The Frontstretch: Still the Fire Cracker 400 to Me-Fantasy Insight by Dennis Michelsen -- Wednesday June 29, 2005

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Still the Fire Cracker 400 to Me-Fantasy Insight

Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday June 29, 2005


I know this is supposed to be the “Pepsi 400” this year, but just once could we bring back the old name? 135,000 soldiers are still stationed over in Iraq, with more in Afghanistan. Since this race honors the beginning of our great Nation, our Independence Day, can’t we honor today’s heroes by bringing back an old name? Perhaps the Fire Cracker 400 Presented by Pepsi would have a great ring! This Fourth of July Holiday fly your flag with pride! Maybe spend just a few hours of this holiday giving thanks to our troops by visiting a Veterans Hospital or helping out a local family with loved ones in harms way. If you happen to run into someone in uniform stop and thank them for their sacrifice to honor our freedom. No matter how you feel about this so-called “War on Terror,” you have to respect the way our servicemen and women have represented our great Nation. That deserves our thanks and NASCAR’s honoring of our great Nation by bringing back an old name. Enjoy the Fire Cracker 400 this week!


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*Fire Cracker 400 by the Numbers  *

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Daytona Horses for Courses Ratings Top Five

Dale Earnhardt Jr, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie
Johnson, Dale Jarrett

Consistency Ratings Top Five

Rusty Wallace, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Jeremy Mayfield,
Greg Biffle

Power Ratings Top Five

Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Jarrett,
Michael Waltrip
Handicapping the Race

Top Pick (15th Last Week; 3 for 16 for Season, Expect Top 5)

Tony Stewart

Good chance to make it back to back wins and get this championship run cranked up

Strong Picks (2nd, 12th, 33rd Last Week; 23 for 47 for Season, Expect Top 10)

Dale Earnhardt Jr

This place can get this team out of their slump

Jimmie Johnson

Hendricks Team has a habit of bouncing back with strong races

Michael Waltrip

Always a threat when the Restrictor Plates are on

Hunch Bet (17th Last Week; 7 for 16 for Season, Expect Top 10)

Greg Biffle

Only guy to win here in a Ford in the last five years!

Longshot (18th Last Week; 6 for 16 for Season, Expect Top 15)

Sterling Marlin

Always a threat at Daytona and a huge overlay at 50-1 odds this week

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