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October 18, 10:00 AM ET
Fantasy NASCAR with Mark Garrow

Buzzmaster
  (3:19 PM)

Hang on folks, Mark is having some technical difficulties and will be here shortly.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:02 AM)

Finally got it to work..so let's get this partaaayyy started!

Grasshopper (TN... GO VOLS!!)

Hola all knowing,Have a strategy question for the all knowing one, I'm in a limited selection fantasy league (3 times per year) and I am running out of drivers. Everyone else in the league is as well though, so my question, should I throw everybody I have left now and hope for some help in Miami, or save 14,99 for the final race?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:04 AM)

I'd probably save one of those guys for the last race and maybe think about using Stewart this weekend because he seems to do really well newly paved tracks.

Zach (Fennimore, WI)

While disappointing, I can't help but feel relieved to muster a score of 166 at Charlotte despite Regan Smith's engine failure.That being said, does his run (while the car was running) make him a top sleeper again, or what about Kurt Busch, who has actually been very strong in his career at Kansas (even finished 17th with Phoenix racing)?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:07 AM)

You do have the option of going with Regan Smith one more race...there no doubt he was coming and I think would have finished from fourth to eighth if the engine didn't let go. I have told people in my preview, however, that maybe it's time to pick up Kurt Busch and ride him until the end of the season because I see him scoring at about the same level as Sam Hornish, Jr. My brain told me to leave him on my team but I didn't listen lured by the prospects of a potential top-10. Now, I can't get Hornish back without revamping my team and I like having the 48,11,2, and 5 right now..only alternative is go with Busch and that needs to be a serious consideration..And you might have to take him now because an increase in his price after Kansas might put you in a bind.

Tom mi [via mobile]

How about your top four qualifiers

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:08 AM)

Thinking Biffle, Johnson, Kahne and maybe Bowyer..that's what immediately comes to mind Tom.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Who do you think will win the Kansas Lottery 300 & the Hollywood Casinos 400 at Kansas?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:08 AM)

Joey Logano Saturday...Jimmie Johnson Sunday.

Don (Kenosha, wi)

How do you like my top ten this week? 48 11 2 16 5 17 18 15 56 24

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:10 AM)

Not bad Don...here's my pre-race top-30.....1.Jimmie Johnson2.Kyle Busch3.Denny Hamlin4.Clint Bowyer5.Brad Keselowski6.Tony Stewart7.Mark Martin8.Kasey Kahne9.Joey Logano10.Jeff Gordon11.Matt Kenseth12.Carl Edwards13.Greg Biffle14.Martin Truex, Jr.15.Ryan Newman16.Kevin Harvick17.Regan Smith18.Sam Hornish, Jr.19.Kurt Busch20.Marcos Ambrose21.Juan Pablo Montoya22.Paul Menard23.Trevor Bayne24.Jeff Burton25.Jamie McMurray26.Bobby Labonte27.A.J. Allmendinger28.Aric Almirola29.Casey Mears30.David Ragan

Ryan (Lincoln NE) [via mobile]

Will Dodge dominate this fuel mileage race?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:11 AM)

I don't know about that Ryan...both the Gibbs and Hendrick teams and MWR have been working hard on the mileage deal and may have caught up when you look at the end of the Charlotte race.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

I wonder why did NASCAR Cut the Maximum cars in the Nationwide Series from 43 to 40 starting in 2013?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:12 AM)

Because a full third of the field at times this year were start and parks.

Bill Scott (Lake Summerset, Illinois)

Howdy Mark, After trading in the 15 for the 17 I had to listen to some great blues music to help soothe the soul! My line-up in Fantasy Cup is the 18, 11, 17, 24, 2, 88, 5 and the 48. I can't believe MWR is THAT GOOD! Is Scott Miller the big difference? Do you trust the 88 gang this weekend? I did last week and got BURNED! I'm still ahead of the game but will miss the BIG MULAH! Your top 30 usually helps but, sometimes " I Feel Like I've Tied To The Whippin' Post"! Thanks, Bill

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:14 AM)

Scott Miller was a very big loss for RCR and a major pick-up for MWR. Look at the proof..All three RCR cars made the Chase last year..This season just one made it. Before no one at MWR had made the Chase and this year they put both eligible cars into the playoff...I do trust the 88 team, but as I just talked about it may be time to say a few "Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee..." and pick up Kurt Busch and pray for the best.

The Old Man (Hendersonville)

Mark: As you know Jr. is not my favorite driver?I do not either like him or dislike him but for once I am going to take up for him.Jr. is getting a lot of grief about his decision to climb out of the driver?s seat in the Charlotte and Kansas races. Such phrases as wuss and whimp have been tossed around with several persons saying he should have sucked it up and raced however, for once, I agree that Jr did the right thing.Tim Higgins recently wrote a very good story about Buddy Baker experiencing a concussion at the Coke 600 in May of 1988. After experiencing headaches and racing several more races including another wreck at Dega the problem continued to persist. At the Watkins Glen race and more vision problems he went to see Dr. Jerry Punch in the garage. Punch insisted that he needed to go back home to Charlotte immediately and see Dr. Jerry Petty who, incidentally, is the same doctor Jr. went to.Dr. Petty informed Baker with the good news?he was pretty sure he could save his life and immediately put him in the hospital. The next morning he had brain surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain. The surgery did save Baker?s life but even Baker admits he was never the same driver after the injury and that by trying to drive through it probably made the problem worse.Jr is still a young man (38) and why should he endanger the rest of his life and his career to chance it. Drivers get out of cars for a lot less serious things such as the flu or food poisoning ?your thoughts.PS: I still owe you for that FORGOTTEN remark from last Wednesday?paybacks are a bitch.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:15 AM)

I agree with you...Junior did the right thing.

