The Frontstretch: Fantasy Insight Daytona 500- All American Wreck? by Ren Jonsin -- Wednesday February 15, 2006

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Fantasy Insight Daytona 500- All American Wreck?

Ren Jonsin · Wednesday February 15, 2006


Restrictor plate racing is no fun for most drivers! Racing in close quarters lap after lap tries the patience of even the best drivers in the world. Now give these guys a dinky plate that chokes off the motor more than it has to and you have the recipe for the dreaded “Big One.” Maybe it will be an ill-conceived move to take the lead. Perhaps a block or maybe a tire will go down, but more often than not once the smoke clears 10-20 of the finest stock cars will be trashed! Maybe this is why the fans tune in but I would rather see real racing myself. I have been following NASCAR long enough to remember the good old days of slingshot passes for the lead! The All American Race used to be a race instead of an event. You will only need the edge of your seat to watch the All American Wreck…I mean race on Sunday.

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By the Numbers-Statistical Look at This Week’s Race

(Detailed stats at

Horses for Courses

Driver Car #    Course
D Earnhardt Jr 8 96.6
J Gordon 24 93.8
T Stewart 20 92.8
J Johnson 48 92.8
D Jarrett 88 88.8

Consistency Factor

Driver Car #        Last 5
J Gordon 24 94.2
T Stewart 20 92.8
C Edwards 99 92.4
G Biffle 16 90
M Martin 6 89.8

Track Type Factor

Driver Car #      Type
T Stewart 20 96.4
D Jarrett 88 93.4
Ku Busch 2 89.6
D Earnhardt Jr 8 89.6
J Gordon 24 88.4

Power Rating

Driver Car #     Power
T Stewart 20 282
J Gordon 24 276.4
D Earnhardt Jr 8 270.4
D Jarrett 88 265.8
J Johnson 48 262.4
Ku Busch 2 260.8
M Kenseth 17 259.2
C Edwards 99 252.4
K Harvick 29 252.2
J McMurray 26 250.4

Handicapping the Race

The Bow Tie brigade was dominant in pre-season testing as usual. The new Ford Fusion did a good job in traffic with the Dodge Charger lagging a bit behind. This comes as no surprise so it is hard to go against the strong Chevy contingent. DEI was missing at the top of the speed charts but come race day I think they will find that speed that is always expected from them.

Win-Mark Martin
Maybe the old sentimentalist in me wants this enough to pick it!   

Place-Tony Stewart
Still the king of the hill until someone knocks him off.

Show-Dale Earnhardt Jr
Another guy who wants to bounce back from a lousy season.  

Top Rookie-Clint Bowyer
RCR showed a return to their restrictor plate strength of the past!

Last Place-Kevin LePage
I like his chances of making the field but think he will come up short of 500 miles on Sunday.

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