The Frontstretch: Fantasy Insight: Revv Em Up: Bud Shootout by Dennis Michelsen -- Wednesday February 9, 2005

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Fantasy Insight: Revv Em Up: Bud Shootout

Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday February 9, 2005


The racing season has arrived! Gone are the boring weekends wondering what in the heck to watch. Now it is a no brainer"¦turn on NASCAR racing! The Bud Shootout is one of those perfect “Get em in the racing mood” made for television events. Do you have a friend that thinks stock car racing is third behind watching paint dry and yacht racing in the top three boring things to watch? If so get him or her in front of the television Saturday night for a little good old fashioned match race racing! There is a lot of money and pride on the line. (And no pesky points to race for either!) I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to hear it now"¦”Gentlemen Start Your Engines!”

Daytona Power Rating

Handicapping the Race
Testing might give us a few clues as to how the new rules will work out. Don’t look for the new Dodge Charger to be that fast for a single lap, but in the draft it could be a monster! The Bow Tie brigade showed some strength in testing last month. Hendricks motors were consistently at the top of the speed charts no matter which driver was behind the wheel. Traditionally the Roush Racing teams play the handling game and don’t always show what they have under the hood in testing sessions. But the Dale Jarrett run shows that those Ford motors still have the horsies running wild! Will this be the year the DEI dominance at Restrictor Plate tracks is challenged? At least for this event I think so. Crank up those motors and let’s get racing!

Race Weather
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Free Race Games
Send your Bud Shootout Trifecta (1st-3rd picks) to me at and beat the handicapper. Anyone out picking me will be entered in a drawing for a “Caws and Jaws” racing t-shirt or hat. (Winner’s choice!)

Be sure to play “Last One Standing” starting with the Daytona 500 too! Check out next Monday for details on how to get in the game!

Top Pick
Jimmie Johnson
Hendricks Motors, the best Crew Chief in the business, and a talented driver are a winning combo.

Strong Picks
Tony Stewart
Big money is on the line and “Smoke” is fearless!

Jeff Gordon
Another good “Money” driver with the powerful Hendricks motor

Dale Jarrett
Last year’s winner is hungry to get this season off to a strong start

Hunch Bet
Casey Mears
Could learn his way to Victory Lane in this event as a prelude to winning a points race later this year

Longshot Bet
Joe Nemechek
Has those powerful Hendricks power plants under the hood

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