Martin Truex Jr. Fantasy NASCAR Road Courses
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1) Martin Truex Jr. (Starting – 13th) Martin Truex Jr. will be a favorite to win at Charlotte. He’s one of the premiere road course racers and on Sunday he can go all out for the win. This year at road courses he ranks as one of the best. At Sonoma he led 62 laps and raced his way to victory lane. Last year there he had one of the best cars but finished a misleading 37th after having engine problems while running in 2nd. In that race he won Stage #1, led a race high 25 laps and earned the 4th best driver rating. In 2016 he earned the best driver rating, had a 4th place average running position and finished 5th. At Watkins Glen he’s also been strong and earlier this year he finished runner-up. Last year at that venue he led 24 laps and raced his way to victory lane. In practice, Truex Jr. had good speed. Between the two Saturday sessions his overall speeds ranked as the 3rd (practice #2) and 5th (Happy Hour) best. In Happy Hour his average speed (NBC Stat) ranked as the 3rd best. On Sunday I would look for Truex Jr. to finish in the top five and compete for the win. DraftKings $11,100 / FanDuel $14,000

2) Kyle Busch (Starting – 14th) Kyle Busch will be one of the drivers to beat in the debut of the Charlotte Roval. He’s an elite road course racer and he can go all out for the win. He’s locked into the next round of the Playoffs so his only goal is to gain more points for future rounds. When it comes to road course racing, Kyle Busch is arguably the best in the business. On this track type he has 8 straight top tens. This year at road courses he has a 4.0 average finish, a 7.0 average running position and is one of three drivers who have finished in the top five both races. Between the two road courses he’s historically been better at Watkins Glen. In August at that venue he finished 3rd, led 31 laps and there’s a great chance he would’ve been the driver to beat if he didn’t have problems on pit road. Over the last four races there his average finish is 4.5. At Sonoma, he finished 5th in June and over the last four races there his average finish is also 4.5. In practice, Kyle Busch was quick. In Happy Hour his average speed ranked as the 6th best. DraftKings $11,400 / FanDuel $14,500

3) Chase Elliott (Starting – 4th) Chase Elliott will be one of the drivers to beat at Charlotte. This year at road courses he’s been a phenomenal performer. Between the combined events he’s scored the most points, has a 2.5 average finish, a 4.5 average running position and he has the second best driver rating. Watkins Glen is the last road course visited and at that venue he raced his way to victory lane and led 52 laps. At Sonoma in June he finished 4th. Over the last four combined races between these two venues he has a 6.5 average finish, an 8.3 average running position and has finished in the top 13 every race. In Happy Hour, Elliott’s average speed ranked as the 4th best. On Sunday I would look for Elliott to compete for a top five and be in contention to win. DraftKings $10,500 / FanDuel $12,000

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