Chiefy Slips Into the Lead After Auto Club Speedway

Kyle Larson

(photo courtesy Leon Hammack)

For three straight weeks “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, finished as the bride’s maid- not the bride. This week at Fontana, the 24-year-old California native fended off a bevy of challengers in the final laps of the Auto Club 400, holding on to capture his first victory of the season and his first victory at Auto Club Speedway.

Larson, who started on the pole and led a race-high 110 laps, took the lead on the final restart with two laps remaining in the overtime 202-lap race, vaulting past other contenders for his second career victory.


The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast


Well, this week The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast award goes to Jerry The Buschwacker.  He was the only player who saw the handwriting on the wall, choosing the 2017 Ultimate Bridesmaid, Young Money, to win the race at Auto Club Speedway.  For that foresight he gathered up 59 points!


The Movers and Shakers


Skid-Marc and Lonna The Quilt Angel came away from Fontana smelling like a rose.  Both were riding shotgun with the Stage #2 winner, Martin Truex, Jr., which gave them 52 points added to their five race total.

There were seven players, one third of the fantasy league, that racked up 39 points this week.  Bobby Blue Crush, Jim, aka Chiefy, A&M Aggie Sue, Linda The Cookie Mom, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff all were rooting for Joey “Sliced Bread” Logano. While Bernie The Bay Area Bandit received her 39 points from hanging with “The Shrub”, Kyle Busch.

There was a quartet of players who scored 36 points from “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski.  Those four players include Jeremy The Coach, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Carole, aka Rudy, as well as Snoopy Dawn.

Dragging up the tail end of the list of high scorers this week is none other than  Dan The Numbers Cruncher!  The Numbers Dude was rolling with Denny Hamlin this weekend and added 26 points to his segment total.

Once again there was widespread movement within the scoring pylon this week.  The only players who held serve were, Snoopy Dawn, Jeremy The Coach and our semi permanent cellar dweller so far, The Gandy Candy Man.  The rest of the contingency of fantasy league players traded places.

The single largest mover was Kathy The Church Forecloser who plummeted eight (8) spots, falling out of the to five and all the way down to 11th place.

On the other hand, Jerry The Buschwacker rocketed up seven (7) positions to land in 5th place this week.

Our resident dirt tracker, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey stumbled, bumbled and fumbled his way down six (6) spots crashing down in 13th place.

There was trio of players who moved five (5) positions this week.  Both Lonna The Quilt Angel and Skid-Marc stepped up five (5) places to sit now in 10th and 14th, respectively.  However, Cole The Redneck Understudy slithered down the totem pole five spots to reside now in 18th place.

Lastly, Zee, aka Sissy, stubbed her toes and fell four (4) places and now sits on the door steps of The Outhouse in 20th place!


Straight From The Crapper


This week one of our players, who last week was resting quite comfortably in the top five, receives “The Crappiest Pick of The Week Award” with high distinction! Kathy The Church Foreclose was only able to scratch out a meagerly one (1) point total!  For that she wins, hands down, this weekly award!

Once again this week Doug The Gandy Candy Man rules “The Outhouse” with really no viable challenge from any of the other twenty players!  He has 23 point advantage or lead on his closet competitor!

As the sunsets in the west, NASCAR closes the door on its Western Swing and leaves California in the rear view mirror.  No doubt there are some who are still “California Dreamin” as they board their flights back to Charlotte!  One driver in particular that is dreaming is “Young Money”, Kyle Larson!

Meanwhile, it is off to the bullring of Martinsville, VA next week.


Joey Logano Is Raring To Hit Auto Club Speedway

Joey Logano

(photo courtesy Leon Hammack)

After two exciting races at Las Vegas and Phoenix, NASCAR culminates its Western Swing with a weekend race in Fontana, CA, the Auto Club 400.  It is also an opportunity for the West Coast drivers to connect with some of their family and friends early in the season.  More importantly some of the race teams may be soaking up a little sun and beach action on their down time prior to the race weekend.


