Martin Truex Jr 2017 Fantasy

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Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. will be a factor at Kansas. This year at intermediate tracks he’s been a fantasy ace. Over the combined 4 races on this track type he has the best driver rating, a 5.3 average finish and 7.3 average running position. At Kansas Truex Jr. has run well and performance wise he should’ve won the last two spring races. Over the last five Kansas races Truex has the 3rd best driver rating, a 7.0 average running position and a 10.6 average finish. Last fall he was solid. He finished 11th and earned the 9th best driver rating. In that race it should be noted he had some major fuel problems. In spring 2016 nobody was better than him. If he didn’t have to pit a second time during a late pit cycle under green he likely would’ve raced his way to victory lane. In the race he earned the best driver rating, led 172 laps and finished 14th. Over long runs he was the class of the field. In 2015 he had an asterisk result in both races. In fall 2015 he had a solid showing and was probably around 10th place good but walked away with a misleading 15th place result. During pit stops around lap 215 Martin Truex Jr.’s pit crew had an uncontrolled tire and he had to serve a pass through penalty. In spring 2015 Truex Jr. had a great car and I would argue it was the strongest. In the race he earned the best driver rating, had a 2nd place average running position, led 95 laps and finished 9th. That result is very misleading and is the product of late pit strategy followed by a bad restart. (Yahoo A Driver)

Kyle Larson – Kyle Larson will be one of the drivers to beat at Kansas. This year at intermediate tracks he’s been a fantasy stud. Over the combined four races he’s finished in the top two every race, has a 1.8 average finish, a 5.5 average running position and the second best driver rating. It should also be noted that over the seven combined races at intermediate tracks that the lowest down force package has been used Larson has the best driver rating. At Kansas Larson hasn’t had a high-level of success in recent races but don’t let that scare you off. Last fall he was likely around mid-teens good but on lap 177 he got into the wall hard and that led to his 30th place finish. In spring 2016 he had a great car and had top five potential but he was taken out in a late wreck when Denny Hamlin decided to go three-wide. In fall 2015 Larson’s car was junk. It was extremely loose and it led to him spinning out on lap 109 which dropped him down two laps. When the race reached its conclusion he finished four laps down in 29th. In spring 2015 he finished 15th but he was much better than his result. Towards the end of the race he was very loose and the final caution plummeted him in the running order. If the final caution didn’t come he likely would’ve finished in the top five. In fall 2014 he was impressive and finished runner-up. Also in the race it should be noted he earned the 2nd best driver rating and had a 7th place average running position. (Yahoo B Driver)

Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick will be tough to beat at Kansas. He performs at an elite level and in 5 of the last 7 races at this mid-west track he’s finished in the top two. You can’t argue against that level of fantasy production. His two results over this stretch outside the top two were misleading results. Over the last seven Kansas races he has the best driver rating, best average finish (5.1), best average running position (5.3) and has led the most laps. Last fall at Kansas Kevin Harvick had a great car and raced his way to victory lane. In the race he earned the best driver rating, had a 3rd place average running position and led 74 laps. Last spring he had one of the fastest cars over long runs. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 2nd, earned the 3rd best driver rating and had a 6th place average running position. In fall 2015 he was top five good but finished a misleading 16th after getting a stop and go penalty after equipment left his pit box and having shifter problems late. In spring 2015 he had a great car and finished second. In that race if a late caution didn’t come out he likely would’ve won. In that race he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and led 53 laps. This year at intermediate tracks Kevin Harvick has run extremely well when he avoids major problems. (Yahoo A Driver)

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