Fantasy Picks ~ Indy
Race Recap and Results
“Bojangles Southern 500”
Overall, it was a tremendous weekend as all but two of our Fantasy racers finished in the Top 10. Our group didn’t pick the race winner but we had a string of solid picks behind the Penske boys who took the top two positions. J. L. led the pack, riding Kyle Larson (3rd) to a winning pick ahead of Frank, PattyKay and Vivian (4th), Mitch (5th), Berra (6th) and Vicq (10th). Tim had a 25th, while David did his best Ryan Newman imitation and parked on the track, promptly getting run over. Although there was no position change this week the one point earned by David is the functional equivalent of being parked on the track and with J. L.’s 34 points is barreling down on him like Clint Bowyer did Newman. Hopefully this week won’t be as brutal as that meeting.
Let’s take a look at the full rundown of the "Bojangles/Southern 500" results-
"Big Machine Vodka Brickyard 400"
Finally. Week 26. The end of the 2018 “regular” season, which means next week we enter NASCAR’s 10 race “irregular” season. We’ll discuss that next week.
This week it’s to the Circle City-Indianapolis. Historically, the deciding race has been held at Richmond, but a schedule change in hopes of boosting attendance at the once mighty race brings the Traveling Circus to the Brickyard for its 25th Cup race.
If you watched last year’s event (hard to call it a race) you saw Indy’s version of the “Big One” which was the auto racing equivalent of “death by a thousand paper cuts” as the race was interrupted by 14 cautions, eleven for crashes or fluids that involved 29 cars (Remember 40 started the race-full field-WooHoo!), including the front row of Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch, who were the class of the field. Over 32% of the race was run under caution with the average green flag run was only 20 miles long (8 laps-or one FOX commercial break). When the race finally ended, mercifully when NASCAR held the yellow flag to allow the race to finally end, Kasey Kahne kissed the bricks.
Let’s hope we don’t see a repeat.
So who will take the win, drink the milk, kiss the bricks, take home one of the most disappointing trophy’s in big time racing? The “Big Three” have shown well here as Kyle Busch has two wins and Kevin Harvick has one... but that was fifteen years ago... in a Chevrolet. Maybe his recent success in Ford will land him in Victory Lane. Truex has shown strong here as well. Jimmie Johnson is the winningest active driver here with four, but his last one was a half a dozen years ago. He had a strong run here last year, overcoming one wreck to compete for the win, but the second one finished him off. Can he end his winless streak this weekend? Other winners include Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Kahne. All could use a win if they have hopes of advancing to compete in the “irregular” season. Clint, Denny and Joey have shown strength here as has Kyle Larson. Will it be one of these? Or will we see a new winner this weekend?
Let’s see what our Racers think about the final regular season race.
Before continuing, I want to be on record as a believer that NASCAR stock cars do not belong on a giant square-cornered flat track. Never did. They weigh too much and are seriously under-tired to get the job done here. That said, I have to ride with someone, and this week that someone will be Kyle Busch. Between this big ol' flat track and big ol' flat Pocono, he seems to have something figured out. Therefore, I suppose everyone else will take him too, but second isn't a bad place to finish. Just the first loser...
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.
It has been 15 years since Kevin Harvick sat in VL at Indy. Jimmie Johnson has won 4 times since then and Kyle Busch has won twice in the last 3 years, plus KyBu has won 3 of the last 5 Xfinity races. Other than that, it seems like there have been several surprise winners. As he showed at Darlington, Kevin still has the drive and comes through the field to finish well. That being the case, I have to go with Happy to do well and wind up in VL again at Indy - finally.
J. L. Steele
Now it's on to Indy which is in my mind, the worst race on the NASCAR circuit. The series could certainly use some good news, with the announcement of Furniture Row Racing closing at the end of the year. Additionally, Furniture Row Racing could use some good news. Something tells me the intensity level at that shop just got turned up to 11. They'll not only be ready for this week but they're probably more focused than ever on not only finishing strong but also on defending their title.
That's why I'm going with Martin Truex, Jr. to win the Brickyard this weekend.
I really want to pick Chase, but I have a feeling it's going to be Kevin Harvick.... let me flip a quarter... well Gordon Pirkle get the sireen ready, Chase Elliott for the win...!
So with Darlington behind all I can say Great(!) looking cars and some coverage of the smaller teams is something to look back to the racing, not!! I'm still a bit ticked about Harvick in the NXS race; a race that he should not even be in! So on to the prospect of another dull race at a historic track! I think the key to this race would be a good pit stall and leading and I think the #18 Kyle Busch would have that. So that's my winner!!
Ummmm..... A.J Foyt?....Naah.....Parnelli?......don't think so......Wilbur Shaw?.......hasn't won much lately.....guess I'll go with Good Kyle in the 42. I have a whole new plan for the chase, oops, playoffs....check this space next week.
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.
The Clint Bowyer experiment didn’t work out so well. I’m going to throw everything out and go with Jimmie Johnson this time. I’m guaranteed at least one point.
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