The Frontstretch: Fantasy Insight: Richmond by Dennis Michelsen -- Wednesday May 3, 2006

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Fantasy Insight: Richmond

Saturday Night is Made for Beating and Banging · Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday May 3, 2006


One of the best NASCAR events of the year comes this weekend; Saturday night under the lights at Richmond! You just know someone is going to be mad at someone else before this race is over! Short track racing brings the tempers to the boiling point, but it gets even worse under the lights. Maybe it is that "Saturday Night Fights" mentality but the tempers seem to burst quicker at night! Richmond might be the most perfect track ever built, giving us lap after lap of side-by-side racing. Does it get any better than this? Saturday night is made for beating and banging"¦NASCAR style!

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

Horses For Courses

Driver Car # Course Rating
Jeremy Mayfield 19 91.2
Ryan Newman 12 91
Mark Martin 6 89.4
Matt Kenseth 17 89.2
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 89.2
Bobby Labonte 43 89
Greg Biffle 16 88.4
Tony Stewart 20 88.2
Kyle Busch 5 87
Kevin Harvick 29 86.4

Consistency Factor

Driver Car # Rating Last 5 Races
Tony Stewart 20 96
Matt Kenseth 17 92.4
Kevin Harvick 29 92.4
Jimmie Johnson 48 89.6
Carl Edwards 99 87.6
Mark Martin 6 86.2
Jeff Gordon 24 86
Kasey Kahne 9 84.6
Jeff Burton 31 84.2
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 84

Track Type Factor

Driver Car # 3 / 4 Mile Track Rating
Jeremy Mayfield 19 91.2
Ryan Newman 12 91
Mark Martin 6 89.4
Matt Kenseth 17 89.2
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 89.2
Bobby Labonte 43 89
Greg Biffle 16 88.4
Tony Stewart 20 88.2
Kyle Busch 5 87
Kevin Harvick 29 86.4

Power Rating

Driver Car # Rating Last 5 Races 3 / 4 Mile Track Rating Course Rating Total
Tony Stewart 20 96 88.2 88.2 272
Matt Kenseth 17 92.4 89.2 89.2 271
Kevin Harvick 29 92.4 86.4 86.4 265
Mark Martin 6 86.2 89.4 89.4 265
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 84 89.2 89.2 262
Bobby Labonte 43 83.6 89 89 262
Jeremy Mayfield 19 78 91.2 91.2 260
Ryan Newman 12 76.6 91 91 259
Kasey Kahne 9 84.6 86 86 257
Kyle Busch 5 82.4 87 87 256
Greg Biffle 16 77.6 88.4 88.4 254
Jeff Gordon 24 86 84.2 84.2 254
Jeff Burton 31 84.2 85 85 254
Carl Edwards 99 87.6 83.2 83.2 254
Jimmie Johnson 48 89.6 80.4 80.4 250
Kurt Busch 2 84 82.6 82.6 249
Tony Raines 96 78.8 85.2 85.2 249
Elliott Sadler 38 81 83.4 83.4 248
Jamie McMurray 26 82.4 80.4 80.4 243
Brian Vickers 25 83.2 78.6 78.6 240

Handicapping the Race
Win: Tony Stewart

Richmond reinforced the fence and is ready for a Smoke victory!

Place: Kevin Harvick

No one does better burnouts than Harvick, and they look so cool at night!

Show: Greg Biffle

Should be out of ways to lose a race by now.

Top Rookie: Denny Hamlin

Will be impressive back on the short track.

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05/04/2006 10:36 AM

Dale Earnhardt Jr is just an average driver. His name makes him special. Without someone great to set up the cars, he will be just another driver. Jr needs to have the best car to win. He can’t win with an average car. A great driver makes an average team GREAT. An average driver does nothing to improve a team. DEI is not getting any better. Jr needs a strong team behind him to be great. RCR would be a perfect fit for JR.

mike hug
05/04/2006 12:20 PM

jim failed to mention the great drivers currently winning with just an average team???


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