Ah, the Bristol night race is upon us. And while the Chase format has watered down this race as no one driver wants to actually race a Chase contender and up knock him into the wall, its still one of the better races of the year. If they really wanted to spruce things up they could have moved this race to the first race of the Chase instead of Chicagoland, but that’s a different column. So without further ado, lets get into some numbers and see which drivers you want on your fantasy team this weekend.
With Roush Fenway seeming to have come around the last few weeks, look no further than the tandem of Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle to lead the way for your team this weekend. Biffle has finished fourth the last two trips and three of the last five times at the half-mile bullring. And here’s an impressive stat for you: with the exception of a blown motor in 2009, the Biff has finished on the lead lap in every race he’s run here except for two and of those two he was only one lap down. That’s impressive for this venue.
With two wins and an average finish of 13th, Edwards has a pretty good track record here. With six straight finishes for seventh or better in 2010 he has momentum too. Put these two things together and you’ve got a guy contending for the win.
Who Will Carry You
This week’s dark ponies include: Brad Keselowski, Marcos Ambrose and Paul Menard. Brad only has one Cup race to his credit here, but he came from 36th to 13th in that event. After last week’s stinker at Michigan, Brad and Penske Racing as a whole will have worked that much harder during the week to get back on track this weekend. Ambrose also doesn’t have a lot of races under his belt at Bristol. Three to be exact. But in those three he’s posted a pair of top 10s and a top five. Plus he’s still cheap, so grab him for this weekend.
Gonna be honest here, Menard is kind of a flyer this week as a pick. He’s never finished better than 16th and has an average finish of just 23rd. But he’s run so much better this year than in years past I really think he will rebound from last week’s stinker and post a top 20.
Who Will Bury You
Stay away from Joey Logano this weekend. He’s been horrible here. Three races and two finishes of 30th or worse. Earlier this year he landed on the pole, but couldn’t follow it up with a good finish, coming home 27th. And after last week with his run in with Ryan Newman we may see some payback this Saturday night. Avoid him this weekend.
Well what a difference a week makes. At Watkins Glen I put three drivers in the top 10 including picking the winner, and I wind up 31st. Last weekend my team also had three drivers in the top 10 and I picked the winner and I wound up 2nd overall for the week! Not too shabby, although it’s becoming clear I won’t overcome the computer glitch that cost me several hundred points and have no shot at winning. Unless my editor decides that a made-for-TV playoff system where we reset everyone’s points with ten races to go would be a good idea. But he’s a lot smarter than that.
So there you have it, your fantasy breakdown for this weekend. Now go set your line-ups! If you are playing Frontstretch’s Game of Tomorrow the standings are up and you may go and gaze upon my team sitting in the second position for last week. While you are there set your lineups for Bristol and I wish you all good luck and we’ll see you back here in two weeks as we take a look at who you are going to want for Atlanta. Y’all have a good weekend!