FRED R your emails are STILL bouncing back as "undeliverable"Well that was an interesting weekend - Harvick sure put an ass whoopin' on them boys both days.Hamlin was right there with him; as was Truex. If you picked these three guys BOTH days you probably did ok. (Most folks didn't). B drivers were all over the place; and their scores varied greatly from race to race.NEXT week we'll see a weird race as they race on the road course at Daytona with NO practice. It's a shame; NASCAR could really play this into a historic event; have the teams practice; etc and make a great show of it. As it is I believe all that will happen is a ton of crashes; lots of torn up race cars and 1/2 the race run under the yellow flag and it'll be a joke.A - The most picked driver this week both days was Harvick. He had 82 picks Sunday and 83 Saturday. Of course he won both races. He scored 100 points Saturday and 96 on Sunday. Keselowski had the second most picks on Sunday with 65. After his great showing on Saturday many folks took him. Well he had a great car again but make a mistake and took out team mate Ryan Blaney (who many people also had) and destroyed a lot of peoples scores. Brad Finished last and scored one point. Blaney had 39 picks; finished next to last but got 14 points. SO if you AVOIDED both these guys on Sunday you had a big leg up.Hamlin got 62 picks and once again he was the second best car to Harvick, He scored 63 points. Truex got 38 picks and finished third both days. He got 54 points Sunday. Kyle Busch I "expected" to run well Sunday; but I didn't have and "confidence" in him so I passed on picking him. He did have 31 people pick him and he came home fourth scoring 67 points.Once again Elliott didn't seem to have a great car; but both days he found himself up at the front with a shot to win late in the race. Sunday he finished ninth and scored 39 points for the 18 folks who took him. LOTS of folks took Logano on Saturday; but they backed off him on Sunday and he only got ten picks. That was a mistake as he finished fifth and scored 47 points. Not a good as Harvick et al; but much better than Kes and Blaney. Almirola looked pitiful on Saturday so he only got six picks Sunday. Sounded like they threw everything put the kitchen sink at that car trying to make it faster and it worked. He finished sixth and scored 45. Finally Kurt Busch got the final pick and came home tenth scoring 37.B - Jones was a popular pick once again on Sunday with 73 picks - not so much on Saturday as he only got 27. And once again he disappointed. after scoring point in both of the first two stages he faded and only scored 24 points on the day. Surprisingly Johnson got 43 picks. He finished 11th but wasn't able to score any stage points and only got 30 points on the day. I was glad to see the B picks spread out so much. Six drivers received between 22 and 43 picks. Anyway; next was DiBenedetto with 32 picks. He run well the first stage and got seven points there. In the end he finished seventh and grabbed a total of 46 points; second best in his group. Byron also got 32 picks; and his day kinda of went like Matty D's. Byron got five stage points and faded; and finished 12th scoring 34. Bowman was a killer on Sunday. 28 folks picked him. He run in the top 15 all day; just missed stage points both stages; but something happened late in the race and he had a flat and lost a lap. Next thing I knew he finished 36th and only scored five points. He went from a potential good day to crap.Bowyer got 26 picks. He led every lap of the first stage; but banged sides with Bowman at one point and had to pit and damaged the areo on his car and fell back. He finishes 14th and still ended up the highest scoring B driver with 54. Reddick got 22 picks; and he just never had it Sunday. He finished 24th and only scored 21. A Dillon was surprise. Only three folks picked him and he finished eighth; picking up 42 points - third best in the B group. Kenseth finished 15th scoring 28 and Newman was 13th scoring 33.So Bowyer; DiBenedetto and A Dillon were the best B drivers this week; followed closely by Byron and Newman.
