Fantasy Picks 2019 ~ Sonoma
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The good thing about having an off-week is it gives you a chance to catch your breath. The bad thing is the extra time gives you a chance to forget everything you wanted to include in the race summary.
In review, the TV Broadcast Crew told us it was one of the best Michigan races ever. It’s difficult to believe that when the winning driver led 163 of the 200 laps with the next closest lap leader came in with a grand total of 15 laps led.
As far as the Fantasy Race goes our racers picked the race winner, had three in the Top 5 and 7 in the Top 10. Kelly Meiste continues to lead the points with PattyKay Lilley in his draft. Hal Ashburn continues to lurk behind waiting for the top two to slip up.
Here are the Race Results and Points Standings for this week’s event. This is about the fifteenth attempt to get the scoring right. I am so sorry this has taken so long but thankful that we only have a field of 10. Check ‘em close -
Toyota/Save Mart 350
It’s time to head out west for some road racing as the Traveling Circus rolls into Sonoma for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 and Final “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity.” Martin Truex Jr. is the defending Champion here and he along with Kyle Busch are the only two-time winners. Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and of course, Jimmie Johnson have all registered wins here.
But that was on the old track... or is it the new track? You know, the one they ran on from 1997 through last year. 2019 brings a return of “The Carousel”, a three turn loop that adds another six-tenths of a mile to a circuit while dropping 120 feet in elevation before climbing up to join the “Old?” “New?” “Existing?” track.
No driver taking the green flag has ever competed on “The Carousel.”
Couple that with the new tapered spacer/aero setup (750HP/No Aero Ducts-last used at Dover) and it’s anybody’s race including Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and Joey Logano who are strong finishers here in wine country.
So who is it going to be?
Let’s see what our Fantasy Racers have to say about the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
We had two weeks to consider this pick and as I type I'm still torn between two drivers, Harvick and Bowyer. I never win a coin toss, so I'll just stick with the guy that brought me to the dance. I'll ride the carousel with #4, Kevin Harvick this week.
As my fantasy prospects sink into the western sunset, so - appropriately - the NASCAR traveling circus heads the farthest west it goes (Sonoma is quite a bit farther west than Fontana), and since I haven't messed up Martin Truex Jr.'s prospects recently, I'll pick the #19. Watch out, Martin, some seagull is going to drop an abalone shell on your car, making it fail post-race template inspection and seize defeat from the jaws (not DW) of victory.
With the carousel back at Sonoma, aka Sears Point, it may change the recent array of winners which include Kyle Busch, Truex, Jr, and Harvick. That being said, I believe Harvick is due, due, due so I am going to be riding with him into Victory Lane at the Toyota/Savemart 350.
So Sonoma is up and the end of the Fox part of our season! I'm not too sure I would like the NBC coverage any better, but like the wise man always says “We Shall See!” And what I hope to see this week is a win for #4 Kevin Harvick and some good racing!!
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I'm liking Kurt Busch
you’re (David) going with Brad I'm not touching him with a 10 foot pole.
I'm be going with the X factor this week. So put me down for Martin TrueX.
Think I'll go with Kurt B in the #1
I think I'll ride with Kyle and the 42 this week at his home track.
J. L. Steele
Chase Elliott earned his first NASCAR Cup win at the road course of Watkins Glen. Many considered that a fluke. However, a look at the finishes over the past few seasons shows that Elliott consistently runs well on road courses. That's why he's going to win at Sonoma on Sunday.
I’m going with Brad K in the #2. For a further explanation click here.
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!