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Kasey Kahne – Don’t overlook Kasey Kahne at Las Vegas. It’s a good track for him and going back to the start of the 2016 playoffs minus Homestead, Kahne has finished in the top ten every race and has a 6.4 average finish. At Las Vegas Kahne has been successful. He’s finished in the top ten 54% percent of the time and in 3 of the last 4 races he’s finished within that mark. Over the last four Las Vegas races Kahne has the 7th best driver rating, a 9.3 average finish and an 8.5 average running position. Last year at Las Vegas Kahne had a solid showing. He finished 10th, had an 11th place average running position and earned the 12th best driver rating (among active drivers). In 2015 Kahne finished 17th. That is a very misleading result because strength wise he was top five good. With 75 laps him and Carl Edwards were running 4th & 5th but they had contact which sent Kahne into the wall. He was able to keep racing but his car was never the same. Even with his problem with quite a bit of the race remaining he had a 6th place average running position and earned the 9th best driver rating. In 2014 Kahne finished 8th. In 2013 Kahne arguably had the best car. In that race he finished 2nd and led 114 laps. Late in that event Kenseth used pit strategy and Kahne just couldn’t get around him again. (Yahoo B Driver)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Look for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to have a strong performance at Las Vegas and bounce back after a disappointing first two races of the season. Las Vegas is a great track for him and he’s come very close to victory lane in the past. Currently at Las Vegas he has six straight top tens, no other driver has more than 4. Since 2007 he’s only once finished lower than 11th and that result was 16th. Over the last four Las Vegas races Earnhardt Jr. has a 5.3 average finish, 6.5 average running position and the 5th best driver rating. Last year at Las Vegas he had a solid afternoon. He finished 8th, earned the 9th best driver rating and had a 10th place average running position. In 2015 he had a strong showing and the key number you need to know about him is 4. He started 4th, finished 4th and led 4 laps. Also in the race it should be noted he earned the 2nd best driver rating and had a 3rd place average running position. In 2014 if he had another splash of fuel he would’ve raced his way to victory lane. Instead he finished 2nd, earned the 3rd best driver rating and led 51 laps. In 2013 Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 7th, had a 7th place average running position and earned the 6th best driver rating. (Yahoo A Driver)

Austin Dillon – Austin Dillon should have a strong showing at Las Vegas and compete for a top ten. He’s a strong competitor at intermediate tracks and and I think the chance is low that he’ll be a fantasy let down. Last year at Las Vegas Austin Dillon had a strong showing and overcame a slow pit stop and a speeding penalty to finish 5th with the help of some late pit strategy. Prior to his problems on pit road and strategy play late he was running around 8th. In his first three Las Vegas races which don’t carry the most fantasy relevance because his team wasn’t as competitive he finished between 16th and 21st. In 2015 there was nothing special about his performance. He finished 20th, had an 18th place average running position and earned the 18th best driver rating. In 2014 he had one of his better races of the season at Las Vegas. He started in 4th, had a 12th place average running position and finished 16th. A short summary from that race is that he started in 4th and slowly faded back to 16th over the course of the event. (Yahoo B Driver)

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