Fantasy Picks ~ Darlington
Previous Race Recap and Results
"Bass Pro Shops / NRA Night Race"
Frank and PattyKay entered the Bristol weekend tied for the points lead with Berra a single point behind, waiting to pounce. 500 laps of racing on the high-banked half mile shook things up with our pack of prognosticators as Frank’s Kyle Larson pick finished second behind surprise race winner Kurt Busch. Kevin Harvick (who was PattyKay’s pick) had bad luck earlier and although he had a strong car never could get a Lucky Dog to get back on the lead lap to contend. Berra’s pick of Kyle Busch proved exciting, triggering a Bristol “Big One” to start the race, driving through the field from two laps down to contend for the win before ending the race with another wreck.
When the PJ1 settled Frank’s second place finish, coupled less than the normal stellar finishes by the 4 and 18 saw Frank pull into the lead by eight points with Berra falling another 11 behind PattyKay. Darlington should prove interesting next week.
J. L. was actually at the track this week (way to go, J. L.!) and saw his MIA pick of Kyle Larson help separate him from Mitch and Vicq.
We saw five of our group with top 10 picks, which considering its Bristol, ain’t half bad. In addition to Frank and J. L.’s second place finish, Vicq had a fourth, David had a sixth and PattyKay rounded out the group with a 10th.
Let’s take a look at the full rundown of the "Bass Pro Shops / NRA Night Race" results-
This Week’s Picks
“Bojangles Southern 500”
A week off. I hate that. But the Traveling Circus is back this weekend at the “Track to Tough to Tame.” Darlington. It must be Labor Day.
Who will it be this week? The “Big Three” all have a win here. Will one of them get another at the season’s 25th race? Jimmie Johnson is the winningest active driver with three, but his last one was in 2012. Can he break his winless streak here? Denny Hamlin is the only other active driver to find Victory Lane here and he has two. He is winless as well this season. Will Luck be kind and let him break his winless streak here? He is the defending champ here you know. Only 500 laps will tell.
Brad Keselowski, Jaime McMurray and Ryan Newman have all been stout here of late. Of the youngsters, Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, Chase Elliott have shown well recently, as has the good Kyle.
The question is, who will the “Lady in Black” smile on this year?
Let’s see how our winner-pickers see this one playing out.
Bad luck last week at Bristol. Kevin was done in early by a flat tire and it took forever to get that Lucky Dog because Kez, with an obviously inferior car on the day, kept getting lapped and managed to cadge THREE Lucky Dogs, leaving Kevin to stagnate with a car as fast as the leaders. Teammate Kurt Busch took the final checkers. All that said, I'll still be riding with #4, Keven Harvick and hoping to visit Victory Lane with Keelan at the end of the race.
Another race where one slip and you're toast, and slips are a lot easier to make here. Picking Darlington ain't easy, but even though he's not won lately (since 2014), I'll go with Kevin Harvick in the #4. He's been on the pole the last two years, and while he didn't win, he didn't wreck, either, so I'll say Happy's luck will get just a little better and he'll bring home the trophy that carries the most history with it.
Love the old throwback paint schemes at Darlington every year. They really bring back a lot memories and let us dream of those days of our past and love of NASCAR racing. I don't want to go back to the past because I also love some of today's schemes and especially some of the drivers. I think it is time to be Happy again about who I get to see race and win. Go #4, Happy Harvick!
J. L. Steele
Last week’s MIA pick of Kyle Larson got a second place. No pick means let it ride with the 42.
The number 9 set ‘em on their ear and takes the win!
So it's time for Darlington, and time for some Great looking cars and hopefully some Great racing! I haven't got any idea on who's going to win and not sure who I like to win if I could make a wish, hoping for someone from the "smaller" teams like GoFAS or Front Row but that's not likely so the best one can hope for is a top 15 if things fall into place for those teams!!
Winner?? #41 Kurt Busch!
If you absolutely, positively hafta have a pick overnight, I guess it's the #11 car.
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.
David Pearson. If it’s Darlington, you have to go with the “Silver Fox.” Wait, I was dreaming it was 1976 when he swept both (yeah they ran two here back then) races. If paint schemes could make a winner I’d have to go with Paul Menard but I know that would be too good to be true. I was going to discard paint schemes and go with Ryan Blaney but doggone it, that Ned Jarrett Carolina Ford Dealers paint scheme is just too hard to resist. So let’s go with the 14 and Clint Bowyer this week.
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