Rain at Daytona: Weather wreaking havoc on Fantasy NASCAR picks!

Not fair. After what seems more like months rather than 10 days of preliminary activities leading up to the pinnacle race, the Daytona 500, we begin this exciting day by not beginning. Yes, the dreaded rain delay. Arggh. Really?

Like the Daytona 500 isn’t hard enough for Fantasy NASCAR picks? Basically the dartboard and/or calling the Psychic Network could work equally well. The beauty and frustration of Daytona is that virtual unknowns can win this race. In the immortal words of TV character Adrian Monk “it’s a gift and a curse.”

That being said how did I pick? I tried to pick drivers I think will finish which is really important at Daytona since Turn 4 tends to gobble up cars as well as pack racing mishaps. Will any of my guys win? Maybe, but remember I go for top 10 results.

I picked Kevin Harvick over Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards. If I didn’t go with Harvick I would have gone with steady-as-you-go/even-tempered Matt Kenseth. My next decision was about restrictor plate racing notables. Yup, I went with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He has a fast car this weekend and he is a restrictor racing great.

Then think Fords. Fords are running fast this weekend so I wanted to add a Ford that was starting up front, so Greg Biffle was my pick. I was very tempted by Marcos Ambrose and Clint Bowyer. I nixed Clint because the Toyotas aren’t pushing well and as much as I really love Marcos I thought he was too risky. I rounded out my team with Elliott Sadler who is experienced and could have won the 2009 Daytona 500 if not for a costly strategic mistake that earned Matt Kenseth the win. And, oh yeah, rain played a major factor that day too. Oh boy.

Hopefully we’ll great a full race in today. Whenever it starts — Enjoy!

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Taking a risky move at Talladega!

Inspired by today’s drivers I am taking a risky move on my Fantasy picks: Kevin Harvick (no risk, I hope); Brad Keselowski (medium risk); Joey Logano (usually no risk high risk though the Toyotas aren’t looking good this weekend and he is paired with Kyle Busch who hasn’t performed well at Talladega); and David Ragan (virtually no risk).

Anything goes here … so enjoy the race. Should be very eventful!

Will the Roushasteers keep the tradition at Michigan?

Roush Fenway drivers love Michigan International Speedway and why shouldn’t they? Carl Edwards’ Nationwide win yesterday brought the win total to 21 at MIS! Matt is having a great day so far as is Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards. Could Carl sweep this week. Keeping up with track condition will be crucial.

I’m loving how many different grooves there are to work with. I’m hoping for a great day for Dale Earnhardt and very curious if Kevin Harvick can keep on keepin’ on. Pretty impressive coming from the back. Great driving and hopefully the pit crew won’t disappoint.

So my picks this week are: Kevin Harvick; Dale Jr.; Brian Vickers and Paul Menard.

Enjoy the rest of the race … and Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!

Anger management & making switches smooth the trick at Talladega today?

lt seems like the track that’s always eaten up cars and impatient drivers offers a new, equally wild option with the two-car draft. Here’s what Dale and Juan Pablo had to say about it: Dale,  Juan Pablo.  Clint had a funny comment about his strategy being trying not to wreck!

Should be an interesting day at the track and hopefully less chaotic than the Nationwide race.

Crossing my fingers and toes: here are my picks: Kevin Harvick; Clint Bowyer; Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; and David Ragan.


Will the restrictor-plate greats rule or will it be the underdogs?

The restrictor-plate super speedways have their top tier drivers: Dale Earnhardt Jr.; Clint Bowyer; Carl Edwards; Kevin Harvick; Kurt Busch; cool and collected Matt Kenseth (good skills to have at Talladega); Denny Hamlin; Tony Stewart and Juan Pablo Montoya. They know how to drive fast cars, can pick good drafting partners and can mostly stay out of trouble. That last one is very important as well as coming from strong engine shops. You gotta be there at the end to win.

The dark horses may rule the day though. Remember our season opener and the driver who is now a household name — Trevor Bayne? Guys like David Ragan; David Reutimann; A.J. Allmendinger; Travis Kvapil; Brad Kesolowski and Joey Logano could come out and surprise us — as long as their engines and driver wisdom hold out. And wouldn’t it be great to see drivers like Bill Elliott and Michael Waltrip run well?

This season has provided some amazing race endings and with the multi-car draft and the mere fact that it is Talladega, we should have a good one tomorrow. Remember the Bowyer/Harvick finish in October? Check it out on You Tube. Here’s some cool race preview info: Click here.

Harvick makes it two in a row!

I didn’t see that one coming! What an exciting race — another one right down to the last lap. In the end Kevin Harvick pulled it out. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. had an impressive run. I really thought he was going to win. Juan Pablo was in the hunt there at the end, too. Very cool race.

I know it’s chick thing, but I thought it was classy for Junior to go up to Kyle as soon as he got out of his car. To Kyle’s credit he took it well and congratulated Junior as well even though he must have been tremendously disappointed. Both Dale and Kyle could have tried to spin each other out, but they didn’t. Lots of maturity there.

The crash with Truex and Kayne was pretty scary. With a stuck throttle Truex couldn’t do anything to avoid the crash. Thankfully neither driver was hurt. Another act of class when Truex ran over to Kane’s car to make sure he was okay. Click here for more on the fiery crash.

On to Texas next week for a Saturday race under the lights.

Harvick pulls off last lap win!

Wow. Now that was a race to the finish. Kevin Harvick let Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson battle it out and seemed to come out of nowhere. All of a sudden he was on Jimmie Johnson’s back bumper. Totally cool.

It is great to see Brian Vickers, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. running with so much consistency. And how about Paul Menard now sitting pretty in 5th place in the standings?! This has been an awesome start to the 2011 season with a different winner for each of the five races.

Now onto one of my favorite tracks – Martinsville Speedway. We can easily predict more than a few cautions and some testy tempers there. Gotta love it.

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