Fantasy NASCAR practice recap: Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen

by Brian Polking on August 13, 2011 @ 14:59:08 PDT

 


Last season, Marcos Ambrose saw his first career Cup victory slip away when he stalled his car under caution while leading in the final laps at Infineon. This weekendís race at Watkins Glen could be his golden opportunity to make amends for that mistake. Ambrose has never finished worse than third in three starts at The Glen, and his No. 9 Ford lit up the practice charts Friday. Ambrose posted the best overall average speed in both practice sessions Friday, including the fastest lap in Happy Hour. He likes like an elite option for Sundayís race.

Kyle Busch

Other drivers to watch include former Watkins Glen winner Kyle Busch. He topped the first session of the afternoon, edging defending race winner Juan Pablo Montoya. Both drivers have put up incredible numbers at the track, and fantasy owners have the green light to use both this weekend.

A.J. Allmendinger ranked third in the session, and he should immediately jump to the top of the list of potential sleepers. Allmendinger averages a top-10 finish at The Glen, and he finished a career-best fourth at the track last season. Not only does he have top-five potential this weekend, he is a legitimate threat to win.

Ryan Newman and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five in the first practice, and while Newman has finished as high as second at the track, he has been mediocre lately. Keselowski is on a roll after his win at Pocono, but all the braking and shifting could take a toll on hos broken ankle during the course of the race. In the end, owners are probably getting their best value with the top three on the speed charts.

In Happy Hour, Ambrose paved the way. He was followed by Kurt Busch, who is going for a season sweep of the road courses. Busch has finished in the top 10 in three straight starts at The Glen, including a second-place finish last season. If Ambrose is the favorite, Busch is right on his heels.

Carl Edwards, Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five. Edwards has finished in the top five in each of his last two starts at The Glen, and he is one of the most consistent performers. Even with the bum ankle, Keselowski could be worth a look considering the strong practice times. Even Truex Jr. could make a nice sleeper pick. He has finished in the top 15 in three of his last four starts at the track, including two top 10s.

No driver ran 10 or more consecutive laps in either session.

One big name that struggled a bit on the practice charts was Tony Stewart. The five-time Watkins Glen failed to crack the top 15 in either session. However, owners may want to give him the benefit of the doubt. His five victories are the most in track history, and he hasnít finished worse than seventh in his last seven starts at the track. Not to mention the fact that he has six top-two finishes during the stretch.

Happy Hour Speeds (sorted by Avg. Speed)

