Fantasy NASCAR Practice Recap: FedEx 400

by Brian Polking on June 1, 2013 @ 18:34:58 PDT

 


In his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Matt Kenseth has been a lap-leading, race-winning machine, and it appears he could be ready to add to his series-leading totals in both categories this weekend at Dover. The two-time track winner ranked first and second in the two practice sessions Saturday, putting him on the short list of favorites for Sunday's race. Considering Kenseth also leads all drivers with eight top-five finishes in the last 10 races at Dover, fantasy owners will want to whatever they can to make room on their rosters for him this weekend.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Of course, one driver that almost always deserves a spot on fantasy rosters is Jimmie Johnson, and the seven-time Dover winner proved his worth during practice Saturday. In addition to posting the best 10-lap average speed in the first session, he ran the fourth-fastest lap in Happy Hour. Johnson has been stout at Dover since sweeping both races at the track in his rookie year, and in the last 10 races, he leads all drivers with four wins, nine top-10s and more than 1,700 laps led.

Johnson wasn't the only Hendrick Motorsports driver to make some noise during practice. Kasey Kahne posted the second-fastest lap in the opening session and followed it up with the ninth-fastest lap in Happy Hour to go along with the best 10-lap average speed. He doesn't have the greatest career numbers at Dover, but Kahne has posted a 9.3 average finish in his last three starts at the track, including a career-best fourth in the fall of 2011. His recent success combined with his fast practice times should make him a solid fantasy option Sunday.

Another driver that showed plenty of muscle in practice was Kurt Busch. After posting the fifth-fastest lap in the first session, he paced the field in Happy Hour. Busch also has four top-five finishes in his last eight starts at Dover, including a win in the fall of 2011. Consistency can be an issue for Busch and his Furniture Row Racing team, but he has top-five potential when he is at his best. If the practice times are any indication, one of his better runs is on tap for Sunday.

While he wasn't the most impressive driver during the practice sessions, Clint Bowyer was rock solid, cracking the top 15 in both sessions. He has also finished in the top 10 in his last four starts at Dover, including finishes of sixth and fifth in the last two June events. Bowyer might not win Sunday, but he should be a safe bet to deliver a useful finish for fantasy owners.

Fantasy owners in deeper leagues looking for a sleeper option may want to consider Juan Pablo Montoya. He has actually had a couple of solid runs in recent weeks, and he was impressive on the practice charts Saturday. After posting the 10-th-fastest lap in the opening session, Montoya jumped to third in Happy Hour. His 23.6 average finish at Dover isn't exactly encouraging, but he has finished as high as fourth at the track. Montoya isn't a sure thing by any means, but he could reward fantasy owners willing to take a chance on him.

Happy Hour Speeds (sorted by Best Lap)

Rk
Driver
Car
Make
Best Lap
Best Time
Laps
1
78
Chevrolet
153.224
23.495
35
2
20
Toyota
153.074
23.518
51
3
42
Chevrolet
152.834
23.555
45
4
48
Chevrolet
152.775
23.564
57
5
24
Chevrolet
152.504
23.606
54
6
1
Chevrolet
152.497
23.607
38
7
17
Ford
152.259
23.644
31
8
56
Toyota
152.239
23.647
47
9
5
Chevrolet
152.201
23.653
55
10
88
Chevrolet
152.104
23.668
42
11
22
Ford
152.098
23.669
45
12
18
Toyota
152.078
23.672
42
13
11
Toyota
152.033
23.679
56
14
15
Toyota
151.969
23.689
32
15
14
Chevrolet
151.937
23.694
34
16
16
Ford
151.918
23.697
40
17
43
Ford
151.880
23.703
32
18
9
Ford
151.790
23.717
42
19
55
Toyota
151.668
23.736
41
20
99
Ford
151.573
23.751
29
21
13
Ford
151.560
23.753
33
22
93
Toyota
151.515
23.760
34
23
31
Chevrolet
151.458
23.769
47
24
2
Ford
151.413
23.776
54
25
51
Chevrolet
151.388
23.780
37
26
39
Chevrolet
151.184
23.812
52
27
38
Ford
151.089
23.827
37
28
29
Chevrolet
150.861
23.863
47
29
33
Chevrolet
150.401
23.936
20
30
19
Chevrolet
150.269
23.957
8
31
30
Toyota
150.250
23.960
22
32
27
Chevrolet
150.156
23.975
36
33
10
Chevrolet
150.125
23.980
34
34
34
Ford
149.863
24.022
29
35
35
Ford
149.850
24.024
38
36
7
Chevrolet
149.769
24.037
26
37
47
Toyota
149.707
24.047
39
38
83
Toyota
149.415
24.094
25
39
36
Chevrolet
148.871
24.182
34
40
44
Ford
148.460
24.249
11
41
32
Ford
148.405
24.258
28
42
87
Toyota
146.765
24.529
3

