Bobby Blue Crush Burst Out Of The Box

Austin Dillon

Twenty years later, the No. 3 is back in Victory Lane at Daytona!

Austin Dillon dropped kicked Aric Almirola took the lead on the last lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, driving Almirola into the fence and out of the way to snag the win 20 years after Dale Earnhardt won his first Great American Race. Dillon stood in Victory Lane with Earnhardt that day, as a 7-year-old.

The victory is Dillon’s second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win, and first at the Daytona International Speedway.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

None of the players, this week, had Austin Dillon on their radar scope.  Therefore, this weekly award goes back on the shelf til the next race in Atlanta.

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

The highest scoring player this week is Bobby Blue Crush.  Ol Blue Crush was the only player who was riding shotgun with the most dominating driver of the day, third generation driver Ryan Blaney.  Blaney and his new Team Penske No 12 Ford Fusion led 118 laps of the 207 laps raced today.  Blue Crush’s reward was a nifty 48 points to start off the season!

One of our “newbies”, Don The Engine Builder, got his season off to a fabulously flying start, racking up 41 points from a 4th place finish from”Sliced Bread”, aka Joey Logano.

The sisterhood of Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Linda B. The Cookie Mom had all their marbles neatly tucked into the marble sack of the 2017 MENCS champ, Martin Truex, Jr. today. Truex faired well in the stages and finished 18th when the checkered flag flew at Daytona.  Both ladies kick their season off really cool to the tune of 30 points.

Meanwhile, Kathy The Church Forecloser and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey slipped underneath the radar with their choice of Dale Jr’s replacement driver, Alex BowmanBowman ran consistently strong for most of the race til he was collected up in one of the “Big Ones”, nevertheless he delivered 29 points for these two players.

Rounding out the top five scorers for Daytona is Doug The Gandy Candy ManThe Candy Man received 21 points from Kurt Busch’s 26th place.

 

Straight From The Crapper

This week we have two players who were only able to rack up a single point as the season opened up.  A&M Aggie Sue and Ol Skid-Marc each were able only to log one point for their Daytona tally.  Aggie Sue racked up her one point from Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, and  Skid-Marc received the same score form Erik Jones. Each will share “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award.  Since this is the first race of the segment, this duo not only won “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award but also both Aggie Sue and Skid-Marc will be occupying the “side-by-side” version of “The Outhouse Award” this week!

With the advent of stage racing last year the normally hectic plate racing volume is now turned up to 12!  For most of the race many of the drivers probably were thinking to themselves that there are “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you”!

Next week the traveling NASCAR circus heads down to the lightning fast mile and a half track, the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA,

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Young Money And Owen Are The Favorites For Daytona!

Kyle Larson & Owen Larson

Can you hear it?  Can you feel it?

The beginning of the season and the biggest race of the 2018 season is just a few days away.  It is Daytona time!

The haulers have rolled into the garage area at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for Speedweeks!  Alas, the deafening silence is over!  Finally, we will be hearing 800hp revving up in 8 part harmony!  At last my dreary winter depression has come to an end, and it is time to get a snoot full of gas or methanol fumes and burning rubber!

 

Our Daytona Selections

 

This year, without Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the field, our picks for this race are all over the board.  Over the past few years, there was always a large contingent of players who were willing to bet the farm on the “Pied Piper of Plate Races”, Dale Jr.  This year things have drastically changed.  The slightly favored driver this week is none other than “Young Money”, Kyle Larson.  After all, he was leading the race in the very late stages when he ran out of gas.  The memory lingers!

Obviously, with that in mind, there is a quartet of players who are putting all their marbles in the marble sack of the Elk Grove, CA native, Kyle Larson.  That quartet consists of Carole, aka Rudy, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.

Nearly as popular this year at Daytona is William Clyde Elliott, Jr., better known as Chase.  If you are a Chase Elliott fan you will notice that he no longer is driving the iconic HMS No. 24 Chevy.  Instead, Chase will be piloting the family number, the number that his dad “Awesome Bill From Dawsonville” made famous, No.9!  The trio rooting for Chase at Daytona is Lonna The Quilt Angel, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle.  Hmm, there seems to be a sisterhood here.

