This weekâsÂ NASCAR fantasy picksÂ for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard.
I donât have much to tell you this week. All you really need to know is:
That pretty much sums it up. For people like me who love the sport that they write fantasy for, itâs slightly nerve-wracking. Of course, I want my favorite drivers to win, but I also love a good underdog come-back. Iâd love to see someone take the checkered flag and win their way into the 16 race playoffs.
As I watch this Sundayâs race, Iâll be studying and analyzing every second the pit crews take to change a tire, every lap that looks better than the last, and every draft that one car takes on another. Iâll be on the edge of my seat and likely screaming during the final lap. My hope is that you will, too.
So buckle up and get ready because someone will be kissing bricks by the end of the day. (Letâs just hope itâs one of my Brilliant or Bold picks!)
Brilliant Nascar fantasy picks:
Bold Nascar fantasy picks:
Bonkers Nascar fantasy picks:
And now, here are this weekâs Brilliant, Bold, and Bonkers NASCAR Fantasy picks for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard
Brad had two good weeks in a row, but they werenât good enough for what we know heâs capable of. This is a track that he has dominated in the last two years, and I expect heâll dominate again this week. Heâs great on these 2.5-mile tracks, finishing well at Pocono in both trips this season. Look for the 2 to do what he does best and keep everyone behind him for much of the race.
Despite only two victories this season, the 2018 Championship Winner is in second place for points. Technically he has no reason to push it for the win, but he hasnât cracked the top-five in eight races. And the last five races have been a complete mess. Whether he needs it or not, I think that the 22 will come on strong and race hard for victory lane to remind everyone why he deserves to be here.
Maybe Harvick hasnât had the season we all assumed he would have. Especially those who picked a 5-man fantasy team before the season began and had high hopes that he was coming back as strong as he was last year. Harvick took it to victory lane eight times in 2018, but so far heâs only been there twice. Having said that, the guy is still 4th in points so it isnât all that bad. I think heâd like to make a statement this week, so look for the 4 do work his happy magic at the end of this race.
Advanced warning: All bolds are on the bubble this week.Â
Suarez currently holds the final position for the playoffs, and you can bet that heâll do everything in his power to stay there. Though he and Newman are tied in points at 617, Suarez has more top-five finishes and has led more laps this season than the 6 team, which gives him the edge. Though I wouldnât bank on the 41 team under normal circumstances, this week is anything but normal. Donât be surprised to see him finish at the top.
This guy. Somehow, Ryan Newman always sneaks his way into the playoffs. He knows how to drive to stay alive, and itâs a guarantee heâll pull out all the stops this week. If anyone has the grit to push everyone else out of the way, itâs the 6. Look for him to spin out a few people in his quest to gain on the 41 and make it into the NASCAR Playoffs. Again.
Jimmie Johnson has let me down in fantasy. Iâve given him chance after chance this season, and my head has hung in despair several times. From the 17th place finish when I thought he would be brilliant at Auto Club, to his 14th place finish at Dover (his best track) when I gave him a bold. Jimmie has left many fans shaking their fists and screaming, âWhy, God, why?!?â (Or maybe thatâs just the fans I know.)
Anyway, Iâm giving Jimmie a fond farewell in the last bold spot this week with the hopes that heâll show what heâs really made of and cruise into victory lane at long last.
Stenhouse has ended with a DNF both times heâs been here in the last two years. Prior to that, things werenât much better. This is one of his worst tracks, and I canât imagine him doing that much better this week. Heâs out of the playoffs unless he gets a win, but with the season heâs had, itâs unlikely to happen at The Brickyard.
Like Stenhouse, Truex has DNFâd the last two years at Indianapolis. His numbers here are lacking in general, as his average finish is 20th. Look for the 19 to lay low this week. Heâs in the playoffs already, and I donât see him taking any unnecessary risks at a track that has not been kind to him in the past.
Chase has been up and down this season, only making it to victory lane twice. But those came on a couple of crazy tracks (Watkins Glen & Talladega), proving that this kid is the real deal. Heâs in the Race for the Chase with a nice cozy spot, but I donât think that heâll see much action this week that will lead him to a victory.