1) Brad Keselowski (Starting – 19th)
Las Vegas Fantasy Spin – Brad Keselowski will be a driver to be reckoned with at Las Vegas. It’s been a great track for him and over the last seven races he has 3 wins, a 3.4 average finish and he’s had a result in the top 7 every race. Last fall when the series most recently raced here he led 75 laps and raced his way to victory lane. After his win last week at Atlanta where the new rules package made a partial debut there’s no doubt he’ll be a contender. In practice, Keselowski had a fast car and Jeff Gordon thought it looked good. On Sunday, Keselowski is starting 19th. Last week he won from this starting position.
Las Vegas Track History – Brad Keselowski has been a standout performer at Las Vegas who’s consistently performed well. Last fall he had a stellar car and raced his way to victory lane. In addition to winning he earned the 2nd best driver rating, led the 2nd most laps (75) and won Stage #2. Last spring he had a solid showing. He finished 6th, had a 6th place average running position and earned the 7th best driver rating. In both Stage #1 & #2 he finished 6th. In 2017 he had a great car and should’ve raced his way to victory lane but while he was leading with two laps to go he had electrical issues which led to his 5th place finish. Also from that race it should be noted he had a 2nd place average running position, earned the 2nd best driver rating, led 89 laps, finished 3rd in Stage #1 and finished 2nd in Stage #2. In 2016 he raced his way victory lane and led 24 laps.
DraftKings $11,400 / FanDuel $14,000
2) Kevin Harvick (Starting – 1st)
Las Vegas Fantasy Spin – Kevin Harvick is a super-elite performer at Las Vegas who’ll be tough to beat. He’s the defending champion of this particular event and since 2015 in incident free races he’s won twice, has a 3.0 average finish and a 3.7 average running position. Last week at Atlanta when the new rules package made its partial debut he had a strong showing. He finished 4th and led 45 laps. At Las Vegas I would look for Harvick to finish in the top five and compete for the win. In practice he wasn’t a standout, but I’m sure he’ll be strong in the race.
Las Vegas Track History – Las Vegas has been a great track for Kevin Harvick. Last fall he had a great car but finished a misleading 39th. On lap 148 while he was running around 6th place he had a flat tire and crashed hard which marked the end of his race. Prior to his demise he finished 2nd in Stage #2 and led 14 laps. In spring 2018 he dominated the competition. He earned a perfect driver rating, finished 1st, led 214 laps and won both Stage #1 and Stage #2. In 2017 he started in 19th but sliced and diced his way up through the running order with ease. Unfortunately, his race wasn’t incident free and on lap 68 while he was running in 6th he had a flat tire and wrecked. In 2016, he earned the 4th best driver rating, had a 5th place average running position and finished 7th. In 2015 he led 142 laps and raced his way to victory lane.
DraftKings $12,500 / FanDuel $14,500
3) Kyle Busch (Starting – 3rd)
Las Vegas Fantasy Spin – Kyle Busch will be one of the drivers to beat at Las Vegas. He’s a former winner who’s consistently performed at a high-level. Since 2013 minus 2017 when he spun on the last lap while running in the top five he has a 5.6 average finish. During pre-season testing at Las Vegas earlier this year, Kyle Busch had a great car and quite a few people thought he was the best during the test. Last week when the new rules package rolled out partially, he had a great car and finished 6th despite not having an incident free race. At Las Vegas I would look for Busch to finish in the top five and compete for the win.
Las Vegas Track History – Kyle Busch is a strong performer at Las Vegas. Last fall he finished 7th and earned the 8th best driver rating. Last spring he was a standout performer. He finished 2nd, earned the 5th best driver rating and had a 7th place average running position. Additionally, he finished 9th in Stage #1 and 5th in Stage #2. In 2017 he had a very competitive car but finished 22nd after getting spun from 4th on the final lap. In 2016 he probably should’ve raced his way to victory lane but while he was leading with 13 laps to go he complained about a vibration. When the race reached its conclusion he finished 4th, earned the 6th best driver rating, had a 6th place average running position and led 38 laps.
DraftKings $11,900 / FanDuel $13,200