Meanwhile, there is another trio, Jim, aka Chiefy, Zee, aka Sissy, and Jerry The Buschwacker are all riding shotgun for Kyle Busch.  Each is hoping that KyBu can be victorious, punch his ticket to the Playoffs, and win the “the Super Bowl” of NASCAR racing.

Carlton The Doorman and Snoopy Dawn are banding together in support of “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski, the winner of the Advanced Auto Parts Clash last Sunday at Daytona.  His Ford looked very stout during that race.

Lastly, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Linda B. The Cookie Mom is backing the 2017 Cup champion, Martin Truex, Jr.  Both are really hoping that Truex can pull off a big win at Daytona to erase the loss in 2016 to Denny Hamlin by the closest margin in NASCAR history!

That leaves six players that are individual thinkers this week, and thusly are in bidnez for themselves!

So fear not fellow rednecks, it is time to dust off you racing T-shirts.  Things are heating up, ’cause we are bringing back the sunshine!

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP,FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Some Preseaon Prognostications For 2018

Kyle Busch

Well, the offseason is over, personnel from all three of the touring series will becoming “travelers”, some of the haulers have unloaded at Daytona, and the Advance Auto Parts Clash took the checkered flag this past Sunday.  That means that there is just a few days until the activities crank up and shift into high gear at “The World Center of Speed”!

For the last couple of years I have jotted down my pre-season pick to win the Cup championship prior to the running of the Daytona 500.  I neatly tuck that choice away in a place that I won’t forget where I put it, (does that sound familiar to anyone?) so that I can review that pick once the season is over at Homestead.  This year I have enlisted the players of the Fantasy League a couple of weeks ago via email to respond with their choices. Nine players responded with their not-so-surprising choices.

Herein lies their responses.

A trio of players is hoping that the 2015 champion, Kyle Busch, can add a second ring to his finger and bring home the championship hardware.  That trio includes Jim, aka Chiefy, Bobby Blue Crush, and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle.  It did take Joe Gibbs Racing many races, about 15 in all, before any of those teams visited Victory Lane.  However, once JGR figured out the 2018 Camry, three of the four teams began dominating the races.

Meanwhile, Doug The Gandy Candy Man and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff are backing “Young Money”, Kyle Larson for another run at the championship in 2018.  Young Money, had a career year, winning four races.  Once the playoffs began when the wheels just fell off of his hot rod.  Last year Larson proved that all the hype that preceded him to NASCAR was all based in fact.  That, in fact, this young man is a very talented race car driver.

Likewise, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Kathy The Church Forecloser are putting all their marbles in the marble sack of the reigning MENCS champion, Martin Truex, Jr.  As well as Truex ran all season, and his uncanny ability to win of the mile and a half tracks, fuels these two ladies to think that Truex can go back-to-back this season.

Lonna The Quilt Angel is backing another former MENCS champion, Kevin Harvick, to add the 2018 Cup championship to his resume.  Now that Stewart-Hass Racing has successfully negotiated the transition from Chevy to Ford last year Harvick may be a force to contend with in 2018.

Lastly, Jeremy, The Coach has weighed in with his pick of Danny Hamlin.  Reflecting back on 2017, Hamlin came on fairly strong in the closing races in The Playoffs.  JGR got the Camry figured out and they clicked off a few wins as the season wound down.

As I mentioned previously, it will be very interesting to revisit this post after we have “traveled” around this country to 25 race tracks, and the checkered flag has flown at Homestead.  Maybe next year more players may want to contribute their predictions!

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

How Bad Do You Have It?

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Well, the holidays have come and gone.  It is 2018 and January is now also in the rearview.  This weekend is Super Bowl weekend, and that can only mean that the Daytona 500 is just two Sundays away.

Where did the offseason go?

David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey loaded up his midgets (race cars, not little people), braved the cold (even in the cab of his truck), hauled the trailer through the ice, sleet, snow, and generally crappy weather, and migrated back to Tulsa, OK for the 2018 Chili Bowl!

I know that Doug The Gandy Candy Man spent his big winnings down under this winter crewing on a sprinter, sightseeing, and possibly sipping a little Aussie hops and barley during his south of the equator visit!

