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NASCAR Picks for Las Vegas

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25. Aric Almirola, #43 Smithfield Foods, Richard Petty Motorsports [Yahoo Class B]

He picked up where he left off last year, opening 2013 with back-to-back top-15 finishes. I'd take a wait-and-see approach on Almirola for at least another week, but if he delivers a top-15 finish at a Las Vegas track that has given him fits thus far, it may be time to buy into him as a legitimate fantasy contributor.

26. Juan Montoya, #42 Target, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing [Yahoo Class C]

The good news is that Montoya finished third at Las Vegas in 2011. The bad news is that he has finished outside the top 15 in every other start at the track. It is the same old story for Montoya, and his strong runs are simply too rare while his poor outings tend to be really, really bad.

27. Austin Dillon, #3 Dow Chemical/Cheerios, Richard Childress Racing [Yahoo Class B]

Dillon will get a turn in the Phoenix Racing No. 51 this weekend, and while he is inexperienced and the team is underfunded, all is not lost. After all, Dillon has shown enough success in his young racing career that he could easily sneak into the top 25 this weekend. Depending on the format, he could make a decent sleeper option at Las Vegas.

28. David Ragan, #55 Aaron's Dream Machine, Michael Waltrip Racing [Yahoo Class C]

While he hasn't been spectacular at Las Vegas, Ragan has been consistent. He has finished 23rd, 22nd and 21st in his last three starts at the track. At the very least, Ragan should be in the mix for a top-25 this weekend.

29. Bobby Labonte, #32 C&J Energy Services, Go FAS Racing [Yahoo Class C]

You aren't going to get anything special from Labonte at Las Vegas, but the veteran should be able to stay out of trouble. He has finished 26th and 24th in his last two starts at the track, and he will likely pop up in the top 30 again this Sunday.

30. Casey Mears, #13 GEICO, Germain Racing [Yahoo Class B]

Mears quietly had a great performance last weekend at Phoenix, finishing 14th. I don't buy into the idea that a top-15 finish is a sign of things to come by any means, but it was an impressive enough showing from a single-car team to make me think his value could increase a bit in 2013. Mears is still a fringe option at best until further notice, but he could be worth keeping an eye on as a potential sleeper down the road.

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I grew up in a racing family, and I spent my childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky. NASCAR became a passion of mine at an early age as well, and I have been following the sport ever since I can remember. While I earned my degree in journalism at Ohio State University, I began writing about NASCAR for several Web sites in 2005. I became head editor of the NASCAR section for and in 2008 and was a finalist for the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association NASCAR Writer of the Year in 2009. My knowledge of NASCAR stems from my lifelong love of the sport, and I believe that passion shows through in every article I write.