Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Brickyard 400

by Brian Polking on July 27, 2013 @ 17:00:46 PDT

 


In 2009, Juan Pablo Montoya had the Brickyard 400 won. He led 116 of the 160 laps and had a massive lead heading into the final round of pit stops when he was penalized for speeding and ended up finishing 11th. Montoya has been waiting at a chance at redemption since that fateful day, and after topping the charts in the first practice at Indianapolis and ranking third in Happy Hour, it appears his chance could come this weekend. Even if he doesn't win Sunday, Montoya has legitimate top-five potential as a fantasy option, and owners should take advantage.

Juan Pablo Montoya

One driver used to being a top-five fantasy option is Jimmie Johnson, and he didn't disappoint in practice. He posted the best 10-lap average speed in the first session and put down the fourth-fastest lap in Happy Hour. He's also the defending race winner and has won four of the last seven races at Indianapolis. As is the case most weeks, fantasy owners should consider Johnson an elite option in all formats.

Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne is also looking like an elite fantasy option this weekend. After posting the fifth-fastest lap in the first practice Saturday, he jumped to second on the charts in Happy Hour and logged the best 10-lap average speed. Kahne has been solid at Indianapolis throughout his career, tallying six top-15s in nine starts. However, he seems primed for one of the best performances at the 2.5-mile oval this weekend, and owners should feel comfortable adding him to rosters in all formats.

Another driver that was flat out impressive on the practice charts was Kurt Busch. He got things started with the second-fastest lap in the opening session and jumped to the top of the charts in Happy Hour. On the flip side, his career numbers at Indianapolis have been very up and down, but with Busch's recent run of success and his practice times, the potential reward is more than worth the risk for fantasy owners.

Kurt's younger brother Kyle also has plenty to offer fantasy owners. He jumped from 11th to sixth on the charts between the first practice and Happy Hour, and his recent results at Indianapolis are very encouraging. Busch has three straight top-10s at the track, including a career-best second-place run in 2012. Overall, he has six top-10s in eight starts, so at the very least he should deliver a useful result for owners.

Fantasy owners should also keep Kevin Harvick in mind when setting their rosters. He is a former winner at Indianapolis, and his 10.3 average finish is the third best in the series. His practice times were also solid as he cracked the top 10 in both sessions Saturday. Throw in his history for winning NASCAR's most prestigious races, and Harvick should be one of the safer fantasy options this weekend.

Last but not least, owners looking to gamble a bit may want to take a chance on Joey Logano. He put together a solid set of practices, cracking the top 15 in both sessions and ranking sixth on the charts in the first practice. Granted, Logano has been hit or miss at Indianapolis, finishing 12th or better twice and 25th or worse twice. That being said, his practice times indicate that one of his better runs could be on tap this weekend, and Logano could provide a top-10 finish for owners willing to take the risk.

Happy Hour Speeds (sorted by Best Lap)

Rk
Car
Driver Make Sponsor
Best Lap
Best Time
Laps
1
78
Kurt Busch Chevrolet Furniture Row / Beautyrest
188.419
47.766
28
2
5
Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips
188.210
47.819
28
3
42
Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet Target
187.664
47.958
31
4
48
Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools
187.379
48.031
24
5
9
Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt
187.106
48.101
7
6
18
Kyle Busch Toyota M&Ms Red-White-Blue
187.075
48.109
15
7
24
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi Max
186.916
48.150
28
8
39
Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans / The Smurfs
186.765
48.189
22
9
14
Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops
186.761
48.190
30
10
29
Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's
186.734
48.197
27
11
43
Aric Almirola Ford Eckrich
186.730
48.198
17
12
99
Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal
186.397
48.284
18
13
31
Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
186.378
48.289
25
14
22
Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil
186.355
48.295
32
15
2
Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite
186.251
48.322
32
16
15
Clint Bowyer Toyota RKMotorsCharlotte.com
185.889
48.416
19
17
33
Austin Dillon Chevrolet Mycogen Seeds
185.862
48.423
16
18
27
Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Duracell
185.728
48.458
30
19
20
Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General
185.705
48.464
10
20
56
Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
185.690
48.468
22
21
13
Casey Mears Ford GEICO
185.498
48.518
15
22
1
Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Cessna
185.380
48.549
21
23
51
A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet Phoenix Construction
185.246
48.584
19
24
11
Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express
185.200
48.596
17
25
55
Mark Martin Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine
185.002
48.648
24
26
16
Greg Biffle Ford 3M Safety
184.987
48.652
15
27
47
Bobby Labonte Toyota Scott Products
184.881
48.680
17
28
93
Travis Kvapil Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper
184.566
48.763
6
29
98
Michael McDowell Ford K-Love / Curb Records
184.475
48.787
7
30
88
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard
184.445
48.795
20
31
35
Josh Wise Ford MDS Transport
184.441
48.796
16
32
83
David Reutimann Toyota Burger King / Dr Pepper
184.381
48.812
21
33
10
Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com
184.275
48.840
16
34
21
Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center
184.057
48.898
15
35
17
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost
184.038
48.903
18
36
40
Landon Cassill Chevrolet Interstate Moving Services
183.996
48.914
5
37
95
Scott Speed Ford Leavine Family Racing
182.559
49.299
5
38
19
Mike Bliss Toyota Plinker Tactical / Value Place
182.526
49.308
9
39
87
Joe Nemechek Toyota TBD
182.508
49.313
9
40
7
Dave Blaney Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing
182.242
49.385
15
41
34
David Ragan Ford CSX / Play It Safe
181.866
49.487
19
42
30
David Stremme Toyota Widow Wax / Lean1
181.767
49.514
13
43
38
David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver's
181.576
49.566
12
44
32
Timmy Hill Ford OXYwater
178.504
50.419
7
45
36
J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Tommy Baldwin Racing
177.788
50.622
10

