Kyle Busch 2017 Fantasy NASCAR Racing

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Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch will be tough to beat at Martinsville and should be viewed as the favorite. He’s a recent winner who currently has four straight top 5 finishes. Over those four races he has the best driver rating, best average finish (3.3), best average running position (4.5) and has led the laps (629). In 50% of his Martinsville starts he’s finished in the top five. This spring Busch had a great car. He earned the best driver rating, finished 2nd, had a 3rd place average running position and led 274 laps. Additionally he finished 3rd in Stage #1, and would’ve won Stage #2 if Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn’t nudge him at the end. Last fall at Martinsville he had a strong car. When the race reached its conclusion he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and finished 5th. In spring 2016 he had a great car and raced his way to victory lane with relative ease. In the race he earned the best driver rating by a wide margin and led a race high 352 laps. In fall 2015 he had a strong showing and finished 5th despite spinning. (Yahoo A Driver)

Brad Keselowski – Brad Keselowski won at Martinsville this spring, and on Sunday he should have a strong performance again. Earlier this year over long runs nobody was better than Keselowski and that’s the primary reason he won. In addition to finishing first he earned the 2nd best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position and led 116 laps. What makes that even more impressive is that around lap 70 while he was leading he was caught speeding on pit road which dropped him to the back. Last fall at Martinsville he had a great car and when the race reached its conclusion he finished 2nd and earned the 6th best driver rating. In spring 2016 he had a strong showing. In the race he earned the 2nd best driver rating and finished 5th. What makes that even more impressive is that he had to overcome a speeding penalty. In fall 2015 he had a great car that had top five potential but finished 32nd after getting involved in a multi-car accident with 66 laps to go shortly after a restart. Despite missing over a tenth of the race Keselowski earned the 5th best driver rating, had an 8th place average running position and led the second most laps (143). In spring 2015 he had a great car and finished runner-up on Denny Hamlin’s bumper. At Martinsville, Keselowski has finished in the top five 33% percent of the time and in the top ten 60% percent of the time. (Yahoo A Driver)

Denny Hamlin – Denny Hamlin is an elite Martinsville performer who’ll likely be one of the drivers to beat. He’s a five-time winner who’s finished in the top five 52% percent of the time, and in the top ten 74% percent of the time. This spring he had a good, but not great car and finished 30th. In the race he finished 2nd in Stage #1, had some sort of issue during that pit stop which put him back in traffic, and while he was bouncing back he was involved in an accident around lap 288 that damaged his car. He never ran well after that and later was involved in a big multi-car wreck with 82 laps to go. Last fall the #11 car was fast. When the checkered flag waved he finished 3rd, earned the 5th best driver rating, had a 7th place average running position and led 48 laps. In spring 2016 he had a great car but finished 39th after wheel hopping and crashing hard. At the time of his problem he was running in 5th. In 2015 he had a great season at Martinsville. That fall he finished 3rd despite getting a speeding penalty in the first 100 laps, and a speeding penalty in the last 100 laps. In spring 2015 he had a fast car and raced his way to victory lane. In the race Hamlin earned the best driver rating, had a 6th place average running position and led 91 laps. (Yahoo A Driver)

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