The Buschwacker Maintains An Extremely Narrow Lead After Talladega

Aric Almirola

On a day when it was good to have friends, Aric Almirola needed one of those friends to run out of gas on the last lap in order to emerge victorious in NASCAR Overtime in Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Almirola pulled in front on the final lap when race leader Kurt Busch ran dry, and Almirola drove away for his first win in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

For Almirola, it was his second career win in NASCAR’s premier series and it advanced him to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs. It also came a week after he fell short to Chase Elliott at Dover International Speedway in a race in which he was competitive up until the end. And it came on a day when Stewart-Haas Racing dominated with all four cars running at the front of the pack for much of the time, including stage wins by Busch and Kevin Harvick.

But a late caution for a wreck involving playoff drivers Alex Bowman and Elliott and three others forced overtime, and that meant not enough fuel for Busch or Harvick, who had to pull to pit road along with Ryan Blaney before the final restart.

Almirola’s Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer finished second, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five. AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Paul Menard, and Regan Smith completed the top 10 as a wreck unfolded on the final lap.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

Nobody had selected Aric Almirola to win at Talladega, therefore, this award goes back onto the shelf awaiting the results of next weeks Kansas Speedway race.

 

The Movers and The Shakers

 

Talladega has always been referred to as a “Wild Card” race because of the high stakes risks that come from the inevitability of the occurrence of “The Big One” that will happen at this race track. After scouring the scores this week the results would indicate that most of the players escaped fatal scoring injuries!

The biggest scorers this week is a trio of players that reside in different places on the scoring pylon.  That threesome consists of Dan The Numbers Numbers Cruncher, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.  All three players were riding shotgun with one of the domineering Stewart-Haas Racing drivers, Kurt BuschKuBu produced a nice score of 41 points for these three.

Edie The Las Vegas Super Star was all by her lonesome this week, betting the farm that Joey Logano would have a great race and reward her handsomely.  As it turned out she was right on this week, bagging 40 points from “Sliced Bread’s” efforts.

This season something has lit a fire under David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey!  He has kept himself up, or near, the top five on the leaderboard for the first half of this segment, which historically almost never has happened.  Having listed the previous disclaimer I must say that The Mudslinger has had another excellent race, scoring 34 points from Ricky Stenhouse, Jr’s journeyman performance at Talladega.

Also celebrating a reasonably good race is the duo of JIm, aka Chiefy and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit.  Both players put all of their marbles into the marble sack of Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie JohnsonChiefy and The Bandit added 30 points to their 3rd segment totals, keeping both competitive for “the big third segment money payoffs”!

Lastly, Snoopy Dawn secured 29 points by riding shotgun with “that Jones boy”, Eric.

Once again there were two-thirds of the players who relocated to another resting spot on the old totem pole.  The biggest movers of the week is a twosome consisting of Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff and Kathy The Church Forecloser, each moving three (3) positions.  Your Most Humble Sheriff stepped up his game this week moving up three places to sit in 6th place, whereas The Church Forecloser tripped and fell down three places to rest in 18th place.

The next biggest movers is a gaggle of players consisting of Jim, aka Chiefy, Bobby Blue Crush, Carlton The Doorman, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, and Ol Skid-Marc all moving two (2) places.  The Doorman had a good day and was able to climb up two places to sit in 12th place this week.  Conversely, Chiefy, Blue Crush, The Highly Opinionated One, and Skidz all dropped like a hot potato losing two spots to control 7th, 10th, 14th, and 21at, respectively.

Lastly, eight players moved next door, one place, when the checkered flag waved at Talladega.  Dan The Numbers Dude, Jeremy The Coach, Doug The Mongoose, Carole, aka Rudy, Linda b. The Lemonade Lefty, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, and Zee, aka Sissy all climbed up one place to rest in 5th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, and 20th, respectively.  A&M Aggie Sue didn’ fair so well, losing one place to sit in 8th place.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

“The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award gets shared this week by Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and Ol Skid-Marc.  Both players were really hoping that Chase Elliott could pull off a Talladega win, however, that was not to be this week.  Each player could only muster a score of 10 points!

For the fifth week in a row Lonna The Quilt Angel will occupy “The Outhouse”, however, there is one small change.  This week Ol Skid-Marc has joined The Quilt Angel in The Outhouse, and must share this prestigious award with her.