C - Bell got the most picks on Sunday which surprised me. Custer got the most picks far and away on Saturday and to me was clearly the best driver in this group until he had a flat and crashed. I kinda figured he'd be as good on Sunday as he was Saturday; but was a little curious if having to go to a back up car would have a major impact. Anyway; 51 Folks took Bell and he finished 17th scoring 46. It turns out he WAS the best C driver and Custer struggled to finish 25th and only score 16. He only got eight picks Sunday. After his great run on Saturday; Wallace got 17 picks Sunday. He managed to finish 21st and scored 20. Buescher got five picks and scored 26; while Stenhouse got four and scored 25 while Nemechek got two and was able to get 18 points.D - LaJoie was the most popular pick here Sunday. 45 times people marked his name as the driver they wanted in this group. He finished 22nd and scored 19 points. Turns out Preece (who got 29 picks) was the best pick on Sunday as he finished 16th and scored 27. We seemed to have gotten it backwards this weekend here. Everyone picked Preece on Saturday and Lajoie was the best; and then on Sunday everyone picked Lajoie and Preece was the best. Suarez's efforts seem to be improving as his scores are creeping closer to these two as the season progresses. He scored 15 this weekE - Finally in the E group we saw everyone jump on the band wagon and pick Houff. Unfortunately he wasn't the one who got the highest score. Eleven people took Sorenson and he scored ten points. THEN we saw Houff come in with nine for his 59 picks.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXWeekly Winner - Davey S & Scott E Winning score - 478 MAX score - 520 Low To Cash - 395I'm going to split this up into each races breakdown for this part.Saturday we saw Davey S get the win with a score of 468. He beat out Ray M by ONE tiny little point. David Faber and Rowdy W tied for third just five points back while Buck H rounded out the top five only seven away from the win. Chris R was tenth at 446 and Stefanie B grabbed the final cash spot with 440.SUNDAY we had Scott E get the win with 458. He beat out Chris R by ten point. Thats two top ten finishes in one weekend; I bet that really helps his scores. Rowdy was third for the second day in a row; twenty behind the win. Ed P2 was fourth -23 while John H was fifth -28. I think we can see with the gaps in scores who didn't have neither Blaney nor Keselowski; then a drop to only had one of them and a LOT further gow we'll see score with people who had both of them.Landing in tenth place this week was Harry H. He scored 411; which was 47 points out of the win. Last cash was a three way tie at 405.You can tell a big different when one or two major players crash out. Low to cash Saturday was only 28 points away from the win. Sunday it was 53.the gap from winning to last Saturday was 468-325; Sunday it was 458-264. OUCHSegment leader - Chris R - 2065 Low To Cash - Doug M - 1950Segment - OK Segment and overall will be interesting since we have a TWO race update.Last week Bobby W was in the lead. But Chris R and Rowdy has two races with top ten finishes and both moved past a LOT of people to move into the top two spots. Chris R leads Rowdy by 49 points and we see Bobby 50 behind. With this weeks win Scott E is now fourth -67. Nathan manage to hang in there and is now fifth -83.It's a real dog fight here for the money as the following info shows.Last week Zach J was in tenth -119. Now tenth place has closed up to only -96 and Ron C2 holds down that spot. Zach slipped just a tiny bit and is now 12 point OUT of the money. Out last cash spot last week had Buck H at -144. That also closed up as last cash is now just -115. Doug M sits in that spot. SO we see over the weekend the field actually CLOSED ground on the leaders in the Segment.Five races down and four races to go. I see TONS of carnage in the next few races. Next race is they have never raced on before with no practice. Then two races at Dover; which typically produce wrecks; and we close out the segment at Daytona where I am SURE we'll see SEVERAL "big ones" that will crush peoples scores. SO look for scores to take a major hit the next four weeks. It'll be survival of the fittest for sure.
Overall leader - Rowdy W - 8813 Low To Cash - Ron C2 - 8387Overall - With his great two races; Rowdy zoomed to the top of the leader board here. He went from 30 behind to now 92 ahead. David Fr1 still maintains second; and Anita is still in third. She went from -109 to now -185. Once again we see Chris R's great races moved him up the board. He is now in fourth - 191. Geoff M remained in fifth. He went from -196 to being -273. Fred R 2 is still sixth and Fred R1 seventh.Jay S continues to recover from his last place finish as he has come from 20th a few weeks; ago up to 13th; then 12th and now eighth. He is -336.Last week Rob a was tenth at -252. He is still there; but the gap has opened up to -376.Finally in last cash last week we had Jimmy G at -331. Ron C2 moved into the final cash spot as Jimmy G continued to move up the ladder. Last cash now is -426.Remember when I said earlier I expected the "last cash" number to be 400 or more points behind the leader and "no one should get discouraged" - well we are there ALREADY; so everyone hang in there.THE CHASE QUALIFIER - sounds like a broken record - BUT - David Fr1 is STILL without a win and leading Overall - Anita closed to about 100 now in second.Geoff now holds down third and Fred R2 is fourth. Fred R1 this week to fifth; but still has a about a 100 point cushion.Don G is in seventh with 8423. Jimmy G holds down the final transfer spot to make the Chase with 8419. Only ONE point ahead of Steve M with 8418. Zach J has 8408; and Terry J 1 has 8406. Thats SIX people for TWO spots all within 17 points.And lets not forget what I said before. The next four races will be point killers. It could happen NONE of these six folks make the Chase. All the way down to Joe R in 19th is within 100 points of the cut and that could be made up at the Daytona road course alone. I'd say with 150 points has a shot right how it catch up and "point" their way in. I think we'll see THAT much carnage. Anything more behind than that I'd be looking for a win...Super 7 leader - Leader - Rob A - 1668 Low To Cash - Chris R - 1647Super 7 --- the NEXT Super 7 race will be when we kick off the Chase at Darlington. Rob A had a great week last time, and vaulted into the lead here. Last weeks leader John M fell back to eighth with a tough week. Second place last time was Peggy's but she had a rough week also. Both of them scored less than 300. In second now we see Chris R just 21 points out of the lead. Since we only pay two spots; this always seems to jump around a lot. Before this race Andre was in third but has now fallen out of the top 20. It's a tight battle however. We see Zach J in third -28 from the lead (just seven from second). Jim B is -35; and David F1 is fifth -44. Peggy is still in the hunt in tenth at -64; as is Andre at about -100. Three races to go and anything can happen. Especially since the final three races are Darlington; the Roval at Charlotte and Martinsville.Below is a copy of the weekly results that will remain here all season.
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