NASCAR Fantasy Picks for Pennzoil 400 Race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
By David Hayes
After The Duel's No. 1 fantasy NASCAR pick to win the Daytona 500, Denny Hamlin, won last Monday's postponed Daytona 500 race, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season is now officially underway.
With the next race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, let's take a look at three drivers to consider when building your NASCAR fantasy team for the 2020 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at 3:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Pennzoil 400 Fantasy Picks
Among all active drivers in this Sunday's race, no one has a better winning percentage (23.08 percent) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway than Brad Keselowski. In just 13 career races on this track, Keselowski has already won here three times. Keselowski has also won the Pennzoil 400 twice before (2014, 2016), and he placed second overall behind Joey Logano in last year's 2019 Pennzoil 400. Beyond a proven history of taking the checkered flag here, Keselowski has finished in the top 5 an astonishing 53.85 percent of the time at Las Vegas (7-of-13). That's more than 10.0 percent higher than Ryan Blaney, who has the second-best mark among active drivers in this race at 42.86 percent (3-of-7).
While Keselowski may have the upper hand on Jimmie Johnson in winning percentage on this track (20.0 percent, No. 2), nobody in Pennzoil 400 history has more wins than Johnson's four victories (2005-07, 2010). Johnson also holds the title for most laps led on this track (595) among all active drivers in this race. Despite entering Sunday's competition tied for the second-most performances at this track among active drivers, Johnson has still placed top 20 in 80.0 percent (16-of-20) of those 20 career races here. It's been a while since Johnson has taken the top spot here, but his history of success and consistency speaks for itself.
With just seven career races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ryan Blaney has a more limited sample size than veterans like Kevin Harvick (21) or Kurt Busch (20). However, even without a win here, Blaney has been incredibly impressive in his showings on this track. Across his seven career performances here, Blaney has clocked three top-5 finishes (42.86 percent, No. 2 among active drivers), five top-10 finishes (71.43 percent, No. 1) and finished outside the top-20 spots only once at No. 22 – the best career-low finish among all active drivers in this race. Blaney's 9.86 average finish mark trails only Joey Logano (8.54) for the best among all drivers on this track, and Blaney has also finished an average of 3.04 spots higher than his starting position here.
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