Our Auto Club Speedway Picks


Nearly one third of the fantasy league is behind one of the Team Penske drivers, Joey “Slice Bread” Logano, this week.  This week Bobby Blue Crush, Jim, aka Chiefy, A&M Aggie Sue, Linda The Cookie Mom, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, and yours truly, Leon The Most Humble Sheriff are all rallying behind the 2016 Daytona 500 winner this week.  The Fords have been very strong both in qualifying and during the race so far this season.  Can Logano seal the deal this week in SoCal?

There is another Ford driver that has a large contingency of rooters this week.  Four players, Snoopy Dawn, Carole, aka Rudy, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, as well as Jeremy The Coach, are grouping together to support “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski in hopes that he can log his second victory of the season.

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

Lonna The Quilt Angel and Skid-Marc are hoping that Martin Truex, Jr’s can put his Toyota Camry back into the winner’s circle for the second time in the last three weeks.

Lastly, both Zee, aka Sissy and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey think that Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, will drive his Hendrick Motorsports Chevy into victory Lane and hoist up the hardware!

For those counting, those players mentioned above total fourteen (14) players.  That means that there are seven (7) players who are in bidnez for themselves this week!

Good luck to al this week!


Carlton The Doorman Lengthens His Lead Ever So Slightly

Ryan Newman

(photo courtesy Leon Hammack)

Staying out on old tires for a two-lap overtime run at Phoenix Raceway, Ryan Newman pulled away when eventual fourth-place finisher Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (who stayed out during the final caution) and runner-up Kyle Larson (who pitted for two tires) got together in the first corner after the final restart on Lap 313.

Newman’s 18th career victory was his second at Phoenix but his first since he won the Brickyard 400 on July 28, 2013, driving for Stewart-Haas Racing. The win was RCR’s first since Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag on Nov. 10, 2013 at Phoenix before departing for Stewart-Haas the following year.  Newman broke his 127 race winless streak by winning the Camping World 500 at PIR.

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast


This week Bobby Blue Crush stand as the sole recipient of this weekly award.  Kilimanjaro Bobby boldly went where no man or woman dared to go selecting “No Neck” Ryan Newman to win the race, and was rewarded 42 points.


The Movers and Shakers


With the new point system that NASCAR has come up, stage racing for points, with the points for winning races, not always will the race winner be the highest scorer of the race!  Such was the case this week.  Kyle Busch scored the most points this week logging 47 pints.  That is great news for David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, A&M Aggie Sue, as well as Snoopy Dawn.

Both Kathy The Church Forecloser and  Bernie The Bay Area Bandit racked up a tidy sum, 46 points, while participating in the Brad Keselowski “Ride Along Program” at Phoenix!

Bobby Blue Crush hit one out of the park choosing Ryan Newman at Phoenix.  However, Blue Crush was not the highest scorer, but did log 42 points!

Cole The Redneck Understudy pick the old standby, Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, as was not let down.  Even though Johnson started deep in the field when the green flag flew, he sliced and diced his way through the field to be a factor when the checkered flag fell, producing 38 points.

Rounding out the top five scorers for the week is Linda The Cookie Mom.  The Cookie Mom was another player who was way out there on the limb picking Jamie McMurray, and it paid off handsomely for her with 33 points.

Only five players held serve and remained in their previous positions after the Phoenix race ended.  That means the 16 players switched places when the Sun set in Phoenix.

Leading the charge of movement this week is Zee, aka Sissy who plummeted eleven (11) spots, resting in 16th place.

Both Jerry The Buschwacker and Carole, aka Rudy saw their star fall from grace tumbling seven (7) spots sitting now in 14th and 18th, respectively.

Both David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey and Snoopy Dawn moved up six (6) places to sit in 7th and 9th, respectively.

