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The selections for Group B will depend on how your team has performed in the first two weeks.
If your team is at the top of your league standings, it may be smart to take a gamble with a driver. If you had two poor weeks, it is time to select the top drivers and try to make your way back to the top.
Two drivers who would be worth a gamble this week include Marcos Ambrose and Paul Menard. Ambrose finished No. 13 in last year’s Kobalt Tools 400 and No. 4 in the 2011 race. Menard finished No. 7 last year and No. 12 in 2011. Both drivers may be worth the risk.
Here are the four drivers I selected for Group B and stats from the NASCAR Media Center based upon their career stats at Las Vegas….
Every year a Group B driver outperforms most of the drivers in Group A. I think Carl Edwards will be that driver in 2013.
Edwards had a hangover in 2012 after almost winning the championship in 2011. I think the hangover is over. Edwards broke his 70-race winless streak last week at Phoenix. Now he will race at one of his best racetracks.
In his career at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Edwards has two wins, three top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes. His driver rating of 98.2 is sixth-best, his 303 quality passes are second-most and he has a series-high 524 green flag passes.
Edwards should be up front at the end of the Kobalt Tools 400.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The word in the garage is the Gen-6 car drives like the car that was used early in Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s career. Earnhardt had much more success in the old car than he had in the Gen-5 car used from 2007-2012.
Earnhardt has never won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he has finished races up front. In his career, Earnhardt has two top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes.
Earnhardt is a driver who can get on a hot streak. Currently he is No. 2 in the point standings. I would suggest using him while he is hot.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of Greg Biffle’s best racetracks. He is one of my picks to qualify up front on Sunday.
Biffle has not had much success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the last two years. His average finish is 15.5, but he does have the third-best driver rating of 113.6. The driver rating is a more accurate gauge of how the driver performed in the race.
In his career Biffle has two top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes and one pole. His average running position of 9.7 is second-best and his 1,690 laps run in the top 15 are the second-most in the series.
If Biffle looks good in Happy Hour practice, use him on your team.
Marcos Ambrose is my sleeper pick this week. Everyone knows that Ambrose must be on their team at the road courses, but most people do not realize that Las Vegas Motor Speedway is one of his best oval racetracks.
In the last two races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Ambrose has the fourth-best average finish of 8.5. He also has the fourth-best average starting position of 8.5 and a 92.1 driver rating.
There will not be many opportunities to use Ambrose throughout the season. This is one of them.
Other good choices: Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, Martin Truex, Jr. and Joey Logano