By admin | March 16, 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.
Picking drivers for a race at Bristol is much like picking drivers for a restrictor plate track. Anything can happen at anytime and there is the constant possibility of being swept up in someone else’s mess. That said, there are some drivers who have developed the ability to avoid the messes and come out on top.
Here are the five drivers I have chosen for the Jeff Byrd 500 and why:
Kyle Busch: The younger Busch has four wins, six top-5s and nine top-10s at Bristol. His average finish position is a 9.3 which makes him well worth his $22.5 asking price.
Kurt Busch: If any driver has a better record at Bristol than Kyle Busch it may be Kurt Busch. The elder Busch has five wins, six top-5s and twelve top-10s at Bristol. His price is $21.7.
Carl Edwards: This driver and his team have perhaps been the most impressive this season to date. A poor finish in Phoenix after a bump from Kyle Busch is all that has prevented him from leading the Sprint Cup standings. He has back flipped two times after Cup races in Bristol. His value is $23 on the ESPN scale.
Marcos Ambrose: In order to have the top-3 drivers I have, there had to be a couple of bargains come from somewhere. Ambrose, in only four starts, has proven to be one of those drivers who seems to have a knack for Bristol. He has scored a top-5 and two top-10s on the high-banked track. He is also coming off his best run of the season in Las Vegas. He is valued at $16.5.
Trevor Bayne: At the price of $14.6 the hometown boy makes for a great value pick.
The winner of the Jeff Byrd 500 will be Kyle Busch.
My score from the previous week- 126
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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