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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Pennzoil 400

A few years ago, when NASCAR did it’s previous realignment of the schedule, one thing they elected was to give it’s fans on the west coast a full-on opportunity to see the drivers in successive weeks.  NHRA has this happen every year when they head out to places like Denver and Phoenix for it’s races, calling it the “West Coast Swing” so everyone gets their nitro fix.

Taking this concept and making it something NASCAR can use, they have adopted the three-week run of action as “NASCAR Goes West.”  It’s hard on the hauler drivers since a majority have to go all the way across the country to return the cars that were ran one week back to the shop and then load up the next pair to head all the way back the next week.

But it makes for a lot of great action as all three venues are different, and all get raced a different way.

The usual start to the western run of action is always a fun time because the neon lights pretty much guarantee the location where the track is.  In the shadow of the Strip, with a lot of beautiful hotels and casinos standing out in the night, along with the show girls bringing in all the glitz and glamour, it’s the first of two visits to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  With the Playoffs now hosting a true gambling town this year, Vegas gets a double dose of fans, and a double dose of hitting the jackpot.

There’s no roulette wheels at the speedway, although there are a few other types of wheels spinning on the track.  There’s no slot machines, nor poker tables.  Could a few bluffs be called…perhaps.  Will someone go all-in if the situation allows…for sure.

Will the League participants risk everything for victory?

Well, maybe not, but they weren’t risking missing out on this week.  Here’s their picks to victory at the Pennzoil 400 Presented by Jiffy Lube:

 

Misan Akuya:  Martin Truex Jr.

He’s gonna win sometime, right?

Rob Blount:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Ashley Hull:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Dustin Parks:  Joey Logano

Pennzoil is the sponsor of this weekend’s race, and it’s the primary sponsor on both Ryan Blaney’s Ford, and is a long-standing primary sponsor for Logano.  It’s been a while since we’ve seen the team that has the same sponsor as the race go to victory lane.  It’s been a while since Logano got to stand on his window and hold that steering wheel in triumph.  It’s a gamble, but hey we’re in Vegas…gotta take a chance.

Patti Rodisch:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kyle Busch

A year ago, Busch was well on his way to a top-five finish before the first post-race fight took place.  This year, in the familiar Caramel M&M’s colors, Rowdy drives his way to hometown Victory Lane.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

Two in a row!!

 

Standings following Atlanta:

Rob Blount – 80 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 5th (0) 0

Misan Akuya – 77 – Kevin Harvick WON (1) 6

Ashley Hobbs – 66 – Kevin Harvick WON (1) 6

Penny Whitecotton – 66 – Kevin Harvick WON (1) 6

Trisha Rodisch – 63 – Kevin Harvick WON (1) 6

Sal Sigala Jr. – 58 – Brad Keselowski finished 2nd (0) 1

Ashley Hull – 58 – Jimmie Johnson finished 27th (0) 1

Rob Tiongson – 54 – Kyle Larson finished 9th (0) 0

Dustin Parks – 50 – Kyle Busch finished 7th (0) 0

Klarissa Mitchell – 46 – Ryan Blaney finished 12th (0) 0

Billy Fellin – 27 – Chase Elliott finished 10th (0) 0

 

Summary of Picks:

Brad Keselowski-4

Kyle Busch-2

Kevin Harvick-2

Joey Logano-1

Martin Truex Jr-1

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