There is a trio of players that moved five (5) places this week.  Cole The Redneck Understudy climbed up on the totem pole to sit in 13th place.  Meanwhile, both Jerry The Buschwacker and Skid-Marc slid down five spots resting in 12th and 19 places, respectively.

Rounding out this list is Bobby Blue Crush who moved up five (5) spots and sits in 6th place this week


Straight From The Crapper


Winning “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” this week will most assuredly be your fate if you only scored a single digit and this week Zee, aka Sissy is the only player that fits this description!

By only scoring 12 points this week, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, assured himself at least one more week in “The Outhouse”!

Next week NASCAR continues moving west to Fontana,CA and the Auto Club Speedway.

Good luck to all!


Can Harvick Rule Again At Phoenix?

Kevin Harvick and Daniel Suarez

(photo courtesy Leon Hammack)
This week the NASCAR circus moves from Las Vegas 299.7 miles to the Southeast and unload their hot rods in The Valley of The Sun, which includes  the Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, AZ.  This is the second stop on the 2017 NASCAR Western Swing and promises to be a very exciting race weekend at this 1 mile bullring.


Our Phoenix Picks


It appears that some of our players have done their homework.  After checking out some stats it shows that “Freaky Fast Kevin Harvick” has won 6 of the last 9 races at PIR!  With a total of 6 of the 21 players, nearly 1/3 of the group, that have put all their marbles into Kevin Harvick’s marble sack this weekend! Those six players hanging with Harvick include Dan The Numbers Cruncher, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Jim,aka Chiefy, Jerry The Buschwacker, Karen The Extremely Opinionated Southern Belle, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.

Snoopy Dawn, A&M Aggie Sue, as well as David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey are hoping that the “not so Rowdy” Kyle Busch has recovered from an ill timed confrontation with Joey Logano and the entire Team Penske pit crew and could possibly lead the pact to the checkered flag Sunday.

Likewise, there are three players, Carole, aka Rudy, Doug The Gandy Candy Man and Skid-Marc who are backing the elder Busch brither formally known as “Outlaw”, Kurt.  All three players are hoping that the 2017 Daytona 500 winner can find Victory Lane at PIR.

Lastly, Kathy The Church Forecloser and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit are hoping that “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski can grab his second victory of the season.

That leaves a large group, seven players in all, that are in bidnez for themselves this week!

By the time I get to Phoenix you will be reading this post!  Because once again I will be hanging out in the media center, garage and pit road for the weekend!

Good luck to all!


Carlton The Doorman Rockets Into The Lead After Vegas

Martin Treux,Jr.

(photo courtesy Leon Hammack)
In a race whose aftermath left hometown driver Kyle Busch with a bloody forehead, Martin Truex Jr. passed the faltering car of Brad Keselowski on the white-flag lap and cruised to a sweep of all three stages in Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

As Truex approached the checkered flag to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for the first time this season and the first time at LVMS, Joey Logano’s Ford slid up into Kyle Busch’s Toyota in a battle for third position. Busch spun into the inside wall on pit road and limped across the finish line in 22nd place.

Things changes so “fast” in the last two laps!

The Fraternal Order Of The Go Fast


We have two players who selected Martin Truex, Jr. this week to win the Kobalt 400, Carlton The Doorman and Zee, aka Sissy.  This duo really came out of Vegas big winners with a nifty 60 points added to their grand totals!


The Movers and Shakers


A trio of players, Jim, aka Chiefy, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff banded together to support the only beerwagon in the field today, the Miller Lite Ford driven by “Blazingly Bad” Brad Kesekowski.  It looked like Keselowski was going to bring the field to the checkered flag, but his luck soured this week, his hot rod faltered, and Truex powered past him for the win.  Nevertheless, these three players grabbed 48 points.

Both Kathy The Church Forecloser and Dan The Numbers Cruncher were riding shotgun with “Sliced Bread”, Joey Logano all day long.  I wonder if they too were backing Logano during the pit road melee that broke out between ol  “Rowdy” and “Sliced Bread”?  No matter what their allegiance was, these two racked up 39 points for the race.

