Fantasy Picks ~ Homestead
Race Recap and Results
Well Kyle Busch delivered one more time and Frank and Vicq were the beneficiaries of the 40 points awarded for the win. Frank used this win to stretch his points lead into an amazing 36-point lead that all but clinched the Championship for him. He could be double encumbered at Homestead and I’m not sure the pack would catch him... but this is NASCAR and stranger things have happened.
Overall we saw good finishes and bad finishes among our racers which shuffled the field throughout. Tim had a nice 10th place finish with the 43. PattyKay and Vivian had Harvick for a fifth place finish which allowed each to pass Berra and David respectively. Vicq’s win moved him ahead of Mitch and J. L. who were both riding the Chase Elliott train.
Here are the standings after Sunday’s race at Phoenix.
“Ford EcoBoost 400”
Finally! Race 36. The sports death march known as NASCAR, which began back in February will finally wrap up this week in Homestead. This is the race for all the marbles as the Big Three plus Sliced Bread compete for the Cup. A look back in history shows that all of the Big Three have won here before with Truex, Jr. being the defending champion. Logano has never visited Victory Lane here. If history holds true our race winner will come from this group and it’s been since 2013 that a non-Chaser has won this race. Previous Homestead winners include now Non-Chasers Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, with the #11 being most successful here with two wins. Again, not sure that it matters for them as in this race the “cream rises to the top” as the four Chasers get up on their wheels more than the other 36 and always seem to pull out the win and the Championship.
Other drivers who are strong at this track includes Clint Bowyer and Jaime McMurray. Kyle Larson had a real chance to foul things up last season as he had the strongest car on the track but didn’t manage to make it to the flag first.
It all comes down to this. Let’s see who our Fantasy Racers select for their final picks of the 2018 season.
Last race of the season... I'm sticking with the guy that's gonna win it all. Kevin Harvick #4theCup! 🔥
I'm too lazy to look back for precision, but I know it has been weeks since I picked anybody other than Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick or Martin Truex Jr. Trouble is, that strategy has made sense this season. Nevertheless, it's time to do something different. I really want to pick Chase Elliott, and I may regret not doing so, but my gut says… well it really says, "Why did you eat so much tonight?" but you know what I'm trying to say: Kyle Larson for Homestead winner.
I am going to stick with Harvick, #4 again this week and for the rest of the season.
J. L. Steele
Here we are at Homestead, the last race of the season. There are so many options to choose from, so many drivers with a compelling reason to win. The Championship 4 are all valid contenders for the race win, as are some non-title contenders. I believe a case can be made for at least eight drivers who have a real opportunity to grab the final victory of 2018.
If not for some tough luck, mainly at Dover, Brad Keselowski would probably be a part of the final four. He'd love nothing more to steal a bit of attention from the title contenders Sunday night. He'll win the race which will make for an all-Penske finale because as a bonus, Joey Logano will be your 2018 Monster Energy Cup champion.
On a roll, and since the 3 win's that Chase has had, I have been over to Dawsonville talking with Gordon Pirkle at the Ga. Hall of Fame, AND with me going back over this weekend... it's #9 one more time showing what he really does have!
My pick this week is #4 Kevin Harvick. I think he's going to win both the championship and the race! I also think Christopher Bell is going to be the NXS Champ and I love to see Brett Moffit win in trucks!
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.
I’d love to see the #78 win just to make a middle finger statement and have Barney go out as a two time Champion, but if you think NASCAR is going to have a Champ win on Sunday and close their doors on Monday you have another think coming. But if that were to happen, maybe Martin would have his Champion’s ring handed to him this year at the Banquet instead of having to catch it as the CEO all but threw it at him as he ran off stage.
A win by Kevin would be nice, but his Championship would be overshadowed by that home-made spoiler incident thingy that just popped up. A shadow that folks would have to spin... but NASCAR pays lots of money for good spinners.
If Joey won it, it wouldn’t bother me. They say you have to lose one before you win one and he had one taken from him in 2015, so he’s due. We’ll see what Karma has to say about it.
Kyle Busch will probably win it all, which will only add to the media frenzy that continues to shove down our throats this notion that he is the greatest driver of all time.
Decisions... decisions. I think I will go with the greatest driver of all time... well, not the driver, but the car and the team only because the greatest driver of all time, David Pearson passed away this week. So put me down for the #21 Wood Brothers Ford with Paul Menard behind the wheel for this week’s win. Thank you, David.
You’ve seen our “Ford EcoBoost 400” picks-tell us who you think takes the race win and the 2018 Championship this Sunday! Should be fun!