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“Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski cruised between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick as they fought side-by-side for the lead with 16 laps to go, survived a restart with six laps to go, and then sprinted away to win the MyAFibStory 400, the Chase-opening Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
The victory was the fifth of the season for Keselowski, who started the race and the playoffs as the points leader. This victory assures that the Team Penske driver will advance to the second round of the Chase.
Movers and Shakers
If you remember, earlier in the week, I referred to the four players who were rooting for “Blazingly Bad” Brad as beer swillers? Well there is no doubt that those four, “Jerry The Buschwacker”, “Doug,Jr. The Crown Prince of Kettle Corn“, “A&M Aggie Sue”, and “Leon The Retired Airline Captain, Part-Time Strawberry Picker and Cardiologist, Former Elephant Driver, and Your Most Humble Sheriff” will be pounding down the suds after their man, Brad K. won the MyAFibStory 400 at Chicagoland to start the Chase out on a big bang! They each grabbed a cool 47 points!
Edie, one of the four players who had individual picks this week faired very well. She secured 43 points for her pick of “Mr. Four-Time”, Jeff Gordon, who finished second.
Both “Bernie The Bay Area Bandit” and Zee were riding shotgun with Kyle Larson Sunday. Larson did lead a few laps today, and looked like he could win the race, but had to settle for third place, giving them 42 points.
Kevin Harvick slid back for fifth place, despite having a very strong horse in the closing laps, thereby rewarding “David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey” and “Jeremy The Coach” a nifty 41 points.
Rounding out the top five scorers of the week is “Jim, aka Chiefy”. “Chiefy” scored 40 points, even though his pick, Joey Logano, blew his engine as he saw the checkered flag wave!
Fourteen of the twenty players swapped places in the standings this week. The single largest mover for the week was “Jerry The Buschwacker”, climbing up six (6) spots, residing now in 13th place.
Continuing on the positive side, there were five players, “A&M Aggie Sue”, Zee, “Doug,Jr. Crown Prince of The Kettle Corn”, Edie, and “Leon The Multi-Cultural and Multi-Lingual Elephant Driver, Retired Airline Captain, Part Cardiologist and Strawberry Picker, and of course Your Most Humble Sheriff’, all moved up two places in the standings.
On the downward side, “Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle” plummeted four (4) places this week landing in 15th place!
Both Marc and Lonna slid two (2) spots sitting now in 7th and 12th, respectively.
Lastly, “Carlton The Doorman” and “Doug The Former Mudslinger and Psychic, Turned Kettle Corn Dude” each slipped one position in the standings.
Conversely, “Jim, aka Chiefy” moved up one place in the standings this week.
There were five players who did not move, either up or down, this week.
Straight From The Crapper
The reality of this week is that most all of the players performed reasonably well. I will be digging very deep in the “Crap Sack” to give out the week’s “Crappiest Picks” award. The three players who selected Carl Edwards this week and tied fr scoring the least amount of points, 24. Those three individuals are “Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle”, Carole, and “Carlton The Doorman”!
This week we have a “Guardian of The Gashouse”, “Prince Of The Poophouse”, Controller of The Crapper”, none other than “Carlton The Doorman”!
Next week NASCAR moves up to New England. Louden, N.H. is as far North as NASCAR goes during the season, and is 75.4 miles Northwest of Boston.
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN’!