Fantasy Picks/Pans: Talladega
Restrictor plate races are to fantasy leagues, what KISS is to classical music.
They do not mix well at all.
And choosing a Talladega winner is like throwing an egg against the wall. A large chuck will crack and fall away (let that represent cars taken out in "The Big One") and the rest will stick to the wall. Your task is to figuring out what will stick.
Plate races are NASCAR's great equalizer, but Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway will have a different feel. NASCAR allowed drivers to try plates with various hole-sizes during a March test at the track, which meant higher speeds and greater throttle response. Combine these factors with the aerodynamic advantages gained by the new spoiler, rear window blade, NASCAR's new leniency on bump drafting, and the inevitable usage of the multiple green-white-checkered finish rule, and the Aaron's 499 will surely be a barn burner this weekend.
The trendy fantasy racing picks in most arenas likely will center on Hendrick Motorsports drivers, but peel back a layer of the onion and you might cry at those picks:
Don't place any bets on last week's winner in Texas,
Let's take a look at this week's picks...
NASCAR returns to short track racing next Saturday night in Richmond, after a three-race excursion on three different types of tracks. Great racing is expected and you'll need a good set of picks to make the night perfect. Turn in here next week to see which drivers top the list.