2007 NASCAR Fantasy Preview: Kansas Speedway

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Chase Is Tight Going To Kansas

I missed the race at Dover due to work and had to watch the highlights (or lowlights if you will) of the race. It looks like a lot of the Chase participants had a lot of bad luck during the race, but it sure did tighten up the Chase.

Carl Edwards won the race but failed post race inspection and will likely get a fine and be docked 25 points. Even with that he will only be 28 points out of first. That will leave 8 drivers within 75 points of Jeff Gordon with 8 races left in the Chase. The real wildcard is going to be Talladega where they will use the COT for the first time in a restrictor plate race.

Kansas Cookie Cutter

This week the Chase heads to Kansas which is a “cookie cutter” track. This means it is a one and a half mile D-shaped oval that is very similar to tracks like Chicagoland and Las Vegas to name a few.

My Pick To Win Kansas

My pick to win this weekend is Carl Edwards. Carl is one of the hottest drivers on the circuit right now and will continue to fight for his first championship. Kansas Speedway is built for the way the Roush/Fenway teams build their cars. The Roush cars finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th here in 2005 with Mark Martin leading the way to the checkered flag.

Kansas Front Runners

Greg Biffle finished 2nd at Dover and has a 2nd and 3rd place finish in his last 3 starts at Kansas. This team struggles early in the year and never makes the Chase but gets things together during the Chase every year.

Matt Kenseth has had a lot of bad luck at Kansas over the 6 years that the track has been in business. Matt best finish at Kansas is 5th and if anyone should run well here it is him. Matt excels on these “cookie cutter” tracks and could come away with a dominating win here this weekend.

Tony Stewart won the race here last year and won the race at Chicagoland this year. Tony is right where he wants to be at this point of the season sitting in 2nd place only 2 points behind Jeff Gordon. This is the race that could propel him to the top of the charts.

Jeff Gordon won the first 2 Cup races ever run at Kansas at won at Chicagoland last season. Jeff has 4 top 10 finishes in the 6 races he has run at Kansas. He finished 39th here last year after losing a fuel pump with about 30 laps to go.

Jimmie Johnson is another driver who excels at these types of tracks. Jimmie has 3 top 10 finishes in 5 races here with a best finish of 6th. It wouldn’t surprise me any if Jimmie came away with his first victory here this weekend.

Yahoo! Fantasy Picks

Group A

  • Carl Edwards (starter)
  • Jimmy Johnson

Group B

  • Casey Mears (starter)
  • Clint Bowyer (starter)
  • Kurt Busch
  • Ryan Newman

Group C

  • David Ragan (starter)
  • Reed Sorenson