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Post by Swiss Miss on Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:24 am




The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be under the lights Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway for the NRA 500.

Texas is one of the fastest racetracks on the circuit and produces some of the best racing. Although it is considered a “cookie cutter” racetrack, it is much different than the other 1.5-mile racetracks. The speeds through turn one make turn two one of the hardest in the series. Teams must set their cars up to navigate the tricky turn.

This week the handling of the car will be as important as horsepower. The teams who are able to show up at the racetrack with a good setup in the car will dominate the race. Drivers who have had a history of success at Texas Motor Speedway will be the drivers to select for your team.

The strategy for the Fantasy Live game should be to select at least two drivers who will start in the back half of the field and have a good chance to work their way to the front. This will give your team the opportunity to score points for quality passes and finishing differential. Also, try to pick two drivers who will start up front and have a chance to lead many laps in the race.

Who To Pick

Matt Kenseth

Every time the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits the Texas Motor Speedway Matt Kenseth has produced some very positive results.

In 21 career Texas Motor Speedway races, Matt Kenseth has two victories, twelve top-five finishes, fifteen top-ten finishes and has only finished outside the top-20 once in that time. Kenseth has continued the dominance in the recent history as he has one win, four top-fives and four top-tens in the last four races at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Now all of these stats occurred when he was a driver for Roush Fenway Racing, but you should expect the same from him in Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota’s.

Greg Biffle

Texas Motor Speedway and Greg Biffle are like two peas in a pod. Over the years, the Roush Fenway Racing driver has produced two wins, finished in the top-5 seven times and led a total of 732 laps at the Ft. Worth, Texas track.

Biffle has finished in the top-10 in each of the last four races at the Texas Motor Speedway and is the defending winner of this weekend’s race.

Jimmie Johnson

I know it’s hard to believe, but the Texas Motor Speedway is another track that Jimmie Johnson is solid at.

Johnson has two top-fives, won last November’s Texas race and has finished no worse than 14th in the last four trips to the Texas Motor Speedway.

Johnson has two wins and 14 top-tens in 19 career races at the Texas Motor Speedway. Only Matt Kenseth has a better finishing average than Jimmie.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Jr. hit his first roadblock of the season last weekend at the Martinsville Speedway, but overall 2013 has been the best start to a season Dale Earnhardt Jr. has ever had, and it should continue Saturday under the lights at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Jr. has produced two top-five finishes in the last four races at the Speedway and never finished outside the top-20 in that span.

Overall, Jr. has one win and has finished in the top-20 seventeen times in 21 career races at the Lone Star State track.

Carl Edwards

You can’t go wrong with picking a Roush Fenway Racing driver at the Texas Motor Speedway because the race team has always produced great results at the 1.5-mile motor speedway.

Edwards has two top-fives, three top-tens and four top-twenties over the course of the last four Texas Motor Speedway races, and he has only finished outside the top-20 on four occasions in 16 career Texas races.

Who Not To Pick

Jeff Burton

Other then Paul Menard, the Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet’s haven’t been too spectacular to start the 2013 season.

Burton has zero top-five finishes and zero top-ten finishes in the last four trips to Texas and finished 26th earlier this year at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Joey Logano

Joey Logano is a bit of a risky pick this weekend because he has been hit and miss at the Texas Motor Speedway in his young career.

Logano has a total of one top-ten and four top-twenties to go along with 30 laps led in nine career Texas Motor Speedway races.

Logano finished 11th and 19th at last year’s Texas Motor Speedway races.

Jamie McMurray

McMurray has produced some solid finishes in the last four races, but Texas Motor Speedway could be a struggle for the No. 1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team because McMurray has failed to finish in the top-five and the top-ten in the last eight races at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Casey Mears

Mears has finishes of 15th, 15th, and 16th over the last three races but Mears has failed to finish in the top-20 over the last four Texas races.

