1 final week, Carl Edwards did his backflip finally, and only 1 person picked him, Chokin Colts! The Jimmie Johnson bandwagon for this week did well too though with a 5th. Let's get to the standings now and see how close the final race will be:
1.) Chokin Colts- 1159 (333) (+0B) (0) (Leader) (Carl Edwards may have just gotten Chokin Colts the title to this game.)
2.) Fsu1dogs- 1123 (335) (+30B) (+2) (-36) (Getting the bonus exactly right keeps him close to Chokin Colts.)
3.) Coach- 1087 (289) (+4B) (0) (-72) (Pretty good week to pick both the chase RH drivers.)
IN THE CHASE
4.) Bradman- 1082 (275) (+10B) (-2) (-77) (Still in the hunt although the 34 point penalty did hurt, sorry though, I should have tried harder to get to you.)
5.) Tigersman- 1070 (325) (+10B) (+1) (-89) (Leaps right back into the chase picture with a fantastic week.)
6.) ILL55INI- 1026 (243) (+14B) (-1) (-133) (Bowyer may have just knocked out ILL55INI, Kyle didn't help much either.)
7.) Berlyn- 994 (270) (+3B) (0) (-165) (When the last two in the standings have the same lineup, its usually not a good sign...)
8.) Roushfenwayguy- 985 (281) (+14B) (0) (-174) (After smoke's mediocre performance, in this game there will be no repeat champion.)
So five people are within 100 points of first place, with two drivers, we have seen that a different like that can easily happen should you pick a really good lineup. The big question is, will Chokin Colts be able to hold off Fsu and the rest of the field?
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 decided to try something new. You must choose one of the drivers you used in the first four races of this segment (meaning you can't pick a driver you choose for Homestead) and predict how well they will finish compared to the rest of the drivers you already used. I'll give examples down below. Scoring is as followed: Highest finishing driver: 30 bonus points, second highest=25 points, 3rd 20 bonus, 4th 15, 5th gets 10, 6th gets 5. If your driver that you chose finishes 7th or 8th among your other drivers, then you get no bonus. Below are some examples:
Ex.1: Mikeyfan used Johnson, Hamlin, Harvick, Stewart, Kenseth, Edwards, Biffle and Kurt Busch during the first four races. Mikeyfan chooses Johnson, and he finishes behind Hamlin, Harvick and Edwards, Mikeyfan would receive 15 bonus points.
Ex.2: Same drivers as above, Mikeyfan chooses Stewart, Stewart finishes 35th, behind Johnson (1st), Hamlin (2nd), Harvick (3rd), Kenseth (10th), Edwards (11th), and Kurt Busch (16th), and ahead of Greg Biffle (39th), Mikeyfan would receive no points since his driver was 7th in comparison to the others.
Any questions on this rule I will take, as I wouldn't be surprised if some were confused by this. The drivers you can choose will be crossed out as your ineligible drivers to choose on this race (Bradman will only have 7 to choose from, slight advantage, but the 34 point penalty is more harsh than any bonus he will receive.)
I decided to save Harvick, and Edwards (should have used him last race) for this race, and I'm not going to refuse to use these hot drivers with my last chance I have to choose them.) For my bonus, who else but Denny Hamlin, hopeufully too many do not follow suit, as I know everyone can choose him for the bonus.
Roushfenwayguy- Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards (bonus= Denny Hamlin)
Bradman- A.J. Allmendinger (+20 handicap), Kevin Harvick (bonus= Kurt Busch) Matt Kenseth, David Ragan,
Berlyn- Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch (bonus= Kyle Busch) Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer, Mark Martin
ILL55INI- Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards (bonus= Denny Hamlin) Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman
Coach- Jeff Burton, Kasey Kahne (+10 handicap) (bonus= Jimmie Johnson) Greg Biffle Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer
Tigersman- Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart (bonus= Jimmie Johnson) Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman
Chokin Colts- Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick (bonus= Jimmie Johnson) Greg Biffle Kasey Kahne, Casey Mears, Ryan Newman
fsu1dogs- Joey Logano (+20 handicap), Mark Martin (+10 handicap) (bonus= Juan Pablo Montoya) Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer
(Opposites of these statements are guidelines for drivers eligible for your bonuses.)
Nobody may choose Denny Hamlin!
Only ILL55INI may choose Jimmie Johnson!
Only Berlyn and ILL55INI may choose Carl Edwards!
Only Berlyn and Coach may choose Kurt Busch!
Only Tigersman and Chokin Colts may choose Jeff Gordon!
Kevin Harvick- 3
Carl Edwards- 3
Jeff Gordon- 2