Chase Elliott – Chase Elliott should be pretty prominent on your fantasy NASCAR radar. In the last two races at high-speed intermediate tracks he’s arguably had the best car and has walked away with the best driver rating. Chicagoland is the last 1.5 mile track visited and at that venue he would’ve won if a late caution didn’t come out. In that race he finished 3rd, had a 3rd place average running position and led 75 laps. At Charlotte Chase Elliott has two starts under his belt. This spring he ran well. In the race he finished 8th, earned the 11th best driver rating and had a 13th place average running position. Last year in the Coca Cola 600 he made a pre-rookie season start and finished 18th. I wouldn’t read into that result much.
Ryan Blaney – Ryan Blaney will be a sleeper who shouldn’t be overlooked. In the last two races at high-speed intermediate tracks he’s run well. At Chicagoland he finished 4th, and at Michigan he also finished 4th. This spring at Charlotte he didn’t have a bad race but finished 20th. His race wasn’t incident free. He got a speeding penalty and then with 3 laps to go he had a flat tire. From a performance perspective he was marginally better than his result. His average running position was 19th. Last fall he had a strong showing in the #21. In that race he finished 14th, had a 13th place average running position and earned the 12th best driver rating. In spring 2015 he had low teens potential but on lap 282 his engine blew up.
Alex Bowman – Alex Bowman has some dark horse fantasy NASCAR potential in the #88. I would urge you to completely overlook his Charlotte track history and just focus on how well he’s run in the #88. At Chicagoland, a fellow 1.5 mile track a few weeks ago Bowman finished 10th, earned the 10th best driver rating and had an 11th place average running position. Michigan is another intermediate track and at that venue he showed top ten potential until he had engine problems.