NASCAR Fantasy Preview – 5-Hour Energy 400 (Kansas)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Talladega Recap

A nightmare season continues for me with Kenseth (21st), McMurray (29th), Biffle (2nd), and Scott (42nd). All of them had fast enough cars, but everyone but Biffle got caught up in a wreck. The jinx is strong with me! [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – Aaron’s 499 (Talladega)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Richmond Recap:

Horrendous is the word that probably best describes my lineup last week. Bowyer (43rd), Hamlin (22nd), Stenhouse Jr (38th) and Larson (16th) ended up dropping me almost 40,000 spots in the rankings.

The worst part was that I had Kyle Busch (3rd), Newman (8th) and Edwards (9th) all sitting on my bench collecting dust. The only decent thing I accomplished was finally starting the right rookie as Larson ended up 11 spots ahead of Dillon. I’m hoping you all had better luck. It can’t get much worse for me this week…can it? Just not my year so far, but I’m not about to quit now. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – Toyota Owners 400 (Richmond)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Photo Credit: rir.com

Darlington Recap

My lineup two weeks ago was decent, but nothing to write home about. I started Gordon (7th), Hamlin (19th), Newman (10th) and Dillon (11th). The killer was having Harvick (1st) on my bench along with starting Dillon instead of Larson to keep my streak of starting the wrong rookie in Group C rolling along. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – Bojangles’ Southern 500 (Darlington)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Texas Recap

My team wasn’t half bad last week even though I stupidly forgot to change my lineup. I had my team set while I was writing last week’s preview, but apparently I forgot to click “save roster.” I went to put my starters in on Sunday morning and was not real happy. I was in Florida on vacation so I’m blaming it on that and crummy hotel Wi-Fi.

My luck was actually pretty good as I ended up playing Gordon (2nd), Stewart (10th), Keselowski (15th) and Dillon (21st). All three of my Group A and B drivers led some laps and I could have done even better but Keselowski had a bad pit road speeding penalty during the final caution that cost us both a top 5 finish. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – Duck Commander 500 (Texas)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Martinsville Recap

Martinsville was rough on my team last week. I started Gordon (12th), Stewart (17th), Hamlin (19th) and Larson (27th). It’s starting to feel like this just isn’t my year! Gordon, Hamlin and Larson all seemed to have decent cars but were all out of contention late due to a myriad of mechanical issues and accidents. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – STP 500 (Martinsville)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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California Recap:

I apologize for the lack of a fantasy preview last week it was totally my fault. There was a last minute decision to drive to San Antonio for the NCAA tournament games (I’m a Nebraska fan) and I barely even got my own lineup set in time. I didn’t watch one lap of qualifying or the race as I even forgot to set my DVR. So I probably deserve my bad showing in California. It resembled the Nebrasketball offense versus Baylor last Friday…ugly. [Read more…]

NASCAR Fantasy Preview – Bristol (Food City 500)

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

Vegas Recap:

Last week went pretty well, I had Johnson sixth, Logano fourth, Edwards fifth and Burton 17th. The bad news is that I had Keselowski on my bench (race winner) and JJ didn’t get me a top 5 finish which feels like a wasted start. My sleeper in Group B, Paul Menard finished a terrific third, but I didn’t have the testicular fortitude to start him unfortunately.

The Group C choices didn’t really turn out to be a big deal after all. All four drivers I listed in that group finished 16th, 17th, 19th or 20th so there wasn’t much of a difference. I’m glad I saved an Austin Dillon start and only finished one spot behind him with Jeff Burton running a rare Sprint Cup race this season.

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Now we move to the bull ring at Bristol where it will be imperative that we pick drivers who have a knack for this half-mile track who can also avoid the myriad of crashes in this 500-mile meat grinder. [Read more…]

Fantasy NASCAR Preview – Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas

By Travis Reinsch
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

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Photo Credit: vivalasblogger.com

Phoenix Recap:

Now that’s more like it! My starters last week finished first(Harvick), third(Keselowski), eighth(Edwards) and 20th (Larson). Harvick had the best car all day and definitely deserved the win. Dale Jr. (my sleeper Group A driver) along with Joey Logano also had good cars and rounded out the top three. Larson was the only real disappointment since his car was fast in both qualifying and in practice, but he still was the highest scoring choice for Group C so I can’t nitpick. I successfully saved a start from Johnson, started the race winner, and won the week in both my leagues. Let’s try to keep it rolling this week on the circuit’s first of many 1.5 mile track races this season. [Read more…]

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…]