Could Harvick Repeat At Sonoma?

Kevin Harvick

After having the Father’s day weekend off, the NASCAR haulers are taking the long haul back out West to the heart of “Wine Country”, Sonoma Raceway.  This is the first of two road course races during this stretch of summer.

 

Our Sonoma Choices

 

Many of our fantasy league players have very good memories.  They remember that “Freaky Fast” Harvick was able to get to the front late in the race, leads the pack to the checkered flag, drink the Napa wine, hoist the trophy, and more importantly, cash the big check at the end of the day last year!

Siding with, and rooting for, Harvick this week are six players, slightly more than one-quarter of the fantasy league, include Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Jerry The Buschwacker, Bobby Blue Crush, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, as well Amber The Cheddar Head.  As the title indicates, these players believe that “The Closer” can go back to back at Sonoma!

Carole, aka Rudy, A&M Aggie Sue, Zee, aka Sissy, and Ol Skid-Marc are all in Kyle Busch’s corner this weekend.  These four players are hoping and wishing that “Rowdy” will drive his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota into the Winner’s Circle Sunday afternoon.

Additionally, Snoopy Dawn, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, as well as Lonna The Quilt Angel think that the elder Busch, Kurt, will drive his SHR Ford into Victory Lane, drink the wine, and hoist the trophy.

Lastly, Doug The Gandy Candy Man and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff are banding together thinking that Denny Hamlin can get his JGR Toyota to the front of the pack and be the first car to the checkered flag Sunday evening.

For those keeping score this week we have enumerated fifteen players and their choices.  That leaves six players that have become independent thinkers this week.  That is right, they have become in bidnez for themselves!

If you are coming to San Francisco be sure to wear some flowers in your hair!

Good luck to all!

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Jerry The Buschwacker Increases His Lead

Clint Bowyer

Clint Bowyer scored on a soggy day at Michigan International Speedway, claiming Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for his second win of the season.

Bowyer’s Stewart-Haas Racing No. 14 Ford led eight of the 133 laps in the FireKeepers Casino 400, which was shortened from its scheduled 200-lap, 400-mile distance because of rain. Bowyer’s 10th win of his premier-series career was his first at the 2-mile track.

Bowyer took advantage of the quick two-tire stop during his final trip to pit road. Crew chief Mike Bugarewicz’s call bore fruit as Bowyer held off Harvick on the final restart before rain stopped the event.

Kevin Harvick led a race-high 49 laps and finished second in Stewart-Haas’ No. 4 Ford. Pole-starter Kurt Busch led 46 laps and completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Stewart-Haas Racing, a first for the organization. Kyle Busch took fourth with Paul Menard rounding out the top five.

The race started 2 1/2 hours late because of early afternoon showers and was halted short of the 400 miles because the rain returned to the race track.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

This week we have a pair of players, not to be confused with a pair of plyers, that both were riding the Clint Bowyer bandwagon at MIS.  Lonna The Quilt Angel and Jeremy The Coach were riding shotgun all race with “The Wildman from Emporia, Kansas”, Clint Bowyer.  Bowyer’s crew chief “Buga” rolled the dice and Clint laid the hammer down, ran like a scolded ape til the heaven opened up and poured rain to end the race!  Both of these players racked up 57 points out of a possible 60 point race!

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

A&M Aggie Sue, Zee, aka Sissy, as well as Linda B. the Cookie Mom were betting the farm on “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick.  The second place finish of The Closer added a cool 52 points to their second segment totals this week.

Kathy The Church Forecloser and Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty slid right into being the third highest scorers of the week with a nice score of 46 points. Both were cheering along “The Outlaw”, who, since getting married, is desperately trying to distance himself from that moniker!

Fourth on the scoring pylon is Edie The Las Vegas Super StarThe Super Star was riding shotgun with the younger Busch Brother, Ol KylieRowdy’s fourth-place finish contributed and even 40 points to her totals this week.

Rounding out the top five scorers of the week is our new leader, Jerry The Buschwacker.  The Buschwacker was hanging with “Sliced Bread”, Joey Logano this week.

