I started this blog to provide a casual, recreational level of fantasy NASCAR advice and discussion. I've been playing these contests for a number of years and am annoyed by lineup sellers and groups of players using the same lineup. I'm hoping to give the casual player some help in building solid lineups that can beat that annoying crowd most of the time. I'm not a "tout" and don't do this for a living, so proceed accordingly. I hope you enjoy the discussion here and Good Luck!
Final Update: Still liking a lot of things talked about below.
Post Practice Update: Not a whole lot has changed since my initial post. Harvick, Kurt Busch and Bowyer look real strong — as expected. I also like what I see so far from Hamlin, Blaney and McMurray. A lot will come down to qualifying and starting spot.
Also, I looked back at the last two races and very few guys exceed 10 points combined for fastest laps and laps led on DK. The best guys are getting in the low teens in bonus points there. So, again, the effect there is much reduced given the fewer number of laps and variables that go into road racing. Very unlikely to see any kind of Dominator.
Initial Post: Here's an initial target list for next weekend's June 24 race at Sonoma. I'll be traveling again next week, so don't know how much updating I'll be able to do. At a minimum, I'll try to post something Saturday night after qualifying.
As background, only 110 laps at Sonoma, so just over 25 points total for laps led and 50 points total for fastest laps. We typically see multiple leaders here with teams using different pit strategies, etc. (No driver has led more than 45 laps in any of the last four races, so it's unlikely we see a real Dominator.) So, it places a bigger emphasis on position difference and raw finishing position for this race. Depending on where guys start, it may make sense to fade the Big Three and go with a full roster of solid guys with good teams from top to bottom.
With that in mind, here's who I will be most focused on going into the race weekend:
My name is Steve and I've won thousands playing NASCAR fantasy racing games. This blog will share my advice for enjoying and winning your fantasy racing games. I'm also a NASCAR writer at the motor sports website slicksandsticks.com