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Jimmie Johnson Fantasy NASCAR 2013

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Jimmie Johnson – Jimmie Johnson was very impressive last fall at Kansas given his circumstance. He started in 7th, led 44 laps and finished 9th. If you watched the race then I’m sure you remember what the #48 car looked like after it got into the wall. I’ll assure you it likely didn’t fit any NASCAR templates after that. The key moment for him in the race was when Aric Almirola brought out a caution during a pit cycle. Johnson was the leader but almost immediately after he pitted a caution came out. This trapped him back in the field and on lap #136 while he was running in 20th he backed the #48 into the wall. You can’t keep this team done long though. They battled back and fixed the car the best they could. Johnson will definitely be a contender in the STP 400. He ranks as one of the best intermediate track drivers in the series. On 1.5 mile tracks this season he’s finished 6th twice. On Sunday my prediction is that we’ll find the #48 car in victory lane. (Yahoo! A Driver)

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Matt Kenseth – Last fall on the new Kansas surface Matt Kenseth finished first, led the most laps (78), had the best average running position (6th) and earned the best driver rating by a wide margin (141.7). The key moment for him in the race which helped propel him to victory lane was an unlikely one. Fantasy “Front Runner” Aric Almirola had multiple problems in the race and in one of his minor incidents he got into the wall and Kenseth followed in his tracks and scrapped it as well. Shortly afterwards a caution came out and not many drivers pitted but Kenseth elected to. This allowed him to get out of sync with the competition and stay out late which inherited him the lead. In the STP 400 Kenseth will certainly be poised as one of the favorites. The #20 team and Joe Gibbs Racing in general have been very strong in the Gen 6 cars on this track type. Las Vegas is arguablly the most similar track on the schedule and in that race Kenseth took home the trophy. (Yahoo! A Driver)

Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch had a fast car at Kansas last year so don’t be scared away by his 31st place finish. In the race he ran as high as second but around lap #40 he spun on his own. Luckily he didn’t sustain any damage. He was able to rebound from that incident and later in the race found himself in the top ten again. With #86 laps to go he was battling Newman for 7th but they got together and wrecked. This season on the track Kyle Busch has been strong every week. Las Vegas is the most similar track visited and in that race he may of very well had the fastest car but self inflicted problems hurt him. At the other two intermediate tracks visited this season Kyle Busch has taken home the trophy. Look for Kyle Busch to be a very popular fantasy NASCAR expert pick to win the Kansas STP 400. (Yahoo! B Driver)

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