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Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday September 14, 2005
I would like to apologize to my colleagues at the Frontstretch and my readers that often write to tell me how much they like Fantasy Insight. When this became a regular staple here on the Frontstretch I didn’t think it would be missed this much if I had to take a month off! But now I am back and hopefully my handicapping will be better than ever.
This week we have the challenge of one of the most boring tracks in NASCAR, the New Hampshire International Speedway. Many of the Chase for the Championship teams tested here and you know they will come prepared for the playoff season. But a few of the non-chasers should also do well. Will this be the week Jeff Burton finally gets a decent car to drive over at RCR? Very few drivers have a record that compares with JB’s at this track.
One would think that Jeff Gordon would come out swinging with a lot to prove. But this team has just not gotten the job done in the past few months and this doesn’t look like the place to get that trend turned around. Pit strategy also comes into play here so that makes this one just a little tougher to handicap. Sometimes when it comes to pit strategy it pays to look at which teams are running consistently from week to week.
Not surprisingly four out of the top five drivers in the “Consistency Ratings” come from the Roush Racing stable. Smart money might stick with the “Cat in the Hat” again this week.
Get in the Game!
Next week kicks off the fourth and final installment of “Last One Standing” for this season. It’s free to enter and fun to play! “JAWS”; and “A Rusty Cat” will fight it out in the finals this week for the right to call themselves the best Fantasy Race Game player of the past nine weeks!
Sylvania 300 by the Numbers
Horses for Courses (Top Drivers at NHIS)
1 Jimmie Johnson
2 Matt Kenseth
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr
4 Ryan Newman
5 Kurt Busch
Consistency Ratings (Top Drivers in Last Five Races)
1 Greg Biffle
2 Tony Stewart
3 Mark Martin
4 Matt Kenseth
5 Kurt Busch
Overall Power Ratings (Our Exclusive Forecasting Model)
1 Matt Kenseth
2 Kurt Busch
3 Jimmie Johnson
4 Ryan Newman
5 Tony Stewart
The complete statistics for this week can be found at [[RaceTeamUSA]] the exclusive statistical web site for Frontstretch.
Mark Martin – Will head a strong Roush push for the title
Kurt Busch – Tough to beat on a flat track
Tony Stewart- No one is racing better right now
Matt Kenseth – Has momentum on his side
Greg Biffle – Could get back on a roll again
Joe Nemechek (35-1 Odds) – Was victorious as a longshot here in 1999
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