TOP 150 NASCAR ARTICLES Latest 150 NASCAR articles Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:27:17 -0500 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Fantasy NASCAR Sleepers and Busts: Toyota Owners 400 Joey Logano's up-and-down early-season run could hit another bump at Richmond. What drivers should you trust more? (Eric McClung) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:15:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Toyota Owners 400 Brian Polking talks about Richmond's best and worst options, with Kevin Harvick at the top. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:14:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Bojangles' Southern 500'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Denny Hamlin is the headliner for fantasy owners that must navigate The Lady in Black. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:49:00 -0500'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Polking's Picks: Bojangles' Southern 500's-Picks--Bojangles'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Find out which drivers Brian Polking has chosen to ride to the fantasy finish line at Darlington. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:24:00 -0500's-Picks--Bojangles'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Sleepers and Busts: Bojangles' Southern 500'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Don't overlook the Darlington success of Brian Vickers, others. More importantly, is Joey Logano primed to continue his hot start? (Eric McClung) Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:42:00 -0500'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Duck Commander 500 The Sprint Cup circuit heads to Texas for the Duck Commander 500. Familiar names headline the rankings, and you can find ample sleeper value down the list. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:10:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Polking's Picks for Texas's-Picks-for-Texas?source=campaign-rss Brian is ready to dive deeper into the driver pool now that his data sample size has increased. Who'll be bigger at Texas? Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:22:00 -0500's-Picks-for-Texas?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Sleepers and Busts: Duck Commander 500 Texas Motor Speedway hosts the Duck Commander 500 this week. Eric McClung brings you the top sleepers to start and busts to avoid. (Eric McClung) Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:07:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: STP 500 The series heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend, and the flat paperclip-shaped track holds the distinction of being both the smallest and slowest on the schedule. However, the track also has a reputation for being brutal on brakes, and a narrow pit road is often as dangerous as the bumping and banging that occurs on the track. Martinsville may be the small and slow, but it can pack a punch. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:30:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Polking's Picks for Martinsville's-Picks-for-Martinsville?source=campaign-rss The Sprint Cup circuit, for the STP 500, heads to Martinsville, where a few drivers historically have lapped the competition. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:15:00 -0500's-Picks-for-Martinsville?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Sleepers and Busts: STP 500 Jamie McMurray heads a list of surprising sleepers in this week's NASCAR race at Martinsville. (Eric McClung) Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:19:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Auto Club 400 After Mother Nature made for a seemingly never-ending race at Bristol last weekend, the Cup Series will head back out West for Sunday's Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Find out which drivers you need to focus on and avoid in fantasy leagues. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Polking's Picks for Fontana's-Picks-for-Fontana?source=campaign-rss Brian has a rainbow of flavors -- errr, reasons to like Kyle Busch at the Auto Club 400 this week. The Joe Gibbs driver may hit Beast Mode. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:26:00 -0500's-Picks-for-Fontana?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Sleepers and Busts: Auto Club 400 Ryan Newman has run well at Fontana's Auto Club Speedway, but it hasn't shown up in the results. Is this the weekend he changes that? (Eric McClung) Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:15:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Food City 500 After opening the 2014 season with trips to fast tracks like Daytona and Las Vegas, things will slow down a bit this weekend in Thunder Valley. Bristol Motor Speedway will host Sunday's Food City 500. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:10:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Polking's Picks for Bristol's-Picks-for-Bristol?source=campaign-rss The Food City 500 is the Sprint Cup Series' first short track race of the season, making Brian Vickers one of Polking's top Picks this week. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:24:00 -0500's-Picks-for-Bristol?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Sleepers and Busts: Food City 500 Martin Truex Jr. leads a quartet of bargain-type racers whom fantasy owners should consider for this weekend in Bristol. (Eric McClung) Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:39:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: KOBALT 400 UPDATED: Fantasy racing stays in the desert this week with the KOBALT 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Which drivers have to be on your short list? Sat, 08 Mar 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Polking's Picks for Las Vegas's-Picks-for-Las-Vegas?source=campaign-rss KFFL NASCAR guru Brian Polking can't quit Carl Edwards, at least not this week. And Polking has a few more tricks up his sleeve for his picks. