As I sit at my in-laws this weekend, I definitely wish that I was about 45 minute’s north in Martinsville. Well at least I can participate in fantasy racing from the comfort of their couch. The race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup continues this weekend and we get closer to crowning a champion. Being from the south, right in the middle of NASCAR land, I am a huge Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan. After his victory at Michigan this year and his lead in the point standings I was sure this was his year. Unfortunately Dale Jr. had something working against him; I am one of his fans. Every team or person that I cheer for is inevitably going to lose (case in point: Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, and the Baltimore Orioles.) The Chase is shaping up to have a great finish. With Jimmie Johnson on Brad Keselowski’s heels, it gets very interesting during the last couple of races.
One great thing about NASCAR is that it offers multiple chances for fantasy play. The guy’s at Fantazzle have put together some great games to satisfy any NASCAR fans craving for fantasy play. I love the salary and pick-em games that they offer weekly. With qualifying shaping up in a weird way NASCAR fans should look forward to awesome race.
The two Chase leaders qualified in two extremely different ways. Brad Keselowski qualified 32nd, but due to his terrible qualifying throughout the Chase it hasn’t seemed to faze him. I look for Brad to finish top 10 this week and continue his pursuit of the Cup. Johnson qualified 1st, this is an exceptional qualifying spot and will provide him a top 5 finish. If Johnson can win, like he has done so many times before at Martinsville, he will have a great shot at winning the cup. My boy Dale is back this week coming off of a concussion. He qualified 20th and is sitting 12th in the Chase. Even though he is out of the race for the championship, he has the potential to perform great at Martinsville. I look for him to be a top 5 guy this weekend also and would love to see him win it. Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin both still have a shot at the cup. Both guys qualified in the top 10 and have a great shot of pulling out a win. I also consider my old school guys as potential winners this week, Stewart and Gordon. The Rainbow Warrior knows Martinsville and has the most wins there of any active driver. If anybody knows the track good enough to guarantee a win it would be Gordon. I look for him to have a great race also.
I look forward to Martinsville every year because it is an “old school” track. It has the feel of the old North Wilkesboro and Rockingham tracks; in my mind it is a track that personifies NASCAR. If you haven’t got your picks in head over to Fantazzle and get those picks made!