Well, another week, another domination by Jimmie Johnson that goes down in flames... so 8 of our people suffered... well maybe not suffered... but compared to what he should have got people will suffer. On the flip side, 7 people got the win, including... well... how about I just don't say his name, Mr. "I just got 4 wins in a row, but not with Martin Truex Jr." Anyway, with the Jimmie Johnson bad Kyle Busch good this time, things should be pretty similiar to last week, lets see how things went:
Numbers in parenthesis as followed (points this week) (standings for this week's picks only) (pos. gained/lost)
Top Lineup: Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton- 365
1.) Mikeyfan- 682 (322) (3) (0) ( (Mikeyfan gets a session win after picking 4 consecutive winning picks.)
2.) ILL55INI- 680 (320) (4) (-1) (Got the winner, and Gordon finished ahead of Truex... but he didn't lead a lap.)
3.) Berlyn- 670 (335) (2) (+1) (Used her favorite driver to double her amazing score from last week.)
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4.) Edwardsfan- 647 (312) (9) (0)
5.) Chokin Colts- 644 (315) (6) (+1)
6.) Tigersman- 582 (315) (6) (+5)
7.) Obxyankeefan- 580 (243) (17) (-4)
8.) M56Nascar- 577 (259) (15) (-1)
9.) Tenacfan- 573 (256) (16) (-1) (Mears scored more than Johnson due to that +34 handicap.)
10.) Roushfenwayguy- 567 (300) (12) (+1)
11.) Bored at work- 559 (315) (6) (+5) (Most popular picks put Bored back over 300.)
12.) Hard to Beat- 553 (306) (11) (+3)
13.) Floridawhite- 545 (320) (4) (+5) (The two best Roushfenway guys both reached top 10 this time.)
14.) Uscfannv- 544 (237) (18) (-6)
15.) Spikesgator- 533 (290) (13) (+2) (Everytime Spikes doesn't pick Kyle he does good... maybe I'll wait for my picks this time...)
16.) Section- 533 (308) (10) (+2)
17.) RAK- 517 (267) (14) (-4)
18.) Coach- 502 (350) (1) (+2) (Obviously Coach doesn't like the danger zone.)
19.) Fsu1dogs- 492 (207) (21) (-9) (Biggest faller) (Slumping Fsu takes another dip with McMurray.)
20.) Bradman- 472 (224) (19) (-6) (Missed picks this week.)
21.) D2Moo- 357 (210) (20) (0) (Other than Fsu, had the worst points total for both weeks, that's a tough ending...)
So although Carl Edwards and JPM didn't crash into eachother, JPM still had problems, and that put a doom spell on D2Moo, where he was over 115 points from just reaching 20th, 135 from 19th... if I was in his situation, I would probably just want it to end now because that's an awfully big hole that I wouldn't even want to try to dig out of, lol. But that's just what happens sometimes, two weeks of bad picks in a row happens, and its how you get out in this game. And also congratulation to Mikeyfan who edged out ILL55INI by 2/1000 of a second... (really two points) to grab the +20 bonus for these next two weeks.
BONUS TIME: These are optional, you do not need to make these picks. For the all-star race, I decided that it would be best for some bonus to be thrown in so that people could feel like it isn't an off-pick, if you don't make picks for these, then you just won't get the bonuses.
For the bonus, there are four categories, in which you must pick two:
First: You can only choose ONE of these three categories, either Sprint Showdown Winner (SSW)/ Showdown Runner Up (SRU), or All-Star Vote In (VI). If you do make selections for both, than only your first one that you put down will count. If you guess this correctly, you will get a +10 bonus.
Drivers that can be voted in can be found here: http://www.nascar.com/promos/allsta
Drivers in the Showdown are those drivers listed in the vote for section.
YOU MUST SPECIFY WHICH OF THESE THREE YOU ARE TRYING TO PREDICT, its not 1 driver for all three so hope he gets one of the two.
UPDATE: The Sprint Showdown Winner (SSW) and Showdown Runner Up (SRU) are now combined to influence more people to choose someone in the showdown, meaning that if your driver finishes first or second and you put down Race In (RI) then you will get the points.
Second: Choose the winner of the All-Star Race, for getting this right, you get a +20 bonus. If you get both of your selections for the All-Star race correct, then you will receive immunity for this segment! (Will become void if either A.) More than 3 win this or B.) the person who wins it doesn't make picks... just because your immune doesn't mean I want you not picking for the next two weeks.) Picking the winner for this All-Star Race will also give you a point on the winner's chosen column, which could help should you make the chase.
Picks for the Coca-Cola 600 (Lowes/Charolette) will still be made on this page, as well as the bonus.)
Next Segment the Game gets Revised: After this segment, the game will become harder from then onto the chase, as each week you will be forced to switch out BOTH, not just one of your drivers, making you have to think more about your picks each week.
Winning Drivers chosen:
Mikeyfan- 4 (+1)
ILL55INI- 4 (+1)
Section- 4 (+1)
Chokin Colts- 4 (+1)
Coach- 3 (+1)
Bored at Work- 3 (+1)
Tigersman- 3 (+1)
Hard to Beat- 1
10 handicap: 16th through 23rd
Ryan Newman (Moved up in points, but still has a handicap)
Juan Palbo Montoya (yet another chaser last year now with a handicap.)
Jaime McMurray (Daytona points don't last forever.)
Paul Menard (He's falling down the list fast.)
Kasey Kahne (He is still here and flying low this year... probably can't wait for Hendrick.)
+20 handicap: 24th through 31st
David Reutimann (This should lure Mikeyfan over more than once during the next 5 weeks.)
Sam Hornish Jr.
+25 handicap: 32nd through 38th
+34 handicap (anyone who is below 38th)
Well, a lot of picks are going through my head... For the first bonus, I am going to go with the Vote in and go with Carl Edwards. For the second bonus I'm going out and saying Dale Earnhardt Jr., he always seems to do great on the races that don't count for points.
For my real picks for Lowe's... I don't want to pick Jimmie during his cold streak, and Kahne... he's going to be picked too much, so I'm going to go with the all star winner Kurt Busch... feeling Kyle may run into something..., and back that up with consistent Burton.
Roushfenwayguy- Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton (+10 bonus)
Floridawhite- Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon (+10 bonus)
Section- Kasey Kahne (+10 handicap), Joey Logano (+10 handicap)
Bradman- Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth
Edwardsfan- Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano (+10 handicap)
Berlyn- Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch
ILL55INI- Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin
Coach- Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch
Tenacfan- Kasey Kahne (+10 handicap), Ryan Newman (+10 handicap) (+10 bonus)
bored at work- Kyle Busch, Jeff Burton
Mikeyfan- Martin Truex Jr., David Reutimann (+20 handicap) (+30 bonus)
Tigersman- Regan Smith, Matt Kenseth (random autopicks)
Chokin Colts- Jimmie Johnson, David Reutimann (+20 handicap) (+10 bonus)
M56Nascar- Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon
obxyankeefan- David Reutimann (+20 handicap), Martin Truex Jr. (+10 bonus)
uscfannv- Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin
fsu1dogs- Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch
Spikesgator- Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch
RAK- Kyle Busch, Joey Logano (+10 handicap) (+10 bonus)
HardtoBeat- Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin
Jimmie Johnson- 7
Kyle Busch- 6
Jeff Gordon- 4
David Reutimann- 3
Kurt Busch- 3
Joey Logano- 3
Denny Hamlin- 3
Kasey Kahne- 2
Martin Truex Jr.- 2
Jeff Burton- 2