I unintentionally went Ford heavy with my picks today.
The rules I have implemented for myself are:
1.I will not pick a driver more than 10 times this season.
2.Due to #1 these are “Power Rankings” (in quotations) I’m looking for value here.
My general format for my power rankings:
•Top 2 picks will generally be the favorites, the ones who should be top 5 or top 10 finishes.
• #3 and #4 will be your riskier picks, could be top 5 or bottom 15.
• Pick #5 is the dark horse.
Race: Food City 500
Date: April 15th
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway
2017 Winner: Jimmie Johnson (3:04:29)
Broadcast: Fox (Darrel Waltrip & Jeff Gordon)
Course: Bristol Motor Speedway constructed in 1960, the Last Great Colosseum has its roots in authentic racing. This all concrete surfaced oval track features turns at 26-30 degrees with straightaways at 6-10 degrees. It’s short at just over half a mile (0.533) and be prepared for some bumping to occur here. This makes it both amazing to watch and tough to predict as many racers get knocked out mid-race. The sound that emits from this course is amazing.
1) Kevin Harvick (3rd selection this year). He finished 3rd at Bristol last year and 7th in 2016. He now has a top 5 finish in 5 of the 7 races this season. It’s Kevin and Kyle Busch neck and neck at each race but Kyle has not finished at Bristol the last two years, his aggressive style does not bode well in tight confines.
2) Clint Bowyer (3rd selection this year). That’s right, Clint Bowyer is now with the big dogs. He has 4 top 10 finishes in his last 6 races, he finished 2ndat Bristol last year, 8th in 2016 and 12th in 2015. This race produces some mercurial outcomes and somehow Clint has learned how to best circumnavigate this situation.
High Risk/High Reward
3) Ryan Blaney (2nd selection this year). He wrecked here last year finishing 33rd; however, in 2016 he was 11th and he’s been on fire lately with 3 straight top 10 finishes.
4) Ty Dillon (1st selection this year). 15th here last year in his rookie year, he finally broke a top 20 finish last week at Texas Motor Speedway. He’s (pardon the pun) firing on all cylinders with a notable finish and a lot of ideas on how to embrace social media to decrease the average age of NASCAR fans down from 58 to a more relevancy among a younger population.
5) Trevor Bayne (2nd selection this year). He finished 12th last week and now he comes to Bristol where he finished 11th last season and 5th in 2016. Roush Fenway drivers Trevor and Ricky Stenhouse are seemingly taking turns where one is in the teens and the other in the 30’s in each race. It would be nice if they could get closer to each other and actually be able to work together.
Which manufacturer wins at Bristol?
This poll is closed
Favorites: Avg Finish 11th (29th percentile)
High Risk/High Reward 15th (42nd percentile)
Dark Horse: 17th (47th percentile)