Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: AAA 400

by Brian Polking on September 28, 2013 @ 22:27:23 PDT

 


Matt Kenseth has opened the 2013 Chase with back-to-back wins, and if his practice times at Dover Saturday are any indication, he might not be done winning just yet. He turned the fifth-fastest lap in the opening session to go along with the third-best 10-lap average speed, and in Happy Hour, he logged the third-fastest lap and the second-best 10-lap average speed. Kenseth has also finished in the top five in eight of his last 11 starts at Dover, and a top-five finish is the bare minimum fantasy owners should expect from him this weekend.

Jimmie Johnson

Of course, one driver that always seems to be in the mix whenever the series visits Dover is Jimmie Johnson, and he didn't disappoint in practice Saturday. He posted the sixth-fastest lap and second-best 10-lap average speed in the first session, and he jumped to second on the charts in Happy Hour while recording the best 10-lap average speed. Keep in mind that Johnson is a seven-time winner at Dover, and four of his victories have come in the last 10 races at the track. During the same stretch, he owns a series-leading 5.7 average finish, and Johnson should be considered one of the best options available this weekend regardless of the format.

Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. also appears to be one of the best options for fantasy owners. After winning the pole on Friday, Junior cracked the top five in both practice session Saturday, turning the second-quickest lap in the opening session. Granted, Junior hasn't produced elite results at Dover, but he has finished 11th or better in his last three starts at the track. At the very least, he seems capable of providing a top-10, and a top-five run isn't out of the question.

Defending race winner Brad Keselowski appears poised to contend for a top-fvie finish, as well. After all, he flexed plenty of muscle in practice, posting the 11th-fastest lap in the first session, and topping the charts in Happy Hour. Keselowski also logged the fourth-best 10-lap average speed in the final session. It is also worth noting that Keselowski followed up his victory at Dover last fall with a top-run in June so his value at the track has been trending up anyway.

Another driver that has been trending in the right direction at Dover lately is Kyle Busch, and he cracked the top 10 in both practice sessions Saturday. In addition to the fast times, he has finished seventh or better in six of his last seven starts at Dover, including a fourth-place effort earlier this year when he led the most laps. Busch is also a two-time winner on the concrete oval, and he could certainly add to that total this weekend.

His older brother Kurt also has plenty of upside. He opened the practice sessions at Dover Saturday by turning the fourth-fastest lap, and in Happy Hour, he logged the 11th-fastest lap and the third-best 10-lap average speed. Busch has been hit or miss at Dover throughout his career, but in the last nine races at the track, he has six top-15s. More importantly, he has four top-five finishes during the stretch, including a win in the fall of 2011.

While their ceiling might not be as high as that of the Busch brothers, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. could both make solid additions to fantasy rosters this weekend. Logano ranked 12th and 10th in two practice sessions at Dover Saturday, and Truex ranked 10th and seventh on the charts. Meanwhile, Logano has five top-10s in his last seven starts at the track, including three straight. Truex on the other hand is a former Dover winner, and he has cracked the top 10 in three of his last five starts at the track.

In terms of sleeper options, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. might be the cream of the crop. The rookie ranked 16th and 15th in the two practices Saturday, and he also posted the fifth-best 10-lap average speed in Happy Hour. Meanwhile, Stenhouse has managed to finish in the top 15 in both of his Cup starts at Dover, and he looks primed to continue the trend this weekend.

Happy Hour Speeds (sorted by Best Lap)

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Time
Best Speed
Laps
1
2
Miller Lite Ford
23.027
156.338
54
2
48
Lowe`s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet
23.050
156.182
56
3
20
Home Depot "Let`s Do This" Toyota
23.079
155.986
40
4
39
State Water Heaters Chevrolet
23.101
155.837
38
5
88
National Guard Chevrolet
23.113
155.757
45
6
55
Aaron`s Dream Machine Toyota
23.134
155.615
38
7
56
NAPA Shocks Toyota
23.150
155.508
35
8
16
Filtrete Ford
23.154
155.481
32
9
18
Interstate Batteries Toyota
23.174
155.347
41
10
22
Shell Pennzoil Ford
23.182
155.293
46
11
78
Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet
23.183
155.286
54
12
5
Farmers Insurance Chevrolet
23.202
155.159
40
13
24
Axalta Chevrolet
23.223
155.019
46
14
99
Fastenal Ford
23.224
155.012
29
15
17
Ford EcoBoost Ford
23.249
154.845
39
16
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
23.285
154.606
44
17
15
Raspberry 5-hour Energy Toyota
23.298
154.520
39
18
27
Menards/CertainTeed Chevrolet
23.307
154.460
33
19
42
Target Chevrolet
23.370
154.044
32
20
11
FedEx Freight Toyota
23.374
154.017
43
21
1
LiftMaster Chevrolet
23.378
153.991
55
22
9
Stanley Ford
23.403
153.826
39
23
43
Smithfield Ford
23.418
153.728
37
24
13
GEICO Ford
23.453
153.498
25
25
47
House-Autry Toyota
23.454
153.492
41
26
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
23.477
153.342
30
27
93
Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota
23.491
153.250
35
28
51
Shooters Sporting Center Chevrolet
23.544
152.905
20
29
10
GoDaddy Chevrolet
23.633
152.329
37
30
38
Long John Silver`s Ford
23.653
152.201
17
31
83
Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota
23.691
151.956
29
32
30
Swan Energy Toyota
23.713
151.815
26
33
14
Mobil1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
23.741
151.636
34
34
34
Taco Bell Ford
23.814
151.172
17
35
7
23.930
150.439
14
36
95
23.956
150.276
17
37
33
LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet
23.990
150.063
23
38
36
Drive Sober Arrive Alive Chevrolet
24.036
149.775
31
39
32
U.S. Chrome Ford
24.127
149.210
23
40
87
NEMCO Motorsports Toyota
24.259
148.399
19
41
40
Hillman Motorsports Chevrolet
24.300
148.148
24

