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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Citizen Soldier 400

The brink of elimination makes everyone eager.  It’s the moment where the team gathers around and does everything possible to go one more week, and make each moment matter.  The end result is either jubilation, or heartbreak.  Jubilant because there was enough of an effort to make sure the next week is of the same expectations, or heartbreak because the effort fell short.

In NASCAR, when it comes to the Chase, elimination means the difference between a Sprint Cup car carrying the yellow valiance above the splitter, the yellow spoiler, and the yellow driver name code on the windshield, or having all those return to the normal look.

Elimination means four drivers will see their quest for a championship come to a conclusion.  The field of 16 will be reduced down to a field of 12.

In order to avoid elimination, the Chase field plus the other 24 competitors will have to fight off an evil monster.

It’s 24-degree turns, 9-degree straightaways, and intense concrete surface have provided the finale to the Challenger Round the last three seasons.  There have been shocks at this track, when favorites suddenly disappear, and surprising victories have kept teams alive for another week of action.

Dover has given all teams a chance to make their mark for the next round, or even steal a win away when others believed it was already a lock.  The writers as well know this is their final opportunity to see a possible victory come forth and ensure a move into the next round of action.  Let’s see who they think will be victorious in the final race of the Challenger Round, the Citizen Soldier 400:


Misan Akuya:  Tony Stewart

If you have been reading, Smoke sounds a bit mad again.  This time over the limitations of the current package.  Smoke was pretty anger by two days before his Sonoma win.  When the chips are down, Smoke rises.

Rob Blount:  Matt Kenseth

No reason given.

Mary Jo Buchanan:  Matt Kenseth

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Jimmie Johnson

Dude used to own Dover, but has been out of his mojo lately. Monster Mile will give it back to him.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kyle Busch

Busch loves Miles the Monster and I hope it stays that way this weekend and Kyle has a solid run at defending his championship title!

Ashley Hull:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Jamie McMurray

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Martin Truex Jr.

This is actually a harder race to pick than normal.  On any given weekend, the obvious pick would be that 48.  However, over the last two years, he’s suddenly become vulnerable at this track, and Miles has bit him enough to knock him from the Chase rather early.  I can’t take that risk, but I can go with someone who is on a roll, who is a strong pick, and who is the home-town boy.  There is no doubt Truex is hot right now, and I can’t see that changing on the concrete.

Patti Rodisch:  Matt Kenseth

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kyle Larson

Make it happen!


Challenger Round after New Hampshire:

Ashley Hull (2098) Brad Keselowski finished 4th – 8 [0]

Ashley Hobbs (2083) Matt Kenseth finished 2nd – 2 [0]

Rob Tiongson (2082) Kyle Busch finished 3rd – 2 [0]

Klarissa Mitchell (2079) Matt Kenseth finished 2nd – 1 [0]

Mary Jo Buchanan (2076) Joey Logano finished 11th – 3 [0]

Ashley McCubbin (2076) Brad Keselowski finished 4th – 2 [0]

Misan Akuya (2072) Denny Hamlin finished 15th – 4 [0]

Sal Sigala Jr. (2071) Jimmie Johnson finished 8th – 2 [0]

Dustin Parks (2071) Kurt Busch finished 5th – 1 [0]

Rob Blount (2065) Joey Logano finished 11th – 4 [0]

Billy Fellin (2061) Joey Logano finished 11th – 3 [0]

Patti Rodisch (2057) Tony Stewart finished 23rd – 3 [0]


Final Remarks:  Just like the Chase, at the end of Sunday’s race there will be eliminations from the Fantasy League following Dover.  Because of the amount of writers, only the bottom two will be taken away in this round.  The remaining 10 writers will have their points reset to 3000.

Unlike the previous round, there will be no bonus points added in for wins up to this point in the season.  Everyone will be even entering the next round.


Summary of Picks:

Matt Kenseth-3

Martin Truex Jr-3

Jimmie Johnson-2

Kyle Busch-1

Kyle Larson-1

Jamie McMurray-1

Tony Stewart-1

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