Fantasy Picks ~ Sonoma
Race Recap and Results
“FireKeepers Casino 400"
None of our experts picked race winner, Clint Bowyer. I’m not sure race winner Clint Bowyer picked Clint Bowyer, but when the rains fell and the tower called the race the 14 was in front, leading a pack of teammates to a 1-2-3 finish for SHR.
Frank and Vivian were our top finishers this week with second place Kevin Harvick. His 35 points helped to keep them marching toward the front. Misfortune befell PattyKay and J. L. as the 28th place finish by Kyle Larson cost each two positions in the standings, dropping them to third and eighth respectively. Berra’s pick of fourth place Kyle Busch, the first non-SHR finisher, coupled with the Kyle Larson misfortune, vaulted him to a fifteen point lead over second place Frank.
In the second pack, Mitch and Vicq used their Chase Elliott picks to ease past J. L. into sixth and seventh place. They are dicing back and forth the last few weeks with only thirteen points now separating the pack.
Here is the breakdown of the “FireKeepers Casino 400" results-
“Toyota/Save Mart 350”
This week finds the Traveling Circus back over the Rockies for a road course race in the California wine country. Left turns with some right handlers, upshifts, downshifts and elevation changes have a way of shuffling things up and this week should be no different.
The “Big Three” won the last three races here won by active drivers. Kevin Harvick is the defending champion, with Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. winning in 2015 and 2013. Before that Michigan winner Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson Kasey Kahne have found Victory Lane here. Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott have all had strong runs but victory lane has eluded them. Will they find it this week or will we see previous winners add to their win totals here?
Let’s see what our Fantasy prognosticators think and how well they do picking this week’s road racers.
I think it's perfectly safe to "assume" that the winner at Sonoma will come from the Stewart-Haas stable. Three of the four are at the top of the road-racing chart. Almirola, not so much. Sometimes, raw numbers just don't tell the whole story. One of those drivers has a 4.17 average over 6 races... if one removes a race that really doesn't count anyway. Clint Bowyer finished 40th in the Harry Scott entry in 2016. The car only ran 5 laps. Take that out of the equation and he's the brightest star in that very starry sky! I'll be riding with #14 on the road course. The road less traveled!
I almost got a win last week with my crazy system of going back to the first race at Michigan and picking the car number that finished highest then (from among the guys I gave a chance at winning in 2018). Looked at Sonoma's 1989 results did absolutely no good, so I'm giving up on systems and such. Kyle Busch will take the #18 to victory.
Yep, it will always be Sears Point to me!
I seem to be stuck in a rut, or maybe just the best line on the track. So, that being the case, I am sticking with that racer we call Happy! #4 is gonna pull it off on the road course and then park it in Victory Lane!
J. L. Steele
I'm taking Kurt Busch for Sonoma
AJ Almendinger.... he is a road racer who is due! I know... I am weird...lol
Sonoma this time is a bit hard to predict due to so many strategies that can come in to play and now we also have stage racing to deal with!! So what to look for other than the usual trio, Kurt Busch is the first one that comes in mind, and I saw the JGR kids Jones and Suarez getting extra seat time in David Gilliland’s K&N cars this weekend so maybe one of them can provide us with some upset!!
My feeling is it's time for #2 Brad K. gets it done this weekend! That team seems to be masters of playing the strategy game!
Jo-ey! Jo-ey! Joooo-eeeyy!!.
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’ll give the boys from Denver CO a try this week. Put me down for the 78.
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