Fantasy NASCAR Preview – Phoenix

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

Daytona 500 Recap:

Well I certainly hope you all did much better than I did at Daytona last week. I had one really good pick and three really bad ones in my starting lineup. I started Dale Jr. who won the race, but I also had three drivers who all failed to even run 200 laps (Paul Menard, Tony Stewart and Brian Scott). Menard and Scott both had really fast cars and were running up front most of the race but were involved in separate crashes. Stewart hung out in the back of the field early to try and stay out of trouble, but it found him anyway as his Chevy had some major fuel system issues. He was forced to pit during a green flag run to replace most of the fuel system and he was never a factor afterwards.

I warned you in last week’s preview that Daytona can get ugly and for my team it certainly did. The only good news is that I didn’t waste any of my nine starts for the elite drives in each group. After one week I’m already way down in the standings so needless to say I’m anxious to move on to Phoenix.

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If you didn’t catch my preview last week, it has the basic game rules and my Daytona 500 picks here.

Group A Picks:

Jimmie Johnson – “Six-time” finished second and third here last season and has a ridiculous average career finish of 6.3 at Phoenix. So if you decide to use a starting spot on Johnson Sunday, you should expect at least a top five finish and at this track history is definitely on your side. [Read more…]

Fantasy Racing Preview (Yahoo) – Daytona 500

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

I will focus on the fantasy racing game on Yahoo because that is the one I play. I will try to keep my tips general enough for folks who play in different games also. You can also tweet me questions and I’ll try to answer them all. I like the Yahoo game because it’s pretty simple, free to play and fun. The downside to this game is that you MUST check your team at least once a week to even stand a chance to be competitive. So it’s definitely geared towards die-hard fans who don’t mind keeping up with things on a daily basis. There is no smart phone app yet for some reason but I’m hoping it gets added soon.

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Rules:

There are three separate groups of drivers to choose from, these groups will not change at all during the season. Each week you start a driver from Group A, two from Group B and another from Group C. You are also allowed the same amount of drivers in each group on your bench. You only accumulate race points from the drivers in your starting lineup however, with the exception of qualifying where your whole team is eligible to earn points if they qualify in one of the top four spots. The most interesting part of this game is that you can only use each driver in nine total races during the season. [Read more…]

Jimmie Johnson Takes Second Daytona 500 Victory

By Katy Sulfridge
PSDC NASCAR Reporter

At the end of 200 laps, Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag just ahead of teammate, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., to claim his second win in the Daytona 500. Johnson battled with defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski for several laps before a debris caution was thrown with 10 to go. Restarting with seven to go, Johnson held off Greg Biffle and Danica Patrick, while Dale Jr., made a last second move to chase his teammate down. Behind them, Travis Kvapil hit the wall hard, the race stayed green, and Johnson and Earnhardt finished 1-2. Mark Martin, Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Biffle, Regan Smith, Patrick, Michael McDowell and J.J. Yeley rounded out the top 10.

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Budweiser Duels Set Field for Daytona 500

By Katy Sulfridge
PSDC NASCAR Reporter

Yesterday’s Budweiser Duels didn’t really do much to give fans a glimpse of the type of racing they might expect on Sunday. Very few drivers took chances on running too hard, in order to ensure that they wouldn’t have a mangled mess of hard-to-repair Gen-6 cars at the end of the day. In Duel 1, pole sitter Danica Patrick fell to the back and raced conservatively to ensure her starting spot stays intact. Patrick finished 17th.

While that line of thinking doesn’t make for very exciting racing, it might well have been a great strategy to save her team some headaches. Just as the laps were winding down, Denny Hamlin made contact with Carl Edwards, severely damaging both cars and taking out 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne in the process. Bayne had been one of the most dominant cars of the afternoon, leading 37 laps, before finishing 23rd. The incident also collected Regan Smith, but he and Hamlin were able to continue the race. [Read more…]

Danica Patrick Makes History With Daytona 500 Pole

By Katy Sulfridge
PSDC NASCAR Reporter

In just her 11th career Sprint Cup Series start, Danica Patrick became the first woman to capture the pole position for the Daytona 500. The Rookie of the Year contender is facing her first full year in the Sprint Cup, and has positioned herself to make a big entrance. The qualifying time set by the driver of the 10 car- a blistering 45.817 seconds- positioned her atop the leaderboard early in the day and her top speed of 196.434 mph is the fastest Daytona 500 qualifying speed since 1990 where Ken Schrader qualified at 196.515 mph.

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2013 Daytona 500 Preview

By Katy Sulfridge
PSDC NASCAR Reporter

It’s going to be really, really difficult to top the 54th Daytona 500. For the first time since its inception, the Great American Race was postponed until Monday due to rain. Fans waited as patiently as possible for the first ever Monday night running of the Daytona 500, but they had no idea what was in store.

On the second lap of the race, contact between Elliot Sadler and Jimmie Johnson caused a pile-up, which put the five-time champion out of the race before he even had a chance to make a move. Johnson’s team was penalized for illegal C-posts, and the first DNF of the season seemed to be a sure blow to his championship homes. The points penalty was eventually overturned, and Johnson finished third in the points after a wild final race.

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