The news that Kurt Busch was suspended by NASCAR for his actions following the Nationwide series race at Dover International Speedway may not come as that big of a surprise given the attention it grabbed nationwide. It was a foolish moment at a time when discretion would have been the better part of valor.
The saddest part of the story is that he had the opportunity to race at a track where he excels. He will now miss the chance to prove to potential sponsors that he has what it takes to get the job done with a fraction of the budget. So what now for fantasy players?
Consider Ryan Newman. He has a top-5 and two top-10s in the last five Pocono races, and is coming off of back-to-back top-15 finishes after a string of poor runs in the No. 39. His career average finish on the Pennsylvania triangle is 12.7, and that includes 20 starts.
If you’re looking for a replacement this week for Busch, give Newman a serious consideration.