Fantasy Picks 2019 ~ Michigan 1
This week’s Fantasy Racers had a good week at the Tricky Triangle with seven out of ten finishing in the top 10, six finishing in the top 5, 5 in the top two and four picking the winner. Kelly Meiste, PattyKay Lilley, Berra Nordin and Vicq Ruiz rode their Kyle Busch Picks to Victory Lane and an additional 40 points to their point totals. Hal Ashborn nipped at their heels with Brad Keselowski’s second place finish. Will Dossett rounded out the top-10.
Kelly and PattyKay are still locked in a battle for the season’s point lead, increasing their interval between themselves and the second pack, led by Hal. Biggest movers this week was Hal, Berra and Vicq who each moved up a spot. Vivian’s fifteenth place finish cost her three positions on the Points Leader Board.
Here are the Race Results and Points Standings by the numbers-
FireKeepers Casino 400
The Northern swing continues for the Traveling Circus as they go for 200 laps on the Irish Hills 2-mile oval with their low horsepower, high drag setup last used at Charlotte.
Clint Bowyer is the defending race winner, while Kevin Harvick (2) took the win at the second race here last year. Kyle Larson pulled a three-peat before that. Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman each have two wins here, while Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch has found Victory Lane once.
Chase Elliott has raced here six times and never finished outside the Top 10, with three of those finishes being in the Top Five. Could this finally be the weekend for him to start his winning streak here? Martin Truex, Jr. is strong here also and could put the #19 in Victory Lane as well.
Those are the facts, but as we know with the 2019 setups, past performance doesn’t guarantee future results. So who is it going to be?
Let’s see what our Fantasy Racers have to say about the FireKeepers Casino 400.
I'm not sure why I even bother to look at stats from previous races. I knew before I did, who I'd be riding with this week, and that's #4, Kevin Harvick. A couple of the kiddies look enticing, but I'm going with experience at this big track. Besides, I like Kevin! Kelly, you can have all of the 39 others. Just stay out of my computer and take someone else.
If you can't beat 'em, confuse 'em.
Sooooo . . . the Kyle Busch jinx is lifted as soon as I pick somebody else, and my somebody else - Harvick - gets the black-cloud-over-the-spoiler award, his consolation prize for having been my pick. Whose afternoon do I ruin this week? Semi-intelligent picking hasn't worked, so let's go for the ridiculous. Break out the results from the first-ever Michigan race 50 years ago: Winner was Yarborough (#21, now Menard); runner-up was Pearson (#17, now Stenhouse), and third was the King (#43, now Bubba Wallace). Ain't gonna pick any of them. Nothing else pops up from scanning the results except distant memories, so in honor of one of those memories - the "Wild Indian," Roy Tyner - I'll go with Roy's old number (9) and make Chase Elliott my pick this week. Chase, if you want me to pick somebody else next week, send a check to . . . .
For Michigan I decided I would pick Brad Keselowski, #2 for the win.
So Pocono was a bit of disappointment, as far as the racing goes. Sure Kyle Busch won and I was one of the gang that had picked him, but the racing was dull and IMHO the cars could do with some extra horses. We’ve seen a few tracks this year where clearly this set of rules does not provide good racing and I don't know what to put my finger on!! I normally love the racing at Pocono and the NXS Race was one of the best I've seen all year!
On to Michigan then. Will we see another snooze feast or some good and exciting racing? And will we hear the Dawsonville siren again or will we see the Candy Man go back to back? Well, I go with my first feeling and say #9 Chase Elliott will win and we get to hear the Siren over the net once again!!
to write a new
Haiku for Rowdy each week!
Yep, stickin' with him.
I've got this gut feeling Kyle B (sorry I'm getting tired of hearing or seeing his name) will be going back to back. So put me down for the 18 car to win yet again this week. Sorry PK...........
I'll try BK in the #2.
Bowman the Showman, #88
J. L. Steele
J. L. unfortunately missed the drivers’ meeting and will have to start at the rear of the field with last week’s 30th place finisher-David Ragan.
Something makes me think Penske will show strong here Sunday. That narrows it to three. With this week being the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, I would love to see Brad K flying the American Flag during his burnouts, He has 8 Top 10 finishes in his last 10 races here. It’s hard to believe he’s never won here, but I think he’ll come up a little short this weekend and Joey Logano will put a Penske Ford in Victory Lane.
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!