Congrats to John H - Score 425 Max score 470 Last cash 388
WOW what a MESS. It went a long time before "the big one" happened,... but it finally did and when it did it took out a LOT of cars. Of course then we had another and another. When they got down to about 15 laps to go and there was such a small field left running I told Anita" just because there is a small amount of cars left doesn't mean we can't have another "big one" and just a lap or two later Elliott and suarez tangled.... Logano got torn up real bad in one of the big crashes; I hve NO idea how he was running; let alone he was so fast.....
Lets jump in and check out our driver counts. Keselowski had the most with 51 and most folks loved the 76 points he earned them. Elliott was next most with 40 and he looked like he might win until a late race crash that knocked hi out of the event. Surprisingly there had been so many other cars knocked out he finished 16th. Hamlin / Harvick got 38 picks. BUt totally different endings for these two drivers. Harvick crashed out while Hamlin finished 6th. Hamlin got the second most points (40) and Havick only got 24. Elliott ended up being the third best A driber with 38 points and Kenseth was next best with 29. Of course some folks took a brutal hit with McMUrray crashing early and ending up 37th with only 4 points. 18 people took that big hit. Also crashing out was A drivers Kyle Busch (27th - 17 pts); Johnson (24th - 27); Truex (23rd - 18); and Harvick (20th - 24). I came so so close to taking McMurray here.
Of course the B drivers also had the same issues. Most picked was Earnhardt, and Like Keselowski in the A group ran well finishing 7th scoring 41 points. Stenhouse got 41 picks but crashed out and finished 26th. Big hit for that half of our players. Kurt Busch had 39 picks but also crashed and finished 25th. Logano crashed hard; but somehow managed to find speed in his car and finish 4th. Bowyer had 11 picks and it seemed there was some controvery between his crew/crew chief and him. I know he got in a wreck; but it seemed like the crew was fixing his car on pit road; and he just got out; had some heated words with his crew chief and left, leaving everyone scratching their heads. SO I am looking forward on more about that story in the next few days. Bowyer was credited with a 35th place finish. Blaney got 10 picks and crashed out finishing 18th; but he scored a bunch of stage points and ended up with a totl of 51 points. Lets look at the best scoring B drivers. Newman was the next best scoring B driver and only one person picked him (scored 50 points). As mentioned Logano scored the most points for B drivers (58). Earnhardt got 41 and Kahne got 35 points and it was a big drop down to the next best B driver with 27 points.
The most picked C driver was Menard. Like in the other groups the most picked scored well. He wasn't one of the best two; but he finished and scored 29 points. Next most picked was Almirola. Like Menard he had issues but managed to finishand scored 42 points. Bayne for 22 picks and WAS the best finishing C driver. He finished third and got 40 points. FYI Almirola finished fifth and Menard 12th. I just almost took McDowell here. Having McMurray and McDowell would of KILLED me.
The D group saw Ragan get 34 picks. He crashed once or twice was able to keep the car going; stay in the draft and finish 10th; and scored 32 points. The best D driver was Gaulding who finished a career best 9th. He scored 40 points because he got bonus points for "best rookie", most improved and moving up 20+ positions Next most picked was Cassil who finished 28th.
As stated above John H won this week... He scored 425. That's about the same winning score as last week. However the drop from winning to last cash a fairly big again but not a big as last week. John beat Skip H2 by 12 points; while last cash went to Doug M with 388. Now scored overall did show a HUGE gap. scores ranged from a high of 425 to a low of 200. Them things happen at the restrictor plate races with so many crashes. Folks that happened to take McMurray, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, and a couple others crashed and burned.
Rick K is like a yoyo lately. Two weeks ago he was in the last cash spot. Then last week he had a great week while others struggled and he went from 12th into the lead. This week he was horrible and went from the lead down to 24th. Currently we find Blaine S leading the segment with John H only 33 back. Mark F and Michael R are tied for third 42 back and Chris T is fifth49 from the front spot. Last cash right now we find Ray M only 59 points from the lead. So we have only TEN points from 5th to 12th.and 27 points from second to 12th. THAT'S a TIGHT pack. We find from last cash all the way down to 25th is less than 59 points out of the money; and the top 19 are within 100 points of the lead. So this segment is wide open for everyone to get some segment winnings. Let me point out a few of the moves this week. John H went from 24th last week now in second; and Michael R moved from 18th to 3rd. Skip H2 went from 29th to 9th and finally Steve B moved from 21st to 11th. Of course when folks move up; others must move down. Some of the most notable drops were Jim B dropping from 3rd last week down to 33rd; Gary L dropped from 7th to 26th; Chris W went from 9th to 32nd; and as mentioned Rick went from leading to 24th. Just another example of how fast you can move up or down in the game. Especially in this final segment when scores are so close. For example Rick had a horrible week and even though he is 24th he is only 50 points out of the money.
In the overall, Michael R once again expanded his lead. Last week it was 20; and now it is 59. Chris T is second; followed by Jordan M2, Mark F and Jordan M1. Last cash we see Bobby W1 228 back. As you saw this week 150 points is easily doable in one week so you folks still 300+ points back still have a shot at the overall money. With a strong finish folks ever further back have a shot
OK - HERE'S THE NEW CHASE INFO. this week John H won; He IS one of those that advanced out of segment #1 and is still in the Chase His win this week automatically locks him into the next round of the Chase. So if he happened to do horrible this week; he still advances. That means currently we have one winner; so we take him and seven more. Of course if one of our people in this round of the Chase also wins this week we'd have two winners and six in via points. John also gets an additional five bonus points to start the next round.Let me tell you how very close the Chase is. BLain leads with 15936; and is 28 points ahead of John. Next is Jordan M2 41 back; and Mark F and Michael R tied at 47 back.It is ONLY 20 points from third to 10th (last spot to advance); and just an extra 17 points down to 12th. So when you boil it down we only have the very small gap of 37 points between 12th and third. Of course only TEN advance to the next round. and in the fact that some of further back could win this week and vault themselves into the next round; and you could easily end up with who make the next round just being a couple points from who makes it and who gets left on the outside looking in.After next week we'll cut again and reset the points.We are at Kansas this coming weekend and it should be a good race and I expect the points for all our players to be very close. I'm sure everyone will be checking out all their info to try and start the best lineup possible
I guess that's it for this week. I hope no one is having any issues understanding what they are seeing or understanding the scoring. If so let me know I'll be happy to clear anything up so everyone is on the same page.
Everyone have a great week. Next week we race at Kansas.
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