Fantasy Picks ~ Charlotte Roval
Race Recap and Results
“Federated Auto Parts 400”
Our Fantasy Racers were dialed in at Richmond as Berra and Vicq not only picked the race winner, but J. L. captured 2nd, Vivian came in 3rd and Mitch brought it home in 4th as well. Five Racers in the Top 4 is pretty impressing.
PattyKay, points leader Frank and David followed in 14th, 16th and 19th respectively. Tim rounded out the field with a 27th.
We had no change in points position this week but Berra’s and Vicq’s 40 points for the win allowed them to chip away at the competitors ahead of them.
Let’s take a look points scoreboard for the "Federated Auto Parts 400” results-
"Bank of America Roval 400"
This is the 29th race of the season, the end of Round One of the 2018 Chase/Playoff/Whatever and the first race at the new Charlotte road course. After the Traveling Circus completes the 109 laps on the new configuration four drivers will be eliminated from Championship contention, so this race has a lot riding on it... especially for those drivers who find themselves closest to the edge.
This will be a challenging pick this week. This is the first race on this configuration so we have no history to go with. They have practiced here but that wasn’t a race with race pressures and full fields on the track for 109 laps. Tires-has Goodyear got it all sorted out? We’ll know soon enough.
The configuration is like no other on the circuit. Road courses present their own challenges but this one is tight, with little runoff or room for error when things go wrong. Combined with a slick surface there will be plenty of opportunities for things to go wrong.
So it’s wide open. The common word from the drivers is “tense.”
That’s a lot for our Fantasy Racers to take into consideration this week. Let’s see what they think about our first Roval Race of the season.
Well, I just told Rodney Childers on Twitter that it was "like another Daytona. Everyone starting with a clean slate. Now it's up to the best crew chief to guide the best driver into crossing the finish line first. Now just do it!"
Guess that means I'm taking Kevin Harvick and trusting in age, experience and treachery to carry me through on Sunday. Got a bit over-confident last week and was slapped down for it. According to Rodney Childers, all tire failures at Las Vegas were from the same "shift-code." That means that it was a problem with Goodyear, not Kevin. He was spot on with the "piece of crap tires" comment.
I have to hand it to CMS' PR/Marketing people, because the "roval" name has got everybody thinking this is something that's never been done before, and while it's true that the exact configuration of the new course is different, I saw road racers and even motorcycles at Charlotte decades ago using both a good portion of the oval and an infield road course. Ain't no big deal to me. Still got to pick a driver, though, and none of these has years of "roval" experience, so if you go with a mash-up of Charlotte and road courses, there are only two or three likely choices, and I'm going with Martin Truex in #78 - win one more (at least) for Barney.
Ya know, I really don't like the name roval for the track at Charlotte. While the broadcast teams and NASCAR think in cutesy, I just have roll my eyes and shake my head every time I hear that word. To me it is just a makeshift course like ones sports car clubs design or erect on a big parking lot or abandoned airport to run gymkhanas. Hopefully, I will be surprised and get to see a good competitive race. I am picking #4, Happy Harvick to be the winner of this one!
J. L. Steele
Now it's on to a race where no one knows what to expect. It would be easy (and probably practical) to pick one of the four who have been big winners this year. It sounds like a lot of the playoff drivers who are in a good position points wise, might try to just avoid trouble instead of going after the win.
This seems like as good of a time as any to go with a long shot who has nothing to lose. That might lead you to believe I'm going with Allmendinger, but I'm not. My pick for this fake road course race, uh, I mean "Roval" race, is Michael McDowell.
Bad Brad Keselowski
Now this week on the new Roval are we in for something different or more of the same old same old? As usual NASCAR and the Media is doing their best to hype up the race and telling us how great and how wild it is going to be!! Well let’s bring it on and see what we get!
Who's the winner then? I think we can look at someone that doesn't have to feel the "pressure" but if you’re looking for someone outside the ordinary top-dogs maybe McDriver in the #34 can get it done or maybe the Dinger in his #47 finally get things together after the news broke that he wouldn't return next year!!! However I'm looking at some one that is really good at the roads and the Charlotte oval - #78 Martin Truex Jr!
My contrarian strategy this year worked out about as well as Mikey's old #30 car did against the Bristol wall, so,,, for the final ten, I am picking Kyle Busch all the way, hopin' that either I won't see him making the big speech at Vegas, or that I'll claw my way out of the RFF crawl space. And I get to eat some M&Ms during the race without feelin' guilty...
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.
This one is a tossup as there are just too many factors for this ol’ pea-brain to compute. Absolutely overloaded. I keep coming back to this race will go to the smoothest driver of the day. So I’m thinking Joey Logano is going to do the trick this week.
You’ve seen our ROVAL picks-now make yours below!