I would have gladly traded places with the ol Candy Man!  The last time I was in Australia, Sydney in particular, was the summer of 1979 (that was many years before Bryan Adams sang about the Summer of 69) when this old man was a young bulletproof Air Force Captain flying a C-141 Starlifter out of Travis AFB, CA.  Instead, I spent two months in Fresno at my oldest son’s place, Jason The Latent Tie Dye Hippie and All-Around Edgy Dude, recuperating from a little orthopedic work on my feet.  It was time to get the “wheels” tuned up, aligned, and ready for Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Sonoma NASCAR races this year, as well as some great sprint car races during my summer jaunt up to and return from the Oregon Coast.

As has been the case for the last decade, I am looking forward to NASCAR’s traveling circus pulling out of Atlanta and heading out to “The Left Coast” for most of the month of March!

When NASCAR arrives in Las Vegas “The West Coast Swing” will be “The Left Coast’s” first look at all three touring series, NCWTS, NXS, and MENCS up close and personal for 2018.  NCWTS, NXS, and MENCS will be in Las Vegas this year!  Furthermore, Vegas will have two races, March and September, with all three series racing each time!  After Vegas it is off to Phoenix, culminating in a weekend visit to the LA basin, Fontana to be exact.

The time is drawing near for the fun to begin!  I am already packed up, the Sequoia is gassed up, and the map is up on the dash!

How bad do you have it?  Let’s get this season rocking!

I will leave you with the words of the high brow, eclectic, and classic philosophers, Kenny Alphin and John Rich, aka Big and Rich.

These ain’t no Hollywoods
And these hills ain’t Beverly
Ain’t no beaches on these backroads
No sunset on the boulevard
She’s in love with California
And breakin’ my heart

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Your Most Humble Sheriff And The Gandy Candy Man Reap A Big Harvest

Martin Truex, Jr.

At the end of a riveting, breathtaking battle that had fans in the grandstands on their feet long after the checkered flag, Martin Truex Jr. held off Kyle Busch by .681 seconds at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win Sunday’s Ford Eco-Boost 400 and his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series title.

In Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last race in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Truex—one of Earnhardt’s closest friends—kept Busch behind him during a 34-lap green-flag run to the finish.

“It’s just overwhelming,” a tearful Truex said in Victory Lane. “To think about all the rough days and bad days, the days that we couldn’t run 20th, to be here—I never thought this day would come, and to be here is so unbelievable.”

The victory was a timely gift for Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser, who is back home in Denver, Colo., recovering from a heart attack and subsequent bypass surgery. It was also a gift to Truex’s long-time girlfriend Sherry Pollex, who has been battling ovarian cancer.

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

Both Skid-Marc and Linda The Cookie Mom were riding high today with the hottest driver all season, the race winner and 2017 MENCS champion Martin Truex, Jr!  For all their chewed fingernails and anxiety they added 40 points to their 3rd segment totals, the second highest score for the weekend.

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

This was one of those weeks where the race winner did not produce the highest scores for the players.  This week Kyle Larson, who won both stages and finished the race in third place, produced the highest score, 54 points, for his rooters.  Those players supporting “Young Money” at Homestead include Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Jerry The Buschwacker, Cole The Redneck Understudy, Lonna The Quilt Angel, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.

Meanwhile, Carlton The Doorman was really hoping that Chase Elliott could rack up his first MENCS win before this season came to end.  But it was not to be.  Nevertheless, Elliott provided The Doorman with 39 points to end this segment.

Both Jeremy The Coach and Kathy The Church Forecloser “put it all in” with Kyle Busch, and for a while, it looked like KyBu was going to add another championship to his resume.  But alas, Rowdy had to settle for 2nd place and contributed 35 points to these two today.

Rounding out the top five scorers is Edie The Las Vegas Super Star gathering up 33 points from Matt Kenseth’s 8th place finish.

Quite to my surprise 18 of the 21 players moved around on the leaderboard this final week.  The biggest mover is A&M Aggie Sue, who slithered down the totem pole five (5) spots to end the segment in 13th place.

This mismatched quintet, Jeremy The Coach, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Jerry The Buschwacker, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, as well as Jim, aka Chiefy all moved three (3) places.  The Coach, The Las Vegas Super Star and The Buschwacker all climbed up three spots to end the segment in 8th, 9th and 16th, respectively.  Whereas The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey and Chiefy stumbled and fell down three places to sit in 17th and 20th, respectively.