Check out the results of the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega.

Next week it is on to Kansas.

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

Could Larson Punch His Ticket At Talladega?

Kyle Larson

This week NASCAR makes its second visit to “Sweet Home Alabama“!  By the time you read this post, there are two things that you can take to the bank.  The first thing is that the NASCAR haulers will be heading Southwest on I-85 to Atlanta followed by a turn to the west on I-20, exiting on Speedway Blvd to Talladega Superspeedway!  The other fact is that Your Most Humble Sheriff will be on the road heading back up to Fresno for some “family time”.

 

Our Talladega Picks

 

It appears that one-quarter of The Redneck Fantasy League, five players in all, have jumped onboard of the “Young Money” wagon this week at Talladega.  Those who are all in for Kyle Larson are Carole, aka Rudy, Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head, Jeremy The Coach, Zee, aka Sissy, as well as Doug The Gandy Candy Man.

Notwithstanding the large contingent of  players rolling the bones for “Young Money”, there are three players, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, Lonna The Quilt Angel, and Leon The Retired Airline Captain, Partime Cardiologist, Strawberry Picker, and of course, Your Most Humble Sheriff are banding together to root for, and support, Kurt Busch at Talladega.

There are four drivers that have amassed a two-player cheering section at Talladega.  Alphabetically speaking, the first driver to discuss would be the Dover winner, Chase Elliott“Young Chase With No Time To Waste” is one hot commodity in 2018!  Both Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and Ol Skid-Marc are jumping on and hitching their wagon to, “The Darling of Dawsonville” at the largest racing facility in NASCAR.

However, A&M Aggie Sue and Linda B. The Cookie Mom have a whole different prospectus.  Both of these ladies have tossed their suitcase into the hot rod driven by “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick.

Meanwhile, Jim, aka Chiefy, and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit are joining forces full steam ahead for Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson.  Both are really hoping that Ol JJ can break his year-plus dry spell at Victory Lane.

Lastly, Snoopy Dawn and Carlton The Doorman are uniting into one voice for “That Jones Boy”, Erik by name.

Reflecting back on my four trips to the October Cup and Truck races at Talladega with Jim, aka Chiefy, these lyrics play in the back of my mind:

When the winds go cold and it blows October,
I think about us shoulder to shoulder,
Like those cars my thoughts roll over and over and over,
In my mind…….

Sure would like to stay in
Talladega!

Good luck to all!

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

Jerry The Buschwacker Resumes The Lead After Dover

Chase Elliott

What looked like a Stewart-Haas Racing victory parade for much of Sunday afternoon ended in a wild overtime scramble, with Chase Elliott taking the checkered flag in the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway.

On considerably older tires, Elliott pulled ahead cleared runner-up Denny Hamlin through Turns 1 and 2 after a restart on Lap 403 and powered his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet across the finish line .265 second ahead of Hamlin’s Toyota.

With the victory—his second of the season and the second of his career—Elliott punched his ticket into the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, extricating himself from the bottom four in the postseason standings.

“This was a lot about perseverance,” said Elliott, who recovered from a penalty for an uncontrolled tire incurred during a yellow-flag pit stop on Lap 123. “We had a penalty early and fell behind and luckily had a good enough car and good strategy to get back (to the front). What a day!

The win was a satisfying turnaround from the same race last year, when Elliott had victory in his sights, only to be tracked down and passed by Kyle Busch on the next-to-last lap.

“Definitely think it makes it sweeter, for sure,” Elliott said. “You don’t appreciate it in those moments, but to come back here and have the day we had…

“We get to move on to the next round, and I don’t have to worry about Talladega next week. It’s just a hell of a day.”

The move that won the race was crew chief Alan Gustafson’s decision to keep Elliott on the track with tires that were more than 50 laps old, when most of the other lead-lap cars opted to pit on Lap 393 after Clint Bowyer’s Ford slammed into the Turn 4 wall one lap earlier.

Elliott led the field to a restart on Lap 397, but on the backstretch during that circuit, Aric Almirola nicked the outside wall and started a chain-reaction collision that also damaged the cars of fellow Playoff drivers Brad Keselowski, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., and Ryan Blaney.

