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Race Preview and Fantasy Predictions: Samsung 500

By admin | April 1, 2009

By Richard Allen


Track and Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Track Layout: 1.5 mile double dog leg with 24 degrees of banking in the turns.

Race Distance: 500 miles/ 334 laps

Date of Race: Sunday(April 5, 2009)

Radio Coverage: PRN(1:00 pm Eastern)

Television Coverage: Fox(1:30 pm Eastern)

Start Time: 2:15 pm Eastern

Last Year’s Winner: Carl Edwards

Well, it’s back to the mile-and-a-half tracks this week after the brief interlude on the half-miles of Bristol and Martinsville. As is always the case, the big money teams with the big engineering departments will have a significant advantage on these 1.5 mile type tracks.

To set your fantasy team for this race look to the races already run this season on this style of track and look back to last year’s results for the races held here.

Much of the fantasy information shown below applies to the ESPN Fantasy Stock Car Challenge. However, the thoughts below can be applied to most NASCAR fantasy games.

Here are some thoughts for the Samsung 500:

Drivers who should do well: If a driver happens to have an RFR, HMS, RCR or JGR car they have a tremendous advantage over everyone else but there are other contenders.

Carl Edwards- He won both races here last year. This may well be the week for him to return to victory lane.

Jeff Burton- He won the first race ever held on this track. He was 3rd in Las Vegas which is similar enough to be a good indicator.

Kurt Busch- He dominated in Atlanta which is very similar to this track.

Brian Vickers- He was 5th in Atlanta this year and 8th in Las Vegas.

Martin Truex- He was 8th here in the fall and 10th earlier this year in Atlanta.

Kyle Busch- He won in Las Vegas and had two Top 10s here last year.

Clint Bowyer- He has had Top 10s in Atlanta and Las Vegas. He was 4th here in the fall.

David Reutimann- He was 10th here in the fall and was 4th this year in Las Vegas.

Drivers to avoid: For this category just think the opposite for what was said in the ‘Drivers who should do well’ category. If a driver is not in one of the cars mentioned above he is fighting an uphill battle, but there are those on the mentioned teams who may need to be avoided.

Jeff Gordon- For whatever reason, Gordon has never found victory lane here. He did have a 2nd here last year but also had a 43rd here as well. One day he probably will win here but it may be best to avoid him until he does.

Matt Kenseth- He has been on a downhill slide since California. It may be best to let him recover.

Sam Hornish- Look for a bargain elsewhere.

Juan Pablo Montoya- You may have had him for the short track races. He was 27th in Atlanta. It may be a good time to get rid of him.

Winner of the Samsung 500: Kurt Busch

These are only suggestions. Do your own research and enjoy the Samsung 500.

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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