A&M Aggie Sue logged 31 points while rooting on Denny Hamlin today.

Rounding out the top five scorers for the week are Cole The Redneck Understudy, Jeremy The Coach, Skid-Marc, Carole, aka Rudy and Linda the Cookie Mom.  All five scored 18 points and were backing ol “Rowdy” Kyle Busch today.

Editor’s Note:  After Kyle’s pit road show he might want to drop the “Rowdy” as his nickname1  He didn’t appear to be able to back up and or “hold his mud” against the pit crew of the Team Penske No.22 Ford.  He, “Rowdy”, made one fatal error in judgement.  Never start something when there are more of them than there is of you!!!  It is a basic math problem of addition and subtraction!

With NASCAR’s new point system our standings resemble a fruit smoothy or, for that matter, anything else that comes out of a blender!

The single biggest mover this week was Zee, aka Sissy who catapulted up fifteen (15) spots from a tie in The Outhouse to land in 5th place!

We have two players that also moved double digit numbers.  Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff climbed up the scoring totem pole eleven (11) positions, vacating his half of The Outhouse this week to rest comfortably in a tie for ninth place with Bobby Blue Crush.  Meanwhile, Snoopy Dawn crumbled and slid down the scoring pylon eleven (11) spots landing in 15th place.

Edie The Las Vegas Super Star had a very celebratory race at Las Vegas stepping up ten (10) positions to sit in third place.  David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey didn’t fair so well at Vegas, falling ten (10) places to land in 13th place.

Killimanjaro Bobby slithered down the totem pole eight (8) places this week, falling from the leader to sitting now in on 9th place.

Lastly, there are three players who moved around six places.  Both Kathy The Church Forecloser and Dan The Numbers Dude moved up six (6) places to reside in 4th and 12th, respectively.  Unfortunately, Lonna The Quilt Angel did not have a good Sunday this week.  The Quilt Angel fell six (6) positions and now sits in 16th place.

This week the standings just changed so “fast”!


Straight From The Outhouse


Once again we have a tie for The Crappiest Pick of The Week.  Snoopy Dawn, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, as well as Bernie The Bay Area Bandit all were hanging out with “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick this week. That early exit from the race earned these players just one (1) microscopic point this week, and shares in The Crappiest Pick of The Week award!

This week our man Doug the Gandy Candy Man is the lone occupant of The Outhouse!

Next week NASCAR travels 299.7 miles Southeast to the Phoenix International Raceway

Good luck to all!


Can Kyle Jump Start His Season At Las Vegas?

Kyle Busch

This week NASCAR begins its West Coast swing with races in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Fontana over the next three weeks.  First on the schedule is a weekend in “Sin City” where the bright lights gonna set my sol on fire!  I got a whole lot of money that’s ready to burn, so get those stakes up higher!


Our Las Vegas Picks


This week almost one third of the fantasy league, six players in all, are like minded in their thought process.  Linda The Cookie Mom, Carole, aka Rudy, Skid-Marc, Jerry The Buchwacker (go figure), Jeremy The Coach and Cole The Redneck Understudy are all putting their marbles in Kyle Busch’s marble sack this week.

One quarter of the fantasy league, 4 players, that includes David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Bobby Blue Crush and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle all are banding together in hopes that Kurt Busch can pull off his very first victory at his hometown track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

There are two drivers that have a rooting section of three players this week.  Snoopy Dawn The Private investigator, Doug The Gandy Candy Man and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit will be riding shotgun with “Freak Fast’ Kevin Harvick.

Meanwhile, Jim, aka Chiefy, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff are hoping that “Blazing Bad” Brad Keselowski can back up his win last year and drive his Miller Lite Ford into Victory Lane Sunday.

Lastly, there are two drivers who have a pair of players in their rooting section.