Windy City Dan (IL)

Hi Guru, Im heading to kansas on saturday and taking my in laws to their first nascar weekend. the weather forecast looks great, what is your forecast for the front two rows of qualifying? Thanks! Dan

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:16 AM)

As I said before Dany maybe Biffle, Johnson, Kahne and maybe Bowyer.

Mike H (NJ)

Mark,I need to pick the following 5 drivers once for each remaining race; 18, 20, 29, 39, 99. How would you slot them at the remaining tracks to get their best finish and score the most points?Thanks.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:24 AM)

Had some working on this quick..okay..here's what I'm thinking Mike...Kansas 20...Martinsville 39, Texas 18, Phoenix 29..Homestead 99

Nick Rolando (Orlando)

Mark, down the home stretch for the season and second half of the semester for grad school. Did well last week at CLT. This week I have the 11-16-56 (4 starts left) and then the 22.Questions are save the 48 for PHX or M'ville or start him here w/my last start? Go with Regan in the 88 over Truex? And lastly go 2 starts w/Bayne and 3 w/Sam, use Bayne or Hornish? Thanks Mark!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:26 AM)

I'd save the 48 first Nick...keep the 56...Hornish is the pick over Bayne...and can you use Kurt Busch in that third category? If you can't then I might go Bayne at Kansas, figuring the two extra practice days should dial him in better..and save Hornish for three of the following four races.

Zach (Fennimore, WI)

What's gotten into Mark Martin? 8.3 average finish since Dover (not counting the engine failure and wreck at the two Michigan races), and do you expect this run to continue?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:27 AM)

Yes, I do. The 55 car has been a bullet just about all season.

Larry (Louisville)

Good afternoon, Guru.As a fan of Jr. I've had him in my line-up for all but a couple of races this year.With him out, I can pick a liitl more with my head than my heart. ( My heart would NEVER let me pick JJ ) I picked up Kahne last week, which was a decent fit. If I drop him to get Hamlin, then my bottom end might fall short because I'd loose Hornish. Do you think Hamlin is well worth having this week? Or, is the difference between the 11 and the 5 close enought to be a draw? I'm looking to stay close to what I have the last few weeks. Thanks!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:28 AM)

Larry, again I would consider picking up Kurt Busch then given your circumstance, which is the same as mine by the way, and then build around him and hope that he is top-20 or better in the 78 in each of the final five races.

Mike (Utah)

OK Shortly, I mean Mark. What's the deal when they drop a guy? Like Jr. from the race and people traveling don't find out about it until after the race??? Can't we at least have the car number we picked? I was flying high till I only have four drivers.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:29 AM)

Sorry man, but there's not a game out there that will give you a score for someone who doesn't officially start the race. I hate it you caught that kind of bad break though and I mean that.

Bill Scott (Lake Summerset, Illinois)

Hell-o Mark, I enjoy the chats but work dosen't allow me to be "live" mid-week. One question, do you think Fiegler from NY is Christopher or Christine? Thanks, Bill One more. The 17 or the 15?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:30 AM)

Don't know the answer to the first deal Bill, but maybe Chris can enlighten us at some point...15 over 17.

adam (wi)

Hi Guru- I was wondering about the criteria for how driver values are adjusted after each race. For example, after finishing well at Atlanta through Chicagoland, I was waiting for the value on Hornish to drop after New Hampshire...Dover...and Talladega but no change? Then Charlotte comes along and shazam +.2 While driver's like logano and edwards dropped .1 or .2 when they had a poor finish compared to their previous race in that same span. Can you please shed some light on that? Thanks

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:32 AM)

All I can tell you Adam is that ESPN has a program that takes into account a driver's finish, but also how many people also have him or her on their teams. It is not done arbitrarily. I am like you, though, in thinking there are times a driver's value should drop and it doesn't.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Will that mean Go Daddy.com will end the Sponsorship for Danica Patrick at the end of the 2013 Season?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:32 AM)

No idea.

Ashley (Ohio)

okay first off who do you think are the three drivers to watch out for in the race for the championship. Now in the next chase i have at least five drivers who i think to watch out for. 11 of Denny Hamlin, 24 of Jeff Gordon, 21 of Trevor Bayne if he is going to be running this week, 5 of Kasey Kahne, and 17 of Matt Kenesth what do you think about my picks any drivers you would replace for another driver?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:34 AM)

I don't think there's any question Ashley Johnson, Hamlin and Keselowski have set themselves up as the most consistent front runners so far in the Chase..my dark horses are Bowyer and Kahne.

Bob Grieshober (Atlanta)

AARP or AMAC?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:34 AM)

Sorry Bob, I don't know how to answer because I don't know what AMAC is?

JJ GLOOR (Hicksville, Ohio)

Come on Guru wheres the love for smoke??? I got a feeling this week!!!!!! So ya think 48 hands down??

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:36 AM)

Come on JJ, I've got a little love for Smoke..but Johnson has been better than him week in, week out, and most consistent guy on the deal the past two months..He also loves super fast tracks and Kansas this weekend is going to be a super-fast track. It's also why I like Smoke a little more than some guys I would put in front of him on 1.5-mile tracks that are not repaved.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:38 AM)

I'll wait a few more minutes to see if you have any other questions since we got started late..my apologies for the technical issues we've had and hopefully have overcome them for good.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (11:40 AM)

Okay..I guess that's going to do it...Remember our Sunday chat from Kansas begins at noon eastern..Have a great week and may the force be with you..Sad to say but must "The Guru has left the building!"