The Frontstretch: Avoiding Coming Up Craps- Fantasy Insight Las Vegas by Dennis Michelsen -- Wednesday March 9, 2005

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Avoiding Coming Up Craps- Fantasy Insight Las Vegas

Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday March 9, 2005


After one week with the new spoiler rule some teams got crabby and others just went out and had a strong race. Will the new smaller spoiler and required gear ratios lead to better racing? I have my concerns after seeing the result at California Speedway two weeks ago. That track is wide and has a history of good side-by-side racing. Now we head to Vegas that have featured more single file racing in the past. Two weeks ago we also saw that Roush Racing came ready to race! Six of the top eleven finishers at California had Yates-Roush power under the hood. Now add a tighter track and horsepower could rule even more. Las Vegas is all about gambling and this week we see which NASCAR Crew Chief cashes in on his gamble when he rolls the dice on the race setup.

Week two is in the books!

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Check out for the complete Power Ratings for Las Vegas.

Vegas Ratings Top Five
Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, and Kurt Busch

Consistency Ratings Top Five
Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and Mark Martin

Power Ratings Top Five
Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, and Bobby Labonte

Handicapping the Race

Top Pick (9th Last Week; 1 for 2 for Season)
Mark Martin- Mr. Consistency will lead a strong Roush Racing contingent

Strong Picks (2nd, 7th, 40th Last Week; 4 for 6 for Season)
Kurt Busch- Hometown star will be tough to beat

Kasey Kahne-Grabbed his first pole here last season and had a strong runner up finish

Matt Kenseth- Should bounce back strong

Hunch Bet (10th Last Week; 1 for 2 for Season)
Carl Edwards-Yes this guy is as good as he looks so far

Longshot Bet (35th Last Week; 0 for 2 for Season)
Brian Vickers-This is the kind of track this kid should love

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