Carlton The Doorman and Zee, aka Sissy are thinking that it is time for Martin Truex, Jr. to lead the pack to the checkered flag at Vegas.  But neither Kathy The Church Forecloser nor Dan The Numbers Cruncher are buying into that theory. These two players hope that Joey Logano will be show them all the fast way around the race track.

For those counting there was only one player that is in bidnez for herself, A&M Aggie Sue!  This is the first time in my recollection that there was only one player who was an independent thinker.

Good luck to all this weekend!

Oh, there’s black jack and poker and the roulette wheel
A fortune won and lost on ev’ry deal
All you need’s a strong heart and a nerve of steel
Viva Las Vegas, viva Las Vegas


Bobby Blue Crush Surges Into The Lead After Atlanta

Brad Keselowski

“Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski overcame a loose wheel issue, a dominant No. 4 Ford of Kevin Harvick and held off Kyle Larson late for the victory in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the second race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Keselowski passed Larson with seven laps to go and held off the hard-charging fourth-year driver for the win. The win is Keselowski’s first at Atlanta and the 22nd of his career. The Team Penske driver led 21 laps on the day.

The dominance of Harvick was the story for much of the day as he led 292 of the first 311 laps of the 325-lap race. He won both stages and earned two playoff bonus points on the day.


The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast


Once again, for the second week in a row, there was not a player who had picked this week’s race winner.  That is to say that there was not a player who was all in on Brad Keselowski’s chance of securing a victory at Atlanta.


The Movers and Shakers


The new NASCAR scoring system is a little hard getting used to for your Most Humble Sheriff, as I am sure that it is for you as well.  Nevertheless, it will be something that we all will get used to as the season progresses.

The highest scoring player this weekend was Lonna The Quilt Angel.  The Quilt Angel brazenly put her money all on the driver of the HMS No. 24 Napa Chevy, William Clyde Elliott, Jr., aka Chase.  For her brave venture this early in the season, The Quilt Angel scored a very nice 49 points!

Not far behind The Quilt Angel on this week’s scoring pylon are Carlton The Doorman, Carole, aka Rudy and A&M Aggie Sue.  All three of these adventurous souls racked up a nifty 48 points via Kevin Harvick’s dominating work at Atlanta.

Both Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Kathy The Church Forecloser faired very well.  The Las Vegas Super Star and The Church Forecloser were backing Martin Truex, Jr.,, and for their efforts they were rewarded with 43 points.

Also having an equally good weekend was Skid-Marc and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey!  Both Skidz and The Mudslinger were riding shotgun with at Atlanta with Joey Logano and added 37 points to their early segment tally.

Rounding out the top five scores this week were Linda The Cookie Mom and Jim, aka Chiefy each racking up 34 points from Matt Kenseth.

Since it is very early in the segment, and since we just had a complete demolition derby at Daytona whereby many of the player got hurt severely with microscopic scores, it is safe to understand why there was such a huge amount of movement in the scoring pylon this week!

There were two players who had double digit moves within the the totem pole after Atlanta!  Lonna The Quilt Angel had the best results of anyone!  When the checkered flag flew she moved up the scoring pylon ten (10) spots escaping from the Outhouse and now residing in 11th place.  Conversely, Dan The Numbers Cruncher dropped like a bad habit ten (10) places to land in 18th spot this week.

Having nearly as disastrous of a race was Leon The Retired Airline Captain, Part-Time Cardiologist and Strawberry Picker, and definitely Your Most Humble Sheriff.  After the checkered flag fell and the dust settled, The Retired Airline Captain inadvertently got sucked into a power off stall that evolved rapidly into an inverted flat spin!  Having to dig extremely deep into his bag of flying skills, he was able to recover just prior to impact and narrowly escaping with his life! Notwithstanding all this drama, with the loss of nine (9) spots he found himself on the throne of The Outhouse as he changed his undergarments!

