Fantasy NASCAR Report: Darlington Edition

Mason DunnCorrespondent IMay 7, 2009

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 10: Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Wrigley's Big Red Dodge, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Indiana Jones Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dodge Challenger 500 on May 10, 2008 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Five drivers to watch this week at the Lady in Black.


Kyle Busch

Well after going three-for-three last weekend in Virginia Kyle Busch will continue his quest for 200 NASCAR wins this week in South Carolina when he rolls in the defending race winner.

This track fits Kyle's driving style: fast and very loose. Kyle has one win in four starts at Darlington and will look to improve that record this weekend.


Denny Hamlin

Yeah it may look like a JGR love fest here on my fantasy report, but for good reason. JGR has top-notch equipment and people and look to continue their current winning streak.

Denny was able to finish eighth in his first NASCAR race at Darlington in 2004 and won in 2006 after ripping his hand open running around his hauler at a test session.

He also owns three top-tens in three Sprint Cup starts at Darlington.


Kurt Busch

Kurt has been to this track 12 times and is still winless mainly due to Ricky Cravens' heroics back in 2003.

Kurt is currently on the upswing and will look to continue his "comeback" season and reclaim the spot atop the points standings this weekend. Also don't be surprised if he notches his third Darlington pole this weekend.


Greg Biffle

Two wins in eight starts with one pole on top of that, not a bad record for the Biff.

Greg is currently teetering on the bottom of the Chase contention list and will look to boost his and Roush-Fenway's spirits with a win this weekend.

Plus, after taking the pole and ending up 43rd last year that is just extra motivation going into this weekend.


Underdog: Bobby Labonte

This weekend for my underdog pick I'm choosing to go with experience and with 28 starts on his belt and a win, I would daresay Labonte qualifies as having experience at Darlington.

Bobby and the Hall of Fame team are going to look to this weekend to turn their program around and try to climb up into the top 20 in points.


Last Week: Richmond

To say I was pleased with my picks last week is almost an understatement. All five placed in the top 15 and Denny took home the most laps led but unfortunately fell back to 14th at the end.


Kyle Busch: Winner

Ryan Newman: Fourth

Marcos Ambrose: 11th

Kurt Busch: 12th

Denny Hamlin: 14th