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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the GEICO 500

Trust is very important when it comes to racing.  One must trust the equipment they are in to keep them safe, but also to get them to the front.  Trust of the crew to get the best setup for the afternoon or evening, and trust in their own abilities to get the job done.

When it comes to restrictor plate racing, trust takes on an entirely new meaning.

Trust then becomes making the correct move, and knowing someone will make the same move but not too suddenly.  It’s trusting that the spotter is keeping an eye on the line that’s moving the fastest.  It’s also about trusting that no one will make a sudden move that could soon turn into a major catastrophe with just the turn of a wheel.

It’s a very fine line that is walked when the plates go on the engines.  It’s no longer about the driver making the move, but about who else will make that move to make it work.

That is where NASCAR finds itself this weekend.  The massive 2.66-mile speedway in Talladega, Alabama, was the track that set forth the advent of restrictor plate racing following Bobby Allison’s spectacular and spooky accident in 1987.  Since then, the plates have creates more drama, more intensity, and without question has increased the danger.

It’s back to seeing not who will win, but more about who will survive, since this kind of racing is about surviving till the end in order to even have an opportunity.

Let’s take a gander at the League picks to somehow make it into victory lane in Sunday’s GEICO 500:


Misan Akuya:  Jamie McMurray

He will be one of the favorites.  But at Talladega, does that really mean anything?

Rob Blount:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Ryan Blaney

This kid’s been fast.  I think he can win!

Dalton Hastings:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Brad Keselowski


Ashley Hull:  Dale Earnhardt Jr.

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Joey Logano

Well, here’s the deal. Talladega is random, by luck, chance, and all those wonderful things.  So I hit the number generator for this week…and got Logano.  Seems like a decent pick as he normally is at the front of these things. Hopefully it pays off.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Jamie McMurray

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Dale Earnhardt Jr.

I find myself in the basement of the standings.  No wins and just one playoff point to my credit.  I know ‘Dega is a gamble, but if I’m gonna make my way back to the top, I need to actually start loading up some major artillery.  So, I’m loading this gun with the biggest bullet possible at this place.  After all, it is Earnhardt country.

Patti Rodisch:  Dale Earnhardt Jr.

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Brad Keselowski

Keeping this weekend’s pick within the Penske family.  While I see Talladega being quite a good weekend for the young guns, look for Brad Keselowski to repeat his win here on Sunday!

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings after Richmond:

Rob Tiongson (347) Joe Logano WON – [1] 1

Ashley Hull (299) Kurt Busch finished 8th – [1] 7

Ashley Hobbs (293) Kyle Busch finished 16th – [1] 6

Dalton Hastings (291) Jimmie Johnson finished 11th – [0] 2

Billy Fellin (266) Joey Logano WON – [1] 2

Rob Blount (261) Kyle Busch finished 16th – [0] 0

Misan Akuya (260) Chase Elliott finished 24th – [1] 9

Penny Whitecotton (257) Kevin Harvick finished 5th – [0] 1

Klarissa Mitchell (233) Jamie McMurray finished 6th – [0] 0

Patti Rodisch (223) Chase Elliott finished 24th – [1] 8

Ashley McCubbin (223) Chase Elliott finished 24th – [0] 2

Sal Sigala Jr. (221) Kyle Larson finished 14th – [1] 5

Dustin Parks (218) Denny Hamlin finished 3rd – [0] 1


Summary of Picks:

Brad Keselowski-5

Dale Earnhardt Jr-3

Jamie McMurray-2

Ryan Blaney-1

Kevin Harvick-1

Joey Logano-1

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