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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the South Point 400

When it comes to the final run to a championship, teams may be racing another 39 other drivers, but for 16 of them, they are only focused on somehow keeping ahead of those teams with a green spoiler and window decal.

The pressure is on to keep ahead of those teams in order to either make it into the next round, or just to win so the pressure is gone for the next round.  Drivers get more focused as this is the final chance they have to prove they are better than the rest.  A season ago, no one could touch one driver despite every bit of effort they could do.  This year, for 13 of the Playoff teams, their focus is to do better than not just one team, but three.

It’s Playoff time for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and this time, teams truly get to take a gamble, because Sin City gets a second helping of the sport.

In a move to give the schedule a little bit of energy, Las Vegas now kicks off the playoff run for the Cup Series, and it’s a unique opportunity to get ahead of the competition at a style of track that makes up a majority of the playoffs.  If one is good here, they will be strong at 40 percent of the tracks.

The energy is extremely high, and it’s time to roll the dice.

For the League, that also means their own kind of gamble.  Just as in years past, all league participants are reset in points based on the playoff points that they earned through 26 races.  At the same time, all the participant in this first round will have to pick three different drivers in all three races.  Once the round ends, the ones who move on…must maintain the different drivers each week.  When that time comes, the rules will be explained in more detail.

For now, let’s see who they believe will win the first playoff race of 2018, the South Point 400:

 

Misan Akuya:  Kyle Larson

No reason given.

Rob Blount:  Jimmie Johnson

No reason given.

Billy Fellin:  Kurt Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hobbs:  Ryan Blaney

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Martin Truex Jr.

The last few weeks for this team has been such shame for Truex and team.  End of the year, the doors close, and finishes have not been where he wants to be.  Now, he has a chance to go out in style.  I’ll take my gamble now, and take the 78.

Trisha Rodisch:  Ryan Blaney

No reason given.

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kyle Larson

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Kyle Larson

Sure, Harvick seems to be the odds on favorite for Las Vegas.  However, I’m feeling like you can’t go wrong with Larson to start things off.

Penny Whitecotton:  Kevin Harvick

No reason given.

 

Playoff Standings following Indianapolis:

Penny Whitecotton – 2054 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (7) 54

Billy Fellin – 2031 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 40th (4) 31

Trisha Rodisch – 2029 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (5) 29

Ashley Hobbs – 2026 – NO PICK SENT (5) 26

Sal Sigala Jr. – 2023 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (4) 23

Misan Akuya – 2023 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 40th (4) 23

Rob Tiongson – 2022 – Brad Keselowski WON (4) 22

Rob Blount – 2016 – Kevin Harvick finished 4th (2) 16

Dustin Parks – 2009 – Jimmie Johnson finished 16th (1) 9

 

Summary of Picks:

Kyle Larson-3

Ryan Blaney-2

Kurt Busch-1

Kevin Harvick-1

Jimmie Johnson-1

Martin Truex Jr-1

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