The Frontstretch: Fantasy Insight: Bristol (Short Track Tempers) by Dennis Michelsen -- Thursday March 23, 2006

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Fantasy Insight: Bristol (Short Track Tempers)

Dennis Michelsen · Thursday March 23, 2006


The first short track race of the year is upon us"¦it is time to rejoice for the fans and time to buckle up for the drivers! Four races worth of hostilities toward their fellow driver might just allow for some score settling here at Bristol. The candidates for paybacks are plentiful. But perhaps the easiest feud to handicap is the Tony "Smoke" Stewart versus Kyle "The Shrub" Busch. They might be able to turn this sideshow part of the race weekend into a pay-per-view event"¦supporting many worthy charities of course! Perhaps needs to have a proposition bet on how many laps it will be until Tony gives Kyle a little love tap. One thing’s for sure…get the popcorn ready before the race this week, folks. Boring racing is gone, and it is time for “Racin’ the Way It Oughta Be” to Return!

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

Horses for Courses

Driver Course
C Edwards 95.4
J Johnson 94.8
T Stewart 91.2
M Martin 89.4
K Kahne 89.4
G Biffle 88.4
D Earnhardt Jr 87
J McMurray 86
J Burton 85.6
J Gordon 85.4

Consistency Factor

Driver Last 5
M Martin 93.8
M Kenseth 93.2
K Kahne 92.8
J Johnson 92
C Mears 91.8
J Gordon 88.6
D Earnhardt Jr 86.4
D Jarrett 85.6
T Stewart 84.8
R Newman 84.4

Track Type Factor

Driver Type
J Mayfield 92.6
J Gordon 90
C Mears 89.8
J Green 89.8
K Kahne 89
D Blaney 87.4
Ky Busch 86
K Petty 86
M Kenseth 85.2
D Hamlin 85.2

Power Rating

Driver Last 5 Type Course Power
M Kenseth 93.2 85.2 93 271
J Gordon 88.6 90 85.6 264
D Earnhardt Jr 86.4 81.6 93.2 261
K Kahne 92.8 89 76.2 258
J Johnson 92 76.4 88 256
M Martin 93.8 84.6 77.6 256
C Mears 91.8 89.8 71.8 253
K Harvick 81.6 83.2 88 253
T Stewart 84.8 83.2 84.6 253
J Mayfield 76.6 92.6 83.2 252
Ku Busch 79.6 82.6 90 252
G Biffle 83 79.6 88.6 251
E Sadler 81.4 81.2 87.2 250
Ky Busch 84.4 86 79.2 250
J Burton 81.6 83.6 80.8 246
M Truex 83 76.8 86 246
R Newman 84.4 76 85 245
J McMurray 81.8 75.4 86.4 244
C Edwards 81.4 84.6 75.6 242
C Bowyer 83.2 81.4 76.6 241

Handicapping the Race

Win: Kevin Harvick
He loves this track…all he needs is better luck to win.

Place: Mark Martin
Mister Consistency has 20 Top 10 finishes here to go with 2 wins at Bristol.

Show: Matt Kenseth
Outstanding pit crew comes in handy here.

Top Rookie: Denny Hamlin
Should feel right at home on a short track.

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Trevor Buhr
03/24/2006 11:28 AM

Remember when the #20 punted the #17 at the beach? They may have smoothed over differences, but watch out at Bristol if they’re racing side-by-side!


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