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:48:00 -0500's-Picks-for-Las-Vegas?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: KOBALT 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway is next on the docket, and fantasy owners have to take notice of this track's results for help with future race prognostication. (Eric McClung) Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:05:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: The Profit on CNBC 500 UPDATED -- The Cup Series heads to Phoenix International Raceway, and while the flat, 1.0-mile oval is tame compared to Daytona, the second race of the 2014 season isn't a guarantee to be any easier than the season opener. This early in the year, it is impossible to tell which drivers and teams are ahead of the game and which have some catching up do. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 14:50:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Polking's Picks for Phoenix's-Picks-for-Phoenix?source=campaign-rss Heading from Florida to Phoenix, fantasy NASCAR becomes a little more predictable this week. Brian Polking knows which drivers you should start and explains why. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:27:00 -0500's-Picks-for-Phoenix?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: The Profit on CNBC 500 NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit heads to the desert this weekend. These drivers will impact fantasy owners' success in the second week of the season. (Eric McClung) Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:08:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Daytona 500 After an eventful offseason filled with plenty of drive movement and major rule changes, the 2014 Sprint Cup season officially begins this weekend with the 56th running of the Daytona 500. Few races can match the history and reputation of season opener, but while the Daytona 500 is the most anticipated race of the year for many drivers, the "Great American Race" poses a tough test for fantasy owners right out of the box. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:05:00 -0500 Four fantasy NASCAR sleepers for the 2014 season Brian Polking shares his four favorite sleeper drivers for the upcoming fantasy NASCAR season. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:38:00 -0500 2014 Fantasy NASCAR Preseason Rankings Brian Polking details the top fantasy NASCAR drivers in his 2014 preseason draft guide rankings. Jimmie Johnson is king, but is there a legitimate threat to his throne? Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:05:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Polking's Picks for Daytona's-Picks-for-Daytona?source=campaign-rss KFFL fantasy racing rockstar Brian Polking gives you his weekly choices for league challenges that you play in and is kind enough to give in-depth explanations as to why he made each particular selection. Don't miss out! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:59:00 -0500's-Picks-for-Daytona?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Daytona 500 The Great American Race is back, and it kicks off the 2014 fantasy NASCAR season. We know which drivers you should start and avoid this week. (Eric McClung) Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:10:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Silly Season Review: Part II A follow-up analysis to Eric McClung's Silly Season Review, this release examines some of the low-tier fantasy choices. (Eric McClung) Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:14:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Silly Season Review: Part I As it pertains to NASCAR, the Silly Season refers to hectic activity that goes on during the second half of each season and spills into the offseason. How does this affect fantasy owners? (Eric McClung) Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:15:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Understanding and utilizing loop data Beyond the standard statistics, like average finish and laps led, more and more fantasy NASCAR owners are digging through loop data statistics for an edge in making driver selections. Sabermetrics changed the way we look at baseball and, in turn, the fantasy game. Think of loop data as the gasoline-powered equivalent for stock cars. (Eric McClung) Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:30:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: 8 rookie drivers to watch Find out which racers from this deep rookie class have fantasy NASCAR potential for the 2014 season. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:30:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Top comeback drivers for the 2014 season Are you looking for a sneaky fantasy NASCAR target who your leaguemates may have passed on? These players are poised to return to form and should come on the cheap. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:50:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Biggest busts for the 2014 season Avoid these drivers, unless you manage to get them at a bargain price. Knowing busts is almost as effective as knowing sleepers. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Ford EcoBoost 400 Greg Biffle won't win the Chase, but he may very well win the race. It wouldn't be the first ... or even third ... time. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:51:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Ford EcoBoost 400 All eyes will be on Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick this weekend at Homestead, but Martin Truex Jr. could steal their thunder. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Ford EcoBoost 400 Among others, Matt Kenseth needs a near-miracle to overcome Jimmie Johnson. At least Kenseth is at the right track for it, based on history.... (Eric McClung) Thu, 14 Nov 2013 16:48:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: AdvoCare 500 Jeff Gordon definitely has the experience to put up a good showing at Phoenix this weekend. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 19:54:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: AdvoCare 500 We all know Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth are in the thick of things, but don't sleep on Kevin Harvick this weekend. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 15:45:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: AdvoCare 500 Brad Keselowski is set to play spoiler against those competing for the title he's about to lose. (Eric McClung) Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:59:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: AAA Texas 500 Outside of the big names, Martin Truex Jr. was without question the most impressive driver in practice Saturday. What else did we learn from the practice sessions? Sat, 02 Nov 2013 19:39:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: AAA Texas 500 The Biff will look to go back in time to recapture his Texas success. But Great Scott, the Matt Kenseth-Jimmie Johnson battle is heating up, too! Sat, 02 Nov 2013 16:39:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: AAA Texas 500 Jeff Gordon has made quite a bit of his Chase chance. Will he make the best of choices for fantasy owners at Texas this weekend? (Eric McClung) Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:25:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500's-Headache-Relief-Shot-500?source=campaign-rss Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth may look like the favorites to win the title, but Kyle Busch doesn't appear to be ready to concede. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 15:22:00 -0500's-Headache-Relief-Shot-500?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500's-Headache-Relief-Shot-500?source=campaign-rss Looks like it'll be a Hendrick-dominated weekend at Martinsville. Who should fill out your lineup? Sat, 26 Oct 2013 17:25:00 -0500's-Headache-Relief-Shot-500?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500's-Headache-Relief-Shot-500?source=campaign-rss Hard to bet against Jeff Gordon and some others at Martinsville. Who should you choose for your fantasy Chase? (Eric McClung) Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:06:00 -0500's-Headache-Relief-Shot-500?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Camping World RV Sales 500 As the Chase tightens, a few restrictor-plate wheelmen should revisit their excellent history. Count Matt Kenseth among them. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:58:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Camping World RV Sales 500 Dale Earnhardt Jr. is as strong as any other favorite at Talladega this weekend. His practice sessions only confirmed that. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:35:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Camping World RV Sales 500 Everyone knows that Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson are good bets. Greg Biffle, on the other hand, is an overlooked driver at Talladega. (Eric McClung) Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:38:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Bank of America 500 Which driver will own Charlotte's web? Kurt Busch's times have done him favors. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:29:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Bank of America 500 Kyle Busch looked good in practice Friday and is a solid bet to finish inside the top 10 at Charlotte. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:01:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Bank of America 500 Kevin Harvick has hardly slipped up at Charlotte. Who else deserves a lineup spot this weekend? (Eric McClung) Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:52:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Hollywood Casino 400 Jimmie Johnson yet again reminds us of his Kansas success, but the field looks competitive for this weekend after what Brian Polking saw in the trials. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 17:14:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Hollywood Casino 400 Who can compete with Chase leader Matt Kenseth at Kansas Speedway? Based on recent data, not many. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:35:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Hollywood Casino 400 Kevin Harvick has finished outside the top 12 at Kansas Speedway only once in nine starts since 2007. Does that make him a top threat? (Eric McClung) Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:27:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: AAA 400 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. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 00:27:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: AAA 400 Unsurprisingly, Matt Kenseth is on a roll to open the Chase. He could very well keep it going in Dover this weekend. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:20:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: AAA 400 Kyle Busch has finished second to Matt Kenseth in the first two Chase races. Rowdy is determined to flip flop those results at Dover. (Eric McClung) Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:56:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Sylvania 300 Clint Bowyer could be making headlines for the right reasons at New Hampshire this weekend. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:12:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Sylvania 300 Brad Keselowski may not be in the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, but he's the best of the rest, and he should be in contention this weekend. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:13:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Sylvania 300 Jeff Gordon snuck into the Chase as the 13th driver. Don't put it past him to sneak in a win at Loudon, a track that he's very familiar with, to say the least. (Eric McClung) Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:05:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR practice recap: GEICO 400 Joey Logano posted the eighth-fastest lap in the opening session and jumped to third on the charts in Happy Hour. Meanwhile, Logano finished in the top 10 at Chicagoland last year, and he has scored more points than any other driver in the series in the last seven races. He is already starting on the pole, and with his car looking just as quick in race trim, he has a ton of upside this weekend. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:18:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: GEICO 400 Chase participants usually dominate the 10-race playoff for the Sprint Cup. That means you'd be foolish not to start Jimmie Johnson, right? Sat, 14 Sep 2013 13:18:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: GEICO 400 Carl Edwards has momentum on his side as the 10-race playoff begins. He's also been pretty consistent at Chicagoland lately. What more do you want? (Eric McClung) Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:33:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Federated Auto Parts 400 Fantasy owners may be overlooking Jeff Gordon at Richmond, where a spot in The Chase is on the line. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 17:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Federated Auto Parts 400 Clint Bowyer is among a few favorites at Richmond International Raceway, but he's not the biggest. Ready for Sprint Cup's final regular season race? Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:03:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Federated Auto Parts 400 Kevin Harvick among the best plays at Richmond this weekend. (Eric McClung) Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:01:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: AdvoCare 500 Kasey Kahne is one of the best plays at Atlanta on Sunday. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:57:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: AdvoCare 500 While it remains unclear which drivers will end up making the Chase, the choice for the top spot in the driver rankings to open the week is obvious. Matt Kenseth has been the picture of consistency at Atlanta, and he has finished in the top 12 in his last 10 races at the track. During the stretch, he has finished fourth or better four times while compiling a series-leading 7.4 average finish. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 19:31:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: AdvoCare 500 Kyle Busch seeks to cash in on his qualifying record at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This week's race has more than a few dark horses. (Eric McClung) Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:44:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: IRWIN Tools Night Race Kyle Busch is riding high coming off a Nationwide Series victory Friday night. Can he make it back-to-back Saturday night? Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:01:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: IRWIN Tools Night Race Kyle Busch has won a Sprint Cup race at Bristol five times in his career, but he'll need to overcome a big obstacle to snatch his sixth. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: IRWIN Tools Night Race Matt Kenseth is looking for his third visit to Victory Lane at Bristol. Who else should you watch for this weekend? (Eric McClung) Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:07:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Pure Michigan 400 The good news for Jimmie Johnson is that he was blazing fast in practice at Michigan Saturday, posting the third-fastest lap in the early session and topping the charts in Happy Hour. The bad news is that his run of bad luck at the track continued, and he will start from the rear of the field in a backup car after a late crash in final practice. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:45:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Pure Michigan 400 Greg Biffle has been king of the mountain at Michigan recently. Which drivers appear to be poised to challenge him? Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:35:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Pure Michigan 400 Clint Bowyer is a pretty consistent performer at Michigan International Speedway. He leads the list of drivers to watch this week. (Eric McClung) Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:35:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Carl Edwards isn't necessarily known for his exploits at Watkins Glen, but his results have been good. He's poised to let 'em know. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 02:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen No driver touches Marcos Ambrose at road courses. But some Sprint Cup circuit regulars should make it interesting at Watkins Glen. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 17:35:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Clint Bowyer has improved his record at Watkins Glen to the point that he's a prime fantasy choice. How about the rest of the field? (Eric McClung) Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:20:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: 400 With practice sessions rained out, fantasy owners turn to historical and other data -- which should urge them to consider Tony Stewart. Sat, 03 Aug 2013 17:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: 400 Denny Hamlin is one of the few drivers whose resume compares to Jimmie Johnson's. He was No. 2 to open the week and stayed there, but others were on the move. Sat, 03 Aug 2013 14:20:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: 400 Based on results in June -- and recent history, period -- there's no doubt that fantasy fav Jimmie Johnson is the man this week. (Eric McClung) Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Brickyard 400 Juan Pablo Montoya is looking for some serious redemption this weekend. Will he be kissing the bricks when it's all said and done? Sat, 27 Jul 2013 19:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Brickyard 400 Indy is where the champs usually dominate. It's no surprise, then, that Jimmie Johnson leads the list of favorites this weekend. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:10:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Brickyard 400 Jeff Gordon has had his share of disappointments at Indy, but he also has plenty of success to speak of at the Brickyard. (Eric McClung) Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:06:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Camping World RV Sales 301 A recent hot stretch that includes four straight finishes of seventh or better has Clint Bowyer sitting second in the standings, and the only thing missing from his 2013 resume is a trip to victory lane. After posting the fourth-fastest lap in both practice sessions at New Hampshire Saturday to go along with the second-best 10-lap average speed in Happy Hour, it looks like he could get the monkey off his back as early as this weekend. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:10:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Camping World RV Sales 301 Denny Hamlin hasn't exactly put together a memorable season, but one track always treats him right, no matter how low he gets. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 15:01:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Camping World RV Sales 301 Clint Bowyer is charging up the Sprint Cup standings and could laugh it up for a productive weekend at Loudon. (Eric McClung) Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:42:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Coke Zero 400 Will Matt Kenseth's rule -- relatively speaking -- at Daytona live on? The "Big One" often has more say than the drivers do. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 02:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Coke Zero 400 Greg Biffle (along with a teammate of his) had a quality practice run this week, a good sign as NASCAR prepares for its second event at Daytona. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:30:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Coke Zero 400 Carl Edwards' restrictor-plate success should continue this weekend. Who else is set for a Daytona bash? (Eric McClung) Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:10:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR strategy: most dangerous Sprint Cup tracks AutoInsurance.US released statistics regarding the dangers of NASCAR tracks, and Brian Polking applies this info to fantasy leagues. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:15:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Quaker State 400 Kyle Busch has already claimed victory once at Kentucky. How likely is he to do so again? A lot of drivers look like good plays after their practice sessions. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:20:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Quaker State 400 The Cup Series heads to Kentucky Speedway this weekend, and while drivers are very familiar with the 1.5-mile layout of the oval, many of them aren't that familiar the track itself. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:45:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Quaker State 400 Kyle Busch has ruled some roost in Kentucky. Will he keep that up? Plenty of drivers could have fine races there this weekend. (Eric McClung) Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:50:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Toyota-Save Mart 350 Since joining the Cup Series in 2008, no driver has been more productive at the road courses than Marcos Ambrose, and he appears more than ready to continue the trend. He topped the charts in the opening practice at Sonoma and ranked eighth in Happy Hour. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:49:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Toyota Save Mart 350 The Cup Series takes a break from the traditional ovals this weekend to pay a visit to Sonoma Raceway. The 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course combines elevation changes, snaking corners and hard left- and right-hand turns that test a driver's ability to hit their marks, braking points and shifting points properly. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 15:35:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Toyota Save Mart 350 Located in California's wine country, Sonoma Raceway is the first of only two road courses on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule. When compared to the other, Watkins Glen International, Sonoma is the more technical of the two. The track features several blind turns that are created by the changes in elevation over the hilly landscape of Sears Point. Pit strategy is huge, as there are a limited number of pit stops required to run the entire race. (Eric McClung) Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:20:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Quicken Loans 400 Owners willing to sacrifice a little bit of consistency for a chance at a win may want to consider Kasey Kahne. After ranking sixth on the charts in the first practice, he jumped to second in Happy Hour. He also posted the best 10-lap average speed in both sessions. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:06:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Quicken Loans 400 The Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway this weekend, and while the 2.0-mile, D-shaped oval and its wide surface are known for producing high speeds and side-by-side racing, the main storylines so far this week have been happening off the track. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:45:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Quicken Loans 400 Clint Bowyer's improved performances at Michigan International Speedway may lead him to smile this weekend. Who else will have a good run? (Eric McClung) Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:45:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Party in the Poconos 400 Nobody was happier after Happy Hour than Kurt Busch. Is his practice performance enough to net a victory, though? Sat, 08 Jun 2013 14:55:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Party in the Poconos 400 Some drivers had to be content with the weather's rain-out of qualifying on Friday. Tony Stewart may not be one of them. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 14:05:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Party in the Poconos 400 Jimmie Johnson's error in last week's race turned another top run into a rare disappointment. He should bounce back in Pennsylvania. (Eric McClung) Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:25:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: FedEx 400 Check out the practice results to help formulate your winning fantasy NASCAR lineup at Dover. Sat, 01 Jun 2013 20:34:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: FedEx 400 The series heads to Dover International Speedway this weekend, and the concrete oval nicknamed the "Monster Mile" has a reputation for tearing up cars with its unforgiving layout and treacherous pit road. However, Jimmie Johnson has had no problem dealing with the Dover, and he opens the week atop the driver rankings. He is a seven-time winner at the track, and in the last 10 races, he leads all drivers with nine top-10s and four wins. Sat, 01 Jun 2013 15:11:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: FedEx 400 Carl Edwards' dominance at Dover rivals Jimmie Johnson's. Can Edwards keep up his momentum? (Eric McClung) Thu, 30 May 2013 16:26:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Coca-Cola 600 How did the drivers do prepping for Sunday's Charlotte showdown? Sat, 25 May 2013 14:52:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Coca-Cola 600 Coming off the All-Star race, Charlotte hosts the Coca-Cola 600, where Matt Kenseth and a few other big names have history on their side. Who's up to the challenge those extra 100 miles present? Sat, 25 May 2013 13:10:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Coca-Cola 600 Carl Edwards disappointed in the All-Star Race, but he and several others look like good bets at Charlotte this weekend. (Eric McClung) Thu, 23 May 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Five drivers to watch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race The NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race is today on SPEED at 7:00 p.m. EST, which means some lucky driver could go home with $2 Million. The night starts off with the Sprint Showdown, a 40-lap last-chance qualifier, followed by the 90-lap main event. The race's format is perfect for risk taking and fans are always treated to some epic battles and unconventional passes as drivers attempt to cash in. (KFFL Staff) Fri, 17 May 2013 10:03:00 -0500 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race Preview The 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race airs on SPEED at 7:00 p.m. EST this Saturday. The 90-lap race that takes place at Charlotte Motor Speedway has undergone a few format changes that viewers can expect to make the racing even more intense. Here is a little bit about the race to get you ready for the best All-Star event in all of professional sports. (KFFL Staff) Wed, 15 May 2013 18:50:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Bojangles' Southern 500'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss As far as sleeper options are concerned, Juan Pablo Montoya could be the cream of the crop. After ranking eighth on the charts in the first practice, he topped the leaderboard in Happy Hour. Granted, he has finished 20th or worse in five of his six starts at Darlington, but the lone exception was a fifth-place run in 2010. Fri, 10 May 2013 19:28:00 -0500'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR: Taking Advantage of Track Specialists You can't always pick Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch. Knowing what drivers excel at certain track types can push you to a championship. Fri, 10 May 2013 16:32:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Aric Almirola has flipped the switch Brian Polking dissects Aric Almirola's recent improvement and how it can help your fantasy NASCAR team. Fri, 10 May 2013 14:09:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Bojangles' Southern 500'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Darlington Raceway should present a return to normalcy after Talladega weekend for fantasy owners. Denny Hamlin is returning for his first full race after suffering a serious back injury. Can he realistically challenge for a win? Fri, 10 May 2013 20:30:00 -0500'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Bojangles' Southern 500'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Darlington Raceway isn't friendly to most drivers, but Carl Edwards is one of several who seems to have found consistency there. (Eric McClung) Wed, 08 May 2013 14:52:00 -0500'-Southern-500?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Aaron's 499's-499?source=campaign-rss Thanks to the power-robbing restrictor plates that keep the field packed together, practice speeds at Talladega Superspeedway aren't always a great predictor of which drivers will be up front on Sunday. However, it might not be irrelevant that Brad Keselowski was solid on the time sheets during a pair of practices Friday during which he actually topped the charts in Happy Hour. After all, Keselowski is the defending winner of Sunday's race and a two-time winner at Talladega. Sat, 04 May 2013 12:15:00 -0500's-499?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Aaron's 499's-499?source=campaign-rss If you though the green-white-checkered finish at Richmond last weekend was wild, just wait until the final laps at Talladega this weekend. NASCAR's biggest track will play host to the second superspeedway race of 2013, and whenever restrictor plates get involved, massive, multi-car wrecks are sure to follow. The term "Big One" is often used at Talladega, but the nickname is a little misleading because it implies that only one big wreck is going to happen. Sat, 04 May 2013 19:27:00 -0500's-499?