Contender or Pretender: Dover 2
by Ryan Rantz, Special To NASCAR news, fantasy racing advice and statistics On Pit Row
Ryan is an avid Fantasy Racer and is a student of this aspect of the sport. You can find me on twitter at twitter.com/ifantasyrace, and yes I do my own tweets.September 21, 2010 3:35 pm UTC 4 Comments
Jimmie Johnson (Contender) – Johnson’s championship hopes have not faded away. They’re not gone for two reasons. He finished worse at Texas last year and still cruised to the championship and he’s pretty good at Dover.
Johnson has won two out of the past three Dover races and if he wasn’t caught speeding on pit road this spring he could easily be three for three. His average running position for the last three Dover races is 2.3. Over this time period he’s led 794 laps and his next closest competitor has only led 131 laps. His near perfect driver rating of 142.9 says it all (150′s perfect).
Mark Martin (Pretender) – Mark Martin’s career Dover numbers are off the charts. However this springs 15th place finish is fully representative of how competitive this teams been in 2010. He’s only finished in the top ten once in the last fourteen races and momentum counts in fantasy racing. If you think momentum doesn’t count then you go and pick a drivers who’s been struggling lately.
Kyle Busch (Contender) – Kyle Busch is the spring winner at Dover and is second to Johnson in laps lead at the monster mile over the last three races (131 laps led). Dover fits his aggressive driving style and he’s been a natural since he first raced here. In his first two races at Dover he finished second twice. Since then only problems have kept him out of the top five.
Denny Hamlin (Pretender) – Hamlin finished fourth this spring at Dover, but not so fast. His fourth place finish was an extremely rare Denny Hamlin moment of success at the Monster mile. He normally always is about a 20th place car. Last fall he finished 22nd and had an average running position of 18th. Also since this is Dover I can’t forget one of my favorite Denny Hamlin moments.
Carl Edwards (Contender) – Carl Edwards has done a back flip at Dover before and this Sunday he might be doing one again. In the last eight Dover races Carl Edwards hasn’t finished worse than 11th. Another impressive feat of his over this time period is that he’s led ten or more laps in every race but two. His 7.9 Dover average finish is the best in the series.
Ryan Newman (Pretender) – Ryan Newman owned Dover between 2002 and 2005. Since then he’s only finished in the top five once and has an average finish of 14th (not bad, but not as good as he once was). Before 2006 his average finish was 6.5 and he recorded three wins between 2002 and 2005.