2016 Fantasy NASCAR / Fantasy Racing
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. – I’m not going to set the bar too high for Dale Earnhardt Jr. If he’s a mid-teens driver I’ll be happy. His team simply isn’t performing well right now so there’s not much reason to be optimistic. This spring at Kansas, Earnhardt Jr. finished 20th. I will note he wasn’t having a bad race. With 29 laps to go he made an unexpected pit stop for a vibration. Just prior to his problem he was running outside the top ten. Last fall he missed the race due to injury. In spring 2016 he finished 15th, but it should be noted he was better than his result. He was really around 10th place good but he had some sort of late issue. In fall 2015 he finished a misleading 21st. The reason for his asterisk mark result can be traced to him pitting for a loose wheel under green on lap 165 just after he had a slow pit stop. Prior to those two issues he was running around 12th. In spring 2015 Dale Earnhardt Jr. crossed the finish line in 3rd. I will note that result is largely the product of late pit strategy when he elected not to pit during the final caution. Performance wise he was really about 8th place good. (Yahoo A Driver)

Austin Dillon – At Kansas I’m going to write Austin Dillon down for a mid to high-teens finish. He’s had some success here, and has run well, but I think you need to keep the ceiling low. This team just isn’t running well at the moment. At Kansas in 3 of the last 6 races he’s finished in the top ten. This spring Dillon finished 16th, had a 16th place average running position and ran roughly 47.9% percent of the laps inside the top ten. In the three Kansas races prior to that he was really good. Last year he swept the top ten. In fall 2016 Dillon had a solid race. He finished 6th and had a 10th place average running position. Last spring he was a strong closer. He finished 6th, had a 16th place average running position and earned the 16th best driver rating. In fall 2015 he ran extremely well and there’s not a more misleading result than his 41st place finish. In that event he started in 25th and raced up through the field without much difficulty. Unfortunately his race wasn’t incident free. On lap 155 while he was running in 5th he had a tire go down and nailed the wall. (Yahoo B Driver)

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