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RELATED: Play Fantasy Live now It's all down to this. Championships on the line both on the track and in Fantasy Live. Time to do what it takes to grab the title. Sure, the Championship 4 drivers have plenty on the line this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM) but that doesn't mean that there are not other worthwhile plays to fill out your lineup in Fantasy Live. Make sure to set your lineup by using the information below to guide your picks. All stats listed -- place differential, fastest laps run and laps led – are Homestead-Miami Speedway specific and categories used in Fantasy Live scoring. Last week, the data showed that Kevin Harvick was a great play for Phoenix and while he did not win, he did have the most laps led and a runner-up finish. We also recommended Aric Almirola as a sleeper pick and his top 10 proved that to be a solid selection. Good luck this weekend! Laps led, since 2005 1. Carl Edwards , 560 2. Matt Kenseth , 449 t-3. Jeff Gordon , 237 t-3. Kyle Busch , 237 Fastest laps run, since 2005 1. Carl Edwards , 267 2. Jeff Gordon , 170 3. Martin Truex Jr ., 168 Place differential, 2014 fall race 1. Ryan Newman , +19 2. Cole Whitt , +16 t-3. Danica Patrick , +14 t-3. Jamie McMurray , +14 t-3. Kyle Larson , +14 Sleeper picks Kasey Kahne : Since his first start at Homestead in 2004, Kahne has collected 10 straight top 25s there. He also has back-to-back 13th-or-better finishes in his last two starts. Owning an average finish of 14.9, Kahne has also led 107 laps, has four top 10s and an average running position of 12.6 (eighth-best). The Hendrick Motorsports driver's value is undoubtedly there for his asking price. Ryan Newman : Newman remains a feature sleeper play at Homestead. Over the past three races, the Richard Childress Racing driver is averaging 44.0 fantasy points per race, good for 10th among active NASCAR competitors. Coming off a career-best second-place finish at Homestead in 2014, Newman will be looking to improve that. He has two top fives and five top 10s in 13 starts at Miami. Value picks Ty Dillon : Dillon also comes with risk due to his part-time Cup eligibility, so he carries a bit of a gamble. In his four Cup races this season, Dillon has improved in each race by at least two spots with finishes of 28th, 26th, 18th and a season best 14th at Michigan. He owns a season place differential of +7 and an average finish of 21.5. The value is "must have" at Dillon’s asking price for Homestead. Justin Allgaier : Fresh off a 17th-place finish at Phoenix, Allgaier makes a stout value play for Homestead this weekend. In his one career race at Homestead in 2014, he started 14th and finished 15th. The HScott Motorsports driver ranks a remarkable 20th among NASCAR drivers in fantasy points averaged over his last three races with 17.4 per race.
RELATED: Play Fantasy Live now There are only two races remaining in your Fantasy Live season, which means your lineup picks are at a premium. No more guessing -- it's time to make ground late in your league. Sure, we know Kevin Harvick is great at Phoenix. But you have five spots to fill on your Fantasy Live lineup, and you may not want the Stewart-Haas Racing driver anyway. Make sure to set your lineup by using the information below to guide your picks. All stats listed -- place differential, fastest laps run and laps led -- are Phoenix-specific and categories used in Fantasy Live scoring. Last week the data showed Jimmie Johnson was a smart pick for Texas, and he won the race. We also recommended Austin Dillon as a value play, and that turned out OK, too. Good luck this weekend! Laps led, since 2005 1. Kevin Harvick , 1,202 2. Jimmie Johnson , 848 3. Kurt Busch , 521 Fastest laps run, since 2005 1. Kevin Harvick , 636 2. Jimmie Johnson , 610 3. Carl Edwards , 368 Place differential, 2014 fall race 1. Greg Biffle , +19 t-2. Danica Patrick , +10 t-2. David Gilliland , +10 t-2. David Ragan , +10 Sleeper picks Aric Almirola : Is Almirola the new Mr. Consistency? He has been extremely productive at Phoenix, stringing together seven consecutive top-20 finishes in the desert. The value for Almirola exceeds his asking price in almost all season-long leagues, including Fantasy Live. Erik Jones : There are a couple of reasons the kid is considered a strong sleeper play at Phoenix. One: He's driving a No. 20 car that is normally a top-priced option; as we've seen all year, it's a fast ride. Two: Jones showed speed all last week at Texas and has proven he has the skills to run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Value picks AJ Allmendinger : Known as a road-course specialist, Allmendinger has been a creative and sneaky good value play lately with two consecutive top-20 finishes. Dinger averages 40.5 fantasy points over his past three races and his asking price puts him into value territory. Ricky Stenhouse Jr .: His price tag has been rising, and rightfully so. Stenhouse Jr. has eight top 25s in his last nine races. He's also been productive at Phoenix, with five top 20s in five career desert starts.
