The Frontstretch: Fantasy Insight : UAW-GM Quality 500 (Lowe's) by Dennis Michelsen -- Wednesday October 12, 2005

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Fantasy Insight : UAW-GM Quality 500 (Lowe's)

Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday October 12, 2005


Humpy Wheeler is the best track owner and promoter in the business…but sometimes even the best make mistakes! Charlotte Motor Speedway (The home improvement store has not sent any money my way yet) was one of the best tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The dreaded “Bermuda Triangle”
between turns three and four challenged drivers, while the high speeds made for wide-open racing.

In his interest to make the racing even better, Humpy decided to grind the track before this year’s set of races. However, the result was not nearly what track officials expected, with a nasty combination of tire wear and accidentsduring the race this spring. The good racing we were so used to seeing at the track had suddenly gone away.

But Mr. Wheeler has worked hard to add rubber to the racing
groove, and despite some crazy testing sessions, I think we will have better racing in the Fall. Why am I so confident? If something is broke, Humpy makes sure it gets fixed, even when it wasn’t broke in the first place!

UAW GM Quality 500 by the Numbers

Horses for Courses (Top Drivers at Charlotte)
1 Jimmie Johnson
2 Ryan Newman
3 Jeff Gordon
4 Elliott Sadler
5 Matt Kenseth

Consistency Ratings (Top Drivers in Last Five Races)
1 Ryan Newman
2 Tony Stewart
3 Matt Kenseth
4 Carl Edwards
5 Jeremy Mayfield

Overall Power Ratings (Frontstretch’s Exclusive Forecasting Model)
1 Ryan Newman
2 Jimmie Johnson
3 Matt Kenseth
4 Tony Stewart
5 Elliott Sadler

The complete statistics for this week can be found at RaceTeamUSA…the exclusive statistical web site for Frontstretch.

Fearless Fantasy Forecast:
Top Pick
Mark Martin: The last time Mark had a lengthy drought between wins, he nearly won two in a row!

Strong Picks
Matt Kenseth: Leads a strong Roush contingent that has been hard to beat on these types of tracks.

Greg Biffle: So close last week…and this week, too.

Jimmie Johnson: His home track edge makes him tough to pass this week.

Hunch Bet
Carl Edwards: The Roush-kateer with the best post-race celebration style could end up winning another if the timing’s right.

Longshot Bet
Bobby Labonte: His luck has to improve one of these weeks…and at 38-1 he is a logical long shot wager with his second-place run here in the spring.

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