Fantasy NASCAR: Little-known driver wins – as predicted
By Steve T. Gorches 314-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org May 9, 2013 9:08PM
Top 10 readers
Joe Slamka 176
Albert Gonzalez 173
Denny Halloran 173
Curly Buchholz 165
Eric Boise 164
Sam Conley 160
Kyle Hamstra 159
Daryl Gann 155
Bill Conley 154
Janice Garvey 154
Steve T. Gorches picks — TALLADEGA: Danica Patrick, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya. Total points: 133; DARLINGTON: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, 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 ( ) 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: June 11, 2013 4:37PM
Those who know me, or have read my columns over the years, know I’m absolutely the type of guy who says, “I told you so.”
So, to all our Post-Tribune Fantasy NASCAR contest entrants, “I told you so … again and again and again and again.”
Restrictor plate races equal chaos and equal a weird list of drivers in the top 10, meaning you shouldn’t pick five popular drivers because at least one or two of them will inevitably finish in the bottom 10.
I say it every time Daytona or Talladega approaches and inevitably 80 percent of the readers don’t listen.
I mean you do want to win, right? Free tickets to the Brickyard 400 in July is appealing, right?
Instead, we get another restrictor race in which no one topped 180 points. Now I didn’t either, but I was one of only two people to choose the winner: David Ragan. The other was Chuck Green Jr. of Wheatfield, who also didn’t score well (I had 133 points and he had 129). But we had the right idea.
You know what drivers were in the bottom 10: Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin, who was back after four weeks off due to a compression fracture.
And in the top 10 besides Ragan: David Gilliland (second), Michael Waltrip (fourth), Regan Smith (sixth), Aric Almirola (10th) and Scott Speed in ninth.
Let me repeat that last one … Scott freaking Speed, who was worthless in Formula One and hasn’t finished in the top 10 in a Sprint Cup race since 2010. In fact, he now has four top 10s and three of them are on restrictor tracks — one win at Daytona and now two at Talladega, including his highest career finish of fifth in 2009.
Want more evidence?
Waltrip’s last five top 10s dating back to 2009 are all restrictor races.
I rest my case.
So who survived low scores and not listening to me this week?
Joe Slamka of Chesterton matched his wife, Ruth Anne with one victory this season as he had 176 points, thanks to not picking anyone who finished below 18th. Also qualifying for our July drawing in second was two readers tied with 173 points — Albert Gonzalez of Lake Station and Denny Halloran of DeMotte.