Fantasy NASCAR Team Crashes at Daytona
Ouch. That describes not only my, but a number of people's first week in the 2007 season of Fantasy NASCAR. Things were looking beautiful about half-way through the race, indeed, at the 150-lap make I was three-quarters of the way to brilliance. All four drivers in the top-10. This is looking pretty good...
Then disaster struck, and two of my four drivers were in the wall and out of the race.
Houston, we have a problem...
Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch were top picks, and it appeared that one of them was going to win the race. Kyle Busch was running right behind them, and with David Stremme running top-10, I had visions of a big-point day. Stewart got loose, Kurt bumped him, and both were done. The bonus points for both leading laps, and Busch leadin most, was of little solace.
And the kid told me to go with Gordon... He's my boy, and I didn't have faith. I thought it was going to be Stewart's race... at least I wasn't the only one on the sinking SS Smoke.
Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fans were let down when both crashed in separate wrecks late, taking them out of contention.
Then there was the last-lap crash, and Kyle Busch went from top-5 to 24th. Stremme wound up being my best finisher in 11th. The shake-up that occurred with the "Big One" was huge. Guys who were in the back moved up 10-20 spots.
Two players got it right on Yahoo, choosing race-winner Kevin Harvick, 2nd-place Mark Martin, pole-sitter David Gilliland finished 8th, and rookie David Ragan was 5th. 366 points... Wow. I would call that some serious luck, or Jedi Mind Trick stuff.
I can see picking Harvick, and Martin was a sentimental favorite. Then again he was in a Hendrick-powered Chevy, and that's a formula for success on a plate-track. Gilliland was a reasonable pick based on the idea that he started on the pole, would probably lead the first lap, and hopefully be able to handle the 500 miles like he did in the Bud Shootout. I figured he'd get caught back in the pack and end up wrecked... Oops. That's what I get for "thinking".
Then there's David Ragan... I don't get that pick at all. The guy's a rookie, taking over the No. 6 car from Mark Martin. If you were going to look for a Rousch driver to pick, he's last on the list. Kenseth was looking to contend for the win, but wound up 27th. Biffle or Edwards would have been good picks as well... But 25th and 23rd, respectively was the result for the two.
Boris Said and Juan Pablo Montoya were looking like ideas, and were actually pretty good picks - Said was 14th and Montoya 19th.
So it's off to California Speedway for the NASCAR travelling road show. At least there shouldn't be the anticipation of a "Big One". But the leaders have 366 points out of the gate, and I'm already in a 200-point hole... At least I've got 35 weeks to climb out of it.
After Sunday's Daytona 500, it may be a crowded ladder.
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