Fantasy Picks - Las Vegas
Last Week’s Recap and Results
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“Harvicking” was the word of the week and the driver of the 4 car showed everyone just what it meant as he painted the yellow line lap after lap around the 1.54 miler. He dominated Sunday’s race and as PattyKay’s pick this week netted her a big 40 points, vaulting her to #3 in the standings. Top 10 finishes by the 22 (David), 18 (Berra and Frank) and 9 (Mitch), along with a near miss by the 12 (Vivian) created some points separation in the field.
“Seven-Time”, aka Jimmie Johnson, ran into trouble again this week. The bad news is that didn’t help Vicq and J.L. In their Championship bid. The good news is it’s early in a looong season so there is plenty of time. Tim’s 43’s was unable to back up the great Daytona finish as his weekend went up in smoke-not his but Trevor Bayne’s who fogged the track with his blown engine. The bad news is Bubba Wallace was unable to negotiate his way through the blinding smoke and smacked Ricky Stenhouse Jr, ending his chances. The good news is Hampton GA is now mosquito-free till the Fourth of July!
Here are the Fantasy Race Standings after Atlanta.
This Week’s Picks
Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube
The traveling road show swings west to the 1.5 mile track at Las Vegas for the Pennzoil 400. This will be the 21st edition. Of the current field of drivers only Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. have found their way to Victory Lane here. Will we have a repeat winner or will a new driver take the Checkered Flag? Here’s who our Fantasy Racers think “Lady Luck” will smile on this week-
Here’s hoping Mama can keep on riding the big wave from Atlanta right through the Western Swing! After two weeks with Kevin, I have to change horses at Las Vegas. Despite the hype surrounding the reigning Champion, this week I’m picking Bad Brad. He seems to have this track all figured out. In the last 5 races here, his worst finish is 7th, with 2 wins and 4 top-5s. He looked excellent at Atlanta, which makes him a must pick for the flatter and gentler Las Vegas. Go Blue Deuce!
Before taking the Atlanta results as Exhibit A of how "normal/real" racing will go in 2018 - as opposed to Daytona/Talladega racing, let's see how the third week goes. Will Las Vegas bring the Daytona frontrunners back to the front (or at least to the lead lap), or will it show that you can throw out restrictor plate finishes when evaluating anything other than restrictor plate racing. I'm betting - this is Vegas, baby - that Atlanta provided the "real" results, and this week will be more of the same. With that in mind, my slot machine has come up with 2-2-2, so Brad Keselowski is my choice.
Last season Brad was whining because he though Ford was at a disadvantage when compared to Toyota. This season it seems that Ford has all the speed. Chevy and Toyota are doing okay but can't seem to keep up right now. Therefore I think I will take Brad Keselowski to win at Las Vegas on Sunday!
J. L. Steele
One of the thoughts entering the 2018 season was how the Ford's would perform. That question seems to have been answered last week in Atlanta. Going to another mile and a half track this week, it's hard to pick against a Ford. This week though, I think Brad Keselowski gets it done and picks up the win.
Even though he has let me down the past two races, I feel this kid is the real deal, Chase Elliott for the win.
So now we got the Atlanta race in the books we can take away a few things from this weekend. First SHR is going to be a factor this year and Happy Harvick seems better than ever. The Chevy teams still have some more work to do in filling there note-books, that can open up the door for a somewhat unexpected teams to win some races if the big dogs misses out a bit on the setups!! Pit stops still a bit uncertain and the pit-gun mess isn't helping.
So who to pick at Las Vegas?? First I was thinking a back to back win for Ford, BUT Truex Jr made a strong run from the back of the pack and maybe this week CC Cole Pearn knows how much he can "massage" the rear end of the car!! So #78 Martin Truex Jr it is!!!
Jumping in early for Vegas... since my pick of Jimmie "worked" (bwah-hah-hah!) last Sunday, I think I'll go with Evil Kyle in the #18 this time.
My pick, every week, will be Bubba Wallace. My reasoning is my hope is that Richard Petty will have a successful year with his team and I'm supporting that hope every way I can.
Being as we’re in Vegas this week I rolled the magic dice for this week’s pick. The roll came up a hard four, 2-2. Normally that would mean going with Kevin Harvick (4) but in the Craps vernacular 2-2 is known as “Little Joe from the front row” so we’ll go with the 22 and see If Joey Logano has another good finish left in him. Besides, a good finish by the 22 might just tick off Kyle Busch and that can’t be all bad can it? Keeping fingers crossed and going with the 22… one... more... time!
That’s this week’s picks for the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube from Las Vegas.
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