Three players moved eight (8) places this week.  Both Carole, aka Rudy, as well as A&M Aggie Sue climbed up the scoring ladder this week landing in 8th and 9th place, respectively.  Meanwhile, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle has made a very serious run towards The Outhouse, free falling eight (8) places now resting on the doorsteps of The Outhouse, in 19th place!

Edie The Las Vegas Super Star quietly slipped right on up the scoring pylon seven (7) places to sit in 13th place.

Lastly Zee, aka Sissy, stumbled and fell six (6) places to be in a tie with The Opinionated One in the 19th place.

Straight From The Crapper


In actuality all of the players had a reasonably successful race.  You know that to be so when the lowest score for the week is 19 points.  Nevertheless, there were three players who will be saddled with “The Crappiest Pick of The Week”!  Those three players, Dan The Numbers Dude, Snoopy Dawn and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, all picked the driver who won the last two Atlanta races, Mr. Seven-Time Jimmie Johnson.  Unfortunately for those three there was only 19 points given to them for JJ’s lackluster performance at Atlanta.  So it was a three-way tie for “The Crappiest Pick of The Week”!

You may have figured it out, but it is with some trepidation that I have to inform you that Your Most Humble Sheriff is now in firm control of The Outhouse!

Next week NASCAR begins its West Coast swing and Your Most Humble Sheriff will be hanging with the trained professionals in the Media Center at both Las Vegas and Phoenix!  Please do not put out any press releases exposing my ineptness as a write or photographer, they will cast me out of their click!

For all of us who did not fair too well at Atlanta and are shedding some tears that may be confused with “a rainy night in Georgia”, it is time to move west!

Good luck to all at Las Vegas!


Mr. Seven-Time And Kenseth Are Co-Favorites At Atlanta

Matt Kenseth

After witnessing the “Daytona Destruction Derby” last weekend, this weekend the NASCAR show moves 408 miles Northwest to the countryside of Hampton, Georgia. Hopefully the massive pile of crumpled sheet metal that was the results of the new race “enhancements” will not be repeated this weekend a thet Atlanta Motor Speedway!

On the positive side, the weather forecast looks simply splendid weekend for racing with highs in the low 60’s  and lows in the 30’s.  More importantly, there is no mention of rain for Thursday through Sunday, however there is a 50% chance of rain on Monday.


Our Atlanta Picks


As this post headlines, both Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth seem to be the co-favorites among the fantasy league this week at Atlanta.

It has been reported by sources close to this investigation that the three supporting Matt Kenseth, Linda The Cookie Mom, Jim, aka Chiefy and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and Password Genius have been observed with their DeWalt cordless tools at the ready!  Although it is till an ongoing investigation, my sources are not sure what the significance of those three keeping their power tools strapped to their hips and at the ready!

There must by a DIY (do-it-yourself) war going on among the players!  Snoopy Dawn, Dan the Numbers Cruncher, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff were spotted slithering into Lowe’s yesterday in the very wee hours.  Through some super sleuth practices by our undercover P.I. they were spotted packing up their vehicles with with items for some kind of home improvement projects!  Could there be any correlation between their support for Jimmie Johnson this weekend?  I’m just saying…..

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

Leading off this pack of rooters would be Zee, aka Sissy and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle who are going to be hanging with Kyle Busch and pounding down all those M&M’s all weekend!

“Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick has attracted Carlton The Doorman and A&M Aggie Sue onto his bandwagon this weekend, but again it is suggested by reliable sources that he was using some of the Jimmy John’s sandwiches as an enticement!

Skid-Marc and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey are banding together to aide and abet Joey Logano at Atlanta in his search for a win at that facility.

Meanwhile, Kathy The Church Forecloser and Edie The Las Vegas Super Star have adopted Martin Truex, Jr. this weekend.

Lastly, it appears that the father and son duo of Jeremy The Coach and Cole The Redneck Understudy are “lock-step” in their support for the 2017 Daytona 500 winner, Kurt Busch.

