O.K., three weeks to go, and Talladega took out quite a bit of people... actually post of us had at least one driver do bad, so really everyone still has a shot of winning this thing. Nobody picked Bowyer to win as well, but some picked close second Harvick especially for their bonuses which came handy for many. Anyway lets get to the standings:
1.) Fsu1dogs- 576 (327) (+77B) (+5) (In a week full of misery and woe, one doghouse stands above all the rest.)
2,) ILL55INI- 566 (253) (+109B) (-1) (Harvick was one heck of a lifesaver for ILL55INI.)
3.) Tigersman- 533 (245) (+0B) (0) (I counted McMurray as your pick instead of Smoke, tell me if you would rather use McMurray for later in the segment than Smoke.)
IN THE CHASE
4.) Chokin Colts- 518 (225) (+59B) (+1) (Uses that 34 handicap of Mears to save a Jr. pick.)
5.) Coach- 517 (268) (+23B) (+1)
6.) Bradman- 511 (198) (+75B) (-5) (Uses bonus to avoid disaster.)
7.) Berlyn- 479 (240) (+23B) (+1)
8.) Roushfenwayguy- 462 (154) (no bonus) (-5) (All three picks couldn't muster a finish better than 30th...)
Well, I may have just have been hit by the Talladega eliminator, but even 114 points over three races with 2 drivers is a feat that can be done. Also Fsu comes out at the best time, Talladega, coming from the chasing the chase category to the lead in one fel swoop! We should have some drama in the last three weeks as this is still anyone's game even after Dega.
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, I'm starting to recycle, as I recycled two ideas last year, a have a new plan up for the final race, so I might as well recylce ideas now:
I'll have to go with one lap down. Its simple, guess the first person that is one lap down, (in other words the driver in the lucky dog pos. when the race ends.) and you get +20 points, guess anyone that is one lap down, get +15, if you guess anyone that gets 2 laps down, its +10, 3 or more laps down and you still get +5, if your driver doesn't go a lap down, you get nothing, however, if you pick a driver that gets a DNF, you get -10 points, so just watch out not to pick a DNF driver and you should be good. Again this is optional, but even drivers that crash will likely come back, so its worth taking a shot... just don't pick Dave Blaney or Nemechek, lol.
My two drivers for this week are Matt Kenseth, whom is usually a great runner at Texas. And also Kyle Busch... I'm well aware that Cousin Carl is great here, but he is make or break here, and I want him on another track anyway.
Roushfenwayguy- Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth (Bonus= Marcos Ambrose)
Bradman- Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards (Bonus= Dale Earnhardt Jr.) Kurt Busch, David Ragan, Jeff Gordon
Berlyn- Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton (Bonus= Kasey Kahne) Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin
ILL55INI- Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle (Bonus= Regan Smith) Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman
Coach- Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle (Bonus= Brad Keseolwski) Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer
Tigersman- Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards (bonus= Scott Speed) Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman
Chokin Colts- Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle (Bonus= David Ragan) Kasey Kahne, Casey Mears, Ryan Newman
fsu1dogs- Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards (bonus= Dale Earnhardt Jr.) Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer
Nobody can pick Denny Hamlin EXCEPT Berlyn, or in other words no men can pick Hamlin.
Carl Edwards- 4
Greg Biffle- 3
Matt Kenseth- 2
Kurt Busch- 2