Jimmie Johnson fantasy NASCARJimmie Johnson – Jimmie Johnson should be on your short list of favorites at Charlotte. He’s the most recent winner and it ranks as one of his best tracks. In his career at Charlotte he has 8 wins, has finished in the top five 48% percent of the time and in the top ten 61% percent of the time. Last fall at Charlotte the #48 car was very strong and Johnson raced his way to victory lane. In addition to winning he earned the best driver rating, led a race high 155 laps and had a 3rd place average running position. In spring 2016 Truex dominated the race but Jimmie Johnson was “The best of the rest.” When the race reached its conclusion he earned the 2nd best driver rating, finished 3rd and had a 3rd place average running position. He’s also responsible for leading 5 of the 8 laps Truex Jr. didn’t lead. In 2015 Johnson had top five potential in both races but finished poorly twice. In October 2015 he ran extremely well and was a consistent front runner but unfortunately his race wasn’t incident free. With 76 laps to go while running in 3rd he slowed on the track because he lost his oil pump which led to his 39th place finish. In spring 2015 he had a good car but spun twice. During his second spin on lap 274 while he was running in 5th he hit the inside wall which led to his 40th place finish. One aspect I like about Johnson is that he’s run well in the last two races at 1.5 mile tracks. He won at Texas and looked very strong at Kansas despite all of his problems. (Yahoo A Driver)

Martin Truex Jr. – Fresh off a win at Kansas Martin Truex Jr. will be a favorite to win at Charlotte. This year at intermediate tracks Truex Jr. has the best driver rating, a 4.5 average finish, 4.5 average running position, has run the most fastest laps and has led the second most laps. At Charlotte Truex Jr. has been a strong performer and if he didn’t have problems last fall he would likely have four straight top five finishes here. Last fall Truex Jr. finished 13th but he was better than his result. During the final round of pit stops he had a slow stop that dropped him from 3rd to 16th. In spring 2016 there’s no debate Truex Jr. had the best car en route to victory lane. He started on the pole, earned a perfect driver rating and led a record 392 laps. Nobody in the race passed him under green. In 2015 he had a great year at Charlotte. Between the combined events he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 5.5 average running position, a 4.0 average finish and led 131 laps. In fall 2015 he had a strong showing finishing 3rd and earning the 5th best driver rating. In spring 2015 he had a fast car and I would argue it was the best. If fuel didn’t enter the equation late he had a great chance to win. In the race he earned the best driver rating, led the most laps, had the best average running position and finished 5th. If you play at DraftKings it should be noted he’s finished in the top two in terms of points accumulated in 3 of the last 4 races. (Yahoo A Driver)

Kyle Larson – Kyle Larson has consistently been the man to beat at intermediate tracks this year. This year at 1.5 mile tracks Larson has a 3.0 average finish, 6.5 average running position and the 3rd best driver rating. In all four races he’s finished in the top 6. At Charlotte Larson has had some strong recent performances. Last fall Larson ran well. He earned the 4th best driver rating and finished 5th. In spring 2016 he had a solid performance. He finished 13th, had a 9th place average running position and earned the 10th best driver rating. In fall 2015 he had one of the best cars. In that event he started in 31st but he was a rim rider and nobody had a better car then him at running the high-line. He raced all the way up to 3rd but under caution just before lap 200 him and Kyle Busch crashed into each other when they were coming to pit road. After that Larson’s car was never the same and it led to his 21st place finish. (Yahoo B Driver)

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