Fantasy NASCAR practice recap: Hollywood Casino 400

by Brian Polking on October 8, 2011 @ 18:39:20 PDT

 


Entering this weekend’s race at Kansas Speedway, Kevin Harvick sits atop the point standings in search of his first career Cup Series title. He must be getting comfortable with the view from the top because he topped the charts during the first practice session Saturday afternoon. Harvick has had a way of sneaking up on people all season long, quietly tying for the series lead with four victories during the regular season. At the rate he is going, he could end up sneaking up and winning and a championship.

Of course the driver that has won the last five titles may have something to say about that, and fittingly, Jimmie Johnson ranked second on practice charts. He was followed by co-point leader Carl Edwards, and Edwards’ teammates David Ragan and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five. Fantasy owners should feel free to utilize all four drivers, and Biffle and Ragan could make excellent under the radar options.

Greg Biffle

Ragan added to is sleeper value by topping the charts in terms of 10-lap average speed in the opening session Saturday. He was followed by Kansas native Clint Bowyer, who announced earlier this week he will be leaving Richard Childress Racing for Michael Waltrip racing next season. Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five, and both drivers have been studs at the 1.5-mile tracks this season.

In Happy Hour, some familiar faces continued to top the charts as Bowyer led the way. Ragan, Kenseth and Johnson followed, while Mark Martin was the one newcomer to the top five. Martin is a former winner at Kansas in his own right, but given his mediocre runs throughout the 2011 season, owners shouldn’t expect much more than a top-15 out of him Sunday. Ragan is the sleeper option owners should target instead. He has been a top-10 option at the 1.5-mile tracks this season, and his practice times speak for themselves.

In terms of 10-lap average speeds, Kenseth climbed to the top of the charts, while Bowyer, Johnson, Martin and Ragan completed the top five. In other words, the same five drivers that led the way in terms of fastest lap simply rearranged their order on longer runs. Johnson and Kenseth are at the head of the pack in terms of fantasy value, but all five drivers deserve consideration depending on the fantasy format.

Owners wondering about Tony Stewart and Brad Keselowski shouldn’t panic. Both drivers ranked just outside the top 10 in the practice sessions, and considering how well both have been during the Chase, they remain legitimate options. Not to mention the fact that both drivers are former winners at Kansas.

One big name that owners may want to think twice about is Kurt Busch. Despite winning last weekend and leading the most laps at Kansas earlier this year, Busch seemed off in practice. He ranked outside the top 20 consistently, and the No. 22 team didn’t seem to make any progress in final practice. Busch has been known to run hot and cold, and it isn’t out of the question for him to go from Victory Lane in irrelevant in a week.

Happy Hour Speeds (sorted by Avg. Speed)

