This weekâsÂ NASCAR fantasy picksÂ for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol.
This week, David Ragan announced that he would be stepping down from full-time racing with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 33-year-old currently pilots the No. 38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports, and has spent the last three seasons with the team. Ragan is a two-time champion, having brought Front Row their first cup series win at Talladega in May 2013. Prior to that, he won at Daytona Speedway in July 2011 when he ran with Roush Fenway Racing.
Ragan hasnât had a great season, often finishing in the high 20âs, but his personality and easy-going nature have made him well-liked by the fans and his team mates. His best finishes came at Charlotte during the All Star weekend where he came in 8th during the Monster Energy Open, and finished 15th in the subsequent race. Last week at Michigan, he had his second highest finish, rolling in at 16th place.
Raganâs departure will provide an opportunity for someone else to slip behind the wheel of the 38 for the 2020 season. Team owner Bob Jenkins has not yet announced Raganâs replacement, but we suspect it wonât be long before we find out who will join Michael McDowell and Matt Tifft on the track when the season opens in Daytona this February.
Ragan plans to continue racing on a part-time basis as he focuses on spending more time with family, including his wife and two young daughters. All of us at 5th Down Fantasy wish David Ragan all the best in his new endeavors.
Last Weekâs NASCAR Fantasy Picks: Recap from the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway
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And now, here are this weekâs Brilliant, Bold, and Bonkers NASCAR Fantasy picks for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Is it me, or do the brothers Busch seem to do well at similar tracks? Kurt has had a rough couple of weeks, but Bristol should be enough to get him back on track â pun intended. He finished second here to his brother in April, but I doubt he wants that to happen again. Look for the number 1 to be number 1 this weekend.
Last week was a heartbreaker for the 22 team. The great gas debacle made him pit near the end of a race that he likely would have won. Heâs ace here at Bristol, though, and he thrives in tight quarters like you see in the coliseum. I expect a win under the lights on Saturday night.
It just isnât fantasy without Kyle Busch. Did you miss him last week? I knew better to keep him out of fantasy for Michigan, but this week I know better to put him in at Bristol. Do you think heâs fired up and frustrated that he hasnât had a win lately? Yep. Think heâll take it out on anyone who gets in his way? Yep. Donât be shocked to see either a first place or a DNF.
Iâm inclined to go with my gut here and choose the 88 team for a crazy bold pick. I think heâs proven himself this season by hanging with the big dogs on some tough tracks. Last time out at Bristol he finished 7th; this time I think heâll do better.
Last weekâs third place finish was enough to convince me that this could be the week for the 42 team. Heâs led the most laps of any active driver here in the past 2 years (489, to be exact) and heâs been hot since his second-place finish at Chicago. I would be tempted to make him brilliant, but heâs as close as a bold can get.
No, I wonât ever learn. I wonât give up on Johnson just yet. I know that heâs got it in there somewhere, and Bristol is where itâs at for the 48 team this year. He has the highest driver average at this track in the last 2 years, and heâs got a great chance to make some magic when the lights go down.
Thereâs no secret here. Truex simply isnât good at Bristol. Better tracks lay ahead for the 19 team, so donât cry tears into your beer just yet.
He came in 8th here in April, but Suarez hasnât finished in the top 10 in any of his past races here in the MENCS.Â Last week was a good finish, but Michigan and Bristol are miles away in both distance and track type. I donât see a win this week for the 41.
I think the kid is too sweet for an angry track like Bristol. Just my opinion. That said, I think that experience is the best teacher, and heâll master the coliseum in due time. Just not right now.