Paul Menard – Given the tier of driver Paul Menard is associated with he’s a good fantasy option for the AAA Texas 500. At 1.5 mile tracks this year he’s been solid. He’s coming off a 3rd place finish at Kansas and for the year he has a 13.7 average finish. That’s a better average finish than Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Mark Martin. Texas has been an OK track for Menard recently. In the last two races here he’s finished in the teens but in the two races prior to that he finished 5th and 10th. In the AAA Texas 500 I would look for Menard to finish between 8th and 15th. Right now this may very well be the best intermediate track program at RCR. (Yahoo! B Driver)
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Sam Hornish Jr. – High speed intermediate tracks have been a strength for Hornish Jr. in his latest Sprint Cup stint. Since he’s been back full-time his finishes at these venues are 12th, 11th, 11th 15th and 26th (wrecked). These are clearly finishes fantasy racers can work with. Historically Texas hasn’t been a good track for him. In six races he has a best finish of 17th and an average finish of 24.8. You can throw his historical stats right out the window because Hornish is a much better driver now. (Yahoo! C Driver)
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Ryan Newman – Newman hasn’t had a lot of success at 1.5 mile tracks this year. His average finish is a lowly 20.3 and he only has two top tens for the season. I’m not seeing any upside in picking Newman. He won at Texas nearly a decade ago but he hasn’t finished in the top ten since 2008. In the last four races here he’s finished between 16th and 21st every race. His career average finish at Texas is 20.7. Since his 2003 win he’s only led a grand total of six laps here. (Yahoo! B Driver)