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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Hollywood Casino 400

As the season gets closer and closer to being completed, teams and drivers are at the last leg of their rope.  They are tired, weak, and want all the weekly travel logs to end.  A coast-to-coast schedule just for the races themselves wear them down, then some go test in the middle of the week, or have appearances that are sponsor obligations.

At this point, teams are ready to call it over, but then the time comes when the helmets and firesuits go on, and it becomes time to get down to business, and everything changes.

Every driver in that moment is looking for a win, but for 12 drivers they are looking for an easy way to move into the next playoff round.  Four of those drivers will see their hopes and wishes for a title come to a conclusion, while the remaining eight get reset to do it all again.

Appropriately, the track that will set that Round of 8 is used to being around tornadoes.  More specifically, one took hold of a young girl in a blue dress and dropped her in a land where things were not exactly as they seemed.

The final race in the playoffs for round two takes us to Kansas once again, and possibly someone hoping for a trip to Oz, or in this case victory lane.

All the participants are ready, willing, and able, and hope their title opportunities don’t slip away.

Here’s their picks for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400.  NOTE-Writers in bold are in contention for the championship:

 

MISAN AKUYA:  Chase Elliott

Just tired of hearing “I hate it for my guys.”

ROB BLOUNT:  Denny Hamlin

No reason given.

BILLY FELLIN:  Ryan Blaney

No reason given.

DALTON HASTINGS:  Chase Elliott

No reason given.

ASHLEY HOBBS:  Joey Logano

Hopefully, he can turn his season around and get me some points.

ASHLEY HULL:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

ASHLEY MCCUBBIN:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Dustin Parks:  Kyle Larson

Track is wide, high line works well, and he’s fast.  I’ll take the 42.

Patti Rodisch:  Chase Elliott

No reason given.

SAL SIGALA JR:  Ryan Blaney

No reason given.

ROB TIONGSON:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

PENNY WHITECOTTON:  Kyle Larson

No reason given.

 

Playoff Standings following Talladega:

Sal Sigala Jr. (3132) Brad Keselowski WON – [4] 1 36*

Misan Akuya (3109) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 7th – [6] 0 38

Ashley Hobbs (3097) Clint Bowyer finished 35th – [6] 2 40*

Ashley Hull (3094) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 26th – [5] 2 34*

Rob Blount (3086) Chase Elliott finished 16th – [3] 1 20

Penny Whitecotton (3062) Chase Elliott finished 16th – [2] 1 12

Billy Fellin (3052) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 26th – [4] 1 20

Ashley McCubbin (3046) Jamie McMurray finished 37th – [1] 0 11

Dalton Hastings (3044) Martin Truex Jr. finished 23rd – [1] 1 11

Rob Tiongson (3039) Jamie McMurray finished 37th – [3] 0 14

Dustin Parks (2181) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 7th – [2]

Patti Rodisch (2170) Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 7th – [2]

Klarissa Mitchell (2148) NO PICK SENT – [0]

 

Summary of Picks:

Chase Elliott-3

Ryan Blaney-2

Kyle Larson-2

Denny Hamlin-1

Kevin Harvick-1

Brad Keselowski-1

Joey Logano-1

Martin Truex Jr-1

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