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Kurt Busch – Kurt Busch is entering Charlotte with some dark horse fantasy value. If he didn’t have his collision with Jimmie Johnson at the end of Kansas he would be entering this race having finished in the top ten in 4 of the last 5 races. At Charlotte Kurt Busch has been strong recently and currently has four straight top tens. Over the last four Charlotte races Busch has a 7.3 average finish, 8.5 average running position and the 6th best average finish. Last fall he had a solid race. He finished 8th and had a 14th place average running position. Last spring he had a good car and was a consistent front runner. In the race he finished 6th, had a 7th place average running position and earned the 7th best driver rating. In fall 2015 he ran very well. In that event he earned the 4th best driver rating, finished 5th and had an 8th place average running position. In spring 2015 he was very competitive and had one of the best cars. He earned the 2nd best driver rating, led the 2nd most laps (118), had a 5th place average running position and finished 10th. If the race didn’t come down to fuel mileage than I think he was a lock for a top four finish. In fall 2014 he had a good evening and was better than his 11th place finish. In that race don’t overlook his 5th place average running position and his 5th best driver rating. (Yahoo B Driver)

Trevor Bayne – Trevor Bayne is looking like a solid fantasy NASCAR option. I never thought I would say that. This year at 1.5 mile tracks he’s consistently performed well having finished between 10th and 13th in all four events. Additionally at 1.5 mile tracks this season he has a 12.0 average finish and a 15.3 average running position. You also have to like his momentum. In 5 of the last 6 races he’s finished between 10th and 13th. At Charlotte there isn’t anything to brag about his track history. His average finish is 22.8 and he’s never finished in the top fifteen. In the last five races he’s finished between 18th and 27th. Last year he had results of 18th and 25th. For fantasy purposes I would just ignore his track record and focus on how he’s performed at 1.5 mile tracks this year. (Yahoo B Driver)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a solid dark horse fantasy option at Charlotte. It’s scary to pick him but he’s been a very respectable performer at 1.5 mile tracks this year. This season at tracks of this length minus Las Vegas where he had problems he’s finished between 11th and 14th every race. For fantasy purposes I would focus on how he’s run at 1.5 mile tracks this year when evaluating his fantasy value. In 5 of the last 10 Charlotte races Stenhouse Jr. has finished 15th or better. Last fall at Charlotte he didn’t have a good race. He finished 20th and had a 21st place average running position. Last spring he finished 15th, earned the 15th best driver rating and had a 14th place average running position. In fall 2015 he didn’t have a great car but walked away with a respectable result. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 13th, had a 20th place average running position and earned the 19th best driver rating. (Yahoo B Driver)

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