Fantasy Picks 2019 ~ Talladega
Last Race Recap and Results
Toyota Owners 400
Fans were looking forward to some more short-track action on the ¾-mile track at Richmond. Kelly and. Frank were riding high early as their Kyle Busch pick dominated Stage 1 and appeared to be a shoo in for the win until Kyle had an unforced error on pit road that sent him to the back and he never recovered.
When the Checkered Flag dropped we saw Vivian and Hal’s pick of Joey Logano top the field, barely ahead of PattyKay and Berra’s pick of Kevin Harvick. Overall it was a good race as we had 5 Racers finish in the top 5, 7 in the top 10 and 9 in the top 15.
Kelly continues to lead the points, but PattyKay is slowly chipping away at that lead. The top three remained the same, but the rest of the field shuffled like crazy and the charts below explain it better than my words could ever do.
If you think this is bad... wait till next week.
Here are the standings after Richmond.
This Week’s Picks
We’ve had a week off to catch our breaths and regroup... and we’re going to need it going into this one on the 2.66 miler in Sweet Home Alabama.
40 entries have signed up for the 50th edition of this Talladega race. The first one was a struggle on so many levels, hopefully, with all the rules changes this one will be less of a struggle and a good competitive race. Most importantly, a safe one.
Gone are the restrictor plates, replaced with tapered spacers. Aero Ducts will also slow the cars down. Now they have thrown on the Enhanced 8” rear spoiler. All together will add more uncertainty to a race that before changes was described as “a crap shoot.” I guess it’s now an “Enhanced Crap Shoot” or a “Crap Shootasaurus.”
If history is any factor, then this is Brad Keselowski’s race. Bad Brad has five wins at the Talladega Superspeedway followed by team mate Joey Logano with three wins. Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer have two wins each. Other victors include Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Aric Almirola.
Some “Who’s Who” who have never visited Victory Lane here include Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman. Youngsters who are showing a liking to the white knuckle racing here include Ty Dillon, Daniel Suarez and Chase Elliott.
Does any of this mean anything? Probably not. It all comes down to who can avoid the “Big One(s)”, last till the end, be in the right position, with the right drafting partner at the right time and doesn’t pull the trigger too soon.
Sounds good, but then again what do I know? This is Talladega!
Let’s see what our Fantasy Racers think about the GEICO 500.
I think the whole world is aware of my opinion of racing on this track. No matter what they do with parts and pieces, racing here will suck until those engines are UNRESTRICTED! I don't care if they call it a plate, a spacer or a UFO. Restricting engines at this track make it dangerous to race on.
That said, Mama will be riding this week with #22, Joey Logano. Almirola looks inviting, as does Stenhouse, but Joey is more dependable than the first and I wouldn't bet Stenhouse with your money, let alone my own. Go Joey!
If you've got short-term memory loss, a week off from NASCAR runs the risk of forgetting important things . . . like my commitment to Kyle Busch for six races in a row. Fortunately, I remembered: #18 it is, again.
We are approaching another crap shoot type race where anyone can win. The cream of the crop does not always rise to the top at Talladega. However, seems like Brad Keselowski has won a few of them and I think I will take him to be in Victory Lane with his #2 Ford.
So Dega this time, so let’s see what the NASCAR - year of packages bring to us! I'm so much hoping that Talladega will offer a surprise winner like Buescher in the #37 who has run good but not had too much luck. Or maybe David Ragan or McDriver from the FRM team! But no one really knows what the aero package is going to do, so I'm thinking 2001 and the caution free spring race!! The Penske boy are sure on it this year and I think Brad Keselowski is going to win in the #2, but this is Talladega so I guess anything can happen and sometimes will!!
Takin' a flyer
On Danica's ex boy toy
In the seventeen
I'm hoping that Kyle Busch is FINALLY done with his wins for the year. Now it's time to look elsewhere, but where? I have no idea because Dega could go in any of 40 different directions. So I'm turning to my crystal ball once again to help me out. It's only telling me that Penske Power will prevail. So who will be Penske's person of the week? I'm predicting "if" he misses the big one that Joey will be driving the #22 into victory lane once again.
Crap shoot for sure. Picked my top 10 choices, wrote them down on sheets of paper and wadded them up on the floor. Let the cat choose; whichever he played with first was my pick and the winner is Joey in the #22. If this works may let him pick every week
Let's try Austin Dillon, #3 this week.
J. L. Steele
No one knows what to expect anytime cars hit the track at Talladega. This weekend might be the biggest unknown since NASCAR first mandated the use of restrictor plates. A new rules package is in place (seems like we say that regularly), with a bigger spoiler, no plates, tapered spacers and low horsepower.
That adds a new dimension of uncertainty at a track that produces plenty of uncertainty already. One thing has been certain over the past few years at super speedways. Matt DiBenedetto knows how to race on tracks like this. He's been in position to fight for a win in the past two Daytona 500's, only to see his day end with his car on the hook. Sunday at Talladega, he earns his first career Cup win.
This week is such a tossup that I’m going to go with a nice solid conservative pick and take Busch... Busch the Elder that is! Give me Kurt Busch for the win.
No doubt about it... Talladega is set up to be either a
crash fest or a snoozer. We’ll soon know
after 500 (probably more) miles on Sunday.
Agree? Disagree? Pick your winner and post it in the comments below.
Good luck and hoping for a safe, good race!