Fantasy Picks ~ Texas 2
Race Recap and Results
“First Data 500”
The first race of the final round proved to be a doozy as Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr. bumped and beat and banged to the Checkered Flag, while Denny Hamlin almost stole the show from the distracted competitors. Joey’s win advanced him to the Homestead final amid threats by a frustrated Truex that Joey won the battle but will not win the war. Short track tempers and possible retaliation? We’ll have watch and see.
The Fantasy racers had a good week as eight finished in the top 10. David, who had ridden the Joey horse since the Roval in Charlotte, five races, finally got a pay off with a win. For the first time in several weeks no one had Truex. Frank, Berra, PattyKay and Vicq all rode Kyle Busch to a fourth place finish, while Mitch, J. L. and Vivian finished 5th, 7th and 10th, respectively. As a result we had a position swap as David bumped and ran past Vivian. So let’s go to this week’s scoreboard to see how the remainder of our pickers finished in the “First Data 500” from the lovely Martinsville.
"AAA Texas 500"
Here we are in Texas for the 34th race of the season. Kyle Busch kicked off his three win run here at race seven (what seems to be an eternity ago). Will he pull the season sweep here and lock up his ticket to Homestead? Or will it be Kevin Harvick, the defending champion of this race? Can Joey Logano steal an automatic bid and win two races in a row? Sunday will tell.
When we look at past winners here, it’s the usual cast of characters. Ryan Newman, Kurt Busch, Logano and Harvick each have one win. Denny Hamlin has won two here and Kyle Busch three. Again this week, Jimmie Johnson is our leading winner here taking home seven trophies. He is also the only eliminated Chaser who has ever won a Chase race after being eliminated. Will Sunday be his day?
Brad and Chase Elliott don’t have wins here but have been strong the last few seasons. Will they be in Victory Lane when the Checkers fly?
Let’s see who our Fantasy competitors think will be wearing the Stetson and shooting the six shooters on Sunday.
Well, last week was fun, wasn’t it? Loved the race; love that sweet little track. 4 of us all ran with the same driver. The only winner there was the guy that runs the game. He rode a different horse and it happened to be the one that came in first. Ah well, I’m a good loser… with a lot of practice at it. Texas… 1.5-miles of weepers and water. Configuration changes almost annually. The usual suspects on the Texas track would be #4 and #78. That said, I’m staying with last week’s pick and riding one more time with #18, Kyle Busch.
will win, Logano will spin…
Deep in the heart of Texas
To Texans, they probably both sound like they're from Mars, but a Texan definitely understands revenge, so even if Martin says "Remember the Alamo" with a Jersey accent, he'll get a Lone Star badge this week, and it says here he'll wear it in victory lane..
I am going to stick with Harvick, #4 again this week and for the rest of the season.
J. L. Steele
I went with Keselowski at Martinsville last week and came close. He also has a history of running well at Texas and seems like a good choice for Texas. Then again, a lot of guys have a good history at Texas. Also, there are a handful of guys who need to do anything and everything it takes to win this race due to where they sit in the playoff standing.
Kevin Harvick has won plenty of races this season. I've picked him plenty of times this season as well. Unfortunately for me, I've not picked him on the weeks he's earned those wins. That's going to change in the Lone Star State. For the most part he's owned mile and a half tracks this season and if he's going to be the force at Homestead it's appeared he was going to be, he needs to win one of these next two races. Heck, he might even win them both but for now, I'm taking him for Texas.
On a roll, and since the 3 win's that Chase has had, I have been over to Dawsonville talking with Gordon Pirkle at the Ga. Hall of Fame, AND with me going back over this weekend... it's #9 one more time showing what he really does have!
Sooo. Texas it is this week!! I really don't care much at all for this playoff in my book and spreadsheet shows Kyle and Kevin been the class of the field about all year long so the big question is which one of them is going to win the championship. At the race here in the spring they finished first and second however the Chevy teams are getting closer now but I still think it will come down to one or the other!! The #18 Kyle Busch served me well in the spring so I'll go with him again!!
My contrarian strategy this year worked out about as well as Mikey's old #30 car did against the Bristol wall, so,,, for the final ten, I am picking Kyle Busch all the way, hopin' that either I won't see him making the big speech at Vegas, or that I'll claw my way out of the RFF crawl space. And I get to eat some M&Ms during the race without feelin' guilty...
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.
After the finish and post-race comments I’ll have to change my selection this week. Joey is in the finals so he doesn’t have to dig. Martin has said he’s gonna make sure he doesn’t win this thing so I don’t see anything good staying with the #22. It was a good ride. I’ll take a teammate this week-Ryan Blaney in the #12. What the heck. Want to jump to another pick but it’s hard to considering how the #22 has done for me of late.
You’ve seen our “AAA Texas 500” picks-tell us who you think takes the Checkers on Sunday and punches their ticket to Homestead!