Martin Truex Jr 2017 Fantasy

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Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. will be a favorite to win at New Hampshire. In the last three races at “The Magic Mile” he’s been a serious threat to win. Over the last three events he has the best driver rating, the best average running position (3.7), has led the most laps (401) and has a misleading 8.7 average finish. This summer he had a great car that I thought was subjectively the best. When the checkered flag waved he earned the best driver rating, finished 3rd and led a race high 137 laps. I’ll note his race wasn’t incident free because he had to make an unexpected pit stop in the last third of the race which had him on older tires than the competition at the end. Last fall Truex Jr. had a great car but some poor restarts near the end hurt him. When the checkered flag waved he finished 7th, earned the best driver rating, had a 2nd place average running position and led a race high 141 laps. In July 2016 Truex Jr. finished a very misleading 16th. Performance wise I would argue he likely had the best car but a broken shifter ruined his afternoon. Prior to his shifter breaking he was the race leader. In total he paced the field for 123 laps. In the five New Hampshire races prior to that he finished between 8th and 12th. His average result over that stretch was 10.8. Richmond is the last shorter flat track visited and in that event he led 198 laps and would’ve won if there wasn’t a late caution. (Yahoo A Driver)

Denny Hamlin – Denny Hamlin is one of the premiere shorter flat track drivers in NASCAR. When it comes to racing on this sub-track type he should always be on your short list of favorites. At New Hampshire Denny Hamlin is the most recent winner and in 3 of the last 4 races he’s finished in the top ten. This summer Hamlin had a great car. In addition to winning he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and led 54 laps. Last fall Hamlin had a good car but finished a misleading 15th. That’s a slightly misleading result because with about 30 laps to go during pit stops he got an uncontrolled tire penalty. Additionally it should be noted he earned the 10th best driver rating and had an 11th place average running position. In July 2016 Hamlin had a strong car. He earned the 5th best driver rating, had a 7th place average running position and finished 9th. In fall 2015 he finished runner-up. Additionally in the race he earned the 3rd best driver rating, had a 6th place average running position and led 21 laps. (Yahoo A Driver)

Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch will be a tough competitor at New Hampshire. “Performance wise” I would look for him to finish in the top five and compete for the win. He’s a recent winner and has knocked on the door to victory lane often. In 3 of the last 6 New Hampshire races Busch has led 95 laps or more. This summer Busch had a top two car but finished 12th because his race wasn’t incident free. While he was leading with 62 laps to go he was caught speeding on pit road which dropped him a lap down. Additionally from the race it should be noted he won Stage #2, earned the 3rd best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position and led 95 laps. In fall 2016 he had a great car. He finished 3rd, earned the 3rd best driver rating and had a 5th place average running position. In July 2016 he had a great car. He earned the best driver rating, had a 2nd place average running position, led the most laps (133) and finished 8th. I will note that’s a misleading result. Strength wise he was top 3 good but he got shuffled back late. In fall 2015 Kyle Busch had a good car and was easily top ten strong but a flat tire on lap 160 while running in 9th sent him to the garage and led to his misleading 37th place result. In 4 of the 5 New Hampshire races prior to that he finished in the top two. (Yahoo A Driver)

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