Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. has been strong on 1.5 mile tracks all season long. At these venues he has a 7.8 average finish (tied for second best) and a 8.4 average running position. Only Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin rank better than him in that statistical category. Also in the nine races at these venues he has seven top tens and no finishes outside the top twenty. In April at Texas Truex started on the pole, led 69 laps and finished 6th. Last fall at Texas he finished 8th. At the last 1.5 mile track visited Truex finished 2nd. (Yahoo! B Driver)
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Texas is the site of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s first win back in 2000. Since then he hasn’t returned to victory lane and his most recent top five was back in 2004. This spring at Texas Junior finished 10th and had a 10th place average running position. In last years races at this venue he finished 7th and 9th. 1.5 mile tracks have been Junior’s bread and butter this year. At those venues this year he’s 7 for 7 in terms of finishing in the top ten. In the AAA Texas 500 I think he has a really good chance to go 8 for 8. (Yahoo! B Driver)
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Clint Bowyer – Texas has been a good track for Bowyer. He finished 17th this spring but in the three Texas races prior to that he finished in the top ten every race. This team was still getting its act together in the spring race and their much better now. In the three most recent races at 1.5 mile tracks he’s finished 10th, 1st and 6th. His Charlotte win is huge in my book because it’s the most similar track to Texas. His win at Charlotte had a lot to do with fuel mileage but don’t think that factor won’t come into play in the AAA Texas 500. Another variable I like about this team is that they’ve been top ten machines in the Chase. I think this trend will likely continue on Sunday. (Yahoo! B Driver)