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Aaron's 499's-499?source=campaign-rss Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been awfully consistent at Talladega. Someone may be out to wreck his record there, though. (Eric McClung) Thu, 02 May 2013 14:50:00 -0500's-499?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Toyota Owners 400 Check out the final practice results to see how they will impact your favorite driver. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:24:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Toyota Owners 400 After back-to-back races at 1.5-mile tracks, short track action makes its return to the Cup Series this weekend with Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. After last weekend's race at Kansas Speedway, it's hard to imagine that any driver is happier with the change of scenery than Kyle Busch. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 11:54:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway is a short track -- one where Kasey Kahne, among others, has enjoyed plenty of success. (Eric McClung) Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: STP 400 Aric Almirola has never won a race and has only had two of three legitimate chances to do so. Will Kansas take him from sleeper to victor? Martin Truex Jr. ain't a bad bet, either. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 22:03:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: STP 400 One week after dealing with the high speeds of Texas Motor Speedway, the Cup Series will head right back to another 1.5-mile track. Kansas Speedway will play host to this Sunday's STP 400, and while the track isn't quite as fast as Texas, it has been known to produce some exciting finishes and some strange ones. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:50:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: STP 400 Greg Biffle has been one of Sprint Cup's most consistent performers at Kansas Speedway. Will that continue to be the case? (Eric McClung) Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:11:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: NRA 500 With both practice sessions at Texas Motor Speedway being held before qualifying, the results become a bit jumbled up because different teams run qualifying trim and race trim for varying amounts of time depending on the practice. The different strategies can lead to some vastly different rankings for certain drivers between the two practices. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:24:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: NRA 500 One driver that has handled the high speeds of Texas Motor Speedway just fine in recent years is Matt Kenseth. In the last 10 races at the track, he leads all drivers with a 6.2 average finish. During the stretch, he has finished in the top 10 nine times and has finished in the top five in his last five starts at the track. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:11:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: NRA 500 Kasey Kahne's record at Texas Motor Speedway is good, and it could get a lot better. But he's not the only driver who might lead the pack. (Eric McClung) Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:11:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: STP Gas Booster 500 Of course, any driver that wants to win Sunday will likely have to deal with Jimmie Johnson. The seven-time track winner didn't disappoint Saturday during the practices. After posting the 11th-fastest lap and fifth-best average speed in the opening session, he surged to second on the charts in both categories during Happy Hour. Sat, 06 Apr 2013 19:05:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: STP Gas Boost 500 When the Cup Series heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend, one of the best in the business at handling the flat corners of the half-mile, paperclip-shaped track won't be in the field. Sat, 06 Apr 2013 19:14:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: STP Gas Booster 500 Shaped like a paperclip, Martinsville Speedway is among the oldest and most unique tracks on the circuit. Junior has a sweet record there, too. (Eric McClung) Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:45:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Denny Hamlin injury aftermath While there has been no shortage of opinions about what happened in the final 11 laps of last weekend's race at Auto Club Speedway, there is no disputing the fact that Denny Hamlin sustained an L1 compression fracture when his No. 11 Toyota slammed into the inside wall during the last lap battle between he and Joey Logano. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:40:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Auto Club 400 In Happy Hour, veteran Mark Martin surged to the top of the charts. He does have three finishes of sixth or better in his last five starts at ACS, but in his last two starts he has finished 12th and 20th. More importantly, Martin has made a habit of delivering fantastic practice times but only solid results recently. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:53:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Auto Club 400 If you were unlucky enough to have a few of the drivers affected by the rash of tire issues in your lineup at Bristol, you could certainly use a good showing this weekend when the Cup Series visits Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees that a bounce-back performance will be easy to come by. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 17:56:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Auto Club 400 Speed is often rewarded at Auto Club Speedway. It's a sweeping oval track with a wide racing surface that allows the leaders to break away with little resistance. With so much room to operate, drivers rarely need to get out of the throttle. However, turning all those RPMs over extended green flag runs can lead to engine problems. (Eric McClung) Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:30:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Food City 500 A good weekend keeps getting better for Kyle Busch as he followed up his record-breaking pole run Friday by topping the charts in the opening practice session Saturday at Bristol. He already has five career victories at the track and owns a series-leading 8.4 average finish in the last 10 races. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:55:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Food City 500 Engine issues have slowed Kyle Busch this season, but nothing seems to be slowing him down this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway. He was already on the short list of favorites thanks to a series-leading five wins at the track since 2007, but after winning the pole Friday and shining in Saturday's practices, Busch surged to the top spot in the final set of driver rankings. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:47:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Food City 500 The banking near the outside wall at Bristol Motor Speedway was ground down about 2 degrees in an effort to eliminate the top groove and thus to restore some of the old-style of physical racing to Thunder Valley. (Eric McClung) Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:19:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Kobalt Tools 400 With qualifying cancelled for Las Vegas, fantasy owners may want to put more emphasis on practice times this week. Sat, 09 Mar 2013 19:25:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Kobalt Tools 400 The 2013 Sprint Cup season is only two races old, but a couple of quick observations can already be made as the series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. For starters, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski still look to be the class of the field as both have opened the year with back-to-back top-five finishes. Sat, 09 Mar 2013 17:52:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Kobalt Tools 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway is labeled as a cookie-cutter track due to its 1.5-mile length. However, the site features a slightly different set of banking characteristics than most other intermediate courses, particularly the steeper corner banking. The racing surface at LVMS was redesigned in time for the 2007 season, offering a total of six Cup races in which to analyze as the track hosts just one event per year. (Eric McClung) Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:30:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: Subway Fresh Fit 500 When Mark Martin finally decides to call it quits as a driver, he may want to retire to Phoenix. After all, he has made the track his home over the course of his career to the tune of a 9.1 average finish in 32 starts. The veteran is back at it this weekend, and after Martin grabbed the pole Friday, he followed it up by topping the charts in the opening practice session Saturday. Sat, 02 Mar 2013 22:08:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Subway Fresh Fit 500 One driver that has made himself at home at Phoenix recently is Denny Hamlin. The defending winner of this weekend's race ranks third in the series with a 10.3 average finish at the track. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:16:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Subway Fresh Fit 500 The reconfiguration projection at Phoenix International Raceway included a repave and several modifications to enhance the quality of racing in time for the 2011 Chase race. The front straightaway was widened and the famed dogleg reconfigured to allow side-by-side racing. While the corners are still similarly shallow to the old setup, variable banking was installed to open things up a bit. (Eric McClung) Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:16:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR practice recap: Daytona 500 The practice schedule for the Daytona 500 is unlike any other race. Instead of two or three sessions the weekend of the race, there are seven separate sessions spread out over Speed weeks. As a result, nearly every team has a different agenda, practicing in certain sessions and sitting out others all together. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 20:55:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Daytona 500 The good news for fantasy NASCAR enthusiasts is that the 2013 season officially gets underway this Sunday with the 55th running of the Daytona 500. The bad news is that the Daytona 500 is one of the four toughest races of the year for fantasy owners thanks to the big, multi-car wrecks that inevitably occur as a result of the restrictor plates bunching up the field. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:05:00 -0500 Start your engines! USA TODAY Sports Fantasy Racing Challenge is here!!-USA-TODAY-Sports-Fantasy-Racing-Challenge-is-here!?source=campaign-rss USA TODAY Sports Fantasy Racing Challenge is here for you to show off your fantasy skills and knowledge. It's free to play and there are cash prizes throughout the game for the top fantasy teams. (KFFL Staff) Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:03:00 -0500!-USA-TODAY-Sports-Fantasy-Racing-Challenge-is-here!?source=campaign-rss Fantasy NASCAR Race Preview: Daytona 500 After all the hype throughout the offseason, the Generation-6 race car will finally get to run the full distance of a points race this weekend in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Thankfully, fantasy owners will get a little preview of the new machine throughout the Budweiser Speedweeks. (Eric McClung) Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:35:00 -0500 Fantasy NASCAR: Busts and overvalued drivers Brian Polking touches on some fantasy NASCAR bust drivers to steer clear of. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:45:00 -0500