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From
To
Avg. Speed
1
5
Kasey Kahne
11
20
182.4190
2
24
Jeff Gordon
15
24
181.1910
3
2
Brad Keselowski
14
23
181.0320
4
42
Juan Pablo Montoya
16
25
181.0040
5
27
Paul Menard
19
28
180.4390
6
55
Mark Martin
10
19
180.1700
7
31
Jeff Burton
7
16
179.8620

First Practice Speeds (sorted by Best Lap)

Rk
Car
Driver Team
Best Time
Best Lap
Laps
1
42
Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet
48.541
185.410
22
2
78
Kurt Busch Furniture Row / Beautyrest Chevrolet
48.821
184.347
17
3
33
Austin Dillon Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet
48.928
183.944
16
4
27
Paul Menard Menards / Duracell Chevrolet
48.993
183.700
14
5
5
Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet
49.009
183.640
30
6
22
Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford
49.090
183.337
18
7
29
Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet
49.287
182.604
16
8
56
Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
49.297
182.567
15
9
20
Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota
49.313
182.508
20
10
88
Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet
49.370
182.297
19
11
18
Kyle Busch M&M's Red-White-Blue M-Prove America
49.424
182.098
26
12
2
Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford
49.428
182.083
27
13
48
Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet
49.562
181.591
22
14
15
Clint Bowyer RKMotorsCharlotte.com Toyota
49.586
181.503
24
15
21
Trevor Bayne Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
49.598
181.459
8
16
55
Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
49.684
181.145
19
17
39
Ryan Newman Quicken Loans / The Smurfs Chevrolet
49.740
180.941
28
18
31
Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet
49.842
180.571
19
19
40
Landon Cassill Interstate Moving Services Chevrolet
49.882
180.426
3
20
1
Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet
50.003
179.989
16
21
24
Jeff Gordon Pepsi Max Chevrolet
50.023
179.917
18
22
9
Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford
50.024
179.914
16
23
11
Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota
50.025
179.910
22
24
99
Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford
50.048
179.827
10
25
14
Tony Stewart Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
50.103
179.630
15
26
43
Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford
50.283
178.987
19
27
47
Bobby Labonte Scott Products Toyota
50.298
178.934
23
28
35
Josh Wise MDS Transport Ford
50.457
178.370
10
29
16
Greg Biffle 3M Safety Ford
50.466
178.338
16
30
51
A.J. Allmendinger Phoenix Construction Chevrolet
50.478
178.295
12
31
13
Casey Mears GEICO Ford
50.515
178.165
15
32
93
Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota
50.682
177.578
17
33
83
David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota
50.767
177.281
13
34
36
J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
50.769
177.274
5
35
17
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford
50.884
176.873
12
36
7
Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
50.932
176.706
17
37
10
Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
51.250
175.610
18
38
98
Michael McDowell K-Love / Curb Records Ford
51.260
175.575
7
39
34
David Ragan CSX / Play It Safe Ford
51.462
174.886
8
40
32
Timmy Hill OXYwater Ford
51.467
174.869
20
41
95
Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford
51.487
174.801
7
42
30
David Stremme Widow Wax / Lean1 Toyota
51.504
174.744
13
43
19
Mike Bliss Plinker Tactical / Value Place Toyota
51.504
174.744
3
44
87
Joe Nemechek Toyota
51.652
174.243
4
45
38
David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford
51.784
173.799
9

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From
To
Avg. Speed
1
56
Jimmie Johnson
13
22
177.741
2
48
Ryan Newman
18
27
177.386

 

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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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