Will Smoke rise to the top at The Magic Mile?

As Chase Race #2 begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, I’m thinking about Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin. Tony could give everyone a run for their money (not to mention the 22 pound lobster that’s up for grabs for the race winner!). For the past three years the winner of this race has gone on to win the ¬†championship.

Hmm. Denny’s car isn’t quite where he’d like it to be so the crew has some work to do. Keep in mind this is a short race where track position is crucial. Jeff Gordon is going to need to be aggressive and consistent if he wants to produce big today and get back some points he lost last week when his throttle stuck and he went into the wall.

So I’m thinking it will be Tony or a Chase spoiler like Kyle Busch. In either case this will be an awesome race.

My picks: Tony Stewart; Martin Truex, Jr.; Ryan Newman; and Brian Vickers. Enjoy the race!

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Desperado time for Ryan Newman and the wildcard guys

The old Eagles song keeps playing in my head as I ponder my final picks for today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Check out my pre-qualifying fantasy pondering here.

The Magic Mile will be either majestic or disastrous for drivers digging for their first win. Considering the fact that this is a short race on a flat track that runs like a short track (weird, I know!) this is sure to be one crazy race.

Look for Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, and Jeff Gordon to make some chancy moves. It is go-time for these drivers if they expect to make the Chase.

Hold on tight and enjoy the race!

Will it be Fords & Rouschateers at Kansas?

Today’s race should be filled with long runs and a good bit of aggressive driving … or is that assertive driving?! Hmm. With unusually warm temps in Kansas this may play out like the spring race, but with that extra bit of ¬†craziness since it is a Chase race.

I think the last few laps will be utter mayhem with some drivers like Harvick, Gordon, Johnson and Kenseth contending for the lead. The non-Chasers will surely make those last laps interesting as well. Don’t expect much for the Brothers Busch, so all you haters out there should be happy.

I think Newman will do just okay today, and I’m hoping that Smoke and Dale Jr. have a decent day. But I didn’t go with any of them. My fantasy picks? Well I’ve gone with Greg Biffle, Brad Kesolowski, Kasey Kahne (please don’t make me regret it!!), and Regan Smith.

Enjoy!

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