Round Six of the Chase shifted gears to Kansas Motor Speedway, where at times, the race played out as a caution fest. Nonetheless, Matt Kenseth was the big winner Sunday, but which drivers helped fantasy owners celebrate as big winners, as well?
Best of the Elite
As I just aforementioned, he won the race, and from the 12th starting position. Kenseth is doing what most expected him to do dating back to speed weeks. He led a race high 78 laps. Make that two of the last three races Kenseth has won.
Fantasy NASCAR Point Total: 112
Considering his 33rd starting position, if owners truly understand the scoring system, Stewart was a no-brainer choice. Throughout the telecast of the race, ESPN brought up a stat saying he doesn’t finish no worse than third on re-paved tracks. He finished fifth. That’s close enough for him and his owners.
Fantasy NASCAR Point Total: 77
Johnson might have won the race had he not backed his race car into the wall. For most anyone else, the day would’ve been a loss cause. Instead, he rallied for a ninth place finish, keeping his title hopes much alive. Johnson led 44 laps.
Fantasy NASCAR Point Total: 69
Best of the Fillers
In his final race in the No. 88 Chevy, Smith impressed many. After a mediocre 39th place qualifying effort, Smith drove through the field en route to a seventh place finish. Clearly, he deserves an opportunity to race for someone next season.
Fantasy NASCAR Point Total: 72
Just like in the Nationwide race, Menard ran strong, showing that he learned something from Saturday’s race. He finished third, after leading six laps.
Fantasy NASCAR Point Total: 55.5
Honorable Mention: Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43, opened the competition’s eyes by leading 69 laps of his own in the best performance of his Sprint Cup career. It was stymied after he pounded the wall, effectively ending his day. Almirola finished 29th.
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