RELATED: Play Fantasy Live now Only three races remain in your Fantasy Live season. Maybe you're leading the league, maybe you're bringing up the rear (although we hope not). More than likely, though, you're like the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers on the track -- fighting for position. Texas is a big fantasy week, so make sure to set your lineup by using the information below to guide your picks. All stats listed -- place differential, fastest laps run and laps led -- are Texas-specific and categories used in Fantasy Live scoring. Good luck this weekend! Laps led, since 2005 1. Jimmie Johnson , 1,017 2. Tony Stewart , 786 3. Greg Biffle , 733 Fastest laps run, since 2005 1. Jimmie Johnson , 624 2. Greg Biffle , 475 3. Jeff Gordon , 391 Place differential, 2014 fall race 1. Brad Keselowski , +23 2. Casey Mears , +20 3. Jamie McMurray , +16 Place differential, 2015 spring race 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., +22 2. David Ragan , +17 3. Aric Almirola , +13 Sleeper picks Jamie McMurray : After a resilient second-place finish at Martinsville last week, McMurray is a perfect sleeper play at Texas. In his past two starts here, he's finished fifth and sixth. He's worth the salary spike this week and will pay off big for owners. Kyle Larson : The other Chip Ganassi Racing driver is worth a look this week, too. Larson has been inconsistent in 2015, but he's never finished worse than 25th at Texas and owns a +4 place differential, which shows speed. He finished seventh in the fall last year. Value picks Austin Dillon : Dillon's current value status is teetering between value and sleeper play. If you can spare the salary, he's worth it at Texas. With two consecutive top-20 finishes, Dillon is primed to perform in the Lone Star State. Ryan Blaney : Blaney comes with both slight risk and big upside. His price tag makes him intriguing as he has produced nine top-25 finishes in 14 starts this year. As long as he finishes the race, he has a chance to finish up front. Blaney posted +30 fantasy point performances in his last two starts on 1.5-mile tracks.
RELATED: Play Fantasy Live now It's getting down to crunch time in NASCAR Fantasy Live, with only four races remaining this season. What to do for Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway ? So glad you asked. Make sure to set your lineup, using the information below to guide your picks. All stats listed -- place differential, fastest laps run and laps led -- are used in Fantasy Live scoring and are specific to the .526-mile track. We're also offering some sleeper picks and value plays. Good luck this weekend! Laps led, since 2005 1. Jimmie Johnson , 2,575 2. Jeff Gordon , 1,890 3. Denny Hamlin , 1,312 Fastest laps run, since 2005 1. Jeff Gordon , 1,131 2. Jimmie Johnson , 1,041 3. Denny Hamlin , 687 Place differential, 2014 fall race 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., +22 2. David Ragan , +19 3. Cole Whitt , +18 Place differential, 2015 spring race 1. Trevor Bayne , +18 2. Clint Bowyer , +17 t-3. Cole Whitt , +15 t-3. David Ragan , +15 Sleeper picks Martin Truex Jr .: Truex remains one of the only Eliminator 8 drivers with reasonable price value at Martinsville. He led 23 laps and posted a sixth-place finish there earlier this year. Truex has also posted the sixth most Average Fantasy Points (47.8) over the last three weeks. Kasey Kahne : Outside of his crash at Charlotte, Kahne has been racing exceedingly well as of late for his asking price. He's set to be a solid sleeper at Martinsville, although one reason for concern is Kahne starting from the rear in a backup car after a qualifying wreck. Value picks Tony Stewart : 'Smoke' is an intriguing option as a value play. In his last three Martinsville Chase starts, Stewart has a win and two top-five finishes. However, a wreck in practice forced him to a backup car, and he'll need to start from the rear. Austin Dillon : Dillon may be this week's bargain. He owns a +2.3 place differential and an average finish of 22.7 in three career Martinsville races. He could be a steal for owners playing a high-dollar lineup.
Going into the final race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup , members of the NASCAR.com editorial team make predictions for who will win the 2015 Sprint Cup Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway ( Ford EcoBoost 400 3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). Zack Albert Jeff Gordon : One last dose of No. 24 magic? With Hendrick Motorsports devoting all possible resources to sending the legendary driver off in championship style, Gordon is not only a sentimental pick, but a well-reasoned one for a fifth title in his career finale. Holly Cain Jeff Gordon : While Gordon would be the overwhelming sentimental pick, this is one of the toughest championship battles to decide. All four drivers have hugely emotional backstories. These four make this one of toughest title picks ever so I'll take the sentimental option and go Gordon. Kenny Bruce Jeff Gordon : Sure it would be a great story, but Gordon's shown the speed here this weekend to make contending for the championship more than just a fantasy . Pat DeCola Kevin Harvick : Miami is Harvick' s race (and title) to lose. With seven straight top-10 finishes at the track we know he's going to be at the front of the pack -- and, more importantly, in front of Kyle Busch , Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr . RJ Kraft Martin Truex Jr .: The clock will not strike midnight on this Cinderella story. The 78 team has been strong at intermediate tracks all year and Homestead is statistically Truex's best track. The single-car Furniture Row Racing team and Truex will have a crowning moment on Sunday. George Winkler Jeff Gordon : This is one of those times when you don't look at the stats and you pick with your gut. After all, who wants to be the guy who goes against Gordon and watches sadly as the legend walks off into the sunset with his fifth career Sprint Cup Series championship? Don't be that guy. Taylor Starer Kevin Harvick : My heart is telling me to choose Jeff Gordon as the 2015 Sprint Cup Series champion, but my head is telling me Harvick. The reigning champ is comfortable heading into the final race of the season and has proven to be as cool as a cucumber under Chase pressure. Brad Norman Martin Truex Jr .: The spotlight (rightfully) is on Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick , but Truex loves Miami and he’s been sneaky fast on intermediates all year. I predict he gets a break -- broken part for a competitor? slow late pit stop? -- and stealthily assumes the lead, then powers his way to a victory … and a championship. Jessica Ruffin Jeff Gordon : While his cars may not have possessed the speed of Kevin Harvick 's or reached Victory Lane as many times as Kyle Busch this season, Gordon has one major component on his side; momentum. The four-time champion will close out his career with a bang on Sunday with a fifth and final championship. Kathy Sheldon Kyle Busch : Pressure and equipment will be the two biggest factors on Sunday, but sheer will is right up there. Kyle Busch has seen his career flash before his eyes this year; race pressure pales in comparison. He fought hard to get back in the car, in Victory Lane and now in the Chase Championship 4. And Joe Gibbs Racing cars still have plenty of power. Maggie MacKenzie Kevin Harvick : Harvick is thirsty to defend his championship title and with an impressive 12 top 10s in 14 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway , the wheelman for the No. 4 races hard here. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver is also coming off a run with back-to-back top-three results at Texas and Phoenix so despite having the worst qualifying seed out of the Championship 4, "Happy" will find a way to get out front -- and stay there.
Presenting NASCAR content from around the web Editor's note: On Wednesday at noon ET, "High 5" will present some of the best NASCAR-related content from around the web. 1. Trash-talkin' teammates Kyle Busch was hanging out in the ESPN studio yesterday as part of the Chase Media Day. One of the topics of conversation? Busch's Fantasy Football team, "Rowdy's Rebels." Busch talked about his star players, his strategy -- and let the idenity of his league's biggest trash talker slip. Hint: The guilty party may have been celebrating in Victory Lane this weekend at Richmond. 2. (Insert excited emoji here) ESPN's Sportscenter just made us (insert grinning emoji) from ear to ear. Following the opening week of the NFL football season, the network released a video hosted by Sarina Morales that recaps the action -- in emoji form. Yup, those little sticker-like pictures that have flooded every millennial's text message conversations are narrating NFL football. Kind of. If we could stick some NASCAR emojis in this, that would make this even better -- just saying. The "overzealous safety worker later in the race" might qualify for a tackle, no? RELATED: 'Casm presents NASCAR emojis 3. Overcoming obstacles The Jimmie Johnson Foundation Lake Davidson Sprint Triathlon held on Sunday was a special moment for 25-year-old Adam Werner, who completed his first triathalon amidst several obstacles. Werner -- who is deaf, visually impaired and has cerebral palsy -- finished a 500-yard swim, 13-mile bicycle ride and 5K run with the help of his trainer. And Johnson was right there in the end, helping Werner cross the final finish line in an unforgettable moment. A heartwarming and inspirational moment as @JimmieJohnson helps Adam cross the finish line of his first triathlon pic.twitter.com/u9bkFmR2Pl — Jimmie Johnson Fndn (@TeamJJF) September 13, 2015 Thumbs up to you, Adam -- and you too, JJ! Teamwork and overcoming obstacles is what sports are all about. Read the story from FOX Sports 1 here . 