Start your fantasy NASCAR engines, racing fans! It is time to take to the race track this year in fantasy NASCAR Sprint Cup action! KFFL.com's free fantasy auto racing coverage brings you driver-by-driver fantasy analysis to help you when selecting your fantasy NASCAR team this year.
|1 Joe Nemechek, NEMCO Motorsports|
2 Bill Elliott, Wood Brothers Racing
3 Bobby Labonte, TRG Motorsports
4 Mike Bliss, Tommy Baldwin Racing
5 Robby Gordon, Robby Gordon Motorsports
|6 Casey Mears, Keyed-Up Motorsports|
7 Boris Said, Latitude 43 Motorsports
8 Michael Waltrip, Michael Waltrip Racing
9 Reed Sorenson, Braun Racing
Fantasy tip: No word on whether or not owner/driver Joe Nemechek plans to run in 2010. Outside of a 14th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway, Nemechek was mainly a start-and-park driver last year due to a lack of sponsorship. We currently have him projected for 30 starts, which is probably lofty on our part. His status is truly 50/50 at this point. Stay tuned....
Fantasy tip: To make the most of their resources, Bill Elliott and Wood Brothers Racing focus on running at mostly intermediate tracks. Elliott ran 12 races for them last season and plans to run a similar schedule in 2010. Last year, the 1988 Winston Cup Series champion qualified 16th or better in six straight attempts and finished 16th or better four times. When his name appears on the entry list, Elliott is perhaps the best play among Group D fantasy drivers.
Fantasy tip: After being let go by Hall of Fame Racing last season, Labonte drove in seven races for TRG Motorsports. With TRG, Labonte registered one top-10 and an average finish of 27.7. The 2000 Winston Cup champion is sponsored for at least 12 races, so plans to add a second car at TRG are likely on hold. Labonte has good career numbers at several tracks but has fallen off in recent years, relegating him as a risky fantasy play despite the experience.
Fantasy tip: Since 1995, Bliss has bounced all over the circuits of NASCAR. At the Sprint Cup level, 2005 has been the only season he ran the entire schedule. In between, Bliss competed as part-time and full-time driver in the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series with modest success. Last year, he was mainly a start-and-park driver in 13 Cup races. For 2010 he shifts to Tommy Baldwin Racing, where he's sponsored for at least 18 races. Steer clear of Bliss in all leagues.
Fantasy tip: After the first eight races of the season, Gordon appears to be out of sponsorship. Gordon has had some good finishes in plate races and on road courses, but none very recent. Coming off one of his worst seasons as a full-time driver (a career-low one top-10, nine DNFS, 34th in points), this is not the Gordon for your fantasy team.
Fantasy tip: After struggling over the last seven years with various teams, Mears was picked up an up-start group, Keyed-Up Motorsports. The team intends to run at least the first five races of 2010 at Daytona International Speedway, Auto Club Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. Having never pieced it all together with bigger teams and bigger equipment, it's unlikely Mears will suddenly blossom with a team currently unsponsored and with less resources. Fantasy owners can look elsewhere.
Fantasy tip: The veteran road-course ringer will run the first five races of the year, and perhaps more. His team is still looking for sponsorship following Daytona, but they have installed Frankie Stoddard as crew chief. Latitude 43 will run Roush Fenway Racing Fords. Said's best finish at the Daytona 500 is 14th place, and he has never finished higher than fourth in a Sprint Cup race. Fantasy owners can consider him for NASCAR's two road courses, should he qualify.
Fantasy tip: Starting to focus more on being an owner, Waltrip plans to run at least the four restrictor plates races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway in 2010. The rest of the schedule may depend on sponsorship with shifting NAPA's their primary sponsorship to the newly signed Martin Truex Jr. Waltrip isn't worth a fantasy look.
Fantasy tip: After four years of very mixed results driving full time, Reed Sorenson is scheduled for only five races in 2010. He'll try to qualify for the Daytona 500, plus events at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Among his best career average finishes, four of these venues are in his personal top-six best tracks. Nonetheless, only in weekly pick challenges should fantasy owners consider him.