May 7, 2009
The Spanish Grand Prix could be a pivotal race for teams, since it will be teams' first chance to test the new aerodynamic package, according to Formula1.com.
Our View: The series has virtually banned testing this year, so track time is the only way drivers will improve. Normally a top heavy sanction that benefits well-funded teams, this might just level the playing field.
Our View: Bell finished 10th in last year's edition of this race while driving for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. This year, he will be on the same team as Paul Tracy and Mario Moraes and the combined efforts of these three drivers should make him even stronger this year.
Our View: This is a great way to count down to the Indy 500. Follow along to see which drivers are getting up to speed.
Our View: On road courses, seat time is more important than the type of car as drivers look for the best line around the track. Sorenson certainly needs the practice since his best finish at Infineon is a 29th.
Our View: En route to a Hooters Pro Cup race in Myrtle Beach to watch Brandon McReynolds (son of Larry) race, he and Corey LaJoie (son of Randy) stopped off to see the track as it was going through last year's repaving. While racing down the stands on foot, he tripped and fell 14 steps. There is a reason why rookies are not commonly preferred on the "Track Too Tough to Tame."
Our View: Busch came closest in 2004 with a sixth-place finish. That was the last year NASCAR ran a Southern 500. Busch also came close to winning on this track in the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 when he banged fenders with Ricky Craven at the checkers before finishing second.
Stewart finished fourth in the 2001 Southern 500 and he has one other fourth-place finish to mark his best attempts.
The good news for his fans is that the best part of his schedule has yet to come. Stewart is fastest during the hot summer months and during the early fall, so fantasy owners should be prepared to place-and-hold him on their roster for some time.
|Track||Avg. Fin||Avg. Start||Attempts|
|Watkins Glen International||5.70||5.50||10|
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway||9.10||16.00||10|
|Homestead - Miami Speedway - old||9.75||12.00||4|
|Richmond International Raceway||10.05||15.71||21|
|Phoenix International Raceway||10.07||14.40||15|
|North Carolina Speedway||10.82||18.73||11|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway||12.05||16.43||21|
|Dover Downs International||12.15||18.60||20|
|Michigan International Speedway||12.45||22.35||20|
|New Hampshire Motor Speedway||12.60||12.45||20|
|Texas Motor Speedway||12.60||20.13||15|
|Lowes Motor Speedway||13.05||13.85||20|
|Homestead - Miami Speedway Progressive||13.33||14.83||6|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway||15.45||15.27||11|
|Auto Club Speedway||15.88||14.94||16|
|Bristol Motor Speedway||16.38||13.33||21|
|Daytona International Speedway||17.24||10.43||21|
|Dover Downs International||2.00||11.00||1|
|O'Reilly Raceway Park||10.00||9.00||1|
|Richmond International Raceway||10.50||20.67||4|
|Lowes Motor Speedway||33.00||19.00||1|
|New Hampshire Motor Speedway||2.33||10.33||3|
|Watkins Glen International||4.00||1.00||1|
|Gateway International Raceway||5.00||22.00||1|
|Phoenix International Raceway||5.00||3.00||1|
|Daytona International Speedway||8.89||16.67||9|
|North Carolina Speedway||9.67||1.33||3|
|Auto Club Speedway||9.80||7.60||5|
|Dover Downs International||10.00||19.50||2|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway||13.00||10.80||5|
|Texas Motor Speedway||13.00||5.00||6|
|Pikes Peak International Raceway||14.00||44.00||1|
|Nashville Speedway USA||17.00||14.00||1|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway||19.00||17.75||4|
|Michigan International Speedway||19.80||12.25||5|
|Lowes Motor Speedway||22.57||19.43||7|
|O'Reilly Raceway Park||23.00||14.67||3|
|Bristol Motor Speedway||25.00||15.00||4|
|Myrtle Beach Speedway||35.00||25.00||1|
|Richmond International Raceway||37.25||21.75||4|
|Homestead - Miami Speedway - old||38.00||30.50||2|
|Pikes Peak International Raceway||2.00||2.50||2|
|Walt Disney World Speedway||4.33||3.00||3|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway||5.00||25.00||1|
|Phoenix International Raceway||5.00||2.67||3|
|Dover Downs International||8.00||1.00||1|
|New Hampshire International Speedway||9.00||9.00||3|
|Texas Motor Speedway||13.00||1.33||3|
|Lowes Motor Speedway||14.00||1.00||2|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway||15.33||2.33||3|
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway||15.40||7.60||5|
Our View: That is hauling the mail. This is one of the many reasons why this race is America's favorite.
Our View: It took longer than it should have with rain slowing Barrett's efforts on a couple of occasions, but now the path is clear for him to attempt the Indy 500. With 33 cars in the field, however, he will probably not finish anywhere near the leaders.
Ryan Hunter Reay crashed at Indy, during the first open test for the Indy 500.
Our View: To find the edge, drivers have to step over it. Indy Racing League teams come with two primary cars for the Indy 500, so this probably won't be that much of a setback.