This weekâsÂ NASCAR fantasy picksÂ for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol.
With only two races left before the playoff stage is set, you can expect to see plenty of risks and probably a few wrecks at the Bojanglesâ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Tensions will run high, and drivers will have little patience with each other as they all try to race their way into history.
But Darlington is always a fun place to be at the end of summer. With the throwback car designs and the high-energy atmosphere, you never know what youâll see. Check out some of the fabulous throw-back designs for 2019 that will make watching from home so much more exciting. Itâs hard to pick a favorite, but some of the coolest include:
One more throwback for Darlington is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Despite the accident that miraculously spared his life, Junior plans on racing in the Xfinity Series race on August 31st.Â Though his lower back was bruised in the incident, heâs been treating it all week. Junior plans on being behind the wheel of the Hellmanâs Mayonnaise No. 8 car, inspired by his father, on Saturday.
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And now, here are this weekâs Brilliant, Bold, and Bonkers NASCAR Fantasy picks for the Bojanglesâ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway
Like a hamburger with mustard, Hamlin is spicy, hot, and on a roll. This guy is locked-in and ready to capture what he missed out on in 2010. Darlington is one of his best tracks, so donât be shocked if he takes over the top spot with his 5th win this weekend.
Bradâs season has been pretty erratic.Â His three wins came early on, and everything from there has been filled with ups and downs. His best finishes have happened at intermediate tracks, however, and I think that gives him an edge this week. Look for the #2 to get upfront fast and stay there when it counts.
Truex has had some great finishes this season, especially in the last several weeks. Itâs been a while since his last win, so Iâm sure heâs ready to cross the finish line first this week. If he can hold off the 11 team, he just might be the first one to 5 wins this season, courtesy of Darlington.
Larson has been warming up to a steady burn since Pocono, and I have a feeling that heâll be burning it down at the end of this wild race. Heâs led a bunch of laps here, and he has a great average finish. Look for the 42 to make some magic Sunday night.
Before the last two weeks happened, Jones was on a 4-race hot-streak. 4 finishes under 5th place made it seem like the 20 was going to bust through any minute. I think the energy of Darlington is just what this team needs to prove itâs the real deal in 2019.
Forget the bad luck at Bristol, and concentrate on the 4 races prior to that. Harvick was hot, and itâs pretty much a guarantee that heâll get hot again. Darlington is hit-or-miss for the 4 team, but I have a feeling heâs going to hit it on Sunday night.
Darlington is one of the worst tracks for the 12 team. With an average finish of 22nd, donât expect to see this one roll into the top spot unless something desperate happens. Blaney just hasnât had the season that many people predicted of him, but heâs still 9th in points, which makes him a shoo-in for the playoffs.Â Â
Almirola has talent; we saw that last season and at the start of this one. But youâd have to go back to the 4th race of the year at ISM raceway to get him inside the top 5.Â This track has not been kind to double-A in the past, and I donât expect it to welcome him to victory lane this week.
Clint has two weeks to finish first (or win some stages) if he wants to get into the playoffs. Desperation can do wild things to a driver, but he has a better shot next weekend at The Brickyard than he has here. His average finish at Darlington is in the 20âs, and itâs seriously his worst track.