The Frontstretch: Payback, Part Deux: Martinsville Fantasy Insight by Dennis Michelsen -- Wednesday March 29, 2006

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Payback, Part Deux: Martinsville Fantasy Insight

Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday March 29, 2006

 

Let’s see…we started the season with a taste of high speed NASCAR. Then we had a double helping of the new NASCAR. Last week, we got a little taste of bumper banging at NASCAR’s premier track on the circuit, Bristol! Now, it’s time to turn back the clocks and grab a nice Martinsville hot dog (or two, or three"¦) and enjoy a taste of NASCAR past. Shaped like two drag strips with two U-turns at either end, this place tests the patience of both driver and crew chief alike! Just like Bristol, thoe one will keep fabricators busy at the shop on Monday, as the market on rumpled sheet metal can outdo the gross national product of some third-world countries in an average race. Bristol was racing the way it ought to be…this is simple racing the way it was.

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By the Numbers-Statistical Look at This Week’s Race
(Detailed stats at http://www.stockcarpitpass.com/stats.html)

Horses For Courses

Driver Car # Course Rating
Jimmie Johnson 48 96.4
Jeff Gordon 24 96.4
Ryan Newman 12 94.6
Jamie McMurray 26 90.2
Tony Stewart 20 88
Matt Kenseth 17 88
Jeff Burton 31 86.6
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 86.4
Kurt Busch 2 85.8
Kevin Harvick 29 84.2

Consistency Factor

Driver Car # Last 5 Races
Kasey Kahne 9 94
Matt Kenseth 17 93.2
Mark Martin 6 93
Jimmie Johnson 48 92
Kyle Busch 5 88.8
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 88
Casey Mears 42 87.2
Jeff Gordon 24 86.2
Tony Stewart 20 85.4
Dale Jarrett 88 85

Track Type Factor

Driver Car # Short Track Rating
Tony Stewart 20 92.2
Bobby Labonte 43 91.6
Ryan Newman 12 91.2
Jimmie Johnson 48 90.8
Jeff Burton 31 90.8
Kyle Busch 5 90.2
Jeff Gordon 24 89
Martin Truex, Jr. 1 89
Kurt Busch 2 88.4
Denny Hamlin 11 88.2

Power Rating

Driver Car # Last 5 Races Short Track Rating Course Rating Power Rating
Jimmie Johnson 48 92 90.8 96.4 279
Jeff Gordon 24 86.2 89 96.4 272
Ryan Newman 12 84 91.2 94.6 270
Tony Stewart 20 85.4 92.2 88 266
Matt Kenseth 17 93.2 83 88 264
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 88 86.8 86.4 261
Mark Martin 6 83.6 83.6 82.2 259
Kyle Busch 5 88.8 90.2 79.2 258
Jeff Burton 31 80.6 90.8 86.6 258
Kasey Kahne 9 94 80.6 83.4 258
Kurt Busch 2 80 88.4 85.8 254
Jamie McMurray 26 79.4 81.6 90.2 251
Bobby Labonte 43 75 91.6 83.2 250
Kevin Harvick 29 82.8 82.2 84.2 249
Greg Biffle 16 81.8 87.8 79 249
Dale Jarrett 88 85 80.8 81 247
Carl Edwards 99 81.4 86 79.2 247
Denny Hamlin 11 80.8 88.2 74.4 243
Elliott Sadler 38 83.4 77.8 78.4 240
Martin Truex, Jr. 1 80 89 70 239

Handicapping the Race
Win: Ryan Newman
From the pole as usual, too.

Place: Matt Kenseth
In championship form right now.

Show: Mark Martin
I am not about to pick against this crazy old man.

Top Rookie: Martin Truex, Jr.
Still smarting from Bristol, but does good on flat tracks.

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