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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Kobalt 400

Many cities in the United States have been given nicknames that seem to be remembered over the course of time.  New York City is often referred to as the “City That Never Sleeps,” since so much happens in that town.  Then there’s Chicago, or as it is sometimes known, the “Windy City.”

Then there’s Los Angeles, or “Tinsel Town” since it’s where the hopes of all aspiring actors and actresses often come true.

But how many places in this country can say they have two nicknames, or even draw on themes from other cities to describe them?  NASCAR is at that town this weekend, a place that can be the “City of Lights” because of all the neon that lights up the Strip.  It’s “Sin City” because unfortunately, some things that happen here are best left unsaid.  It’s a 24-hour town where nothing slows down, and often picks up once the sun sets.

The lights may not be on at the track, but any time NASCAR comes to Las Vegas, it’s always a good time.  The show girls come out to the track, and you may even see Robin Leech make the announcement to start the festivities.  But here, gambling doesn’t take place at a poker table, nor at a slot machine.  Instead, it happens on four tires and 1.5-miles of asphalt.

Next year, Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host two events on the season, one at the beginning of the season, and the other in the first round of the NASCAR Playoffs.  So, in essence, NASCAR is doubling down in the gambling capital of the U.S.

This year’s participants are gambling that they can gain some more points, and more importantly some victories, early in the season.  Thus far, everything has been a bust in the win column, but no one has gone bankrupt yet.

It’s time to see the hands of the baker’s dozen for 2017, and see who they want to win Sunday’s Kobalt 400:


Misan Akuya:  Kevin Harvick

Should have won last week.  If he brings that car he’ll be hard to beat.

Rob Blount:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Joey Logano

The Blue Ovals have been strong this season, I think they’ll go 3 for 3.

Dalton Hastings:  Chase Elliott

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Joey Logano


Ashley Hull:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Kevin Harvick

He’s shown as much speed as he did every other year, and he’s bound to break in and steal a victory ASAP.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Kurt Busch

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Brad Keselowski

I’d go with one of the Busch brothers at their home track, but I’m sorry the Ford camp is off to a roaring start.  “Bad Brad” won this race last year, so after he won last week, this was an obvious choice to me.

Patti Rodisch:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Joey Logano

Why not? Three in a row is one step closer to being a Milton Bradley game and of the current field, only one driver will probably get this joke. Joey Logano, I choose you!

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings following Atlanta:

Rob Tiongson (82) Chase Elliott finished 5th – [0] 0

Billy Fellin (81) Kevin Harvick finished 9th – [0] 2

Ashley McCubbin (81) Kevin Harvick finished 9th – [0] 2

Misan Akuya (70) Kevin Harvick finished 9th – [0] 2

Rob Blount (62) Jimmie Johnson finished 19th – [0] 0

Dalton Hastings (61) Kevin Harvick finished 9th – [0] 2

Patti Rodisch (61) Kevin Harvick finished 9th – [0] 2

Penny Whitecotton (61) Jimmie Johnson finished 19th – [0] 1

Dustin Parks (54) Kyle Busch finished 16th – [0] 0

Sal Sigala Jr. (52) Kyle Busch finished 16th – [0] 0

Ashley Hull (52) Jimmie Johnson finished 19th – [0] 0

Klarissa Mitchell (41) Jimmie Johnson finished 19th – [0] 0

Ashley Hobbs (26) Jimmie Johnson finished 19th – [0] 0


Summary of Picks:

Kevin Harvick-6

Joey Logano-3

Brad Keselowski-2

Kurt Busch-1

Chase Elliott-1

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