Fantasy Picks 2019 ~ Phoenix 2
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Race 34 saw the Fantasy Racers all over it at the Fort Worth mile-and-a-half’er. It says something to have your pick finish fourth in the race and have five Fantasy Racers finish ahead of you.
The top three in the standings, Kelly Meiste, PattyKay Lilley and Vicq Ruiz, along with Vivian Simons and J. L. Steele all picked race winner Kevin Harvick. Only Vivian was able to advance a position with the 40-point win as all the other winners held position.
David Nance and Frank Buhrman also finished in the top 10, while Will Dossett just barely missed it. Hal Ashburn and Berra Nordin went sliding through the tri-oval with Denny Hamlin which hurt their chances for a top 10 finish.
It was another impressive performance by our Fantasy Racers. Check out the Race Summary and Points Standings below.
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It’s almost over.
Race 35 can only mean one thing-ISM (no matter how much reconfiguring and fan enhancements occur, it’ll always be Phoenix to me).
This race will reduce the Field of Eight to the Final Four as four of the Playoff contenders will be eliminated. Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick are secure, their Round of Eight wins licking them into the Homestead Final. Kyle Busch and Joey Logano are locked in a tight points’ race with Logano setting the cutoff line. Ryan Blaney trails Logano by 20 points followed by Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson. Chase Elliott trails and needs a win to avert Elimination.
Contenders… Kyle Busch has won the last two races here bringing his ISM win total to three. Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin have also visited Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick has nine wins, putting him as the winningest 2020 Contender.
Kyle Larson and Martin Truex, Jr. have 3 top 5s in the last 10 races here. Chase has two top 5’s in the last 7 races while Ryan has 1. So the Contenders are all strong.
Non-contenders Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch also have wins here. Jimmie Johnson is no stranger to the Winner’s Circle winning four times. Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola are knocking on the door for their first win here.
The media is presenting this as a Kyle Busch-Joey Logano battle. Who will our Fantasy Racers go with in their next to last pick of the season?
Looking ahead, I see 12 points! Kelly has already sort of telegraphed that he'll play Harvick to the end, and he'd be a fool not to at this point. I also want to play Harvick, especially at Phoenix, but that's not the way Fantasy works. Favorites have no place in Fantasy... so... much as I hate to, I must forsake my guy and ride around ISM with the dreaded #18 and Kyle Busch. (I hate being forced to react defensively!)
He's not perfect, but he's my hometown boy, and I'm hoping he bounces back from Texas. We'll go with Denny Hamlin in #11.
Normally, I would automatically say Kevin Harvick will win at Phoenix, aka ISM. However, and that is a big however, Homestead is looming large and many drivers will do anything, including taking others out, to win so they can be in the final 4. That being the case, I thought of the ones most likely to play/drive that way and three came to mind. But I have a hard time picking, so I will just go with someone else this time. Ah, the heck with it, I will draw names from my special Tony Cap and the winner is...Chase Elliott. What? Chase? Wow, that could stir things up, huh? Okay, #9, do your thing and give me the win!
Phoenix this week. Somehow it feels a bit sad when the season is coming to an end next week! For me this fantasy racing league has been the highlight of the year even if I've not been that lucky with my picks! But this time I think I've got the winner figured out and .... "drumroll"....... #18 Kyle Busch it is for the third time in a row here at ISM Raceway!!!
Kevin - the smart pick
But I need to gamble here
So I'll take Rowdy
There's a handful of drivers I think have a good shot at this week’s race but there is one that stands out to me.
He's been on a long dry spell and I think it's time for him to rear his ugly head again.
So yes, put me down for the 18 of Kyle Butthead, sorry Busch to come out on top this week.
Still riding the 11 to the end.
Well, let’s see. I think I’ll go with the 42 this week. :-)
J. L. Steele
MTJ, No. Happy Harvick, No. Kyle Busch, NO, NO, NO. Going with the #22 for the win and a place in next week’s finale... Yes.
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!