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NASCAR Fantasy Live: Changes in store for 2014

Monday 10 February 2014, Dan Beaver, NASCAR.com

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Fantasy lessons learned from the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season

RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live! The flagship fantasy game for NASCAR.com, NASCAR Fantasy Live is now open. While the basic functionality remains the same, there have been a few changes to enhance the gaming experience. This year, scoring will be based on four categories: laps led, the number of fastest laps recorded in a race, place differential between where a driver starts compared to how he finishes and his finishing position. One of the changes this season is a player's finishing position within a league will no longer convert to league points like in 2013, which means every race point counts toward the overall points total. In 2014, bonus points will continue to be awarded for picking the best pit crew and manufacturer each week. NASCAR Fantasy Live has also simplified the makeup of leagues. A league must have 25 entries to qualify for prizes this year. To keep prizing competition fair, the league maximum is set at 25 as well, instead of up to 43 persons. The game has kept all of the attributes that make it mimic NASCAR's rules. The same number of points is awarded for a driver's finishing position as NASCAR Read More

Fantasy lessons learned from the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season

RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live! The flagship fantasy game for NASCAR.com, NASCAR Fantasy Live is now open. While the basic functionality remains the same, there have been a few changes to enhance the gaming experience. This year, scoring will be based on four categories: laps led, the number of fastest laps recorded in a race, pl Read More

NASCAR fantasy season recap

Friday 22 November 2013, Dan Beaver, NASCAR.com

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Fantasy lessons learned from the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season

RELATED: NASCAR Fantasy Live NASCAR has the longest schedule in organized sports. Running from mid-February through mid-November, it seems as if there is only a moment or two to eat a little Turkey, open some Christmas presents, watch the ball drop in Times Square, and buy a Valentine’s Day gift before settling into a comfy armchair to watch the Daytona 500. For diehard fans, the wait is interminable. They have to find some way to pass the time. While the teams prepare new cars for 2014, players reflect on what they did correctly or could have done better to make their fantasy teams more successful. After the Ford EcoBoost 400, teams sat down and did one final debrief before scattering to spend time with their family. Now, it is the player’s turn to reflect on some of the lessons learned. The NASCAR Fantasy Live game replicates the demands of a NASCAR race very well. The drivers on players' rosters not only had to finish at the front of the pack, but they also were also awarded points for the number of quality passes, fastest laps run, place differential, and laps led by each of their drivers. To score maximum poi Read More

Fantasy lessons learned from the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season

RELATED: NASCAR Fantasy Live NASCAR has the longest schedule in organized sports. Running from mid-February through mid-November, it seems as if there is only a moment or two to eat a little Turkey, open some Christmas presents, watch the ball drop in Times Square, and buy a Valentine’s Day gift before settling into a comfy armchair Read More

NASCAR Fantasy Update: Homestead

Saturday 16 November 2013, Dan Beaver, NASCAR.com

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Is Busch a good value for Homestead?

Winning in NASCAR is mental and physical. Entering the Ford EcoBoost 400, Matt Kenseth knew that to remain a part of the conversation, he needed to lead the discussion. He did just that by winning the pole for Sunday’s race and topping the practice charts in both of Saturday’s sessions. Kenseth will not go quietly into the night. But Jimmie Johnson knows something as well, based on five previous championships. He does not have to shout to be heard. Speaking in a softer voice, he qualified among the top 10 in seventh, posted the second-fastest, single lap in final practice, and had the fastest 10-lap average in Saturday’s final practice. These two contenders will keep fantasy players talking, but there are 41 other drivers who have a statement to make. Read More

Is Busch a good value for Homestead?

