Congrats to ED P2 - Score 440 Max score 462 Last cash 420
Looks like scores were above average this week. So far this week the average winning score has been about 400; and this week it was in the 440 range. Average last cash has been about 370 and this week it was about 420. Nice picking for some folks. I stuck my neck out and took Jones instead of making the 'smart' play and taking Blaney and that alone cost me 50 points. OUCH. As I expected the scores were pretty spread out with many folks being 80+ behind the winning score. Some folks were 100+ behind and worse. Could see some major shifts in the segment standings this week.
Your picks played out like this: As usual all the A drivers were picked. Harvick was picked the most (55) followed by Keselowski (47); Logano (36); then a gap back to Truex (23); Kyle Busch and Elliott (22 each); Larson (18); Johnson (13); Kenseth (10); Earnhardt (4).; and Kurt Busch (3)So it appears most of you folks decided to stay away from the drivers who missed qualifying and picked guys starting more up front. I did that; and it was the wrong play. Johnson Started 24th and won. Larson started 32nd and had second most points; Earnhardt started 37th and both ended up fifth. Of the 252 total possible A driver picks (63 plays x 4 picks each) we had a total of only 35 picks for the guys. Most of us sure missed the boat there. The highest scoreing A drivers were Johnson, Larson, Harvick and Logano.
B group drivers also saw every drive picked. Blaney, Bowyer and McMurray had by far the most picks with all of them having more than 48. Then it was a huge drop back to Jones with only 14, Newman had 10 and every one else was in single digits. The three most picked drivers scored the most points in this group. If you took Kahne or A Dillon you really had it round scoring in single digits. New worse was Newman with 15 points; then Jones with only 19. For the most part the group did well with these picks. I ended up taking Jones simply because he had run so well in the Xfinity race; and if he hadn't got his noce messed up early in the race he may have done well.
C drivers looked like this. Every driver but Ragan was picked. The most picked was Stenhouse (38) followed by Almirola (35); Bayne (20); T Dillon (14) and everyone else had less than 10. The best scoring C drivers were Stenhouse and Bayne. I had originally planned o take Bayne until he crashed his primary car; so then I was afraid his back-up wouldn't be near as fast. stenhouse and Bayne scored 31 and 28. T Dillon was next with 26 follow by Almirola (23); and Buescher (20). For the most part no one got hurt to bad in this group since the top five scores all fell within 11 points.
Finally in the D group we saw SIX different drivers picked. the most picked was DiBenedetto (32); then whitt (21); Yeley had 5; LaJoie and Sorenson (2 each) and Gaulding (1). I had high hopes that Yeley would run better than he did. He looked good the first 1/2 of the race; even being on the lead lap while the other D drivers were three or four laps down. Somewhere in the final segment he lost a couple laps; and then steadily kept falling back eventually ending up 27th. That put him back there will all the rest of the D drivers when it was all over. Yeley DID score the most points 14; but whitt got 11 and DiBenedetto got 10. So once again no one really got hurt in this group.You folks get a gold star this week. NO ONE made any pick errors. That's the first time all season.
As it shows at the top - ED P2 won this week - He beat out Geoff M by eight points. Scores were pretty high and last cash was 420.
Now; in the segment we see the that Jordan M1 has uped his lead from 19 to 35 points. I has a miserable week (mostly because I picked Jones instead of Blaney) and went from second to fourth. It doesn't sound that bad; but the kicked is I went from 19 points out of the lead to now 81 points out of the lead. I'm also only 60 points ahead of being OUT of the money now. So another bad week and I could drop clean out of the money. Davey's good week moved him up to only two points out of the money. NEXT race is the last race of segment #1. It's really tight from 6th place down to last cash. It's just 27 points in that gap. LOTS of movement could be made in this final race.
Add to that it's only 100 points from last cash back to 32nd. It's only 40 points from last cash to 26th. So we have a big bunch of people in the hunt for the segment money. This week we are off for Easter; and we race again in TWO weeks. Another track where we can see big points swings with the beating and banging at Bristol. Once Again I expect cars to be knocked out that could of finished well except for the five minute repair clock.... They run so fast there it's easy to have a major high speed pile-up. SO enjoy your Easter and get a head start working on those picks for Bristol
I suppose that's about it. Everyone have a great week
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