Your Most Humble Sheriff Hangs On To The Lead By The Skin Of His Teeth

Kyle Larson
A caution on Lap 397 of a scheduled 400 in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 turned what looked like a coronation for Martin Truex Jr. into an unexpected overtime victory for Kyle Larson, as the field of 16 drivers was set for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

Truex, the regular season winner, had a comfortable lead over Larson when Derrike Cope brushed the outside wall with three laps left in regulation. Larson won the race off pit road after the lead-lap cars pitted for tires, and the driver of the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing pulled away from a restart on Lap 403.

One lap later, contact between the Toyotas of Truex and Denny Hamlin sent Truex’s No. 78 Camry rocketing into the Turn 1 wall, and the race ended under caution with Larson in the lead and Joey Logano, who needed a win to qualify for the postseason, rolling home in second place after making the most of a restart from the ninth position.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

Three ladies share this prestigious award this week.  Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Carol, aka Rudy and Linda The Cookie Mom all selected “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, to drive his hot rod into Victory Lane at Richmond.  Larson’s victory gave these three players a cool 54 points!

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

There were three players who were riding shotgun with Joey Logano in his must win, do-or-die, situation at Richmond.  Although Logano didn’t win the race, he did, however, finish in 2nd place.  That second place finish gave Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Bobby Blue Crush and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff 47 much needed points!

Meanwhile, Jeremy The Coach snookered everyone by selecting the young gun who will be replacing Matt Kenseth in the JGR No. 20 Toyota next year, Erik Jones.  Jones rallied for a 6th place finish which reflected in a 43 point day for The Coach.

Having another stellar race was Jim, aka Chiefy.  Ol Chiefy was onboard with “Busch The Younger”, aka Kyle Busch.  “The Shrub” brought his Toyota home in 9th place, giving Chiefy 39 points.

Rounding out the top five scorers this week is Zee, aka Sissy.  Sissy was hanging out all race with the dominate car, Martin Truex, Jr.  Unfortunately MTJ got caught up in a late race fluke!  That late race accident cost him the race and her a significant amount of points.  However, she did rack up 33 points!

Early in the segments there is, at times, wild gyrations and massive movement, this is one of those weeks!  The single biggest mover, Carlton The Doorman, tumbled ten (10) positions after Richmond!  Loosing those crucial ten places sent The Doorman plummeting down into 15th place.

Conversely, Carole, aka Rudy, rocketed up the leaderboard eight (8) spots to land in 7th place.

Similarly, Linda The Cookie Mom had a very positive result.  The Cookie Mom elevated herself seven (7) places on the totem pole to rest in 6th place.

Jeremy The Coach also had a very positive results after Richmond.  The Coach moved up six (6) spots to finish up in 14th position.

Rounding out the top five movers is Doug The Gandy Candy Man.  The Ageless Sprint Car Driver stepped up five (5) places sitting now in 5th place.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

For the second consecutive week “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” goes to Kathy The Church Forecloser!  The Forecloser received 19 points, which for most weeks isn’t too bad of a score,  However, this week that score was enough for her to retain her position as ‘The Princess of The Poophouse”, aka winning “The Outhouse” award.again.

Now that Richmond is in the history books, and the drivers are set for the first three races of the playoffs, the pressure is on for these 16 drivers.  For the rest of the drivers that were oh so close to making the playoffs, I am sure that on the ride back to Charlotte they were replaying the the race and the the regular seasonin their minds thinking about all the  “what ifs”……..  I’m just saying.

Next week it is off to the windy city, Chicagoland Speedway, for the first race of the playoffs.  In actuality, Chicagoland Speedway is not in Chicago.  It is really located to the Southwest of Chicago in Joliett, IL. The complex there houses a world class NHRA dragstrip, as well as a 3/8 dirt track.

Good luck to all!

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

Can Denny Hamlin Go Back-To-Back?

Denny Hamlin

This week NASCAR rolls north un I-95 to the capital of the Confederacy, Richmond, VA for the last race of “the 2017 regular season”.  Being that this is the last chance for some drivers to stake their place in the playoffs, it would not be a stretch of the imagination to see some very aggressive driving Saturday night! Add to that fact that this is a short track where egos and feelings get bruised, where tempers are lost,  where sheet metal gets crumpled and where all crew members must check their weapons at the pit gate prior to entering the racing facilities, there will be some drivers and crew members leave the track with a chapped rectum!