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
48
1
10
154.888
2
20
1
10
154.458
3
78
1
10
153.592
4
2
1
10
153.577
5
17
1
10
153.316
6
1
1
10
153.116
7
5
24
33
153.060
8
43
2
11
152.873
9
24
20
29
152.679
10
88
22
31
152.610
11
29
25
34
152.547
12
18
25
34
152.415
13
42
8
17
152.290
14
15
27
36
152.113
15
39
17
26
151.494
16
9
29
38
151.252
17
56
21
30
151.231
18
22
31
40
150.737
19
31
17
26
150.519
20
14
20
29
150.516
21
55
27
36
150.293
22
93
25
34
149.236
23
10
28
37
148.265

Second Practice Speeds (sorted by Best Lap)

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Time
Best Lap
Laps
1
5
Farmers Insurance Chevrolet
22.888
157.288
46
2
88
National Guard Chevrolet
22.919
157.075
43
3
24
Axalta Chevrolet
22.963
156.774
52
4
78
Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet
22.996
156.549
37
5
20
Home Depot "Let's Do This" Toyota
23.003
156.501
41
6
48
Lowe`s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet
23.036
156.277
42
7
18
Interstate Batteries Toyota
23.043
156.230
42
8
15
Raspberry 5-hour Energy Toyota
23.047
156.203
45
9
42
Target Chevrolet
23.051
156.175
25
10
56
NAPA Shocks Toyota
23.055
156.148
27
11
2
Miller Lite Ford
23.055
156.148
37
12
22
Shell Pennzoil Ford
23.059
156.121
46
13
1
LiftMaster Chevrolet
23.060
156.114
39
14
39
State Water Heaters Chevrolet
23.074
156.020
20
15
16
Filtrete Ford
23.124
155.682
27
16
17
Ford EcoBoost Ford
23.138
155.588
34
17
99
Fastenal Ford
23.182
155.293
31
18
47
House-Autry Toyota
23.194
155.213
32
19
55
Aaron`s Dream Machine Toyota
23.202
155.159
41
20
43
Smithfield Ford
23.216
155.065
34
21
27
Menards/CertainTeed Chevrolet
23.238
154.919
25
22
11
FedEx Freight Toyota
23.291
154.566
34
23
9
Stanley Ford
23.307
154.460
33
24
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
23.319
154.381
21
25
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
23.340
154.242
21
26
10
GoDaddy Chevrolet
23.348
154.189
30
27
13
GEICO Ford
23.363
154.090
36
28
51
Shooters Sporting Center Chevrolet
23.420
153.715
31
29
38
Long John Silver`s Ford
23.451
153.512
20
30
34
Taco Bell Ford
23.451
153.512
14
31
14
Mobil1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
23.478
153.335
20
32
30
Swan Energy Toyota
23.517
153.081
27
33
83
Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota
23.544
152.905
21
34
93
Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota
23.586
152.633
28
35
98
23.603
152.523
8
36
35
MDS Transport Ford
23.693
151.944
7
37
32
U.S. Chrome Ford
23.733
151.688
17
38
7
23.764
151.490
17
39
33
LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet
23.824
151.108
11
40
36
Drive Sober Arrive Alive Chevrolet
23.849
150.950
21
41
95
23.861
150.874
14
42
40
Hillman Racing Chevrolet
24.076
149.526
15
43
87
NEMCO Motorsports Toyota
24.224
148.613
12

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
5
1
10
155.311
2
48
2
11
155.240
3
20
2
11
154.955
4
15
27
36
153.885
5
24
18
27
153.734
6
1
24
33
153.710
7
55
23
32
153.452
8
88
24
33
153.450
9
18
26
35
152.908
10
43
17
26
152.802
11
22
32
41
152.325
12
78
24
33
150.886

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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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