2012 Stats: Points Finish 12th, 1 Win, 10 Top Fives, 20 Top Tens, Average Running Position 11.6, Average Finish 10.9, Laps Led 358, Driver Rating 95.9 Strengths- Dale Earnhardt Jr. is at his best on intermediate tracks, short tracks and flat tracks. His plate racing success is somewhat “sporadic”. Another strength of Junior’s is Hendrick [...]
Jimmie Johnson – Jimmie Johnson arguably had the best car at Phoenix earlier this year. His car could roll through the center of the turns better than anyone and when he was out in front of the field the #48 was tenths quicker than the competition. The race wasn’t trouble free for him though. Just [...]
Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. has been strong on 1.5 mile tracks all season long. At these venues he has a 7.8 average finish (tied for second best) and a 8.4 average running position. Only Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin rank better than him in that statistical category. Also in the nine races [...]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is now medically cleared and will race at Martinsville. He’s been headache free for sometime now and hasn’t experienced any concussion symptoms recently.
Clint Bowyer – Clint Bowyer had a good car in April. During the final restart he was in third but he got caught up in his “Hail Mary” move and finished 10th. After Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson it’s easy to make the case he had the third best car. His driver rating was the [...]
AJ Allmendinger will return behind the wheel of the #51 at Charlotte. He’ll be replacing Regan Smith who is replacing Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the #88. In terms of fantasy potential I would expect AJ Allmendinger to finish between 20th and 25th.
Matt Kenseth – Matt Kenseth is the defending champion of the Bank Of America 500. Last year he started in 2nd, led 46 laps and earned the best driver rating (136.0). From a career perspective Charlotte has been a very good track for him. He won his first race here in 2000 and has finished [...]
Clint Bowyer – Clint Bowyer has five straight top tens at Talladega and he’s won the last two fall races. Since the second Dega race of 2007 he’s only finished lower than 12th once. If you want a safe pick he’s your guy. Not to many drivers enjoy this big 2.66 mile track but he [...]
Kasey Kahne – Kasey Kahne had a good car in June but he wasn’t as good as his Hendrick teammates. He finished 9th and had a 12th place average running position. Last fall he had his only top five finish at this speedway. In 17 Dover races he’s only finished in the top ten in [...]
Denny Hamlin What to expect / Areas of concern: The #11 team screwed up in qualifying but Hamlin has 300 laps to fix that mistake. That’s more than enough for him. Long runs will be important in the Sylvania 300 and Hamlin’s car is fast over long runs. His average practice speed is 1st and [...]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with his car. They are close to where they need to be. They focused on fine tuning in Happy for the New Hampshire Sylvania 300. Make sure you check out Practice #2 Notes, Practice #1 Notes and Happy Hour Speeds and Happy Hour 10 Lap Averages and [...]
Jimmie Johnson – In July Johnson started in 7th and finished 7th. He was better than that though. He was a driver who got burned by the last caution. When the last yellow flag waved it was in the middle of the pit cycle and Johnson just pitted. He was put a lap down but [...]
Brad Keselowski – Last year at Chicagoland Keselowski started in 6th and finished 5th. I wouldn’t say he was 5th place good though. His average running position was 11th and benefited when the competition ran out of gas. I like Keselowski in the Geico 400 based off his recent performances at 1.5 mile tracks. He [...]
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Denny Hamlin What to expect / Areas of concern: After qualifying Hamlin said that sometimes he practices good and races poorly at Richmond and other times he practices poorly and wins. Today he said his practice was mediocre. That’s good enough for me because he’s the hottest driver in NASCAR and his track record is [...]