Denny Hamlin 2018 Fantasy NASCAR Racing
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Kevin Harvick – Kevin Harvick had a tough race last spring at Auto Club Speedway and came home with an Asterisk Mark 13th place finish. At the very start of the race he damaged the nose of his car and it kept him down all afternoon. Also in the race on lap 25 he made an unexpected pit stop because of a flat tire. If anything I would say Harvick is lucky to finish that well. If there wasn’t late cautions he was poised to finish in the low twenties. For fantasy purposes because of how last years race played out I would urge you to consider it irrelevant.

Jimmie Johnson – Last spring at Auto Club Speedway on lap 4 when Brad Keselowski was falling back thru the field Johnson had contact with the #2 and spun him. That damaged the nose of the 48 which made him no longer competitive and led to his 21st place finish. For fantasy purposes you can’t read into his result at all since his problem happened so early.

Denny Hamlin – Denny Hamlin had a strong car but he finished a misleading 14th. With 10 laps to go under green he was running in 2nd. Then with 8 laps to go when a caution came out him and McMurray choose not to pit, everyone else did. That led to him dropping back late.

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