NASCAR America Fantasy League: 10 Best at Texas in last three years

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Success predicts success and that was never more true than in the Lone Star state last year. Six drivers swept the top 10 in both Texas Motor Speedway races and they highlight the list of the 10 best the past three years on this track.

The recently announced NASCAR America fantasy league has fans scrambling to make picks worthy of beating Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Kyle Petty and the rest of the NBC crew, so here are the drivers who have the greatest accomplishments in recent seasons.

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1. Kevin Harvick, (three-year average: 4.33)
Harvick not only swept the top 10 last year at Texas, he enters the weekend with a current seven-race, top-10 streak that includes a victory in November.

2. Martin Truex Jr. (6.00)
He is easily the hottest driver on 1.5-mile tracks at the moment, but Truex has been strong at Texas over the past three years with a sweep of the top 10 each season.

3. Chase Elliott (6.50 in four starts)
With only two years under his belt, Elliott does not have the same long streak as Harvick or Truex. What he does have in his favor is perfection with four top-10s in four Texas starts.

4. Jimmie Johnson (7.50)
Last fall’s 27th-place finish in the AAA Texas 500 spoiled a three-year average that would have placed Johnson even higher on this list. He is the defending winner of the O’Reilly 500.

5. Brad Keselowski (8.33)
His last three seasons have been a seesaw affair with top 10 sweeps in 2017 and 2015 versus an 18th and 14th in 2016. On the whole Keselowski is one of this week’s top picks.

6. Kyle Busch (8.80 in five starts)
Busch is getting tired of finishing second and this is a good place to break out of what he considers a “slump.” He won the 2016 spring Texas race and then finished fifth that fall.

7. Joey Logano (9.83)
Logano’s three-year average is misleading because it is skewed by a crash-induced 40th-place finish in fall 2015. With that removed from his record, he would be at the top of this list with an average of 3.80.

8. Kurt Busch (11.50)
The elder Busch brother has been the tortoise to teammate Harvick’s hare, but his consistency makes him an equally strong pick. Five of his last six Texas races ended between seventh and 14th.

9. Jamie McMurray (12.17)
The beginning of the season has been a disappointment for McMurray and he is unlikely to contend for a top five this week. If the past three years are an indication, he has a 50/50 chance to get a top 10 however.

10. Erik Jones (14.67 in three starts)
Jones has only made three starts at Texas, but two of them were 12th or better including one of 14 top 10s he earned last year.

Bonus Picks

Pole winner: The last five Texas Cup poles have been won by five different drivers, so that is a wild card this week. Given how strong Harvick has been in time trials, he is one of the frontrunners, however.

Segment Winners: Segment winner bonuses are a big part of the NASCAR Fantasy Live game, but they also contribute points to the driver’s total. So far this year, Harvick has the most segment wins with three followed by Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney with two apiece. Brad Keselowski has only one segment win, but he has amassed the most points with 73.

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Kyle Larson wins Bristol Xfinity race in overtime

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Kyle Larson held off Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier in an overtime finish Friday night to win the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Larson led 202 of 310 laps and swept both stages on the way to his fourth Xfinity win of the season and 12th of his career.

The top five was completed by Cole Custer and Joey Logano.

The win was Larson’s first at Bristol in 18 Cup and Xfinity starts (including six top-five finishes in his previous eight Xfinity races at the track). Larson has won in four of his six starts this year (and didn’t finish the other two).

Larson dominated after pole-sitter Kyle Busch wrecked from first after leading the first 69 laps.

“It feels really good, I just wish Kyle Busch wouldn’t have had his troubles so I could have raced him,” Larson told NBCSN. “It still feels really good to win a race here at Bristol finally. I’ve been close so many times. This is my best track by far, this and Homestead.”

The overtime finish was set up by a Daniel Hemric wreck with two laps to go in the original 300-lap distance.

“We had that yellow there coming to two to go, I was like, ‘Man, again. Again I’m going to lose one here late,” Larson said. “We were able to get an average restart and get the win.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Larson

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kyle Larson

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Justin Allgaier earned his career-best 10th consecutive top 10 … Cole Custer placed fourth for his best Bristol finish in four starts … Michael Annett placed seventh for his first top 10 of the season …  JA Junior Avila placed 20th in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Kyle Busch was having a good night until he tagged the wall around Lap 66 while leading. On Lap 70, he lost a tire and got into the wall, causing enough damage to end his night. He finished 36th … Spencer Boyd and Vinnie Miller wrecked to bring out the second caution on Lap 105. Miller caused another caution on Lap 160 … Chase Briscoe was eliminated when he spun and hit the inside wall on Lap 142. He placed 34th.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “I’d love to race him on dirt. I ain’t done much of that. ” – Kyle Larson on Christopher Bell

WHAT’S NEXT: Johnsonville 180 at Road America at 3:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 25 on NBCSN.

Starting lineup for Cup Bristol night race

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Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott will lead the field to the green flag in Saturday night’s Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway (6:46 p.m. ET).

Larson starts from the pole position for the third time this year.

Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and William Byron rounded out the top five.

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Kyle Larson on pole for Cup race at Bristol

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Kyle Larson won the pole position for Saturday’s Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway (6:46 p.m. ET on NBCSN) with a top speed of 127.792 mph around the half-mile track.

Larson bested Chase Elliott (127.665) and Kyle Busch (127.639) to earn his third pole of the season and the seventh of his career.

Paul Menard and William Byron rounded out the top five. Menard matched his best Bristol start from 2011 while Byron earned his career-best qualifying result in 24 starts.

“The top five there was tight,” Larson told NBCSN. “I saw William run his .04 there before I went out. ‘That’s going to be hard to beat.’ I would never have thought three other guys would squeeze between him and I for first and second. That shows how tough our sport is and our series is.”

Larson’s previous poles this year were at Dover and Sonoma. He has started on the front row in three of the last four Bristol races.

The top 10 was rounded out by Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney.

Jimmie Johnson qualified 13th. He was followed by Erik Jones, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Austin Dillon.

“We were really fast in the first round, it just didn’t really transfer over to the second round,” Jones, who won his first career pole in this race last year, told NBCSN. “Lost a lot of grip, lost a lot of speed. I think going early, the track was still a little bit hot, and we didn’t have quite a car that was ready for that.”

AJ Allmendinger qualified 25th and was followed by Kasey Kahne and Bubba Wallace.

B.J. McLeod failed to qualify.

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Kyle Busch wins Bristol Xfinity pole

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Kyle Busch will start first in tonight’s Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:28 p.m. ET on NBCSN) after posting a top speed of 124.686 mph in qualifying.

It is Busch’s first pole in seven starts this season. It is his sixth Xfinity pole at Bristol.

The top five is completed by Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Matt Tifft.

Logano’s fourth-place start is the worst of his five Xfinity starts this year.

Elliott Sadler will start sixth, his best start at Bristol since 2014.

Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick, Chase Elliott, Ryan Reed, Austin Cindric and Ross Chastain were among those who did not advance to the final round.

Michael Annett will start 22nd after he spun and made light contact with the wall late in Round 1. He advanced to Round 2 but did not make a qualifying attempt.

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