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The Cup Series heads back to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for Saturday night's Bank of America 500. The race will mark the second consecutive trip to a 1.5-mile track, and it is also part of a closing stretch where four of the final seven races will be held at 1.5-mile tracks. Needless to say, the drivers that are dialed in at the intermediate ovals are going to have a leg up in the title fight, and the same can be said for the fantasy owners that drivers to take advantage of in the final weeks of the season.

Keep in mind that, three drivers have combined to win all seven races at 1.5-mile tracks so far in 2013. Matt Kenseth has a series-leading three victories at 1.5-mile ovals, and Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are tied at two each. Meanwhile, Kenseth and Harvick rank first and second in points scored at 1.5-mile tracks this season. Not surprisingly, Jimmie Johnson also ranks in the top five in points scored, but the same probably can't be said about Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch. Truex and Kurt actually rank ahead of Johnson in points scored at 1.5-mile tracks this season, so it just goes to show that fantasy owners can put together a strong lineup without relying solely on the big names.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Quaker State
  2. Matt Kenseth, Husky/Dollar General
  3. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  4. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  5. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  6. Carl Edwards, Fastenal/Aflac/UPS/Subway
  7. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  8. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  9. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  10. Greg Biffle, 3M/Bondo
  11. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  12. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  13. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  14. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/Axalta
  15. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  16. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Best Buy/Valvoline/Zest
  17. Brian Vickers, Aaron's Dream Machine
  18. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  19. Juan Montoya, Target
  20. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  21. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  22. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  23. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  24. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  25. Paul Menard, Menards
  26. Kyle Larson, Target
  27. David Reutimann, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
  28. David Gilliland, Love's Travel Stops/A&W Restaurants
  29. Casey Mears, GEICO
  30. Bobby Labonte, TBA
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