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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Bank of America 500

When the first round ends in the Chase, it’s usually known who has momentum and the picture of who could become champion becomes just a little clearer.  The problem is when the second round occurs, everything that is earned in those first three races…it gets erased.

When this format debuted in 2014, the focus was to make each round it’s own playoff, and make drivers earn their way into the next round.

In essence, it’s a three-race season on three different occasions, and as has been clear the last couple seasons, that format has increased the pressure, and often led to some extremely difficult moments in the year.  This weekend the second round opens at Charlotte, a track where last year there happened to be enough run-ins to cause wrecked cars on pit road, on the track, and in the garage.

Add in an unexpected fight and it became the talk of the entire round, at least until the following weekend.

Now, it’s the race to start the second round, and 12 drivers are looking to get an early punch into the next round, simply because they do not want to have to rely on luck in the final race of the round to make it in.

Our writers have decided to give it a go, and the top-10 have been reset to begin their round of action.  It’s a new chance to secure the spot in the next round, and avoid the luck the drivers need to make it through.

Let’s see who they picked to win the Bank of America 500.  NOTE-Writers in the second round are marked:


Misan Akuya (ROUND 2):  Martin Truex Jr.

Makes sense right?

Rob Blount (ROUND 2):  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Mary Jo Buchanan (ROUND 2):  Chase Elliott

I’m going with the rookie driver for the win!

Billy Fellin (ROUND 2):  Martin Truex Jr.

He’s the hottest driver in NASCAR right now and he won at Charlotte in the 600.

Ashley Hobbs (ROUND 2):  Joey Logano

Because he did it last year, and because he needs to show he can win again.

Ashley Hull (ROUND 2):  Joey Logano

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin (ROUND 2):  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Jamie McMurray

Mac took me from 4th to elimination.  But.. he is decent here, so screw it.

Dustin Parks (ROUND 2):  Kevin Harvick

Considering I used who I know can win here last week to earn the victory, gotta make a different choice.  I know that Truex is going to be wicked, especially since the car he’s bringing won at Chicagoland…oh and led 392 of 400 laps at Charlotte in May.  But, Harvick won this race in 2014 to ensure he didn’t have to rely on plate madness to secure his spot in the next round.  So, I’ll go with that bright hunter orange Busch Chevrolet.

Patti Rodisch:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr (ROUND 2):  Joey Logano

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson (ROUND 2):  Martin Truex Jr.

This driver absolutely put on a clinic at CMS in the 600.  While I don’t expect a lights out performance like last May, look for Martin Truex Jr. to take the first spot in the Round of 8 with a win on Saturday night…or whenever this race gets run.


Contender Round after Dover:

Ashley Hull (3000) Martin Truex Jr. WON – 9 [1]

Ashley Hobbs (3000) Kyle Busch finished 2nd – 2 [0]

Sal Sigala Jr. (3000) Martin Truex Jr. WON – 3 [1]

Dustin Parks (3000) Martin Truex Jr. WON – 2 [1]

Mary Jo Buchanan (3000) Matt Kenseth finished 5th – 3 [0]

Ashley McCubbin (3000) Jimmie Johnson finished 7th – 2 [0]

Misan Akuya (3000) Tony Stewart finished 13th – 4 [0]

Rob Blount (3000) Matt Kenseth finished 5th – 4 [0]

Rob Tiongson (3000) Kyle Larson finished 25th – 2 [0]

Billy Fellin (3000) Jimmie Johnson finished 7th – 3 [0]

Patti Rodisch (2093) Matt Kenseth finished 5th – 3

Klarissa Mitchell (2080) Jamie McMurray finished 40th – 1


Summary of Picks:

Martin Truex Jr-5

Joey Logano-3

Kevin Harvick-2

Chase Elliott-1

Jamie McMurray-1

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