With the busy season coming on at my real job I’ve came to the realization that I don’t have the time each week to devote to writing a proper column. With that being said I’m going to discontinue the weekly writing of Restictor Plates Are Off, I will however continue to share my Yahoo Fantasy Pick ‘Em Picks and my pick for the race each week. I will from time to time be writing a NASCAR column just not on a weekly basis.
So on to the picks!
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Pick Of The Week
Last week I picked Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win at California, thanks in part to the last lap mayhem I almost came out with a winner, but I’ll settle for second place any day! That moves my average finish to 15.8 for the year. To track all my picks for 2013 CLICK HERE. This week in Martinsville I’m going with you guessed it, Mark Martin. Mark is going to be in a strong car driving the #11 Fedex Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in place of injured Denny Hamlin. In fact this could be Mark’s last chance at a top tier cup seat, not downing MWR’s equipment, but I think most would agree a Gibbs ride is still a level above MWR. Not to mention Mark has two wins at Martinsville, both coming in the spring race.
Yahoo Pick ‘Em
Last week was a win for me in one league and a top five in the other. Three of my four picks finished top ten, the other top fifteen, not too bad!
Matt Kenseth-7th, Dale Jr.-2nd, Joey Logano-3rd, Casey Mears-15th.
But this is another week and at a track where anything can and probably will happen! Wish me luck!
A. Jeff Gordon- How can you not start him here?
B. Mark Martin & Dale Earnhardt Jr.- Mark is my pick to win the race, as I said above, and Dale Jr. has been solid thus far, Martinsville should be no different.
C. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.- I know alot of people have probably been burning their Ricky Stenhouse picks up early this year, I mean lets face it there isn’t much other option in the C level. I’m a little leery any time you start a rookie at a short track, but I think Ricky can stay calm enough to pull out a solid finish if he can avoid any major wrecks.
On the Bench:(I normally don’t share these, but they do effect qualifying and there is a minor chance I could panic if someone has a horrible qualifying and practice and swap them in, so I figure I’ll start sharing them)
A-Jimmie Johnson- Again, always solid at Martinsville, I would have probably started him over Gordon, but I figured I could use his starts later in the season.
B- Kurt Busch & Ryan Newman- Both are winners here, Kurt has been strong the last two weeks, I would have felt confident starting him. I don’t think Newman is a threat to win, but he is always a solid pole contender.
C- David Reutimann- Might get a good qualifying run in, if they are running the whole race he could have a decent finish.