Rk indicates Best Lap standing

Rank
Car
Driver
Team
Best Lap
Best Time
Avg. Speed
Laps
2
6
UPS Ford
168.961
31.960
164.840
36
1
33
Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
169.737
31.814
164.543
30
6
99
Aflac Ford
167.869
32.168
164.239
35
30
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
166.001
32.530
164.187
42
20
88
National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet
166.698
32.394
164.146
36
7
9
DeWalt Ford
167.307
32.276
164.068
37
15
4
Red Bull Toyota
166.945
32.346
164.057
36
4
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
168.724
32.005
164.001
57
21
16
Sherwin-Williams Ford
166.682
32.397
163.961
43
5
5
CARQUEST / GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
168.146
32.115
163.927
55
12
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
167.043
32.327
163.891
38
3
17
Crown Royal Ford
168.845
31.982
163.814
56
29
22
Shell Pennzoil Dodge
166.062
32.518
163.789
32
24
14
Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet
166.543
32.424
163.778
42
9
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
167.152
32.306
163.741
47
8
1
Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat Chevrolet
167.219
32.293
163.734
44
16
27
Schrock / Menards Chevrolet
166.888
32.357
163.690
47
27
42
Target Chevrolet
166.195
32.492
163.660
25
26
83
Red Bull Toyota
166.461
32.440
163.571
27
11
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
167.048
32.326
163.415
43
17
78
FurnitureRowRacing/FarmAmerican Chevrolet
166.888
32.357
163.360
49
10
39
HAAS Automation Chevrolet
167.115
32.313
163.352
50
18
2
Miller Lite Dodge
166.878
32.359
163.272
53
13
18
M&M's Toyota
166.986
32.338
163.120
66
33
46
ordergreenstuff.com Ford
164.976
32.732
163.072
23
31
43
Best Buy Ford
165.659
32.597
162.750
38
28
30
166.108
32.509
162.744
12
22
24
DuPont Chevrolet
166.615
32.410
162.708
51
37
87
AM FM Energy Toyota
164.519
32.823
162.667
11
19
47
Bush's Beans / Kingsford Toyota
166.826
32.369
162.665
31
23
11
FedEx Freight Toyota
166.584
32.416
162.661
37
32
13
GEICO Toyota
165.274
32.673
162.647
18
25
20
The Home Depot Toyota
166.461
32.440
162.516
51
34
36
Big Red Chevrolet
164.941
32.739
162.476
15
14
51
ThankATchrToday Chevrolet
166.960
32.343
162.475
43
35
38
Long John Silver's Ford
164.840
32.759
162.375
25
36
98
President Ronald Reagan Centennial Chevrolet
164.559
32.815
162.292
27
42
7
SPEED Energy / MAPEI / Menards Dodge
163.029
33.123
161.788
6
38
55
164.169
32.893
161.775
25
41
66
Victory Junction Toyota
163.246
33.079
161.249
25
43
32
Street King Ford
162.955
33.138
161.206
33
39
34
A&W All American Food Ford
164.094
32.908
161.042
24
40
71
Interstate Moving Services Ford
163.255
33.077
160.808
23

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
17
1
10
166.149
2
33
1
10
166.112
3
48
1
10
165.745
4
5
41
50
165.302
5
6
23
32
165.286
6
18
1
10
165.246
7
16
1
10
165.070
8
56
1
10
164.788
9
78
1
10
164.775
10
00
1
10
164.704
11
2
35
44
164.587
12
31
1
10
164.361
13
14
24
33
164.309
14
27
1
10
164.293
15
11
21
30
163.933
16
39
39
48
163.741
17
20
33
42
163.616
18
51
32
41
163.547
19
24
24
33
163.306
20
1
35
44
163.120
21
22
23
32
162.831
22
66
1
10
161.431

First Practice Speeds (sorted by Avg. Speed)

Rk indicates Best Lap standing

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Lap
Best Time
Avg. Speed
Laps
26
7
SPEED Energy / MAPEI / Menards Dodge
166.816
32.371
166.816
1
6
11
FedEx Freight Toyota
169.811
31.800
166.449
18
16
5
CARQUEST / GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
168.481
32.051
166.340
21
10
4
Red Bull Toyota
169.545
31.850
166.325
21
19
27
Schrock / Menards Chevrolet
168.177
32.109
165.919
22
9
88
National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet
169.625
31.835
165.870
21
17
42
Target Chevrolet
168.245
32.096
165.630
14
22
83
Red Bull Toyota
167.665
32.207
165.622
21
1
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
170.401
31.690
165.584
31
8
18
M&M's Toyota
169.678
31.825
165.528
32
21
1
Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat Chevrolet
167.957
32.151
165.465
24
14
17
Crown Royal Ford
168.845
31.982
165.425
30
5
16
Sherwin-Williams Ford
169.875
31.788
165.396
23
12
33
Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
169.046
31.944
165.388
27
13
2
Miller Lite Dodge
169.025
31.948
165.317
30
3
99
Aflac Ford
169.998
31.765
165.198
24
35
13
GEICO Toyota
165.965
32.537
165.160
10
7
24
DuPont Chevrolet
169.747
31.812
165.046
36
24
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
167.390
32.260
164.994
24
2
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
170.057
31.754
164.888
44
11
39
HAAS Automation Chevrolet
169.120
31.930
164.814
23
20
9
DeWalt Ford
168.020
32.139
164.813
27
4
6
UPS Ford
169.929
31.778
164.799
28
27
22
Shell Pennzoil Dodge
166.785
32.377
164.759
21
18
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
168.182
32.108
164.644
37
34
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
166.241
32.483
164.612
11
25
78
FurnitureRowRacing/FarmAmerican Chevrolet
166.986
32.338
164.599
27
15
14
Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet
168.587
32.031
164.344
31
28
38
Long John Silver's Ford
166.682
32.397
164.239
19
32
98
President Ronald Reagan Centennial Chevrolet
166.338
32.464
164.204
27
23
20
The Home Depot Toyota
167.613
32.217
164.064
20
36
46
ordergreenstuff.com Ford
165.558
32.617
163.944
17
39
34
A&W All American Food Ford
164.314
32.864
163.848
5
33
47
Bush's Beans / Kingsford Toyota
166.261
32.479
163.726
30
38
36
Big Red Chevrolet
165.077
32.712
163.648
15
41
87
AM FM Energy Toyota
164.164
32.894
163.564
7
31
51
Thank a Teacher Today Chevrolet
166.394
32.453
163.431
32
40
66
Victory Junction Toyota
164.264
32.874
163.289
8
29
71
Interstate Moving Services Ford
166.548
32.423
163.250
14
37
55
165.441
32.640
163.125
19
42
32
Street King Ford
164.014
32.924
161.748
20
30
43
Best Buy Ford
166.497
32.433
157.281
12
x
30
Chevrolet
0
0
0
0