 

Our Richmond Choices

 

Nearly one quarter, five players in all, are rolling with “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin, at Richmond.  Those five players this week includes Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Snoppy Dawn, Cole The Redneck Understudy, as well as A&M Aggie Sue.

Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Carole, aka Rudy and Linda The Cookie Mom are banding together to back “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, in his attempt to add another victory, playoff points, and possible championship to his 2017 resume.

Additionally, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Bobby Blue Crush and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff are steadfastly backing “Sliced Bread”, Joey Logano and his last minute effort to make the playoffs this year.

Rooting for Ryan Blaney this week at Richmond is Carlton The Doorman and Kathy The Church Forecloser.

Meanwhile, Jerry The Buschwacker and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey are supporting “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick, and both are hoping that he can show the field the fast way around Richmond.

Lastly, Skid-Marc and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit are pooling all their resources in hopes of Brad Keselowski adding one more victory to his tally before “The Playoffs” begin next at Chicagoland.

Since Richmond is the last race before The Playoffs, for many of the teams to have a chance to get there, they will have to “set the world of fire” Saturday night!

Good luck to everyone.

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

Your Most Humble Sheriff Starts Off With A Bang!

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin made a huge mistake on Sunday night!

Then the driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota made an even bigger world class comeback to win one of NASCAR’s most prestigious races.

Running down race leader Martin Truex Jr. from 20 seconds back after missing the entrance to pit road on Lap 313 of 367, Hamlin won the Bojangles’ Southern 500 for the second time, finishing off a sweep of the throwback Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series/NASCAR XFINITY Series weekend at Darlington Raceway.

On tires that were 10 laps fresher than Truex’s, Hamlin exited pit road in 14th-place on Lap 315 after missing the entrance the first time and methodically began to chop into Truex’s lead. With just over two laps left, Hamlin was closing fast, as Truex was fighting to maintain control of his car on worn-out rubber.

Truex grazed the wall on Lap 365, then cut a tire and bounced off the wall again as Hamlin rushed past. Two laps later Hamlin had his second victory of the season and the 31st of his career.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

This week Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff was the only player with knowledge aforethought to select “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin. to win the race!  So The Part-Time Cardiologist, Strawberry Picker and Elephant Driver started out this segment with a very cool 57 points, which positioned him to the top of the totem pole starting this segment!

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

Both A&M Aggie Sue and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle fracked up a nice beginning to this segment logging 49 points from Martin Truex, Jr’s 8th place finish.

Five players racked up 43 points this week.  Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Snoopy Dawn and Carlton The Doorman were “rolling the bones” for Kevin Harvick.  “Freaky Fast” Harvick’s 9th place finish paid off handsomely for this trio.  Also receiving 43 points at Darlington included Lonna The Quilt Angel and Dan The Numbers Cruncher, who were betting the farm on ol Kyle Busch this week.

Doug The Gandy Candy Man did well for himself, gathering up 33 points from “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski’s 15th place finish.

Rounding out the top five scorers this week is Zee, aka Sissy and Jim, aka Chiefy.  Sissy and Chiefy were fully supporting Matt Kenseth’s effort to win the race and punch his ticket to the playoffs.

Since this is the first race of the segment there were no movers, only shakers!

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

The person who secured “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award got a two-for-one!  You see since this is the first week of the new segment, the person who has the crappiest pick of the week would also be the one who wins “The Outhouse Award”, as well!  As they say to the victor go the spoils!  This week Kathy The Church Forecloser goes 2-for2!

Next week NASCAR is on to Richmond for the last race of “the regular season”.  It is the last time for many drivers to fulfill their 2017 “river of dreams”!

Good luck to all!

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

Could Joey Punch His Ticket This Weekend?

Joey Logano

In case you haven’ noticed, we are in the middle of the dog days of summer, the days are hotter, the racing is racier, and the tempers are getting shorter! Having said all of that, we are starting our third and final segment, there are just two races left in the ‘regular season’, and it is time for a few drivers to “let the big dog eat”, if they are going to secure a place in the 2017 playoffs.

 

Our Southern 500 Picks

 

Nearly one quarter of our fantasy league, five players, have put their sights on Joey Logano.  Cole The Redneck Understudy, Jerry The Buschwacker, Skid-Marc, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, as well as Jeremy The Coach are putting all their marbles in the marble bag of “Sliced Bread” this weekend.  Even though he has a victory earlier in the season, it was deemed an “encumbered” victory because of a post race penalty.

