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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Quaker State 400

Experimentation is something that has both risk and rewards when it comes to NASCAR.  That’s usually what a test session allows, because teams and even the sport can experiment without it causing any major changes in standings.

Yet at the same time, without experimenting on a full-race weekend to see what something does in a 40-car field, there’s no way to know if something is going to work, or if it just is disastrous.

Once again, the Kentucky Speedway is going to be having one of those “experimental” weekends.

Earlier this year, despite the new low-downforce package showing excellent results, NASCAR took it a step further, and tested an even lower downforce package at Michigan.  Teams were giving praise and honor since the driver became even more involved in handling and actual driving of the car.  That same package is back this weekend, the second time in a row that Kentucky is testing out a new package.

It all is in an effort to make a better product for the fans, and the competitors.  Trial one went extremely well, and it is expected that the second go-round be just the same.

At the same time, teams are still wanting to win, as are the writers.  They had a rough go last Saturday, and all want a bounce-back week.  So let’s see who they decided will win the Quaker State 400 Presented by Advance Auto Parts:


Misan Akuya:  Joey Logano

Penske continues to move on up.  Two wins in the last three races.

Rob Blount:  Joey Logano

No reason given.

Mary Jo Buchanan:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Stephen Conley:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Brad Keselowski

The dude is just money at Kentucky, new surface be damned.

Ashley Hobbs:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Ashley Hull:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Kara Martin:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Ashley McCubbin:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Matt Kenseth

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Kyle Busch

Backup car…so what.  New aero package…yeah, and?  New surface…your point.  He won the first race at Kentucky, and won the most recent race at Kentucky.  Enough said.

Patti Rodisch:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kyle Busch

Why not?  It’s time to get Rowdy!


Standings after Daytona:

Ashley McCubbin (537) Kevin Harvick finished 39th – 2

Sal Sigala Jr. (515) Jimmie Johnson finished 35th – 2

Ashley Hull (512) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 21st – 7

Rob Blount (503) Tony Stewart finished 26th – 4

Dustin Parks (498) Tony Stewart finished 26th – 1

Patti Rodisch (485) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 21st – 2

Klarissa Mitchell (442) Denny Hamlin finished 17th – 1

Misan Akuya (431) Jamie McMurray finished 34th – 3

Rob Tiongson (426) Tony Stewart finished 26th – 2

Mary Jo Buchanan (424) Kevin Harvick finished 39th – 2

Billy Fellin (420) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 21st – 1

Kara Martin (409) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 21st – 1

Ashley Hobbs (379) Kurt Busch finished 23rd – 1

Stephen Conley (375) Ryan Blaney finished 14th – 1


Summary of Picks:

Brad Keselowski-5

Kyle Busch-3

Joey Logano-2

Kevin Harvick-1

Jimmie Johnson-1

Matt Kenseth-1

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