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Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. will be a favorite to win at Charlotte for two key reasons. He won here in dominant fashion this spring, and this year at 1.5 mile tracks nobody has been better than him. There’s been seven races at 1.5 mile tracks this year and over the last five I would argue he’s had the best car. Over the combined races at tracks of this length he has the best driver rating by a wide margin, has led the most laps, ran the most fastest laps and has a misleading 7.1 average finish. Chicagoland is the most recent 1.5 mile track visited and at that venue he raced his way to victory lane. Recently at Charlotte he’s been a fantasy ace with 3 straight top fives. This spring there’s no debate Truex Jr. had the best car en route to victory lane. He started on the pole, earned a perfect driver rating and led a record 392 laps. Nobody in the race passed him under green. In 2015 he had a great year at Charlotte. Between the combined events he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 5.5 average running position, a 4.0 average finish and led 131 laps. Last fall he had a strong showing finishing 3rd and earning the 5th best driver rating. In spring 2015 he had a fast car and I would argue it was the best. If fuel didn’t enter the equation late he had a great chance to win. In the race he earned the best driver rating, led the most laps, had the best average running position and finished 5th. (Yahoo B Driver)

Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick will be tough to beat at Charlotte. He’s an elite competitor here and has performed at an extremely high level for an extended period of time. In his career at Charlotte he has 3 wins and has finished in the top ten in 11 of the last 12 races. Currently at Charlotte he has 7 straight top tens. In 5 of those races he’s finished in the top 2. Since he’s been in the #4 car at Charlotte he has a 3.2 average finish, 4.8 average running position and has the best driver rating. This spring at Charlotte he had a strong showing but had nothing for Truex. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 2nd, earned the 4th best driver rating and had a 6th place average running position. Last fall he had a strong showing and also finished runner-up. Additionally in that race he earned the 2nd best driver rating and had a 5th place average running position. In spring 2015 he was top 4 good but late in the race he had to come in for a splash of fuel. In that race he earned the 3rd best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position, finished 9th and led 26 laps. In fall 2014 Kevin Harvick put on a display of domination. In that race he finished 1st, had a 3rd place average running position and led 162 laps. In spring 2014 he finished 2nd and led 100 laps. This season at 1.5 mile tracks Kevin Harvick has been a fantasy ace and outside of Truex Jr. I would argue he’s been the next best performer. (Yahoo A Driver)

Brad Keselowski – Brad Keselowski should be on your short list of favorites at Charlotte. This year at 1.5 mile tracks he ranks as one of the strongest performers. For the season on this track type he’s scored the 2nd most points, has 2 wins, 6 top tens and an 8.0 average running position. Chicagoland is the most recent 1.5 mile track visited and at that venue he finished 5th. Charlotte has been a great track for Keselowski. In 5 of the last 6 races he’s finished in the top ten. In the one he didn’t, his race wasn’t incident free. Currently at Charlotte he has three straight top tens. Over these events he has the 6th best driver rating and a 7th place average finish. This spring he had a strong car and was a consistent front runner. In the race he earned the 3rd best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position and finished 5th. Last fall he didn’t have a great car but his team worked on it all afternoon to make it better. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 9th, had a 13th place average running position and earned the 13th best driver rating. In spring 2015 he ran well even though his race wasn’t incident free. During his first pit stop he was penalized when equipment left his box which dropped him deep in the field. He reached the top ten again around lap 100 and from that point to the conclusion of the race he was a top ten mainstay. Over the last 300 laps I would estimate his average running position was around 5th. When the checkered flag waved he finished 7th. In fall 2014 he finished a misleading 16th after having late contact with Kenseth. Performance wise he was really top 5 good. In the two Charlotte races prior to that he finished 1st and 10th. (Yahoo A Driver)

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