This next group consisting of Lonna The Quilt Angel, Bobby Blue Crush, Carole, aka Rudy, and Linda The Cookie Mom moved two (2) positions.  The Quilt Angel and The Cookie Mom stepped up two spots to wind up in 4th and 18th, respectively.  But  Blue Crush and Rudy slipped down two places ti sit in 5th and 7th, respectively.

Rounding out the movers this final race of the year is a group of eight players.  Those eight players are Cole The Redneck Understudy, Carlton The Doorman, Snoopy Dawn, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Zee, aka Sissy, Skid-Marc and Dan The Numbers Cruncher all moved just one spot.  The Redneck Understudy, The Doorman, The Church Forecloser, ol Skidz, and Sissy al moved up one position to finish out in 3rd, 6th, 14th and 15th, respectively.  Whereas Snoopy, The Highly Opinionated One and The Numbers Dude slid one spot to sit in 10th, 11th and 19th, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

This week we have two players who will be sharing the last “Crappiest Pick Of The Week” award for 2017.  Both A&M Aggie Sue and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey close out the year with just a single digit, 4 points, for their score at Homestead!

And I am happy to report that Bernie The Bay Area Bandit secured her position in “The Outhouse” for the entire offseason!

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all!

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN”!

“Young Money” Gets The Nod At Homestead

Kyle Larson and Owen Larson

This week the long grueling 36 week MENCS season comes to an end and the 2017 champion will be crowned at Homestead.  Additionally, the 21 “Rednecks” of this fantasy league will get about a 93 day reprieve before we gather again for more fun in 2018 with the running of the Daytona 500!  At this time of year Your Most Humble Sheriff gets a little sad to realized that the season is over and that I am another year older.  Nevertheless, we can not slow the clock for the race season, just like we cannot slow the aging clock!

So for the final time this season we will take a look at our Championship weekend choices.

 

Our Homestead Selections

 

It is quite interesting that one quarter of the fantasy league, five players in total, are “pushing it all in” for “Young Money” this week.  Those five players riding shotgun with Kyle Larson this week includes Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Jerry The Buschwacker, Cole The Redneck Understudy, Lonna The Quilt Angel, and Your Most Humble Sheriff.  Were these five players hoping, when they were laying the segment out in their minds, that they were picking Larson to win at Homestead and also picking him for the championship?  Interesting thought, wouldn’t you say?  Unfortunately the Chip Ganassi Racing team’s wheels have come off of the car over the last month!

Other than the aforementioned group supporting “Young Money”, we have a very widely scattered area of support from the remaining players.  There are six drivers with a support group of two players on their side this week.

Starting off the list is Dan The Numbers Cruncher and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle who are hoping to be up on the pit box of the driver formally known as “The Outlaw”, now recognized by his given name, Kurt Busch.

Meanwhile, Kathy The Church Forecloser and Jeremy The Coach will be encouraging the younger brother, “The Shrub” this week.  Both are hoping that Kyle Busch can grab his second MENCS championship and bring the trophy home to Joe Gibbs Racing.

The duo of A&M Aggie Sue and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey are hoping that Kasey Kahne will use his last race with Hendrick Motorsports to capitalize on being a spoiler to win with that organization.

Both Bobby Blue Crush and Snoopy Dawn are banding together this week to go way out on the a limb to support Jamie McMurray for the win at Homestead.

It appears that Carole, aka Rudy, and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit must be drinking the same kool-aid.  Both ladies are fully behind “Rocket Man”, also known as “No Neck (Ryan) Newman”, this week at Homestead.

And finally both Skid-Marc and Linda The Cookie Mom are hoping that Martin Truex, Jr. can end the season with a very large exclamation point to  a miraculous 2017 season.

Through he miracles of basic math, and my basic knowledge of logic, that leaves nine players who are in bidnez for themselves this week!

When the checkered flag flies at Homestead there will be five happy players who will be receiving some segment three winner’s share money.  Additionally there will be two more players who will get a sizable check.  One will be rewarded for his/her “playoff knowledge”, and the other player will be rewarded for his/her consistency throughout the entire 2017 race season!  That is to say that there will be seven players who will be on the receiving end of their “river of dreams”, just like the crowned MENCS champion will be!

