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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the AAA 400 Drive For Autism

Every track in this country has a certain identity.  It’s the character of how it’s driven, along with how the drivers feel about the racing itself.  Some are beasts, such as Talladega.  Others can be considered intense, but in a short capacity.

Then there’s one that is literally considered to be a monster.

One mile in length, high banking in the corners, multiple grooves to get the best line, and just one of two facilities that are completely covered in a concrete surface.  Miles stands outside to look down on the competition, and the fans, as they enter the speedway.  His right claw holding a full-size car just to show his mighty grip that he has on the facility.

It is Dover, and it has always been determined to be the “Monster Mile.”

There are some drivers that have figured out how to run this track, and have made it look easy en route to many victories.  Others have seen Miles take a grip of their car, and take it away with hard impacts, and difficult finishes.  And even those that have seen much success also have experienced some trouble on occasion.

So who exactly could be considered the favorite, or even favorites?  There are plenty to choose from, and the writers know this.  With only one week before NASCAR’s All-Star break, every point matters more and more.

Let’s look at who the 14-writer field chose for victory in Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive For Autism:


Misan Akuya:  Carl Edwards

It’s super easy to pick Jimmie Johnson.  But I just like the roll that JGR is on right now.  They just have the goods.

Rob Blount:  Kevin Harvick

Second in the spring last year.  Winner in the fall.  He’ll win again on Sunday.

Mary Jo Buchanan:  Martin Truex Jr.

Jersey strong!

Stephen Conley:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Jimmie Johnson

Dude just gets the place.

Ashley Hobbs:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick sent.

Ashley Hull:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Kara Martin:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Kyle Busch

I would pick Johnson without hesitation, but considering how I am just second in the standings and knowing likely the chances mostly everyone is going with the 48, I had to go with someone else.  He’s leading the Chase Grid, coming off a win, I’ll go with the Rowdy one.

Patti Rodisch:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Martin Truex Jr.

The No. 78 team has come to the track prepared.  They’ve just lacked that ability to close out races.  That said, Martin Truex Jr and Cole Pearn aren’t going to be complacent with riding out the circumstance train.  They’ll make things happen by winning on Sunday at Dover.


Standings after Kansas:

Ashley McCubbin (404) Kevin Harvick finished 2nd – 2

Dustin Parks (352) Martin Truex Jr. finished 14th – 1

Sal Sigala Jr. (346) Kyle Busch WON – 2

Ashley Hull (319) Kevin Harvick finished 2nd – 5

Patti Rodisch (319) Kevin Harvick finished 2nd – 2

Kara Martin (300) Brad Keselowski finished 10th – 1

Rob Blount (293) Kevin Harvick finished 2nd – 2

Misan Akuya (282) Martin Truex Jr. finished 14th – 2

Mary Jo Buchanan (266) Joey Logano finished 38th – 1

Billy Fellin (261) Joey Logano finished 38th – 1

Klarissa Mitchell (257) Denny Hamlin finished 37th – 1

Ashley Hobbs (256) Jimmie Johnson finished 17th – 1

Rob Tiongson (247) Joey Logano finished 38th – 2

Stephen Conley (207) Jimmie Johnson finished 17th – 0


Summary of Picks:

Jimmie Johnson-4

Martin Truex Jr-4

Kevin Harvick-3

Kyle Busch-1

Carl Edwards-1

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