Overall, Mears has six top-20 finishes in seventeen career races at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Ryan Newman

It hasn’t been a pretty start for Stewart-Haas Racing, and until they figure out what is causing this abysmal start, I would be hesitant to pick any of their drivers.

Newman has failed to finish in the top-10 at the Texas Motor Speedway since he joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009.


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Post by sangria on Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:27 am

Woot!!! Time for a night race!!!!!

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Post by Swiss Miss on Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:08 am

You can voodoo me all you want. It's not gonna help.
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Post by sangria on Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:22 am

Okay, then... voodoo voodoo voodoo voodoo
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Post by Swiss Miss on Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:22 pm

You know the drill. TIA


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Post by StAugustineFL on Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:54 am

Thanks cocoa.

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Post by sangria on Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:12 am

lmao I liked the last title, better!!!!!!
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Post by Swiss Miss on Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:28 am

You would. LOL

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Post by Swiss Miss on Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:07 pm

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. currently tops the speed charts in the first practice at Texas Motor Speedway!





FORT WORTH, Texas – As soon as Dale Earnhardt Jr. touched down in Fort Worth for Thursday’s test session, he was anxious to get back on the track and turn laps in preparation for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup event at Texas Motor Speedway.

Maybe just as importantly, Earnhardt was interested in erasing from his mind last week’s 24th-place finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. During that race, the track bar came loose on the left side of his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS and prompted a tight-handling issue that made navigating the short track difficult. He slipped from first to third in the driver standings, but trails leader and teammate Jimmie Johnson by only 12 points going into this weekend.
“I really didn’t get over that run last week (at Martinsville) until we touched down today in Texas,” Earnhardt told members of the media during a break in Cup testing on Thursday. “I wanted to get to the racetrack as soon as I could just to get that behind me and put a good result on the board and just forget about that run. You can’t really do that until you can get to the racetrack. … It takes me until I can get to the racetrack and redeem myself really to be able to get over it.”

Driving the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, Earnhardt recorded the 14th-fastest time during the first test session on Thursday and the 17th-fastest in the second one. Speed wasn’t his primary concern though. Instead, he focused on being ready when the green flag falls for the first night race of the 2013 season this Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET FOX).

Another encouraging note for Earnhardt was the way the Gen-6 Chevy handled on the 1.5-mile track. The new car seemed to function well off his team’s existing notes apart from some aero and chassis variances. That should be good news for Earnhardt fans because their driver has recorded four straight top-10 results at the 1.5-mile track during his last four trips there.

“I enjoy racing at Texas,” Earnhardt said. “It’s a mile and a half, like a lot of tracks we run on in the series, but this track has got some oddities to it that make it different than most of the other 1.5-mile tracks. The exits, to Turn 2 especially, are a real challenge. And the bumps and stuff are pretty challenging on the bottom of both corners. The entry to (Turn) 1 is always a lot of fun. It’s really fast and just trying to get the car through the middle is a challenge there. Texas is a unique place.”
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Post by gomexwx on Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:25 am

now I know who scratched my butt....did ya enjoy your fantasy through voodoo???LMAO....

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Post by sangria on Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:26 am

Tonight's starting lineup............

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Post by sangria on Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:36 am



FORT WORTH, Tex. -- There was no beating the Busches Friday at Texas Motor Speedway.
The 42nd of 45 drivers to make a qualifying run in time trials for Saturday night’s NRA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Kyle Busch took advantage of the late draw and stole the pole from bother Kurt Busch by .086 seconds.

Kyle toured the 1.5-mile intermediate speedway in a track-record 27.509 seconds (196.299 mph) in winning his second Coors Light pole award of the season, his first at Texas and the 12th of his career.

Kurt, the 37th driver to make a qualifying attempt, ran 195.688 mph in securing the starting spot beside his brother on the outside of the front row.



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We used the whole toolbox today,” said Kyle, whose team had improved his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota throughout two practice sessions on Friday. “I can’t say enough about everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing, all the guys and gals at the shop that work so hard and give us some great equipment to come to the race track with.

