Fantasy Picks ~ Dover 2
Race Recap and Results
"Bank of America Roval 400"
So that’s what a Roval race looks like! This was not one of our racers better performances as PattyKay and Vivian’s ninth place finish by their pick, Kevin Harvick was this week’s top finishers. Congratulations!
Mitch and Vicq were up front until the restart with six laps to go left their picks of Kez and Kyle Busch stuffed in the Turn One barrier. Frank and Berra looked like they had this Roval thing all figured out with Martin Truex Jr., but this race was just two corners too long as Jimmie Johnson’s wheel-hopping dive-bomb move ruined the race win. J. L.’s Michael McDowell pick came in 18th which normally wouldn’t be anything to write home about but in Roval Racing it’s a pretty impressive finish that allowed him to advance one spot into a tie with Mitch.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so enough with the words, let’s look at this week’s results picture.
"Gander Outdoors 400"
The Traveling Circus races the 30th time this season on the one mile concrete of Dover. Kevin Harvick visited Victory Lane here in the first race, while Kyle Busch won this race last season. This is the “home track” for the third member of the “Big Three,” Martin Truex, Jr. who has also visited Victory Lane. Each have two wins here so the “Big Three” should be a force Sunday. Others who have conquered the “Monster Mile” include Brad K (1), Kurt Busch (1), Ryan Newman (3) and Matt Kenseth (3). Jimmie Johnson may have his best chance to break his winless streak here as he’s amassed a whopping 11 of his 83 wins here.
Other drivers who run well here include Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano.
That’s what the record books say... Let’s see what our experts think!
I vote we skip Dover and run another race on the ROVAL™! That was just so much fun! It got even better when everyone wrecked in turn one and my pick of Kevin Harvick finished 9th, but was still the highest pick in this little game. No, it wasn’t pretty, but first is first. If we must go to Dover, I think I’ll just stay with Kevin another time. #4
Gotta admit that I counted my chickens a quarter of a lap early Sunday and was patting myself on the back for my Truex pick when the #78 poultry turned into smashed McNuggets. That could happen again at Dover, and my track record with repeating a driver after a "miss" pick is not a bar room bragging point, but I'm going to give Martin & Barney another shot, 'cuz he's really good at the Monster and they deserve to win everything from here on.
Races go pretty good in first 2 stages and then in stage 3, the drivers seem to go into another time zone and behavior pattern. Hard to select a winner when that happens. Chevy has been a pretty good bet for Dover in the past and Kevin Harvick has multiple wins there, but he is in a Ford now. Does that matter? Probably not, so I will once again go with #4 for the win.
J. L. Steele
I took a chance on Michael McDowell last week and came up short. Jimmie Johnson took a chance on himself in the last corner and came up short as well. It's time to get serious and pick a guy who wants to win as much as anyone and depending on how you look at it, might want to win more than ever. That driver also has a record at Dover that stacks up well against anyone.
If Jimmie Johnson is going to win in 2018, he'll do it this week at Dover.
After tough start to the chase, Chase Elliott comes back strong for the win.
Dover this time, and still I have no clue on who to pick, I know a few not to pick! So the question is do we see a winner outside the Trio? Can someone else take home the trophy? I think it is hard to overlook the fact that the SHR and Gibbs cars have been the class of the field all year long but lately we have seen the Penske boys stacking them up, so maybe Brad K. can get it done! Last time here at Dover the only surprise we saw was Suarez in third!
So who to pick then? Harvick is always on it and Kyle or Brad can win anytime, but I think Truex Jr is still mad after 7 - time lost his cool last week and took himself and Martin out of it, so #78 Martin Truex Jr it is this week again!!
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.
Joey Logano got me a second last week and although winless here, I think it’s about time for him to break that winless streak here and lock himself into the next round.
You’ve seen our Monster Mile picks-tell is who you think will meet Miles this week!