Fantasy Picks ~ Watkins Glen
Race Recap and Results
“Gander Outdoors 400”
The Tricky Triangle proved to be true to its name this week as we only had three of our Fantasy Racers come in with Top Ten picks and none picked the race winner-Kyle Busch. How he escaped being picked is still one of those unsolved mysteries.
Our pack was scattered through the top 15 with Tim’s pick of Bubba Wallace being the only one finishing outside. Wallace’s day ended with a 33rd place finish after Wallace lost his brakes and slammed nearly full speed into the Turn One wall. That brought out the Red Flag and after racing resumed, saw Kyle Busch motor on to his 49th Cup win. Our first racer across the line was PattyKay whose fourth place pick of Kevin Harvick earned her enough points to shoot past Frank and Berra to assume the points lead. Mitch was second with Chase Elliott’s eighth place finish, followed by Vicq and Kurt Busch in ninth.
Let’s take a look at the full rundown of the “Gander Outdoors 400” results-
“Go Bowling at the Glen 300”
Race 22 finds the Traveling Circus at the New York 2.45 mile road course. Martin Truex Jr. is the defending race champion and each of the Big Three have wins here, with Kyle Busch garnering two. Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and A. J. Allmendinger also have wins here. Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth have been strong there of late.
Can Martin repeat and tie Kyle here or will Kyle extend his win lead here? Will Kevin get back on the winning track? Can A. J. hit all his shifts and redeem himself while shaking up the playoffs or will turning left and right end Jimmie Johnson’s winless drought?
The road courses have a knack of shaking things up will we see if the same happens with our Fantasy Racers.
Let’s see what our pack of prognosticators think this week’s road race is going to play out...
Almost forgot to send this. One of our own has not been heard from this past weekend and she lives out where the wildfires are raging. I'll just keep the guy that brought me to the dance. He does better on the "other" right turn course, but I'll ride with him anyway. #4 Kevin Harvick. Go Buschhhhhhhh!
Most of me wants to leave my money on Martin Truex, who won last year, runs this place well, and is due for a good weekend. The rest likes Denny Hamlin, a sentimental favorite for me because we share Richmond-area/Southside Speedway roots, and because he remains a good road racer who might have his best shot at a win this weekend. The aging brain goes back and forth, back and forth, and then it runs out of energy (coffee) while in the "forth" position, which means Hamlin it is. Go FedEx #11.
I love the road courses. Wish NASCAR had several more but wishing gets fans nowhere with the current owners of almost all of the tracks. So I dream... and while I am dreaming I will dream of Kevin Harvick in that reliable #4 to be in Victory Lane at Watkins Glen when that road course has been run.
J. L. Steele
Although it won't be surprising if Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick or Martin Truex, Jr. win, Watkins Glen at least gives us more reasons than other tracks to consider other drivers. The skill level between road course specialists and drivers who didn't cut their teeth on right hand turns has diminished over the years but it still has to be considered. For that reason, even though it's been a tough season for him overall, I'm going with A.J. Allmendinger.
I am not sure on this one. I want to go with ‘Dinger, but I also know that Chase has had success on road courses, so I am going to stay home on this one... Chase Elliott for the roundy-bout win.
This week it's time for some great racing or let’s hope it's going to be if the Stages don’t mess with it! The top trio is also very good on Road courses but three to look for outside the Trio and the Dinger. The first that comes to mind and his team mate in the #37 Chris Buescher. Buescher won at Mid-Ohio in NXS a few years back and having Dinger as a team mate doesn't hurt! Another great road racer that comes in mind is McDowell in the #34, and last but not least, #19 Daniel Suarez!!
So what about my pick for this week? As much as I'd like to pick one of the outsiders it's very hard to overlook the top trio so my pick goes to #4 Kevin Harvick!
I like the second best driver ever to be known by the initials "A.J."
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.
Do I pick the #18 for the jinx or go with the head with the #78 or heart with the #2? I’ll try the head and the #78 this week.
You’ve seen our picks-now make yours below!