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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the GEICO 500

For the last couple weeks, teams have prepared for tracks where it’s tight competition in each corner, and more often than not one mistake means a confrontation on pit road, or on the track.  It’s been at tracks where it’s less than a mile long, but speeds were high.

Drivers felt in control of their own race, and could move where they wanted to get a better position.

That is not necessarily the case this week.  One mistake could mean taking out 10, 15, or 20 cars in an instant.  One slight miscalculation can mean calamity for many, a lot of whom are just trying to stay out of the melee.  It’s happened more often than not, and drivers not only wonder if it will happen, now it’s almost expected.

On Friday it wasn’t an on-track incident that caused calamity, but a blown tire.  But still, in that instant, speeds and the driving style dictated the end result.

It is big, it is wide, it is chaos that is under control.  This is Talladega.

Every driver knows that with this track, the only control that is seen is of NASCAR officials.  The drivers themselves have to rely on others to make the right maneuvers at the right time, and that they are not close enough to cause calamity.  The main way to win a race here is not handling, not tires, nor is it even a fast car.  It’s trust, from trusting the driver is in the right spot to pass, and trusting the competition to be there to make the needed moves.  Trust wins at Talladega, and those that win survive the chaos.

The League wants to survive this week, and are locked in.  Here’s the picks for the GEICO 500:


Misan Akuya:  Jamie McMurray

One of the best plate racers out there.  It’s been tough sledding this far in the way I’d results for McMurray.  Only one top five and top ten in nine races ran with everything else 16th and lower.  He has only lead two laps.  Making the chase on points can still happen being 34 points out at the moment.  But, a win would be the easiest route to take.  Watch for the 1 to be aggressive.

Rob Blount:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kyle Busch

Anything can happen; like Busch going for 4 in a row!

Ashley Hull:  Chase Elliott

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Jamie McMurray

He needs a turnaround bad!

Dustin Parks:  Alex Bowman

This is certainly a gamble, but Talladega always is.  But my thinking is, he’s taking over the car that Earnhardt Jr. drove.  Junior gave him all the knowledge of how to plate race, which means he may have an advantage on the others.  Couple in that the race is at Talladega on Earnhardt Sr’s birthday, it could be a huge moment for Junior Nation to celebrate.

Trisha Rodisch:  Chase Elliott

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Matt DiBenedetto

I have to support our monthly columnist and he was fast at Daytona to start this year!

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings after Richmond:

Sal Sigala Jr. – 389 – Kyle Larson finished 7th (3) 17

Rob Tiongson – 372 – Kyle Busch WON (2) 10

Ashley Hobbs – 361 – Kyle Busch WON (4) 21

Billy Fellin – 303 – Kyle Busch WON (3) 17

Misan Akuya – 288 – Erik Jones finished 13th (3) 17

Rob Blount – 285 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 14th (1) 5

Ashley Hull – 273 – Kyle Larson finished 7th (2) 12

Penny Whitecotton – 272 – Kevin Harvick finished 5th (3) 11

Trisha Rodisch – 269 – Kyle Larson finished 7th (2) 9

Dustin Parks – 269 – Joey Logano finished 4th (0) 2

Klarissa Mitchell – 118 – NO PICK SENT (0) 0


Summary of Picks:

Chase Elliott-2

Kevin Harvick-2

Brad Keselowski-2

Jamie McMurray-2

Alex Bowman-1

Kyle Busch-1

Matt DiBenedetto-1

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