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Classic NASCAR Even Today – Fantasy Insight Darlington

Denny Hamlin

Everyone seems to want new and improved but, when it comes to NASCAR racing, I suggest the best way to go is to take a trip in the “way back” machine. You don’t have to track down Peabody or his boy Sherman, all you have to do is pack the car and drive on down to Darlington, S.C. Darlington gives us classic NASCAR even today.

Did anyone else cheer when you saw Darlington back in red and white colors a few years back? I felt like getting an old black and white television to add to the charm as I watched the Southern 500. Now I am a purist that believes the true Southern 500 only occurred back on the Labor Day Weekend but the new Mother’s Day weekend version is pretty cool, too. Handicapping a race at Darlington is about as easy as turning a fast lap at the “Lady in Black.”

It is all about racing the track and not the other 42 cars at Darlington. Over the last five races at the “Track Too Tough to Tame” only three drivers have finished on the lead lap all five races. Jeff Gordon is one of them and he has more wins than any active driver at Darlington. Gordon should be in the hunt but his recent luck has me too nervous to trust him as my pick. Jamie McMurray is the second driver on this short list but 2012 has been a struggle for him, too. The third driver on the short list is Denny Hamlin and he is my pick to click this weekend.

Good luck with your fantasy racing picks this week and don’t forget to send in your pick for “Whiteboard Fantasy Racing” this week for Darlington.

Send in your pick to win this week’s Cup race to dennis@racetalkradio.com for a chance to win a copy of the National Speedway Directory from SpeedwaysOnline.com.

 

Whiteboard Fantasy Racing Winner Last Week

RA Brand was the winner

 

Whiteboard Fantasy Racing Top Ten After 10 Weeks

Pos

Player

Total

1T

Carbon

23

1T

RA

23

3

LAM

19

4

Grainger

17

5

Chris U

16

6

Aaron C

15

7

Gertie

14

8

Rick

13

9

Shari P

12

10

DMIC

11

 

Weather Report

Partly cloudy with a green flag temperature of 76F

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If you have a question about Fantasy Racing send it to dennis@racetalkradio.com and get it answered next week.

 

NASCAR by the Numbers- Lubricated by TheOilMedics.com

Using a proprietary race analysis technique we take the fans inside the numbers every week. DMIC’s rating system has been in use since 2002 and has proven to pick the contenders from the pretenders!

Consistency is King (Last Five Races)

Driver

Last 5

M Kenseth

95

D Earnhardt Jr

94

G Biffle

92

D Hamlin

91

J Johnson

89

K Kahne

89

Ky Busch

89

B Keselowski

88

M Truex

87

C Edwards

86

Mark Martin

 

Horses for Courses (Track Rating)

Driver

Course

J Gordon

95

D Hamlin

94

R Newman

90

C Edwards

89

B Keselowski

88

M Truex

88

T Stewart

88

J McMurray

88

M Kenseth

88

J Johnson

87

 

Type Casting (Track Type Factor)

Driver

Type

D Hamlin

94

T Stewart

93

J Johnson

92

C Edwards

90

D Earnhardt Jr

90

R Newman

90

AJ Allmendinger

89

B Keselowski

88

G Biffle

88

K Harvick

87

 

Power Rating (240 Minimum to Qualify as Contender)

Driver

Power

D Hamlin

279

D Earnhardt Jr

270

J Johnson

269

T Stewart

267

C Edwards

266

B Keselowski

265

M Kenseth

265

G Biffle

263

M Truex

262

R Newman

262

J Gordon

261

K Harvick

256

M Martin

256

Ky Busch

255

K Kahne

252

J McMurray

251

AJ Allmendinger

249

C Bowyer

248

JP Montoya

245

J Burton

245

Ku Busch

243

M Ambrose

240

R Smith

238

B Labonte

237

J Logano

236

A Almirola

236

P Menard

236

D Ragan

229

C Mears

227

T Kvapil

226

D Patrick

222

D Blaney

219

D Gilliland

217

L Cassill

215

 

DMIC’s Fantasy Picks

Each week we will take you beyond the numbers to handicap the field from top to bottom to help your Fantasy Racing team succeed. You are also invited to join Lori Munro and I on “White Board Fantasy Racing” every Monday night on “Doin’ Donuts” at 8pm ET on RaceTalkRadio.com. Win fun prizes by picking just the race winners in our unique format. Send your picks to info@racetalkradio.com to enter.

Carl Edwards

Top Pick (Last Week 6th)

Denny Hamlin- Tops the power ratings this week

(10 to 1 Odds)

Best Long Shot (Odds of 20-1 or More) (Last Week 28th)

Mark Martin- Great track for a crafty old time racer

(30 to 1 Odds)

Top Dogs (Group A in Yahoo) (Last Week 35th)

Carl Edwards- Runner up here last year

(8 to 1 Odds)

Second Class (Group B in Yahoo) (Last Week 9th)

Dale Earnhardt Jr- His patient style shown this year works here

(15 to 1 Odds)

Middle Packer (Group C in Yahoo) (Last Week 19th)   

David Ragan- Don’t expect better than a top 25

Crazy 8s for Darlington

Each week Lori Munro and Dennis Michelsen battle in the most unique racing game around! We pick one driver each from each 8 driver group using the current points’ standings. Our picks can help you round out your fantasy racing lineup!

Last Race at Talladega: Lori won the matchup 3-2

Season Record: Lori leads Dennis at 6-4

Group 1: Lori picks Greg Biffle and Dennis picks Denny Hamlin

Group 2: Dennis picks Carl Edwards and Lori picks Brad Keselowski

Group 3: Lori picks Kasey Kahne and Dennis picks Mark Martin

Group 4: Dennis picks Regan Smith and Lori picks Kurt Busch

Group 5: Lori picks Cole Whitt and Dennis picks Dave Blaney

Do you have what it takes to handicap the races? Join Lori and Dennis every week and play in the Whiteboard Fantasy Racing Series! Send your pick for the Cup race to info@racetalkradio.com to enter. Weekly pri

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