4. Guest of honor David Gilliland will have a special guest with him this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway -- a "miracle child" from Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Seven-year-old Jack Benjamin overcame a battle against a rare liver disease called biliary atresia, which he had been fighting since he was two months old. The Evanston, Illinois, native will join Gilliland at the track dressed in an authentic driver's suit and his own designs will adorn both the hood of Gilliland's No. 38 ride and his helmet. We can't wait to witness Joshua's "driver for a day" experience and see his awesome design on track at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. 5. But first, let me take a selfie Snapchat is giving selfies a makeover. The photo-based app released an update Tuesday that, amongst other changes, allowed users to activate a new feature called "Lenses," which adds special animated effects to selfies. This one, though, might take the cake. You can now add rainbow tongues to your Snapchat selfies and pay for extra replays: http://t.co/JdrjRFpOLn pic.twitter.com/zesXahUGte — Mashable (@mashable) September 16, 2015 Too bad Jeff Gordon isn't running the iconic No. 24 rainbow scheme again this season like he did at Bristol, because Gordon taking a selfie video in front of the rainbow car with a rainbow lense would just be so colorfully awesome. ... But this works too, right? After all, "Taste the Rainbow" is quite literally applicable to this new effect -- and this photo. For behind-the-scenes photos and videos from the track -- including Victory Lane selfies -- be sure to follow NASCAR's own Snapchat account (username: nascar).
NASCAR.com’s Chris Rice and Jonathan Merryman give their fantasy picks for this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
When it comes to big NASCAR fun, it's hard to beat Talladega Superspeedway , the 2.66-mile-long track that is the longest oval on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. Making it even larger than life for a select few NASCAR fans was being on hand as a DraftKings VIP for the October CampingWorld.com 500 during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . "Thanks to DraftKings for an unforgettable weekend at Talladega," wrote DraftKings VIP Crystalbil. "The VIP experience was just that, VIP. My father and I had infield parking, all access to the pits and garages, we even sat on the pit wall during Sprint Cup qualifiers. We got to talk with pit crews about tires and pit box setup. ... The people were great at DraftKings putting together a weekend my father and I will never forget. They made it easy to feel like the king of the track." Besides behind-the-scenes access to pit road, DraftKings VIPs also got a chance to experience Talladega like never before. "From doing laps at 130 mph-plus on the banks of Talladega, in a pace car, to sitting up front in the drivers' meeting, DraftKings has you covered," wrote VIP lgbowling2. "They will show you how cars go through inspection, a tour of the garage and up close for driver introductions. Keep your eyes out, as you never know who will be in attendance that day." Terry Morris and his wife Cricket were especially impressed by the attention paid to them by DraftKings hosts. "I have been a NASCAR fan for many years and we were treated like VIPs," Morris said. "We were picked up at the parking lot by your team and escorted from each event. We had a hoot. We loved the pace car ride at Talladega. I have a greater respect for all NASCAR drivers. ... Then, we were there for driver introductions with a special opportunity to take pictures with Martin Truex Jr ." You too could share a similar experience at an upcoming NASCAR race by playing DraftKings. Not familiar with DraftKings? It's a daily fantasy sports game that allows players to experience a one-of-kind event experience as DraftKings has access to a direct data feed from NASCAR Digital Media that contains real-time stats. In each game, participants are assigned a fixed salary cap they can use to draft their entire roster, comprised of five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. Scoring categories in DraftKings NASCAR daily fantasy sports games include finishing position, fastest laps, laps led and place differential. NASCAR games on DraftKings provides fans the opportunity to win one-of-a-kind NASCAR prizes and VIP experiences. More information on DraftKings NASCAR daily fantasy sports games is available at www.draftkings.com . Editor's note: The views expressed in this story pertaining to the DrafttKings VIP experience are solely those of previous winners.
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