Fantasy Picks ~ Bristol 2
Race Recap and Results
"Consumers Energy 400"
It was a great week for our Fantasy Racers as they picked P1-3 and 6 of the 9 finished in the Top 10. Vivian picked race winner Kevin Harvick for the 40 point win. Mitch took Brad K in the Deuce who finished second followed by Frank in third. Berra finished sixth, followed by Vicq and our points leader going into the race PattyKay.
After the dust settled we now have a tie for the lead between PattyKay and Frank with Berra a single point behind. It’s pretty impressive that we are 23 races into the season and have such a close race between our “Big Three.”
Let’s take a look at the full rundown of the “Consumers Energy 400” results-
"Bass Pro Shops / NRA Night Race"
From the Irish Hills to the Hills of Tennessee/Virginia for Race 24. The high-banked ½-mile track has been the site of many exciting races, but since the Chase, the traditional frammin’ and bammin’ that made Bristol a fan favorite has become a thing of the past.
Two of the Big Three have wins here with Kyle Busch winning the last two Bristol races and eight wins overall. Kevin is stout here as well but has only found Victory Lane twice, while Martin Truex Jr. is winless here and surprisingly has only one Top Ten in the last 10 races. Joey Logano and Brad Kez have two wins here. Seven-Time does as well and has shown strong recently. This may be his best chance to get in the win column in 2018. Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne have found Victory Lane once each. Kurt Busch was the King of Bristol with five times in nine years but that was over a dozen years ago. He’s shown a resurgence here since joining SHR. Could this be the week?
Some of the youngsters are knocking on the door. Erik Jones has a second. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has a string of good finishes as well but after Daytona he may be looking at a long night.
It looks to be an exciting weekend as the drivers are running out of chances to get a win to get in. Only three more assured slots into the Chase/Playoff/Whatever. Will we see a new face take this week’s slot, an old face without a win this season or will a previous winner shut down the opportunities for others to make it in?
Let’s see what our pack of prognosticators think as they beat and bang around the half-mile this Saturday night.
Things have really gotten tight up here in the rare air. It's not so rare anymore! Time to go back to the one that brought me to the dance. He seems almost able to win at will. I'll be riding with Kevin and Keelan Harvick this week at Bristol!
of who I pick for this weekend's crapshoot, I hear Johnny Cash singing:
I hear that axe a-comin
It's comin' 'round the bend
It's gonna cut your head off son,
You just don't know when."
This pick probably gets my head cut off, but I have to do it, so here goes. Harvick is the obvious choice with two wins in a row, but before that he crashed three years straight, so I'm going to say he's due less than great luck. Nobody else has a spotless record, and the Chevys continue to fall behind their competitors, but I'm going with Kid Larson in this short track war. He got a third against the best of the sprint car world at the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa Saturday night before the Michigan race, so he's got close-quarters racing fresh in mind. I'm saying this could be Kyle's week in #42.
Counting all the wins by car make since 2010, Toyota has 8 with 4 of them being won by KyBu. There are 4 Chevy wins and 3 Ford wins during that period. There were also 2 wins by Brad K in a Dodge but Dodge is now gone from NASCAR. This year none of the makes seem to be totally consistent, nor do any of the drivers, other than what they are calling the big 3. Who, oh who? Short tracks are so much fun and present suspense normally. Ah, what the heck? I think I will just take #2, Brad K for the win!
J. L. Steele
J. L. is MIA this week. Last reports have him last seen wandering around the Bristol camp grounds. Being at the track should be worth 5 bonus points but since we don’t award bonus points here, we’ll have to go with his last week’s pick of Kyle Larson.
Kyle Busch... pains me to say that though
Bristol again, the question is are we going to see a different winner this time or more of the "same old" thing? Maybe it’s time for Larson this time or maybe Ryan Newman. What I'm really looking forward to is not maybe a win for one of the smaller teams but a top 10 for a team like GoFas Racing and Matt "Di-something something" would go a long way toward making a happy Sunday for me, after a long Saturday night.
Oh well I think #18 Kyle Busch is likely to win but its Bristol and anything CAN happen!!
"You gotta Bristol winner?"
Probably not, but my -pick- circles back around to Joey.
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.
Well, last week didn’t work out so well. For some reason I keep coming back to Clint Bowyer this week. It’s about time. Plus, the party afterwards would be phenomenal.
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