April 28, 2009

Indy Tire woes continue

Goodyear's tire woes that plagued last year's Brickyard 400 are far from fixed. In recent tire tests, drivers were still able to make only 12-15 laps runs before the cords were showing.

Our View: Last year's Brickyard 400 was outright embarrassing and impossible to handicap. Be prepared to throw this race away unless Goodyear comes up with a new compound quickly. For more on the story, check out NASCAR.com.

Yahoo! Richmond Preview

Last week's race gave new meaning to the phrase "wild card." This week should be much more predictable. Check out the Yahoo! Preview.

Six Who Can

Six drivers have dominated the top 10 at Richmond during the last two years. Jimmie Johnson leads the list with three victories in four races and is followed by Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon with four consecutive top-10s. Actually, Harvick has eight such results in the last four years to expand on his streak.

Denny Hamlin and Kurt Busch round out the list of top Richmond performers with three top-10s in their last four efforts. The cream truly rises to the top.

Handicapping Talladega sucks (or, "It's not my fault")

If you got creamed in your fantasy team this week, don't feel too bad. No one would have predicted Brad Keselowski would win or that four "rookies" would finish in the top 10. Marcos Ambrose in fourth, Scott Speed in fifth and Joey Logano in ninth locked up a bunch of top-10 spots that might have been taken by marquee drivers. I have to point out, however, that Ambrose was on my Yahoo! team.