Every sport has some type of sprint during their games. Baseball players sprint between bases when the ball is hit. Basketball has their fast breaks on turnovers or when a player is open down court. Football sees sprints whether from the backfield or at the wide receiver spot.
Runners have their own sprints, just depending on the distance.
But, not many sports have a marathon. Sure, there’s the Boston Marathon, and the long relay marathon during the Olympics. But aside from those, there are very few sports that have both a sprint and a marathon in their arsenal.
NASCAR decides to put its sprint and its endurance to the test in back-to-back weeks, at the same location.
Endurance is key in the marathon races, especially that last bit to make it to the finish, when the energy is low, and the final push to the end seems to be the time when giving up possibly is coming into mind. But making that push to the finish showcases who is really strong, and the best never rest when it comes to showing how good they are.
NASCAR’s endurance race encompasses so many different aspects, that it’s literally unique in all ways. A daylight race becomes sunset, twilight, and then a night finale. Teams have to adjust the entire way through, not wanting to give up anything at any point, even if there is plenty of time to do so.
It’s time to run a marathon with horsepower, while honoring those who’s marathon came to an end to ensure the freedoms of America remain strong and true. The most solemn holiday gets the sport’s longest race, and it has become a tradition that is unlike any in the sport.
Our League participants are ready to withstand what has become the true test of determination, equipment, and patience. Here’s their picks for NASCAR’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600:
Misan Akuya: Jamie McMurray
What a trying season for McMurray. It seems like every week that something happens to him. There is however, some hope. The one race that he had no issues, he finished third, and that was at Texas. Texas and Charlotte are similar in track designs and has been one of McMurray’s best tracks with two points wins and an All-Star win. Jamie Mac isn’t at the point where he must win, but it’s getting close being over 70 points out. This is a great opportunity for them to get a win and turn their season around.
Rob Blount: Kevin Harvick
Still taking Happy to make it a victory from the rear.
Billy Fellin: Joey Logano
No reason given.
Ashley Hobbs: Kevin Harvick
Because…insert your own reason.
Ashley Hull: NO PICK
Deadline passed with no pick submitted.
Dustin Parks: Martin Truex Jr.
Last year’s race was hindered by rain, and in the end it was about who could stretch the fuel, not who had the best car. So, I have to think back to the last time a driver had the best car and won this race. I didn’t have to go far…just go back to 2016 where one guy put a thumping on the field…literally. There is no denying that the race here in 2016 changed Truex’s future. One doesn’t lead 392 of 400 laps and not garner attention. Sure, I don’t see that kind of thumping this week, but I do see a victory.
Trisha Rodisch: Kevin Harvick
Sticking with Harvick for the win because just like Closer, I like playoff points too!
Sal Sigala Jr: Kevin Harvick
No reason given.
Rob Tiongson: Kevin Harvick
It’s foolish to bet against Harvick, the most dominant driver heading into Charlotte. Winning nearly half of the races in 2018, and with this race having four stages, it’s time for “The Dominator” to showcase his prowess.
Penny Whitecotton: Kevin Harvick
No reason given.
Standings following Kansas:
Sal Sigala Jr. – 494 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd (3) 17
Ashley Hobbs – 483 – Kevin Harvick WON (5) 26
Rob Tiongson – 465 – Kyle Busch finished 10th (2) 10
Penny Whitecotton – 432 – Kevin Harvick WON (5) 23
Trisha Rodisch – 431 – Kevin Harvick WON (4) 21
Billy Fellin – 372 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd (3) 18
Misan Akuya – 387 – Kevin Harvick WON (4) 22
Rob Blount – 362 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd (1) 6
Dustin Parks – 361 – Clint Bowyer finished 15th (0) 2
Ashley Hull – 343 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd (2) 12
Summary of Picks:
Martin Truex Jr-1