NASCAR red-flagged the race, and Elliott outran Hamlin in an overtime that extended the event four laps beyond its scheduled distance. The only laps Elliott led were the last 11 laps of the race.

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

This week we have another instance where the race winner was not the biggest scoring driver of the race.  Nevertheless, we have three ladies who were bold enough to pick William Clyde Elliott, Jr. as their winning driver for Dover.  Those three ladies who were betting the farm on Chase are Kathy The Church Forecloser, A&M Aggie Sue, as well as Snoopy Dawn.  This mismatched trio added a very cool 48 points to their 3rd segment totals!

 

The Movers and The Shakers

 

Even though The Church Forecloser, Aggie Sue, and Snoopy selected Chase Elliott to win, they were not the highest scorers of the race.  The highest scorers this week was another mismatched trio that was riding shotgun with “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick.  That threesome includes Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Jerry The Buschwacker, as well as Zee, aka Sissy.  Each one of these players put a big 51 points on the scoring pylon this week.

Scoring the second highest amount at Dover this week is the interesting duo of Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty and Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head.  Both of these ladies were putting all their marbles into the marble sack of “Sliced Bread”, Joey Logano.  Their support for “Sliced Bread” was rewarded very nicely with 50 crucial points!

As mentioned above, those players who were rooting for Chase actually were the third highest scoring group this week.

Meanwhile, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle racked up a much needed 41 points from Kyle Busch’s 8th place finish.

Rounding out the top five scorers for the week are Lonna The Quilt Angel and Bobby Blue Crush.  Both players were supporting Aric Almirola, and for a while, late in the race, it looked as though it was Almirola’s race to lose.  But after getting involved in a late wreck it just was not to be at Dover.  Nevertheless, these two added 32 points to their scores this week.

Just like last week, two-thirds of the fantasy league changed positions after the checkered flag waved at Dover.  The player who moved the most was Carlton The DoormanThe Doorman had a very bad race plummeting eight (8) spots to sit 14th place.

Having an almost equally disastrous race was Carole, aka RudyRudy dropped like a hot potato seven (7) places to reside in 17th place when the smoke cleared.

Meanwhile, Dan The Numbers Cruncher and A&M Aggie Sue stepped up their game climbing up five (5) positions now sitting in 5th and 6th, respectively.

Still moving a significant number of places, a total of four (4), Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty bettered her previous resting spot and not sits in 13th place.

Lastly, there is a threesome, Amber The Extremely Luck Cheddar Head, Kathy The Church Forecloser, as well as Linda B. The Cookie Mom moved three (3) positions.  Both The Cheddar Head and The Church Forecloser climbed up three places to rest in 11th and 15th, respectively.  The Cookie Mom didn’t fair nearly so well, dropping three spots to sit in 18th place.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

Once again this week we have a tie for “The Crappiest Picks of The Week”.  This award will be shared by Carlton The Doorman and Carole, aka Rudy.  Both players were rooting form Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, and were only able to add a microscopic one (1) point to their totals this week!

I would like to announce that we have a new player residing in “The Outhouse” this week!  I would like to announce that, however, I will not be able to make that announcement this week because Lona The Quilt Angel remains, once again, firmly entrenched there!

Check out the results of the Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Next week NASCAR will be moving back to the deep South, Talladega Superspeedway!

Just remember that if the house is rockin’, don’t bother knockin’!

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

The Monster Mile: Who Is Gonna Be Somebody?

Chase Elliott

This week NASCAR rolls into the Mid Atlantic States for the last time in 2018.  As you read this post the haulers will be pulling out of Charlotte, turning north on I-95, and driving to Dover, Delaware for a race at “The Monster Mile”.  Dover is the first race in the Round of 12 for this segment of the Playoffs.

 

Our Dover Choices

 

This week we have a three-way tie in the most popular choice for Dover!  The above photo would lead one to believe that the players have chosen Chase Elliott is the most popular driver this week.  Not totally true.  But the editor/publisher, yours truly, used his prerogative as the photo editor in photo selection this week!!  The complete truth this weekend is that Elliott, Joey Logano, as well as Kevin Harvick all have three players on their side at Dover.  The players who are rooting for Elliott are Kathy The Church Forecloser, A&M Aggie Sue, and Snoopy Dawn.  These three players are truly hoping that Chase can continue to make it to each successive round and is “gonne be somebody”!