Meanwhile, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Bobby Blue Crush, Snoopy Dawn and Carlton The Doorman are solidly rooting for “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick.

There are four drivers that have a rooting section of two players each.  Both the second segment winner, Lonna The Quilt Angel and Dan The Numbers Cruncher are supporting Kyle Busch for the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

Carole, aka, Rudy, and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit are banding together to offer their support for Jimmie Johnson.  Both are hoping that “Mr. Seven-Time” can prevail, win the race, and drive his hot rod into Victory Lane at Darlington.

JIm, aka Chiefy and Zee, aka Sissy will be tag-teaming and backing Matt Kenseth.  They are hoping that Kenseth can grab a victory and punch his ticket to the playoffs.

Rounding out the Darlington picks is an unlikely pair consisting of A&M Aggie Sue and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle who are backing the hottest driver in 2017, Martin Truex, Jr.

Good luck to all!

With all the wind, rain, flooding, loss of life and major devastation going on in SE Texas, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of those folks.  I can only hope that my relatives down there will persevere and come out stronger on the other side.

Who’ll stop the rain?

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

Lonna The Quilt Angel Wins The Second Segment

Kyle Busch

In a race fraught with tension, and with a pack of drivers with desperate agendas chasing him to the finish line, Kyle Busch held off Erik Jones to complete a sweep of all-three NASCAR touring series with Saturday night’s keystone victory in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

In winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series main event at the .533-mile concrete track, Busch capped a long weekend that saw him win Wednesday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and Friday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

Having accomplished the same feat at Bristol in 2010, Busch was the only driver in NASCAR history to achieve the three-series sweep in the same week at the same track. Now he’s the only driver to have done it twice.

Dicing through traffic on the final 79-lap green-flag run, Busch crossed the finish line 1.422 seconds ahead of Jones, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, who will join the race winner as a teammate at Joe Gibbs racing next year.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

This week the race winner produced the most points for our players.  Both Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Lonna The Quilt Angel racked up a very cool 53 points with ol “Rowdy”, Kyle Busch, winning the race.  That 53 points scored by The Quilt Angel was enough to catapult her to the top of the leaderboard just in time to snatch the lead from Snoopy Dawn and win the second segment!

Jerry The Buschwacker finished off the segment with 49 points from Matt Kenseth’s 4th place finish, and that made him our second highest points grabber this week.

This next unlikely trio, Jim, aka Chiefy, Bobby Blue Crush and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit gathered up 41 points via Kyle Larson’s 9th place finish.

Ol Skid-Marc rebounded from his really average result last week to add 37 points to his tally as a results of Joey Logano’s 13th place finish.

Rounding out the list of top five scorers this week is another trio of players that includes Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and yours truly, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.  This group of players racked up 36 points from “Mr. Seven-Time”, Jimmmie Johnson’s 11th place finish.

As the segment comes to an end there was one last shake up!  When The checkered flag flew at Bristol 2/3 of the fantasy league changed places, which means the 7 players, Bobby Blue Crush, Jim, aka Chiefy, Doug The Ageless Sprint Car Driver, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, Skid-Marc, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey and A&M Aggies Sue remained status quo.

The biggest mover this week is Kathy The Church Forecloser who slithered down the totem pole five (5) spots to finish out this segment in 13th place.

Both Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit each stepped up three (3) spots to finish out in 14th and 15th, respectively.

The quartet consisting of Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Linda The Cookie Mom, Jerry The Buschwacker and Zee, aka Sissy all moved two (2) positions.  Both The Las Vegas Super Star and The Buschwacker moved up on the leaderboard to finish out the segment in 8th and 17th respectively. However, Linda The Cookie Mom and Zee, aka Sissy slid two places to finish out the segment in 12th and 18th, respectively.

The remaining seven players moved only one (1) spot which includes the second segment winner, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Snoopy Dawn, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, Cole The Redneck Understudy, Carole, aka Rudy, Carlton The Doorman and Jeremy The Coach.  The Quilt Angel, Your Most Humble Sheriff, and The Coach all moved up one position finishing out the segment in 1st, 6th and 17th place, respectively.  Conversely, The Redneck Understudy, Rudy and The Doorman slipped one place to finish out in 7th, 13th and 16th, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

This week we only have one player who had the misfortunes to log a single digit for their weekly score, Kathy The Church Forecloser.  When you can only muster up 8 points for the race you will be the winner of “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award.