Good luck to all this week at Homestead!

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

Your Most Humble Sheriff Is Still On Top With One To Go

Matt Kenseth

What a race in The Valley of The Sun!  It had strategy, it had excitement, it had the thrill of victory, and ultimately it had the agony of defeat!

The middle-aged man without a ride for 2018 drove a dagger through the heart of the youngster expected to shine in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for years to come.

With nine laps left in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 at Phoenix Raceway, 45-year-old Matt Kenseth passed 21-year-old Chase Elliott for the lead and pulled away to win for the first time since the July 2016 New Hampshire race, breaking a 51-event winless string.

Kenseth’s victory, the 39th of his career, deprived Elliott of a chance to run for the series championship next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and kept Chevrolet out of the title race. The win also was a gift to Brad Keselowski, who survived a lackluster afternoon with enough points to advance to the Championship 4 event.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

There was only one player, Linda The Cookie Mom, who was riding shotgun for 312 laps with the race winner, Matt Kenseth.  In what most likely be Matt Kenseth’s penultimate race of his NASCAR career, The Cookie Mom will bathe in the exuberance of this victory, as well as lap up those nifty 56 points.

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

An unlikely and slightly mismatched trio of players, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Carole, aka Rudy and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, racked up 45 points at Phoenix from two different drivers.  The Las Vegas Super Star and The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey were riding high wide and handsome with the crowd favorite, Chase Elliott, while Rudy was riding with another young gun, Erik Jones.

Nearly one third of our fantasy league, six players in total, were united in their support for “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick last weekend.  Those six players include Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Cole The Redneck Understudy, Jim, aka Chiefy, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.  This group were handily rewarded with 43 points.

Meanwhile, being a very independent dude, Dan The Numbers Cruncher isolated himself from the rest with a very strategical selection of Jamie McMurray that rewarded him with 35 points at Phoenix.

Rounding out the top five scorers this week is a trio of players that consists of Lonna The Quilt Angel, Bobby Blue Crush and A&M Aggie Sue.  This group was all supporting the PIR Spring race winner, Ryan Newman, and for their efforts received 22 points.

This late in the segment usually does not see movement in huge chunks, but will show slight adjustments on the sliding scale.  This week fit into that observation, that is with one small deviation.  Both Carole, aka Rudy and Snoopy Dawn made a rather large change, five (5) places, to their previous position.  Rudy is ending the segment with a charge to the top landing in 5th place this week.  While Snoopy is slip sliding away, now resting in 9th!

Likewise, Ol Skid-Marc seems to be getting loose, having some sort of handling issues, and is sliding down the totem pole this week, sitting now in 15th spot.

There are five players, Kathy The Church Forecloser, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, Zee, aka Sissy, Jim, aka Chiefy and Jerry The Buschwacker all moved two positions after the checkered flag waved at PIR.  The Church Forecloser, The Throttle Jockey and ol Chiefy all stepped up two (2) places this week finishing up the week in 13th, 14th, and 17th places respectively.  However, Sissy and The Buschwacker stumbled down two places to sit in 16th and 19th, respectively.

Lastly, we have another large group, six players, who just side stepped one place this week.  This group of six includes Cole The Redneck Understudy, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Jeremy The Coach, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Linda The Cookie Mom and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit.  The Redneck Understudy, The Opinionated One, The Las Vegas Super Star and The Cookie Mom moved up one position, holding in 10th, 12th and 20th spots, respectively.  The Coach and The Bay Area Bandit slipped and fell one place to 11th and 21st, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

With just 11 points scored this week, Snoopy Dawn quietly will accept this week’s “Crappiest Pick of The Week” award!  Speaking about crappy performances, this week we need to go no farther than to congratulate Bernie The Bay Area Bandit for her ability to navigate her way back to a familiar place for her “The Outhouse”!

Next week the season culminates with the crowning of the 2017 champion at Homestead and the other 39 drivers could be soothing their championship wounds.  I just, in fact, wonder if the non championship drivers are thinking to themselves, as they leave the track, that they did all that they could have done and that they “haven’t got time for the pain” for their inability to pull off the championship at Homestead?