Kevin Harvick, on the other hand, has Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Jerry The Buschwacker, and Zee, aka Sissy, are hoping that he can be “Freaky Fast” “can be somebody” and lead the field to the checkered flag!

All the while Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, Amber The Extremely Luck Cheddar Head, and Dan The Numbers Cruncher will be hooting and hollering for “Sliced Bread”, aka Joey Logano.  No doubt that these three want “Sliced Bread” to “be somebody”!

Additionally, we have three drivers that have cultivated a rooting section of two players each.  This week Aric Almirola has made some publicity, he is still in the playoffs and he has secured Lonna The Quilt Angel and Bobby Blue Crush in his rooting section, as well as riding in the copilot seat at the Monster Mile.

Meanwhile, Jeremy The Coach and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff are jumping onboard with the Charlkotte Roval winner’s bandwagon, Ryan Blaney.  Both players could use a shot in their collective arms, reverse their downward slide, and get them back into a money paying position for the 3rd segment!

Finally, Carlton The Doorman and Carole, aka Rudy are rallying behind Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, even though he just raced himself completely out of the Playoffs last week!

One-third of The Redneck Fantasy League, seven players in total, make up the independent thinkers this week. That is a very large contingent of players who are in bidnez for themselves!

Who is gonna be somebody this week?

Good luck to all.

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

David Maintains His Lead After All The Crumbled Sheet Metal Is Cleared

Ryan Blaney & Kurt Busch

In a race that was as wild as advertised in the closing laps, Ryan Blaney sped past crashing Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. in the final corner to win Sunday’s inaugural Bank of America ROVAL 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course.

With his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season and the second of his career, Blaney advanced to Round of 12 in the Playoffs.

Johnson wasn’t as lucky. The seven-time series champion was pressuring Truex on the final lap and powered his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to the inside of Truex’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry off the banking of Turn 15 coming into the frontstretch chicane.

Johnson spun and collected Truex as he slid across the asphalt between Turns 16 and 17, knocking Truex’s Toyota toward the outside wall in the tri-oval. Blaney drove his No. 12 Team Penske Ford Fusion between the two wrecked cars and crossed the finish line .792 seconds ahead of runner-up Jamie McMurray.

Because he had blown the chicane, Johnson stopped on the frontstretch as mandated by NASCAR before continuing across the finish line. He finished eighth and ended the event tied for 11th in the Playoff standings with Aric Almirola and Kyle Larson, who completed the final lap in a car that had been all but destroyed in a Turn 1 wreck after a restart on Lap 104 of 109.

Almirola and Larson got the final two berths into the Round of 12 on a tiebreaker based on the best finish in the current round. Larson was second at Las Vegas, and Almirola took fifth place at Richmond. Johnson’s best result was the eighth at Charlotte, leaving him on the outside with Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, and Erik Jones, who also were eliminated from the Monster Energy Series Playoffs in Sunday’s cutoff race.

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

There was only one player, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, who was foresightful enough to hold on to her Blaney choice until this week at the Charlotte Roval.  Even though it looked as though the winner was going to be either Martin Truex, Jr., who was leading the race all the way to the front straight chicane, or Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, was dogging Truex for the win.  And all Hell broke loose when JJ dive bombed Truex in the chicane for the win, lost control of his hot rod, and knocked both of them out of contention for the win!  Then, along came, slow talking, slow walking Jones, in the name of third place Ryan Blaney to steal the win!

 

The Movers and The Shakers

 

Following The Lemonade Lefty on the scoring pylon this week is a motley trio consisting of Snoopy Dawn, Bernie The BayArea Bandit, and Doug The Gandy Candy Man.  All three players were all in with Kurt Busch at the Roval.  KuBu secured a fifth-place finish and rewarded these three players with 49 points for their support.

Additionally, there is another threesome that banded together this week to root for Clint Bowyer.  That lucky trio consists of Lonna The Quilt Angel, Carlton The Doorman, as well as David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, who are feeling good about racking up 48 points from the Roval.

