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NASCAR Fantasy Live: Who to pick at Indy

July 25, 2014, Mike Forde, NASCAR.com

NASCAR Fantasy Live: Who to pick at Indy
Hendrick Motorsports may have the field covered, not Keselowski

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Top Picks

Jimmie Johnson, $27.50: Chevrolet has won 11 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, two short of the all-time record for manufacturer dominance at a specific race track (in this case, Chevy's trying to catch itself; the manufacturer once won 13 straight at Talladega Superspeedway). And the best bet for another Chevy win: Johnson, who sits atop the Brickyard wins list at four with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon. Johnson has tallied double digit fastest laps run (FLR) totals in each of the last three races, so you should get a bevy of bonus points as well. Ignore the back-to-back finish of 42nd; Indy is his remedy.

Jeff Gordon, $28.00: A Gordon start would all but guarantee you a top-10 finish. He's finished in the top 10 in each of the last three races, and six of the last seven (four of those were top fives). He has led at least a lap in each of the last three and turned fastest laps run in each of the last eight.

Sleepers
Tony Stewart, $23.25: A two-time winner at the Brickyard probably shouldn't fall in the "sleeper" category, but his price puts him here. He enters the weekend with five consecutive top 10s at Indy and has had fastest laps run in four of the last five races.

Kasey Kahne, $25.00: The slump's going to end. If Kahne fails to win either of the next two races, it'll be a full season (36 races) since his last victory (Pocono-2, 2013). Kahne has been much improved recently, averaging a finish of 11.4 in the last five races (and that includes a finish of 27th at Daytona). At Indy, he finished third last season and has tallied double digit FLR figures in two of the last three Indy races.

Stay Away
Brad Keselowski, $27.00: Keselowski is the hottest driver in the series right now, and it's not even close. With wins in two of the last three races (and top threes in five of the last seven), his momentum has pegged. Still, his price (and to a lesser extent, his car) makes him risky this weekend. He drives a Ford, which hasn't won a Brickyard race since Dale Jarrett in 1999. Keselowski's best Indy finish is ninth -- too pedestrian for the price tag.

Mike Forde is the senior manager of content communications for NASCAR's Integrated Marketing Communications department. He is also known as "Loop Dogg" for his weekly loop data-based fantasy advice on SiriusXM NASCAR and SiriusXMFantasy.