As the segment progressed it became quite apparent to Your Most Humble Sheriff that “The Outhouse Award” would most definitely wind up at the house of Jeremy The Coach.  After all he was the initial member this segment and dwelled there the longest, about eight (8) of the twelve weeks.  But in true fashion The Coach pulled out a rabbit out of his coach’s hat and allowed A&M Aggie Sue to evict him from his familiar digs and claim the second segment “Outhouse Award”!

PS I would be remiss if I did’t let everybody know that our resident midget driver, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, “Parked It” Saturday night at Kern County!!! You could say that our man showed them the fast way around that place and “let the big dawg eat”!  A big two thumbs up, Champ!!!

Next week is a bye week for the Cup drivers.  So we have an extra week to either relish in our successes, or wallow in our failures of the second segment. Just take refuge in that it “takes all kind of kinds”!

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

Kyle Larson Gathers Most Of The Support At Bristol

Kyle Larson

This week NASCAR makes its second and last visit in “The Last Colloseum”, Bristol Motor Speedway, for a Saturday night race.  As “the regular season” winds down, not only are there a few drivers dreaming about the playoffs, some of our players are knee deep in  a “river of dreams”!

 

Our Bristol Choices

 

As this segment comes to a close and the Bristol night race is eminent, “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, leads to way with four players in his hip pocket.  That quartet consists of Jim, aka Chiefy, Bobby Blue Crush, Jeremy The Coach, as well as Bernie The Bay Area Bandit all are hoping to end the second segment on a very high note and a great score from a Larson victory!

With nearly as many supporters this week, “Mr. Seven-Time”, Jimmie Johnson, has a trio of rooters that consists of Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Karen The highly Opinionated Southern Belle, as well as Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff.  It is safe to say that each of these players would love to end the segment with a big number!

Meanwhile, Cole The Redneck Understudy and Dan the Numbers Cruncher are putting all their marbles inside the marble sack of Kurt Busch this weekend.  Even though Kurt has been in a season long funk since winning the opening race, the Daytona 500, they are thinking that this will be the race that KyBu emerges from that summer long slump.

Lastly, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Lonna The Quilt Angel are backing “The Shrub”, Kyle Busch, at Bristol.

This week we have an usual event.  We have eleven (11) players who have banded  behind four drivers.  However, we have ten (10) players who are independent thinkers at Bristol.  That means that nearly one half of the fantasy league this week have individual selections and are in bidnez for themselves.

Good luck to all this week!

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
From the mountains of faith
To a river so deep
I must be looking for something
Something sacred I lost
But the river is wide
And it’s too hard to cross

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

Snoopy Dawn Sneaks Into The Lead With One Race To Go

Kyle Larson & Owen Larson

“Young Money”, Kyle Larson, steamed to his third victory of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, making a bold move in an overtime restart for his third straight Michigan International Speedway win.

Larson led only the last two laps, the last one being the money lap, of the 202-lap event in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet.  Larson split Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones on the last restart and charged to the lead like a warm knife through butter!  This was “Young Money’s” third win in a row on the 2-mile track, and was the fourth win of his career in NASCAR’s top division.

Today it was Kyle Larson who won the race, not the car, not the team.  Kyle was obviously the driver who wanted the win more than anybody else at Michigan!

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

This week we have three players who will be sharing this award.  Even though Kyle Larson won the race this week, he did not score the highest amount of points.  Nevertheless, this trio, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey, Snoopy Dawn and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff all racked up a cool 45 points from “Young Money’s” victory.

With the 45 points scored at Michigan, Snoopy Dawn easily slipped onto the top of the leaderboard with just one race remaining in this segment!

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

Scoring the highest totals this week are Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and Jeremy The Coach.  Both players were riding shotgun with, most likely the strongest horse all race, Martin Truex, Jr. and secured 52 points for the race.

Meanwhile, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Linda The Cookie Mom gathered up 41 points from “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick’s 13th place finish.

The unlikely trio consisting of Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Lonna The Quilt Angel, as well as Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle all banded together in support of Chase Elliott.  For their support and effort Chase’s finish yielded 37 points towards their 2nd segment totals.

Rounding out the top five scorers this week is Cole The Redneck Understudy, who was hanging out with Trevor Bayne and received 32 points.

Late into the segment the movement that occurs in The Redneck Fantasy League is usually incrementally small.  This week the movement fell right into that observation.  There were only four players, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Cole The Redneck Understudy, Zee, aka Sissy and Jerry The Buschwacker that remained in their previous spots.