“I appreciate that (crew chief) Dave (Rogers) and these guys dug in hard and worked hard to give us a good piece for qualifying, and I feel like we’ve got a good piece for the race (Saturday) night, too.”

Aric Almirola (195.009 mph) qualified third, followed by his Richard Petty Motorsports teammate, Marcos Ambrose (194.946 mph). Martin Truex Jr. (194.770 mph) nailed down the fifth starting spot for the seventh Cup race of the season.

It was a bittersweet performance for Kurt Busch, who was elated by the improvement of his No. 78 Furniture Row team but disappointed at not winning the pole.

“Because it was Kyle, I wouldn’t want to lose it anybody but him, but I’m bitter because I did lose it to him,” said Kurt, who was consistently fast in both Thursday test sessions and both Friday practices.

Series leader Jimmie Johnson, the only two-time Cup winner so far this season, will start seventh after a lap at 194.503 mph. Brad Keselowski, the defending series champion and second in the standings, qualified 16th. Dale Earnhardt Jr., third in points, will take the green flag from the sixth spot.

Danica Patrick will start 42nd. Scott Speed and Scott Riggs failed to make the 43-car field.
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Post by sangria on Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:44 am

Congrats to Gomey!!!!! This has been a long time coming for you, my friend!!! Enjoy the week......

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Post by Swiss Miss on Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:08 am

PENSKE TEAMS MAY FACE PENALTIES AFTER PARTS TAKEN

FORT WORTH, Texas -- As driver introductions wound down at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday evening, two cars remained in the garage area because NASCAR had confiscated some of their parts.

The Penske Racing teams of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano face potential penalties in the coming week after parts of the vehicles’ rear-end housings were taken in pre-race inspection. The late inspection hang-up prompted a rush to get the cars through inspection before the race started, and Logano had to move to the rear of the field because NASCAR ruled his vehicle didn’t get to the starting grid on time.

Keselowski was able to keep his 16th-place starting spot. But both teams might be in for penalties due to parts that Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president for competition, told reporters were “not in the spirit of the rule.”

“In pre-race inspection they felt like there was something that was a questionable item that they wanted replaced,” said Travis Geisler, Penske’s director of competition. “We replaced all the parts in question. They have them all. We’re working through the process here as it goes to get through inspection. Unfortunately a little tighter timeline here than we’d like to be on, but I certainly understand their position and don’t disagree with where they are.”

A rear-end housing is a casing that contains the gears and axels in the back of the vehicle. Teams began to get creative in that area last season, with the yawed setups sometimes employed on the previous generation of Sprint Cup car. Saturday, Geisler said the Penske teams weren’t trying anything particularly unorthodox in that area of the vehicles.

“There isn’t anything in there that’s groundbreaking as far as new pieces and parts,” he said. “But it’s a sport that moves all the time. (NASCAR is) doing what they need to do to ensure an even playing field, which I certainly agree with and expect them to do week in and week out. If there’s a question in their mind, we’d much rather put it out of their mind by changing the parts and making sure that they’re comfortable that we’re all on an even playing field. And I feel confident that we are all here tonight.”

Getting there, though, was a scramble. The Penske vehicles were the last two vehicles in the garage area, and Keselowski’s car successfully cleared the laser inspection platform as driver introductions wound down. Crewmen continued to scramble under the rear of the No. 22 car, which needed three passes to get though the laser platform, and passed the final stages of inspection just as the command to start engines was given.

“That’s what these guys do for a living, so it’s not really a crisis,” Geisler said of the 11th-hour changeover. “We do those kinds of things during practice at times. Everybody’s set up for it. It’s obviously not expected at this point in the day, but that’s racing. You have to expect the unexpected, and that’s the way it goes.”

