Coke Zero 400 Creates All Sorts of New Implications

By Richard Miller
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

Aric Almirola’s victory in the rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 has done nothing but deliver major implications to a whole group drivers who in may be on the outside looking in at the final list of drivers for the Sprint Chase for the Cup.

As it stands now there are only five spots remaining for those drivers without a win. If the Chase ended today Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer and Austin Dillon would join the 11 drivers who have at least one victory. This would leave the likes of Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Brian Vickers and Jamie McMurray all on the outs. [Read more…]

Carl Edwards Wins Bizarre Bristol Spring Race

By Tyler Johnson
PSDC NASCAR Correspondent

There is never a lack of fireworks when NASCAR brings its drivers to the “Last Great Coliseum” located in Bristol, TN. The half-mile bullring has long been the track where anything can happen – there have been times that drivers pulled into Victory Lane with a car that looked like it had been used in crash testing.

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Bristol is unique because of its layout and short track strategy, but what made yesterday’s race memorable was the events leading up to the race and the bizarre way it ended. First, a forecast of rain had NASCAR officials on edge the day before. That forecast proved to be true and drivers were only able to get around 125 laps in before the clouds released their contents. Fast forward about three hours and the skies looked clear enough to go racing again. The goal was to make it at least to the halfway point, so that the checkered flag could be thrown if another delay happened and NASCAR could pack up and head to Fontana next Sunday. [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

Photo Credit: vivalasblogger.com

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…]