This week the movement within the fantasy league looks like someone threw all the names into a blender, hit the high button for 30 seconds, and then poured out the results into a quart container.  The only player who remained in his previous was our leader, Jerry The Buschwacker, the other 21 players swirled.twirled. rocketed and plummeted this week!

Lonna The Quilt Angel rocketed from her previous position like a person shot out of a cannon (geez that was part of the pre-race entertainment this week at MIS).  The Quilt Angel moved up nine (9) place to now sits safely in 2nd place.

Doug The Gandy Candy Man didn’t nearly have a sterling performance as The Quilt Angel had this week.  No, Ol Mongoose stumbled and fell six (6) place to land in 12th place.

Seven players, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, A&M Aggie Sue, Snoopy Dawn, Jeremy The Coach, and Bobby Blue Crush moved four (4) positions.  The Church Forecloser, The Lemonade Lefty, Aggie Sue, and The Coach all improved their positions this week holding down the 3rd, 4th, 11th and 14th places, respectively.  Meanwhile, The Numbers Dude, Ol Snoopy, and Blue Crush slipped down four places to sit now in 6th, 13th, and 18th, respectively.

A group of six players, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Jim, aka Chiefy, Carole, aka Rudy, Linda B. The Cookie Mom, Zee, aka Sissy, and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit moved three (3) spots this week.  The Cookie Mom and Sissy each climbed up the totem pole to sit in 17th and 19th places, respectively.  Whereas The Highly Opinionated One, Chiefy, Rudy, and The Bandito each fell three places to rest in 7th, 8th, 16th, and 20th, respectively this week.

Lastly, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, Amber The Cheddar Dudette, and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey moved two (2) places.  The Cheddar Head stepped up two spots to sit in 10th place this week.  However, Your Most Humble Sheriff and The Throttle Jockey fell two spots to reside in 5ht and 21st place, respectively this week.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

We have a tie this week for “The Crappiest Pick of The Week”.  Both Ol Skid-Marc and Dan The Numbers Dude selected Jimmie Johnson and received only 17 points from his 20th place finish at Michigan.  I am sure that the brothers will not mind sharing the award this week.

Well, Zee, aka Sissy received her eviction notice this week and was ousted from “The Outhouse” by her son, Ol Skid-Marc Skidz is not that unfamiliar with the floor plan of The Outhouse!  No, he has spent his time there over the last few years.

Next week the Cup drivers have the weekend off to celebrate Father’s Day with their families.

Check out the results of the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

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

The Support Is All Over The Board For Michigan

Chase Elliott

As “the dog days of summer” creep up on us, our choices seem to mimic the wide variation of the summer temperatures that prevail at this time of the year!  We have three drivers that have a cheering squad of three players each, four drivers with two players rooting for them, as well as our growing list of eight independent thinkers!

This week the haulers will be unloading their hot rods in Brooklyn MI, just about 60 miles west of Detroit city, at one of the fastest tracks on the circuit, Michigan International Speedway.  This weekend the Cup drivers will be topping out at speeds of around 210 mph as the toss their machines into turn number 1, front straight is curved but much longer than the back straight!  I have never been that fast in a car on the ground, however, I have been that fast in an airplane.  That was back in my USAF Pilot Training days doing a single engine heavyweight approach and landing in a T-38, a supersonic fighter type aircraft.  FYI approach speed for that was around 215-220 mph.  I can say without any equivocation, it was eye-watering!!

 

Our Michigan Selections

 

As was mentioned previously, we have a group of three drivers with rooting sections of three this week.  Alphabetically speaking, William Clyde Elliott, Jr., aka Chase Elliott, comes up as the first driver for discussion.  There is a very diverse trio of men that are backing Chase this week, Carlton The Doorman, Jim, aka Chiefy, and Leon The Retired Airline Captain, The Strawberry Picker, Elephant Driver, Part-time Cardiologist, and Your Most Humble Sheriff.  This trio just may have picked Chase at a track where he will chalk up his very first MENCS victory for Hendrick Motorsports.

Nest we have a trio of ladies banding together in their unconditional support for the “Freaky Fast One”, aka Kevin Harvick!  This motley crew of females backing “Happy Harvick” includes A&M Aggie Sue, Zee, aka Sissy, and Linda B. The Cookie Mom, who love nothing better than to walk away from MIS with the max points for the race, 60 big ones!

