The Gamer: Cup & Nationwide at Charlotte
By David Smith (on Twitter at @DavidSmithMA)
October 11, 2012
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Welcome back to The Gamer, as we attempt to lick the wounds given to us by the racing action at Talladega Superspeedway and pinpoint drivers to back or bail on for this weekend’s races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Production in Equal Equipment Ratings (PEER) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte during the COT era are listed below. I have also made picks for Friday’s power-packed NASCAR Nationwide Series race, but first, a few notes to keep in mind:
- The Goodyear tire combination for this weekend is Code No. 4428 on the left sides and Code No. 4552 on the right sides, or, in other words, the same tire combo Goodyear brought to Charlotte in the spring. The 4428s were used last year, but coupled with Code No. 4430 on the right side. This combination is new for 2012. This year’s spring races – which include the Coca-Cola 600 – give us the most usable results for this reason.
- Results at other quad-oval racetracks are helpful, but not totally important. There will be a lot of talk about how well Driver A did at Las Vegas Motor Speedway or something or other. Vegas is not Charlotte, though the same car will likely be used.
- David Reutimann is, according to PEER, the third most productive driver at Charlotte. Piloting an entry for Tommy Baldwin Racing, he could be helpful in a fantasy situation (note: he didn’t qualify for the 600, but he’s locked in via points for this weekend), but for the love of all that is holy, do not bet on him and hope the 50-1 field pick payout pans out. It won’t ... Read More
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David Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Analytics and the host of The David Smith Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidSmithMA.