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Fantasy picks and race winner for the Kobalt Tools 400 in Vegas

By admin | March 4, 2011

By Richard Allen

I play the ESPN Stock Car Challenge fantasy game. It is free and very easy to understand. There are no drafts. Points are amassed based on the NASCAR scoring system. Fantasy players have a budget of $100 per race and each driver is given a value based on his prior performance. Players choose five drivers, while staying within the budget, to make up a team. Obviously, players want to use their ‘money’ wisely so that their team can score maximum points.

After my complete debacle in Daytona my recovery was somewhat limited in Phoenix. My choice of Carl Edwards in that race as my most expensive driver seemed to be a good one until he crashed. My choice of Greg Biffle to win proved to be not even close. Perhaps this weekend in Las Vegas will turn my luck around. After all, I’m not the first person to come to this town looking for a change in fortune.

Here are the five drivers I have chosen for the Kobalt Tools 400 and why:

Kyle Busch: This Las Vegas native will relish in his return home after a solid 2nd place run in Phoenix. In seven Sprint Cup starts he has one victory, three top-5s and four top-10s on the 1.5 mile track. At 22.9 this is my highest priced driver but in the end he will prove worth it.

Mark Martin: In 13 previous starts here Martin has produced ten top-10 finishes, including one win. That’s pretty good value for his 19.2 asking price.

Carl Edwards: While Edwards has only two top-10s in six starts here, he has had fast cars of late. He appeared to have a winning car in Phoenix until a crash ended his chances. He should be in contention to win if he is able to avoid trouble. He will prove to be worth his 22.7 price.

Jeff Burton: This driver has scored eight top-10s in Vegas, including two wins. At the price of 20.6 he will prove to be worth the money.

Trevor Bayne: After crashes and a poor finish in Phoenix the Daytona 500 champion will no doubt come to Vegas looking to complete the race. In his first Sprint Cup start on the somewhat similar track in Texas, Bayne ran a conservative race that resulted in a top-20. At the price of 14.5 that would be an acceptable result from a driver that allows for the purchase of more expensive drivers.

The winner of the Kobalt Tools 400 will be Kyle Busch.

My score from the previous week- 135

This column is for the purpose of advising players on a free fantasy game. No wagers should be made based on the contents herein.

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