Fantasy NASCAR: Some patterns developing so far this season
By Steve T. Gorches 648-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org March 21, 2013 11:08PM
Top 10 readers
John Zack 196
Janice Garvey 192
Tony Veneziano 191
Sharon Halloran 190
Gary Ison 186
Susan Zart 180
Robin Cox 180
Tom Nemeth 177
Kenneth Moldovan 177
Daryl Gann 173
Steve T. Gorches picks: BRISTOL — Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards. Total points: 100; FONTANA — Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon
The annual Post-Tribune Fantasy NASCAR contest has returned for a sixth season. Each week readers pick five drivers and points are based on the same system NASCAR uses in its standings. Lineup entries can be submitted via email (email@example.com) or phone (219-314-3797). Entries can also be texted to that cell number. No faxes, please. With your entries, please include your name, hometown and a contact number. First and second place each week will be entered into a drawing in July for tickets to the Brickyard 400.
Updated: April 23, 2013 2:34PM
Maybe this will be a pattern all season long in the Post-Tribune’s sixth annual Fantasy NASCAR contest.
Take your pick …
Four weeks and four different winners as Kasey Kahne won his first career race at Bristol, where anything can happen (hence, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano and their crews coming to blows afterward).
Four weeks and I still haven’t chosen a race winner in my five drivers.
Four weeks and we have only had three readers posting entries of 200-plus points. All three of them were before this past week, when no one topped that mark.
Our entries are up, but the Sprint Cup races haven’t exactly gone the way fans expect. The top 10 at Bristol included both Busch brothers (that hasn’t happened too much in recent years), Ryan Newman, Brian Vickers, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray. Once again, not your typical top 10 — no Jimmie Johnson, no Jeff Gordon, no Matt Kenseth, who won the previous week, no Carl Edwards, no Denny Hamlin, no Tony Stewart. So it’s not exactly the fault of the readers.
The reader with the highest not-so-high score was John Zack of Portage with 196 points. He had Kahne, both Busches, Hamlin and Brad Keselowski, who isn’t being picked by enough readers for some reason.
Finishing second was Janice Garvey of Chesterton with 192 points. Both Zack and Garvey qualify for our July drawing for Brickyard 400 tickets.
Nice reader idea: Speaking of the drawing, Joe Slamka of Chesterton had a great suggestion: “If anyone gets a perfect lineup, they get two entries into the drawing.”
Sounds good to me, though the way scores are this season, it’s very unlikely. In our previous five years of the contest, there have been a handful of perfect lineups (picking the top five drivers in a race with one of them leading the most laps). In our new point system (the same as NASCAR’s), that’s 214 points.
Oops, my bad: Last week I talked about picking a driver in your five who isn’t among the 43 cars in the race, and what do I do? Yep, I chose Mark Martin, who didn’t run Bristol. And I wasn’t the only one. Three others chose the old man, so I hope you didn’t follow my faulty pick.