(photo courtesy Leon Hammack)
For three straight weeks “Young Money”, Kyle Larson, finished as the bride’s maid- not the bride. This week at Fontana, the 24-year-old California native fended off a bevy of challengers in the final laps of the Auto Club 400, holding on to capture his first victory of the season and his first victory at Auto Club Speedway.
Larson, who started on the pole and led a race-high 110 laps, took the lead on the final restart with two laps remaining in the overtime 202-lap race, vaulting past other contenders for his second career victory.
The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast
Well, this week The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast award goes to Jerry The Buschwacker. He was the only player who saw the handwriting on the wall, choosing the 2017 Ultimate Bridesmaid, Young Money, to win the race at Auto Club Speedway. For that foresight he gathered up 59 points!
The Movers and Shakers
Skid-Marc and Lonna The Quilt Angel came away from Fontana smelling like a rose. Both were riding shotgun with the Stage #2 winner, Martin Truex, Jr., which gave them 52 points added to their five race total.
There were seven players, one third of the fantasy league, that racked up 39 points this week. Bobby Blue Crush, Jim, aka Chiefy, A&M Aggie Sue, Linda The Cookie Mom, Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle and Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff all were rooting for Joey “Sliced Bread” Logano. While Bernie The Bay Area Bandit received her 39 points from hanging with “The Shrub”, Kyle Busch.
There was a quartet of players who scored 36 points from “Blazingly Bad” Brad Keselowski. Those four players include Jeremy The Coach, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, Carole, aka Rudy, as well as Snoopy Dawn.
Dragging up the tail end of the list of high scorers this week is none other than Dan The Numbers Cruncher! The Numbers Dude was rolling with Denny Hamlin this weekend and added 26 points to his segment total.
Once again there was widespread movement within the scoring pylon this week. The only players who held serve were, Snoopy Dawn, Jeremy The Coach and our semi permanent cellar dweller so far, The Gandy Candy Man. The rest of the contingency of fantasy league players traded places.
The single largest mover was Kathy The Church Forecloser who plummeted eight (8) spots, falling out of the to five and all the way down to 11th place.
On the other hand, Jerry The Buschwacker rocketed up seven (7) positions to land in 5th place this week.
Our resident dirt tracker, David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey stumbled, bumbled and fumbled his way down six (6) spots crashing down in 13th place.
There was trio of players who moved five (5) positions this week. Both Lonna The Quilt Angel and Skid-Marc stepped up five (5) places to sit now in 10th and 14th, respectively. However, Cole The Redneck Understudy slithered down the totem pole five spots to reside now in 18th place.
Lastly, Zee, aka Sissy, stubbed her toes and fell four (4) places and now sits on the door steps of The Outhouse in 20th place!
Straight From The Crapper
This week one of our players, who last week was resting quite comfortably in the top five, receives “The Crappiest Pick of The Week Award” with high distinction! Kathy The Church Foreclose was only able to scratch out a meagerly one (1) point total! For that she wins, hands down, this weekly award!
Once again this week Doug The Gandy Candy Man rules “The Outhouse” with really no viable challenge from any of the other twenty players! He has 23 point advantage or lead on his closet competitor!
As the sunsets in the west, NASCAR closes the door on its Western Swing and leaves California in the rear view mirror. No doubt there are some who are still “California Dreamin” as they board their flights back to Charlotte! One driver in particular that is dreaming is “Young Money”, Kyle Larson!
Meanwhile, it is off to the bullring of Martinsville, VA next week.
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UP, FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’ GO RACIN’!