Last week, Matt Kenseth won the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas and for daily fantasy racing owners.
Tobinator and I both agreed that the race was too green, and not in a good way, for daily fantasy racing. Teams are still figuring out the new Gen-6 cars, and to some the racing has been just a bit better than mediocre. Although Tobinator did not pick Kenseth or particularly liked the racing, he nailed his picks with four top 10s and one top 15.
This week, the series moves east to Bristol, TN. Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the oldest tracks on the circuit, but this year’s spring race will be anything but the same old race. Last fall, Bruton Smith, owner of BMS, grinded down the top groove of the track to ensure more competitive… I mean aggressive… driving. Actually, I mean just more wrecks. Combine that with the new, untested Gen-6 car, and this week’s race is the most unpredictable this year.
With so many new variables in this NASCAR season, setting a roster is akin to picking lottery numbers. However, the Tobinator and I laugh in the face of adversity. We also laugh at NASCAR conspiracies theories, unless of course you’re on the winning end, like Matt Kenseth’s birthday tires last week. Our theory: Stick with the guys up front.
Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch. Since you can’t start him in every position, you may also want to look into Brad Keselowski, who just can’t stop running top-5 finishes. Another solid pick on the high salary end is Jimmie Johnson. It seems that he and Chad Knauss have the best understanding of the Gen-6 car, and Johnson has finished in the top 10 in seven of his last eight races at Thunder Valley.
Other drivers that we mused upon include Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, and Paul Menard. We both believe Vickers is a must start at his price, but after he qualified fourth, we demanded you take advantage of this steal. Kasey Kahne wasn’t quite in our starting rotation, but his 2nd-place qualifier and repeat performance during his final practice session forces our hands. Finally, we talked about Paul Menard’s chances on Sunday. We could not reach a conclusion on how he would fare in the race, but we do know that his pit crew has done a wonderful job at polishing his silver spoon.
As I finish writing this, Kyle Busch just slammed his car off another to a win the Nationwide race at Bristol. Did I mention that you should start him on Fantazzle Sunday?