For the third week in a row, we’re at a recently repaved 1.5-mile race track, but this time it’s going to be under the lights on Thursday night at Kansas Speedway. Like I warned was possible last week, we saw late cautions produce another surprise winner, and that could definitely happen again here at Kansas. This track was repaved and reconfigured in the middle of the 2012 season, and Goodyear is bringing the same left side tire from Charlotte this year while the right sides will be the same from Texas, Kentucky, and Las Vegas.

There are quite a few statistics that go into the Power Index formula, including recent performance both overall and at Kansas 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.

Kansas Fantasy NASCAR Power Rankings

1.Harvick, Kevin-41.6
2.Truex, Jr., Martin-37.9
3.Blaney, Ryan-37.4
4.Logano, Joey-37.1
5.Elliott, Chase-31.7
6.Busch, Kyle-30.5
7.Busch, Kurt-30.1
8.Keselowski, Brad-30.8
9.Hamlin, Denny-28.4
10.Almirola, Aric-28.0
11.Reddick, Tyler-21.0
12.Jones, Erik-20.3
13.Johnson, Jimmie-14.8
14.Dillon, Austin-13.9
15.DiBenedetto, Matt-8.7
16.Bowyer, Clint-7.5
17.Bowman, Alex-5.3
18.Byron, William-1.3
19.Bell, Christopher3.8
20.Buescher, Chris4.1
21.Custer, Cole8.2
22.Stenhouse, Jr., Ricky9.1
23.Kenseth, Matt12.6
24.McDowell, Michael18.1
25.Newman, Ryan19.7
26.Nemechek, John H22.4
27.Wallace, Bubba23.5
28.LaJoie, Corey31.9
29.Dillon, Ty32.7
30.Suarez, Daniel40.5
31.Preece, Ryan41.7
32.Yeley, JJ49.6
33.Poole, Brennan50.5
34.Houff, Quin53.7
35.Smithley, Garrett55.6
36.Bilicki, Josh58.2
37.Gase, Joey60.9
38.Sorenson, Reed61.0
39.McLeod, BJ65.4
40.Hill, Timmy66.8
As someone who has always been obsessed with numbers, Fantasy NASCAR has been the perfect fit with me. I pride myself on the quality of my analysis for each race, and am glad that I have been able to help others along the way. I've been a serious Fantasy NASCAR player for over 10 years now, and I'm just getting started.