Fantasy Picks 2019 ~ Kentucky
Coke Zero Sugar 400
Weather forced the Saturday night race to Sunday afternoon, only to find wrecks, weather and strategy produced another first-time winner for the season as Kurt Busch gave up the lead under caution and pitted with one to go before going back to green when a lightning strike forced NASCAR to not restart, handing the win to Justin Haley. Hardly the way fans like to see a race end, but congratulations all around to Haley and his team. A win is a win. Now let’s see if the #77 can back it up with some good finishes here on out and climb into the Top 30 to become eligible for the Chase/Playoff/Whatever.
Our Daytona Fantasy Race mirrored the on-track misfortunes as Will Dossett had the 40 points and the win only to hand the lead over to J. L. Steele with his Matt DiBenedetto pick which was this week’s top finisher. Congratulations J. L.... sorry Will. Unfortunately, that’s Fantasy Racing!
The combination of weather and wrecks proved hard on our Racers this week as we only saw none finish in the top five and only three finish in the top ten. Just goes to show how unpredictable things can be at a Restrictor Plate, I mean Tapered Spacer track.
The wild finish did affect our points standing though. Kelly Meiste remains atop of the leader board, a position he has held by his lonesome all season. After Daytona, he has company as PattyKay Lilley used her Joey Logano pick to pull into a tie for first place heading into Kentucky. Should make for an interesting race at the Bluegrass cookie-cutter. Here are the race results and points standings for last week’s Chicagoland race.
Quaker State 400
The Bluegrass State welcomes the Traveling Circus to Bruton Smith’s 1.5-miler this week. The Traction Compound has been applied to the upper grooves so hopefully the field, in their 550HP/Aero Duct equipped cars will put on an entertaining event (I would have said good race, but it’s all about entertainment, isn’t it?).
Since Cup came to Kentucky in 2011, only three active drivers have found Victory Lane-Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr, who each have two wins and Brad Keselowski who has three. Brad has the distinction of winning in two different makes. Overall, Kentucky, which is TRD’s home track has proven to be a Toyota track, taking five of the eight races.
Ryan Blaney ran a strong second in the race last year. Other strong drivers at Kentucky include the usual cast of characters-Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson... so there is a lot to choose from.
That’s what the record say, let’s see what our Fantasy Racers say about Kentucky-
Alright then... Daytona is in the rear view, finally, and it was a disaster as usual for many, including me. However, Kelly's guy got wrecked a bit earlier than mine, and I made up an astounding 11 points. On to Kentucky, home of the traffic jam to end all traffic jams. There are several worthy candidates here, but there is one standout, that I'm sure everyone will pick. I'm no fool, so I'll be riding with #18, Kyle Busch along with everyone else. He doesn't crash here! In 8 years, worst finish is 12th. Kelly, take someone else!
So the new rules were supposed to change things, right? Would somebody please tell me what changed at Daytona? My "let-my-money-ride-with-Martin" pick meant nothing in that pig circus, so let's try it again at a real race track - Truex in #19 at Kentucky.
Not too many races so far at Kentucky yet and 3 drivers have taken most of the wins there. Would be hard to choose anyone other than those three. I thought about Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, but I am going to pick Martin Truex, Jr to be in Victory Lane as he has won the last two.
Last week showed us a little reminder that in NASCAR anything can happen and once in a while it sometimes does just that. Last time we had an upset like this was when Chris Buescher drove out of the fog at Pocono and into the Winner Circle for Front Row Motorsports!! Let’s hope Spire take most of their winnings and reinvest in some much needed better equipment!!!
Kentucky this week and no feeling at all on who's going to win so my hope this week would be that good luck and bad evens out in the end and with that #1 Kurt Busch gets the win this time!!!
the blue grass state
I'll take the double sawbuck
with Jones at the wheel
It looks like my really-really-really crappy past two weeks has now come back to bite me. I've got PK pulling up alongside and ready to slingshot on past me for the first time this season so it's time for the block (just hope she lifts).
It's an all Kyle and Martin show this week so who's going to win the rubber match? My bet is on the 19 of Martin Truex Jr.
I guess Kyle sounds like a safe pick. KB in the #18 for a top 5.
Going to Kentucky. That means good weather! Maybe lightning won't strike twice! I think the bowties are finally coming back. Therefore I think the 24 should perform well this week
J. L. Steele
Kevin Harvick, because he has to win sometime this season...doesn't he?!
I really want to go with Joey Logano this week but I think the #2 has something to prove after last week’s mess. This is the track to do it. So put me down for “I’m Not Lifting”
Keselowski in the #2.
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!