Meanwhile, there was a third threesome that was cheering loudly for Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, at Charlotte.  This trio includes Linda B. The Cookie Mom, Bobby Blue Crush, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.  Even though ol JJ not only took himself out of the race, he also took the race leader, Martin Truex, Jr. out as well while trying to perform the “chicane banzai pass”!  Much to Johnson’s chagrin, he failed to pull it off!

Rounding out the top five scorers this week is Jerry The BuschwackerThe Buschwacher was riding shotgun with Chase Elliott all race and added a very cool 42 points to his 3rd segment tally.

After the checkered flag waved at Charlotte there was havoc in the standings!  Even though only 2/3 of the players moved in the standings, glass half full, some of those players’ fall from grace was dramatic!  The biggest movers this week were Carole, aka Rudy, and Dan The Numbers Cruncher.  Both of these players are now fully knowledgeable about the characteristics of gravity, having plummeted seven (7) spots to land in 10th and 11th places, respectively.

Conversely, Kilimanjaro Bobby and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff stepped up their game this week by climbing up four (4) places to sit in 7th and 8th places, respectively.

Meanwhile, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, Snoopy Dawn, and Carlton The Doorman bettered their previous positions by three (3) spots this week, controlling 3rd, 4th, and 6th places, respectively.

There was a quartet of players, Doug The Mongoose, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, Kathy The Church Forecloser, and Ol Skid-Marc that moved two (2) spots.  Both The Mongoose and The Lemonade Lefty moved up two positions in the scoring pylon to sit now in 15th and 16th places respectively.  However, The Church Forecloser and Ol Skidz were not so fortunate this week, sliding down two places to rest in 18th and 19th, respectively.

Rounding out the movers is another trio, Jeremy The Coach, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Zee, aka Sissy. The Las Vegas Super Star moved up just next door to sit in sit in 20th place, while The Coach and Sissy stumbled down one place to own 9th and 21st places, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

This week “The Crappiest PIck of The Week” goes to Zee, aka Sissy.  Sissy could only muster 6 points this week from “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski!  For the second week Lonna The Quilt Angel is in firm control of the Outhouse!  Even though it is a very tight race between The Quilt Angel, Sissy, and The Las Vegas Super Star,  there are only 3 points between these young ladies this week, Lonna has not been evicted yet!

Nest week NASCAR is off to the Mid Atlantic States, in particular, Dover, Delaware.

Check out the results of the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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

Can Denny Hamlin Show Them The Fast Way Around “The Roval”

Denny Hamlin

This week NASCAR will have its second home race at Charlotte Motor Speedway of the season,  The difference this time around is that Bruton Smith and the SMI folks have turned this race at CMS into a “roval” race.  Using the term “roval” at Charlotte means that this race will run on part of the 1 1/2 mile oval then go into the infield to add a road course of left and right turns, kind of like what the Rolex Series cars do at Daytona.

Since the race at Charlotte is an elimination race, there is one thing to remember, desperate people will do desperate things in desperate times!

Our Charlotte Roval Choices

 

This week the hot driver in The Redneck Fantasy League appears to be “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin.  There are four players, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, A&M Aggie Sue, as well as Ol Skid-Marc are all in, betting the farm on Hamlin.  Hamlin is down 29 points below the cutoff point and desperately needs to win this week to move on to the Round 12!

Lonna The Quilt Angel, Carlton The Doorman and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey are putting their marbles in the marble sack of Clint Bowyer.  All Three players are hoping that Bowyer can punch his ticket to the Round of Twelve with a victory Sunday.

Meanwhile, Snoopy Dawn, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and Doug The Gandy Candy Man are lining up behind the driver formally known as “The Outlaw”, now better known by his given name of Kurt Busch.

However, Bobby Blue Crush, Linda B. The Cookie Mom, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff are hoping that Jimmie Johnson, can finally get off of the snide and record his first victory of the 2018 season.

Lastly, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head, and Jeremy The Coach are rooting for the 2018 MENCs champion, Martin Truex, Jr.

This week we have six players who are priding themselves in being independent thinkers and are totally in bidnez for themselves!

Good luck to all!

