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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard

In all, 25 races have seen a green flag hit the air, and a checkered flag come down.  In that span we have seen dominance by not one, but a trio, of drivers.  There have been a pair of first-time winners, and an unlikely crown jewel champion that found himself in prime position when it mattered most.

There’s been disappointments, anger, anxiety, and even chaos to reach that point, but now all those feelings come into play for one last event.

The close of the regular season has the pressure built up for many, as some never thought they would be in this position to begin with.  Others feel confident, and are wanting to cash in on their final opportunity to go after a title.  Others remain at ease, knowing they are in, and can just race to win.

Under normal circumstances, this will happen under the lights at a short track.  Not this time.

A second crown-jewel event closes out the regular season, and its a place that saw a man with an appropriate name already wear a wreath and drink some milk on Labor Day weekend.  If Will Power can finally achieve his victory at Indianapolis, there is a chance someone else can pull off the win, and lock themselves into the Playoffs.

It’s the final week of the regular season, and the League wants one more win on their tally before things get reset.  One individual gets the ultimate bonus for winning the regular season title, but that will be found out come Sunday.  Here’s who they chose to win the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard:


Misan Akuya:  Martin Truex Jr.

Poor Truex, every team that he goes too shits down.  Still, at least this one can end on some of the highest of notes.

Rob Blount:  Kevin Harvick

I’ll go with Happy, although it seems like no matter who I pick they end up having a bad race when I pick them.

Billy Fellin:  Martin Truex Jr.

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Dustin Parks:  Jimmie Johnson

You want a Hail Mary, well here she comes.  This is a unique situation for Seven-Time to be in, one he’s never experienced.  Since 2004, he has always made the playoffs, but he’s never needed to race his way in.  Now, he is battling it out with his teammate in order to make it there.  So, I gotta go with history.  Four-time winner here, loves the track, and he’s backed into a corner.  He’s got everything to gain, why not go after it in the biggest way possible.  Seven-time kisses the bricks for a fifth time.

Trisha Rodisch:  Kevin Harvick

One last chance before the playoffs to get win #8.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.


Standings following Darlington:

Penny Whitecotton – 937 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (7) 39

Sal Sigala Jr. – 906 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (4) 23

Trisha Rodisch – 905 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (5) 29

Ashley Hobbs – 875 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (5) 26

Dustin Parks – 819 – Denny Hamlin finished 10th (1) 9

Billy Fellin – 818 – Kyle Larson finished 3rd (4) 31

Rob Tiongson – 808 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 11th (3) 17

Rob Blount – 783 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (2) 16

Misan Akuya – 741 – Jamie McMurray finished 9th (4) 23


Summary of Picks:

Kevin Harvick-4

Martin Truex Jr-2

Jimmie Johnson-1

Brad Keselowski-1

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