Sometimes in Group B there are only four or five drivers worth selecting from. This week, I think there are a number of drivers who could have success.
Jamie McMurray and Regan Smith have both had success at Darlington. While the statistics for these two drivers may say, “Pick me,” you will not find either of them on my team.
McMurray has been in a long slump and he just does not seem to be the driver he used to be.
Smith won the Southern 500 last year, but he did not dominate the race by any means.
He won as a result of fuel millage. He has raced at Darlington in the Sprint Cup Series four times in his career and his victory last year is his only finish inside the top 15 at the racetrack.
Here are my selections for Yahoo Group B:
Ryan Newman is the best pick in Group B.
The problem I have is that I have already used Newman four times this year. I have not decided if I will start Newman this week, but he usually qualifies near the front and the 10 bonus points for winning the pole will surely help my team.
Newman has 13 career starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington. He has nine top-10 finishes, seven top-five finishes, led 325 laps and has one pole. Newman’s 2,073 laps in the top 15 (80.5 percent) are the second-most.
Newman will finish near the top five on Saturday night.
After a horrible start to the 2012 season, Kasey Kahne is starting to heat up. Kahne has a streak of four top-10 finishes and a streak of two top-five finishes going. Kahne has had success at Darlington as well.
Kahne has raced at Darlington nine times in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Kahne has three top-five finishes, won four poles and has led 295 laps. His 165 fastest laps run are the third-most.
Kahne will start up front on Saturday and will be battling for a top-10 finish.
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. has cooled down after his hot start to the 2012 season. Truex has finished outside the top 25 in the last two races. I am looking for Truex to bounce back at Darlington.
Truex has raced six times at Darlington in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. Truex only has two top-10 finishes at Darlington, but both came in his last three starts at the racetrack. Truex has never finished outside the top 20 at Darlington.
Truex will make his return to the top 10 this week in the race on Saturday night.
Like Newman, I would hate to use another start with Greg Biffle. I have used Biffle four times this year and it is the main reason I am rated in the top-550 overall players in Yahoo Fantasy Auto Racing.
You never know what is going to happen later in the year, so I will use Biffle while he is hot.
Biffle has raced at Darlington 11 times in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career. He has five top-10 finishes, two top-five finishes, won two races, one pole and led 639 laps. Biffle has a series-high 254 fastest last run. His green-flag speed of 159.342 is fourth-best.
Biffle will be one of the drivers competing for a win on Saturday night.
Other good picks: Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Clint Bowyer