Rk indicates Best Lap standing 

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Lap
Best Time
Avg. Speed
Laps
1
9
Stanley Ford
126.604
69.666
124.237
16
5
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
125.636
70.203
124.000
15
3
99
Ortho Home Defense Max Ford
125.761
70.133
123.081
16
22
55
123.500
71.417
122.978
6
38
87
122.783
71.834
122.775
3
24
4
Red Bull Toyota
123.396
71.477
122.658
21
4
2
Miller Lite Dodge
125.722
70.155
122.572
20
13
27
Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet
124.311
70.951
122.544
18
27
66
HP Racing, LLC Toyota
123.338
71.511
122.419
6
21
34
123.696
71.304
122.396
12
17
47
CapitalDPO Toyota
123.988
71.136
122.252
17
35
35
123.049
71.679
122.180
5
6
20
Home Depot Toyota
125.316
70.382
122.179
18
9
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
124.680
70.741
122.155
20
15
42
Target Chevrolet
124.068
71.090
122.091
27
25
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
123.376
71.489
122.080
12
39
17
Crown Royal Ford
122.677
71.896
122.054
15
36
77
GNC/SPEED Energy Dodge
122.882
71.776
122.053
7
2
22
Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
125.795
70.114
121.668
15
29
51
Phoenix Construction/Thank A Teacher
123.262
71.555
121.595
14
16
18
M&M's Toyota
124.045
71.103
121.579
26
40
36
Golden Corral Chevrolet
122.520
71.988
121.515
12
8
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
124.782
70.683
121.425
20
18
7
SPEED Energy Dodge
123.960
71.152
121.376
8
12
43
Best Buy Ford
124.327
70.942
121.041
31
23
24
DuPont Chevrolet
123.402
71.474
121.037
24
46
60
Big Red Toyota
121.371
72.670
121.023
7
20
16
Valvoline Ford
123.706
71.298
120.997
18
7
33
Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
125.005
70.557
120.976
19
32
14
Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
123.148
71.621
120.969
26
31
39
U.S. ARMY Chevrolet
123.153
71.618
120.962
16
28
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
123.326
71.518
120.905
19
30
83
Red Bull Toyota
123.220
71.579
120.843
27
26
1
McDonald's Chevrolet
123.353
71.502
120.547
21
19
11
FedEx Ground Toyota
123.760
71.267
120.356
23
11
71
Interstate Moving Services Ford
124.371
70.917
120.198
20
34
78
Furniture Row Chevrolet
123.081
71.660
120.165
26
45
32
Bully Hill Vineyards Ford
121.464
72.614
120.072
14
33
88
National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet
123.138
71.627
119.693
25
44
38
Long John Silver's Ford
121.697
72.475
118.819
18
37
6
UPS Ford
122.843
71.799
118.657
26
14
37
Green Stuff Absorbent Ford
124.248
70.987
118.604
9
42
46
Fisher Nuts Ford
121.971
72.312
118.308
11
41
5
GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
122.235
72.156
117.732
13
10
13
GEICO Toyota
124.582
70.797
116.872
17
43
50
Green Smoke Chevrolet
121.911
72.348
115.356
13

First Practice Speeds (sorted by Avg. Speed)

Rk indicates Best Lap standing 

Rk
Car
Driver
Team
Best Lap
Best Time
Avg. Speed
Laps
13
9
Stanley Ford
124.236
70.994
123.743
11
1
18
M&M's Toyota
125.566
70.242
122.938
16
2
42
Target Chevrolet
125.557
70.247
122.859
16
3
43
Best Buy Ford
125.544
70.254
122.810
21
6
16
Valvoline Ford
124.956
70.585
122.714
18
7
24
DuPont Chevrolet
124.499
70.844
122.662
20
22
11
FedEx Ground Toyota
123.145
71.623
122.590
20
4
39
U.S. ARMY Chevrolet
125.233
70.429
122.576
14
5
2
Miller Lite Dodge
125.185
70.456
122.417
23
19
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
123.288
71.540
122.403
20
21
27
Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet
123.193
71.595
122.367
22
16
99
Ortho Home Defense Max Ford
123.550
71.388
122.347
18
17
22
Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
123.529
71.400
122.305
28
14
4
Red Bull Toyota
124.086
71.080
122.257
17
20
33
Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
123.210
71.585
122.199
21
11
88
National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet
124.255
70.983
122.102
21
8
5
GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
124.474
70.858
122.054
14
27
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
122.865
71.786
122.026
20
10
1
McDonald's Chevrolet
124.371
70.917
121.996
22
26
20
Home Depot Toyota
122.959
71.731
121.974
19
18
14
Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
123.326
71.518
121.910
17
12
17
Crown Royal Ford
124.243
70.990
121.877
15
29
78
Furniture Row Chevrolet
122.674
71.898
121.843
21
23
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
123.145
71.623
121.721
22
30
47
CapitalDPO Toyota
122.585
71.950
121.706
20
9
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
124.448
70.873
121.663
14
31
34
122.173
72.193
121.390
9
41
35
121.232
72.753
121.128
5
33
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
121.827
72.398
121.090
20
35
87
121.751
72.443
121.040
7
15
71
Interstate Moving Services Ford
124.031
71.111
120.986
16
34
36
Golden Corral Chevrolet
121.825
72.399
120.969
15
25
83
Red Bull Toyota
122.995
71.710
120.831
22
28
51
PhoenixConstruction/ThankATeacher Chevrolet
122.764
71.845
120.743
21
24
6
UPS Ford
123.067
71.668
120.665
22
42
77
GNC/SPEED Energy Dodge
120.772
73.030
120.275
6
32
32
Bully Hill Vineyards Ford
122.007
72.291
120.080
18
37
55
121.600
72.533
120.062
9
43
66
HP Racing, LLC Toyota
120.457
73.221
119.849
5
40
38
Long John Silver's Ford
121.426
72.637
119.543
12
36
46
Fisher Nuts Ford
121.732
72.454
119.261
15
44
50
Green Smoke Chevrolet
120.052
73.468
119.086
15
38
7
SPEED Energy Dodge
121.563
72.555
118.837
5
39
13
GEICO Toyota
121.478
72.606
118.837
9
46
60
Big Red Toyota
119.428
73.852
118.782
7
45
37
Green Stuff Absorbent Ford
119.769
73.642
116.276
4