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

The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey Powers To The Lead

Kyle Busch

On a night of important milestones, in a car hastily repaired after a brush with the wall during qualifying, Kyle Busch held off Kevin Harvick to win Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway to advance to the second round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

 After a pitched battle against “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski that lasted 21 laps, Busch made the winning pass for the lead on Lap 364 of 400 at the .75-mile track. Busch’s first victory in a fall race at Richmond was his sixth at the track, most among active drivers, and it gave him a season sweep at the short track.

 The win was Busch’s seventh of the season—tying him with Harvick for the series lead—and the 50th of his career, tying him with NASCAR Hall of Famers Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett for 11th on the all-time list.

 Martin Truex Jr., who won the first and second stages and led a race-high 163 laps, recovered from a penalty for an uncontrolled tire to run third, marking the first time this season NASCAR’s so-called Big Three have finished 1-2-3 in a race.

Busch, who led 92 laps, had to fight for the win. Harvick passed Keselowski for second on Lap 372 and quickly gained ground on Busch, who had punished his equipment in the fight against Keselowski.

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

This week none of the players were foresightful enough to select “Rowdy” for the victory at Richmond, therefore this prestif\gious award returns to the shelf this week awaiting presentation next week at the “Charlotte Roval”.

 

The Movers and The Shakers

 

The highest scorer this week is a player that we haven’t heard too much about this year, Dan The Numbers Cruncher.  The Numbers Dude has been flying below the radar and somewhat down in the weeds this season!  Nevertheless,The Abacus Man quietly racked up 54 points this week via Martin Truex, Jr’s third-place finish at Richmond.

Not far behind Abacus Man on the scoring pylon this week is Doug The Gandy Candy ManOl Mongoose added a very much needed 53 points to his totals from Kevin Harvick’s hard-fought 2nd place finish.

Meanwhile, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit is making a run towards the top of the scoring pylon with her cool 47 points scored this week from William Clyde Elliott, Jr’s, better known as Chase, 4th place finish!

Both A&M Aggie Sue and Carole, aka Rudy, were betting the farm on Team Penske’s “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski.  Both ladies added 42 points to their 3rd segment score this week.

Rounding out the top five scorers of the week is a trio of players that were putting all their marbles into the marble sack of a driver who is getting married this week on Wednesday, “Young Money”, aka Kyle Larson!  Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Jim, aka Chiefy, and Linda B. The Cookie Mom all securely added 32 points to their weekly totals.

As is the case from time to time, the scoring pylon gets a good blending to shake things up.  This week that happened with three-quarters of the players exchanging positions!

The single largest movers this week is Dan The Abacus DudeThe Numbers Cruncher rocketed up the scoring pylon eight (8) places to sit now in 4th place!

Also, have a very good week on the leaderboard is Bernie The Bay Area Bandit.  The Bandit stole five (5) places climbing up to now sit in the 6th spot.

We have a foursome that moved four (4) spots this week.  That foursome is made up of Snoopy Dawn, Jeremy The Coach, A&M Aggie Sue and Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty.  Making a slow climb towards the top of the totem pole this week is A&M Aggie Sue.  Aggie Sue stepped up four spots to now hang out in the 10th place.  Conversely Snoopy, The Coach, and Lemonda Lefty all plummeted four positions to languish in 7th, 8th, and 19th positions, respectively.

Lastly, there are four players, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, Jerry The Buschwacker, Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head, as well as Zee, aka Sissy, that just moved next door from their previous position this week.  The Mudslinger has an upward vector and becomes our new leader, moving up one place.  All the while The Buschwacker, The Cheddar Head, and Sissy all fell one position sitting in 2nd, 14th, and 20th  places, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

This week “The Craapiest Pick of The Week” falls into the hands of Linda R. The Lemonade LeftyThe Lemonade Lefty was only able to muster up a single digit to her Richmond tallies.  We all know that if you can only add a single digit to your weekly score you will definitely be in the hunt for this award.  Well, she was only able to add 8 microscopic points this week!

For the second week in a row Lonna The Quilt Angel resides, quite comfortably I may add, in “The Outhouse”!  She has a 26 point lead on her nearest competitor, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star.  So unless The Quilt Angel smokes everybody next week, she has a very good chance of having at least one more week in this zip code!

Check out the results from the Richmond race.

As the Playoffs march on towards crowning a champion at Homestead the going gets tougher, and as the late Tom Petty wrote:
Well, I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down!

