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Yahoo Group B will give fantasy NASCAR players many good drivers to choose from. Some drivers in Group B dominate at PIR, others have had success in the past and some would be good sleeper picks for your team.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. used to own PIR. He finished all of the races from 2002-05 in the top five with two wins. He only has one top-ten finish at PIR in his last eight races. Hendrick Motorsports will give him a good car, but I don’t think he will compete for the win.
Kurt Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya would be great sleeper picks if you want to take a gamble this week. Both drivers finished in the top 15 in both of the races at PIR last season. There are not many races to use these drivers, so if you feel lucky, roll the dice.
Here are the four drivers I selected for Group B and stats from the NASCAR Media Center based upon the last four races at PIR….
Kyle Busch has not won at PIR since 2005, but he was outstanding on the new pavement last season.
Busch finished the race last March in sixth place and the race last November in third place. He had a series-high 465 quality passes, the third-best driver ranking of 99.9, the fourth-fastest average green flag speed of 124.83, and the second-most laps in the top 15.
Wild Thing is my pick to win the race this week.
Greg Biffle is becoming the lead driver for Roush Fenway Racing. He is the team’s best bet to go to victory lane on Sunday.
In the last four races at PIR, Biffle has been good. His average finish of 10.7 is fourth-best and he has a driver rating of 88.9. His 276 fastest laps are fourth-most and his 687 green flag passes are the sixth-most.
Biffle will have momentum at PIR after a sixth-place finish in the Daytona 500. He would be a good choice this week at PIR.
This is the week to use Ryan Newman on your team. PIR is one of his best racetracks.
Newman has finished in the top five in five of the last six races at PIR. His average finish of 9.1 over the last four races is third-best and his 444 quality passes are the third-most.
Newman has four career poles at PIR and is my pick to win the pole this week.
Mark Martin is racing a limited schedule in 2013. It would be wise to try and get nine starts out of him this season. PIR is a great place to start.
When Martin raced for Roush Racing, he owned PIR. From 1992-2002 he finished every race but one in the top 10. Although he is not the driver he used to be, he still finished both races at the racetrack in the top 10 last year.
If Ryan Newman does not win the poll this week, there is a good chance that Martin will.
Other good choices: Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya.