Thursday, May 31, 2012

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: The Monster Mile




Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Bristol Raceway •  Martinsville Speedway 
Phoenix International Raceway •  Richmond International Raceway
Distance: 1 Mile

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Both with 5 - Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards
Greg Biffle - 4
All with 3 - Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Mark Martin

By Track
All with 7 - Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, and Carl Edwards
Kyle Busch - 5
All with 4 - Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick

Recent Pole Winners:  
2011 Rained out
2010 Martin Truex, Jr.

The Likely Suspects: Just as is the case for restrictor-plate racing there are drivers who simply excel at short tracks, and then there is a pedigree that is simply awesome at Dover International Speedway.  These elite drivers include: Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin and Kyle Busch. I'd also look for Jeff Burton and Ryan Newman to run well this week as well.

My 2 Cents: It is important to note that Hendrick Motorsports has 13 Sprint Cup wins at Dover. So my no-brainer pick this week is Jimmie Johnson. I'll pair him up with Matt Kenseth. Carl Edwards is also a good pick, but Matt's record is just a tad better, so Matt gets the nod.

My next four drivers have definitely mastered the Monster Mile. They are: Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin and Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer were very tempting, but I thought Martin and Truex had a stronger record overall. I topped off my team with Casey Mears and David Ragan. Since Dover is my home track maybe I'll see you there. Enjoy the race!

Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com.

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