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
5
1
10
151.613
2
56
1
10
151.520
3
48
26
35
151.318
4
24
1
10
151.211
5
1
1
10
151.209
6
2
1
10
150.740
7
15
13
22
150.672
8
11
24
33
150.510
9
18
24
33
150.479
10
20
30
39
150.462
11
29
1
10
150.435
12
42
31
40
150.238
13
38
1
10
149.899
14
39
34
43
149.506
15
31
36
45
149.397
16
33
1
10
149.307
17
55
22
31
149.255
18
47
18
27
148.059
19
9
30
39
147.608

Second Practice Speeds (sorted by Best Lap)

Rk
Driver
Car
Make
Best Lap
Best Time
Laps
1
20
Toyota
156.788
22.961
36
2
5
Chevrolet
156.638
22.983
26
3
2
Ford
156.467
23.008
58
4
18
Toyota
155.622
23.133
37
5
78
Chevrolet
155.615
23.134
32
6
11
Toyota
155.561
23.142
41
7
99
Ford
155.414
23.164
26
8
15
Toyota
155.393
23.167
35
9
48
Chevrolet
155.353
23.173
47
10
42
Chevrolet
154.992
23.227
28
11
43
Ford
154.925
23.237
35
12
39
Chevrolet
154.779
23.259
39
13
55
Toyota
154.772
23.260
35
14
16
Ford
154.672
23.275
36
15
17
Ford
154.606
23.285
29
16
88
Chevrolet
154.447
23.309
31
17
1
Chevrolet
154.288
23.333
38
18
13
Ford
154.288
23.333
30
19
22
Ford
154.228
23.342
37
20
56
Toyota
154.176
23.350
18
21
98
Ford
154.037
23.371
13
22
27
Chevrolet
153.859
23.398
28
23
31
Chevrolet
153.807
23.406
33
24
29
Chevrolet
153.734
23.417
44
25
30
Toyota
153.689
23.424
21
26
51
Chevrolet
153.584
23.440
31
27
24
Chevrolet
153.413
23.466
44
28
9
Ford
153.302
23.483
38
29
14
Chevrolet
153.178
23.502
41
30
38
Ford
153.068
23.519
26
31
47
Toyota
152.886
23.547
38
32
34
Ford
152.814
23.558
32
33
93
Toyota
152.646
23.584
22
34
10
Chevrolet
152.375
23.626
30
35
19
Chevrolet
152.259
23.644
13
36
83
Toyota
151.995
23.685
21
37
36
Chevrolet
151.528
23.758
23
38
35
Ford
151.318
23.791
11
39
33
Chevrolet
151.280
23.797
13
40
7
Chevrolet
150.956
23.848
16
41
32
Ford
150.735
23.883
28
42
44
Ford
150.332
23.947
3
43
87
Toyota
148.258
24.282
16

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

Rk
Car
Driver
From Lap
To Lap
Avg. Speed
1
48
1
10
154.580
2
39
1
10
153.488
3
29
6
15
152.559
4
18
23
32
152.505
5
1
19
28
151.937
6
2
36
45
151.710
7
55
19
28
151.478
8
24
30
39
151.317
9
15
20
29
150.838
10
14
24
33
149.564
11
43
26
35
149.289
12
51
21
30
148.776
13
17
18
27
148.668
14
9
29
38
148.222
15
47
29
38
148.020

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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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