Good luck to all!


Snoopy Dawn Steps Out To An Early Lead After Daytona

Kurt Busch

His car damaged in a wreck on the backstretch and held together with bare bond and speed tape, Kurt Busch grabbed the lead on the final lap of the 59th Daytona 500 on Sunday and took the checkered flag in the Great American Race as a capstone to a checkered career that has trended upward since Busch joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.

In a race that featured the first test of a new three-stage race format in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — and featured enough twisted sheet metal to keep fabricators busy for a month of Sundays — Busch surged to the front with a run around the high side of Kyle Larson when more than half the vehicles in an 11-car lead draft sputtered and ran short on fuel.  It appeared that this was a contest of endurance, the ability of “staying alive”!

Having pushed other drivers to victory in the 500 on three previous occasions, Busch took the prize himself this time, finishing .228 seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney, who came from the rear of the lead pack on the final two laps.


The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast


Well in light of the destruction derby all weekend at Daytona, not a single person had the foresight to select the driver formally known as “The Outlaw”, now making a name for himself as Kurt Busch!  So in week number one this award goes empty!

The Movers and Shakers


As it happens quite often at restrictor plate races, there are winners and big losers.  This weekend at Daytona there was no exception to that allegory!  The big winner this weekend was ol Snoopy Dawn!  She was the only player who selected Joey Logano right out to the box, and was rewarded with a very nice 40 points.

Also having a good weekend at Daytona was Jeremy The Coach, who was riding shotgun with “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick.  Harvick, driving the new Stewart-Haas Jimmy John’s No.4 Ford Fusion, finished 22nd place while scoring some very valuable stage points that added to his overall race points.

We have a very unlikely trio of players that are tied in third place to start off this segment.  That trio consists of Bobby Blue Crush, Linda The Cookie Mom, and Jim, aka Chiefy.  They all gathered up 24 points after Daytona, however, they came about that total from two different drivers..  Killimanjaro Bobby was the lone player who was stowed away inside “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski’s  Mille Lite beer wagon.  While both Chiefy and Cookie Mom were rooting for Martin Truex, Jr. today.

Two players were putting all their marbles into the marble sack of “The Shrub”, Kyle Busch.  Even though Kyle didn’t finish the race very high, taking the checkers in 38th place, he was still able to grab some of those valuable “stage points” to help ameliorate his final results at Daytona.  Both Carlton The Doorman and Dan The Numbers Cruncher skated having a totally awful day, and had just a moderately mediocre day scoring 11 points.

You know that most of the players had a very ragged day at Daytona when the 5th highest scorer managed a single digit total!  Nevertheless, ol Skid-Marc was fifth on the scoring pylon today with a grand total of 9 points!  He was brazen enough to pick Clint Bowyer right out of the starting gate with his new ride driving the Stewart-Haas Racing No.14 Ford Fusion, Smoke’s former ride.

Straight From The Crapper


Since this week is the first race of the season The Crappiest Pick of The Week and The Outhouse Award will be awarded simultaneous.  We have a duo, Lonna The Quilt Angel and Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, who were backing Matt Kenseth to win his third Daytona 500.  It was not to be this year and Kenseth finished the race in 40th place, giving those two ladies just 1 microscopic point this week.  Thank God that The Outhouse can be configured to accommodate more than one player at a time!

After a week of massive amounts of crumpled sheet metal and the teams and drivers just trying to “stay alive”, next weeks will hopefully be much different!  The racing shouldn’t be a clustered pack of angry bees!

Th race team haulers will have a much shorter tow, just head south on  I-85 to Hampton, GA, and the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

I will leave you with this…….

“Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk
I’m a woman’s man: no time to talk
Music loud and women warm, I’ve been kicked around
Since I was born!”


