Thursday, August 23, 2012

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Short-tracking at Bristol

Track Classification: Short Track
Similar Tracks: Dover International Speedway • Phoenix International Raceway 
MartinsvilleSpeedway • Richmond International Raceway
Distance: .533 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Ryan Newman - 5
Both with 4 - Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth
All with 3 - Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin

By Track
Matt Kenseth - 8
All with 6 - Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson
Both with 5 - Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle

Recent Pole Winners: 
2011 Ryan Newman
2010 Jimmie Johnson

The Likely Suspects: Short-track racing brings out the worst and best in a driver and this race will be no exception. Prepare yourself for a nail-biting finish as the last seven Bristol races had margins of victory under one second. I think this group of drivers will be significant players at the finish: Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer. Don't overlook Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Brad Keselowski. Both have momentum going into this race and run very well at Bristol.

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer picks this week are Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. This week will be a strong indicator of whether Busch can climb back into Chase contention. My next choices are Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. My final picks are Brian Vickers and David Ragan. Note that Martin Truex Jr. and Greg Biffle are also fine options. Enjoy the race!

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