Fantasy NASCAR: Some Sonoma surprises
By Steve T. Gorches 314-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org June 28, 2013 11:14PM
The annual Post-Tribune Fantasy NASCAR contest has almost completed 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 two tickets to the Brickyard 400.
Top 10 readers
Robin Cox 199
Eric Boise 196
Susan Zart 192
Steven Arnold 181
Shelley Ganzeveld 181
Randy Glans 181
Chuck Green Sr. 177
Gary Hartkorn 177
John Stoddard 177
Michael Rich 177
Steve T. Gorches picks
SONOMA: Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Stewart, Marcos Ambrose, Kurt Busch; Total points: 148; KENTUCKY: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Updated: July 30, 2013 8:51AM
Turns out that pick of Juan Pablo Montoya wasn’t so good after all, going into a road race where he usually shines.
Then again, he was second until running out of gas in the last couple laps to fall back to 34th. So that’s not necessarily a bad pick, just bad luck.
And it turns out that pick of Tony Stewart, who shines in most road races, wasn’t such a lock after all since he finished 28th, just one spot ahead of road race phenomenon Danica Patrick.
Yes, that was sarcasm.
Oh, and Kyle Busch didn’t fare so well, either, after doing very well in road races in recent years. He finished one spot behind Montoya in 35th.
Now usual road race success stories such as Jeff Gordon (second), Kurt Busch (fourth) and Marcos Ambrose (seventh) did shine again, but it was a surprise winner at the top in Martin Truex Jr. that had reader lineups baffled in the Post-Tribune’s Fantasy NASCAR contest.
Not only don’t a lot of readers choose Truex, anyway, since he hadn’t won in 218 races dating back to 2007 — the year before the P-T contest started — but even fewer chose him for a tougher road race.
Make that just two readers who chose Truex, and only one of them posted a top 10 score — Susan Zart of Crown Point with 192 points, and that wasn’t good enough to earn one of the two qualifying spots for our drawing in a few weeks for two tickets to the Brickyard 400.
The combination that did win the always-challenging road race week was Gordon, Carl Edwards (third), Clint Bowyer (fifth), Kasey Kahne (sixth) and Ambrose chosen by Robin Cox of Lake Station for 199 points. It’s the first time Cox has won (or even qualified) this season, and she did it by not choosing her regular pick of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Now Junior did fare well, finishing 12th, but with him in her lineup she might not have qualified for our drawing, let alone finish on top.
Cox finished just ahead of DeMotte native Eric Boise, who still gets in our contest after moving out of the area this past year. He had 196 points with the difference between him and first being Jimmie Johnson (ninth) in his group of five.
This week we’re in Kentucky, which is a fairly new track to the Sprint Cup Series. But the track has been used on the Nationwide Series for several years; so younger drivers who recently competed in the feeder series might be good picks. And don’t forget, the race is Saturday night, so get your lineups in before then.