Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Hollywood Casino 400

by Brian Polking on October 5, 2013 @ 15:14:58 PDT

 


Matt Kenseth has been nothing short of dominant at Kansas Speedway in recent years, and if his practice times Saturday are any indication, he is going to add to his impressive track record this weekend. Kenseth turned the second-fastest lap in the first session and the fourth-fastest lap in Happy Hour, making him one of only two drivers to crack the top five in both sessions. He has also posted a 3.8 average finish at Kansas in his last six starts and has won the last two races at the track. A Kansas three-peat could be on tap for Kenseth, and he needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards
Big weekend coming for Edwards

Unsurprisingly, the other driver to land in the top five in both practices Saturday was Jimmie Johnson. He posted the fifth-fastest lap in both sessions to go along with the second-best 10-lap average speed in Happy Hour. Keep in mind that Johnson also owns a series-leading 7.6 average finish at Kansas. Meanwhile, he has finished in the top 10 in the last nine races at the track, logging six top-three finishes, including two wins. Make room for him on fantasy rosters in every format.

Another driver that deserves a spot on fantasy rosters this weekend is Kevin Harvick. He logged the fourth-fastest lap in the opening practice to go along with the best 10-lap average speed, and he also posted the seventh-fastest lap in Happy Hour. With six straight top-12 finishes at Kansas, Harvick was already a safe option this weekend. After his practice times Saturday and pole-winning run Friday, he has legit top-five potential.

After topping the charts in Happy Hour, Carl Edwards could also challenge for a top-five finish this weekend. In addition to pacing the field in the final practice, he logged the eighth-best lap. Edwards has also finished in the top 10 in eight of his 12 starts at Kansas, and he has finished sixth or better six times at the track. At the very least, he seems primed to land somewhere in the top 10.

While he doesn’t boast the best numbers at Kansas, Juan Pablo Montoya’s practice times ranked among the best of any driver. After posting the third-fastest lap in the opening session, he turned the sixth-fastest lap in Happy Hour. Montoya enters Sunday’s race with just one top-10 in nine starts at Kansas, but he appears to have a car capable of changing that. Fantasy owners looking to gain ground in their leagues should definitely consider taking a chance on Montoya.

Brian Vickers is another driver with a less than stellar track record at Kansas that could be worth gambling on this weekend. After all, he cracked the top 10 in both practice sessions Saturday. It is also worth noting that while he has just one top-10 in eight starts at Kansas, he has never made a start at the track with Michael Waltrip Racing. As a result, fantasy owners may want to trust the practice times and not his track record.

Fantasy owners looking for sleeper options should look no further than Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The rookie topped the charts in the first practice at Kansas Saturday, and he posted the 10th-fastest lap in Happy Hour. Stenhouse also finished 11th in his track debut earlier this year, and it looks like he has a car capable of battling for a top-10 again this weekend.

Another sleeper worth considering this weekend is Paul Menard. After turning the 16th-fastest lap in the first session, he jumped to second on the charts in Happy Hour. He also recorded the best 10-lap average speed in the final practice. Meanwhile, Menard has four finishes of 12th or better in his last six starts at Kansas, including a third-place run last fall and a 10th-place run earlier this year.

Last but not least, the practice sessions were not kind to the Busch brothers. Both Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch crashed their primary cars and will start from the rear of the field in backup cars Sunday. Of the two, Kurt appeared to be in better shape in Happy Hour. Meanwhile, Kyle may have to wait another year to get his first top-five at Kansas. Neither driver is an ideal fantasy option this weekend.

Happy Hour Speeds (sorted by Best Lap)

