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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Consumers Energy 400

Ever since this past Sunday afternoon, the sport of NASCAR has seen so many different emotions.  It saw the high of a first-time winner from a driver who has become so popular among fans, drivers, crews and media.  A day later, it saw the shock, turmoil, and maybe a little disgust of it’s highest leader be taken in for crimes, followed by the emotions of hope, and admiration, for him to step away to focus on himself, and not the sport.

A new leader stepped in, even on an interim basis, and the emotion was optimism, hope, and a sense of moving forward.

That is what this sport does when such drastic moments happen…move forward.  It’s all that anyone can do, because otherwise the focus is not on what NASCAR is about, racing, but instead the controversy that comes outside the asphalt.

So now, what does NASCAR do to get away from the dramatic events that came after such a major milestone for one driver?  It heads to a track that is all about the manufacturer leadership.  In the shadow of Detroit, it’s a return trip to the Michigan International Speedway.  There’s not much twists and turns like last weekend at the Glen, but instead it’s wide, fast, and furious.  The hope is that unlike the first time, the rain doesn’t decide the winner, but instead the drivers decide it on the track.

The League is coming down to the wire before things get reset for the playoffs, and wins plus points are becoming more valuable each week.  Here’s who each has elected for victory in Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400:


Misan Akuya:  Chase Elliott

Aside from the fact that he finally has that first win, and his great at Michigan, I want those ten free boneless wings from Hooters.

Author Note:  I’d agree with this, but there is NO HOOTERS anywhere close to me in Pennsylvania.

Rob Blount:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kyle Larson

Time to break through this season; those four second place finishes are bound to turn into a victory soon. 😉

Dustin Parks:  Kyle Larson

I’m gonna ride the wave right now, just not the one anyone expects.  Alright, Chevrolet FINALLY has it’s first win at a non-plate track this year.  Of the bow tie bunch that has been strongest on the ovals it has been the 42 team.  We all know how good Larson loves this place.  He got his first win here, and went on to win three straight until this past spring.  So, I’m riding the wave that he breaks into the win column this year, and takes away another spot in the playoffs.

Trisha Rodisch:  Chase Elliott

He has momentum on his side.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kyle Larson

If there’s anyone who’s ready to score their first win of 2018 from the winless folks last year, it’s Lahs-on.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings following Watkings Glen:

Sal Sigala Jr. – 821 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 10th (4) 23

Penny Whitecotton – 802 – Kevin Harvick finished 10th (6) 32

Trisha Rodisch –802 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd (5) 29

Ashley Hobbs – 798 – Kyle Busch finished 3rd (5) 26

Dustin Parks – 750 – Chase Elliott WON (1) 9

Rob Tiongson – 717 – A.J. Allmendinger finished 15th (3) 17

Billy Fellin – 687 – Brad Keselowski finished 17th (3) 22

Rob Blount – 679 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd (2) 16

Misan Akuya – 666 – Jamie McMurray finished 7th (4) 23


Summary of Picks:

Kyle Larson-3

Chase Elliott-2

Kevin Harvick-2

Martin Truex Jr-2

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