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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism

Tracks are often intimidating due to past circumstances, or the mystique it presents.  Talladega’s intimidation began shortly after it was first built, and drivers decided to boycott the race because it was too fast, and too dangerous.  The mystique of Darlington due to it’s unique design still holds true to this day.

Last week, the intimidation at Charlotte was about the distance needing run to meet the checkered flag.  Of course, the mystique of Daytona always will be there because of the importance to the sport.

This week, it’s another form of intimidation.

That comes not only from the track, but the creature that stands outside the entrance to the speedway.  Eclipsing above the grandstand, the left hand clinched in a fist.  The right hand, a full-size Monster Energy Cup car in it’s grasp.  It’s angry look, red eyes, and strong stare will cause anyone to feel a little nervous.  But once teams hit the track, the intimidation gets turned up because this one-mile, concrete speedway bites at a moment’s notice, and will have lunch on even the strongest of drivers.

Miles may be waiting outside, but the Monster Mile at Dover is ready for it’s first meal of the season.

Someone will escape the bite, the grasp, and the reach of Miles at the end of Sunday’s festivities, and that is what the League is hoping for.  Who do they think will win the AAA 400 Drive for Autism?  Here’s a look:


Misan Akuya:  Jimmie Johnson

Of course!

Rob Blount:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Jimmie Johnson

Just owns Dover.

Dalton Hastings:  Kurt Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kyle Busch

I want to see Rowdy crack into victory lane this weekend.

Ashley Hull:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Jimmie Johnson

Earlier this year, actually two months to the day this is written, it was The Undertaker who saw likely his final time putting on his jacket, gloves, and hat at Wrestlemania.  He knew it was time to relinquish his “yard” to the new generation, when he was pinned for the second time at the grand stage.  So how exactly is this related to NASCAR…well Johnson has shown that Dover is his “yard,” and he is the big dog that owns it.  His first win came in 2002.  He’s going to get #11 on Sunday.  The difference is, Johnson isn’t walking away to hand his yard over just yet.

Patti Rodisch:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Jimmie Johnson

He’s won here in about 33 percent of his 30 starts.  To say the least, when a driver says they can’t wait to head to their favorite track, that’s confidence being expressed like Babe Ruth’s called shot in the 1932 World Series.  On Sunday, it’ll be Jimmie Johnson scoring his 11th victory at Dover.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings after Charlotte:

Rob Tiongson (436) Kyle Larson finished 33rd – [1] 2

Dalton Hastings (391) Kevin Harvick finished 8th – [0] 3

Billy Fellin (385) Martin Truex Jr. finished 3rd – [1] 4

Ashley Hobbs (372) Kyle Larson finished 33rd – [1] 7

Misan Akuya (368) Jamie McMurray finished 12th – [1] 9

Ashley Hull (363) Kyle Larson finished 33rd – [1] 7

Penny Whitecotton (359) Kevin Harvick finished 8th – [0] 1

Rob Blount (342) NO PICK SUBMITTED – [0] 1

Dustin Parks (341) Martin Truex Jr. finished 3rd – [0] 3

Klarissa Mitchell (338) Jamie McMurray finished 12th – [0] 0

Sal Sigala Jr. (324) Kyle Busch finished 2nd – [1] 7

Patti Rodisch (316) Martin Truex Jr. finished 3rd – [1] 9

Ashley McCubbin (282) Kyle Larson finished 33rd – [0] 2


Summary of Picks:

Jimmie Johnson-6

Kyle Busch-2

Kevin Harvick-2

Martin Truex Jr-2

Kurt Busch-1

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