And we’re down to three. The NASCAR Cup Series season (and likewise the Fantasy NASCAR season) is officially in the final stretch, and this weekend we have our final race at a 1.5-mile track with the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500. For the last three seasons, this particular race has been Kevin Harvick’s playground, as he’s pretty much dominated and won every single one of them. And bad news for the competition this week: Kevin Harvick is on the pole for Sunday and you can click here for the full starting lineup for the 2020 AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas race.
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Final Top 25 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings for the AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500
1. Kevin Harvick – Starts 1st – DraftKings Price: $11,000 – FanDuel Price: $14,000 – Slingshot Price: $12,600
If Kevin Harvick doesn’t dominate this race on Sunday, I’m going to be surprised. Her has won the last three Playoff races here at Texas and in the last two he’s led a combined 296 laps. This #4 team is also coming off of a Kansas race that they should have won, and they’ll be looking for redemption on Sunday (not only that, but also a spot in the Championship race). Harvick has a series-best average finish of 6.1 on the low-wear 1.5-mile tracks this season and also averages the most laps led per race on them–which is kind of surprising considering he had some real dud races this year. Again, it’d be surprising if “The Closer” has a dud on Sunday.
2. Chase Elliott – Starts 4th – DraftKings Price: $10,500 – FanDuel Price: $12,500 – Slingshot Price: $12,200
In my opinion, it’s Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott, and then quite a bit of a gap back to the rest of the field for Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. The #9 Chevrolet has been one of the fastest cars on the low-wear 1.5-mile tracks this season, as Chase not only has the most fastest laps on them but also the 2nd-most laps led. He also ranks 3rd when it comes to Green Flag Speed on this track type. Here at Texas, NASCAR’s most popular driver hasn’t faired well recently–he has three straight finishes of 12th or worse–but I’m not giving up on the Hendrick cars now just because of a shaky track record. They have definitely found their speed again, and Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman are legitimate race contenders in my eyes.
3. Ryan Blaney – Starts 10th – DraftKings Price: $10,000 – FanDuel Price: $11,600 – Slingshot Price: $11,200
The final results showed Ryan Blaney with a 7th-place finish at Kansas last weekend, but he had a much better car than that. For some reason, the #12 Ford faded a bit on that last run, but as far as Green Flag Speed, Blaney ranked 2nd on the day, behind only Kevin Harvick. Speaking of which, on the low-wear 1.5-mile tracks this year, Young Ryan Blaney still has a ridiculous advantage in speed over everyone else, with an average Green Flag Speed ranking of 3.6 over the eight races thus far. As far as Texas goes, Blaney has finished between 2nd and 8th in five of the last six races here, and I really like the fact that he has Todd Gordon atop the pit box, as he guided Joey Logano to plenty of success at this track over the years. When we last raced here back in July, Blaney led a race-high 150 laps and added 86 fastest laps as well.