Having gotten the cars on track in time for the start of the race, the Penske team now faces the prospect of penalties from NASCAR. “We always have a good, open dialogue with them. They’ll keep us in the loop about how they feel about what’s going on there,” Geisler said. “I’m sure well all discuss that in the upcoming days.”
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Post by Swiss Miss on Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:46 am

Keselowski Upset Over Treatment Of Team

Considering everything that happened to the No. 2 Ford team of Brad Keselowski, a ninth-place finish could have been cause for celebration Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

Keselowski wasn't having any of that.

"I have one good thing to thing to say and that was my team and the effort they put in today in fighting back with the absolute (expletive) that's been the last seven days in this garage area," Keselowski said. "The things I've seen over the last seven days have me questioning everything I believe in. I'm not happy about it. I don't have anything positive to say and I probably should just leave it at that."

Just getting in the 500-mile Sprint Cup race was difficult for Keselowski and his Penske Racing teammate Joey Logano.

Both teams had their rear-end housings confiscated in pre-race inspection with team owner Roger Penske saying NASCAR didn't like something in the rear axles. That led to both teams struggling to get through inspection. Keselowski's car made it to the race grid during driver introductions and he was able to maintain his 16th starting spot.

Logano's No. 22 Ford needed three tries to get through inspection and didn't make it to the track until the engines had been fired. He had to start at the back of the field and made a remarkable run, finishing fifth.

But the pre-race inspection cloud still hung over the teams following the race. The teams could face penalties for the violation, although a NASCAR official wouldn't elaborate on the issue.

"There was a problem in pre-race inspection with the 2 and the 22," a NASCAR official said. "As always, NASCAR will take a look at it during the first of the week."

While Keselowski wouldn't elaborate on all the issues for him over the last week, he finished sixth at Martinsville despite a lengthy pit stop caused when he was forced to back up so that he was not pitting outside the box. Replays showed his stop was legal.

The bad mojo for the defending Sprint Cup champ continued at TMS, even though he caught a break on the last caution and was able to get back on the lead lap.

"There's so much stuff going on you guys have no idea, you have no (expletive) idea what's going on," said Keselowski, who is second in points. "That's not your fault. I can tell you there's no team in this garage with the integrity of the 2 team. And the way we've been treated over the last seven days is absolutely shameful. I feel like we've been targeted over the last seven days more than I've seen a team targeted in my life."

If a possible penalty involves crew chief Paul Wolfe, Keselowski made it clear that he would fight it.

"I'm very worried about losing my crew chief Paul Wolfe," said Keselowski, whose post-race comments may only add to any potential penalties. "I've got one of the best car owners (Roger Penske) in the garage and I'm going to be one of the first ones at his desk telling him if anything happens like that we'll both be in a meeting with anybody and everybody that will listen."

Penske was a little more diplomatic in his assessment of the weekend.

"NASCAR has a job to do," he said. "We're competitors. Obviously, we're trying to get an edge on the competition so our guys are thinking and working hard. They (NASCAR) didn't like what they saw in inspection and made us take it out. You saw how well we ran without it. So to me it's a closed case."

While issues surrounded the Penske drivers before and after the race, those drivers did nothing but excel once the green flag dropped.

Despite working with new rear-end housings, Logano was just outside the top 20 just 50 laps into the race, as was Keselowski. That was a trend that continued throughout the race. Logano's car was better than his teammate's for much of the race and he was running as high as fourth with 50 laps remaining. He also got a bonus point for leading a lap under caution and leaves Texas ninth in points, up two spots.

He was a little more upbeat than Keselowski following the race.

"If you told me I would finish fifth today, I would have given you a hug," said Logano, who got on the track late enough that he missed one of the warm-up laps. "It was hectic a little bit."

Keselowski, who was a lap down most of the night, got the break he needed after a caution for debris flew on Lap 315. That put him back on the lead lap in the 16th spot.

He charged to a top-10 finish and was still charged up after the race.


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