Kyle Larson – Homestead-Miami is a multi-groove track and Kyle Larson should be very competitive in the Ford EcoBoost 400. The high-line is distinctly the fastest groove and that’s where you’ll find him on Sunday. He’s used that groove to great success at so many other venues this season and there’s no reason to believe that won’t be the case again. In the last five races at 1.5 mile tracks Larson has scored the most points, has the best average finish (5.2) and has had a result in the top ten every race. In the Sprint Cup series at Homestead Larson has one start under his belt. Last year he performed OK in a pre-rookie start. He finished 15th, earned the 16th best driver rating and had a 20th place average running position.
Austin Dillon – At Homestead Austin Dillon has never had a Sprint Cup start. In 2013 in the Nationwide Series he was points racing and finished 12th. In 2012 in the lower series he finished 5th. This season at 1.5 mile tracks his fantasy value hasn’t been great. For the year at tracks of this length he’s scored the 18th most points and has a 17.0 average finish. In the Chase Dillon has shown improvement at 1.5 mile tracks and has a 14.5 average finish and a 14.5 average running position.
Danica Patrick – Last year at Homestead Danica Patrick made her lone Homestead Sprint Cup start. In the race she started 24th, had a 24th place average running position, earned the 23rd best driver rating and finished 20th. From a performance standpoint she finished right where she should’ve. Also it should be noted her race wasn’t incident free. During green flag pit stops on lap 68 while she was running in the mid 20′s she got busted speeding on pit road and that dropped her back to the high thirties. This season at high-speed intermediate tracks minus Charlotte #1 and Texas #2 she has a 17.9 average finish and a 19.6 average running position.
Trevor Bayne – In the Homestead Ford EcoBoost 400 Trevor Bayne will be making his final start for the Wood Brothers. Next season he’ll move to Roush Fenway Racing and will drive the #6. This season at high-speed intermediate tracks on a good day he’s been about a 20th place performer. He’s been in six races on this track type in 2014 and in the first four races he finished in either 19th or 20th. In the last two races on this track type he’s come home with results of 41st (Michigan) and 39th (Texas). Also this season in his last 5 overall starts he has a 38.6 average finish. I’ll admit that kind of scares me away.