The Redneck Fantasy League Players’ 2017 Prognostications

William Byron

For the first time some of our Redneck Fantasy League Players have offered in with their pre-season picks on who they think will emerge in all three series as Rookie of The Year winners, as well as series champs.  With the retirement of Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and the “stepping away” from fulltime racing by Carl Edwards, the face of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is changing.  The aforementioned idea proves that we have witnessed, over the past two or three years in the Cup Series, a transition of power, a passing of the torch to the younger drivers.  With that in mind the idea of looking at this new crop of young talent that has worked their way up to the three touring series of NASCAR, it be insightful to shine a light on some of them to see if their potential talent will take them to the top of the NASCAR world!

About a week ago Karen the Highly Opinionated Southern Belle suggested that it might be interesting to incorporate some of the the players pre-season thoughts and picks about who they thought, at this point, would be players in all three series championships, as well as the respective Rookies of The Year winners.  A few of the players responded.


Our Pre-Season Choices


The first to weigh in was Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle with her choices in the three series for 2017.

Camping World Truck Series

Rookie of The Year-–Noah Gragson in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 18 Tundra

Series Champion—--Christopher Bell driving the  KBM No.4 Tundra

Xfinity Series

Rookie of The year—-Cole Custer the Stewart-Haas Racing No.00 Ford Mustang

Series Champion—William Byron driving JR Motorsports No.9 Camaro

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Rookie of The Year—Daniel Suarez, (Carl Edwards’ and JGR replacement)

Series Champion—Joey Logano Team Penske

Next to offer up their insights into who they may think are early season favorites was the second and third generation of my limb of the Hammack family tree, father-son duo of Jeremy The Coach and Cole The Redneck Understudy.

Jeremy The Coach’s pre-season selections;

Truck Series

ROTY—Chase Briscoe in his Brad Keselowski Racing No.29 F-150

Champion–Christopher Bell 


ROTY—William Byron driving for JR Motorsports

Champion—William Byron


ROTY Erik Jones driving the new Furniture Row Racing No.77 Camry

Champion-Jimmie Johnson for his unprecedented 8th crown

Now we can look at Cole The Redneck Understudy’s picks

Truck Series

ROTY—Noah Gragson

Champ–Christopher Bell


ROTY—William Byron

Champ—William Byron


ROTY—Daniel Suarez

Champion–Dale Earnhardt, Jr. driving the HMS No.88

Jim, aka Chiefy listed his  prognostications:


ROTY—Noah Gragson

Champ—Matt Crafton driving the ThorSport Racing’s No.88 Tundra


ROTY—William Byron

Champ—Elliott Sadler driving the JR Motorsport No.1 Camaro


ROTY… Erik Jones


Meanwhile Edie The Las Vegas Super Star offers up a somewhat different set of choices.


Rookie—Cody Coughlin driving the  ThorSport No.13 Tundra

Champ—Johnny Sauter driving the Gallagher Motorsports No.21 Silverado


ROTY—Cole Custer

Champ—Ryan Reed in his Roush Fenway No.16 Mustang


ROTY—Damiel Suarez

Champ—Matt Kenseth

Lastly yours truly, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff will list his choices.


ROTY—Chase Briscoe driving the BKR No.29 Ford F-150

Champ—Christopher Bell


ROTY—William Byron

Champ—William Byron


ROTY—Erik Jones

Champ–-Joey Logano

After looking over the participants pre-season picks, there are some interesting common threads, as well as some very interesting differences that underlie these picks! At the end of the season I will revisit the pre-season picks from these players and see just how close we came to predicting these award winners, or just how far we all missed the mark!  Even though this sampling is only 6 of the 21 Redneck Fantasy League players, it will still be fun to see if what we thought pre-season, will carry through to season’s ending!

Keep some of these names in the back of your mind because some of these young guns may be the stars of NASCAR tomorrow!

Hopefully this will be an annual pre-season feature for The Redneck Fantasy League web site, with many more players joining in and participating next season in this game!



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