Fantasy NASCAR practice recap: AAA 400

by Brian Polking on October 1, 2011 @ 10:17:07 PDT

 


Upsets have been at a minimum two races into the Chase with Tony Stewart winning both events. Paul Menard is out to change that, topping the charts in the opening practice at Dover Friday. Although he won at the Brickyard earlier this year, Menard missed out on the Chase. Kissing the bricks put him on the map, but a win in the playoffs would cement his status as a future postseason contender. At the very least, he appears to be a legitimate sleeper option for fantasy owners this weekend.

Paul Menard

Menard was followed by a pack of title hopefuls, including Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards. The Roush Fenway Racing duo is among the most consistent drivers at Dover, and both should be high on the list of potential fantasy options. Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five, and this could be Busch's weekend to get going. He has three straight finishes of sixth or better at Dover, including a win. However, all four drivers deserve consideration from fantasy owners.

Edwards also topped all drivers in terms of 10-lap average speed, although only four drivers qualified in the category. Six-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson ranked second in the category, followed by Kyle Busch and Gordon. Johnson has won three of the last five races at the track, including the last two Chase events. Owners can definitely add Johnson to the list of potential options.

Hendrick Motorsports continued an impressive afternoon in Happy Hour as Mark Martin topped the charts. Despite a down season, Martin could be a steal for fantasy owners this weekend. He finished second at Dover earlier this year and has been one of the most consistent performers at the track throughout his career.

Gordon followed his teammate, posting the second fastest time in the final session. The always up and down Juan Pablo Montoya ranked third, while David Stremme and Travis Kvapil rounded out the top five. Fantasy owners should note that Stremme and Kvapil were in qualifying trim as they attempt to make the 43-car field.

In terms of 10-lap average speed, Menard again ascended to the top of the charts. Edwards ranked second, followed by Regan Smith and David Ragan. Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. Ragan could be a potential sleeper pick. He has never had a lot of success at Dover, but his Roush Fenway Racing teammates have been excellent. Based on the practice times, he may finally be catching on.

Two drivers that struggled throughout the afternoon were Stewart and Denny Hamlin. It isn't a complete surprise considering both drivers have struggled at the track throughout their careers, but given Stewart's recent success in the Chase, it is hard to write him off completely. That being said, owners may want to jump off the Stewart bandwagon for a week and continue to avoid the slumping Hamlin.

Happy Hour Speeds (sorted by Avg. Speed)

Rk indicates Best Lap standing

Rk
Car
Driver Team
Best Lap
Best Time
Avg. Speed
Laps
4
30
David Stremme Chevrolet
153.840
23.401
153.387
6
5
55
Travis Kvapil Ford
153.348
23.476
153.086
9
6
66
Michael McDowell Toyota
153.146
23.507
152.459
8
15
46
Scott Speed Ford
152.737
23.570
151.840
12
21
38
J.J. Yeley Ford
152.458
23.613
151.797
11
8
7
Reed Sorenson Dodge
152.996
23.530
151.718
8
29
37
Josh Wise Ford
152.059
23.675
151.567
16
19
4
Kasey Kahne Toyota
152.549
23.599
151.279
54
18
29
Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
152.601
23.591
151.136
73
16
99
Carl Edwards Ford
152.685
23.578
151.119
64
32
87
Joe Nemechek Toyota
151.905
23.699
150.925
13
25
78
Regan Smith Chevrolet
152.246
23.646
150.810
56
30
33
Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
151.937
23.694
150.659
27
10
43
A.J. Allmendinger Ford
152.899
23.545
150.606
85
7
00
David Reutimann Toyota
153.100
23.514
150.548
73
13
16
Greg Biffle Ford
152.795
23.561
150.527
76
2
24
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
154.017
23.374
150.487
61
9
27
Paul Menard Chevrolet
152.944
23.538
150.407
66
1
5
Mark Martin Chevrolet
155.072
23.215
150.339
48
11
18
Kyle Busch Toyota
152.866
23.550
150.336
85
17
6
David Ragan Ford
152.639
23.585
150.304
75
34
60
Mike Skinner Toyota
151.592
23.748
150.269
17
20
17
Matt Kenseth Ford
152.471
23.611
150.222
63
3
42
Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet
153.840
23.401
150.206
56
23
20
Joey Logano Toyota
152.291
23.639
150.188
69
14
22
Kurt Busch Dodge
152.749
23.568
150.175
81
38
1
Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
151.375
23.782
150.152
34
28
9
Marcos Ambrose Ford
152.078
23.672
150.133
64
26
31
Jeff Burton Chevrolet
152.111
23.667
150.098
73
37
88
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
151.464
23.768
150.092
59
12
48
Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
152.847
23.553
150.063
82
35
47
Bobby Labonte Toyota
151.579
23.750
149.997
67
22
2
Brad Keselowski Dodge
152.400
23.622
149.974
78
31
83
Brian Vickers Toyota
151.931
23.695
149.965
79
24
11
Denny Hamlin Toyota
152.252
23.645
149.886
54
41
14
Tony Stewart Chevrolet
151.114
23.823
149.719
59
33
56
Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
151.700
23.731
149.704
54
36
34
David Gilliland Ford
151.490
23.764
149.480
29
39
39
Ryan Newman Chevrolet
151.159
23.816
149.354
79
27
36
Dave Blaney Ford
152.091
23.670
149.113
30
42
51
Landon Cassill Chevrolet
150.735
23.883
148.884
75
40
13
Casey Mears Toyota
151.140
23.819
148.867
30
43
32
Mike Bliss Ford
150.169
23.973
148.340
67
44
71
Andy Lally Ford
149.844
24.025
147.506
37

