May 25, 2009

Reutimann wins Coke 600

David Reutimann had the right strategy by staying out during the last (of many) rain delay and he won the Coca-Cola 600.

Our View: He was nowhere close to the strongest driver, but NASCAR pays points based on winning no matter what the circumstances.

Penske may add 4th team

According to, Penske Racing South is considering adding a fourth Cup team with Justin Allgaier as a part time pilot.

Our View: With so many Cup drivers in the Nationwide Series, it's been a while since the Cup guys have seemed to have a developmental plan in place. Allgaier will be a good value in selected events—not because of his talent, but due to the strength of this organization.

Riggs, Baldwin part company

After the Coke 600 is completed (assuming that ever happens), Scott Riggs and Tommy Baldwin will part ways, according to Riggs cites the lack of competitiveness of the No. 36 as the reason.

Our View: Mike Skinner and Patrick Carpentier are schedule to run the car in most or all of the remaining races, but without sponsorship, this team will not be a good fantasy value.

Competition caution coming

According to Dustin Long, NASCAR is expected to throw a competition caution around lap 40 in the Coke 600.

Our View: Since drivers have not been able to touch there cars and the race has switched from a night race to a day race, this is going to be critical to a team's success.

IRL: Milwaukee, Last five races

Tony Kanaan had another terrible Indy 500 when he crashed before the halfway mark and finished 27th in a 33-car field. If the past is any indication though, he should rebound nicely this week. The Indy Racing League has been going to the Milwaukee Mile for five years and Kanaan has never finished outside the top-five there. In fact, he took top honors in back-to-back season in 2006 and 2007, which makes him one of the favorites to win again this week.

Nearly as stout, Dario Franchitti is back from his NASCAR sojourn and he's never finished worse than sixth in four starts on this track. He won the inaugural race in 2004 and then posted runner-up results in 2005 and 2007. Last week, he was in contention for the 500 victory until trouble in the pits relegated him to seventh, so he will be looking for redemption.

Dan Wheldon does not have the overall numbers of Kanaan and Franchitti, but he's certainly come on strong lately. He struggled to an 18th-place finish in 2004 and was a modest eighth in 2006, but every other result has been a top-five—and that is enough to recommend him for this week's Milwaukee race.

Results, Last five years

DriverAvg Finish20082007200620052004
Tony Kanaan2.6031144
Dario Franchitti2.75
Sam Hornish Jr3.75
Oriol Servia6.006

Justin Wilson7.007

Patrick Carpentier7.00

Bryan Herta7.33

Alex Barron7.50

Dan Wheldon7.60438518
E J Viso8.008

Adrian Fernandez8.00

Townsend Bell8.5011

Jeff Simmons9.50

Danica Patrick10.0098419
Scott Dixon10.2024101322
Scott Sharp 10.75
Tomas Scheckter 11.00
Vitor Meira11.202251595
Buddy Rice11.60101811172
Hideki Mutoh12.0012

Kosuke Matsuura12.50
Helio Castroneves 12.60516141612
Felipe Giaffone 13.00

Jeff Bucknam13.00


Ed Carpenter13.20207161211
Ryan Briscoe13.671
Marco Andretti13.6721155

Mark Taylor14.00

Jimmy Kite14.00

Will Power14.0014

Sarah Fisher14.00

Anthony Foyt IV16.751713
Roger Yasukawa15.00

Ryan Hunter-Reay15.0015

Darren Manning15.751311
Enrique Bernoldi16.0016

Jaques Lazier17.00

Bruno Junqueira18.0018

Buddy Lazier 18.00

A J Foyt IV16.751713
John Andretti19.0019

Tora Takagi20.00

Mario Moraes23.0023

Jaime Camara24.0024

Graham Rahal25.0025

Mario Dominguez26.0026

Marty Roth27.0027