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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the GoBowling.com 400

Somewhere…over the rainbow, there’s a speedway that awaits a green flag in the air.  Somewhere…over the rainbow, Goodyear hopes no team needs a spare.

Every time NASCAR makes a trip to the Great Plains to compete at the Kansas Speedway, movie buffs always try to bring in a reference to the fun characters in Oz, with many trying to figure out who is the Wizard, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion.  Since there’s only one female competing, everyone knows who plays Dorothy.  But, with how this season has gone, Kansas has become more related to the movie Twister.

Multiple winners, but stunning penalties have overshadowed some of those moments.  Just like a tornado that picks up debris and scatters it miles from where it originally was taken, drivers lose out on what they had, and now try to regain it all in ensuing weeks.

Now, NASCAR has it’s own twister to maneuver through, as everyone somehow got out from the biggest twister of a track that is Talladega.  The spring stretch of the season continues with a bulk of intermediate tracks, and it starts in the Great Plains in Tornado Alley.

Every participant wants to avoid being caught up in their own twister, while only having their own kind of chaos ensue, hopefully to not end their afternoon.

Everyone is locked in for another week, and are in control of their own destiny.  Here’s who they all have decided will be victorious in Saturday Night’s GoBowling.com 400:

Misan Akuya:  Brad Keselowski

Fords are looking hella fast lately.  Keselowski has been extremely quick the last two weeks, just doesn’t have the result behind it.  Keselowski won’t have his crew chief, but I expect a hard charge.

Rob Blount:  Brad Keselowski

He’s probably been the most consistent driver on 1.5-milers this year.

Billy Fellin:  Kyle Busch

He’s got to eventually win, right?!

Dalton Hastings:  Kurt Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Matt Kenseth

Kenseth will survive the Tornado Alley by clocking his heels three times on his way to victory lane.

Ashley Hull:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Kevin Harvick

Hopefully the Wizard of Oz can bless me.  I’ll click my red heels together and say, “Oh Harvick, oh Harvick, thank you for being in victory lane.  He has ran good at Kansas, as in the bast 10 races, he has the best average finish of all active drivers (6.5), with a pair of victories and six top-10’s.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Kyle Busch

I have used up all my Wizard of Oz puns in the last few years, so I need to come up with something different.  So I’m going the sponsor route.  All season long, it’s either been an open frame or a spare for Rowdy.  A couple of times he’s unfortunately been given a 7-10 split, and just can’t overcome it.  He won this race last year, and he’s not looking for a strike.  He wants to hit the lanes and achieve a perfect game.

Patti Rodisch:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Joey Logano

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kevin Harvick

Harvick hasn’t won a race yet this season. Ultimately, that winless streak ends at Kansas, where he duplicates that fall triumph with a big victory on Saturday night.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

HAPPY!

 

Standings after Talladega:

Rob Tiongson (387) Brad Keselowski finished 7th – [1] 2

Ashley Hobbs (333) Brad Keselowski finished 7th – [1] 7

Dalton Hastings (331) Brad Keselowski finished 7th – [0] 3

Ashley Hull (314) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 22nd – [1] 7

Rob Blount (301) Brad Keselowski finished 7th – [0] 1

Misan Akuya (296) Jamie McMurray finished 2nd – [1] 9

Penny Whitecotton (280) Kevin Harvick finished 23rd – [0] 1

Billy Fellin (277) Ryan Blaney finished 39th – [1] 2

Klarissa Mitchell (269) Jamie McMurray finished 2nd – [0] 0

Sal Sigala Jr. (261) Brad Keselowski finished 7th – [1] 6

Patti Rodisch (238) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 22nd – [1] 8

Ashley McCubbin (233) Joey Logano finished 32nd – [0] 2

Dustin Parks (233) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 22nd – [0] 1

 

Summary of Picks:

Kevin Harvick-5

Kyle Busch-2

Brad Keselowski-2

Kyle Busch-1

Jimmie Johnson-1

Matt Kenseth-1

Joey Logano-1

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