10-Lap Average Speeds (must run 10 consecutive laps)

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
27
Paul Menard
1
10
151.923
2
99
Carl Edwards
1
10
151.727
3
78
Regan Smith
33
42
151.489
4
6
David Ragan
61
70
151.265
5
18
Kyle Busch
1
10
151.161
6
48
Jimmie Johnson
1
10
151.091
7
29
Kevin Harvick
26
35
151.029
8
43
A.J. Allmendinger
63
72
151.007
9
00
David Reutimann
38
47
150.975
10
17
Matt Kenseth
23
32
150.909
11
31
Jeff Burton
42
51
150.814
12
2
Brad Keselowski
1
10
150.775
13
24
Jeff Gordon
46
55
150.718
14
83
Brian Vickers
56
65
150.659
15
22
Kurt Busch
56
65
150.605
16
47
Bobby Labonte
50
59
150.583
17
39
Ryan Newman
56
65
149.984
18
11
Denny Hamlin
40
49
149.866
19
1
Jamie McMurray
1
10
149.802
20
56
Martin Truex Jr.
45
54
149.599
21
5
Mark Martin
35
44
149.490
22
51
Landon Cassill
27
36
149.202
23
13
Casey Mears
1
10
148.778
24
32
Mike Bliss
43
52
148.308

First Practice Speeds (sorted by Avg. Speed)

Rk indicates Best Lap standing

Rk
Car
Driver Team
Best Lap
Best Time
Avg. Speed
Laps
27
34
David Gilliland Ford
154.394
23.317
153.932
9
10
9
Marcos Ambrose Ford
155.602
23.136
153.845
18
16
29
Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
155.039
23.220
152.905
18
31
30
David Stremme Chevrolet
153.800
23.407
152.799
5
3
99
Carl Edwards Ford
155.891
23.093
152.057
32
33
66
Michael McDowell Toyota
152.970
23.534
152.030
5
34
7
Reed Sorenson Dodge
152.944
23.538
152.005
7
11
4
Kasey Kahne Toyota
155.581
23.139
151.912
31
26
31
Jeff Burton Chevrolet
154.440
23.31
151.885
21
21
42
Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet
154.719
23.268
151.846
25
14
00
David Reutimann Toyota
155.186
23.198
151.834
30
8
56
Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
155.757
23.113
151.74
20
9
43
A.J. Allmendinger Ford
155.635
23.131
151.604
39
2
17
Matt Kenseth Ford
155.986
23.079
151.602
23
6
2
Brad Keselowski Dodge
155.770
23.111
151.552
37
15
5
Mark Martin Chevrolet
155.159
23.202
151.437
32
36
55
Travis Kvapil Ford
152.014
23.682
151.404
7
23
47
Bobby Labonte Toyota
154.626
23.282
151.403
18
12
22
Kurt Busch Dodge
155.541
23.145
151.387
29
1
27
Paul Menard Chevrolet
156.027
23.073
151.385
32
38
38
J.J. Yeley Ford
151.381
23.781
151.381
1
20
1
Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
154.785
23.258
151.379
17
17
33
Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
154.845
23.249
151.315
34
7
48
Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
155.770
23.111
151.296
29
13
16
Greg Biffle Ford
155.213
23.194
151.166
21
18
78
Regan Smith Chevrolet
154.845
23.249
151.005
27
37
37
Josh Wise Ford
151.764
23.721
150.969
8
5
18
Kyle Busch Toyota
155.777
23.11
150.926
32
22
20
Joey Logano Toyota
154.712
23.269
150.814
38
28
39
Ryan Newman Chevrolet
154.374
23.32
150.734
34
4
24
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
155.878
23.095
150.721
45
29
6
David Ragan Ford
154.314
23.329
150.648
39
19
88
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
154.799
23.256
150.601
30
35
46
Scott Speed Ford
152.188
23.655
150.526
10
25
14
Tony Stewart Chevrolet
154.453
23.308
150.368
32
32
51
Landon Cassill Chevrolet
153.159
23.505
150.094
28
24
11
Denny Hamlin Toyota
154.500
23.301
149.715
36
30
83
Brian Vickers Toyota
154.169
23.351
149.711
35
41
13
Casey Mears Toyota
150.188
23.970
149.674
30
39
36
Dave Blaney Chevrolet
150.395
23.937
149.096
33
42
60
Mike Skinner Toyota
150.100
23.984
149.063
9
40
71
Andy Lally Ford
150.332
23.947
148.517
23
44
32
Mike Bliss Ford
149.142
24.138
148.245
17
43
87
Joe Nemechek Toyota
149.558
24.071
147.645
10

