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2020 Dover International Speedway, Drydene 311

The Daytona road course race is in the books. Congratulations to Chase Elliott for winning yet another one of these races. He had to fend off Denny Hamlin after a late race caution, but he had the best car in the field the whole day.

DRYDENE 311

Once again the series will do a back to back weekend next Saturday and Sunday weather permitting as the drivers and teams head to the Dover International Speedway. There have been six different winners in the last six Dover races. That means there are a lot of drivers who could win here once again this weekend.

Martin Truex Jr.: I’m going to pick Martin to win this week only because he is one of those who has won in the last six races and has also finished in the top five in five of them. In fact, he has two wins and six top four finishes in his last seven Dover starts. The most consistent driver gets the nod from me this week.

Kevin Harvick: Kevin won the spring race here two years ago and has finished sixth or better in every race since than at this track. He has also lead more laps than any other active driver during the last six races here and has been on a roll lately other than what happened to him at the road course last weekend.

Chase Elliott: Last week’s winner also won here in the fall of 2018 and has finished in the top ten in six of his eight career starts at Dover. After a great win in a dominating performance last week this team is going to be riding their momentum into the coming weekend. A good pick if you want to save some starts for Martin and Kevin.

Jimmie Johnson: With eleven career wins at this track Jimmie should be someone to really consider having in your lineup this weekend. After coming off a top five finish last weekend at Dover this team will have a lot of confidence coming into this weekend. He very well could break his winless streak in one of this weekend’s races.

Denny Hamlin: Although he has yet to win at this track, Denny has run very well on the intermediate tracks all season. He lead 218 laps in the fall race here last year and this team should be able to go back to their notes from that race and have a pretty good idea how to setup their car when it comes off the truck. Without any practice time that is critical to competing for a win.

Kyle Busch: The woes continued for Kyle last week at Daytona when he had multiple issues during the race. One of these weekends this team is going to put it all together and this could be that weekend. Kyle has three wins and four runner up finishes at Dover in his thirty career starts. Look for him to be in the mix at the end of this race.

Clint Bowyer: Since joining Stewart-Haas Racing, Clint has come away with four top ten finishes in his six starts here. He had a good run at Daytona last week and needs to get better on the intermediate tracks. He should feel pretty good coming into this weekend and we will see how he does on Saturday. If he gives us a good showing we will consider him for the Sunday race.

Matt Kenseth: Matt has three wins at this track and is my dark horse for this week. Even though he hasn’t run very well on this type of track this season since coming back to the series he has the potential to win yet. Besides his five career wins Matt has also had seventeen top five finishes in thirty-nine starts here. Pretty good stats if I should say so myself.

Erik Jones: Erik has run very well since announcing he won’t be back with Joe Gibbs Racing next season. The rumor is that he is a strong candidate to take over the 48 ride when Jimmie Johnson retires at the end of the year. Erik has only run six races at Dover, but has never finished outside the top twenty. He has one of the best overall average finish rates here and is one of my Big 18 picks this week.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Martin Truex Jr.
  • Chase Elliott

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Matt Kenseth
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Clint Bowyer
  • Erik Jones

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Cole Custer
  • Christopher Bell

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Kevin Harvick
  3. Chase Elliott
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Kyle Busch

Dark Horse: Matt Kenseth

Stay Away From: Chris Buescher

Big 18: Eric Jones

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2020 Daytona International Speedway Road Course, Go Bowling 235

I wasn’t too thrilled with the races at Michigan. Pretty boring if you ask me, but congratulations to Kevin Harvick for sweeping the weekend!

GO BOWLING 235

This week the series heads to the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. This will be the first road course race of the season and the first time for the series to race on this track. This is going to be difficult for the teams to get their cars handling without any practice time. Some of the drivers have been on the course when they ran the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but not many of them.

Chase Elliott: I’m going to pick Chase to win this race. He has won three of the last eight road course races that the series has run and that says a lot when teams aren’t able to get any practice time in. They should have good notes on how their cars ran well at other road course tracks over the past couple of seasons and that should help.

