Fantasy NASCAR contest: Race at Bristol puts brakes on scoring
By Johnny Gorches Post-Tribune correspondent March 20, 2014 10:48PM
Top 10 readers this week
Sylvia Conley 185
Janice Garvey 168
Richard Gann 167
Kyra Dockter 163
Bridget Slease 162
Doug Allison 162
Jeff & Susan Smith 161
Donna Conley 161
Sharon Halloran 160
Joe Slamka 160
Rick DeLor 160
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). No entries will be accepted via fax or phone. 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 tickets to the Brickyard 400.
Updated: April 22, 2014 6:34AM
After submitting his five drivers, regular Post-Tribune Fantasy NASCAR entrant Chuck Green Sr. lamented his string of bad luck to start this season, which has been quite high scoring in our weekly contest.
“It seems like everyone has a handle on this except us this year,” he said, referring to himself, his son, Chuck Jr., and wife Betty, who enter as a family.
Well, Chuck, it’s a little bit of a misnomer, since only about one-eighth of entrants were scoring above 200 points, and a few others in the 190s. All three of the Greens struggled again, but Chuck Sr. can feel better since everyone got a reality check this week. Bristol lived up to its reputation of unpredictability with the top five finishers not exactly household names.
Yes, Carl Edwards winning did help a lot of readers. But he wasn’t picked this week as much as the previous three race winners. And then there’s the rest of the top five: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in second, Aric Almirola in third, Tony Stewart in fourth and Marcos Ambrose in fifth.
Stewart normally is a popular pick, but his slow start resulted in minimal readers picking him. Ambrose was picked by two readers and no one chose Stenhouse or Almirola.
The result was much lower scores with none over 190 points and just one in the 180-point range.
Finishing on top was Sylvia Conley, of Cedar Lake, with 185 points. She had a lineup of Stewart, Edwards, Jeff Gordon (seventh), Matt Kenseth (13th, but leading the most laps) and Ryan Newman (16th). Not exactly consistent, but good enough for first place.
In a distant second was Janice Garvey, of Chesterton, with 168 points.
This week NASCAR will be at a little less erratic track in Fontana, Calif. Look for Edwards, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson to do well.
In addition to the tie for first last week at 211 points, Mike Stewart, of Cedar Lake, also scored 211 points and will receive an entry in our season-ending drawing.