Lastly. “Young Money’s” rooters are about as mismatched of a threesome as could have been conjured up in your wildest dreams.  This group consists of Karen The Highly Opinionated Southen Bell, ol Snoopy Dawn, and Doug The Mongoose and Gandy Candy Man!  Diverse would be a gross understatement in describing this group. Nevertheless, they are betting the farm that Kyle Larson will end up victorious at MIS.

Next in our discussion for the week are the four drivers with a pair of rooters each.  This week Bobby Blue Crush and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey are solidly behind the Dale Jr. replacement driver, Alex Bowman.  They are putting all their chip in for “Bowman The Showman” at Michigan.

Lonna The Quilt Angel and Jeremy The Coach have banded together to support “The Wildman of Missouri”, Clint Bowyer.

Meanwhile, Kathy The Forecloser and Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty are solid in their support for Kurt Busch, who is trying desperately trying to distance himself from his former moniker of “The Outlaw”!

Rounding out this discussion, both Ol Skid-Marc, and Dan The Numbers Cruncher are teaming up to support Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, this week.  Neither of these two must think that ol JJ has peaked in his career and may be sliding down the other side of the hill.

For Michigan, we have a large contingent of “independent thinkers”, eight players in total.  So that means that approximately one-third of the fantasy league have their own opinions on who will be hoisting the hardware Sunday evening at Brooklyn, MI.  Notwithstanding their independence, they are still just plainly in bidnez for themselves this week!

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

Jerry The Buschwacker Leaps Into The Lead

Martin Truex, Jr.
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Martin Truex Jr. rallied to victory in Sunday’s Pocono 400, securing his second win this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Truex led twice for 31 of the 160 laps in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota. His second win at Pocono Raceway was the 17th of his career in NASCAR’s top division.

Truex won the race’s first stage but fell back to 14th during the intermission’s pit stop when a tire hit the jack, slowing the left-side tire change. From there, Truex stormed back into contention, taking the top spot for the final time on Lap 140 and leading the rest of the way.

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

This week the award goes to two of our players who had all their fantasy league marbles inside the marble sack of the race winner and the 2017 MENCS champ, Martin Truex, Jr.  Both Lonna The Quilt Angel and Jerry The Buschwacker were riding high as Truex was able to hold off the hard-charging pair of Kyles, Larson, and Busch, for the win.  Both of these players racked up a very nice 57 points for the race!

Both Doug The Gandy Candy Man and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff ended the day smiling very broadly with 52 points added to their totals.  Both players were rooting for “Freaky Fast’ Kevin Harvick and were rewarded nicely for his fourth-place finish at Pocono.

Meanwhile, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle came out smelling like a rose this week with her choice of Kyle Busch.  “Rowdy” deposited 51 points into her Redneck Fantasy League bank account this week.

Likewise, Carole, aka Rudy, was giggling all the way to the bank this week with a score of 43 pointsRudy was cheering on “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, and hoping that he had something left in his tank for Truex.  Unfortunately, Larson had nothing for Truex in the closing laps at Pocono.

Rounding out the top five scores this week are Kathy The Church Forecloser and Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty.  Both of these ladies racked up 38 points this week.  Their scores were the same, but they chose different drivers, The Forecloser was riding shotgun with young Ryan Blaney and The Lemonade Lefty was hanging with Chase Elliott all race.

Since there were so many players tied last week after the first race of the segment, the movement this week is not really illustrative of the actual happenings within the standings, it was almost all negative movement with the exception of Your Most Humble Sheriff!  I don’t recall this happening in this fashion before!

The single biggest movers this week consists of a quartet of players, Jeremy The Coach, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, Linda B. The Cookie Mom, and Ol Skid-Marc. All four dropped like a prom dress this week, falling down the totem pole fifteen (15) places!  These four players have landed near the bottom of the scoring pylon in 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st positions, respectively!

Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Zee, aka Sissy, did not fare much better this week,  The Las Vegas Super Star and Sissy and tumbled fourteen (14) places to land in 16th and  22nd place this week, respectively.

Meanwhile, Bobby Blue Crush and A&M Aggie Sue fell from grace in double digits, as well this week.  Both players fell eleven (11) places to now sit in 14th and 15th places, respectively.

