Fantasy NASCAR: Another crazy NASCAR occurrence
By Steve T. Gorches 314-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org May 30, 2013 11:14PM
Top 5 NASCAR
Janice Garvey 186; Sharon Halloran 184; Gary Hartkorn 178; John Stoddard 176; Chuck Green Sr. 173; Scott Ganzeveld 173
Top 5 Indy 500 reader entries
Tony Veneziano 143; Jerry Shafer 141; Chuck Green Sr. 141; Sonja Ison 141; Dave Turnipseed 136
Steve T. Gorches picks — CHARLOTTE: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart. Total points: 154; INDY 500: Ed Carpenter, Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves, AJ Allmendinger, Marco Andretti. Total points: 124; DOVER: Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman, Joey Logano
Updated: July 2, 2013 8:03AM
It might be my second favorite racing day of the calendar year — Indy 500 Sunday when you get to watch the greatest open wheel race during the day, then watch the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race in the evening. My favorite race day is still the Brickyard 400.
Little did we know that this past Sunday would include another crazy occurrence during a NASCAR race.
In the past 15 months we’ve seen Juan Pablo Montoya drive into the back of track-drying truck and light the track on fire, a car fly through the catch fencing and injuring fans, a fan shoot and kill himself in the infield after a race sponsored by the National Rifle Association, and now we’ve seen Fox’s camera cable break and land on the track, causing damage to some cars and injuring more fans.
What’s next … the blimp falling on the track? A car driving backward over the finish line? You can count on something crazy.
As for this week’s Post-Tribune Fantasy NASCAR contest, it was the usual two-for-the-price-of-one week with twice the qualifiers for our drawing in July. And there were low NASCAR scores again, thanks to popular drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon doing poorly.
We had a pair of women on top of the NASCAR contest. Janice Garvey of Chesterton had 186 points, and she did it without picking race winner Kevin Harvick. Finishing second was Sharon Halloran of DeMotte.
The Indy 500 results were based on the NASCAR point system, and Highland native Tony Veneziano was first with 143 points. He had race winner Tony Kanaan, as well as Marco Andretti and Helio Castroneves. Placing second behind him were a three-way tie of Sonja Ison of Hobart, Chuck Green Sr. of Wheatfield and Jerry Shafer of Griffith with 141 points each.
This week NASCAR is at Dover with Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin two drivers to definitely pick.