Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the NASCAR races. The MENCS will compete in 500 miles of racing at Texas Motor Speedway this week. The extra 67 laps usually shakes up the field and sometimes make this a fuel millage race. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out this week. The O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 can be seen Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on Fox.
One of the changes this season for the Driver Group Game is that your league commissioner has the ability to change to number of allocations for each driver and can place drivers into any group they choose. My picks will be based on the default settings (8 allocations per driver and the original group settings).
Qualifying: NASCAR turned their sport into a complete joke. The way they conduct qualifying is an embarrassment. They made rules and then refused to enforce them. Now, some of the best cars will start deep in the field while some of the worst are rewarded for NASCAR’s joke of a qualifying system. I hated single car qualifying but at least the fastest cars were rewarded with starting positions up front and a quality pit stall. It is also ruining the Fantasy NASCAR game.
Here are my picks for Texas…
Driver Group Game A Picks
Kyle Busch (8): I hate to burn an allocation with Busch when he starts outside the top 10 but my other driver (Kevin Harvick) starts 23rd. The good news is that the drivers who qualified up front suck so the good drivers should make their way into the top 10 quickly. Busch has a fast car. He posted the 2nd fastest time in final practice with the 6th fastest 10-lap average speed. Busch has a 2.7 average finishing position in 2019 and he won this race last year. I will use my first allocation with Busch this week.
Group A Driver Rankings: 1) Brad Keselowski 2) Kyle Busch 3) Kevin Harvick 4) Joey Logano 5) Kyle Larson 6) Martin Truex Jr. 7) Chase Elliott
Driver Group Game B Picks
Ryan Blaney (6): The No. 12 car almost won the last race at Texas. Blaney was also fast in the last race using the current aero package. He finished 5th at Auto Club and Team Penske has shown a lot of speed this weekend. Blaney posted the 3rd fastest speed in final practice with the 5th fastest 10-lap speed. I expect Blaney to quickly make his way into the top 10, score Stage points and finish in the top 10 at Texas.
Erik Jones (8): Jones qualified 11th which is one of the best spots from the Group B drivers. Joe Gibbs Racing has had a lot of speed this season and I expect their cars to best fast Sunday. Jones finished both races at Texas in the top five. He should be able to finish in the top 10 Sunday.
Group B Driver Rankings: 1) Ryan Blaney 2) Denny Hamlin 3) Erik Jones 4) Aric Almirola 5) Jimmie Johnson 6) Daniel Suarez 7) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 8) Austin Dillon 9) Clint Bowyer 10) Paul Menard
Driver Group Game C Picks
Chris Buescher (6): This will be a home race for Buescher. The driver from Prosper, Texas always performs well at his home track. Last year he qualified 18th and finished 15th in this race. This season he starts 19th. Buescher had one of the fastest cars in Group C in practice. He was very high on the speed chart but the No. 37 car did not spend a lot of time in the draft. I will use another allocation with Buescher Sunday.
Group C Driver Rankings: 1) Daniel Hemric 2) Chris Buescher 3) Ty Dillon 4) Matt DiBenedetto 5) Ryan Preece
Driver Group Game Team
Group A: Kyle Busch (8)
Group B: Ryan Blaney (6), Erik Jones (8)
Group C: Chris Buescher (6)
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