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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Apache Warrior 400

Since the 16-driver format was adapted in 2014, the playoff cutoff has been a very intense and very challenging race for all involved.

Every position not only means possible points, but it also means there’s a chance a title contender could suddenly be gone.

Ask the man who now has seven titles; he’s been on that side of the title hunt before.

With the new format where playoff points can determine seeding, rather than being all even, every spot in each stage could mean a better position when things are reset.

It’s a challenge in itself to move to the second round, not to mention the challenge of the track itself.

As has been normal, the monster outside the entrance is ready to welcome NASCAR for his fall feeding before he goes back into hibernation. It is the Monster Mile once again that will reduce the field of 16 contenders down to just 12.

That also means the participants will see a reduction in their championship come race’s end.

New week, another round of new picks compared to the previous two weeks. Here is the list of their picks for the final race in round 1, the Apache Soldier 400 presented by Lucas Oil:


Misan Akuya:  Martin Truex Jr.

Just hoping that he doesn’t have a freak accident like he’s had three of the last four races.  I’m right on that bubble.

Rob Blount:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Chase Elliott

No reason given.

Dalton Hastings:  Kurt Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kyle Busch

I think Kyle Busch has been rocking this first round, and I think that will continue into Dover; a place he knows the winning ways of quite well.

Ashley Hull:  Kyle Larson

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  Martin Truex Jr.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Sitting almost in last, I have to do this in hopes to make sure I move on.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Jimmie Johnson

On the brink of elimination, it’s time to pull out the big stick.

Patti Rodisch:  Ryan Blaney

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Matt Kenseth

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Jimmie Johnson

If there’s ever a time for Seven Time to make a statement, it’s this Sunday at his best track aka Dover.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.


Playoff Standings following New Hampshire:

Ashley Hull (2125) Kyle Busch WON – [4] 1 28*

Ashley Hobbs (2122) Brad Keselowski finished 4th – [4] 0 30

Rob Blount (2112) Kyle Busch WON – [3] 1 20*

Sal Sigala Jr. (2109) Kyle Larson finished 2nd – [3] 0 30

Penny Whitecotton (2105) Martin Truex Jr. finished 5th – [1] 0 7

Billy Fellin (2094) Clint Bowyer finished 7th – [4] 1 20*

Dalton Hastings (2092) Kyle Busch WON – [1] 1 11*

Rob Tiongson (2088) Matt Kenseth finished 3rd – [3] 0 14

Patti Rodisch (2088) Jimmie Johnson finished 14th – [2] 0 16

Misan Akuya (2082) Kevin Harvick finished 36th – [6] 0 38

Dustin Parks (2074) Denny Hamlin finished 12th – [1] 0 10

Ashley McCubbin (2072) Denny Hamlin finished 12th – [1] 0 11

Klarissa Mitchell (2067) Jamie McMurray finished 16th – [0] 0 0

*Already locked into second round.


Summary of Picks:

Jimmie Johnson-3

Martin Truex Jr-3

Kyle Busch-2

Ryan Blaney-1

Kurt Busch-1

Chase Elliott-1

Matt Kenseth-1

Kyle Larson-1

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