Austin Dillon Fantasy NASCAR 2014

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Austin Dillon – Austin Dillon is a very good dark horse option. His 29.5 Chicagoland average finish should do a good job scaring away casual fantasy NASCAR players. Last year at the Windy City he finished dead last in 43rd. Performance wise it was clear he had top ten potential. On lap 130 shortly after a restart he had a flat tire and got into the wall hard. Prior to that he was running in 10th. In 2014 when he made his Chicagoland debut he was a mid-teens driver. In that race he started 15th, had a 15th place average running position, finished 16th and earned the 16th best driver rating. This year at 1.5 mile tracks Dillon has been a quality performer. For the season he’s scored the 9th most points, has an 11.5 average finish and a 14.0 average running position. (Yahoo B Driver)

Jamie McMurray – The #1 team has shown more speed over the last quarter of the season which bodes well for McMurray at Chicagoland. I think he’s likely a low to mid teens driver who has potential to possibly compete for a top ten. Kentucky is the most recent 1.5 mile track visited and at that venue he finished 7th and had an 11th place average running position. Recently at Chicagoland McMurray hasn’t been a bad performer. Over the last two races he has a 12.5 average finish, the 12th best driver rating and an 11.0 average running position. Last year he was essentially an upper teens driver. When the checkered flag waved he finished 16th, had a 16th place average running position and earned the 18th best driver rating. In 2014 McMurray had a great car and I would argue it was one of the best. In the race he ran the high-line and got tremendous runs down the straightaway. In the race it should be noted he started 11th, finished 9th, had a 6th place average running position, earned the 4th best driver rating and led 32 laps. In four of the six Chicagoland races prior to that race he finished between 19th and 22nd. (Yahoo B Driver)

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Ryan Newman – Ryan Newman has proven himself to be a solid competitor at Chicagoland. In 4 of the last 5 races he’s finished in the top ten. Over those 5 events he has an 8.4 average finish, the 9th best driver rating and an 11.2 average running position. Last year Newman had his strongest showing since his 2003 victory. When the checkered flag waved he finished 4th, had a 10th place average running position and earned the 9th best driver rating. In 2014 Newman finished 15th. It wasn’t an easy 15th because his race wasn’t incident free. He had to overcome a flat tire which caused him to pit under green which dropped him off the lead lap. If his race would’ve been incident free I think he definitely had top ten potential. In six of the seven Chicagoland races prior to that event he finished in the top ten. In 2013 he finished 10th and earned the 15th best driver rating. In 2012 he started in 20th, finished 5th and earned the 8th best driver rating. In 2011 he led 18 laps and finished 8th. This year at 1.5 mile tracks Newman has typically looked about 7th to 13th place good performance wise. (Yahoo B Driver)

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