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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Ticket Guardian 500

When a track is about to go under a change, it’s a bit nostalgic.  It recalls the great moments, controversial moments, and even those enormous victories that seemed like they wouldn’t happen.

This weekend’s action at the ISM Raceway, formerly Phoenix International Raceway, is a weekend where just six years removed from a repave and reshaping of the track, it’s the final weekend where the track will have the current look.  When the checkered flag waves on Sunday, the current revitalization will go into full effect.

What is known as turns 1 and 2…become 3 and 4.  Pit road moves closer to the infield.  The front stretch then becomes the backstretch.  The dog leg, well it remains where it always has been.  But, this time will see the stripe placed before it.  The way the track will get ran changes entirely when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Playoffs return to action at this track come November.

But, that is months away, and 32 races from now.  Instead, the focus is on Sunday’s action, one last time in it’s current look.

It’s part two of #NASCARGoesWest, and everyone is trying to halt the momentum of one team.

The participants in the League are either going to say, “staying with momentum” or will decide to shake it up just a bit.  Here’s the picks this week for the Ticket Guardian 500:


Misan Akuya:  Kevin Harvick

Yeah, got an L1 penalty.  But, with eight wins at Phoenix, he’ll be fine.

Rob Blount:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Kevin Harvick

On a roll and going to his best track? Money in the bank.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kevin Harvick

Can’t really go wrong with Happy this season, or at Phoenix.

Ashley Hull:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Jamie McMurray

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Kyle Larson

Ok, so EVERYONE is automatically thinking despite Harvick not having his car chief at the track he’s still going to be just fine.  I’m not so sure, especially since all his wins at this place came in a Chevy.  He didn’t close the deal last year in a Ford, and I think not having his car chief will hurt.  So, I’m gonna go with another guy to watch this Sunday in Larson.  May as well get some momentum heading into his favorite type of track.

Trisha Rodisch:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kyle Larson

No reason given.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

Going for a 3-peat.


Standings after Las Vegas:

Misan Akuya – 123 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 4th (1) 6

Rob Blount – 121 – Brad Keselowski finished 6th (0) 0

Ashley Hobbs – 107 – Brad Keselowski finished 6th (1) 6

Penny Whitecotton – 106 – Kevin Harvick WON (2) 6

Trisha Rodisch – 103 – Kevin Harvick WON (2) 6

Sal Sigala Jr. – 99 – Brad Keselowski finished 6th (0) 1

Ashley Hull – 99 – Brad Keselowski finished 6th (0) 1

Rob Tiongson – 97 – Kyle Busch finished 2nd (0) 0

Dustin Parks – 93 – Joey Logano finished 7th (0) 0

Billy Fellin – 70 – Kyle Busch finished 2nd (0) 0

Klarissa Mitchell – 46 – NO PICK SENT (0) 0


Summary of Picks:

Kevin Harvick-8

Kyle Larson-2

Jamie McMurray-1

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