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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Can-Am 500

When it comes right down to the end of the season, everyone knows how important that final race is to make a lasting push.  But this year, that last race before the finale has taken on an extremely different feeling.

Through the third round, two spots were locked up thanks to victories by Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.  Then, based on the points gap, Martin Truex Jr. can say he is once again going after a championship.  Five drivers now remain for that one elusive spot, and that means the gloves will come off in order to get that position.

There’s been wrecks, there’s been bumps, and there’s even been a dash to the finish to get that last spot.  This year, not only will it be no exception, it could be the biggest moment for any one of five drivers.

In order to make it to the final round, the last race of round three means a bootleg, and some cactus plants.

Come this time next year, the Phoenix International Raceway will look the same, at least when it comes to the track layout.  But, what will be different is the grandstand locations, the garage, and what could change the complexion of how this track is ran, the start/finish line.

However, that is in due time.  For now, the “Jewel in the Desert” will host one final run to lock into a championship.

The League has three open spots ready to be fulfilled, and come Sunday’s end, four participants will have a straight-up, leave nothing on the table, run to the title.  Who will they elect as their driver that will get them there?  Let’s see their picks for the Can-Am 500:

 

MISAN AKUYA:  Brad Keselowski

Has never won here, but has made it happen during the playoffs.

ROB BLOUNT:  Joey Logano

No reason given.

BILLY FELLIN:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Dalton Hastings:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

ASHLEY HOBBS:  Kevin Harvick

Since the Chase/Playoffs began, Harvick has the best average finish and 7 victories. While his last victory came in 2014 (a string of 3), his win last weekend gives momentum. He finished 6th at this race back in March; so, all this together, brings Harvick back to victory lane this weekend!

ASHLEY HULL:  Ryan Newman

No reason given.

Ashley McCubbin:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Klarissa Mitchell:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Dustin Parks:  Jimmie Johnson

This is an odd position for the reigning champ to be in.  He’s last in the top-eight, has not won at all in the Playoffs, and his only hope of getting into the title picture now, and break through as an eight-time champion, is to flat out win.  Nothing else matters, just win.  Good enough for me to pick him.

Patti Rodisch:  Chase Elliott

No reason given.

SAL SIGALA JR:  Kevin Harvick

It’s been hard waiting this long to use him.  But, he’s the king of Phoenix.  NOTE:  Sal is still recovering in the hospital from having part of his intestines removed.  But, he is on the mend, and continues to improve despite being in a lot of pain.

ROB TIONGSON:  Kevin Harvick

Two wins in a row isn’t out of the question!

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

 

 

Playoff Standings following Texas:

Sal Sigala Jr. (4129) Chase Elliott finished 8th – [5] 2 41*

Ashley Hobbs (4111) Matt Kenseth finished 4th – [6] 2 40

Misan Akuya (4111) Ryan Blaney finished 6th – [6] 0 38

Rob Blount (4098) Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd – [3] 1 21

Ashley Hull (4092) Chase Elliott finished 8th – [5] 2 34

Billy Fellin (4085) Brad Keselowski finished 5th – [4] 1 20

Rob Tiongson (4085) Chase Elliott finished 8th – [4] 1 19

Patti Rodisch (2285) Chase Elliott finished 8th – [2]

Penny Whitecotton (2284) Ryan Blaney finished 6th – [2]

Ashley McCubbin (2261) Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd – [1]

Dustin Parks (2243) Chase Elliott finished 8th – [2]

Dalton Hastings (2219) Jimmie Johnson finished 27th – [1]

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

*Locked into Championship Round

 

Summary of Picks:

Kevin Harvick-5

Jimmie Johnson-2

Chase Elliott-1

Brad Keselowski-1

Joey Logano-1

Ryan Newman-1

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