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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Coke Zero Sugar 400

Americana is something that is seen in many forms.  This time of year is when the colors of the United States are proudly shown off, from tees to hats, signs and even decals on vehicles.  It’s showcased with fireworks on the day this country declared it was free from British rule, and we celebrate it with family and barbecues all across this great land.

NASCAR has it’s own way to celebrate the holiday, and they do so in a big way.

The first return visit to a track this season marks the halfway point in the year, but also marks probably the biggest celebration of the summer.  It’s always an amazing time when the sport returns to Daytona in July, because this track has always done the Independence Day celebration big, and often some of the biggest moments come in this race.

It was here that Dale Earnhardt Jr. erased the horror of losing his dad months earlier, almost bringing the NASCAR community back together, and healing them with victory, and jubilation.  It was here in 1998 where NASCAR turned on the Daytona lights for the first time, although that moment was forced to happen in October because of the wildfires in Florida.  It was here when the King, on the perfect weekend, heard Ronald Reagan give the command on board Air Force One, then celebrate with him as Richard Petty scored win No. 200.

It’s the kickoff to summer for NASCAR when they return to Daytona, and it’s often a race where no one knows what can happen, and what will happen often is talked about for years.

Hoping to score a win this weekend, the League is ready to go for their own victory celebration.  Here’s who they hope survives 160 laps to win the Coke Zero Sugar 400:


Misan Akuya:  Joey Logano

So, apparently the same guy who won the spring Talladega race also went on to win this race the last three times.  Logano could make it four.

Rob Blount:  Ryan Blaney

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Clint Bowyer

He’s done pretty well in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 the past few years; and with the success he has this year, I hope that can continue under the lights at Daytona!

Dustin Parks:  Chase Elliott

The last time Chevrolet was in victory lane was at this track in February.  Since then, Ford and Toyota have been outclassing the field.  But, at a plate track, Hendrick still reigns.  So, I gotta roll with the theme, and decide to go with the Georgia boy, with a Georgia-based restaurant chain on the car, to victory.  I’m going with the Hooters No. 9.

Trisha Rodisch:  Chase Elliott

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Aric Almirola

He was oh so close to finally snapping his four year victory drought last Sunday at Chicagoland. However, his bid came to an end because of a pair of loose wheels. After this episode and his bitter defeat in the Daytona 500, look for the Tampa, FL, native to redeem himself with a win in the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings following Chicagoland:

Sal Sigala Jr. – 655 – Kevin Harvick finished 3rd (4) 23

Ashley Hobbs – 623 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 4th (5) 26

Penny Whitecotton – 622 – Kevin Harvick finished 3rd (5) 26

Trisha Rodisch – 619 – Kevin Harvick finished 3rd (4) 23

Rob Tiongson – 598 – Ryan Blaney finished 18th (2) 10

Misan Akuya – 572 – Kevin Harvick finished 3rd (4) 23

Dustin Parks – 570 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 4th (0) 2

Rob Blount – 554 – Kevin Harvick finished 3rd (2) 14

Billy Fellin – 541 – Kevin Harvick finished 3rd (3) 20


Summary of Picks:

Chase Elliott-2

Kevin Harvick-2

Aric Almirola-1

Ryan Blaney-1

Clint Bowyer-1

Joey Logano-1

Ricky Stenhouse Jr-1

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