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Time
Best Lap
Laps
1
99
Fastenal Ford
29.192
184.982
31
2
27
Menards / Splash Chevrolet
29.355
183.955
39
3
2
Miller Lite Ford
29.363
183.905
43
4
20
Dollar General Toyota
29.368
183.874
41
5
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
29.378
183.811
55
6
42
Target Chevrolet
29.383
183.780
38
7
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
29.432
183.474
51
8
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
29.439
183.430
46
9
55
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
29.452
183.349
36
10
17
Ford EcoBoost Ford
29.455
183.331
17
11
78
Furniture Row / Denver Mattress Chevrolet
29.465
183.268
27
12
24
Axalta Chevrolet
29.512
182.976
64
13
39
Code 3 Associates Chevrolet
29.516
182.952
48
14
1
Cessna Chevrolet
29.522
182.914
34
15
51
Brandt Chevrolet
29.524
182.902
44
16
10
GoDaddy Chevrolet
29.547
182.760
53
17
15
Raspberry5hrEnrgybeneLivingBynd Toyota
29.550
182.741
33
18
5
Time Warner Cable Chevrolet
29.557
182.698
43
19
93
Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota
29.564
182.655
28
20
22
Shell Pennzoil Ford
29.586
182.519
34
21
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
29.603
182.414
28
22
14
Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet
29.608
182.383
53
23
88
Time Warner Cable Chevrolet
29.637
182.205
44
24
43
Farmland Ford
29.651
182.119
35
25
18
M&M's Toyota
29.698
181.830
31
26
16
Sherwin Williams Ford
29.721
181.690
31
27
9
MAC Tools Ford
29.734
181.610
28
28
13
GEICO Ford
29.759
181.458
25
29
30
Swan Energy Toyota
29.761
181.446
28
30
11
FedEx Office Toyota
29.770
181.391
32
31
98
29.863
180.826
5
32
34
Taco Bell Ford
29.875
180.753
31
33
47
Scott Products - Win My Car Toyota
29.916
180.505
27
34
38
Long John Silver's Ford
29.916
180.505
18
35
83
Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota
29.922
180.469
37
36
33
LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet
30.011
179.934
26
37
32
U.S. Chrome Ford
30.132
179.211
19
38
36
Accell Construction Chevrolet
30.169
178.992
24
39
87
Calvert's Toyota
30.198
178.820
12
40
95
SupportMilitary.org Ford
30.292
178.265
2
41
40
Moonshine Attitude Attire Chevrolet
30.321
178.094
23
42
35
MDS Transport Ford
30.409
177.579
12
43
7
30.574
176.621
11

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
27
8
17
182.207
2
48
36
45
182.182
3
39
4
13
182.055
4
2
9
18
181.740
5
24
28
37
181.673
6
10
7
16
181.335
7
20
32
41
181.295
8
29
10
19
181.260
9
31
23
32
180.812
10
88
21
30
180.604
11
14
40
49
180.412
12
51
33
42
180.202
13
42
28
37
180.079
14
1
22
31
179.751
15
5
32
41
179.611
16
22
24
33
178.920

Second Practice Speeds (sorted by Best Lap)

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Time
Best Lap
Laps
1
17
Ford EcoBoost Ford
29.028
186.027
19
2
20
Dollar General Toyota
29.104
185.542
21
3
42
Target Chevrolet
29.117
185.459
30
4
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
29.190
184.995
28
5
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
29.193
184.976
18
6
5
Time Warner Cable Chevrolet
29.209
184.875
29
7
55
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
29.216
184.830
25
8
99
Fastenal Ford
29.220
184.805
17
9
15
Raspberry5hrEnrgybeneLivingBynd Toyota
29.246
184.641
23
10
22
Shell Pennzoil Ford
29.253
184.596
23
11
88
Time Warner Cable Chevrolet
29.261
184.546
29
12
24
Axalta Chevrolet
29.271
184.483
26
13
10
GoDaddy Chevrolet
29.275
184.458
31
14
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
29.282
184.414
16
15
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
29.283
184.407
23
16
27
Menards / Splash Chevrolet
29.299
184.307
28
17
43
Farmland Ford
29.305
184.269
22
18
1
Cessna Chevrolet
29.319
184.181
23
19
13
GEICO Ford
29.335
184.080
18
20
78
Furniture Row / Denver Mattress Chevrolet
29.336
184.074
17
21
39
Code 3 Associates Chevrolet
29.344
184.024
15
22
2
Miller Lite Ford
29.353
183.968
25
23
14
Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet
29.369
183.867
26
24
51
Brandt Chevrolet
29.375
183.830
37
25
16
Sherwin Williams Ford
29.394
183.711
17
26
11
FedEx Office Toyota
29.464
183.275
23
27
30
Swan Energy Toyota
29.483
183.156
22
28
9
MAC Tools Ford
29.501
183.045
27
29
83
Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota
29.540
182.803
24
30
93
Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota
29.578
182.568
23
31
36
Accell Construction Chevrolet
29.583
182.537
19
32
18
M&M's Toyota
29.620
182.309
11
33
34
Taco Bell Ford
29.635
182.217
19
34
38
Long John Silver's Ford
29.666
182.027
17
35
47
Scott Products - Win My Car Toyota
29.679
181.947
17
36
7
29.811
181.141
16
37
33
LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet
29.857
180.862
16
38
95
SupportMilitary.org Ford
29.873
180.765
6
39
32
U.S. Chrome Ford
30.068
179.593
13
40
40
Moonshine Attitude Attire Chevrolet
30.221
178.684
13
41
87
Calvert's Toyota
30.374
177.784
9

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
29
19
28
183.383
2
42
16
25
183.120
3
27
3
12
183.055
4
10
3
12
182.684
5
93
1
10
181.989
6
34
1
10
181.209
7
2
1
10
178.036
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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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