ESPN Stock Car Challenge Strategy Darlington Raceway Dodge Avenger 500

Last Race of Segment 1

It’s the last week of segment 1 for ESPN’s Stock Car Challenge fantasy NASCAR game. The drivers you have on your team now will be gone after the Darlington race. Your best strategy for this week, if you don’t have Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson locked in at a low rate, is to pick up a solid low-tier driver so you can spend big on the top-tiers.

Top-Tier Driver Bargains

Top performing drivers at a bargain price.

  • Jeff Burton: Jeff’s engine woes at Richmond knocked his stock price down by .5 points to a 22.7 this week. He’s priced higher than the 21.0 that he started the year at but if you have the money to get him for just this week it might be a good choice. Jeff Burton’s average finish over the last 18 races at Darlington is 10th. Plus, he’s won here before.
  • Greg Biffle: Greg dropped a modest .1 this week to 21.1. That’s still .8 lower than you could have got him at the beginning of the year. Biffle is the defending winner at Darlington, sweeping the races there last year. His COT looked good at Richmond until Jeff Green knocked him around. Biffle might be a good top-tier, low priced driver for this final segment.

Middle-Tier Drivers

Once again, since this is the final race of the segment, you want the best drivers you can get. Pick up a solid low-tier performer that will get you a top 25 and use your money on the top-tier boys. If you must pick from this middle-tier here’s my suggestion.

  • Reed Sorenson: Reed finished 11th at his one race at Darlington. If he can pull that off again, he’s like a 100 shares of Google stock pre-IPO. His current price of 17.5.
  • Jeff Green: Jeff looked really bad at Richmond, but overall he has performed quite well with the COT. At 17.0 he’s not a bad priced middle-tier driver.
  • Sterling Marlin: Marlin has looked good at times with the COT. His average finish in the last 18 races at Darlington is 21st. He’s priced at a mid-range 16.7. He might serve you well this week if you have no better choice.

Worthwhile Bottom-Tier Drivers

To be able to afford the best drivers for this final race of segment 1, you need a low-tier driver that will at least finish the race top 30 and bring you home some points.

I think your best bet is Ken Schrader at 15.5 (if he can qualify in). He has an average 20th over the last 18 Darlington races. Kenny Wallace is going for 14.1 and averages 25th over his last 14 races at Darlington. Or even, David Reutimann is going for the basement price of 11.8. He ought to get some good practice in the Busch race for his Nextel Cup debut at Darlington.

Good Luck!