Power Rankings Kentucky – Fantasy Insider


Jun 13, 2014; Brooklyn, MI, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth driver during practice for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

You can’t beat a Saturday Night Special on a warm summer nite in the Blue Grass state, Kentucky. Kentucky Speedway is the next stop for the left turners for a 400 mile rubbing is racing type of track. Kentucky Speedway gives you door handle to door handle racing at its best and even though this track has only three races under its belt, some drivers have excelled at this 1.5 mile track. Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in average starts at 2.3, including a win, two top fives and three top 10s. It seems like Kyle has this place figured out during this track’s short existence. Jimmie Johnson is another driver who takes to this race track well with an average start of 3.0 with one top five and three top 10s. This is one of those tracks Jimmie has never won at but his average finish of 6.0 is third best among all active drivers. It’s a matter of time for Jimmie to do donuts at the start finish line. Busch has led the most laps at Kentucky with 243 laps led, while Johnson led the second-most with 203. A good pole + laps led is the winning formula for both Jimmie and Kyle. Brad Keselowski loves Kentucky and his average start of 7.3 is third best among all active drivers with one win, one top five and three top 10s. Brad’s average finish is 13.3 for the three races held at Kentucky. Matt Kenseth has the worst average start compared to the drivers I just mentioned, but Matt has the best average finish among all drivers — 4.7 with one win one top five and three top 10s. If there is a track to get Matt back on track it’s Kentucky. Jeff Gordon doesn’t usually have a good starting spot but he’s worth mentioning with an average finish of 7.7 with one top five and three top 10s. He’s on the radar for a good finish. The only other driver with an under 10.0 starting position at Kentucky is Marcos Ambrose. Last week’s favorite to win has no top 10 stats, but his average finish is 15.3.  He should give good points if you used up some drivers on some of your fantasy leagues. Dale Earnhardt Jr and Johnson have both won the pole at Kentucky, while Toyota has won two out of the last three races with Busch and last year’s winner Kenseth. Keselowski has the lone win for Dodge at Kentucky two years ago. The first ever qualifying session was rained out at Kentucky and the forecast isn’t very promising with thunderstorms for this Friday through Sunday. Here are the Power Rankings for Kentucky:   10 Brad Keselowski-  1 win, 1 top 5 and 2 top 10s, average finish 13.7. 9 Joey Logano, 1 top 5 and 1 top 10, average finish 13.3. 8 Kevin Harvick- 1 top 10, average finish 12.3. 7 Kurt Busch- 2 top 10s, average finish 11.3. 6 Martin Truex Jr- 2 top 10s, average finish 11.0. 5 Kasey Kahne- 1 top 5 and 1 top 10, average finish 8.7. 4 Jeff Gordon- 1 top 5 and 3 top 10s, average finish 7.7. 3 Jimmie Johnson- 1 top 5 and 3 top 10s, average finish 6.0. 2 Kyle Busch- 1 win, 2 top 5s and 3 top 10s, average finish 5.3. 1 Matt Kenseth, 1 win, 1 top 5 and 3 top 10s, avg finish 4.7. The Fantasy Insider Power Rankings is for the track itself, not who’s hot and who’s cold. Certain drivers excel at certain tracks and I believe this article is great tool to set your line-up for the upcoming race. Remember, it’s a Saturday Night Special and come back for my Ice Picks after qualifying. Comments always welcome. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Don’t forget to download your phone app to follow your favorite sports on Fansided and bookmark stockcarspin.com. Thanks for stopping in. @JoeIcemanNieves