Fantasy Picks ~ Kentucky
Race Recap and Results
“Coke Zero Sugar 400”
What is there to recap? Really! Stenhouse wins two stages. Stenhouse causes two big ones and takes out over half the field before finally wrecking. It was restrictor plate crashing at its finest. When you have more cars on the crash clock than on the track that ain’t racing.
All that said J. L.’s pick of Matt DiBenedetto with a nice seventh place finish was this week’s winning pick. Congratulations! Frank’s pick of Kevin Harvick went far enough before getting crashed out to gain enough picks among the wreckers to eek past Berra to take the top of our Points Leaderboard.
To everyone else, hope you have enough straight iron to race with this week.
Let’s take a look at the full rundown of the “Coke Zero Sugar 400" results-
“Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart”
I never thought I’d ever say I’m happy to get back on a mile-and-a-halfer, but after last week some normalcy would be a welcome relief.
This will be the eighth race at Bruton Smith’s New Kentucky Home. In the previous seven races we have three active winners-Brad Keselowski (3), Kyle Busch (2) and Martin Truex, Jr., the defending race champion. The other “Big Three” driver, Kevin Harvick is one of the strongest non-winners, followed by Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson. Of the “Young Guns”, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Daytona winner Erik Jones each have a Top Ten here but none have led a single lap. So will this week’s winner come from past winners, near misses or the youngsters?
Let’s see what our group thinks about how this week is going to play out...
I'm SO glad Daytona is history. My guy was running 3rd in first overtime, until Bubba Wallace happened! Oh well, everyone else was eliminated in similar fashion. Never thought I'd be looking forward to Kentucky, but at least they don't run plates there! Picking Kentucky is like picking which horse will be closest when the Merry-go-round stops. The horse I'm picking is Freaky Fast and he drives the #4. Kevin Harvick for the win at the 1.5-mile track.
Can we just eliminate the term "restrictor plate racing," because "restrictor plate freak show" is more accurate? This week my Daytona pick has less a chance of becoming a pinball, so I'll give Kevin Harvick another shot.
There have been only a few races at Kentucky and Bad Brad has won more than anyone else. That should be a good reason to pick him to win again. KyBu has 2 wins and Martin Truex Jr won the last one. It is hard not to pick one of them for the Victory Lane celebration. After much thought, I am going to pick my favorite go to driver, Kevin Harvick in the #4 to take the checkers first. Harvick.
J. L. Steele
Going back to a mile and a half track means at this point that there are really four options to choose from. Keven Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. or Kyle Larson. I'll be probably be shocked if anyone not in that group wins. The one member of that quartet who would make me happiest by winning would be Larson, so I'm going with him to finally close the deal.
Kentucky has never really thrilled me as a track, it's just another cookie cutter, blah blah blah... but this week I think you’re going to see a surprise winner in the 48 car Jimmie Johnson for the win... and I can't stand him...
Congrats to #20 Eric Jones on the first win AND to NASCAR. The youth movement is back on again!!! Well on to this week and a new 1,5 miler for this week I've got a feeling that the winner has won at this place in the top 3 NASCAR series AND in ARCA, so this week #18 Kyle Busch it is again!
I'm gonna put my hoodoo on Denny Hamlin this 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.
I stuck with Joey one week too many. I’m glad they pay a minimum of one point or I’d been shut out. I thought about letting my son pick this week (he can’t do any worse) but that would mean going with Kyle Busch and I just can’t do that (you can thank me later Berra). Since Brad has won the last three even year races here and this is an even year, I’ll give the #2 a whirl.
You’ve seen our picks-now make yours below!