10-Lap Average Speeds (must run 10 consecutive laps)

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
99
Carl Edwards
23
32
151.431
2
48
Jimmie Johnson
1
10
150.819
3
18
Kyle Busch
12
21
150.386
4
24
Jeff Gordon
32
41
150.348

Combined Average Speeds (weighted by # of laps run in each session)

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Average Speed
Total Laps
4
30
David Stremme
Chevrolet
153.120
11
5
55
Travis Kvapil
Ford
152.350
16
6
66
Michael McDowell
Toyota
152.294
13
8
7
Reed Sorenson
Dodge
151.852
15
21
38
J.J. Yeley
Ford
151.762
12
19
4
Kasey Kahne
Toyota
151.510
85
18
29
Kevin Harvick
Chevrolet
151.486
91
16
99
Carl Edwards
Ford
151.432
96
29
37
Josh Wise
Ford
151.368
24
15
46
Scott Speed
Ford
151.243
22
30
33
Clint Bowyer
Chevrolet
151.025
61
28
9
Marcos Ambrose
Ford
150.948
82
7
00
David Reutimann
Toyota
150.923
103
10
43
A.J. Allmendinger
Ford
150.920
124
25
78
Regan Smith
Chevrolet
150.873
83
1
5
Mark Martin
Chevrolet
150.778
80
9
27
Paul Menard
Chevrolet
150.726
98
3
42
Juan Pablo Montoya
Chevrolet
150.712
81
13
16
Greg Biffle
Ford
150.665
97
20
17
Matt Kenseth
Ford
150.591
86
2
24
Jeff Gordon
Chevrolet
150.586
106
38
1
Jamie McMurray
Chevrolet
150.561
51
36
34
David Gilliland
Ford
150.534
38
11
18
Kyle Busch
Toyota
150.497
117
26
31
Jeff Burton
Chevrolet
150.497
94
14
22
Kurt Busch
Dodge
150.495
110
22
2
Brad Keselowski
Dodge
150.482
115
17
6
David Ragan
Ford
150.422
114
23
20
Joey Logano
Toyota
150.410
107
12
48
Jimmie Johnson
Chevrolet
150.385
111
35
47
Bobby Labonte
Toyota
150.295
85
37
88
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Chevrolet
150.264
89
33
56
Martin Truex Jr.
Toyota
150.254
74
41
14
Tony Stewart
Chevrolet
149.947
91
31
83
Brian Vickers
Toyota
149.887
114
34
60
Mike Skinner
Toyota
149.852
26
24
11
Denny Hamlin
Toyota
149.818
90
39
39
Ryan Newman
Chevrolet
149.769
113
32
87
Joe Nemechek
Toyota
149.499
23
40
13
Casey Mears
Toyota
149.271
60
42
51
Landon Cassill
Chevrolet
149.213
103
27
36
Dave Blaney
Ford
149.104
63
43
32
Mike Bliss
Ford
148.321
84
44
71
Andy Lally
Ford
147.894
60
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About Brian Polking

Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.

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