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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the AAA Texas 500

The finish at Martinsville was one that had everyone talking, and taking sides.  Was it a good move, or was it a desperate move?  Will one driver follow through on his promise at season’s end?  What questions are left to be answered following a moment that summed up the mentality of the third round of the Playoffs?

Each one if these questions still cannot be answered, because the race to answer them is still weeks away.

The questions that need answered in the immediate future are a bit simpler to answer.  Who could lock into the Championship 4 this week?  Could someone not competing for a title suddenly steal some thunder?  Could anything be bigger than this particular race at this moment?

What is for certain is the big deal this week is the track, and the state.  The big focus may come on Monday night when AT&T Stadium welcomes Dak Prescott and the Cowboys as the host to the Tennessee Titans.  But on Sunday, with clocks already turned back one hour, the Texas Motor Speedway is ready to turn back the notion of the biggest thing in Texas is the pocketbook of Jerry Jones.

This time, it’s Eddie Gossage hoping to show he can do it big, because now it’s time to saddle on up and pull out the big guns, literally and figuratively, for the second event of the Round of 8.

The League is caught in one tight battle for the lead, but one of them can rest easy knowing they locked in one week ago.  The rest of the competing Playoff participants, looking to lock their spot before they go to an unknown.  Here’s a look at the picks for this week’s AAA Texas 500:

 

Note:  Those in ALL CAPS are still competing for the title.

MISAN AKUYA:  Martin Truex Jr.

The best kind of revenge?  Doing better.

Rob Blount:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

BILLY FELLIN:  Ryan Blaney

No reason given.

ASHLEY HOBBS:  Martin Truex Jr.

Truex will rebound from his excruciating finish at Martinsville by finding his way to victory lane in the Lone Star State.

Dustin Parks:  Jimmie Johnson

Sure I could go with Truex to get his revenge on Logano for last week and ensure he’s competing for a title.  BUT, I’m not in the league for a title, so why not gamble…but gamble with a bit of history to rely on.  Historically, the fall race has been a lot better for the No. 48, and he wants, and NEEDS, a win before the season concludes just for his own satisfaction, and probably Chad’s as well.

TRISHA RODISCH:  Brad Keselowski

No reason given.

SAL SIGALA JR:  Ryan Blaney

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Ryan Blaney

No reason given.

PENNY WHITECOTTON:  Aric Almirola

No reason given.

 

Playoff Standings following Martinsville:

Penny Whitecotton – 4100 – Kurt Busch finished 6th (7) 57

Trisha Rodisch* – 4094 – Joey Logano WON (7) 41

Misan Akuya – 4073 – Kyle Busch finished 4th (4) 24

Sal Sigala Jr. – 4073 – Kyle Busch finished 4th (4) 24

Billy Fellin – 4071 – Chase Elliott finished 7th (5) 37

Ashley Hobbs – 4052 – Clint Bowyer finished 21st (5) 26

Rob Blount – 2209 – NO PICK SENT (2)

Dustin Parks – 2206 – Jimmie Johnson finished 12th (2)

Rob Tiongson – 2166 – Kyle Larson finished 37th (4)

*Locked into Championship 4 at Homestead

 

Summary of Picks:

Ryan Blaney-3

Martin Truex Jr-2

Aric Almirola-1

Jimmie Johnson-1

Brad Keselowski-1

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