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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Pait Racing Fantasy Team - 2005 Driver Previews

Last year on, I kept track during the race season of the "What If" standings. It was quite a bit of work! This year I don't want to do all that work keeping up with the season, so I decided to join a fantasy league with some of my buddies.

I didn't get off to a very good start. Because the auction for the drivers happened during my work time and I was just coming out of a meeting, I only got two of the drivers I wanted. The other two were automatically assigned. Jeff Gordon and Joe Nemechek were the two I went after and kept. Michael Waltrip and Robby Gordon were assigned to me. I was able to trade R. Gordon for Greg Biffle, so I now have my team all together. I won't talk about the ones that got away :-(

Gordon is an obvious choice. He may not win the whole thing this year, but he is always a threat. He is the leader of my team and really my only sure shot.
I was excited to get this trade. Biffle could be set for a break out year. I don't expect to see him win the championship, but he is set for a solid year of good finishes. I expect to see him get a win this year.
Why Joe Nemechek? Call it my gut. He finished so strong toward the end of the year. Also, he is now running Hendrick engines and has a solid team behind him. Besides, I just like the guy. I'm calling him my dark horse.
I contemplated dropping Waltrip and picking up a free agent. But man, I just wish I had that much hair! Seriously, I did hesitate when I learned he was assigned to me, but the statistics showed he is the better choice over any free agents. He also has connections with DEI and had he not caught up in wrecks, he would have done much better last year.

I will have to sit one driver during the 500. Right now I am going to sit Nemechek. I'll wait until Sunday do make my final decision.

Boogity, boogity, boogity! Let's go racin'!


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