Winning in NASCAR is mental and physical. Entering the Ford EcoBoost 400, Matt Kenseth knew that to remain a part of the conversation, he needed to lead the discussion. He did just that by winning the pole for Sunday’s race and topping the practice charts in both of Saturday’s sessions. Kenseth will not go quietly into the night. But Jimmie Johnson knows som Read More

NASCAR Fantasy Preview: Homestead

Wednesday 13 November 2013, Dan Beaver, NASCAR.com

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Homestead's history of streaks point to strong fantasy drivers for season finale

NASCAR's 36-race schedule Sprint Cup Series is one of the most grueling in all of professional sports. Drivers criss-cross the United States, running a wide variety of tracks that test their ability to adjust to the changing conditions. With races on road courses, unrestricted intermediate speedways, restrictor-plate superspeedways and short tracks, they take their contest to steeply banked courses like Dover International Speedway and flat tracks like Phoenix International Raceway -- and everything in between. Drivers have completed 10,286 laps of competition. On Sunday, they will have 267 more chances to make an impression on their sponsors by running in the lead or at least among the top 10. Fantasy players who have faithfully set their lineups every week are in much the same situation. Victory in one's league may already be decided, but this race is for pride, and the winner of the Ford EcoBoost 400 has bragging rights all the way to February and the Daytona 500. Read More

Homestead's history of streaks point to strong fantasy drivers for season finale

NASCAR's 36-race schedule Sprint Cup Series is one of the most grueling in all of professional sports. Drivers criss-cross the United States, running a wide variety of tracks that test their ability to adjust to the changing conditions. With races on road courses, unrestricted intermediate speedways, restrictor-plate Read More

NASCAR Fantasy Update: Phoenix

Saturday 09 November 2013, Dan Beaver, NASCAR.com

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Harvick posts fastest 10-lap average in final practice; Martin provides good value

Practice and qualification are in the books for the AdvoCare 500 and opportunities are winding down for drivers to make up ground on their competitors. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth have stolen the spotlight, and rightfully so since they are embroiled in one of the most perfect points battles since the creation of this format, but even if they already occupy two of a fantasy player's roster slots in the NASCAR Fantasy Live game, winning or losing this week will come from picking the right support staff. Johnson posted a top-five, single lap in Practice 2 and backed it up with the quickest 10-lap average in that same session. Kenseth did not make a 10-lap run in the morning, but he had Johnson firmly in his sights during final practice, but neither of them topped the leaderboard in that last tune-up for the race. As they pay attention to one another, fantasy players may choose to roll the dice on one of the racers who just wants to win.  Read More

Harvick posts fastest 10-lap average in final practice; Martin provides good value

Practice and qualification are in the books for the AdvoCare 500 and opportunities are winding down for drivers to make up ground on their competitors. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth have stolen the spotlight, and rightfully so since they are embroiled in one of the most perfect points battles since the creation o Read More

NASCAR Fantasy Preview: Phoenix

Wednesday 06 November 2013, Dan Beaver, NASCAR.com

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Johnson, Kenseth and Busch the top drivers to own this week

To win the championship, a driver must be good on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and the short, flat tracks. The same is true for fantasy players. The final 10 races of the year focus on these two track types and drivers who sit atop the standings are well balanced and good on every course. The short, flat tracks of Phoenix International Raceway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Richmond International Raceway require a different set of skills, however. As players drill down deeper in the lineup, there are another group of racers who excel on this track type versus the 1.5- and two-milers. Drivers have to back up the corners and slow their momentum well before the apex. On the 1.5-mile tracks, an aggressive driver can attack the entry and let the banking catch the car; on flat tracks, the racer’s focus is on the exit of the turn and that takes patience. This week, most fantasy players will want to leave the top slots of their roster alone, but the winning team will need to make adjustments to the mid-cap and bargain basement picks and there are some very interesting dark horses there. Read More

Johnson, Kenseth and Busch the top drivers to own this week

To win the championship, a driver must be good on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and the short, flat tracks. The same is true for fantasy players. The final 10 races of the year focus on these two track types and drivers who sit atop the standings are well balanced and good on every course. The short, flat tracks of Phoenix Inte Read More

NASCAR Fantasy Update: Texas

Saturday 02 November 2013, Dan Beaver, NASCAR.com

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Kenseth, Johnson smart picks despite price tags

Only time will tell if the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was a two-man race all along. Regardless of history's judgment, there has been plenty of drama. Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson continue to square off like evenly matched fighters, and their contest will come down to the final round. Last week, few expected Kenseth to catch Johnson in the points standings at Martinsville Speedway, yet they enter Texas Motor Speedway tied atop the leaderboard. One of them will almost certainly have a small advantage on Monday, but so far, they have paced each other lap-for-lap in practice and qualification. The two garnered the lion's share of attention, but there are plenty of drivers in the field who hope to draw some of that focus their way. In Saturday's first session, 14 drivers recorded 10 or more consecutive laps. In final practice, that number doubled as 28 teams were comfortable enough with their setups to log long sessions -- and that is going to make for close competition Sunday. Read More

