Fantasy Picks 2019 ~ Bristol 1
Week’s Recap and Results
O’Reilly’s Auto Parts 500
Texas was the ultimate in Fantasy pack racing as our top 8 competitors divided into two packs-Kelly, PattyKay, Vicq and Vivian in the inside lane with their Kevin Harvick pick, while Berra, J. L., Hal and Frank took the outside lane riding the #18 of Kyle Busch. Will and David tried it solo. When the checkered flag dropped it was the Harvick pack who eked out the win ahead of the Busch bunch. As in most aero races you needed a drafting partner as Will and David learned. Although none of our competitors picked the race winner, Denny Hamlin, eight finished in the Top 10 for an impressive day of picking.
Here are the Texas race results.
The finish saw no position shuffle in points as Kelly continues to sit atop the point standings. But after Texas we saw the points race tighten, most notably in the fight for third between Berra and Vicq.
Here are the Fantasy point standings after the seventh race.
Food City 500
Another bootlegger turn and the Series is crossing the Mississippi one more time for the short track battle on the ½-mile concrete high-banks at Bristol. Bristol week has already had its first casualty as on the trip back east the Wood Brothers hauler was involved in an accident in Birmingham. No one was injured, the driver was not at fault and the hauler was undamaged, but the rig was a different story.
38 cars entered the race but Reed Sorenson withdrew so we’re down to Charters + 1, but everyone gets to race! They will be using the 750HP/No AeroDucts configuration which is the most powerful, least aero restrictive. This was the same package last used at Martinsville where Brad K dominated that race.
Seven of our active drivers have won at Bristol with the Busch Brothers winning a combined total of 13 wins. Kyle has seven wins and held off Kyle Larson for the win here last spring, while Kurt has six wins, including the night race last summer. Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have each won two races here. Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and last week’s winner, Denny Hamlin round out the remaining winners.
Drivers who have shown strong of late but have yet to win include Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Eric Jones and Chase Elliott. Can one of these young drivers find Victory Lane?
We’ll know the answer to that question Sunday afternoon. Let’s see what our Fantasy racers think about this week’s Food City 500.
Ah yes, Bristol! We have a lovely forecast for the weekend here in North Georgia, and Bristol is a latitude line or two to our North, so I'll assume there won't be snow this year. Love watching races there, but really don't like picking winners. That said, I rounded up the usual suspects, and barring a really Big One, Bristol style, one driver... and only one has finished top-10 in his last 7 races at Bristol. Don't change a thing David. I'll be staying in the Freaky Fast #4 with Kevin Harvick... and hoping all the rest ride with that guy that either wins or finishes 30-something.
When Kyle Busch won this race 10 years ago - the second of his eight Cup wins at Bristol but the first for Joe Gibbs - it was the first time ever a car #18 had been in victory lane in the big race here. (By the way, I'm pretty sure the big number here is 11, which has been to victory lane nearly 20 times with Ned Jarrett, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip and Denny Hamlin.) No other driver or car number has that kind of record over the past decade, which is one of the reasons I committed to picking Kyle six weeks in a row. He hit the wall in Week #1, and we all know what can happen at Bristol. Have I jinxed the 18? Hope not.
Hard to pick someone for this race. There are so many who can win, but there will be some rubbing or bumping which in turn will take someone out and create a possible incident which will eliminate several favorites. One just never knows. After considering those possibilities, I think I will ride along with #22, Joey Logano for the win.
Bristol this time; so far this year I'm still not sold on the racing we’ve seen so far with the cars of the year! I still think the cars needs a bit more HP which we are going to get this week, so let’s hope for some good racing Bristol style and a SHR win for #10 Aric Almirola!
Back to my first pick
Chase will be chased by them all
Number Nine takes it
Well it's that time again, who do I go with this week? After crunching all the numbers I'm torn between which Busch, and which Kyle???
As for the brothers? Kurt has had his moments, but Kyle is by far the best right now.
As for which Kyle? Larson just isn't hitting on all 8 cylinders yet, though that could change at any time now.
That all brings me back to "When you're hot you're hot".
So far the only thing stopping Kyle Busch is Kyle Busch (as he managed to do last week). So if he doesn't beat himself again this week I don't see anyone else beating him either.
Even though I hate him, put me down for Kyle Busch ‘cause ............When you're hot you're hot!
Well we come to the bro's Busch playground. I need to pick one just to keep up. So win big or go home I'M going with Chase Elliot. Pondered hard as I mowed Mom's, Sisters, Grandma's and my yard. Boiled it down to 9, 18, or 20 first time this year going with my Heart #9. Hope the last 3 acres don't make me regret it.
I think I'll ride the rail with Kyle Larson, #42 at Thunder Valley this week!
J. L. Steele
This week’s pick is MIA. Last week’s 30th place finisher, Landon Cassill will be the assigned pick.
I’m going out on a thin limb this week and taking Clint Bowyer. After the last couple of weeks I think he is ticked off enough to take no prisoners and get the win. Either that, or he’ll get stuck behind Ryan Newman.
a wrap for this week’s picks for the Food City 500 from Bristol.
Agree? Disagree? Who do you think will be in Victory Lane this Sunday? Enter your picks down below.
Good luck and hoping for a safe, good race!