Congrats to Ed P2 - Score 440 Max score 477 Last cash 403
Interesting week this week - love the road courses with the stage racing - sure jumbles up things for the better.
Scores this week were once again very close to what they were the last two weeks. Winnings scorelast week was 420 - last cash was 406. This week we saw 4 win and last cash was 4
The most picked A drivers were Keselowski (48) followed by Truex (43) and Larson (41); then a drop off to Elliott at (28); Kyle Busch (25); Logano (23) and Harvick (21). Kenseth garnered 15 picks and we had Earnhardt, Hamlin, and McMurray with two each. Every driver in the A, B, and C groups were all picked. Truex finished second; but due to stage points he got the most points (71). Keselowski finished 17 but second most points (64). They were followed by Larson (58) and Harvick (49). SO the majority of us got three of the best four point earners. Elliott was fifth with 42. Logano was the worst with 22.
B drivers is where I got hammered. After passing week after week on Suarez; I decided to ick him this week. Sorry to all the others that picked him. I guess I jinxed him. You might know the week I go with Suarez instead of Kurt Busch it cost me 19 points. Not enough to win; but I culd of been in the top five. Most picked was Blaney (57); next was Jones (48); and a big drop off to Suarez and Bowyer (28); Kurt Busch (19). Then a huge drop back to drivers with single digit picks. Kahne and Newman (3) and Allmendinger and A Dillon (2). Those few folks that took Newman and A Dillon did well. Newman got 44 points, and Dillon got 35. The best B drivers score was Jones (61); These were the top three B drivers. Next in line was Blaney (31); Kurt Busch (30); then a drop back to Allmendinger with 21.
The C group saw everyone picked; and once again the few folks that picked Buescher did GREAT. This is two weeks in a row he has been the best C driver. He finished sixth and scored 37 points. Bayne finished fifth and got 39 points. Picks fell out this way. Stenhouse (53); Bayne (31); Buescher (14); Patrick (9); T Dillon (8); Menard (7); McDowell (5) and Almirola (1). Almirola also did well finishing 12th and scored 29 points. Stenhouse finished 18th and got 23 points..
The D group had four drivers picked. Ragan got 38; with DiBenedetto getting 22. Whitt had 2 and Cassill 1. The best D driver ended up beingCassill who got 16 points followed by DiBenedetto with 15; Whitt (12) and Ragan (11).
As stated above Ed P2 won for the third time this week with a nice score of 440. Scores were close at the top as Fred was second with 430 and last cash was 403.
In the segment we saw some folks fall off this week and they fell down the leader board. Since Fred finished second he retained his lead; and even stretched it out a bit to 64 points over James S who only got 342 this week. Ed P2 moved to within 72 of the lead as Jordan M2 and Chris T rounded out the top five. Last to cash right now is Jesse C 103 oit of the lead. It's still close out of the money and with BRISTOL coming up this weekend I am sure we'll see a crash fest and many points gained and lost this week. Treacherous old Darlington is after Bristol and 500 miles around there is a challenge. Of course Richmond is the final race of the segment and we could see several guys get crashed there as drivers make a last ditch effort to make the Chase. I look for MANY points to be swapped over the next three races. I'd say those all the way down to 50th have a good shot at the money yet.
Jordan M2 slipped a bit this week. Last week Fred R was only 32 points back, but now finds himself in the ead over Jordan by 27; with Michael R coming in third 54 back. Close ehind is Chris T 76 back and rounding out the top five is Anita M 95 out of the lead. Last cash we still see a 90 point gap from fifth back to last cash. Davey S was a little off this week and fell back to 15th; just 55 out of last cash. Last cash is currently held down by Skip H2 186 out of the lead; but just a scant 20 points ahead of Blain S and 49 in front of Steve B.
In the CHASE> SINce Ed P2 won and he had won before; no new drivers were added to the Chase. The eight that were in via points last week are the same eight in this week. Points shuffled around as Zach is in seventh with 7807 and Ron C2 in eighth with 7798. Ron is only 13 points ahead of Tim C; the first one on the outside looking in. Right close behind is David Z only 20 back and (still) Geoff M 35 in arrears. It's a jump of 80 points from Skip H1 up tp Ron... but as I said I expect MANY points to be shuffled the next three weeksDON'T FORGET; the CUP race will be at BRISTOL this week on SATURDAY night.
I HAVE decided about adding bonus points this season (for second; thirds, etc). I am going to ask those people who qualify for the Chase; what their opinion is when we get ready to start. If everyone in the Chase is good with it; we'll do it - If not we won't. Probably would be a smart move before rolling it out as a new feature next season. It'd be smart to give it a trial run for 2018. Always good to work out any "wrinkles" before next season kicks off.
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