Rankings below are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. The ordering is not based on highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by the value of each driver.(FPPK = average fantasy points per $1,000 of salary.)1. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. ($8,000) – Believe it or not, Stenhouse is a favorite to win this weekend. He’s won the last two restrictor-plate races this season. Talladega is one of his best tracks. Stenhouse has finished 16th or better in seven of his eight races at Talladega. (4.0 FPPK)2. Denny Hamlin ($9,500) – Everyone wrecks at plate tracks, but some drivers wreck less than others. Hamlin has made a name for himself by consistently finishing the plate races. His 12 top-20 finishes in the last 15 plate races (80%) lead NASCAR. (4.1 FPPK)3. Joey Logano ($10,200) – If Logano wins this weekend, it will be his third win in a row at Talladega in the fall. Since 2015, Logano has six finishes of sixth or better in 11 plate races. What happened in the other races? Take a guess. Yes, he was involved in wrecks. (3.2 FPPK)4. Kurt Busch ($8,300) – Winning the Daytona 500 definitely helps Kurt’s ranking. He’s finished 12th or better in the last six plate races. His 64% top-10 finish rate over the last 15 restrictor plate races is the best in NASCAR. (3.0 FPPK)5. Clint Bowyer ($8,100) – Over the last 15 restrictor plate races, Bowyer has the best median finish (ninth). His nine top-10s over that span are the second most. He drives a Ford, and Ford has won 10 of the last 15 plate races. (3.5 FPPK)6. Brad Keselowski ($9,800) – The Fords have excelled at plate tracks. They’re three for three this season. Last season, they won three of the four plate races. All three wins belonged to Team Penske. Keselowski won at Talladega and Daytona. He has five plate track wins. (4.2 FPPK)7. Kyle Busch ($10,400) – Wrecking three times last weekend did not help the cause. Luckily for Busch, he has a trove of playoff points built up from the season. He’s sitting on a 13-point cushion, but he likely needs a top-10 finish this weekend to be safe heading into Kansas. (5.6 FPPK)8. Austin Dillon ($7,400) – There is a skill to plate racing, but fortune also plays a large role. From 2014-2016, Dillon was one of the best plate racers with 11 top-15s in 12 races. Dillon is clearly skilled, but he’s wrecked in his last two plate races. (3.6 FPPK)9. Kevin Harvick ($9,700) – In his last 15 Talladega races, Harvick has 11 top-15 finishes. He’s been even better of late. In his last seven Talladega races, he has six top-15s. He finished 23rd in the spring race, but he was on the lead lap. He could easily be seven for seven. (4.4 FPPK)10. Kyle Larson ($9,400) – His career began with a handful of wrecks at plate tracks. Last year, he seemed to figure it out with five finishes of 12th or better at the plate tracks. Maybe he hasn’t quite figured it out yet, since he wrecked at Daytona. Then again, no one ever really figures it out. (5.7 FPPK)11. Martin Truex Jr. ($10,100) – This race is almost meaningless for Truex. He’s already advanced to the next round. It’s safe to assume that Truex would rather finish the race in one piece than earn a couple measly stage points. Truex has wrecked in three of the last four plate races, so he likely just wants to finish. (6.6 FPPK)12. Jimmie Johnson ($10,000) – Plate tracks are the great equalizer. Future Hall of Famers do not have much of an edge. Johnson has five top-10s in his last 15 plate track races. That ranks 10th, but a 33% top-10 rate is nothing to get excited about. (3.9 FPPK)13. Paul Menard ($7,000) – How reliable are plate track stats? Menard has six top-10s in the last 15 plate races. His 40% top-10 rate ranks seventh. He’s on a roll at the plate tracks. His last four restrictor-plate finishes are third, ninth, fifth and 13th. The stats say you need to consider Menard. (3.9 FPPK)14. Chase Elliott ($9,000) – The No. 24 car has 12 plate track wins. None of those wins were with Elliott behind the wheel. The car is still one of the best plate track rides in NASCAR, and Elliott has won three poles in that style of racing. If Elliott doesn’t wreck, then he should finish inside the top 10. (4.2 FPPK)15. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. ($9,200) – Talladega is likely Junior’s last chance at a win. He’s still a 10-time plate track winner that’s not far removed from two plate wins in 2015. He was the pole-sitter at Daytona in July. Unfortunately, his best plate finish in the last two years is 21st. (2.8 FPPK)16. Matt Kenseth ($8,800) – Statistically, Kenseth is not very good at plate tracks. His four top-20s over the last 15 plate races is just one better than the worst plate-track driver statistically. Kenseth has three plate wins; he’s just been unlucky. (3.6 FPPK)17. Ryan Newman ($7,100) – It doesn’t matter if it’s a plate track, Newman is still Newman. His average finish of 20th seems uncharacteristically low, but compared to the field he has the 14th-best average finish. It’s only five spots worse than the best average finish. (4.1 FPPK)18. AJ Allmendinger ($6,900) – A lot of middle-of-the-pack cars have decent finishes at plate tracks. A lot have top-10s, but Allmendinger has the most lately. The Dinger has a top-10 finish in three of the last four restrictor plate races. (3.8 FPPK)19. Jamie McMurray ($7,800) – With wrecks and poor finishes being a certainty at plate tracks, it’s hard to trust a driver based on top-10 finishes. A win is still a win, and McMurray’s four plate track wins are the fourth most among active drivers. (3.6 FPPK)20. Ryan Blaney ($8,700) – In the Daytona 500, Blaney finished second and scored the most fantasy points. For his encore, he wrecked in the next two plate races. That’s how it goes. At least he has more top-20s than wrecks over his last 11 plate races (six top-20s). (2.8 FPPK)
Joey Logano might have ruffled the feathers of Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 team in Martinsville, but he’s simply backing up what he’s said in the past.In January during NASCAR Media Day in Charlotte, Logano was asked what competitors do on-track that gets under his skin.Bumping someone in the final corner of the final lap was not one of them.RELATED: Debate: To bump or not to bump? | Is Truex too nice of a driver?“When I see a competitor do something, besides straight up dumping somebody, I understand why they did it,” Logano said nine months ago. “I don’t really get too mad at them because I’ll be guilty of the same thing in two laps, I’m sure.“I’d be a hypocrite if I’d get mad at somebody for doing something I’m going to do the same thing to, or already have done the same thing to,” he added. “We’re all out there with one goal. I don’t think it really gets under my skin, it’s just a part of the game.”Moments after Sunday’s thrilling finish, Truex was adamant that Logano “ain’t winning the damn war.” He added, “what goes around, comes around.”Based on Logano’s comments in January, he knows to expect it.