Amber The Cheddar Head also fell down the totem pole, losing ten (10) positions to land in 12th place.

Rounding out the top ten movers this week is a very unlikely duo of Carlton The Doorman and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit.  Both of these players lost seven (7) places to now reside in 10th and 17th places, respectively.

 

Straight From The Outhouse

 

This week we have the largest group of players ever who demonstrated their ineptitude in picking winners simultaneously!  We have six players who will be sharing “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award.  Those six players include Zee, aka Sissy. Jeremy The Coach, Ol Skid-Marc, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Linda B. The Cookie Mom, and our resident midget racer (no he is not a “little person” that runs track!), David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey.  These half-dozen players could only muster up a single digit ,8 points, for their efforts this week.

We have a new “Princess of The Poophouse” this week!  With a week of just scoring 8 points, Sissy has taken full and sole control of “The Outhouse”!

Check out the results of the Pocono 400.

Next week NASCAR heads to just west of Motown USA, the Michigan International Speedway, in Brooklyn, MI.

For those of you who have plummeted to the bottom of the ol totem pole this week, you may feel like it is raining on your parade!

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

Hamlin Seems To Be The Favorite For Pocono

Denny Hamlin

This week NASCAR rolls up into Eastern Pennsylvania to “the Tricky Triangle”, aka Pocono RacewayPocono Raceway is located about equidistant between Allentown and Wilkes-Barre, just a few miles south of I-80 in the Pocono Mountains.  This race track attracts many of its fans from the metro Philly and NYC area since the track is driving distance from both cities!  (Back in 1980-1982 I flew out of NYC and lived out in Queens, in Woodhaven near Aqueduct Park, the horse track.)

 

Our Pocono Selections

 

As the photo that accompanies the title of this post would suggest, many in the fantasy league think that Denny Hamlin is the man this week at Pocono.  Those players who are all in for “The Delivernator” are Zee, aka Sissy, Jeremy The Coach, Skid-Marc, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Linda R The Lemonade Lefty, and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey.  All eight of these players are really hoping that Hamlin can hoist the hardware Sunday and deliver a huge score early in the segment for them.

“Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski has a very sizable rooting section for the Pocono race this week.  The players that are jumping onto the “Bad Brad” bandwagon this week include Carlton The Doorman, his better half ol Snoopy Dawn, as well as Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, and Dan The Numbers Cruncher.

Meanwhile, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff and Doug The Gandy Candy Dude are rolling the bones and putting it all in for “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick this week.

Lastly, Jerry The Buschwacker and Lonna The Quilt Angel are teaming up and cheering on Martin Truex, Jr.!

That leaves eight players who have struck out on their own this week,  Those eight players may think that they are independent thinkers.  But oh no, they are really just in bidnez for themselves!

By the time most of you read this post I will be well on my way on the first leg of my summer RV road trip with Jim, aka Chiefy and Edie The Las Vegas Super Star guarding my “six” the whole trip!.  The first stop is Fresno, CA where I can agitate and irritate my two sons, Jason The Latent Tie Hippie and All Around Edgy Dude and Jeremy The Coach.  I am sure that my sister, Zee aka Sissy will tolerate my visit, as well.  LOL!!  But I am most interested in visiting with my two grandchildren!

While I am back in Fresno I am going to take a little trip by the house that I grew up in.  You know they say that you can’t go back home again.  Well, that was “the house that built me”!

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

A Threeway Tie Starts Off This Segment

Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch made history Sunday night by capturing his first points victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway, becoming the only driver to win at every track on which he has started. Busch did it in dominating fashion in the Coca-Cola 600, leading 377 of 400 laps, sweeping every stage win and joining an elite group in NASCAR history along the way.

Busch, who started from the Busch Pole, won for the fourth time this season and the 47th time in his career.

And when he led his 122nd lap in the second stage, he even joined a group of some of NASCAR’s best who have led at least 15,000 career laps.

Martin Truex Jr. finished second in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

To start out the second segment we have three players who were riding shotgun with the Coca-Cola 600 winner, Kyle Busch, on the Memorial Weekend.  Those three players, Jerry The Buschwacker, Jim, aka Chiefy, and Dan The Numbers Cruncher, received the max points for the Charlotte race from Rowdy’s victory, 70 huge points!  These are the players who share a piece of the lead after the first race of this segment.

