May 8, 2009
Our View: It's great to see new "sponsors" in the sport because they bring a new vibe to the series.
Our View: It's been quite some time before three Nationwide Regulars finished in the top five and since these drivers command a lower salary cap, fantasy owners got a lot of bang for their buck.
Our View: With a handful of laps remaining, Kenseth was catching Busch, but the fans were denied a great battle by Busch's misfortune.
Our View: Ferrari will be challenged with a new chassis and aero-package this week and their thoughts about how this will impact Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa can be found in this release.
Matt Kenseth may be the only truly happy driver on Friday night; he set a new track record and sits on the pole.
Our View: Kenseth is not known as a strong qualifier, but when he starts up front, he is hard to beat. With a smooth driving style, he has to be considered one of this week's favorites.
Our View: In six previous starts on the Circuit de Catalunya, Massa has amassed an average finish of 5.3 in six starts. He also has a victory on the Valencia Street Circuit, which makes him a master of Spain.
In Happy Hour:
Sam Hornish Jr. scraped the wall and spun
David Stremme slammed the wall; into backup
Denny Hamlin got a light stripe
Max Papis striped his car
Greg Biffle striped his car
A.J. Allmendinger striped his car
Scott Speed got another stripe
Reed Sorenson changed an engine
Bobby Labonte striped his car
Marcos Ambrose big stripe (backup?)
Our View: Martin is usually one of the drivers who spends a lot of time on track, but with approximately 20 incidents in both sessions, he can be forgiven for not spending a lot of time on track Friday.
Our View: Drivers are concerned that politics will damage the sport, but that has never kept this fiery sanction from following their own council. “Without Ferrari it’s not Formula One anymore,” Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella said Thursday ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.
Our View: If he can back that up in qualification (assuming that session is not rained out), this could be his first Darlington pole since the 2000 Mall.com 400. He has a total of two poles.
Our View: With the incredible speeds these cars are turning, it takes a long time to get comfortable on the rectangular track.
Our View: The durability of this car makes it hard to wave a red flag over every effected driver. Allmendinger, however, does not have a very good Darlington record, so he should be avoided on Saturday.
In Practice 1:
Kurt Busch scrapped the wall and spun.
Tony Stewart striped his car
Jeremy Mayfield striped his car
Brad Keselowski striped his car
Scott Speed crashed his primary and then striped the backup
Dave Blaney spun
David Reutimann crashed and rolled out a backup
Kasey Kahne striped his car
Sam Hornish Jr. striped his car
Our View: His average speed of 165.340 during 42 laps, however, was well down the grid and he will need to pick up the pace in Happy Hour if he wants to be considered a favorite for the race.
Our View: Biffle's single fastest lap of 174.117 was second on that grid, which gives him a great combination of speed and consistency. He's won back-to-back races in 2005/2006 and this makes him a favorite to take another.
Formula1.com has posted quotes pertaining to the Spanish Grand Prix on their site.
Our View: Fantasy owners always want to take drivers' comments about their car with a grain of salt because no one wants to speak ill of their ride, but this can be an interesting way to take their temperature.
Our View: He will join Scott Speed in rolling out a backup car. There is simply no way to make a comfortable lap on this track.
Our View: This is an even bigger issue for Speed since he is one of the drivers required to qualify on time. As a rookie, however, Speed would not be a great value even if he makes the show.
Our View: Mayfield was not expected to run well, however, so this will not impact fantasy owners very much.
Our View: Just in case you thought the "Lady in Black" had a better attitude since it was repaved, she's just as cantankerous.
Our View: Busch has run strong here in the past, but this just proves how difficult this track is to navigate.
Our View: Notably, Robert Doornbos was the fastest rookie with a seventh-best speed of 223.593 mph and Danica Patrick was the fastest female driver at 223.253 mph. She settled into eighth on the grid.
Our View: Denny Hamlin took the No. 20 to victory lane in 2006/2007; Tony Stewart won in that same car last year. However, Logano will attempt to keep that streak alive in his first-ever attempt on the "Track Too Tough to Tame."
Our View: The lighter car will allow him to make better use of the KERS system. His teammate Felipe Massa has not struggled nearly as much in his heavier version. While Raikkonen hasn't been all that strong this year, he has steadily improved from 15th to sixth in four races.
Better still, with a worst finish of 23rd and only two finishes outside the top 15 in the first 10 events, the down side of starting him has been practically non-existent, which makes him an even better value for your roster. Given the struggles he experienced in 2008, however, there is no guarantee that he will keep his momentum alive all season, so now is the time to ride this dark horse pony until he goes lame.
|Track||Avg. Fin||Avg. Start||Attempts|
|Phoenix International Raceway||12.46||15.00||14|
|Auto Club Speedway||12.93||12.00||14|
|Bristol Motor Speedway||14.18||20.47||17|
|Homestead - Miami Speedway - old||14.33||14.33||3|
|Texas Motor Speedway||14.77||18.23||13|
|New Hampshire Motor Speedway||15.50||15.31||16|
|North Carolina Speedway||17.63||16.38||8|
|Daytona International Speedway||17.88||23.29||17|
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway||18.00||18.25||8|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway||18.59||16.94||17|
|Richmond International Raceway||18.71||20.47||17|
|Michigan International Speedway||20.13||13.50||16|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway||20.44||5.67||9|
|Lowes Motor Speedway||20.88||22.65||17|
|Watkins Glen International||21.38||11.25||8|
|Dover Downs International||21.41||10.47||17|
|Homestead - Miami Speedway Progressive||25.80||17.40||5|
|Watkins Glen International||2.00||1.00||2|
|Dover Downs International||3.00||32.00||1|
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway||4.00||4.00||1|
|Phoenix International Raceway||4.00||3.00||1|
|Texas Motor Speedway||4.50||12.50||2|
|Michigan International Speedway||21.00||6.00||1|
|Lowes Motor Speedway||21.50||6.00||2|
|Auto Club Speedway||1.00||1.00||1|
|Dover Downs International||1.00||1.00||1|
|New Hampshire International Speedway||1.00||5.00||1|
|Daytona International Speedway||2.00||34.00||1|
|Mesa Marin Raceway||2.00||6.00||1|
|Michigan International Speedway||2.00||4.00||1|
|Pikes Peak International Raceway||2.00||7.00||1|
|Watkins Glen International||2.00||7.00||1|
|Richmond International Raceway||3.00||1.00||1|
|Phoenix International Raceway||4.00||6.00||1|
|Texas Motor Speedway||4.50||4.50||2|
|O'Reilly Raceway Park||6.00||3.00||1|
|Homestead - Miami Speedway - old||9.00||17.00||1|
|Portland International Speedway||11.00||2.00||1|
|Nashville Speedway USA||12.00||12.00||1|
|Memphis Motorsports Park||13.00||13.00||1|
|Chicago Motor Speedway||19.00||3.00||1|
|Gateway International Raceway||21.00||17.00||1|
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