Martin Truex Jr.: Same goes for Martin. He has won three of the last eight road course races also and should be in the same boat as Chase. Both of these drivers should be able to run pretty well at the beginning of the race and be able to make the necessary adjustments as the race progresses.

Denny Hamlin: Denny has run well on the road courses in his career and has really run well all season. I would have thought he would have more than one win on this type of track but hasn’t gotten the results. He has finished in the top five in six of his last ten road course starts.

Kyle Busch: Kyle has four road course wins in his career and this team is chomping at the bit to get into victory lane again. He has nine top ten finishes in his last twelve road course starts and if it takes a great driver to win with an ill handling car Kyle is the one that can do it.

Clint Bowyer: Clint has one road course win in his career and has also finished in the top five in twelve of his thirty career starts at this type of track. If his car is close to handling very good he is going to be in the mix at the end of this race as they dial him in.

Kurt Busch: Kurt is another very good road course racer and still only has one career victory on this type of track. I think he is going to do well here this weekend just because of how good he has been on these tracks throughout his career.

Kevin Harvick: Kevin has two career wins on these tracks and has finished in the top ten in eleven of his last thirteen starts on them. Those are pretty good statistics, but we have to decide when we are going to use him as he has been winning everywhere this year. Do we want to take a chance on him this weekend? I think not.

Brad Keselowski: Brad is a driver who really enjoys running on these tracks and can’t wait to get his first win on them. He does have three runner-up finishes and two third place finishes, so he has come close in the past. If things fall right he could get that first win this weekend.

Jimmie Johnson: Jimmie only has one career win on the road courses, but he has finished in the top ten in half of his thirty-eight career starts on them. He almost won the race on the Charlotte Roval last year before crashing as he tried to pass for the lead at the end of the race last year there.

Ryan Blaney: Ryan won the race Jimmie crashed in and has finished in the top five in three of his ten career road course starts. Once again I think there are better tracks to use Ryan on and I won’t have him on my roster this weekend.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Chase Elliott
  • Martin Truex Jr.

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Clint Bowyer
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Kurt Busch
  • Ryan Newman

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Michael McDowell
  • Ty Dillon

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Kyle Busch
  5. Clint Bowyer

Dark Horse: William Byron

Stay Away From: Austin Dillon

Big 18: Clint Bowyer

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2020 Michigan International Speedway, FireKeepers Casino 400/Consumers Energy 400

The results of the race at New Hampshire last week were a little surprising to me. The surprise was that the top finishing Chevrolet was ninth and there were six Ford’s in the top eight. I don’t know if that means the Chevy teams have given up something on this type of track so they have speed on the bigger tracks or what? I guess we’ll find out this coming weekend.

FIREKEEPERS CASINO 400/CONSUMERS ENERGY 400

So, once again we will have a doubleheader weekend as the teams head to the Michigan International Speedway for the running of the FireKeepers Casino 400 and Consumers Energy 400. The races are scheduled to be run on Saturday and Sunday weather permitting. This is a two mile track with plenty of banking, multiple grooves to run in and lots of room on pit road.

Kevin Harvick: I just have to stick with Kevin at this point of the season. He has won two of the last four races he has run here and finished second in one of the other two. He fought hard for a top five finish once again last weekend and it just seems that this team is making all the right moves right now. That could change later in the season so I’m not afraid to use more of his starts now.

Joey Logano: Joey has won three times at Michigan with his latest win coming last June when he dominated that race. We have seen the Penske teams all show a lot of speed all season long and on this track with the long stratightaways that speed is going to be an advantage.

Kyle Busch: I don’t know what to think of this team right now. They are struggling to run a complete race but they could go on a streak at any time. Kyle’s only win here came back in the 2011 season. However, he has finished in the top ten in each of his last six starts at this track. We’ve seen his teammates show they have what it takes to win on this type of track this year, so Kyle should be able to contend too.

Martin Truex Jr.: Martin is still looking for his first win at this track and that surprises me too. After how good he has been on this type of track the last three plus years I would have thought he would have gotten a win here. He has finished in the top five in three of his last six starts here and has lead laps in four of those six races. He will have another shot this weekend.

