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Well results this week are going to be interesting. I'm getting a head start writing this; waiting for official results to be posted from NASCAR. But popular picks Blaney, McDowell, Truex, Elliott, Jones, Kurt Busch, and Keselowski all finished poorly. I doubt anyone missing having at least one of these guys.
As far as picks Kyle Busch got the most (59). Then I was glad to see picks more spread out. Next most picked was Larson (37); Logano (36); and then a tight pack with Blaney (26), Hamlin (25), Elliott (24) and Keselowski (23). The rest saw Harvick with 17; Truex 10 and Johnson 3. Busch and Larson finished 1-2 and scored 71 points. Johnson finished third scoring 60 points. Surprisingly even though Keselowski finished 23rd; he scored the fourth most points. He scored a bunch of bonus points winning both stages; leading at half way and his qualifying points. Unusual to have a guy finish this far down and still be one of the top scoring drivers. The few folks that took Johnson probably did well if they also had Busch and Larson. Harvick was another driver picked few times; but finished seventh and had fifth most points. On the other side of the coin; Blaney was the best car on the track when cars crashed in front of him and he couldn't avoid it. He was the worst finishing A driver in 35th and only got 8 points. Truex and Elliott were two of the cars caught up in the lap two wreck and scored 11 and 12 points respectively.
B drivers saw Jones have the most picks this week (59); - this turned out to be the wrong play. Next picked was Bowyer (52); and then Kurt Busch (46). Busch cut a tire and went a couple laps down and he finished 22nd. Bowyer was the only popular pick to finish well (8th) and he scored 45 points. There was a huge drop off in packs from Busch with 46 back to only NINE picks for Bowman and Suarez. Then Newman had seven. Bowman finished fifth and scored 46 points; while Newman finished tenth and scored 45. These are the other two best finishing B drivers. Picking in this group will see major changes starting next week as Kurt Busch and Bowyer will be moved to the A group. As far as those drivers that hurt the players this week we have Jones who finished 26th; Kurt Busch was 22nd while Byron was 18th and McMurray 19th. Suarez had a good run and finished 11th; He was fourth high in points, but he was a long way behind Newman only scoring 31 points.
C drivers saw the trend continue with many picks going to Almirola. We'll see him move up to the B group starting next race. Stenhouse got the most picks (53) while Almirola had 46. Then a huge drop back to Menard 16; and then Allmendinger and Bayne with 4. Only ONE person took Bubba Wallace who ran great and was leading at one point - but a long green flag run saw his tires wear out and before the next yellow came out he would go from leading to a lap behind. Stenhouse finished best (fourth) and scored the most points (52). Almirola was next best finishing sixth and scored 45. Allmendinger scored the third most points (31) while finishing 17th. Wallace was next best scoring 29 points while finishing 16th. Menard was 13th and scored 28.
D drivers saw a switch this week as folks jumped on McDowell and Ragan since they practiced and qualified so well. McDowell had 26 picks while Ragan got 19. McDowell triggered the lap two crash and he was out of the race. He finished 38th and only scored three points. On the other hand Ragan ran the whole race; finished on the lead lap and was 12th. He scored 29 points. That's a 26 points difference between these two drivers. Needless to say Ragan scored the most points of the D drivers. Cassill scored 21 points while finishing 20th. No one picked him. Next best was DiBenedetto with 20 points; and he had 9 picks. Buescher also had nine picks; but finished 26th and only scored five points. The only other D driver picked was T Dillon who was picked once. He scored 13 points finishing 28th. There will be another swap make in this group as Buescher will move up to the C group. The PICK PAGE on the web site has already had these adjustments made.
STANDINGS Weekly Winner - ANITA M Winning score - 449 MAX score - 528 Low To Cash - 422 CONGRATS to this weeks winner ANITA M MAN am I going to here it this week. She'll be giving me heck because she won. I'll never hear the end until I win (GOSH I hope that's VERY soon) ROFLOL. Anita edged David Anderson by one tiny point. Man that's rough for him. This makes the SECOND time he finished second this year. That week he was beat out by Nathan T. Ron C2 finished third; followed by Ed P1 and Fred R. Robert L and Stefanie B2 grabbed last cash at 422.OK - the Segment has saw Ron C1 had a down week; but he had a big enough lead to hang on and win Segment #1. (finished third); Skip H1 closed in on him; but was still 54 points behind. Rookie Tim T held his own and almost caught Skip, finishing 9 points behind. Another Rookie, Terry J finished fourth and Jon W rounded out the Top 5. Ed P2 had a good week and slipped by several people to grab the last cash spot. Jesse got edged out by just one point; and Bobby W1 by 11. Just for reference it was 190 points between the winner and last cash. So if we look at "stats" that means that last cash expanded by about 25 points each race. Maybe if that holds true we can project out what we might "guess" the gap would be between winning and last cash NEXT segment. Since we have NINE races in segment #2 we might guess from the winning score down to 225 points behind that score could finish in the segment money. We'll see how it plays out.We'll start posting info here for Overall standings info when I get back from my trip.THE CHASE info is here. Another new winner this week. Eight weeks, eight winners. Ron C1 still leads via points. The top remained the same and Skip H1, Tim T, and Terry J all stayed at the top four in points. Jon W moved up to fifth and Jordan M1 moved up to sixth as Terry S has a back week and fell to 65 points out via points right now. Michael R just edged into the points in seventh; when Fred R made a big move jumping from 18th to 8th. Of course there is a long time until we make the cut here.
Here is our Update on the Super 7 part of the game. Nothing will change here until the Race at Kansas (race #12). Nathan T won the first week; so he is the current leader of the Super 7. It pays $25 for first and $10 for second. David Anderson is second just 14 points behind Nathan. As you'll see; the races in the Super 7 include some of "everything". Besides Phoenix we also have the short tracks at Martinsville and Bristol (completely different animals even though they are 1/2 mile tracks. The we have the 1 1/2 mile tracks of Kansas and Charlotte. These two tracks are nothing alike; besides the Charlotte race is 600 long grueling miles. We also have the Lady In Black and the Southern 500 as one event; and finally we have the "roval" as one of the seven events. that should be very interesting as it will be a brand new track with no past knowledge on it.The Rookie of the Year chase. Rookies so far this season we see Tim T in second and Terry J in fourth. David F, Scott P and Scott E are all withing seven points of the segment money. SO we see many Rookies still right near the top.Below is a copy of the weekly results that will remain here all season.
2016 SGMENT #1
2016 SEGMENT #2
2016 SEGMENT #3
2016 SEGMENT #4
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