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

They Like Harvick At Phoenix

Kevin Harvick

We have only two races remaining in this 2017 NASCAR season!  Where did the time go?  When I ask that question of myself, in the back of my head, I hear vaguely the words of Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band.

Twenty years now
Where’d they go?
Twenty years
I don’t know
Sit and I wonder sometimes
Where they’ve gone

And sometimes late at night
When I’m bathed in the firelight
The moon comes callin’ a ghostly white
And I recall
I recall!

This week all three series roll into the Valey of The Sun.  Technically the race track is not located within the city limits of  Phoenix.  No, it is actually located west of the the city in Avondale, AZ.  Once again Your Most Humble Sheriff will have media credentials for the weekend of great racing at PIR.

 

Our Phoenix Choices

 

Surprise, surprise more than one quarter of the the fantasy league have jumped on board with Kevin Harvick at Phoenix!  There are six players that includes, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Cole The Redneck Understudy, Jim, aka Chiefy, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, as well as Your Most Humble Sheriff who are betting the farm that “Freaky Fast” Harvick can go back-to-back at PIR.  Additionally, it appears that those players have done their homework when it comes to Phoenix and Harvick!

Meanwhile, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Bobby Blue Crush and A&M Aggie Sue all are riding shotgun with the Spring Phoenix race winner, “Rocket Man” Ryan Newman.

There are four drivers that have a rooting section of two players each this week.

Leading the list is Skid-Marc and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit who are together on their focus and hopes for their man Kurt Busch.

Just as passionate in their support for Chase Elliott this week, and hoping that he can register his first MENCS victory at Phoenix, is Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey.

Both Carlton The Doorman and Zee, aka Sissy, are backing one of the premiere “punters” in this series, Denny Hamlin, this week.

Lastly, Jerry The Buschwacker and Jeremy The Coach are hoping that Kasey Kahne can add one last victory while he is still in a quality race car!

Good luck to all in Phoenix!

If you all thought that the race at Martinsville was exciting and suspenseful, just wait till the green flag flies at Phoenix this weekend.  Over the last few years this race has been one of the highlights of the entire race season.!  As the laps wind down it is like a bunch of “riders on the storm”!

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’ GO RACIN’!

Your Most Humble Sheriff Still Sits On Top

Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick rolled to victory Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, passing Martin Truex Jr. with 10 laps left to clinch an automatic berth in the Championship 4 field in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

Harvick led five times for 38 of the 334 laps in the AAA Texas 500, his Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Ford holding a 1.580-second margin of victory at the finish. Harvick’s second win of the season was his first on the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track and the 37th of his Monster Energy Series career.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

This week we have just one player who was reading her tea leaves correctly.  Lonna The Quilt Angel saved up her Kevin Harvick choice for just the right race, the AAA Texas 500The Quilt Angel added 59 all important points to her 3rd segment totals.

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

Not far behind The Quilt Angel this week on the scoring pylon is Bobby Blue Crush.  Ol Blue Crush was riding shotgun with the hottest driver of the 2017 NASCAR season, Martin Truex, Jr., who was the bridesmaid to Harvick this week, but rewarded Blue Crush with 51 points.

Both A&M Aggie Sue and Jerry The Buschwacker conspired together choosing Ryan Blaney this week.  When the checkered flag flew at Texas,  Blaney crossed the line with a 6th place finish and put 42 points in their column.

Notwithstanding the latest news regarding the 2003 Cup champion, Matt Kenseth, publicly stating that he has nothing next year and that this was his last year in NASCAR, Kathy The Church Forecloser rallied with her man, Kenseth, adding a nifty 40 points to her totals.

Rounding out the top five scorers this week is Jim, aka Chiefy Ol Chiefy had all his marbles on the polesitter and track record holder, Kurt Busch.  The driver, formally known as “The Outlaw”, rallied in the late stages of the race to finish in 9th place rewarding Chiefy with 38 points.

With just two races left in the season it is quite surprising that there are so many areas within the scoring pylon that are extremely close.  Therein lies the reason that 16 out of 21 players slid around on the leaderboard this week.

