Fantasy Picks 2019 ~ Indianapolis
Bojangles’ Southern 500
The Fantasy Racers bounced back strong at the Bojangles’ Southern 500 after a disappointing showing at Bristol the week before. No one picked race winner Erik Jones but Will Dossett and points leader Kelly Meiste has second place finisher Kyle Larson for this week’s Fantasy race win.
Overall, the “Track Too Tough To Tame” did not live up to her reputation as seven of the 10 competitors finished in the Top seven. David Nance came in a surprising third, PattyKay Lilley kept the pressure on with Kevin Harvick to finish a Fantasy Fourth. Vivian Simons ties PattyKay with Harvick pick. Vicq Ruiz and Kez finished sixth while Berra Nordin and his Busch the Elder pick finished seventh overall in both the real and the Fantasy races.
Kelly maintains his narrow points lead over PattyKay. Vivian and Frank Buhrman are locked in a tight battle that saw Vivian pull ahead after Frank’s misfortune with Denny Hamlin.
For the full summary of race results and points standings check out the following:
Big Machine Vodka 400...
It’s finally here! Race 26. Final race in the regular season. Fourteen of the Sixteen Playoff slots have been filled. Now for the final two spots.
That’s the racing on track. In the Race Fans Forever Fantasy Racing Series there is no Playoff. There are no eliminations. Indy is just another race in a thirty-six-race season... the way it should be. But as someone once said, “It is what it is” and what it is this week is the “Big Machine Vodka 400 at The Brickyard Presented by Florida Georgia Line on NBC Sunday September 8th at 2:00 PM EST” aka the longest race name in 2019. Call me old fashioned but when did race names go from catchy names to run on sentences?
But I digress. Before I get too far off subject, this race has 40 cars entered, so no one will be going home. The car setup is scheduled to be the 550 HP tapered spacers with AeroDucts like was last used at Michigan. Will there be any last-minute modifications or addition of traction compound? You’ll just have to wait and see.
Jimmie Johnson in’s the winningest driver here with 4 wins. Number 5 could lock him into the Playoffs, break his winless drought and keep his Playoff streak alive. Kyle Busch is the only other multiple Brickyard winner with back to back wins. Chasers Kevin Harvick and defending Brickyard winner Brad Keselowski have proven they can kiss the bricks. Ryan Newman and Paul Menard could punch their ticket to the Playoffs if they could secure their second win here Sunday.
Chasers Joey Logano, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr are winless here but have a history of strong runs. Another contender, Clint Bowyer could use a Brickyard win to secure his Playoff position.
So, who is it going to be Sunday? Let’s see what our Fantasy Racers think about Sunday’s race.
As much as I'm not fond of the racing here, I do know who excels at it. No one seems to think about it, but there is a track that is very much like IMS. 2.5-miles around and very flat! That would be Pocono, but they always emphasize the THREE turns and ignore that turn 2 is an exact copy of an Indy turn. If a driver is good at one, it's almost a guarantee he'll be good at both. Also, both run much like a road course with all left turns. There are a couple of names that leap to mind. One named Kyle and the other Denny. I'll be riding with Kyle Busch in the #18 at Indy. Oh, turn 1 is from Trenton and turn 3 is from the Milwaukee Mile.
When you're buried deep in the standings, and it's Labor Day with meat marinating and ready for the grill, the time for agonizing over RFF picks just ain't there, so we'll just stick with Denny. He got the wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time shaft at Darlington, so maybe his luck will turn at Indy. FedEx #11 it is.
Chevy seems to be dominant at Indy, but for some reason I am thinking either Ford or Toyota. My in-house expert seems to have no idea this week, so I am just gonna toss a few names in my Tony cap and pull one. Ah hah! Guess I will be going with one of my least favorites - the #18 with the Shrub driving it to take the win this Sunday. Hopefully, I won't regret it, lol...
So, Indy is up and I'm not too sure what racing we're going to get or who to pick!! Last year’s racing has not been too exciting but bring it and we'll see what we get, by looking at Pocono I have to go with one of my less liked driver again, #11 Denny Hamlin got a good chance to get one more win!!
don't have a clue
For this crapshoot, so my wife
says, "Viva Suarez!"
Well here goes, one last attempt to keep PK in my mirrors. My gut instinct tells me she's going to stick with Harvick one last time for all or nothing. So how can I counter Harvick as he's pretty good at Indy. I've already sworn off Kyle B for the year so who's left? I believe Penske has a good handle on this track plus Brad's got this place figured out as well.
So, for the final time this season I'm rolling the dice to come up snake eyes, so mark me down for the #2 of Brad K at Indy.
Guess I'll keep the jinx going. I'll take Denny in the #11 again.
I always heard that if you have a good horse, keep riding it. I am staying with Young Money! #42, Kyle Larson.
J. L. Steele
I'm going with Brad Keselowski at Indy.
Going with Matt DiBenedetto for the upset win and clinching a Playoff spot for Leavine Family Racing. Go #95!
there you have it! Agree? Disagree?
Pick your winner and post it in the comments below.
Good luck and hoping for a safe, good race!