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

Most everyone started out this segment with respectable numbers when the checkered flag flew in “The Queen City”.  Most all of the NASCAR teams are housed within about 15 miles of the Charlotte track, so that means that the drivers and crewmembers were all at home this week.  As noted on my mid-week post there were eight players that were riding piggy-back with the 2017 MENCS Champ, Martin Truex, Jr. this week.  Those eight players, nearly one-third of the entire fantasy league, consists of Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Carlton The Doorman, Snoopy Dawn, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, Amber The Cheddar Dudette, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sherrif.  This group received a very nifty 54 points from the second place finish of Truex.

Next, on the scoring pylon, there was a quartet of players that racked up 41 pointsJeremy The Coach was rooting loud and proud for his man “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski, while Bobby Blue Crush, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, and Doug The Gandy Candy Man were betting the farm on “Mr. Seven-Time”, Jimmie Johnson.

Kurt Busch, formally known as “The Outlaw”, brought some early segment happiness to both A&M Aggie Sue and Linda B. The Cookie Mom this week.  Both ladies logged a very cool 36 points to start off this segment.

Rounding out the top five scorers for the week is our buddy Ol Skid-MarcSkidz selected Clint Bowyer as his man to win the Coca-Cola 600.  For Bowyer’s 12th place finish, Skidz put 35 points up on the board!

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

Starting out this segment an old familiar face makes a huge run on “The Outhouse”!  Yes indeed, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, and The Outhouse Award winner for the third segment in 201, returns to her “comfort zone”, aka The Outhouse!  Yeah, I guess that you could say that she is “coming home”!

Next week NASCAR rolls into the tricky triangle of Pocono Raceway, not too far Northwest from the old stomping grounds of Carlton The Doorman and Snoopy Dawn!

Check out the results of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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

Truex Is The Overwhelming Favorite For Coca Cola 600

Martin Truex, Jr.

The second segment begins this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend.  This weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer and it is, without a doubt the biggest race weekend of the entire year.  Sunday morning starts out with Grand Prix of Monaco, then next up is the Indy 500, followed by the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600!

This is also the weekend that we take time out of our fun-filled family weekend to think about, personally thank, and honor the men and women who paid the ultimate price to secure our freedom and allow us to do the things that we love to do!  Many of those warriors are interred at Arlington.  The most decorated warrior in US history rests just across the street from the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, legendary movie actor Audie Murphy, who was just 5′ 5″ tall!

Some may not know or remember what the origins of Arlington National Cemetary.  The house that sits atop the hill on that sprawling piece of land that has been turned into a place that we place our war heroes for eternal rest, and at one time belonged to an interesting historical figure in this country.  The origin of this property is that it was the Robert E. Lee family farm.  Yes, that same General Robert E. Lee who resigned his commission in the US Army to be the Commanding General of the Confederate Army!

 

Our Charlotte Choices

 

More than one-third of The Redneck Fantasy League is backing the 2017 MENCS champion, Martin Truex, Jr.  Those players who are hoping that Truex can log his second victory of 2018 include, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Carlton The Doorman, Snoopy Dawn, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, Amber Hardcore Hulsey, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, as well as Leon The Retired Airline Captain, Part-Time Cardiologist, Strawberry Picker, former Elephant Driver, as well as Your Most Humble Sheriff.

Bobby Blue Crush, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, and Doug The Gandy Candy Man are putting all their marbles into the marble sack of Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson.  It is just a matter of time before, this trio is betting, that ol J.J. will be driving his hot rod into Victory Lane, hoist the hardware, and punch his ticket into the 2018 Playoffs.

Next, we have three drivers that have a rooting section of two players each.

A&M Aggie Sue and Linda B. The Cookie Mom are banding together to get behind The Outlaw, aka Kurt Busch.  Both players are hoping that KuBu can add another Charlotte victory to his NASCAR resume this weekend.  KuBu has been in a drought since his 2017 Daytona 500 victory and has not won a race in 2018.  So a victory at Charlotte would give “The Outlaw” the desired “Golden Pass” to the Playoffs.

Meanwhile, Jerry The Buschwacker and Jim, aka Chiefy, are, together, joining forces and cheering “The Shrub”, Kyle Busch, on to his fourth victory of this season.  Can “Rowdy” be there at the end and drive his hot rod into Victory Lane?  That answer will come late Sunday night as the checkered flag flies at Charlotte.

Lastly, Carole, aka Rudy, and Zee, aka Sissy, will have their best Chase Elliott gear on Sunday!  In fact, both of these women are hoping that the Dawsonville Pool Hall will be firing up the ol siren that sits on the roof there.  That is the same siren, or as it is called by some, “Sireeeeeen”, that would blare loudly and proudly every single time “Awesome Bill From Dawsonville” would win a NASCAR race!

Adding up the numbers this week shows that seventeen (17) players pooling together in their choices.  For all of the math majors or math teachers among us, that leaves five players who are independent thinkers. But what they really are would be five players in bidnez for themselves!

Good luck to all!

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

Bobby Blue Crush Breaks The Bank!

Kevin Harvick

Make it five.

Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick again proved why he’s called “The Closer” and continued his early-season dominance by winning his fifth race of 2018 in Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway, the 12th race of the season.

Harvick, who started from the Busch Pole and finished second in both Stage 1 and Stage 2, took advantage of a late-race caution to rocket ahead of Kyle Larson on a restart with 25 laps to go. But it was far from over.

An ensuing caution after Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson made contact battling for third place — which sent Blaney to the garage — jumbled the field yet again. Joey Logano stayed out to inherit the lead, and five others followed suit. Meanwhile, William Byron took two tires, Harvick — who took four tires, and was behind Byron on pit road — restarted eighth.

A fiery wreck brought out the red flag with fewer than 15 laps remaining, setting up a late restart in which Harvick started sixth.

But the four tires he took when other stayed out proved to be the difference as he passed Martin Truex Jr. coming to the white flag.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

Nobody selected “Freaky Fast” Harvick as their man for Kansas so this award will back into the cabinet til the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Memorial Weekend in two weeks.

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

The biggest scorer this weekend was Ol Skid-MarcOl Skidz selected Joey Logano as his man for the weekend and was nicely rewarded with 47 points for “Sliced Bread’s” third-place finish at Kansas.

We had a player this week that had a major breakthrough.  Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty had a phenomenal week racking up 38 points to cap off this segment!  She is the only player to pick Aric Almirola, who finished ninth.  She picked him at the track where he fractured his vertebrae last year.

Next, we have a trio that includes Jim aka Chiefy, Zee, aka Sissy, and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit all adding 36 points to their totals.  Both Chiefy and Sissy received their points from Martin Truex, Jr’s second-place finish.  But, The Bay Area Bandit received her points from Denny Hamlin’s fifth-place finish at Kansas.

Meanwhile, both Carlton The Doorman and Snoopy Dawn had picked Eric Jones and received 32 points to top off their first segment tallies.

Rounding out the top five weekly scorers is Jeremy The CoachThe Coach was riding shotgun with “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski and picketed a cool 31 points from “Bad Brad’s” 14th place finish,

Quite uncharacteristically for the last race of the segment, we had a massive amount of movement this week.  Upon closer scrutiny of the scores, the reason for so much movement after 12 races was that there was so much competition in the middle part of the leaderboard!  In fact, after 12 races there was a tie between Linda B. The Cookie Mom and Jeremy The Coach for 20th place!

There were only five players that remained in their previous places once the checkered flag flew at Kansas, Bobby Blue Crush, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, Jeremy The Coach and our “cellar dweller” for the segment, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty!
Ol Skid-Marc was the largest mover this week.  Skidz made a kamikaze run at the leaders and climbed up the totem pole six (6) places to finish off the segment in 11th place,

Next on the movers list is a trio consisting of Lonna The Quilt Angel, Snoopy Dawn, and Don The Engine BuilderThe Quil Angel and The Engine Builder stumbled and fell three places to finish out in 9th and 15th, respectively.  Conversely, Snoopy snuck her way up three places to cap off the segment in 12th place.

