There have been plenty of drivers that have disappointed in 2011, but David Reutimann
and Jamie McMurray
have to be at or near the top of the bust list. Both drivers sit well outside the top 20 in points and are winless after combining to win four races a year ago. Despite all the struggles, both drivers took a step in the right direction at Richmond Friday when Reutimann won the pole and McMurray joined him on the outside of the front row.
Whether or not the two drivers go on to deliver solid results in the race remains to be seen, but with the Chase about to begin, it does bring to mind an interesting trend. Every year one or two drivers that miss the Chase are able to build momentum during the playoffs and help out fantasy teams. Tony Stewart's memorable 2006 Chase when he led all drivers in victories is just one example.
The important thing for fantasy owners to remember is that while the 12 drivers that make the Chase have led the way for the first 26 races, there is no guarantee they will continue to do so in the final 10 events. Whether they are in the playoffs or not, owners need to identify and utilize the drivers that get hot in the coming weeks.
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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