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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500

It is now so close to the finale of the season, it’s gut-check time for NASCAR.  The close of the year is approaching and teams are at the point now where it is an all-or-nothing situation.

There are teams that could lock into the Chase this weekend, and there are some that absolutely NEED to lock into the Chase this weekend.

Someone could possibly steal away the victory, leaving only one Chase driver with a guaranteed spot in the next round, while taking away some of the focus on the title picture.  It is the next-to-last race of the season and it is the one race that everyone focuses on each year, but with the new format, it takes on an entirely new ideology.  This weekend’s action will set forth how the final weekend will take place.

The “Jewel in the Desert” is ready to host another finale to the Eliminator Round, and at the end of it all, four drivers will be ready to take on the final step to a championship.

All the writers in the pool are ready to go, hoping for the same thing.  Four of them will move on, as four already have a victory, but the possibility of a fifth getting that win could take place.  It will then come down to tie-breakers to determine the final round.

But, that can’t even be considered unless we see who they all picked.  So, let’s look at their choices for victory in the final race of the Eliminator Round, the Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500:


Misan Akuya:  Jamie McMurray

No reason given.

Rob Blount:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick sent.

Mary Jo Buchanan:  Kevin Harvick

Going with Happy!!

Kara Martin:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Kevin Harvick

He’s the king of Phoenix as he has won the five of the last six races there.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Kyle Busch

Well, it’s pretty clear who is the best pick at this track.  But here’s the thing, I’ve already used that guy already.  Of the six writers remaining, three have used him already, including me.  Two of those writers are already theoretically in the final round, with the possibility of a fifth taking a win to go with the hopes of a tie-breaker to move on.

So I’m definitely confident in the odds of me moving on, but I’m also confident in who I have picked.  I’ve been trying to figure out when to use this guy, and now I’m pulling the trigger.  It’s time to get a little bit ROWDY!!

Patti Rodisch:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kevin Harvick

Hopefully he wins since I will covering the race this weekend. Would be cool to see him in victory lane again.

Rob Tiongson:  Denny Hamlin

If I make it to the final race, I’ll be glad to use the racer that nearly won me it. Going with the man who knows his way around this place.


Eliminator Round after Texas:

Rob Tiongson (4086) Carl Edwards finished 5th – 5 (1)

Misan Akuya (4086) Carl Edwards finished 5th – 3 (1)

Kara Martin (4076) Kurt Busch finished 7th – 2

Dustin Parks (4051) Joey Logano finished 40th – 4 (1)

Mary Jo Buchanan (4051) Joey Logano finished 40th – 2 (1)

Sal Sigala Jr. (4050) Kurt Busch finished 7th – 3

Patti Rodisch (2238) Jeff Gordon finished 9th – 5

Klarissa Mitchell (2202) Joey Logano finished 40th – 0

Ashley McCubbin (2196) Kyle Busch finished 4th – 1

Rob Blount (2134) NO PICK SENT – 2


Final Remarks:  When the checkered flag waves, four writers will be looking to take home a title.  When 500 kilometers conclude, four drivers will know for sure that they have one more chance at a championship, with one of them actually having one last chance for a career.

It will be a must-see race come Sunday afternoon.  NBC and everyone that has bought a ticket is in for a show, that is a guarantee.


Summary of Picks:

Kevin Harvick-5

Kyle Busch-1

Denny Hamlin-1

Jamie McMurray-1

Martin Truex Jr-1

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