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Thank you to my gal for letting me use her log-in.

I picked Denny Hamlin based on what I saw at Daytona plus his form over the last two seasons. It was a bit hard because it can be any of probably 10 drivers to win at any time.

I'm hoping Bernie can give me a new password so I can post here again soon under my own name..

MUZZA

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Way to go, Muzza. You (and Kiwi) know your stuff.

Now, about your password — isn't that something you can fix with a "forgot my password" link here? I think that happened to me once and I got a new one, then re-set it.

Finally... anyone for Fantasy Iditarod?

Seriously. Check it out; http://www.fantasyiditarodonline.com/

(Or is that kind of a mean sport, from the dogs' point of view?)

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[cont'd from Baseball thread]

For example, Paulie, what do you think of Yahoo's NASCAR game? At times, we've all been a little critical of the baseball and football games there, but overall we must like them (because we stay).

Also, a question: Do you pay much attention to qualifying results? I know our teams are picked by then, but we can jigger with Active/Bench. Do you think a good qualifying run translates...?

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(Continued from the "Baseball" thread) laugh

LC, I know some about racing; growing up in Daytona and then spending part of my adult life married to a NASCAR employee... and I will talk about racing some... but dude, baseball is my passion... (continued in the racing thread...) laugh

I like the format that Yahoo uses... I have never delved too deeply into it, but I know that you get points if your driver gets the pole (first) position to start the race... you score a certain number of points for finishing position, for laps completed and for laps led... It has happened that the driver that won a race only led that one; final lap... OFTEN the driver who leads the most laps does not win the race...

As for the qualifying results, what is most important about qualifying is if they are qualifying at a different time than race time... some races will have daytime qualifying and then a night race... the set up they give an engine for a pair of "fast laps" could be different than what they'd do for a lengthy race in the same conditions... and even more different if the race is scheduled at night... We all know about the mud and such in football... "hard" surfaces or soggy grass in baseball, but probably no other sport that we play, fantasy-wise, depends as much on the condition of the "field"... Not only do we have short and long tracks, and super speedways; we have to contend with "green" tracks (tracks what have lost their excess rubber due to rain); the changes in temperature... really a myriad of things that go into the handling of a car. And handling is really as important as speed... maybe even moreso... driving fast is great, but if you can't steer or control the vehicle... well, we saw Juan Pablo Montoya suffer that lack of control to the extreme when he hit the jet-dryer in Daytona!

The biggest concern about qualifying though is if a guy qualifies well and then wrecks his car during "happy hour" practices... IF you go to a new car (or have to change out your engine) you start at the back of the field... And if that's not bad enough, you're starting at the back of the field in a car that likely is not your best car for the track (if it was your best car for the track, you'd have used it in the first place, right?)

Problem is, I don't know if Yahoo lets us change our lineup after qualifying... I'd tend to doubt it since it would sort of negate the idea of winning the points for the pole position if you could put your driver in after he set the pole, right? laugh Can we shuffle up until race time, so long as they're on our roster or are we locked out at a certain time before race time?

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Thanks, Paulie. Good stuff. Re: Yahoo's change allowance: I think you're right. It wouldn't make sense to be able to win some points in the Qualifying run, but then stick them on the bench. I'll check the rules again....

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Well Hi everyone... I"M BACK.... hey... stop running away... I'm not THAT scary. Really looking forward to catching up with you all again andm gettingn to know the newbies since I was, last here.

I guess I better go study the form for the next race. Different track requires different style of driving so need to think about it a bit.

take care y'all... gigidy, gigidy goooooo!!!

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NASCAR Fantasy reminds me of when I was a young Booyah just starting to be interested in girls. Basically:

1) I didn't know what I was doing

2) I wasn't sure of the most effective way to score

3) It involves "chasing"

4)I knew when I scored well...just don't know how I got there. grin

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Ha! Good stuff, Booyah. You weren't alone!

Pat -- YES! We need Paulie and Muzza to take five minutes every Monday or Tuesday and help get us up to speed... just like you did in hockey this year. Very helpful....

For example, do we all know that our season is split into three segments (SPRING, SUMMER, PLAYOFFS)? We're using the "Lucky Dog" feature that allows us to drop our low score from each segment. Per Yahoo's rules:

"In Fantasy Auto Racing, the Lucky Dog feature is only available in private groups that has that feature enabled. This allows managers to drop their lowest scoring week in each segment, and the dropped score will only impact their private group, it will not impact their overall standing on the public leaderboards. This way it keeps you in the running, if you forget to make your pick one week."

Now, Lew Bundles forgot to make picks last week and this week, so he's in a hole for this segment. But don't give up, Lew! Go in Monday morning and at least fill in a team. You can change it up until the day before the race.

So we're all learning this game as we go along.... Paulie and Muzza may not have played NASCAR fantasy before, but we're looking more for racing tidbits. Like, I found this chart showing the schedule for this season, and on it are the winners of last year's races on the same tracks. Paulie and Muzza, what are your thoughts on a driver "owning" a track, the way some hitters always seem to crush the ball against certain pitchers or in certain parks. Does that apply in racing? Here's the chart:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/schedule;_ylt=AuWuwkU.TSZXVVbsli9ja4vov7YF

Also, let's give props to Sweet Suzanne! In her first week of picks, she nailed the winner, Tony Stewart, and had the highest point total in our league with 327. Actually, Paulie also had 327, so they were tied for this week. And both Paulie and Muzza also had Tony Stewart.

