Fantasy Picks 2019 ~ Kansas 2
Race 31 of the season took two days to run as Mother Nature stepped in to stop the race after Stage One. When racing resumed, the Traveling Circus crashed, flew, beat and banged their way through the final two stages to the Finish Line, with Ryan Blaney nipping Ryan Newman by .007 seconds. Vivian Simons picked the #12 for the win and after a first stage spin put him behind the Eight Ball, Blaney worked his way to the front, carrying Vivian to the 40-point Fantasy win.
The 40 points allowed her to advance a position in the Points standings as did Hal Ashburn with his third place Denny Hamlin pick. Kelly Meiste continues to lead the points but still has a mirror full of PattyKay Lilley.
Below are the results for the second Talladega race of the season.
Hollywood Casino 400
It’s back across the Mississippi to Kansas City for Race #32-the elimination race of the Playoff’s second stage. 40 drivers will compete using the Talladega 550 HP/Aeroduct setup that Ryan Blaney won with last week and Brad Keselowski used to win here in the spring.
The Chasers are sitting pretty here as Kevin Harvick leads with three KC wins, followed by Brad K, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano with two wins. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are Chasers with wins here.
Non-Chasers rarely visit Victory Lane once the Playoffs start, but Jimmie Johnson has three wins here while Ryan Newman also has a KC victory notch in his belt. Talladega Winner and Chaser Ryan Blaney, Chaser Clint Bowyer and Eliminated Chaser Kurt Busch also run well here. So who will it be?
Read on to see who our Fantasy Racers think will conquer the Kansas City mile-and-a-halfer.
Mile and a half track! There are two guys that win the hog's share of these and one is my guy. I'll be riding in the #4 with Kevin Harvick this weekend! Love to see Keelan when Dad wins!
OK, I dropped down a spot last week, so time to double down. Actually, I should be happy Logano finished as high as he did, after his car played the role of a ping pong ball as much as it did. Oh, well. . . This week, I'm going with Martin Truex Jr. He had a horrid weekend last time the circus was at Kansas, and I can't believe the team is bad enough to do that twice, especially given how strong he's been here in the past. A Clint Boyer win would be storybook stuff, but I think the Jersey boy will triumph this weekend.
My pick can be sung to the lyrics of the song Kansas City. "We're going to Kansas City. Kansas City, here we come. We're going to Kansas City. Kansas City, here we come. They got a crazy way of racing there, and I'm gonna pick a driver to win. We're going to Kansas City, Kansas City, here we come. I'm gonna be sitting in my easy chair and watching TV. I'm gonna sitting in my chair with my snacks by my side. Well, I might pick Brad, or I might pick Joey, but if I want to win, then I have to pick that #4, Happy Harvick to be taking that trophy.
Well Dega is now in the books, and that left me with no idea, no plan and no feeling for this weekend Kansas race! So what to do? I'll just pick one, I hope maybe this time #19 Martin Truex Jr and his team has figured out how far they can tweak on the car without being caught up with inspection issues and get to start upfront and get the win or at least a decent finish!
heck, let's not switch
He knows the track, needs the win
Elliott - yes - again
I'm glad Dega is in the mirrors now and I survived "almost" untouched. Now it's time to go back to the cookie cutter tracks. So it looks like I'll be joining the majority of you this week in jumping on the Harvick band wagon. So mark me down for the #4 this week.
Denny Hamlin, #11.
Sometimes you're the windshield; sometimes you're the bug! Staying with Young Money in the 42.
J. L. Steele
Based on his recent record there, my head tells me to go with Martin Truex, Jr. Racing is an emotional sport though, so I have to go with my heart. No one needs a win right now as badly as Chase Elliott. He's my pick.
That Matty D pick looked pretty good until the last Big One. This week, I’m going to share the pain a bit and go with Kyle Busch...
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!