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Fantasy NASCAR contest: Tom Miles, Gary Hartkorn tie for top honors

Updated: April 15, 2014 6:30AM



Another thrilling NASCAR race, another high-scoring round in the Post-Tribune Fantasy NASCAR contest.

For the second straight week, there were more than 10 readers surpassing the coveted 200-point mark, and after all three NASCAR races this season, the top reader scored a near-perfect 211 points.

Perfection in the NASCAR points system would be 213, consisting of the top five and all leading at least one lap and one leading the most laps. In fact, it was a record amount of success as 20 readers topped 200 points.

The top 10 at Las Vegas was a pretty popular bunch, ranging from Brad Keselowski in first to Matt Kenseth in 10th. The only oddball was Paul Menard in third, which was the main reason perfection wasn’t attained (none of the 110 entries chose Menard).

Once again, the high score mean readers such as Jeff and Susan Smith (204), Steve Oglesby (204), Maria Jiminez (204), Janice Garvey (204), Dennis Dean (204), Curly Buchholz (202), David Gaines (200), Tim Wagner (200) and first-time entrant Robert Cox (200) don’t make the top 10.

The only downer for entries this week was Kevin Harvick. He led 23 laps before a brake issue sent his car to the garage for a 41st-place finish. That doomed lineups, as well as the popular Tony Stewart continuing his tough start to the season with a 33rd-place effort.

So this week’s top readers were Tom Miles of Valparaiso and Gary Hartkorn of Wanatah, both scoring 211 with lineups of Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson (the top six without Menard). Tied for third were Renee Glans of Valparaiso and Sheila Smith of Porter, both with 206 points.

This week, it’s the Bristol race, which should provide plenty of bumping and grinding and crashes. But after three weeks of the top drivers living up to their billing, look for more high scores.

Contact info change: Once again, the phone number and email to use for sending lineups has changed. Please email lineups to johnnygorches@yahoo.com or call or text lineups to (219) 331-5600.

Top 10 readers
this week

Tom Miles 211

Gary Hartkorn 211

Sheila Smith 206

Renee Glans 206

Allen Curtis 206

Rick Garvey 205

Ron Zochalski 205

Robin Cox 205

Kevin Koch 205

Ellen Sayers 205

Rules and
regulations

Each week readers pick five drivers. Points are based on the same system NASCAR uses in its standings. Lineup entries can be submitted via email (johnnygorches@gmail.com). No entries will be accepted via fax or phone. Please include your name, hometown and a contact number with your entries. First and second place each week will be entered into a drawing in July for tickets to the Brickyard 400.



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