The largest mover this week was Carole, aka Rudy falling down three (3) spots to now sit in 13th place.

There are nine players this week moving two (2) places.  Snoopy Dawn, Lonna The Quilt Angel, Linda The Cookie Mom, Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Jeremy The Coach all climbed up in the standings sitting now in 1st, 2nd, 9th, 10, and 18th, respectively.  Conversely, Bobby Blue Crush, Jim, aka Chiefy, Dan The Numbers Cruncher and A&M Aggie Sue fell down to now reside in 3rd, 4th, 11, and 21st, respectively.

The remaining seven players moved just one spot.  Leon The Retired Airline Captain, Part-Time Cardiologist and Strawberry Pick, as well as Your Most Humble Sheriff, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey all climbed up one place to sit in 7th, 12th, 14th, and 20th, respectively.  However, Kathy The Church Forecloser, Carlton The Doorman and ol Skid-Marc slithered down one place to sit in 8th, 15th and 19, respectively.

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

This week Jim, aka Chiefy stand alone in his quest for “The Crappiest Pick of The week”!  Chiefy could only muster up 14 points from Joey Logano this week.

This week we have a new player winning “The Outhouse Award“.  The new occupant, “The Princess of The Poophouse” is A&M Aggie Sue.

Next NASCAR rolls into “The Last Colloseum”, Bristol Motor Speedway.

Sith three wins so far this season, it seems like “Young Money” may be successful in “running down a dream”!

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

Denny Hamlin Gathers Support For The Pure Michigan 400

Denny Hamlin

With just four races left in “the regular season” NASCAR moves back into the Irish Hills of Michigan, about 90 miles to the west of “Motown”, Detroit City!

 

Our Michigan Selections

 

Garnering the most encouragement this week is “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin, who has Carole, aka Rudy, Skid-Marc, Jerry The Buschwacker, as well as Dan The Numbers Cruncher are in his corner and on his pit box at Michigan.

Additionally, there are three players, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Lonna The Quilt Angel and Doug The Gandy Candy Man are all in the corner of young Chase Elliott this weekend.

Likewise there are three players, Snoopy Dawn, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff who are riding shotgun with “Young Money”. Kyle Larson, at this very fast 2 mile facility.

There are three drivers that have gathered up a two player rooting section.  Both Edie The Las Vegas Super Star and Linda The Cookie Mom think that “Freaky Fast” Kevin Harvick can lead the field to the checkered flag Sunday evening.

While Bobby Blue Crush and A&M Aggie Sue think that Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson, will emerge from his summer vacation  rested and add another win to his resume Sunday.

Lastly, Jeremy The Coach and Bernie The Bay Area Bandit hope that Martin Truex, Jr. is still on a hot streak that would allow him to go back-to-back and grab another victory before the playoffs start at Chicago.

There are five players that are in bidnez for themselves this week.

Good luck to all this week!

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

I would like to just mention that I am “remembering” a music icon who passed away, a victim of Alzheimer’s, Tuesday afternoon .  To many Glen Campbell was that good ol country boy from Delight, Arkansas who could pick and sing.  Additionally, he was the crooner that sang Johnny Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mine”! The accompanying video is his daughter, Ashley, and the song that she wrote and sang about her dad.

Bobby Blue Crush Slips Into The Lead After Watkins Glen

Martin Truex, Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. surged to his fourth victory of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday, winning a fuel-conservation battle at Watkins Glen International.

Truex led a race-high 24 of the 90 laps in the I LOVE NEW YORK 355, his Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota maintaining a .414-second margin at the checkered flag. His first win on the 2.45-mile track was the 11th of his Monster Energy Series career.

Truex took the lead for the final time in the 88th lap as, one by one, his competitors made last-ditch stops for fuel. Truex had just enough gas left for a burnout near the start/finish line.

A fast-closing Matt Kenseth took second place in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota. Rookie Daniel Suarez, the Stage 2 winner, came home a career-best third in the JGR No. 19. Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer completed the top five.

 

The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast

 

This week Skid-Marc was the only player to be riding shotgun with Martin Truex, Jr. at Watkins Glen International, adding 58 big points to his totals.   With that choice, Truex, ol Skid-Marc catapulted himself out of “The Outhouse” with a nice little margin in his hip pocket!