Quantenna Communications has announced that it has achieved 802.11ac Multi-User Multiple-Input-and-Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) Interoperability in cooperation with MediaTek. The companies have been working closely together on product interoperability testing and are showing how MU-MIMO improves user experience while optimizing network efficiency to conserve precious spectrum resources. Quantenna is an innovator of ultra-high performance 802.11ac and 802.11n Wi-Fi semiconductor solutions that establish benchmarks for speed, range, efficiency and reliability.The full potential of today’s MIMO access points is not being realized due to the dominance of simple mobile devices and challenging channel conditions. MU-MIMO allows concurrent transmissions from massive/high order MIMO access points to multiple lower order clients like single antenna mobile devices, spectral efficiency and network performance can both be significantly increased. The improvements in spectral efficiency result in higher performance in the same channels.“We are delighted to see our collaboration with MediaTek result in the delivery of this key industry milestone of 802.11ac MU-MIMO interoperability,” said Sam Heidari, CEO of Quantenna Communications. “A true ecosystem requires multiple vendors and we are pleased to be working closely with MediaTek. MU-MIMO is the revolutionary feature of 802.11ac, just as MIMO was to 802.11n. Wireless traffic is growing exponentially, primarily driven by streaming video services and applications. Serving this growth while improving performance must be done with the maximum spectral efficiency.”“We believe that MU-MIMO is an important technology for enhanced performance in response to the more populous multi-client environment and growing number of devices at home,” said SR Tsai, general manager of MediaTek’s Wireless Connectivity and Networking Business Unit. ”Interoperability is a critical step to bring the true value of MU-MIMO to our customers. MediaTek has shipped billions of wireless chipsets, and thus we understand and appreciate industry partnership that gives our customers the best wireless experience. We are excited to announce our cooperation with Quantenna to create a true multi-vendor 802.11ac MU-MIMO ecosystem.”You can visit Quantenna at IBC 2014 in RAI Amsterdam from September 11-15, 2014, Hall 13 MS 36.About Quantenna Communications, Inc.Quantenna is a global leader and innovator of ultra-high performance 802.11ac and 802.11n Wi-Fi semiconductor solutions that establish benchmarks for speed, range, efficiency and reliability. Quantenna pioneered the delivery of seamless multimedia video and data anywhere indoors and outdoors. Named “The Next Big Thing” by the Wall Street Journal, Quantenna has shipped millions of its Wi-Fi chipsets being deployed by major retail, telecom, cable and satellite service providers and operators worldwide including AT&T, DIRECTV, Bell Canada, Swisscom, Telefonica, Orange and Belgacom. Quantenna is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices worldwide.
Governor Brian Scweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award. Photo: Clive WassonAn American Governor was awarded the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award this weekend in Buncrana.Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana received the prestigious award for work he has done to promote the interests of Ireland on the world stage. This is the second annual presentation of the award. A week of festivities in Buncrana surrounded the event.The family of Tip O’Neill were there on the night to present the award. They spoke fondly of Buncrana. “Coming here is like coming home,” said Tommy O’Neill. Speeches from John Hume gave the audience a warm sense of Tip O’Neill. Words from President Michael D. Higgins were read out by Donegal County Manager Seamus Neely.Upon receiving the award, Governor Schweitzer said, “This award means award the world to me; it is a wonderful honour to come back to Donegal and be presented with this prestigious award.”The Tip O’Neill awards are part of the Donegal Diaspora Project that reaches out to include anyone worldwide with a connection to the county.Nancy Scweitzer and Governor, Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient, Photo- Clive WassonAt the Tip O’Neill Award presentation are seated Pauline Ferry, Nancy Scweitzer, Governor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient, Michael Friel and Josephine Friel. Back from left are Eamon Ferry, Dana Dawson, Adrian Friel, Aidan Quinn, Niamh Friel, Alan Friel, Anne Quinn, Colm Friel and Catherine Foley. Photo Clive WassonTommy O’Neill, Dinny McGinley TD is Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Governor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient, Peter McLaughlin, Caitlín Uí Chochláin and Loyola Hearn, Canadian Ambassador. Back from left are Seamus Neely, John McLaughlin, Michael Grant, Leonard Roarty, Kevin Doherty, Sarah Meehan, Nicholas Crossan Michael Heaney and Seamus Canning. Photo Clive WassonTommy O’Neill, John Hume, Dinny McGinley TD is Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Governor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient. Photo- Clive WassonGovernor Brian Schweitzer, Tip O’Neill Diaspora Award recipient receives the award fromDinny McGinley TD is Minister of State for the Gaeltacht. Photo- Clive Wasson TIP O’NEILL AWARD PRESENTED TO US GOVERNOR was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)