Next week it is something brand new, the roval at Charlotte!

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

Many Think Hamlin Could Win At His “Home Track”

Denny Hamlin

Now that the storm has moved through the area and wreaked havoc and destruction in the Mid-Atlantic area, it is time for NASCAR to roll north on I-95 Richmond, VA and wreak another type of havoc!  When the checkered flag waves at Richmond a ticket will get punched for a driver into the Round of 12, and quite possibly a nose or two might get punched by some driver after the race!

 

Our Richmond Choices

 

This week is like a few weeks of this race season where the bulk of The Redneck Fantasy League is joining forces for one particular race car driver.  this week one-quarter of the troops are jumping on the Denny Hamlin bandwagon!  Those who are jumping onboard with Denny are Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head, Jerry The Buschwacker, Snoopy Dawn, Lonna The Quilt Angel and, of course, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.

We have two drivers that have a fan base of three players each this week.  It seems that Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Jim aka Chiefy, and Linda B. The Cookie Mom are joining forces this week to support and cheer on “Young Money”, Kyle Larson.  All three are really hoping that Larson will punch his ticket to the round of 12 this week.

Additionally, Kathy the Church Forecloser, Bobby Blue Crush, as well as Jeremy The Coach are putting all their faith, and all their marbles, with “Sliced Bread”, Joey Logano this week.

We also have four drivers that have a pair of rooters backing them at Richmond this week.  Young Ryan Blaney has Zee, aka Sissy, and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle in his corner.  Both are hoping that this third generation driver can usher his hot rod into Victory Lane at the end of the day.

Carlton The Doorman and Ol Skid-Marc, however, have a very different take on the end results of the race at Richmond.  Both of these players are really hoping that Kurt Busch will wake up from his mundane summer performance and drive his Ford right into Victory lane.

Meanwhile, A&M Aggie Sue and Carole, aka Rudy, think that “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski can go four-for-four!  It has been a long time since a driver has won four races in a row, but these two ladies are betting the farm that Ol Kes can make that happen this week!

Lastly, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey and Dan The Numbers Cruncher are hoping that Martin Truex, Jr. can continue on his quest to give Barney Visser, his team owner, a championship as Furniture Row Racing ceases operations at season’s end, by punching his ticket to the round of 12.

This week we only have three players who are in bidnez for themselves!

Good luck to all!

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

The Buschwacker Increases His Lead

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 In a war of attrition that caused a multitude of problems for the majority of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff contenders, Brad Keselowski emerged unscathed with his third straight victory in the series and the 500th triumph for Team Penske in all forms of racing combined.

Sunday’s South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the playoff opener for NASCAR’s foremost series, went to overtime, lasting five laps longer than the scheduled 267. But Keselowski held the top spot through three tension-laden restarts to beat runner-up Kyle Larson to the finish line by 1.276 seconds on the final two-lap shootout.

With his third victory of the season, his third at  Las Vegas and the 27th of his career, Keselowski guaranteed himself a spot in the second round of the playoffs.

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

This week we have three players who had selected “Blazingly Bad’ Brad Keselowski to win the first playoff race at Las Vegas.  Those three players include Jerry The Buschwacker, Kathy The Church Forecloser, and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.  Each one of these players racked up a very cool 50 points this week.

 

The Movers And The Shakers

 

Snoopy Dawn was the lone player who was yelling her head off in those last few laps, hoping that “Sliced Bread”, Joey Logano, could outlast and outmaneuver the front-runners for the victory.  Nevertheless, Snoopy was able to ad 42 points to her 3rd segment totals.

Meanwhile, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey and Dan The Numbers Cruncher were heartbroken today when their man, “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, couldn’t close the deal and drive his hot rod into Victory Lane.  However, “Young Money” paid a nice 36 points to these gentlemen today.

Seven players racked up 35 points each after overtime and the checkered flag waved.  Not all seven players had selected the same driver, but the results were the same.  Carlton The Doorman, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Jim, aka Chiefy, Carole, aka Rudy, Linda B. the Cookie Mom, as well as Jeremy The Coach were all hoping that the Las Vegas native, Rowdy, aka Kyle Busch, could drive his hot rod into Victory Lane.  KyBu could only score a 7th place finish.  Bernie The Bay Area Bandit, likewise, racked up 35 points coming from Ryan Blaney’s 5th place finish.

