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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Food City 500

It’s always nice when NASCAR takes a weekend off to enjoy family time, but despite the time away from the fast-paced action, there’s still a lot of work being done at the shops to prepare for the long stretch coming up.

Some teams are feeling good, others are feeling fine but know improvement is needed, and others have struggled where they normally are expected to shine.

So where does NASCAR decide to go racing a week after not seeing any action at all?  The track that has no forgiveness, and a lot of noise.  The track is white, instead of black, although it blackens up as the afternoon wears on.  There’s intensity with every corner, and no time to relax in order to catch a breath.  It’s a place where laps click off so fast, a commercial break can often take away five percent of the total amount of laps ran.

The track has grandstands at every corner, standing high, and has become a true coliseum for fans and teams alike.

Simply put, it’s Bristol baby!

It’s fast, it’s tight, and often can bring out retaliation no matter how one hopes to avoid it.  From helmets hurled to salutes given, Bristol has that reaction among all drivers.

All the participants are hoping to avoid any of that chaos, but some wouldn’t mind handing out a little punishment if needed.  Let’s see who they decided will stand tall after Sunday’s Food City 500:


Misan Akuya:  Jamie McMurray

Each time I’ve picked McMurray he has crashed with a car capable of winning.  Third time’s the charm?  He has three top-fives and ten top-10’s at Bristol.

Rob Blount:  Joey Logano

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Stenhouse has been really good at Bristol lately and has been doing well this season.

Dalton Hastings:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Ashley Hobbs:  Chase Elliott

Because, why not?

Ashley Hull:  Chase Elliott

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs has had recent success at the bullring and this is where they’ll turn their season around.  Busch knows his way around, and make things rowdy once we dry out.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Jamie McMurray

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Brad Keselowski

Truthfully this track is a bit of a challenge to pick anymore because the new surface, that then got ground into a less-new surface, has showed a bit of parity among winners.  In fact, in the last four races, four different drivers have seen victory.  So, I’m gonna keep with that trend and elect for a fifth different winner, and I’ll go with the car that this track has seen win a lot at before.  Gimme that white deuce.

Patti Rodisch:  Kurt Busch

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kyle Larson

This young man is off to a great start in 2017.  I think it’s time to use that credit card from Credit One and cash in on a Kyle Larson victory at Bristol this Sunday!

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings following Texas:

Rob Tiongson (285) Joey Logano finished 3rd – [0] 0

Dalton Hastings (265) Kyle Larson finished 2nd – [0] 2

Ashley Hobbs (237) Chase Elliott finished 9th – [1] 6

Ashley Hull (235) Kyle Busch finished 15th – [1] 7

Billy Fellin (220) Kyle Busch finished 15th – [0] 2

Misan Akuya (212) Martin Truex Jr. finished 8th – [1] 9

Ashley McCubbin (207) Kevin Harvick finished 4th – [0] 2

Patti Rodisch (198) Chase Elliott finished 9th – [1] 8

Rob Blount (192) Martin Trued Jr. finished 8th – [0] 0

Sal Sigala Jr. (180) Joey Logano finished 3rd – [1] 5

Penny Whitecotton (169) Kevin Harvick finished 4th – [0] 1

Dustin Parks (165) Kyle Busch finished 15th – [0] 1

Klarissa Mitchell (159) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 5th – [0] 0


Summary of Picks:

Chase Elliott-2

Brad Keselowski-2

Jamie McMurray-2

Kurt Busch-1

Kyle Busch-1

Kevin Harvick-1

Kyle Larson-1

Joey Logano-1

Ricky Stenhouse Jr-1

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