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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism

For many NASCAR fans, the one monster track that is on the schedule happened a week ago.  Talladega, with it’s size and intensity, it is a beast of a facility.  It has fans that spend days camping out, partying, and enjoying the action in one of the most exciting tracks on the circuit.

But sit back, and imagine, if all the action that Talladega can bring instead is put on a much smaller scale.  The only thing that is smaller, however, is the track.  The racing, intense and competitive.  Strategy still plays a roll in trying to make it to the front, and the challenge is to be strong at the right moment in order to capitalize.

Then, there’s the moments when chaos can occur.  There’s no plate on the top of engines to reduce power, so it’s throttle down until told otherwise, and the track itself can do it’s own sweep.

It’s high-banked, it’s fast, and in an instant the best can be reduced to scrap.

When it comes to being a monster, this place has it’s own way of showing it.  An entire entrance has a beast showing off with a full-size car in his claw.  Miles is waiting outside as teams come to Dover, because for the first time in the 2018 campaign.  This concrete beast is ready for some fast action, and Miles is starting to have a rumbling.  May be time to get a menu planned out for his intense appetite.

The League is ready to get into action at the Monster Mile, so let’s look at who they hope will be in victory lane to put their diecast in Miles’ hand at the end of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism:


Misan Akuya:  Chase Elliott

Do you believe in redemption?  Chase Elliott does.  After losing the lead with two to go in the fall, Chase Elliott still hasn’t won a race yet.  In a season where he has had 75 points taken away from him, a win would be huge right now for a ton of reasons.

Rob Blount:  Kyle Larson

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Chase Elliott

His average finish is 4.0 in his first two trips to Dover for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism could finally set him up for victory lane this weekend!

Ashley Hull:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Klarissa Mitchell:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Dustin Parks:  Martin Truex Jr.

The most recent winner at Dover is also the hometown boy.  Compared to a season ago, Truex has been a bit subpar.  That’s not to say he’s struggling, which he isn’t, but he’s not blowing away everyone as a season ago.  Dover is certainly a place he can get some momentum going, so I’m gonna take the Jersey boy.

Trisha Rodisch:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kyle Larson

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kurt Busch

Stewart-Haas Racing seems to have their program figured out after more than a quarter into this year.  One driver who’s ready to win and snap a long winless streak is Busch, my pick to win Sunday.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings following Talladega:

Sal Sigala Jr. – 431 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (3) 17

Ashley Hobbs – 393 – Kyle Busch finished 13th (4) 21

Rob Tiongson – 390 – Matt DiBenedetto finished 19th (2) 10

Billy Fellin – 317 – Brad Keselowski finished 33rd (3) 18

Penny Whitecotton – 314 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (3) 11

Trisha Rodisch – 313 – Chase Elliott finished 3rd (2) 9

Ashley Hull – 307 – Chase Elliott finished 3rd (2) 12

Rob Blount – 299 – Brad Keselowski finished 33rd (1) 6

Dustin Parks – 298 – Alex Bowman finished 8th (0) 2

Misan Akuya – 297 – Jamie McMurray finished 28th (3) 17

Klarissa Mitchell – 127 – Jamie McMurray finished 28th (0) 0


Summary of Picks:

Chase Elliott-2

Kevin Harvick-2

Kyle Larson-2

Kurt Busch-1

Kyle Busch-1

Martin Truex Jr-1

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