Road Course Ringers Are Like a Box of Chocolates

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My momma always said, “Road course ringers are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” OK, so my momma doesn’t really know much of anything about racing, much less road course ringers. But the part about a box of chocolates and not knowing what you’re gonna get is so true. I hate biting into a gorgeous hunk of dark chocolate only to discover some sort of coconut goo residing in the center. It just ruins the moment and puts a terrible taste in my mouth. All of you Champs, Chumps & Sleepers fantasy players that had road course ringers on your fantasy roster know what I’m talking about.

Like that nugget of dark chocolate, Boris Said, Scott Pruett, Marcos Ambrose, and even Ron Fellows in the #01 with his “guaranteed to start” Top 35 status must have looked good to many of us as we filled out our fantasy roster. Perhaps Darren’s Road Course Ringer Ratings” even played a role. After all, three of those ringers had median finishes on road courses of 12th or better!

Yet race day brought a bitter end to what was anticipated to be a sweet points day for many fantasy teams. Sure, there were flashes of hope for a great finish, especially for Marcos Ambrose in the famous Wood Brother’s #21. But when the field took the checkers, the Cup regulars had left the road course ringers out to dry. Even some of the road racers with full time Cup rides had finishes at the back of the pack. As I scan over the results below I have to wonder, “Just how will fantasy team owners set their rosters once the series gets to Watkins Glen?” Personally, I may just skip that variety box of chocolates and instead get some M&Ms or a Snickers bar. At least one won’t melt in my hands, and the other really satisfies you.

  • 17th = Terry Labonte
  • 29th = Ron Fellows
  • 35th = Max Papis
  • 36th = Robby Gordon
  • 37th = A.J. Allmendinger
  • 38th = Scott Pruett
  • 41st = Boris Said
  • 42nd = Marcos Ambrose
  • 43rd = Brian Simo
  • DNQ = Dario Franchitti
  • DNQ = Brandon Ash