Race 15 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 season is this weekend with the FireKeepers Casino 400. Located in the Irish Hills, Michigan International Speedway is a 2-mile oval that can be plagued with weather issues from time to time. This weekend, there is some rain in the forecast, so that’s something to keep an eye on. Remember, last year’s FireKeepers Casino 400 race ended early because of rain. Comparison-wise, Fontana is the sister track of Michigan and when we last raced there back in March it was Kyle Busch won won in dominating fashion after qualifying 4th.

There are quite a few statistics that go into the Power Index formula, including recent performance both overall and at Michigan specifically, similar track performance, projected strength of the car, practice speeds, starting position, and a few other variables.

Here’s a quick overview of the Power Index number: essentially, zero (0) is considered average; the more negative a number is in the Power Index, the stronger that driver is considered in the Fantasy NASCAR world. The opposite holds true as well: the more above zero a driver is, the worse he is considered for Fantasy NASCAR that week.

FireKeepers Casino 400 Fantasy NASCAR Power Index Rankings

RankDriverPower Index
1.Keselowski, Brad-49.0
2.Logano, Joey-47.4
3.Harvick, Kevin-44.6
4.Busch, Kyle-39.6
5.Elliott, Chase-39.2
6.Busch, Kurt-36.6
7.Truex, Jr., Martin-33.2
8.Jones, Erik-27.0
9.Larson, Kyle-24.8
10.Hamlin, Denny-24.8
11.Almirola, Aric-24.8
12.Blaney, Ryan-24.3
13.Bowyer, Clint-19.0
14.Dillon, Austin-14.8
15.Bowman, Alex-9.5
16.Suarez, Daniel-8.2
17.Menard, Paul-5.8
18.Stenhouse, Jr., Ricky-5.2
19.Johnson, Jimmie-1.1
20.Newman, Ryan1.3
21.Byron, William6.5
22.Hemric, Daniel13.6
23.Buescher, Chris23.2
24.Wallace, Bubba29.2
25.Dillon, Ty30.7
26.DiBenedetto, Matt31.2
27.Preece, Ryan40.5
28.Tifft, Matt45.3
29.Ragan, David46.0
30.McDowell, Michael48.2
31.LaJoie, Corey52.7
32.Cassill, Landon72.7
33.Smithley, Garrett79.4
34.Bilicki, Josh80.9
35.Weatherman, Kyle83.2
36.Houff, Quin85.4
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