Fantasy Picks ~ Coke 600
Race Recap and Results
KC Masterpiece 400
Our Fantasy Racers had quite the weekend as PattyKay, Vicq and J. L. all had winner Kevin Harvick, Berra had second place Martin Truex Jr. and Vivian’s pick of Joey Logano came in third. Frank’s pick of Kyle Busch collected another top 10 finish. Mitch and Tim collected 15th and 23rd place finishes, while points leader David saw his youth movement Ryan Blaney pick come in an abysmal 37th.
One point is not going to get it done.
So talk about shuffling things up - PattyKay’s 40-point finish vaulted her to the points lead followed by Berra, Vivian and Frank. David’s 1 point finished dropped him to fifth, tail end of the lead pack. The top three are separated by a mere four points, with 24 points separating first through fifth.
Vicq and J. L. used their 40 point day to tighten up the second pack as Vicq eked past Mitch at the line. Their pack is separated by five points and is starting to narrow the margin on the leaders.
Tim and Bubba are still looking to recover some early season performance.
KC has never been considered a “wild one” but this week, in this league, it sure was.
Twelve races in, a third of the way to the finish and what a season so far!
Here is the breakdown of the Kansas City results-
Back home to Charlotte for the season’s longest race. 600 miles and this year’s only oval race at Charlotte 1.5- miler.
We saw a lot last weekend with the All-Star race and all that went with it to improve the racing. Big spoilers, modified aero, speed choking restrictor plates and race procedure gimmicks galore in an event our FOX buddies called gimmick free-pure as new fallen snow. When the final flag fell it was Kevin Harvick who found himself with the $1 Million check.
But that was then, this is now. That didn’t count in this League. This one does. So who will it be when they finish true overtime-100 miles past the usual 500?
Jimmie Johnson owned the track for years, collecting nine of his 83 wins here. 500 Miles, 600 miles, it didn’t matter. It was Charlotte, give him the trophy. He last won here in the fall of 2016. Can he get back into the win column here?
Martin Truex Jr. has taking a liking to the track, winning THAI race in 2016 as well as the fall race last season, so he’s no stranger to Charlotte’s Victory Lane.
Mr. Unstoppable, Kevin Harvick has notched three wins here... can he keep his hot streak alive, back up his All-Star win and make it four here, tying him with Kasey Kahne?
Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray each have a win at Charlotte, but they were the 500-mile varieties. Can they finish the job at 600-miles like Kurt Busch has done? Speaking of Busches, can Kyle finally add the 600-miler to his win list so he can do an appropriate post-race interview or will Austin Dillon relegate him to another six word mic drop display?
Kyle Larson looked strong, but that was with the trick package. Dennis Hamlin might show strength but with all those additional pit stops, can he overcome the inevitable speeding penalties that will rear its head along the way? Or could we see one of the new faces come to the forefront?
Let’s see what our Fantasy prognosticators think will happen this weekend at Charlotte…
Well, we didn’t play the All-Star, and considering the late wreck that erased a lot of good cars, that’s probably a good thing. Now we get down to the meat and potatoes of Charlotte. Dessert was first in this case. As happy as I was to see #4 back in Victory Lane another time, common sense and the old “it’s time” feeling will have me riding with Martin Truex in the #78. This isn’t Kevin’s best track, but Martin, over the past 6 races has an average finish of 4.3 with 2 wins! He’s led 847 laps in those races… about 4-times as many as anyone else. Yeah, it’s time for #78!
OK, here goes: Must . . . not . . . pick . . . Harvick. Must . . . not . . . pick . . . Harvick. If I repeat it often enough . . . I'll pick Martin Truex.
After watching the All Star race, how does one not choose Kevin Harvick for the win? It is really hard to bet against him by choosing another driver. Martin Truex, Jr has won there twice but he just does not seem to as dominating as he was last season. Then there is always Jimmie Johnson, but this season he seems to having problems making it all the way through the races without being involved in an incident. Let's go, Kevin, let's do it again! You are the man, #4!!!
J. L. Steele
It almost seems like taking the easy way out to pick Kevin Harvick each week but unless and until he gets beaten, it's also the smart thing to do. Harvick is on pace to have an historic season and a win Sunday night in the longest race of the year will only add to that. Yes, there are plenty of others who could win if the breaks go the right way but right now that 4 car is so much better than the rest, I have no reason to look elsewhere for a winner. Kevin Harvick will win the Coke 600
My heart wants to say Chase Elliott, but those Fords are going to be hard to beat, and Harvick has had em covered this year, BUT I am stepping out on a limb here and picking... Clint Bowyer.
After last weekend’s All-Star event one can only say WOW is the SHR #4 team on it or what!! I just hope they can keep up the pace up until Homestead!
Big question for me this week can they win the 600 also or will we see another winner from SHR, or have JGR and FRR got something for the Ford guys. Maybe Kyle Larson finally can get it together all the way to the checkered flag (black and white that is!).
Still don't want to jinx Kevin and the #4 team so I go with the #78 gang Martin Truex Jr is my pick for the 600!!
No point spittin' into the wind. Leave my chips on the 4 spot for the 600, dealer.
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.
To say my youth movement pick at KC didn’t work out would be an understatement. Think I’ll try the 22 one more time and see if Joey Logano can pick me up a few points... or at least slow the backslide.
That’s this week’s picks for the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte.
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