NASCAR Pick’em Chicagoland

As the Chase kicks off with the Geico 400 at Chicagoland, the NASCAR fantasy season really starts to heat up.

For those who have never played, the premise is simple; score the most points over the course of the season in order to win.  Here are the rules and points system for my league:

  • Pick 10 drivers who you believe have the best chance of finishing in the top ten.  Next, put the drivers you selected in order.  The driver selected first is the projected winner.  The second through fifth drivers are selected to complete the top five.  The sixth through tenth drivers are selected to place in the top 10.
  • 10 points are rewarded for selecting the winner correctly.
  • Two points are awarded to your first through fifth drivers if they finish in the top five.  This includes the winner, if picked correctly.
  • One point is awarded to any of the drivers you picked, if they finish in the top 10.
  • A total of 30 points can be earned per week.

The winner of the league is rewarded a NASCAR T-shirt of their choice, courtesy of G14, the creator of the contest.

The odds of picking the winner are 1-43, making that aspect of the game very challenging.  I’ve done my best to sort prior race stats all season, and have managed to pick four different winners.  Unfortunately, I didn’t attempt five races and find myself 10th in the standings.

If you’re interested in joining G14’s fantasy league my predictions might help you.  Here are my picks for the first race of the Chase:

Winner: Jimmie Johnson- Johnson has seven top tens and five top fives in nine career races at Chicagoland.  The five-time defending champion is looking to rebound after a rough outing at Richmond last week.

2. Jeff Gordon- Gordon has three finishes in the last two races at Chicagoland.  He has also recorded a win at the track and has an 8.6 average finish there ranks him first among active drivers.

3. Kevin Harvick- Last week’s winner also has two career wins at Chicagoland.

4. Carl Edwards- Edwards has two top five finishes in six career races here.  He enters the Chase on a hot streak, after recording three straight top fives.

5. Matt Kenseth- In ten career starts at Chicagoland, Kenseth has an average finish of 11.8.  He finds himself on the pole for this race.

6. Kyle Busch- Rowdy has a win and two top fives in six career races at Chicagoland.

7. Kurt Busch- Kurt is looking to put last week’s mix-ups with Jimmie Johnson behind him.  Busch has five top tens in 10 career races at Chicagoland.

8. Tony Stewart- Tony has said that he doesn’t believe he can compete for the championship, but his career stats at Chicagoland say otherwise.  In ten career starts, Stewart has eight top tens, seven top fives, and two wins at the track.

9. Clint Bowyer- Bowyer is looking to make a statement after being denied a Chase birth.  The Cheerios driver has four top fives in five career races at Chicagoland.

10. Brad Keselowski- Bad Brad has been stellar of late, posting two wins, four top fives, and six top 10 finishes in the last seven races.