Fantasy Picks ~ Texas
Race Recap and Results
The trip East to the flat half-miler at Martinsville proved to be just what Clint Bowyer needed to break his extended (this is NASCAR so by law I have to use at least one “E” word or be charged with actions detrimental to the sport) winless streak. It was a popular win with about everyone but second place Kyle Busch, who is apparently getting tired of seeing another set of taillight decals between him and the Checkered Flag.
PattyKay and Frank rode the 18’s finish to the win in the Fantasy Game as they picked up the most points as this week’s top finishers. They won in dominating fashion finishing 8 positions ahead of the next closest prognosticator as a gaggle of our pickers fought for finishing orders in the teens. Vicq and Mitch once again had bad luck seeing a nice finish by their #11 foiled by a Kevin Harvick brake-check.
Here are the final Martinsville results and current point standings after 5 races.
O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
It’s good to have the Road Show back on the track again this weekend after a much needed weekend off. Sunday finds them back across the Mississippi in the Lone Star State for 500 miles of action on the Fort Worth mile-and-a-halfer.
In the current crop of drivers, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick each have a win there with Harvick taking the fall race there. Multiple races winners include Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin with two each. The driver who has had a stranglehold on the track is Jimmie Johnson, who has won 1/3rd of the last 21 races there including the spring race here last year.
Can Jimmie make it back to Victory Lane, defend as the spring race winner here and end his 30-race skid? Can Kevin continue his dominance on the 1.5 mile tracks and add another win to his stellar 2018 season? Stewart-Haas has put two drivers in Victory Lane now and Kurt Busch knows the way here. Can he find his way back? Can Clint make it two races in a row? Kyle Busch has been the bridesmaid. Can he change that this weekend? What about a new kid taking the cowboy hat and six-shooters?
Here is what our group thinks. Check it out!
With the Holiday behind us and racing back in the foreground, I'm going back to the guy that brought me to the dance. He's not done winning yet, so my pick at Texas is last fall's winner there, #4, Kevin Harvick.
Sometimes you've got to come up with something extra, and this week I think I've got it. My pick is Kyle Larson in the #42 because he's had good finishes on the intermediate tracks this year, he's run well at Texas (even without leading much, except for the race where he wrecked), and when he's right, he can keep up with Harvick and Busch/Shrub. Most of all, though, I'm picking him because Car #42 finished higher than any of the other top contenders' numbers in this race 20 years ago, a fourth-place showing by none other than "Front-Row-Joe" Nemechek.
Looking at who has won in the past, it seems Jimmie Johnson has done better than most at this track. He is still having problems though so I don't have much faith that he can win this one. He has improved this year, but not enough at this point. Therefore, I don't have much choice but to select someone else. Therefore, I am going with Kevin Harvick, #4 to pull up into Victory Lane at Texas
J. L. Steele
Brad K for the win. Heard it here first!
I went to Dawsonville last week and there was a feeling in town... a winning feeling. This week, it's the 9 of Chase Elliott as my pick.
After Martinsville and the west coast swing in the books what to take towards Texas? Still think the Chevy teams are a bit behind, with CGR maybe leading the GM Fleet. The Fords are much stronger than the "experts" predicted! So the question right now seems to will there be a winner from the Ford camp or one of the Toyotas?? I don't really know but I’ve got a feeling that it is going to be one of the Toyotas this time. I'll go with the #18 Kyle Busch to win this week!
My cracked crystal ball is showing me some guy name of Truex in victory lane this weekend.
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’m going to go out on a really skinny limb and pick Ryan Blaney. I can’t explain why... just one of those feelings. Hopefully, that skinny limb holds and the feeling isn’t heartburn. Texas goes to the 12.
this week’s picks for the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts 500 from Fort Worth.
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