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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the NRA Bass Pro Shops Night Race

Many tracks that make up the Sprint Cup schedule have the honor of holding two races each season, some with more time in between each event than others.  But each race at the same track has it’s own unique imprint, making it two completely different challenges each time the sport comes to town.

No track has this shown to be true than at a track where no matter where one looks, seats are surrounding the concrete.

This is the biggest motorsports weekend that Bristol will see all year long, and in a short period of time the famed speedway will host the largest crowd to witness a football game when Virginia Tech and Tennessee do battle in the infield.

But what makes this track so different when the summer race comes around is when it’s held.  In April, Bristol’s first race of the year was held with the skies showing the sun, and shadows coming down from the cars.  Although it was still Bristol, it never had the same effect as what the summer race holds.  The reason being, when the cars hit the track the second time, it starts when the sun is setting.  The concrete surface stands clear once the lighting takes effect.

It is the night race at Bristol, and it is a race that has seen everything from middle fingers, heat shield hurling, helmet toss, and a wreck to win.  It is a track where fans come as much for the aftermath as they do for the actual racing.

This race also begins the stretch run to the Chase.  Four races remain before the field will get reset to decide a champion, but all the writers are looking to get another win, or more, before that takes place.  It is time to showcase who each decided will be victorious in the NRA Bass Pro Shops Night Race:


Misan Akuya:  Jamie McMurray

McMurray is looking good in regards to getting himself into the chase two years in a row on points.  But, McMurray hasn’t won any kind of race since the 2014 Allstar race.  The closest that he came to rectifying that was in this race that same year when he dominated.  McMurray has yet to lead a lap this year.  But his cars have improved since Michigan.  That improvement might be what gets him his eighth career win.

Rob Blount:  Joey Logano

Three in a row!

Mary Jo Buchanan:  Kurt Busch

No reason given.

Stephen Conley:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no submission.

Billy Fellin:  Kyle Busch

Come on. Who else?

Ashley Hobbs:  Joey Logano

No reason given.

Ashley Hull:  Matt Kenseth

No reason given.

Kara Martin:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no submission.

Ashley McCubbin:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Jamie McMurray

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Kyle Busch

Let’s face it, this is his yard until someone says otherwise.  Sure Logano is going for a three-peat, but Rowdy wants to get back to victory at Thunder Valley.

Patti Rodisch:  Jeff Gordon

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Joey Logano

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Joey Logano

Because three’s cool!


Standings after Watkins Glen:

Sal Sigala Jr. (695) Kyle Busch finished 6th – 2

Ashley McCubbin (688) Kyle Busch finished 6th – 2

Ashley Hull (657) Tony Stewart finished 5th – 8

Patti Rodisch (624) Jeff Gordon finished 14th – 3

Dustin Parks (616) Tony Stewart finished 5th – 1

Rob Blount (615) Kyle Busch finished 6th – 4

Rob Tiongson (580) Jeff Gordon finished 14th – 2

Billy Fellin (572) Brad Keselowski finished 3rd – 2

Misan Akuya (571) Tony Stewart finished 5th – 3

Klarissa Mitchell (566) Carl Edwards finished 15th – 1

Mary Jo Buchanan (553) Jeff Gordon finished 14th – 3

Ashley Hobbs (515) Kurt Busch finished 11th – 2

Stephen Conley (479) NO PICK SENT – 1

Kara Martin (477) NO PICK SENT – 1


Summary of Picks:

Joey Logano-4

Kyle Busch-3

Jamie McMurray-2

Kurt Busch-1

Jeff Gordon-1

Matt Kenseth-1

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