One race down, four to go, and the crapshoot is up! Denny Hamlin ended up winning this one... and who picked him... well maybe a better question is who didn't pick him? Berlyn was the only one to not pick Hamlin, but she was the only one to get 2nd, and with a +10 handicap, its almost as good as a first. Lets get right to the standings though:
1.) Bradman- 313 (+15 B)
ILL55INI- 313 (+20 B) (Newman may have not have done that great, but 45 points of total bonuses sure does help.)
3.) Roushfenwayguy- 308 (+10 B) (Gordon's long streak of top 5s ended yesterday...)
Tigersman- 308 (+30 B) (The only one to correctly pick the bonus, he has quite a knack for maximizing bonus points.)
IN THE CHASE
5.) Chokin Colts- 293 (+15 B)
CHASING THE CHASE
6.) Coach- 249 (+10 B) (Got the winner, but the worst chaser as well.)
Fsu1dogs- 249 (+10 B)
8.) Berlyn- 239 (+10 B) (Martin was a great pick, Bowyer was not.)
3 ties, but of those only one was with identical picks, and overall, we did pretty well but not great, as virtually everyone had one great and one bad driver, things should definetely be mixed up after this next race though, as it is Talladega, this could be the elimination race for many, or the race to get back into the game for the bottom 3 this week, though with 4 races no matter what they are 74 points is easy to make up.
10 handicap: 13th through 20th
Juan Pablo Montoya
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
+20 handicap: 21st through 28th
Sam Hornish Jr.
+25 handicap: 29th through 35th
+34 handicap (anyone who is below 35th )
For the next five races, you are not permitted to use the same driver twice w/o a 34 point penalty, thus making it so that everyone must choose 10 unique drivers thoughout the final five races, good luck to all! All your ineligible drivers will be crossed out next to your name before you make picks.
For the bonus this week, is the famous and life-saving, or at least life-saving, bonus driver pick! As this is Talladega. This is similar to what Tigersman had, simply pick a third driver as a back-up driver, and if you wish after the race, you may replace your back-up driver with one of your original drivers, thus, replacing the points of your other driver. You can only use this option for this race, so if you wish to use this, then use it. Unlike with Tigersman's bonus, if you use your back-up driver, that driver you will not be able to use again, and the pick that got replaced will be able to be used again. I will automatically switch in back-ups with original drivers if they scored more, but if your back-up driver only scored slightly less than another of your original drivers and you want to use that original driver later, you can tell me that you want to switch drivers. Your bonus can not be a driver you used last race. I'll give examples to try and clear this up.
Ex.1= RFG picks Kenseth, Edwards, and Biffle as a back-up driver. Kenseth gets 170, Edwards 50, and Biffle 120, I will recieve 290 points and I will not be able to use Biffle later in the segment, but I can use Edwards.
Ex.2= RFG picks Kenseth, Edwards and Biffle as a back-up driver. Kenseth gets 170, Edwards 120, and Biffle 117, I may say that I want to use Biffle and sacrifice 3 points to recieve 287, however, I can use Edwards in a later race, such as Texas, where he could get me a lot more points than Biffle there or some other driver.
Ex.3= RFG picks Kenseth, Edwards, and Biffle as a back-up driver, Kenseth gets 170, Edwards 120, and Biffle 50, I will recieve 290 points and I will be able to use Biffle later in the segment.
My two drivers for this week are Jamie McMurray, considering that +10 handicap and that he won at Daytona, Charolette and Indy, but not here this year yet. And Kurt Busch, which usually runs really well here. My back-up will be Jeff Burton, considering he's good at avoiding wrecks.
Roushfenwayguy- Jaime McMurray (+10 handicap), Kurt Busch (BU= Jeff Burton)
Bradman- Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton, (BU= David Ragan (+20 handicap))
Berlyn- Jaime McMurray (+10 handicap), Jeff Gordon (BU= Kyle Busch)
ILL55INI- Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+10 handicap) (BU= Kevin Harvick)
Coach- Jamie McMurray (+10 handicap), Kevin Harvick (BU= Kyle Busch)
Tigersman- Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart (BU= Jamie McMurray (+10 handicap))
Chokin Colts- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+10 handicap), Kasey Kahne (+10 handicap) (BU= Casey Mears (+34 handicap))
fsu1dogs- Jamie McMurray (+10 handicap), Juan Pablo Montoya (+10 handicap) (BU= Jeff Gordon)
Jaime McMurray- 4
Kurt Busch- 3
Kevin Harvick- 2
Dale Earnhardt Jr.- 2