So the Chase seems to be working.

Six drivers are within sixteen points of the lead. Each of the contenders have tracks where they excel and tracks where they struggle. Now we enter one of racing’s most physical tracks, a Monster Mile with monster consequences.

Before we get to the fake picks, a quick game of Win, Lose or Draw.

Win: Furniture Row Racing
Kurt Busch could win races next season with this team. His name recognition could yield sponsorship opportunities that could create a second team. We need more west coast stock car influence.

Lose: Brian Vickers
If I had 20 million dollars, I would sponsor a team with my daughter’s picture on it and make Vickers the driver. How can he not have a viable gig?

Draw: Kurt Busch
Busch goes from a team that struggled to compete to one that might win a race or two. I don’t think he can make the Chase with these guys, let alone a title. RCR really won’t hire him?

I’m wondering who will hire me to help them make fake NASCAR picks.
Up a fake 252 dollars after a losing streak that would make Dale Earnhardt Jr. blush, here are my fake picks for the sake of entertainment purposes alone.

25 fake dollars on Jimmie Johnson at 9/2
So Denny Hamlin went pretty diesel last week. It’s time for contenders to counterpunch. I think we know Five Time knows how to punch during the Chase. Plus he loves this track.

15 fake dollars on Matt Kenseth at 8/1

This is one of Kenseth’s best tracks, unlike the first two Chase spots. If Kenseth makes a run, it has to be here.

10 fake dollars on Greg Biffle at 12/1
Biffle has one of the five best average finishes among active drivers at this track. After being one of the best drivers the first 26 weeks of the year, he needs to step up.

It should be a monstrous weekend. Here’s what The Spread thinks. Enjoy the race, and insert random catchphrase here.


Jimmie Johnson 9/2
Kyle Busch 8/1
Matt Kenseth 8/1
Brad Keselowski 10/1
Kasey Kahne 10/1
Jeff Gordon 10/1
Greg Biffle 12/1
Denny Hamlin 12/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr 12/1
Carl Edwards 12/1
Tony Stewart 12/1
Kevin Harvick 15/1
Clint Bowyer 15/1
Martin Truex Jr 15/1
Mark Martin 20/1
Marcos Ambrose 60/1
Ricky Stenhouse 60/1
Joey Logano 60/1
Ryan Newman 75/1
Regan Smith 100/1
Bobby Labonte 100/1
Danica Patrick 100/1
Aric Almirola 100/1
Sam Hornish Jr 100/1
Jamie McMurray 100/1
Paul Menard 100/1
Juan Pablo Montoya 100/1
Jeff Burton 100/1
Kurt Busch 100/1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1