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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Food City 500

There is little doubt that the favorite type of racing among fans is when it’s on a very short, very tight, speedway.  These type of tracks are what got a majority of drivers in today’s era started, and it comes in a variety of vehicles.  From sprint cars to carts, late models to pro stocks, a short track is where it seemed to begin for every driver in some aspect.

Many head back to their roots because they enjoy going back to what got them in the business to start with.

But, no two short tracks are the same.  Some have dirt, others asphalt.  Some can be run in two lanes, while others need two lanes to find grip on the cushion.  All eventually will have an incident where drivers get into a disagreement, and equipment gets torn up.  There’s even been video of racers trying to get out of the way and then suddenly another chasing into the infield and causing a major incident (For those that haven’t seen that video, it is rather scary considering how close they are to other vehicles and patrons).

However, there is no track on this planet that can compare to a 0.533-mile track in the Volunteer State of Tennessee.  It’s banking of near 30-degrees in the corners, with grandstands at every corner, standing taller than some office buildings.

It has become a true Coliseum for race fans, and it can only be summed up in three simple words…IT’S BRISTOL BABY!

That has the participants in the League excited, and ready to go for some action.  Let’s see who they think will be victorious in the Food City 500:


Misan Akuya:  Kurt Busch

Can the Brothers Busch go back to back?  It’s been 12 years, but Kurt does have five wins here.

Rob Blount:  Kyle Larson

Ran really well in August there. There’s less PJ1 in the bottom lane this year than August, meaning the top should be faster and that’s when Larson shines… If we race on Sunday. Hopefully. Because I have tickets.

Billy Fellin:  Joey Logano

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kyle Busch

Lets see if Busch still has some magic in him after winning once.

Ashley Hull:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Jamie McMurray

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Joey Logano

The Ford camp, specifically Penske, has always done well at this track.  But in recent years, the dude to watch here has been more of the 22 than the deuce, so I’m gonna play my cards and go with the Auto Trader team.

Trisha Rodisch:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Clint Bowyer

While it’d be easy to go with Kyle Busch or Erik Jones, I’m staying on the Ford bandwagon for now and go with Clint Bowyer. He seems to have his act together right now and was the runner up last spring.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings following Texas:

Sal Sigala Jr. – 310 – Kyle Busch WON (2) 12

Rob Tiongson – 285 – Ryan Blaney finished 5th (1) 5

Ashley Hobbs – 262 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 37th (2) 11

Misan Akuya – 247 – Kyle Busch WON (3) 17

Billy Fellin – 225 – Kyle Busch WON (2) 12

Rob Blount – 211 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 37th (1) 5

Penny Whitecotton – 205 – Jimmie Johnson finished 35th (3) 11

Trisha Rodisch – 205 – Kevin Harvick finished 2nd (2) 7

Ashley Hull – 194 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 37th (1) 7

Dustin Parks – 188 – Jimmie Johnson finished 35th (0) 0

Klarissa Mitchell – 100 – NO PICK SENT (0) 0


Summary of Picks:

Kyle Busch-3

Joey Logano-2

Clint Bowyer-1

Kurt Busch-1

Kevin Harvick-1

Brad Keselowski-1

Kyle Larson-1

Jamie McMurray-1

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