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Everything is Bigger in Texas- Fantasy Insight Texas 2

Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday November 2, 2005


Texans will tell you that everything is bigger in Texas. This week I hope that "Tire Issues" are not one of those "Every things." We have been plagued by tire problems all season. You might even say that when it comes to the rubber on the NASCAR circuit it has been a very bad year for Goodyear. High speeds and the desire for a softer tire have added up to a disaster at many of the faster tracks on the circuit. Worse yet NASCAR and Goodyear never seem to learn from their mistakes either. Luckily no one has gotten seriously hurt thanks to good fortune and safer walls. But let’s hope that the one thing that is not bigger on Sunday in the Dickie’s 500 are the wrecks.

Dickies 500 by the Numbers
Horses for Courses (Top Drivers at Texas)
1 Jimmie Johnson
2 Jeff Gordon
3 Rusty Wallace
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr
5 Mark Martin

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

Overall Power Ratings (Our Exclusive Forecasting Model)
1 Jimmie Johnson
2 Jeff Gordon
3 Ryan Newman
4 Tony Stewart
5 Carl Edwards

The complete statistics for this week can be found at [[RaceTeamUSA]]"¦the exclusive statistical web site for Frontstretch.

Fearless Forecast

Top Pick
Mark Martin
Using the special "Texas" theory I decided Mark would look silly in a cowboy hat which is a prerequisite for winning here

Strong Picks
Matt Kenseth
Another Roush guy that looks like a dork in a cowboy hat

Tony Stewart
How can you pick against Smoke?

Carl Edwards
Loves these fast tracks"¦two in a row?

Hunch Bet
Jeff Gordon
Successful test here and had a strong run at Atlanta

Longshot Bet
Casey Mears
Fourth in the spring race and worth a bet at 45-1 odds

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