Fantasy NASCAR practice recap: Bank of America 500

by Brian Polking on October 15, 2011 @ 12:21:06 PDT

 


If there is a Cinderella story in this yearís Chase, it has to be Brad Keselowski. After struggling in the Cup Series for more than a year, he exploded in the second half of 2011, winning three races and making the playoffs for the first time in his career. His incredible run hasnít stopped yet, and Keselowski finds himself in the thick of the title fight. Considering he topped the charts in the opening practice session at Charlotte Friday, he probably isnít going away any time soon either.

Kasey Kahne

Three-time Charlotte winner Kasey Kahne was second on the charts, followed by Ryan Newman. Kahne definitely has some sleeper value given his history of success, but Newman has really struggled at Charlotte in recent years. If owners are going to pick one of the two drivers this weekend, Kahne is the way to go given his upside.

Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five. Busch can be boom or bust at Charlotte and at 1.5-mile tracks in general, but when he finds the setup, he can be dominant. Meanwhile, Stewart has to be considered one of the top fantasy options this weekend. He won the pole Friday, and since he maintained his speed in race trim, "Smoke" could be in for a big night.

Not to mention the fact that Stewart posted the best 10-lap average speed in the first practice. He was followed by sleeper candidate David Reutimann and six-time Charlotte winner Jimmie Johnson. Johnson is a no-brainer pick for fantasy owners, but with five straight top-15 finishes at Charlotte, including a win, Reutimann is an underrated option as well. Paul Menard and Keselowski rounded out the top five.

In Happy Hour, Kahne climbed to the top of the charts, posting the fastest lap. Menard ranked second, and Greg Biffle was third on the charts. Biffle had a strong car at Charlotte in May before running out of gas late, and he could be a sneaky source for a top-10 finish. Johnson and Burton rounded out the top five in the final session, but owners should be leery of Burton. He complained about the handling of his car during practice, even though he had a fast lap.

Kahne led the way in terms of 10-lap average speed in Happy Hour as well, cementing his status as a legitimate fantasy option. Biffle and Menard ranked second and third, while Regan Smith and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five. Smith has some sleeper value this weekend and has improved his result in his last three starts at Charlotte. Meanwhile, Harvick is gunning for a season sweep this weekend after winning the Coca-Cola 600 in May.

Owners wondering about Charlotte ace Kyle Busch donít need to panic. He turned the sixth-fastest lap in Happy Hour, and he ranked eighth in terms of 10-lap average speed in both sessions Saturday. With seven top-10 finishes in his last eight starts at Charlotte, Busch is one of the top options this weekend. 

Happy Hour Speeds (sorted by Avg. Speed)