Kenseth, Johnson smart picks despite price tags

Only time will tell if the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was a two-man race all along. Regardless of history's judgment, there has been plenty of drama. Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson continue to square off like evenly matched fighters, and their contest will come down to the final round. Last week, few expected Kenseth to catch Johnson in th Read More

NASCAR Fantasy Preview: Texas

Wednesday 30 October 2013, Dan Beaver, NASCAR.com

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Keselowski, Hamlin among the good values for Texas

RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live The countdown continues. Only three races remain and for some fantasy players it may be time to change their strategy. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth continued to earn the most points in recent weeks, but looking a little further down the chart and there are some other racers with strong records who are not quite as expensive. Discounting the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway because of the number of quality passes that skewed that week’s points, Jeff Gordon earned the third-most points on average in the NASCAR Fantasy Live game. His salary cap has risen in recent weeks to reflect his surge, but it is still nearly three dollars less than the points leaders, which could free up a lot of room to upgrade a player’s mid-prized or bargain basement player. When Brad Keselowski began to stumble in the middle stages of the season, his salary cap plummeted in the NASCAR Fantasy Live game and currently he is only the 14th-most expensive driver in the game at $24.50, but he has earned the sixth-most points in that same timeframe. Ryan Newman is another great value as is Denny Hamlin Read More

Keselowski, Hamlin among the good values for Texas

RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live The countdown continues. Only three races remain and for some fantasy players it may be time to change their strategy. Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth continued to earn the most points in recent weeks, but looking a little further down the chart and there are some other racers with strong records who are not qu Read More

NASCAR Fantasy Update: Martinsville

Saturday 26 October 2013, Dan Beaver, NASCAR.com

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Kyle Busch showing plenty of speed at Martinsville

RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live Practice is essential on rhythm tracks like Martinsville Speedway and along with a driver's starting position, it tells fantasy owners nearly all they need to know heading into Sunday’s Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger.   Jimmie Johnson won the last two races on this track from the Coors Light Pole. The most recent previous pole and race winner to that two-race streak was Denny Hamlin, who performed the feat in 2010. Hamlin and Johnson lead the field to green on Sunday, with the No. 11 driver posting a new track record, and it is a fair bet that both will finish in the top five.  Read More

Kyle Busch showing plenty of speed at Martinsville

RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live Practice is essential on rhythm tracks like Martinsville Speedway and along with a driver's starting position, it tells fantasy owners nearly all they need to know heading into Sunday’s Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger.   Jimmie Johnson won the last two races on this track from the Coors Read More

NASCAR Fantasy Preview: Martinsville

Wednesday 23 October 2013, Dan Beaver, NASCAR.com

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Johnson, Gordon have dominant history at NASCAR's shortest track

It is a good thing that NASCAR mandates the use of head and neck restraining systems, because this week drivers are in danger of getting whiplash. The series rolls from the longest and one of the fastest tracks to one of the shortest and slowest in the never-ending contest to determine the best stock car racer.  Talladega Superspeedway was a game of chance; Martinsville Speedway is a game of chess. The field will take 400 laps to secure a position in the top 10 and the final 100 laps will showcase an intense battle among the leaders. Talladega was unpredictable; Martinsville features some of the longest top-five and top-10 streaks on the schedule. This week’s top-five finishers are not hard to guess, but the NASCAR Fantasy Live game will be won or lost by the player who selects the correct dark horses. Players scored the most points in the quality passing column of the Camping World RV Sales 500. The Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 will be won by the player with the most points in the laps led and fastest laps run columns, so plan accordingly.  Read More

Johnson, Gordon have dominant history at NASCAR's shortest track

It is a good thing that NASCAR mandates the use of head and neck restraining systems, because this week drivers are in danger of getting whiplash. The series rolls from the longest and one of the fastest tracks to one of the shortest and slowest in the never-ending contest to determine the best stock car racer.  Tall Read More