There is a mixed bag of four players who moved two places this week. That mixed bag includes Jim, aka Chiefy, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, and Linda B. The Cookie Mom.  Ol Chiefy finished off his segment by stepping up two places to sit in 8th place.  I can’t say that the other three players fared as well.  No, all three of those players, The Numbers Dude, The Vegas Super Star, and The Cookie mOm all lost two spots to land in 15th, 16th, and 20th, respectively.

The remaining ten (10) players all moved just one place.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

There were five players that could only muster up a single digit for their Kansas score this week.  For the math majors in the fantasy league, that means that one-quarter of the fantasy league had a really crappy race day!  But this week Lonna The Quilt Angel took the honor of “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” with just 4 points.

It feels like I have announced this many times this segment.  Our newest player, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, is “The Outhouse Award” winner this week!  She will be receiving traveling plaque shortly so that she can put it by her TV for the next segment to remind her of her excellence during this segment!

Next week NASCAR will be “coming home” to Charlotte, but there is not a points race.  However, the Trucks will be racing at Charlotte Friday evening and the All-Star race will be on the menu for Saturday night.

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

PS the cool little guitar notes that repeat itself throughout this song may sound familiar to some of you country music lovers.  It is a tribute from Keith Urban to Merle Haggard, and came from Merle’s song “Momma Tried”!

Ryan Blaney Has The Votes For Kansas

Ryan Blaney

This weekend is the culmination of the 1st segment of The Redneck Fantasy League.  It is the last chance that some players have to make a run on the money and a position on the podium for this segment!  NASCAR will be rolling into the plains of Mid-America, about 7 miles southwest of the Kansas City airport. Kansas City, Kansas, where the dust swirls in the wind, the thunderstorms build fast and grow tall, and next week the cars will top 200 mph as they are sailed off into turns 1 and 3!

 

Our Kansas Picks

 

This week the third-generation race car driver from Team Penske, Ryan Blaney, has impressed enough of the players to make him the favorite at Kansas.  Some of you are asking yourself how is Ryan Blaney a third-generation race car driver?  Many may know that Ryan’s dad is Dave Blaney, who spent a few years in NASCAR racing for Bill Davis, and was Ward Burton’s teammate.  Some of you may recall that Dave was one whale of a sprint car driver, chauffeuring a winged 410 sprinter in the World of Outlaws Tour, too.  But I am guessing that not many may know that Dave’s dad, Lou Blaney, also was a top notched sprint car driver in the Midwest, back in the day.

This week there are four players backing Blaney, one-fifth of the fantasy league, those players include Don The Engine Builder, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, as well as Leon The Former Airline Captain, Part-Time Cardiologist and Strawberry Picker, as well as Your Humble Most Sheriff.

After one full year at the Cup level, racing a car out of the Furniture Row Racing stables, an affiliate of Joe Gibbs Racing in 2017, Eric Jones has now had eleven races with the parent team, JGR.  It would appear that this week Jones has gained the confidence of three of our players.  Carlton The Doorman, Snoopy Dawn, and Carole, aka Rudy, are betting the farm that this young gun can win the race, drive his Camry into Victory Lane, and hoist the hardware.

There are four drivers this week with a pair of players cheering them on to victory.  Jerry The Buschwacker and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey still have faith in Kasey Kahne, even though he is now driving for one of the lower budgeted teams, Leavine Family Racing.  Nevertheless, both The Buschwacker and The Mudslinger are putting all their marbles in Kasey’s sack this week at Kansas.

Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Dan The Numbers Cruncher seem to be also putting their money on a slight underdog this week.  Both players are placing all their support behind the Chip Ganassi Racing veteran, Jamie McMurray.  They obviously think that McMurray still has the fire burning in his belly.

Meanwhile, A&M Aggie Sue and Linda B. The Cookie Mom will be riding shotgun with Ryan “No Neck” Newman at Kansas.

Lastly, Jim, aka Chiefy and Zee, aka Sissy are teaming up with the 2017 Cup champ, Martin Truex Jr.   Lest we do not forget, last year he was the king of the mile and a half tracks!

That leaves seven players this week who have put themselves in the class of independent thinkers.  Not to confuse things here at The Redneck Fantasy League, we call a spade a spade, and those seven players really are in bidnez for themselves!

