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: Geico 500
Date: April 29th
Venue: Talladega Superspeedway
2017 Winner: Ricky Stenhouse (3:29:16)
Broadcast: Fox (Darrel Waltrip & Jeff Gordon)
Course: Talladega Superspeedway. There is a great USA article out this week which basically states: “Talladega, a guaranteed thrill machine”. When you hear the words Talladega, everyone immediately thinks of the history and excitement of this track. Opened in 1969 this tri-oval 2.5 mile asphalt track is the longest on the circuit. It has turns ranging from 32 – 33 degrees with the straights being around 3 degrees. Trust in the quicker cars.
1) Kyle Busch (3rd selection this year). 3 straight wins going into Talladega where he has top 5 finishes the last 2 years. Please don’t let me down Kyle!
2) Jamie McMurray (2nd selection this year). 4th in 2016 and 2nd last year, Jamie might be a favorite over Kyle Busch here despite the grand disparity in their 2018 finishes thus far. (1 has one top three finish, the other has seven)
High Risk/High Reward
3) Chase Elliott (2nd selection this year). He’s back! A solid 2nd place finish last week and a despite his 30th place finish here last year (DNF) he was 5th in 2016.
Dale Earnhardt SR & a baby chase Elliott ! pic.twitter.com/ATlrvzS6t3— Rich Warren (@RichWarren9) April 19, 2018
4) Aric Almora (3rd selections this year). Clint Bowyer and Aric are really having quite the season. Aric comes to Talladega where he was 4th last year fresh off a lot of above average finishes this season.
5) Cole Whitt (1st selection this year). He finished in the teens each of the last 2 years here. He is quite comfortable at Talladega despite less than admirable finishes elsewhere.
Trouble in Richmond! Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Cole Whitt involved.— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) April 22, 2018
Brad Keselowski THREADS THE NEEDLE to miss it. Wow. pic.twitter.com/F9soapdWRB
Which car manufacturer wins the Geico 500?
This poll is closed
Favorites: average finish 10th (26th percentile)
High Risk/Reward: average finish 17th (46thpercentile)
Dark Horse: average finish 18th (49th percentile)