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Fantasy Insider: Go Gibbs at Richmond

The 2011 season has seen seven different winners in the first eight races, but now the Sprint Cup Series heads back to another short track where things have been much more predictable as of late. Three drivers have flat out been on a different level on NASCAR’s short tracks over the last three-plus years than the rest of the pack.

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Fantasy Insider: Surprises and Disappointments of 2011

With an off-weekend approaching for the Sprint Cup Series, it gives us a chance to reflect on the young season. We’re only eight races in, but already we’ve seen more parody than ever before. There have been seven different winners in the first eight races and 20 different drivers have already scored multiple top-10 finishes. *Trevor Bayne* paved the way for a year of surprises by winning the Daytona 500 in his second career start. Bayne’s victory may top the list, but several other drivers have pulled off unexpected victories starting in week two with *Jeff Gordon*.

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Fantasy Insider: Talladega Always a Toss-Up

As a restrictor-plate track, 'Dega is always a wild card on the schedule. Add in what has happened there in the past two years (wins by *Jamie McMurray* and *Clint Bowyer*, *Brad Keselowski* flipping *Carl Edwards* into the stands to win in a James Finch-owned car in 2009, and a record 88 lead changes in the spring of 2010) and it becomes even more unpredictable. Now, let’s also add in one of the craziest Daytona 500s in recent memory (74 lead changes) resulting in a 20-year-old winning in his second career start to the mix. By the way, *David Gilliland*, *Bobby Labonte* and *Regan Smith* all finished in the top 10.

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Fantasy Insider: Despite Poor Finish, Keep Rolling With Hamlin

Much like *Jimmie Johnson* at Auto Club Speedway, *Kevin Harvick* came out of nowhere on Sunday at Martinsville to contend for the win. NASCAR’s new “closer,” as he is being dubbed, ran outside the top 15 for a good portion of Sunday’s race while the usual short-track aces (Johnson, *Denny Hamlin* and *Kyle Busch*) took turns out front. These late-race charges by top-tier drivers serve as a reminder selecting drivers has gotten even tougher for fantasy owners in recent weeks. Two of the names that led laps, Johnson and Hamlin, finished 11th and 12th respectively and the driver who led the most laps (302 combined) in both races, Kyle Busch, didn’t win either. Harvick led only seven combined laps in the two victories.

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Fantasy Insider: Hamlin Is The Man At Martinsville

*Jimmie Johnson* proved to be a pretty good pick last weekend at Fontana; if it wasn’t for the last restart, he probably would have ended up in Victory Lane. The finish is even more impressive considering the circumstances; Johnson was stuck in the middle of every practice sheet and running outside the top 15 for a good chunk of last Sunday’s event. He looked mediocre at best for most of the weekend, yet partner in crime Chad Knaus had the No. 48 looking outstanding when it counted: the final 25 laps. See, that's the thing about Johnson; even when he doesn’t look good at the start of the race, he has the best crew chief in the business to get him to the top 5 by the end.

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Fantasy Insider: Johnson Is Due At Fontana

Last Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway provided fantasy owners with something they hadn’t seen in the first three races: predictability. All the numbers pointed to *Kyle Busch* and Rowdy came through with his first win of the season. While Busch’s win was predictable, the parody in the sport remains. There have been four different winners in the first four races and names like *Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick* and *Kurt Busch* are yet to reach victory lane. There is no reason to think we couldn’t see five different winners in the first five races, mainly because of that Johnson guy.

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Fantasy Insider: Get Rowdy at Bristol

_There is rarely a time in Sprint Cup racing where one or two organizations don’t seem to be a on a different playing field than the competition. Over the last 15 years or so, it has primarily been Hendrick Motorsports (Hendrick has won 10 of the last 16 series titles) and Roush Fenway Racing (two titles)._ _In 2011, it seems like the playing field has evened. Old dependables like Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick have been quite the opposite this year. They are great one week and off the next. Meanwhile, names like Paul Menard, Martin Truex Jr., Juan Montoya and A.J. Allmendinger are all ahead of the aforementioned drivers in the standings._

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Fantasy Insider: Carry Gordon’s Momentum Into Vegas

_After an unpredictable Daytona 500, Phoenix was expected to be the real start of the fantasy season. Then lap 67 came of the Subway Fresh Fit 500k, and along with it a 13-car accident taking out a host of fantasy contenders, including many fantasy owners' top driver, *Carl Edwards*._ _On top of that, one week after *Trevor Bayne* went to victory lane in his second career race, *Jeff Gordon* won for the first time in 67 races (at a track where he had only scored one previous victory)._ _So much for predictability._

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Fantasy Insider: Struggle At Daytona? Bounce Back with Johnson

Hopefully, your first week of fantasy didn’t go up in smoke like it did for the Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines. *Trevor Bayne’s* win on Sunday proved just how unpredictable picking drivers at a restrictor-plate track can be. Fortunately, it should get a little easier from this point forward, starting with this weekend’s race in Phoenix.

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Fantasy Insider: Surviving the Two-Car Tango in Daytona

Here we go, set to embark on the longest fantasy season known to man: Fantasy NASCAR. Get ready for 36 weeks of racing over the course of nine months. Without further ado, let’s jump into a two-car draft and get ready for Daytona. This year, we will start the season with a bigger wild card than ever before created by a brand new surface at Daytona. In case you’ve missed the racing in Speedweeks so far, here are some things to remember as we head to the new Daytona:

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