Good luck to all.  When the Sun sets in Kansas may you be more than just “Dust In the Wind”!

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

Bobby Blue Crush Extends His Lead With Kansas To Go

Kevin Harvick Pit Stop

Kevin Harvick came flying out of a rain delay to soak the field at Dover International Speedway and win Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Harvick took the lead from Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer on Lap 338 of 400 and did not look back, crossing the start-finish line 7.450 seconds ahead of the No. 14 Ford.

For Harvick, it was his 41st victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his second at the 1-mile concrete oval (first since 2015). Bowyer, who had the lead before a 41-minute, 1-second rain delay, finished second. Daniel Suarez equaled his career high with a third-place finish, and Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch rounded out the top five.

Fords had five of the top eight finishers, and Harvick swept the opening stages. For SHR, it placed three cars in the top five. The top Chevrolet driver was 11-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson, who finished ninth.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

There was only one player this week who thought that Kevin Harvick could add a fourth victory to his totals this early in the season.  The player with that foresightfulness this week is Kathy The Church ForecloserThe Church Forecloser racked up the maximum race points, 60 big ones this week!

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

Another player that had a very good race this week is Zee, aka SissySissy was rolling with “Blazenly Bad” Brad Keselowski at “The Monster Mile” Bad Brad rallied to pick up a 6th place finish in the AAA 499 Drive For Autism and give Sissy 48 crucial points.

Meanwhile, Lonna The Quilt Angel is making a late segment run to try to capitalize on making some bank to start off this race season!  The Quilt Angel was riding shotgun with another Stewart-Haas Racing driver at the concrete jungle, Clint Bowyer,  Bowyer’s second-place finish allowed The Quilt Angel to deposit 45 points into her 1st segment totals.

Both Carlton The Doorman and Jerry The Buschwacker prospered nicely this week from Jimmie Johnson’s ninth-place finish at a track that ol JJ once owned.  The Doorman and The Buschwacker were awarded 38 points.

Rounding out the top five scorers this week is a quartet of players, not karaoke singers.  This quartet includes Snoopy Dawn, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, Ol Skid-Marc, and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey.  This unlikely, and somewhat motley, group gathered up 37 points to boost their 1st segment tallies.

As one might expect this late into the segment there was only moderate movement on the scoring totem pole this week.  In fact, nine players, almost half of the group, remained in their previous positions.  Those players are Kilimanjaro Bobby, Doug The Mongoose, David The Mudslinger, Jim, aka Chiefy, Snoopy Dawn, Linda B. The Cookie Mom, Jeremy The Coach, and Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty.

Having listed the weekly squatters above, this week there were twelve players who did change zip codes this week!  The biggest mover of the week is Kathy The Church ForecloserThe Church Forecloser rocketed up seven (7) places this week to sit in the 12th position.  With a good race at Kansas, The Forecloser could possibly make her way into the top ten!

Second on the movers’ list is a foursome that consists of Zee, aka Sissy, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Cubic Dollars Don, as well as Carole, aka Rudy.  All of these players moved three (3) spots.  Sissy was able to step up three places to sit in 8th place.  Conversely, Karen The Highly Opinionated OneCubic Dollars, and Rudy all dropped down three places in the standings sitting now in 9th, 11th, and 20th, respectively.

Finally, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Skid-Marc, as well as Jerry The Buschwacher all shifted just one position this week.  The Bay area Bandit, The Quilt Angel, and The Buschwacker all moved up one spot the rest in 3rd,6th, and 19th places, respectively.  However, Your Most Humble Sheriff and Skid-Marc slipped one position now owning the 4th and 17th place, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

Once again this week we have two players that must share “The Crappiest PIck of The Week” award.  Both Carole, aka Rudy and Don The Engine Builder were rooting for Ryan Newman this week and were only rewarded 4 points for his 33rd place finish.

I know that this may sound familiar but……..  The Lemonade Lefty, try as she might to escape, and having had a very good race at Dover, she could not get evicted from “The Outhouse” this week!

With just one race left in this segment, and the totals are very close in positions 2-6, the 1st segment payout money is still up for grabs,  All that I can say about “The Money” is “Baby Hold On”!

Next week  NASCAR rolls out to the wheat fields of Kansas.

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

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