Fantasy NASCAR: Hendrick struggles bad news for contestants
By STeve T. Gorches 314-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org June 20, 2013 11:10PM
BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 14: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2013 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 170696069
The annual Post-Tribune Fantasy NASCAR contest is in its 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 two tickets to the Brickyard 400.
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Steve T. Gorches picks
MICHIGAN: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jimmie Johnson. Total points: 126; SONOMA: Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Stewart, Marcos Ambrose, Kurt Busch
Updated: July 22, 2013 7:13PM
When all four Hendrick drivers have bad days during a Sprint Cup Series race, that’s a recipe for disaster in the Post-Tribune’s Fantasy NASCAR contest.
That’s exactly what happened last Sunday in Michigan, which is a track where most of the four Hendrick drivers have performed well.
Jimmie Johnson was in control when he blew a front tire to finish 28th, while Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon finished in that order from 37th to 39th with various issues.
It’s enough to make anyone’s lineup suffer, unless you didn’t choose any of those four.
That’s what Janice Garvey of Chesterton did in earning her second victory of the season and third qualifying spot into our drawing (she also finished second early in the campaign). Garvey chose race-winner Greg Biffle, as well as Matt Kenseth (sixth), Kyle Busch (fourth), Brad Keselowski (12th) and Carl Edwards (eighth) for 195 points.
That was just one point better than runner-up Joanne Daras of DeMotte, whose 194-point effort included Tony Stewart (39 points) instead of Busch (40 points). But Daras also gets a spot in our drawing next month.
Speaking of that drawing, it’s not only confirmed that for the sixth straight year we have two tickets to the Brickyard 400 as our grand prize, but they are actually in our hands. So if you’ve finished first or second any week this season, you have a chance to attend my second favorite NASCAR race.
On the road again
No, my favorite race is not the Daytona 500. It’s either of the road races, the first of which is this week at Sonoma. And here’s my annual advice on picking five drivers: There are a handful of popular guys you should stay away from at all costs because they just aren’t good at turning right. Those include Earnhardt (that means you, Robin Cox, who always picks Junior), Kenseth or Biffle. Just to show you the stats, Bovada’s odds of winning Sonoma for those three drivers, Biffle and Kenseth are 40-to-1 while Junior s 50-to-1.
On the opposite end of the odds spectrum, Marcos Ambrose is 7-to-2, while Stewart is 7-to-1 and Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya are 15-to-2.
That tells you who to pick among your five.