Rounding out the top five scores this week is Bobby Blue Crush and A&M Aggie SueBlue Crush and Aggie Sue teamed up with the soon to be unemployed Kurt Busch KuBu’s good stage finishes and his 21st finish gave these two players 32 points for the day.

Once again, early into the segment, there was wide and occasionally, large-scale movement!  Even though one-third of the players remained in their previous spots, the other two-thirds moved around like an 8.0 earthquake!

The largest movers this week were Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head and Leon Your Most Humble SheriffThe Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head was not very lucky at Vegas, dropping like a prom dress nine (9) places to sit in 13th place.  Whereas Your Most Humble Sheriff hit the jackpot and rocketed up the scoring pylon nine places to rest in 8th place!

This week Ol Skid-Marc lived up to his nickname!  Try as he might Skidz laid a black mark all the way down “The Strip” as he tumbled uncontrollably five (5) spots to land in 17th place.

There were five players that moved around the totem pole four (4) places at the end of Sunday night.  Those five players include Snoopy Dawn, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, Kathy The Church Forecloser, as well as Zee, aka Sissy.  Snoopy, The Numbers Dude, and The Church Forecloser stepped up their game moving into 3rd, 12th, and 16th places respectively.  Unfortunately, The Lemonade Lefty and Sissy did not fare so well.  Both ladies tumbled four spots to park themselves in 15th and 19th, respectively.

Meanwhile, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit moved up the scoring pylon two (2) spots to sit in 11th place.

Lastly, there were five players who just moved next door from their previous domiciles.  Those five players include Jeremy The Coach, Carlton The Doorman, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, as well as Lonna The Quilt Angel.  Both The Doorman and The Las Vegas Super Star moved up one place to sit now in 7th and 21st, respectively.  Conversely, The Coach, The Gandy Candy Dude, and The Quilt Angel slipped one place to now own 4th, 20th, and 22nd, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

It was a tough battle this week, however, Zee, aka Sissy, secured this week’s “Crappiest Pick of The Week” award!  Sissy was only able to score a paltry 3 points this week from Ty Dillon!

We have a new cellar dweller this week, Lonna The Quilt Angel  Through her whopping 11 points scored this week she was able to send an eviction notice to The Las Vegas Super Star and replace her securely in The Outhouse!

Check out the results from the South Point 400 at Las Vegas

Next week NASCAR rolls into Richmond Raceway.

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

Vegas Native KyBu Has The Votes At LVMS

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This week NASCAR makes its second trip to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time since the racetrack was built.  I just checked the forecasted weather for this weekend at Vegas, it will be right at the 100-degree mark!  Conditioning and hydration will be a key factor Sunday, in addition to having a fast hot rod!

 

Our Vegas Picks

 

It seems like the majority of The Redneck Fantasy League is thinking that maybe it is time for Kyle Busch to win a race in his hometown, Las Vegas.  Almost one-third of this fantasy league is betting the farm that KyBu can lead the field to the checkered flag.  The six players who are “rolling the dice” for KyBu this weekend are Carlton The Doorman, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Jim, aka Chiefy, Carole, aka Rudy, Linda B. The Cookie Mom, as well as Jeremy The Coach.

There are three drivers that have a cheering section of three players each this week.  Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Bobby Blue Crush, as well as A&M Aggie Sue, are “rolling the bones” in support of Busch the Elder, Kurt.

Likewise, Linda R. The Lemonade Lefty, Amber The Extremely Lucky Cheddar Head, and Ol Skid-Marc are fully supporting “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick at Vegas.

Kathy The Church Forecloser, Jerry The Buschwacker, and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff are hoping that “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski is on a hot streak and can go 3-for-3 and take home the hardware from Vegas.

Lastly, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey and Dan The Numbers Cruncher are putting all their marbles into the marble sack of “Young Money”, Kyle Larson.

This week we have five players who are independent thinkers, or as I like to put it, five players who are in bidnez for themselves!

Good luck to all.

Looks like there will be a lot of “tumbling dice” this week!  As they say, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”!

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

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