Kasey Kahne – Kasey Kahne is a solid fantasy NASCAR option at Charlotte. His team has shown improvement in recent weeks and that bodes well for him at Charlotte which is arguably his best track. Among the 23 tracks on the schedule Charlotte is home to his most wins (4), best top five finish percentage (36%), and second best top ten finish percentage (52%). This spring at Charlotte he never had a chance and had a terrible race, finishing 5 laps down in 22nd. His race went downhill quickly. On lap 15 he had a ball joint issue that gave him a flat which caused him to make an unexpected pit stop which dropped him two laps down. The race had few cautions and I don’t think his problem was really ever remedied in the race. Last fall he was a stop watch standout and looked great but unfortunately it wasn’t incident free. He started in 19th and on lap 41 while he was racing in 12th he got into the wall. That dropped him two laps down. Later in the race he got into the wall again and that was a knock out blow. In the 8 straight Charlotte races prior to that he finished in the top 14. Over those 8 races he had the second best driver rating, a 6.6 average finish, 9.5 average running position and led the most laps (395). In spring 2015 he didn’t have a good car but he managed to escape with a 12th place finish. Also in the race he earned the 13th best driver rating and had a 16th place average running position. In fall 2014 Kahne was never that competitive but when the checkered flag waved he finished 10th. In spring 2014 he had a great car but finished 14th after having a few problems on pit road. In the four Charlotte races prior to that he had results of 1st, 2nd, 2nd and 8th. Chicagoland is the last 1.5 mile track visited and at that venue he finished 7th.
Kurt Busch – At Charlotte I would look for Kurt Busch to be a high-single digit to low-digit performer. I’m basing that off how he’s performed at high-speed intermediate tracks this year. In the last two races on this track type he’s finished 12th and 13th. At Charlotte Busch has been a strong recent performer. Over the last four races he’s run well. Over those combined events he has the 4th best driver rating, a 6.3 average running position and an 8.0 average finish. This spring he had a good car and was a consistent front runner. In the race he finished 6th, had a 7th place average running position and earned the 7th best driver rating. Last fall he ran very well. In that event he earned the 4th best driver rating, finished 5th and had an 8th place average running position. In spring 2015 he was very competitive and had one of the best cars. He earned the 2nd best driver rating, led the 2nd most laps (118), had a 5th place average running position and finished 10th. If the race didn’t come down to fuel mileage than I think he was a lock for a top four finish. In fall 2014 he had a good evening and was better than his 11th place finish. In that race it’s important not to overlook his 5th place average running position and his 5th best driver rating.