May 12, 2009

IRL: Lloyd is pretty in pink

Alex Lloyd and sponsor HER Energy Drink are turning a few heads, according to That will happen when a driver and car are liveried in hot pink.

Our View: In today's economy, one takes their sponsors as they find them. This energy drink is marketed to women, one of the fastest growing demographics in auto racing.

F1: Glock disappointed with Spanish performance

"It was a tricky weekend and in the end it was really disappointing. We all hoped for a lot more from the Spanish Grand Prix so to finish in 10th-place was way below our expectations," Timo Glock told following last week's race.

Our View: While Formula 1's point system is heavily skewed toward the top finishers, most fantasy games award points throughout the grid, so drivers like Glock need to be maximized when they run well. Unfortunately, that was not the case in Spain.

IRL: Looking to expand internationally

The Indy Racing League could expand their international reach in the coming year, with stops in Brazil and China a possibility, according to

Our View: These added races will almost certainly be road course events and tip the balance of the schedule in their favor. Fantasy owners with a solid road crew will be happy to capitalize on the trend.

Johnson says its too soon to think championship

Jimmie Johnson says it's too soon to start thinking about the championship, but it's not too soon to assess his season, according to

Our View: Johnson is well ahead of last year's mark, but that really doesn't matter in the big scheme of things. Like the last three seasons, his team is going to have to hit its stride in the final 10 races, but it's earning major points for fantasy owners.

5-Yr Average Finish, All-Star Race

Jimmie Johnson enters the All-Star race with a four-year streak of top-fives, which has to make him one of the favorites again this week.

Ryan Newman has not been quite as strong, but he's just consistent with five straight results of 12th or better.

DriverAvg Finish20082007200620052004
Elliott Sadler 5.00

Jimmie Johnson 5.80421517
Ryan Newman 6.60685122
Matt Kenseth 6.603711111
Sam Hornish Jr7.007

Mark Martin 7.609315110
Jeff Gordon 7.801511346
Dale Earnhardt Jr8.20899105
Tony Stewart 8.405512173
Brian Vickers 9.33
Carl Edwards 9.6710
Scott Riggs10.00


Kasey Kahne 10.4011414167
Kevin Harvick 10.8011121822
Jeff Burton 12.00204

Jeremy Mayfield 12.50

Bobby Labonte 12.6012216915
Greg Biffle 12.60215131419
Juan Montoya14.0014

Michael Waltrip 14.33

Casey Mears 15.501318

Martin Truex Jr16.001610
A J Allmendinger17.0017

Kurt Busch 17.60221920720
Sterling Marlin 18.00

Clint Bowyer18.0018

Jamie McMurray 18.5019

Denny Hamlin20.002317

Kyle Busch20.00242016

Robby Gordon 21.00

Joe Nemechek 22.00


Truck: Skinner gets sponsor

Mike Skinner and Randy Moss Motorsports will receive sponsorship for an additional seven races, according to

Our View: Skinner has done well with relatively limited resources and currently sits atop the Craftsman Truck Series standings, but more revenue means he will run even stronger.