Fantasy NASCAR contest: Tom Miles, Gary Hartkorn tie for top honors
By Johnny Gorches Post-Tribune correspondent March 13, 2014 8:14PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text lineups to (219) 331-5600.
Top 10 readers
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
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 (email@example.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.