Combined Average Speeds (weighted by # of laps run in each session)

Car
Driver
Team
Average Speed
Total Laps
9
Stanley Ford
124.036
27
56
NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
123.087
35
99
Ortho Home Defense Max Ford
122.692
34
2
Miller Lite Dodge
122.489
43
4
Red Bull Toyota
122.479
38
27
Pittsburgh Paints/Menards Chevrolet
122.447
40
42
Target Chevrolet
122.377
43
18
M&M's Toyota
122.097
42
31
Caterpillar Chevrolet
122.091
40
22
Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
122.083
43
20
Home Depot Toyota
122.074
37
17
Crown Royal Ford
121.966
30
34
121.965
21
47
CapitalDPO Toyota
121.957
37
16
Valvoline Ford
121.856
36
24
DuPont Chevrolet
121.776
44
43
Best Buy Ford
121.755
52
39
U.S. ARMY Chevrolet
121.715
30
35
121.654
10
33
Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
121.618
40
48
Lowe's Chevrolet
121.580
42
87
121.561
10
00
Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
121.461
32
11
FedEx Ground Toyota
121.395
43
14
Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
121.341
43
1
McDonald's Chevrolet
121.288
43
66
HP Racing, LLC Toyota
121.251
11
77
GNC/SPEED Energy Dodge
121.232
13
55
121.228
15
29
Budweiser Chevrolet
121.227
33
36
Golden Corral Chevrolet
121.212
27
51
Phoenix Construction/Thank A Teacher
121.084
35
78
Furniture Row Chevrolet
120.915
47
83
Red Bull Toyota
120.838
49
88
National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet
120.793
46
71
Interstate Moving Services Ford
120.548
36
7
SPEED Energy Dodge
120.399
13
32
Bully Hill Vineyards Ford
120.077
32
5
GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
119.973
27
60
Big Red Toyota
119.903
14
6
UPS Ford
119.577
48
38
Long John Silver's Ford
119.109
30
46
Fisher Nuts Ford
118.858
26
37
Green Stuff Absorbent Ford
117.888
13
13
GEICO Toyota
117.552
26
50
Green Smoke Chevrolet
117.354
28
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About Brian Polking

Racing has been part of Brian's life ever since he can remember, and he spent his childhood at dirt tracks throughout Ohio and Kentucky watching his father race. NASCAR naturally became his favorite sport, and he has been following the Cup, Nationwide and Truck Series for most of his life. Brian majored in journalism and economics at Ohio State University and becoming a sports writer has always been his dream. Although he has covered everything from minor league baseball to the NCAA tournament, his passion has always been NASCAR. Brian has served as a NASCAR writer for a variety of sites, eventually becoming head editor of the NASCAR section for Fanball.com. His knowledge of NASCAR comes from his life-long love of racing, and he tries to add a personal touch to every article he writes. Brian is always up for talking NASCAR with anyone that wants to. Brian joined KFFL's team in 2011.

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