Kyle Busch stormed past Chase Elliott on the next-to-last lap Sunday at Dover International Speedway, posting his fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the year as the Playoffs field was chopped from 16 to 12 drivers.
Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota led four times for 30 laps in the Apache Warrior 400, the last event in the three-race Round of 16. His third Dover win was the 42nd victory in his premier-series career.
Elliott led a race-high 138 laps, seeking a breakthrough victory in his 70th premier series start. But his Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet faded down the stretch, ending up .357 seconds behind Busch as the runner-up.
The Fraternal Order of The Go Fast
Nobody selected Kyle Busch this week so this award goes back to the vault!
The Movers and Shakers
This week we have a foursome that racked up 50 much needed points choosing Martin Truex, Jr., and thus were our highest scorers. That foursome consists of Edie The Las Vegas Super Star, Carole, aka Rudy, Jerry The Buschwacker and Dan The Numbers Dude.
Both Snoopy Dawn and Doug The Ageless Sprint Car Driver were very vociferously hoping that Chase Elliott could have held off “Rowdy” for just one more lap to grab his first MENCS victory. But alas, they had to settle for the 47 points they received for his second place finish.
The quartet of Karen The Highly Opinionated Southern Belle, Lonna The Quilt Angel, A&M Aggie Sue, as well as David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey added 40 points to their 3rd segment totals. The Highly Opinionated One racked up her points from “Blazing Bad” Brad Keselowski’s 10th place finish. While The Quilt Angel, Aggie Sue and The Throttle Jockey were all riding shotgun with Mr. Seven-Time, Jimmie Johnson.
There are five players, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, Cole The Redneck Understudy, ol skid-Marc, Zee, aka Sissy and Jeremy The Coach that logged 32 points via Clint Bowyer’s 6th place finish.
Round out the top five scorers is Kathy The Church Forecloser with 25 points from Erik Jones’ 12 place finish.
Because of the closeness of the scores within the fantasy league, there was a vast amount of movement this week! Only three players, Leon Your Most Humble Sheriff, Zee, aka Sissy and David The Mudslinging Throttle Jockey remained in their previous positions.
The two largest movers this week comes from the same household, Jim, aka Chiefy and Edie The Las Vegas Super Star. Both Chiefy and The Las Vegas Super Star moved eight (8) places this week, and that is where the similarities ended.The Las Vegas Super Star rocketed up eight spots to sit in 8th place. However, Chiefy didn’t fare quite as good, Ol Chiefy plummeted from 6th place to fall all the way down to 14th this week!
Bobby Blue Crush, Bernie The Bay Area Bandit ,and Linda The Cookie Mom suffered the same consequences, each tumbling five (5) places to rest in 7th, 15th and 19th, respectively.
Conversely, Dan The Numbers Cruncher had a smokin’ hot Sunday further positioning himself North and upwind of “The Outhouse” four (4) places to reside in 16th place!
Next there is trio consisting of Snoopy Dawn, Lonna The Quilt Angel and Carlton The Doorman who all moved three (3) spots this week. Both Snoopy and The Quilt Angel elevated their position on the leaderboard by three places to sit in 5th and 10th, respectively. However, Carlton The Doorman wasn’t nearly that lucky. No, The Doorman stumbled and fell three places to rest now 12th position.
Rounding out the top five movers this week is a quintet consisting of Carole, aka Rudy, Doug The Gandy Candy Man, A&M Aggie Sue, Ol Skid-Marc and Kathy The Church Forecloser. Four out of the five players had positive results today. Those four moving up the scoreboard are Rudy, The Candy Man, Aggie Sue and ol Skid-Marc now sitting in 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 13th, respectively. The Church Forecloser slid down the totem pole to return to one of her most familiar digs, “The Outhouse”!
Straight From The Crapper
This week we have two players who get to share “The Crappiest Pick of The Week” award. Both Jim, aka Chiefy and Bobby Blue Crush were rooting for “The Delivernator”, Denny Hamlin. However, Hamlin could only muster a 35th place finish and that yielded only 8 points for both of these players.
Even though Kathy the Church Forecloser was our 5th highest scorer this week, and logged 25 points, it was not enough to keep her from securing her place back in a place that she has visited a time or two this year “The Outhouse”!
Since Dover was an elimination race for the Round of 16 the bottom four drivers in points were eliminated after the checkered flag flew. Additionally, there several players who fell from grace this week, as well. For all affected this week I have some consolation words for you:
Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again……
Next week the NASCAR circus stays at home for a home game at Charlotte.
TIL NEXT TIME, PULL YOUR GLOVES UPM FLIP YOUR VISOR DOWN, AND LET’S GO RACIN”!