Fantasy Picks 2019 ~
Talladega is always a crap shoot and this year it was an even bigger one as the setup rules were changing right up to final practice. Our Fantasy Racers were doing exceptional well until the final 25 miles or so and then the nonsense started resulting in a typical Talladega finish.
Chase Elliott was the popular race winner and usually someone is aboard. But not this week. On the other end of the spectrum, usually we have several on the Kevin Harvick train but luckily everyone avoided him.
When the cars quit flipping and the final flag fell, we saw half of our racers finish in the top 10 and eight finish in the top 15. The pack of Kelly, PattyKay and Hal looked like they had the race win with Joel Logano, but the 22 just couldn’t get wide enough to block all charges and finished fifth. Not bad and good enough for the fantasy race win. Congratulations!
Kelly stayed atop of the standings again this week. The top and bottom of the standings remained the same but there was shuffling mid-pack.
Let’s take a look at our race finish and the point standings to see how things stack up after Talladega.
GANDER RV 400
This week it’s off to the concrete of the Monster Mile. This has been a strong track for Talladega race winner Chase Elliott, who won here in October and has been consistently strong here. So it will be interesting to see if he can pick up his second Miles the Monster trophy this weekend. This one will be special, a Golden Miles, to mark Dover’s 50th Anniversary on the circuit.
Jimmie Johnson has 10 of them. This Golden Miles would be a nice addition to his collection. Other winners looking to add to their collection include Kyle and Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.,
Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones have been strong and could break through here this weekend as the field of 38 attack the high-banks with the same tapered space/aero setup used at Richmond.
Sunday, we’ll see if we have a new winner or a repeat. Let’s see who our Fantasy Racers think will take the Gander TV 400 and the Golden Miles.
After about 4 seconds of deliberation, I opted for Chase Elliott. I kind of like when that old "Sirene" goes off, even if I can't hear it here. Riding with #9 at Dover!
Still traveling on my "six races with Kyle," despite Talladega not having gone all that well (at least he wasn't involved in a "big one" on the first lap). I'll just hope he channels a little Bobby Allison (seven Dover wins for four different car owners) for speed and a few four-leaf clovers for luck.
I am going to ride with Kevin Harvick in his #4 Ford this week.
Coming off a weekend of good racing at Talladega let’s keep our hopes high for some more good racing at Dover! What to expect this week then? Will we hear the Dawsonville siren back to back weekends or maybe 7 times can get one long wanted win or maybe it’s time for SHR to finally get the first win of the year?? I'll take a guess here and say SHR are due to win and ……… drumroll…. #4 Kevin Harvick gets it done, but with this year’s race cars one never knows!!
expect to see
Daniel Suarez scoring on
Cinco de Mayo!
After a huge sigh of relief for surviving Dega last week I find myself still driving out my mirror keeping an eye on that car in second that PK is wheeling. She keeps bump drafting me and it won't be long until she's side drafting. So I got to ask myself, what is she going to try this week?
Looks like it's time to pull the belts tight one more time and ask my spotter what he's recommending me to try to keep her behind me. He's been keeping a close eye on that pesky PK for weeks now and is telling me to throw a block on her this week by picking the #4 of Harvick. You gotta trust your spotter.
Always thought Dover was a hit your mark, technical kind of track. I saw a driver in I believe it was 2012 not vary more than a 1/4 inch for 200 laps at a PASS Race in N. Wilkesboro. Each lap was the same. So once again the siren will ring for our winner. Chase in the #9.
The three best bowtie drivers at the Monster Mile are JJ, Chase, and Larson. I'm going with the 42 and keeping my fingers crossed!
J. L. Steele
Kurt Busch has been close several times this year and has consistently been running in the top 5 and top 10. Sunday at Dover, he breaks through and gets his first win of 2019 and his first with Chip Ganassi.
I so want to see a Jimmie Johnson win this week, just to see how the booth would handle it. So in order to improve his chances and give NASCAR Karma a chance to work I’m going to ride the Busch Train this weekend... Kurt Busch. So like last week give me Kurt Busch for the win.
now you know and here we go!
.Agree? Disagree? Pick your winner and post it in the comments below.
Good luck and hoping for a safe, good race!