The bigest movers this week is al all female duo of Lonna The Quilt Angel and Carole ,aka Rudy, who moved six (6) places this week.  The Quilt Angel rocketed up the totem pole six places to rest in 6th place.  Unfortunately, Rudy plummeted down six spots to sit in 10th place.

Meanwhile, Ol Skid-Marc stumbled, slipped and fell four (4) spots to land in 12th place.

Moving three (3) places, after the checkered flag fell at Texas, was Jerry The Buschwacker and Linda The Cookie Mom.  The Buschwacker had a good afternoon, moving up three spots to reside now in 17th spot.  The Cooklie Mom, on the other hand, did not fair so well, falling three spots to land securely in “The Outhouse”, in 21st place!

Five players, Bobby Blue Crush, Cole The Redneck Understudy, A&M Aggie Sue, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, as well as David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey all moved two (2) positions.  Kilimanjaro Bobby, The Redneck Understudy, Aggie Sue, and The Las Vegas Super Star all moved up two places to rest in 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 13th, respectively.  The Mudslinger, however, dropped two places to sit in 16th place.

The remaining players, Snoopy Dawn, Carlton The Doorman, Zee, aka Sissy, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, as well as Bernie The Bay Area Bandit all moved one place.  Both The Church Forecloser and The Bay Area Bandit stepped up one spot to sit in 15th and 20th, respectively.  Conversely, Snoopy, The Doorman, Sissy, and The Numbers Dude all slid down one place to sit in 4th, 13th, and 18th, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

This week we have a tie between Carole, aka Rudy and Linda The Cookie Mom for the prestigious “Crappiest Pick of The Week” award.  Both ladies proudly wear their microscopic 1 point this week with pride and jubilation!

Additionally, the one point that The Cookie Mom earned this week allowed her to issue an eviction notice Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, and take sole control of “The Outhouse”!

Next week NASCAR makes a trip out the The Valley of The Sun, Phoenix.  (Once again yours truly has media credentials for that weekend!)  There is only one spot left open for the championship four.  That means that there are five drivers desperately trying to secure that last spot, when the green flag waves next Sunday at Phoenix.  If there ever was a time that those five drivers feel like yelling “May Day”, now is the time!

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN”!

Lots Of Different Ideas For Texas

Jimmie Johnson

This week NASCAR makes its last visit to the Lone Star State.  The fall race in Texas caries a lot more weight and drama in relation to the 2017 championships.

 

Our Texas Selections

 

The choices that our players have this week at the Texas Motor Speedway are almost evenly distributed over six different drivers.  The one exception is Jimmie JohnsonMr Seven-Time has three supporters, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Snoopy Dawn and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, all are hoping that he (Johnson) can punch his ticket to Homestead with a victory at Fort Worth.

There are five drivers this week that have two rooters firmly in their corner.  The first driver, alphabetically, to talk about is Ryan Blaney.  Backing Blaney this week is a the sneaky duo of Jerry The Buschwacker and A&M Aggie Sue.

Carole, aka Rudy and Linda The Cookie Mom are banking heavily upon the ability of Clint Bowyer to engage in the roll of the race spoiler this week.  If Bowyer were to drive his hot rod into Victory Lane at Texas that would throw the race to Homestead into a quagmire and put a few drivers into hospice care!

Riding with driver formally known as “The Outlaw”, Kurt Busch, this week is Jim, aka Chiefy and Cole The Redneck Understudy.

Both Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and Zee, aka Sissy are riding shotgun with “The Shrub”, aka Kyle Busch.

Lastly, both Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Jeremy The Coach are betting the farm that “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski can drive his machine into Victory Lane and punch his ticket through to Homestead.

All thirteen of these players are hoping that they can sit atop the list of top scorers this Sunday.  If Johnson, KyBu, “Blazingly Bad” Brad or Blaney win at Texas they will punch their ticket to Homestead.  Additionally, the players who have picked the winner will, most likely, leap frog up on the leaderboard.  If that happens then both groups will be realizing some of “their dreams”!

Just an FYI, we have a large group of independent thinkers, eight players in total.  This may be the largest group of players that are in bidnez for themselves this year!

With just three races left in this segment the leaderboard reflects a few tightly grouped pockets of players that could move and leap frog others on the ol scoring pylon when the checkered flag flies at Homestead.

Good luck to all!

TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!

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