Rk indicates Best Lap standing

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Lap
Best Time
Avg. Speed
Laps
23
77
HOD Ford
186.374
28.974
185.403
5
3
16
3M Give Kids A Smile Ford
187.344
28.824
185.398
35
27
21
Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
186.130
29.012
184.902
37
1
4
Red Bull Toyota
188.153
28.700
184.847
45
2
27
CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet
187.905
28.738
184.823
31
4
48
Lowe's/Chevrolet 100th Anniversary Chevrolet
187.285
28.833
184.670
52
21
5
GoDaddy.com/Chevrolet 100th Anniversary
186.483
28.957
184.657
39
20
88
AMP Energy/National Guard/Chevrolet 100th
186.516
28.952
184.637
43
25
29
Jimmy John's Chevrolet
186.175
29.005
184.637
40
9
43
Best Buy Ford
186.922
28.889
184.616
40
17
6
UPS Freight Ford
186.593
28.940
184.564
38
16
14
Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet
186.606
28.938
184.540
40
7
9
Stanley Bostitch Ford
186.974
28.881
184.535
41
14
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
186.696
28.924
184.476
46
24
33
Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
186.258
28.992
184.433
22
19
99
Aflac Now Hiring Ford
186.574
28.943
184.350
31
26
17
Fluidmaster Ford
186.168
29.006
184.131
43
22
11
FedEx Express Toyota
186.425
28.966
184.129
46
18
2
Miller Lite Dodge
186.587
28.941
184.116
41
11
78
186.812
28.906
184.108
48
36
30
184.780
29.224
184.087
3
10
22
Shell Pennzoil Ultra Dodge
186.890
28.894
184.025
29
13
18
M&M's Toyota
186.748
28.916
184.003
57
29
42
Target Chevrolet
185.848
29.056
183.940
29
8
24
Drive To End Hunger/Chevrolet 100th Anniversary
186.935
28.887
183.803
54
12
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
186.806
28.907
183.789
48
15
83
Red Bull Toyota
186.612
28.937
183.788
45
6
39
cookies for kid's cancer Chevrolet
186.994
28.878
183.669
46
30
20
The Home Depot Toyota
185.688
29.081
183.556
36
35
1
Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevrolet
185.027
29.185
183.445
24
28
51
Phoenix Construction/Thank A Teacher Today
185.957
29.039
183.272
44
31
13
GEICO Toyota
185.637
29.089
183.260
30
5
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
187.143
28.855
183.136
59
39
55
Ingersoll Rand Ford
184.225
29.312
183.115
19
37
66
HP Racing LLC Toyota
184.256
29.307
183.027
23
43
87
AM/FM Energy Pellet & Wood Stoves
183.219
29.473
182.753
2
34
38
Long John Silver's Ford
185.192
29.159
182.474
26
32
47
Lance Snacks/Tom's Toyota
185.382
29.129
182.466
37
38
7
SPEED Energy/Harris Teeter Dodge
184.231
29.311
182.254
7
33
34
Tasty Kake Ford
185.236
29.152
182.129
30
42
32
Street King Ford
183.592
29.413
181.548
24
41
36
Golden Corral Chevrolet
183.617
29.409
181.532
30
40
71
Susan G Komen for the Cure Ford
184.024
29.344
180.476
26

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
4
1
10
185.598
2
16
1
10
185.550
3
27
1
10
185.537
4
78
30
39
185.522
5
29
1
10
185.407
6
14
1
10
185.397
7
48
1
10
185.397
8
18
37
46
185.282
9
43
26
35
185.150
10
56
1
10
184.995
11
39
1
10
184.907
12
00
1
10
184.898
13
11
33
42
184.807
14
6
28
37
184.746
15
5
23
32
184.696
16
9
26
35
184.492
17
24
40
49
184.331
18
99
22
31
184.128
19
17
26
35
184.099
20
42
17
26
183.951
21
20
24
33
183.786
22
13
1
10
183.579
23
66
9
18
183.354
24
38
1
10
182.978
25
31
9
18
182.871
26
34
1
10
182.148

First Practice Speeds (sorted by Avg. Speed)

Rk indicates Best Lap standing

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Lap
Best Time
Avg. Speed
Laps
15
6
UPS Freight Ford
186.410
28.970
185.069
27
12
5
GoDaddy.com/Chevrolet 100th Anniversary
186.450
28.960
184.748
23
28
78
185.450
29.120
184.737
29
17
16
3M Give Kids A Smile Ford
186.350
28.980
184.712
35
36
13
GEICO Toyota
184.120
29.330
184.557
23
20
11
FedEx Express Toyota
186.100
29.020
184.413
18
39
66
HP Racing LLC Toyota
183.680
29.400
184.398
5
27
7
SPEED Energy/Harris Teeter Dodge
185.520
29.110
184.350
2
19
29
Jimmy John's Chevrolet
186.310
28.980
184.282
23
34
47
Lance Snacks/Tom's Toyota
184.360
29.290
184.133
26
35
34
Tasty Kake Ford
184.270
29.310
184.076
11
8
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
186.620
28.940
184.070
40
6
18
M&M's Toyota
186.750
28.920
184.010
45
38
30
183.710
29.400
183.969
4
24
17
Fluidmaster Ford
185.670
29.080
183.873
27
30
51
Phoenix Construction/Thank A Teacher Today
185.200
29.160
183.807
21
4
22
Shell Pennzoil Ultra Dodge
187.250
28.840
183.757
37
18
99
Aflac Now Hiring Ford
186.310
28.980
183.644
25
21
1
Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevrolet
186.090
29.020
183.637
34
26
20
The Home Depot Toyota
185.610
29.090
183.635
25
32
24
Drive To End Hunger/Chevrolet 100th Anniversary
184.940
29.200
183.567
33
2
4
Red Bull Toyota
187.390
28.820
183.359
27
23
42
Target Chevrolet
185.860
29.050
183.319
22
37
55
Ingersoll Rand Ford
183.810
29.380
183.235
6
1
2
Miller Lite Dodge
187.440
28.810
183.223
32
13
83
Red Bull Toyota
186.430
28.970
183.155
38
40
32
Street King Ford
182.810
29.540
183.146
17
22
27
CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet
186.070
29.020
183.080
24
41
71
Susan G Komen for the Cure Ford
181.120
29.820
183.020
16
14
43
Best Buy Ford
186.420
28.970
182.973
24
42
87
AM/FM Energy Pellet & Wood Stoves
179.480
30.090
182.912
6
5
14
Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet
186.810
28.910
182.758
26
11
9
Stanley Bostitch Ford
186.560
28.950
182.713
25
29
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
185.240
29.150
182.678
36
25
21
Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
185.640
29.090
182.609
35
9
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
186.590
28.940
182.323
22
33
36
Golden Corral Chevrolet
184.610
29.250
182.062
20
10
48
Lowe's/Chevrolet 100th Anniversary Chevrolet
186.570
28.940
182.040
42
3
39
cookies for kid's cancer Chevrolet
187.270
28.840
181.503
34
16
33
Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
186.360
28.980
181.432
20
31
88
AMP Energy/National Guard/Chevrolet 100th
185.050
29.180
178.101
18
7
77
HOD Ford
186.740
28.920
175.557
5

