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Top 20 Fantasy NASCAR Drivers For 2013 STP 400

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Top 20 Fantasy NASCAR Drivers For STP 400

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Race: STP 400

Location: Kansas Speedway

Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013

Overview:

The inaugural STP 400 was in June of 2011 and it has quickly become one of the more aggressive races on the circuit.

Denny Hamlin is the defending champion of the race, but he will once again be on the sideline as he rehabs from a broken back. Hamlin will most likely still be around the action, so expect him to get a couple shots on camera this Sunday.

Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano both had several members of their team get suspended due to inspection penalties in Texas last weekend. It also resulted in both drivers being docked 25 points and will no doubt be in both of their minds this Sunday afternoon.

Kyle Busch is coming off an amazing weekend. He won the Nationwide O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 and followed it up by winning the NRA 500 the very next day. He has been on fire this season and will continue to be a high fantasy selection for the remainder of year.

To help you draft this weekend, here are the top 20 fantasy NASCAR drivers for the 2013 STP 400.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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20. Juan Pablo Montoya

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Juan Pablo Montoya – JPM has cracked the top-17 in three of his last four races at Kansas Speedway, so he should easily finish inside the top-20 this Sunday.

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19. Jeff Gordon

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Jeff Gordon – Gordon hasn’t finished better than 10th place in his last three races in Kansas. Now factor in that he will begin at the back of the field after wrecking his car in qualifying and this is one week to avoid the Rainbow Warrior.

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18. Paul Menard

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Paul Menard – Menard has cracked the top-21 in all seven races of the 2013 season.

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17. Joey Logano

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Joey Logano – J-Lo has two top-five finishes in the last three races, but will start in 22nd place this Sunday.

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16. Marcos Ambrose

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Marcos Ambrose – Ambrose has cracked the top-16 in three straight races in Kansas.

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15. Jamie McMurray

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Jamie McMurray – McMurray will be a great sleeper on Sunday, as he finished 14th and 15th in the two races in Kansas last year.

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14. Kurt Busch

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Kurt Busch – Busch may be overshadowed by his brother, but Kurt still has two top-five finishes on the year. Take a shot on the #78 car if you are looking for a great value pick.

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13. Tony Stewart

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Tony Stewart – Stewart has not had a top-10 finish since the beginning of February.

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12. Aric Almirola

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Aric Almirola – Double A didn’t disappoint last weekend, as he started seventh and finished ninth. He will start this week in sixth, so expect another strong finish from Almirola in Kansas.

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11. Kasey Kahne

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Kasey Kahne – Kahne has finished inside of the top-eight in three straight trips to Kansas, but will somewhat struggle starting back in 27th.

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10. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. – After an amazing start, Junior hasn’t finished inside the top-20 in two straight races. He will have a better showing at Kansas, but don't expect him to crack the top-five just yet.

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9. Greg Biffle

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Greg Biffle – Biff has been on fire lately. He has three straight top-nine finishes and the veteran will start this race in 11th.

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8. Kevin Harvick

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Kevin Harvick – After a disappointing 42nd place finish at the Daytona 500, Harvick hasn’t finished worse than 14th since then.

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7. Brad Keselowski

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Brad Keselowski – Keselowski has cracked the top-nine in six of the seven races this year, but he will be a somewhat risky pick since he is starting the race in 33rd.

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6. Clint Bowyer

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Clint Bowyer – Bowyer has three top-10 finishes on the year and his 10th place start will keep him busy all afternoon.

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5. Martin Truex Jr.

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Martin Truex Jr. – MTJ led 173 laps here in 2012 and will start this year in the seven spot.

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4. Carl Edwards

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Carl Edwards – Edwards has finished inside the top-10 in six of the last seven races in Kansas, but is still searching for his first win in the Sunflower State.

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3. Jimmie Johnson

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Jimmie Johnson – Johnson has finished inside the top-nine in four straight trips to Kansas, including a shocking win during the 2011 fall race.

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2. Kyle Busch

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Kyle Busch – Busch has won two of the last three NASCAR races and has been one of the safest fantasy picks week after week.

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1. Matt Kenseth

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Matt Kenseth – Kenseth finished fourth in last season’s early race at Kansas and won the fall race after leading 78 laps. He will start this weekend on the pole, so expect him to be the number one fantasy option in Kansas.