Carl Edwards 2015 Fantasy NASCAR Racing

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Carl Edwards – Martinsville has been an OK track for Carl Edwards. Typically he’s finished between 9th and 20th. In 13 of the last 14 races he’s finished within that range. This spring he had his one finish outside of that range and bucked the trend. Earlier this year he started 25th, and finished 6th. I will note he wasn’t as good as his result. That finish is largely the product of how the closing phase of the race played out. Performance wise his 20th place average running position is a much better representation of how he ran. Last fall he started 14th, and finished 14th. He’s fortunate to finish that well because he damaged his car in an accordion effect wreck. In spring 2015 Carl Edwards ran well but finished 17th. That finish deserves an asterisk mark because his race wasn’t incident free. With 69 laps to go while he was running in 6th he had a flat tire and spun. Also in the race it should be noted Edwards had a 7th place average running position and earned the 7th best driver rating. In fall 2014 he finished 20th. In the three races prior to that he had results of 12th, 13th and 15th. This year at short tracks Edwards has scored the 2nd most points. On Sunday look for Carl Edwards to have a solid performance and come home with a good finish. (Yahoo B Driver)

AJ Allmendinger – If you’re looking for an under the radar driver who’s capable of delivering in a big way than AJ Allmendinger might be the driver for you. He’s run very well here and over his last ten Martinsville races he’s only twice finished lower than 14th. Outside of road courses Martinsville is his next best track. This spring he had a great car and at the end of the race he was moving drivers like Johnson and Keselowski out of the way. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 2nd, earned the 6th best driver rating and had an 8th place average running position. Last fall he had a solid race. He finished 11th, had a 12th place average running position, earned the 12th best driver rating and led 19 laps. In spring 2015 he ran well and had top ten potential but was sidelined early with engine problems. Prior to him having his issues he was running in 7th. In 2014 at Martinsville Allmendinger had results of 9th and 11th. (Yahoo B Driver)

Kasey Kahne – Kasey Kahne shouldn’t be overlooked at Martinsville, but it should be noted he’s been a risky option. Since he’s driven for Hendrick Motorsports he has he has four results in the top 11, and five results of 22nd or worse. This spring he didn’t have a great race. He started in 2nd but dropped like a rock in the running order when the green flag waved. His car was “super loose” and it never seemed to improve. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 22nd and had a 21st place average running position. Last fall he had a very different race. He started in the rear of the field and steadily moved up through the running order. When the checkered flag waved he finished 9th. In spring 2015 Kahne ran well and was better than many of his teammates. He started 9th, had a 9th place average running position, earned the 9th best driver rating and finished 11th. Also in the race he led 29 laps through pit strategy. 2014 was a tough year for him. In fall 2014 he had a troubled race. He had a few run-ins with Brian Vickers and then was eventually caught up in the “Big One” when Keselowski’s rear axle broke. In spring 2014 he damaged his car early in the race on pit road and went on to finish 22nd. One attribute I like about Kahne is how well his team is performing at the moment. He wrecked at Talladega, but in the 7 races prior to that he finished in the top 12 every race and had a 7.7 average finish. (Yahoo B Driver)

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