Denny Hamlin: The other driver who has been just as good as Harvick lately is Denny. He has two career wins at this track, but he hasn’t won here since the 2011 season either. That doesn’t mean he can’t win this weekend. He did finish second here last July and has lead laps in four of his last six starts here also.

Ryan Blaney: Ryan has finished in the top ten in three of his four starts here since joining the Penske group. He has also been running very well on this type of track other than a small hiccup at Kansas a few weeks ago. He could very easily have a dominant car here once again this weekend.

Alex Bowman: Alex has finished tenth in his last two starts at Michigan and he won earlier this year at the Auto Club Speedway which is very similar in configuration to this track. He has run pretty well at all of the intermediate tracks this year for the most part and is a good candidate to use this week to save some starts for other drivers.

Brad Keselowski: Let’s not forget last week’s winner. Brad is still looking for his first win at the track he calls his home track. However, you have to go all the way back to the 2011 season to see the last time he didn’t finish in the top twenty here. This is the track where this team will take every chance they can to win and won’t care about second place. It’s win or bust this week for Brad.

Chase Elliott: Chase has only run eight races at this track. He finished second in his first three as he was looking for his first ever Cup win. Last year when the Hendrick teams were struggling trying to find some speed Chase was consistently finishing races on this type of track in the top ten. This year they have the speed and Chase could very well pull out a win.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Kevin Harvick
  • Joey Logano

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Ryan Blaney
  • Matt DiBenedetto
  • Alex Bowman
  • Aric Almirola

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Christopher Bell
  • Tyler Reddick

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Ryan Blaney
  5. Martin Truex Jr.

Dark Horse: Matt DiBenedetto

Stay Away From: Clint Bowyer

Big 18: Brad Keselowski

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2020 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

The series gets to take a small break as they don’t have to run again until the first weekend in August. This is a welcome weekend off so the teams can all go home and visit their families before getting back to work next week and getting ready for the next race.

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO 301

The series will head to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the running of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. This is a slightly longer than one-mile track with minimal banking in the corners. A far cry from the mile and a half tracks the series has been running on for the past couple of races. The 301 refers to the number of laps and not mileage in this race. The mileage is close to 318.5 miles.

Kevin Harvick: I’m sticking with Kevin to win once again this week. He just seems to be a little more consistent than the rest of the drivers in the field right now. He won the last two races run here and three of the last five. If you look at the stats from those five races he didn’t lead a lot of laps, but he lead the most important one.

Martin Truex Jr.: Although still looking for his first win at this track, Martin has been better than even Harvick over the past six races even though he hasn’t come away with a victory. In those six races he has five top seven finishes and has lead over one-hundred laps in four of those races and around six-hundred laps altogether. He’s going to be competition for Kevin once again this week.

Denny Hamlin: Denny won the July race here in 2017 and finished second in this race last season. He is another driver who seems to be on the top of his game this year with five wins in the books and he usually runs well on the flatter tracks like New Hampshire. I think it is going to be a three way battle for the win this week.

Kyle Busch: Kyle has lead laps in each of his last six starts at this track and has a first, second, and third place finish in that stretch. They haven’t had quite what they need to win one of these races yet, but with the couple of extra days they might be able to figure out what little bit more they need. They can breakout at anytime.

Matt Kenseth: Matt had a great run at Indy early this season and he runs very well at New Hampshire, another flatter track. In face, in his last six starts at this track, Matt has won twice, and finished in the top four five times. He is my dark horse once again this week and might pull off a small upset.

Ryan Newman: Ryan has good credentials at this track too. He has three wins, and twenty top ten finishes in his thirty-four career starts here. That includes a seventh place finish last season in his first year with Roush/Fenway Racing. I think he can run well again this week and might be someone to put on your roster if you are looking to save some starts for some of the other drivers.

