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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Kobalt 400

There are some destinations in this country that people need to experience to understand what makes it special.  Being able to visit Niagara Falls, and to see the majesty that the water gives as it goes off the rocks to the river below, creating the mist from it’s landing.  There’s Mount Rushmore, where four of the greatest influences on the United States are immortalized in stone.

Cities have their own way of bringing people in, just to experience what they are about.  New York City has this effect, as well as Boston, or Hollywood.

But, no city in America has more to offer in things to see, do, experience, or maybe forget on occasion, than a place called “Sin City.”  Casinos seemingly on every corner, neon lights bringing a burst of color to a dark night, shows of any kind at many of the great hotels.  There’s even a song that comes about when visiting here, coming from one of America’s most beloved singers who is no longer with us.  “The King” said it best with three simple words.


Now, it’s time for NASCAR to have some fun in this town, as the Neon Garage has welcomed the stars of the sport to their town.  Someone is going to take a drive down The Strip and take the victory.  The only hope is that the winnings they earn do not get used at the roulette wheel, nor the blackjack table.  In the end, at least in this town, the house always wins.

Already this season, the League has seen victories over the course of the first two weeks.  This is a new experience, which has not happened in the previous five years that this column has existed.

Will someone decide to go to the window and place a bet, put their money on red or black?  Someone will possibly go to the pay counter, earning either their first or their next win on the season.  It is Vegas, and gambling is what keeps the town going.

On Sunday, someone will take home the trophy, and get to celebrate with some show girls, along with the team and family.  This is the one time that “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” doesn’t apply, since the win is remembered all year long.

Here’s who this league has decided will take home the victory in the Kobalt 400:


Misan Akuya:  Kurt Busch

Bada bing, Bada boom!  Kurt Busch has dreamed of doing what his little brother did in 2009, win at his home track of Law Vegas.  Judging by how fast he has been right out of the box I see a very good chance of this happening.  This is the last race that he missed in 2015, and oh wouldn’t it be a sweet victory for the elder Busch.

Rob Blount:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Mary Jo Buchanan:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Stephen Conley:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Billy Fellin:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Carl Edwards

Stats say Carl, so I shall stick with it.

Ashley Hull:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Kara Martin:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Carl Edwards

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Kurt Busch

This was the final race this man missed last season after being suspended to start the year.  His brother missed the race as well with injury, but Kurt was still at home waiting for word that he was reinstated.  Now, he has a big reason to get his first win at his home track.

Patti Rodisch:  Kevin Harvick

Let’s be real here if not for pitting after Jimmie Johnson, Harvick would have been the one in victory lane last week. Harvick for the win this weekend.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kevin Harvick

Hoping to repeat the victory lane celebration from last season. I’ll be at Las Vegas MotorSpeedway covering the first leg of the Western swing.

Rob Tiongson:  Kyle Busch

Going back to those fast Gibbs entries…I have a feeling the defending Sprint Cup champion is ready for a sweet time back home in Las Vegas and that would be in Victory Lane.


Standings after Atlanta:

Ashley Hull (89) Jimmie Johnson WON – 2

Sal Sigala Jr (78) Kyle Busch finished 3rd – 0

Dustin Parks (76) Carl Edwards finished 5th – 0

Rob Tiongson (74) Joey Logano finished 12th – 1

Misan Akuya (68) Jimmie Johnson WON – 1

Ashley McCubbin (65) Kyle Busch finished 3rd – 0

Ashley Hobbs (50) Jimmie Johnson WON – 1

Klarissa Mitchell (44) Martin Truex Jr. finished 7th – 0

Mary Jo Buchanan (43) Carl Edwards finished 5th – 0

Stephen Conley (43) Carl Edwards finished 5th – 0

Billy Fellin (43) Kevin Harvick finished 6th – 0

Kara Martin (43) Kevin Harvick finished 6th – 0

Patti Rodisch (43) Kevin Harvick finished 6th – 0

Rob Blount (35) Joey Logano finished 12th – 0


Summary of Picks:

Kevin Harvick-4

Kurt Busch-2

Kyle Busch-2

Carl Edwards-2

Jimmie Johnson-2

Brad Keselowski-1

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