Meanwhile, our other "racing chick," Marlene, is now in first place overall, having edged past Muzza. Their point totals for the season: 584 and 583. Marlene — with momentum from her baseball championship — had 308 points for the week on the strength of three Top 10 drivers in her lineup (Greg Biffle 3rd; Carl Edwards 5th; Dale Jr. 10th).

My close friend BHPat had 301 for the week, also picking Biffle, Edwards, and Dale Jr. Of course (this will sound familiar, my friend!), he also had today's 2nd-place driver, Jimmie Johnson, tucked away on his bench. Ouch!

Other point totals for this week: My "Long Hot Days" team had 315; John's "RickyBobbyBooyahs" had 292; and Muzza brought up the rear with 285, as his hunch on "B" driver Martin Truex Jr. didn't pan out (17th), while "C" driver Dave Blaney came in 29th.

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Well.. I haven't even had a chance to look at the race yet as I kept getting called into the Hospital. I obviously need to study the thing a bit more to see what's happening.

When I picked Truex and Blaney, I sort of knew that they can be "hot" one week and "off" the next. It was a risk I guess and I got stung by it.

I'll have a look and put up some suggestions on who might be worth a look for the next race. No guarantees I get it right but who knows.. we strike the jackpot.

And.. umm.. Pat... Jackie is sorta retired mate.. lol.

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I think it is fair to say that there are some tracks that Drivers "own" in that they always perform well at them. For that reason the Chart is worth a look to see how they faired last year.

One thing to watch for is when they move from long ovals to short ones and also from ovals to Road courses. Some of the drivers come from Road Racing backgrounds so often perform better at those. And some seem to be "specialists" on short ovals and yet can perform well on long ones.

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For those of you who want to "hitch a ride" with her, Danica Patrick is listed as an available driver for this coming weeks race. This shows me that Yahoo is updating their roster options by the week, since Danica is only slated to drive maybe 10 Sprint Cup races this year... I'm not saying to go get her, though I am thinking about it... just got a hunch that getting out of the limelight of Daytona is gonna give her a more relaxed time out there; she's got a good team and a good ride, so there's no reason to think she can't fare well; given her drive and ambition and past history in the Indy series...

Also bear in mind my fellow players, that drivers can excel at one type of track and not be so great at another. Certain drivers; the most famous of them naturally; have no problems but there are others who will excel at either super speedways like Daytona or short tracks like Martisville... Also there are a couple of races each year that are "road courses"... not the traditional "go fast, turn left" races... and there are drivers who will drive only those races.. and others who will excel at those tracks while barely making the field at super speedways...

Just thought I'd drop you those hints and updates as we head into this new week, our 3rd as a league...

Good luck guys 'n gals... laugh

NOTE: UPDATING THE DANICA SIGHTING

I just returned to the yahoo page and see Danica is no longer listed on the page of this weeks drivers, but she does show up on the roster page for week five; whether she's "active" for that week remains to be seen...

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I'm not saying to go get her, though I am thinking about it... just got a hunch that getting out of the limelight of Daytona is gonna give her a more relaxed time out there; she's got a good team and a good ride, so there's no reason to think she can't fare well; given her drive and ambition and past history in the Indy series...

If she's PMSing...I'll pick her! :yikes:

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I think some of you people are mocking the dignity of NASCAR...What's next, WWF Fantasy League?

Good idea, Tony! Give me Triple H with the first pick! The question is WHEN are we going to get Tony Cartmill to join one of our leagues?????? Still time to join baseball, free league and/or pay league, Mr. Padre!

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If she's PMSing...I'll pick her! :yikes:

Hmm — NASCAR might have to revise their stats. (BOOOOO!)

Seriously, I really hope Danica gets a checkered flag this year. (Paulie, good use of a racing phrase there?) I saw a featurette on her, and she's pretty impressive. My "Long Hot Days" team is bound to clear a spot for her when the time is right.

Tony, Pat is right. It's about time you climbed on board. Sign up for baseball -- the EC league is free to play, and even the money one isn't going to break the bank ($20 per team; top four get payouts -- $120/$60/$40/$20). The nice thing is, you don't HAVE to take any Padres. I mean, most people avoid them as is, so you'd have the option. But you could steer clear, too. Now... come on!

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Tony, Pat is right. It's about time you climbed on board. Sign up for baseball -- the EC league is free to play, and even the money one isn't going to break the bank ($20 per team; top four get payouts -- $120/$60/$40/$20). The nice thing is, you don't HAVE to take any Padres. I mean, most people avoid them as is, so you'd have the option. But you could steer clear, too. Now... come on!

Yeah... I can see it now... Tony plays with no Padres... Pat steers clear of cubbies... John avoids Mets like a plague... and TOMMY gives up the Yankees for a season-long lent... :yikes:

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