Martin Truex Jr 2017 Fantasy
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Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. will be the man to beat at Charlotte. He’s performed at an elite level here and nobody has been better than him at 1.5 mile tracks this year. This season over the 7 combined races at tracks of this length he has 4 wins, a 3.3 average finish, a 3.9 average running position and has led 765 laps. This spring at Charlotte, Truex Jr. was the class of the field but he lost the race on fuel mileage. When the checkered flag waved he finished 3rd, earned the best driver rating, had a 2nd place average running position and led 233 laps. I will note on the final lap Kyle Busch got around him, but at that point I don’t think Truex was trying hard. 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 and he raced his way 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, Truex had results of 3rd and 5th. (Yahoo A Driver)

Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch is a strong performer at Charlotte who should be on your short list of favorites. He’s never won here in NASCAR’s top series but it’s been a great track for him. He’s finished in the top five 41% percent of the time and in the top ten 59% percent of the time. This spring at Charlotte Busch had a great car. He started 2nd, finished 2nd, earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and led 63 laps. Additionally he won Stage #1, finished 4th in Stage #2 and finished 2nd in Stage 3. Last fall at Charlotte Kyle Busch had a good car. He earned the 3rd best driver rating and finished 6th. What makes his performance a little more impressive is that his race wasn’t incident free. Around lap 90 while he was running in the top five he made an unexpected pit stop under green that dropped him a lap down. In the three Charlotte races prior to that he walked away with misleading results. In spring 2016 he got into the wall hard with 7 laps to go while running in 10th which led to his 33rd place finish. In fall 2015 he was a lock for a top five result but with about a third of the race remaining while he was running in 2nd he was involved in an accident coming to pit road under caution with Kyle Larson that led to his 20th place finish. In spring 2015 he was top 6 good but it became a fuel mileage race at the end which led to him finishing 11th. In 6 of the 7 Charlotte races prior to that he finished in the top ten. (Yahoo A Driver)

Kyle Larson – Kyle Larson will be one of the drivers to beat at Charlotte. This year at 1.5 mile tracks he’s been an elite performer. At tracks of this length in 2017 minus the spring Charlotte race where he’s had problems, he has a 3.2 average finish, 5 runner-up finishes and has had a result in the top 6 every race. This spring Larson started in the rear of the field but had no trouble racing his way to the front. Performance wise he was top five good but his race wasn’t incident free. On lap 248 there was oil on the track and during that lap Larson got into the wall and damaged his car. A little after that he got into the wall again and that marked the end of his race and led to his 33rd place finish. 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 a stellar car and was top 3 good but finished 21st after colliding with Kyle Busch will coming to pit road under caution. (Yahoo B Driver)

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