Ryan Blaney: Ryan has only run seven races here in his young career and finished in the top twenty in the last six and in the top ten in the last three races. He had a little blip last week at Kansas slowing down his momentum a little bit, but he could get that all back once again this coming weekend. I’m not quite sure what to do with him this week, but will probably save him for later in the season.

Brad Keselowski: Brad has one win at this track. He doesn’t seem to get a lot of great finishes here, but he doesn’t have terrible finishes either. In fact, he has one of the best average finishes at this track of all the active drivers. He might be another driver to use instead of my top three and hope something happens to take them out of contention while Brad comes away with another top five finish.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR INSERT TRACK NAME

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Kevin Harvick
  • Martin Truex Jr.

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Ryan Newman
  • Matt Kenseth
  • Clint Bowyer
  • Kurt Busch

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Christopher Bell
  • Ty Dillon

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT INSERT TRACK NAME

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Matt Kenseth
  5. Kyle Busch

Dark Horse: Matt Kenseth

Stay Away From: Chris Buescher

Big 18: Kyle Busch

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2020 Kansas Speedway, Super Start Batteries 400

Congratulations to Austin Dillon for winning this week’s race at Texas!

SUPER START BATTERIES 400

Another short week as the series heads to the Kansas Speedway for the Thursday night running of the Super Start Batteries 400. Once again we are on a mile and a half track, but the temperatures should be much cooler than they were in Texas last week. That should equate to more grip, better handling and good speed.

Kevin Harvick: I’m going to stick with Kevin to win once again this week. He has been the most consistent in terms of speed over the past month and I don’t see anything changing this week. He has won three of his last thirteen starts at this track and he also finished second in three of those races. That is almost a top two finish in half of those races.

Martin Truex Jr.: Martin has won two of the last six races here and finished second in another. He has had some issues with an ill handling car early in races this year, but they always seem to get it handling great in plenty of time for Martin to get towards the front of the field and compete for the win. He should be one of Harvick’s biggest competitors this week.

Ryan Blaney: Ryan has also been very fast over the past month on this type of track. Right now he is the best of the Penske drivers and that is something seeing the other two have both won multiple times this season. He is still looking for his first win at Kansas, but he has really run well finishing in the top five in eight of the last twelve stages.

Chase Elliott: Chase isn’t running as well as he was two months ago when he was winning races. All-Star race the exception. However, this is a track where he has been very good lately and this might be just what this team needs to get back to the top of their game. Chase has one win and four top four finishes in his last five starts here.

Kyle Busch: Kyle hasn’t been where he wants to be this season, but he did run well at Texas last week. Kyle is so good he could break out at any time and go on a tear where he wins multiple races in a row. He has one win, seven top five, and nine top ten finishes in his last ten starts. Those are really good stats.

Denny Hamlin: Denny won the fall race at Kansas last year and after starting out with a very poor handling car at Texas last week they quickly made the right adjustments to become competitive again. He has also finished in the top five in three of his last five starts here. I think the Gibbs teams need to find a little more speed before the playoff starts.

Kurt Busch: Kurt has finished in the top ten in seven of his last ten starts at Kansas. That includes a top five and top ten in his races here last year in his first year with Chip Ganassi Racing. Those numbers should stay in tact once again this weekend with Kurt having another good run.

Brad Keselowski: Brad won the spring race here last season and is in one of those fast Penske cars. He’s another driver who hasn’t come away with the finishes he thinks he should have after winning a couple of races earlier this year. Once again here is another driver who can break out at any time and go on a spree of winning.

DRIVER GROUP GAME FANTASY NASCAR PICKS FOR KANSAS SPEEDWAY

Driver Group Game Group A

  • Kevin Harvick
  • Martin Truex Jr.

Driver Group Game Group B

  • Ryan Blaney
  • Kurt Busch
  • Aric Almirola
  • Matt DiBenedetto

Driver Group Game Group C

  • Cole Custer
  • Christopher Bell

MY TOP-5 OVERALL AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Ryan Blaney
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Chase Elliott
  5. Kyle Busch

Dark Horse: Aric Almirola

Stay Away From: Matt Kenseth

Big 18: Ryan Blaney