Kasey Kahne 2012 Fantasy NASCAR
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Kasey Kahne – In 2005 Kasey Kahne won his first career race at Richmond. Not only did he win but he started on the pole, led 242 laps, and held off a hard charging Tony Stewart. Last spring Kahne started 4th and finished 3rd. That’s his first top ten since 2008. Overall at Richmond I would describe his track record as “spotty”. He’s had good finishes at RIR but he’s also finished outside the top twenty in half his starts. (Yahoo! B Driver)

AJ Allmendinger – If you’re just studying average finishes when you select a driver then it’s likely you overlooked AJ Allmendinger. His Richmond average finish is 22.1 but he might be as good as gold to some of you. In the last three Richmond races AJ has finished 8th, 7th and 11th. I think he has a good chance of replicating those results again this spring. Last fall in the #22 car Kurt Busch finished 5th even with his Jimmie Johnson “hit job”. This year on short tracks AJ has finished 17th (Bristol, led 54 laps) and 2nd (Martinsville). (Yahoo! B Driver)

Kurt Busch – Busch is a former winner at Richmond (2005) and last fall he wheeled the #22 car home to a fifth place finish. Of course he’s in lower caliber equipment this year but Richmond is a skill track and his talent can help overcome the deficit. I think he’s a mid pack driver but I think there’s potential for him to grab a top ten finish. Earlier this year at Phoenix Busch finished 15th. (Yahoo! B Driver)

Marcos Ambrose – From a career standpoint Ambrose has a pretty solid record at Richmond. In half his races at “The Action Track” he’s finished in the top 11. Last season he finished 23rd and 21st. One reason I really like Ambrose this week is how well he ran at Phoenix. He finished 32nd but if he didn’t have engine problems he would’ve finished in the top five. Even on the old Phoenix track configuration (still similar to Richmond) Ambrose had good results (4 top fifteen results in 7 races). (Yahoo! B Driver)

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