Fantasy Picks ~ ISM 1
Week’s Recap and Results
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The first race of the 2019 season with the second “package” resulted in an interesting round of picks for the 1.5-mile track. Racing with the same engine and aero package that will be used later at Daytona and Talladega saw our racers going to the other extreme with only two sets of duplicates picks as PattyKay and Hal drafted together for the win with their Brad Keselowski pick. Frank and Will hooked up with Kyle Larson with slightly less success. The remaining picks were all singles. Where Atlanta looked like pack racing, Las Vegas looked like a Pocono restart with field fanning out six wide.
Six racers finished in the top 10 with finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th. Three more had finishes of 12th or 14th. Only one finished outside the top 20. Overall it was an impressive week of picking which saw Kelly remain atop of the leaderboard, but saw our field shuffling throughout the field.
Enough talk, let’s see what our Fantasy Standings look like after Week Two at Atlanta.
Ticket Guardian 500
Week Four finds the Traveling Circus at the second stop of their Cup’s Western Swing as they roll into Phoenix with the final aero and engine package. Larger tapered spacers and no aero ducts throws another set of variables into consideration in this week’s picks. Kevin Harvick is the winningest driver here with 9 wins. Other winners include Jimmie Johnson (3), Kyle Busch (2), Ryan Newman (2), Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch. Strong contenders who haven’t found Victory Lane include Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Erik Jones and Chase Elliott.
Will this final “package” be enough to change the racing here and put a new face in Victory Lane or will we see former victors figure it all out and add to their win totals?
Our ten Fantasy Racers have been hard at work to come up with their winning picks. Let’s take a look and see who they think will be celebrating in Victory Lane.
Don’t be fooled by this ISM thing. This is Phoenix, and Phoenix is Kevin Harvick’s private playground. I’m not looking to run away and hide from anyone with sneaky moves or reverse logic. When a track has someone that stands out as obviously as Kevin does here, I’m riding that horse! Freaky Fast #4 for me this week!
Harvick’s won more races here than most of his competitors have won total, so that’s the easy pick, but if you’re buried down in the standings, you have to take a chance. Two weeks ago, I did that and picked by the car number that had won the first Cup race at that track-my strategy didn’t turn out too well, soooo... we’ll try it again. Oops-the first Phoenix winner was Alan Kulwicki in #7, a car number which won’t be in the field this year. Runner-up was Terry Labonte in Junior Johnson’s #11. Good driver, good car, good number. Let’s see how it works 31 years later: Denny Hamlin (#11) it is.
How does one not pick Harvick at Phoenix? He has always been the driver of choice to win the races there. This year he seems to have the speed and his pit crew seems to be on top of their game so why am I hesitant to pick him to win at Phoenix? I feel the new rules are playing a part in the outcome of the races this year. We always hear that ultimately the cream rises to the top, and Kevin is definitely the cream at ISM. That being the case, I look forward to seeing Kevin in Victory Lane...
So who to pick this week? So far this year we seen strong runs from the Penske cars with Gibbs and SHR close behind. Now with a shorter track maybe one of the HMS cars can get a win. It would be nice to hear the siren again sometimes soon but this week my pick goes out to #18 Kyle Busch. He messed up last week so he is on a mission this week!!
sands are hot
but whiner will be hotter
KyBu one more time!
As much as I hate to do it I'm afraid I'm going to have to pick the biggest butt head in the bunch --- Kyle Busch (sorry).
Everybody knows the smart choice for Phoenix. I think I'll take a small gamble and stick with #2. Brad's been good to me the last two races. Good Luck
I'm going with #1, Kurt Busch this week.
J. L. Steele
I'll keep it short and sweet since they're racing at Phoenix. Kevin Harvick. He was 5th there back in the fall but with his record there, until something happens he's still the man to beat. It should be quite the day when he pulls it off since it will also be his 650th career Cup start. Enjoy that Bloomin' Onion on Monday.
Ryan broke my heart again. I’ll stay with Penske but go with Joey Logano this week. Not sure he can go back to back but he has momentum so let’s try that.
a wrap for this week’s picks for the Track Guardian 500 from Phoenix.
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