Kyle Busch Fantasy

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Kyle Busch – Kyle Busch is an elite performer at Phoenix who’ll be tough to beat. He had the best car this spring, and currently has four straight top 4 finishes. Over those four combined events he has the the best average running position (6.0), the second best driver rating and has led 190 laps. This spring Kyle Busch was the class of the field but the late caution took away a certain victory. In the race he earned the best driver rating, finished 3rd, had a 3rd place average running position and led a race high 114 laps. With 6 laps to go he had a 3.25 second lead over second place Kyle Larson. Last fall at Phoenix he had a strong car and finished runner-up. Additionally in the race he earned the 6th best driver rating and had a 10th place average running position. In spring 2016 Kyle Busch had a great car. He started on the pole, led 75 laps and finished 4th. Performance wise he likely had the second best car but near the mid-point he had a devastating pit stop that dropped him from 2nd to 16th (ran over air hose, had to back up, and too close to the wall). In fall 2015 he finished 4th, earned the 4th best driver rating and had a 6th place average running position. New Hampshire is the last shorter flat track visited and at that venue Busch started first, finished first and led 187 laps. (Yahoo A Driver)

Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick is a super-elite performer at Phoenix. He’s an 8-time winner who has eight straight top 6 finishes. In the last two Phoenix races he’s been strong, but hasn’t been a factor to win. That’s notable because in the 6 races prior to that he was dominant having either finished in first or second. This spring Harvick started in 23rd and raced his way up to a 6th place finish. I will note he was slightly better than his result and if the end of the race stayed green he was on pace to finish 3rd. Last fall Harvick had a strong car, but he wasn’t his typical self and wasn’t a factor to win. He finished 4th and led zero laps. For much of the race Harvick looked about 10th place good but he started to run a little better at the end. In spring 2016 he started mid pack but raced his way to victory lane and led 139 laps. Coming to the finish line he inched Carl Edwards who was on fresh tires. In fall 2015 he led 143 laps and should’ve won but the unconventional ending of the race cost him a certain victory (caution during green flag pit cycle and then it rained). In the four Phoenix races prior to that he won every race and averaged leading 195.5 laps per race. On Sunday look for Harvick to challenge for a top five finish. (Yahoo A Driver)

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