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The Chase for the Sprint Cup begins this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, and it is somewhat fitting that a 1.5-mile oval opens the 10-race playoff. After all, the track's layout is the most common on the schedule, and the drivers that have performed the best at track's like Chicagoland are the same drivers expected to be serious title contenders.
For fantasy owners, the start of the Chase shouldn't be overlooked. Granted, it's not like points are reset in fantasy leagues, but history says that when the playoffs begin, the drivers that make the Chase tend to have a significant edge on the non-Chasers. Of course, this in part because the drivers that made the Chase were already the top drivers, but don't underestimate how the importance the importance of how non-Chasers view the playoffs.
With a few exceptions, most drivers who aren't competing for a title don't want to make news for ruining someone else's title hopes. All drivers know that they could be in the mix for a championship one day, and the last thing they want to do is receive any payback. Non-Chasers aren't going to lay down for the title contenders, but they are going to show some added respect.
As a result, you will want to load up your fantasy lineup with as many Chase drivers as possible from here on out. History says your chances of picking up wins and top 10s increases dramatically if you can stick with the title contenders. If you have been budgeting your starts in the Yahoo game, it's time to turn the big names loose and make a big closing push.
1. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 BUSCH BEER/JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
A cut tire resulted in a 42nd-place finish for Harvick at Chicagoland last season, but he had one of the cars to beat before the accident. He is a two-time winner at the track for his career, and over the last 10 races, his six top five finishes here are the most of any driver.
2. BRAD KESELOWSKI, #2 MILLER LITE, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]
He has been on a roll at Chicagoland, collecting five straight top 10 finishes at the track. During the stretch, he has posted a 4.5 average finish, winning the 2014 race and the 2012 race.
3. KYLE BUSCH, #18 MARS BRANDS/INTERSTATE BATTERIES, JOE GIBBS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]
Busch has one win under his belt at Chicagoland, and in 11 starts at the track, he has eight top 15 finishes. More importantly, he has reeled off four straight top 10s here, compiling a 5.5 average finish and leading at least 46 laps in each of his last three starts.
4. MARTIN TRUEX, JR., #78 FURNITURE ROW, FURNITURE ROW RACING [YAHOO CLASS B]
His overall numbers at Chicagoland aren't much to brag about, but Truex did lead 39 laps here last year. More importantly, he has been one of the best performers all season, especially at the 1.5-mile tracks. If you have starts left for Truex in the Yahoo game, cash one in this weekend.
5. JOEY LOGANO, #22 SHELL-PENNZOIL, TEAM PENSKE[YAHOO CLASS A]
Logano has been a top five caliber driver at Chicagoland in his three starts at the track since joining Team Penske. He started on the pole and led 32 laps before suffering an engine failure in 2013, and he has finished fourth and sixth in his last two starts here.