By admin | September 3, 2008
By Richard Allen
This weekâ€™s race in Richmond creates some difficult scenarios for fantasy pickers. In particular, players must decide what to do about drivers who are already locked into the Chase for the Championship, drivers who have no chance of making the Chase and drivers who are on the Chase bubble.
Some of those drivers will be forced to race hard, others may simply be trying to protect their position and others may just be warming up for the main event which will start next week in New Hampshire.
Another twist thrown into the equation could be the weather. Tropical Storm Hanna appears to be planning an arrival sometime on Saturday which could cause this race to be run on Sunday, Monday or even some time further out on the calendar.
Here are some thoughts for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400:
Denny Hamlin- Without question Hamlin had the best car here in May. He led 381 laps and was on his way to victory until a cut tire caused him to fall out of contention. It would be a close call as to who had the most dominant car this season not to win, Hamlin at Richmond or Kyle Busch at Bristol.
Kyle Busch- Even though he did not lead a single lap he looked to be on his way to a win after Hamlinâ€™s troubles until he had a run in with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He has nothing to worry about except trying to gain more bonus points in the Chase.
Kevin Harvick- He was 8th here in the spring. He has been running well of late. This is the type of track he and this team do best on.
Kasey Kahne- He was 10th here in May. He is 14th in the standings 48 points behind 12th. His only option is to go flat out.
Clint Bowyer- He may not have had the best car in May but he was having a solid run and was there to pick up the pieces when his rivals fell by the wayside. One concern might be that he will be conservative trying to protect his 12th place position in the standings.
Martin Truex- He was 5th in May. Being out of the Chase picture should allow him to race as hard as he needs to.
Mark Martin- He was 3rd in May. He comes at a low price because he has missed races of late.
Bobby Labonte- He was 13th in May. This team needs a good run to lure sponsorship for next year.
Elliott Sadler- He has been running well and will be racing in front of the home folks.
Prediction to win on Saturday: Hanna(I hope I am wrong)
Prediction to win the Chevy Rock & Roll 400: Denny Hamlin
As always, these are only suggestions. Good luck.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
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