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
14
1
10
185.329
2
00
1
10
185.224
3
48
1
10
185.154
4
27
1
10
185.069
5
2
1
10
184.918
6
83
1
10
184.577
7
22
1
10
184.536
8
18
27
36
184.306
9
31
26
35
184.002
10
24
24
33
183.795
11
1
14
23
183.746
12
39
22
31
183.186
13
13
1
10
183.086
14
16
18
27
182.627
15
34
1
10
182.134

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

Car
Driver
Team
Average Speed
Total Laps
16
3M Give Kids A Smile Ford
185.055
70
6
UPS Freight Ford
184.774
65
5
GoDaddy.com/Chevrolet 100th Anniversary
184.691
62
29
Jimmy John's Chevrolet
184.507
63
78
184.345
77
4
Red Bull Toyota
184.289
72
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
184.287
86
11
FedEx Express Toyota
184.209
64
27
CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet
184.062
55
99
Aflac Now Hiring Ford
184.035
56
17
Fluidmaster Ford
184.031
70
30
184.020
7
18
M&M's Toyota
184.006
102
43
Best Buy Ford
184.000
64
22
Shell Pennzoil Ultra Dodge
183.875
66
9
Stanley Bostitch Ford
183.845
66
14
Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet
183.838
66
13
GEICO Toyota
183.823
53
21
Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
183.787
72
2
Miller Lite Dodge
183.725
73
24
Drive To End Hunger/Chevrolet 100th Anniversary
183.713
87
42
Target Chevrolet
183.672
51
20
The Home Depot Toyota
183.588
61
1
Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevrolet
183.558
58
83
Red Bull Toyota
183.498
83
48
Lowe's/Chevrolet 100th Anniversary Chevrolet
183.495
94
51
Phoenix Construction/Thank A Teacher Today
183.445
65
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
183.328
70
66
HP Racing LLC Toyota
183.272
28
47
Lance Snacks/Tom's Toyota
183.154
63
55
Ingersoll Rand Ford
183.144
25
33
Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
183.004
42
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
182.962
95
87
AM/FM Energy Pellet & Wood Stoves
182.872
8
39
cookies for kid's cancer Chevrolet
182.748
80
7
SPEED Energy/Harris Teeter Dodge
182.720
9
88
AMP Energy/National Guard/Chevrolet 100th
182.708
61
34
Tasty Kake Ford
182.651
41
38
Long John Silver's Ford
182.474
26
32
Street King Ford
182.211
41
36
Golden Corral Chevrolet
181.744
50
71
Susan G Komen for the Cure Ford
181.445
42
77
HOD Ford
180.480
10
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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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