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
6
1
10
166.149
2
33
8
17
165.965
3
48
28
37
165.942
4
18
21
30
165.845
5
17
1
10
165.456
6
27
1
10
165.396
7
56
25
34
165.070
8
9
1
10
164.971
9
78
17
26
164.916
10
29
10
19
164.604
11
00
15
24
164.592
12
38
1
10
164.481
13
51
1
10
164.281
14
2
1
10
164.249
15
39
13
22
164.231
16
46
1
10
164.102
17
98
14
23
164.046

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

Car
Driver
Team
Average Speed
Total Laps
33
Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
164.943
57
4
Red Bull Toyota
164.893
57
6
UPS Ford
164.822
64
88
National Guard / AMP Energy Chevrolet
164.781
57
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
164.780
73
99
Aflac Ford
164.629
59
5
CARQUEST / GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
164.594
76
83
Red Bull Toyota
164.468
48
16
Sherwin-Williams Ford
164.461
66
27
Schrock / Menards Chevrolet
164.401
69
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
164.387
101
9
DeWalt Ford
164.382
64
17
Crown Royal Ford
164.376
86
42
Target Chevrolet
164.367
39
1
Bass Pro Shops / Arctic Cat Chevrolet
164.345
68
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
164.262
75
22
Shell Pennzoil Dodge
164.173
53
14
Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet
164.018
73
2
Miller Lite Dodge
164.011
83
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
163.981
67
18
M&M's Toyota
163.906
98
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
163.906
58
11
FedEx Freight Toyota
163.901
55
39
HAAS Automation Chevrolet
163.813
73
78
FurnitureRowRacing/FarmAmerican Chevrolet
163.800
76
24
DuPont Chevrolet
163.675
87
13
GEICO Toyota
163.545
28
46
ordergreenstuff.com Ford
163.443
40
98
President Ronald Reagan Centennial Chevrolet
163.248
54
47
Bush's Beans / Kingsford Toyota
163.187
61
38
Long John Silver's Ford
163.180
44
36
Big Red Chevrolet
163.062
30
87
AM FM Energy Toyota
163.016
18
20
The Home Depot Toyota
162.952
71
51
ThankATchrToday Chevrolet
162.883
75
30
162.744
12
7
SPEED Energy / MAPEI / Menards Dodge
162.506
7
55
162.358
44
66
Victory Junction Toyota
161.744
33
71
Interstate Moving Services Ford
161.732
37
34
A&W All American Food Ford
161.526
29
43
Best Buy Ford
161.437
50
32
Street King Ford
161.411
53
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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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