas races he’s been involved in accidents and finished in the mid to high thirties. (Yahoo B Driver)

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Paul Menard – Menard has a 21.7 average finish at Texas but what fantasy racers will like is his back to back top ten finishes (10th and 5th). Unfortunately he’s been a fantasy let down lately at intermediate tracks so that’s why I’m ranking him as a “mid packer” (Charlotte 17th, Kansas 12th, Chicagoland 20th, Atlanta 18th, Michigan 26th). I think fantasy racers should expect a 15th to 20th place finish from him in the AAA 500. (Yahoo C Driver)

Juan Pablo Montoya – Montoya finished 13th earlier this year and he’s had similar results at other intermediate tracks (Charlotte 14th, Kansas 22nd, Chicagoland 14th, Atlanta 15th, Michigan 15th). I think if you pick him you should expect around a 15th place finish. The reason why I don’t have him listed as a “Front Runner” is because I don’t see the potential for him to do any better than that mark. Inconsistency across the board is another looming problem that awaits you if you pick him. (Yahoo B Driver)

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