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Fantasy NASCAR Geico 500: Power Rankings

Kyle Busch, no brainer here.

NASCAR: GEICO 500 Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The rules I have implemented for myself are:

1.I will not pick a driver more than 10 times this season.

2.Due to #1 these are “Power Rankings” (in quotations) I’m looking for value here.

My general format for my power rankings:

•Top 2 picks will generally be the favorites, the ones who should be top 5 or top 10 finishes.

• #3 and #4 will be your riskier picks, could be top 5 or bottom 15.

• Pick #5 is the dark horse.

Race Information

Race: Geico 500

Laps: 500

Date: April 29th

Venue: Talladega Superspeedway

2017 Winner: Ricky Stenhouse (3:29:16)

Broadcast: Fox (Darrel Waltrip & Jeff Gordon)

Course: Talladega Superspeedway. There is a great USA article out this week which basically states: “Talladega, a guaranteed thrill machine”. When you hear the words Talladega, everyone immediately thinks of the history and excitement of this track. Opened in 1969 this tri-oval 2.5 mile asphalt track is the longest on the circuit. It has turns ranging from 32 – 33 degrees with the straights being around 3 degrees. Trust in the quicker cars.

Power Rankings


1) Kyle Busch (3rd selection this year). 3 straight wins going into Talladega where he has top 5 finishes the last 2 years. Please don’t let me down Kyle!

2) Jamie McMurray (2nd selection this year). 4th in 2016 and 2nd last year, Jamie might be a favorite over Kyle Busch here despite the grand disparity in their 2018 finishes thus far. (1 has one top three finish, the other has seven)

High Risk/High Reward

3) Chase Elliott (2nd selection this year). He’s back! A solid 2nd place finish last week and a despite his 30th place finish here last year (DNF) he was 5th in 2016.

4) Aric Almora (3rd selections this year). Clint Bowyer and Aric are really having quite the season. Aric comes to Talladega where he was 4th last year fresh off a lot of above average finishes this season.

Dark Horse

5) Cole Whitt (1st selection this year). He finished in the teens each of the last 2 years here. He is quite comfortable at Talladega despite less than admirable finishes elsewhere.


Which car manufacturer wins the Geico 500?

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2018 Stats

Favorites: average finish 10th (26th percentile)

High Risk/Reward: average finish 17th (46thpercentile)

Dark Horse: average finish 18th (49th percentile)