Kyle Busch 2015 Fantasy NASCAR Racing
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Kyle Busch  – Kyle Busch has been an elite driver at New Hampshire. In four of the last five races he’s finished in the top two. Over this five race stretch he has the 2nd best driver rating, a 3.0 average finish and has led 211 laps. In July Kyle Busch didn’t have the best car but that didn’t stop him from reaching victory lane. In the race he earned the best driver rating, had a 3rd place average running position and led 96 laps. In the race it should be noted he got a very lucky break when he cycled to the lead after having a supposed flat when the caution came out at a favorable time. Last September he finished 8th which is amazing when you consider how his race played out. On lap 188 he ran into the back of Kenseth and then Kahne ran into the back of him. The result of that contact was a spin and heavily damaged hood which dropped him back to the low twenties. At the time of the incident he was running around 7th. Prior to his problem I would estimate his average running position was around 6th. In the three New Hampshire races prior to that event he finished runner-up every race. In July 2014 he started on the pole, earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and led 62 laps. In fall 2013 his car was very strong and he was the only driver who could challenge Matt Kenseth. In that race he started in 12th and had an 8th place average running position. In July 2013 he started in 4th and drove up to the lead on lap 10. When he got to the front he paced the field for 53 laps. The strength of his car in the race was short runs. Over long runs he appeared to be somewhat vulnerable. When the checkered flag waved he finished 2nd, had a 3rd place average running position and earned the best driver rating. In 2012 Kyle Busch was strong in both races but didn’t get a single good result. In July 2012 he started on the pole and lapped cars early. His downfall in the race was pit road. While he was leading he had a slow pit stop that was combined with a speeding penalty. Once he rebounded from that incident he later had more self-inflicted pit road problems (over shot box). That’s why his 16th place finish is very misleading. In the race he led 72 laps, had a 9th place average running position and earned the 9th best driver rating. If he didn’t have any issues I think he would’ve finished in the top five. In September 2012 Kyle Busch once again had a strong car but had nothing to show for it. In that race he started in 2nd, led 48 laps but around lap #165 while he was running in 4th he lost a cylinder and as a result finished 28th. (Yahoo A Driver)

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Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick will be a great fantasy NASCAR pick to win at New Hampshire. He’s an elite talent at shorter flat tracks and in the last two races at New Hampshire I would argue he was the strongest performer. This June he was extremely strong. If it wasn’t for the caution that got Kyle Busch back on the lead lap I think he would’ve won. When the checkered flag waved he finished 3rd, earned the 3rd best driver rating and led 59 laps. Over long runs his car was the class of the field. In the corners he ran a little higher than other drivers which allowed him to carry tremendous speed down the straightaway. Last fall at New Hampshire he had a stellar car but was at a tire disadvantage at the end (on older tires). In that race he earned the best driver rating, led the most laps (104), finished 3rd and earned the 3rd best driver rating. In July 2014 his team used the race as a glorified test session. He had a top ten car but late in the race he ran out of gas when it went to overtime. In the race he started in 12th, earned the 12th best driver rating, had a 9th place average running position and finished 30th. In his career at New Hampshire he has one win and has finished in the top ten 52% percent of the time. (Yahoo A Driver)

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Brad Keselowski – Brad Keselowski is an excellent fantasy NASCAR option at New Hampshire. Since September 2011 he’s ranked as one of the best. Over the last 8 races he has the best driver rating, best average finish (4.8), second best average running position (7.6) and has led the second most laps (340). Earlier this year at New Hampshire he had a great car and I would argue it was the second best. In the race he led the most laps (100), finished 2nd, earned the 2nd best driver rating and had a 3rd place average running position. His car was good over both short runs and long runs. Last year he was the class of the field. In September 2014 he had a very impressive performance. He started 1st, finished 7th, had a 7th place average running position and led 78 laps. In the race I think his team was a little over confident and early in the event some bad pit strategy shuffled him back in the running order. Also it should be noted his race wasn’t incident free. On lap 194 he spun and he backed his car into the wall. Also late in the race he was at a tire disadvantage. Performance wise I think he was top 3 good. In July 2014 he was dominant and raced his way to victory lane. In the race he had a 3rd place average running position, earned the best driver rating and led 138 laps. In fall 2013 at New Hampshire he finished 11th. In the race he performed slightly better than his result but late in the race with 40 laps to go somebody got into the back of him and it slid him from 10th back to 16th. In July 2013 at the Magic Mile Brad Keselowski had a good performance. He started on the pole, led 14 laps, earned the second best driver rating and finished 4th. His strength in the race was long runs. That strength was also a notable attribute of his in 2012 when he finished 5th and 6th. (Yahoo A Driver)

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