 

The Movers and Shakers

 

Following Skid-Marc as second high scorers this week is a duo consisting of Kathy The Church Forecloser, Carlton The Doorman and Linda The Cookie Mom.  All were riding along with a extremely frustrated and very disappointed ol Kylie Busch today.  These players racked up 42 points for the race.

Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Bell was backing Denny Hamlin, even though he usually tanks when she selects him to win the race. Notwithstanding that important Southern Belle factoid, “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin, brought his hot rod home in 4th place and paid big dividends of 38 points to The Opinionated One.

Snoopy Dawn was banking that Kurt Busch, formally known as “The Outlaw”, could put some nice numbers in their bank at The Glen.  The driver formally known as “The Outlaw” put 34 points in her column today.

Rounding out the top five scorers for the week is Edie The Las Vegas Super Star.  The Vegas Super Star gave the rookie Erik Jones a shot and he didn’t disappoint her at The Glen.  Jones finished the race in 10th place, rewarding her with 33 points.

Although there was not huge scale movement, sixteen players slithered around on the leaderboard this week.  Through basic math you can figure that five players, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, Carole, aka Rudy, Zee, aka Sissy and Jerry The Buschwacker remained in their previous spots.

The biggest movers after the checkered flag flew was the duo of Lonna The Quilt Angel and Skid-Marc, moving three (3) places..  Ol Skidz climbed up three places, rocketing out of “The Outhouse” to land in 18th place.  But The Quilt Angel fell from being the fantasy league leader last week to sit now in 4th place.

Both Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff fell two (2) spots to reside in 8th and 15th, respectively.

The remaining 12 players either moved up one spot or slipped down one spot this week!

 

Straight From The Crapper

 

Lonna The Quilt Angel wins “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award by scoring just 12 points her choice of Ryan Newman.

Even though David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey scored 32 points this week, it was not a largest enough score to preclude him from securing his position in “The Outhouse” this week!

Next stop for NASCAR is the Irish Hills of Michigan and the Michigan International Speedway.

Just a thought:  This year Martin Truex, Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn have transformed Furniture Row Racing from “the little engine that could” to the winningest Cup team so far in 2017, that is totally “hot stuff”!

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

Logano and Bowyer Are Favored At The Glen

Clint Bowyer

This week NASCAR unloads their hot rods in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York at  Watkins Glen International.  The race track and the hamlet of Watkins Glen is located just a few miles to the southwest of Lake Seneca in the area of Corning, Ithaca, and Elmira, NY.  Once a year NASCAR unloads in the heart of upstate New York and the racing action gets furious.  In order to survive you need to adopt a “New York State of Mind”!

 

Our Watkins Glen Picks

 

This week we have two drivers that have three players in their corner and rooting vigorously for them.  Hanging in the corner of Clint Bowyer this week are Carole, aka Rudy, Dan The Numbers Cruncher, as well as Jerry The Buschwacker.  Bowyer is winless so far this season, but he has shown flashes of speed and brilliance over the last few races.  This might be the race that Clint Bowyer adds his second road race victory on his resume.

Likewise, Doug The Dandy Candy Man, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff are joining forces and betting the farm that their pick, Joey Logano, can break out from his mid-season funk, and pull a rabbit out of his hat at Watkins Glen and win the race.

Moving further down the food chain, there are four drivers that have a pair of rooters on their side at The Glen.  We will list these four drivers alphabetically.

Riding on the coattails of the former “Outlaw”, also known by his given name of Kurt Busch, is the husband and wife team of Carlton The Doorman and Snoopy Dawn.  Given the information that was put out in the media today, Kurt really needs to up his game.  It appears that for the rest of the season KuBu will be interviewing for another job for 2018.

Kathy The Church Forecloser and Linda The Cookie Mom are banding together this week for “Busch the Younger”, “The Shrub”, aka Kyle Busch.  Both of these ladies are really hoping that ol Kylie can get it done at The Glen.

Meanwhile, Cole The Redneck Understudy and Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, together, are teaming up and hoping that “The Delivernator“, Denny Hamlin, will burn it down Sunday evening.

Lastly, Bobby Blue Crush and Jeremy The Coach are all in with Jamie McMurray.

Here we are in the middle of summer and families are heading off to their favorite vacation spot.

Some folks like to get away,
Take a holiday from the neighborhood
Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood
But I’m takin’ a Greyhound on the Hudson River line
I’m in a New York state of mind

Good Luck to all.

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

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