Michigan Quicken Loans 400 Fantasy NASCAR Front Runner Rankings

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Carl Edwards – Carl Edwards is the top ranked fantasy NASCAR “Front Runner Rankings” driver for the Michigan Quicken Loans 400. Michigan is a Roush Track and Carl Edwards has been very successful here. He’s a two-time winner who’s shown remarkable consistency. His average finish is 8.3 and he’s finished in the top ten 79% percent of the time. The only other track where his top ten finish percentage is higher is Michigan’s sister track Auto Club Speedway. Also at Michigan he’s finished in the top five nearly half the time (47%). One attribute I really like about Edwards at Michigan is his ability to avoid really bad finishes. Only twice in his career has he finished worse than 12th. On the new surface at Michigan Carl Edwards has performed well. He has an 8.8 average finish and has a worst result of 11th. Last August he finished 10th, had an 11th place average running position and earned the 9th best driver rating. In June 2013 Carl Edwards had a strong performance. He started on the pole, led 16 laps, had a 7th place average running position and finished 8th. In that race his car was better than his finish position. Late in the race while he was running in 2nd he came in for a pit stop but was burned by a caution after he completed his stop. That dropped him all the way back to 24th with only about 30 laps remaining. In 2012 at MIS Edwards had results of 6th and 11th. This season on high-speed intermediate tracks Edwards hasn’t shown blazing speed but his team has utilized strategy well and has come home with many good results. On this track type he has a 7.8 average finish and a 13.8 average running position. (Yahoo B Driver)

Tony Stewart – Last August at Michigan Tony Stewart missed the race due to injury. In his place Austin Dillon drove the 14 car to a 14th place finish. In June 2013 Tony Stewart had a good car. He had a 10th place average running position, earned the 11th best driver rating and finished 5th. In August 2012 Stewart had a short race. He lost a cylinder early and finished 32nd. In the first race on the new MIS surface he finished 2nd, earned the 3rd best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position and led 18 laps. Typically at Michigan as long as Tony Stewart avoids trouble he’s been a lock for a good result. Minus his engine problem in 2012 and crash in 2006 then he’s finished in the top twelve in 15 of the last 16 races. Over his career he’s finished in the top ten 69% percent of the time. That level of consistency can’t be overlooked. Also at Michigan Stewart has one win and an 11.7 average finish. This season on high-speed intermediate tracks Tony Stewart has performed like a low double digit performer. His best finish of the season (5th) came at Michigan’s sister track Auto Club Speedway. (Yahoo B Driver)

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Brian Vickers – Brian Vickers is a driver who has strong dark horse / sleeper fantasy NASCAR potential in the Michigan Quicken Loans 400. It’s been a long time since Vickers raced here in a Sprint Cup Car but in 2009 he outlasted Jimmie Johnson on fuel and drove the 83 car to victory lane. In that race he led 12 laps and if Jimmie Johnson wasn’t short on fuel there’s no way he would’ve won. Vickers most recent Michigan race was in 2011 and in that event he finished 16th. In his six races prior to that he had six consecutive top ten finishes. Over his last seven Michigan races he has a 7.9 average finish, 9.9 average starting position and a 10.4 average running position. His driver rating over these 7 races is 104.1. This season on high-speed intermediate tracks Vickers has quietly been one of the strongest performers and has an 8.8 average finish. Auto Club Speedway is the most similar track visited and at that venue he finished 7th, had a 7th place average running position and earned the 5th best driver rating. (Yahoo B Driver)

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