Gambling/ Fantasy Picks for the Geico 500


Let’s go to down to Bama, Nascars biggest and fastest track. 188 laps of five wide action. Talladega is a crapshoot but the last several years the Fords have been the fastest consistently so let’s get into some picks.

Pick #1- Brad Keselowksi, hes won at here 5 times and in his career, most among active drivers, and again is driving a Ford.

Pick #2- Aric Almirola, probably should have won two superspeedway races last year instead of one and has shown speed all weekend, qualified second. Again driving a Ford.

Pick #3- Kurt Busch, although he doesnt have a win at Talladega he does have the most active top 10s at Dega with 19. Being how strong he has been all year I think this might be the week he breaks through.

Pick #4- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. He may have a bit of a rough around the edges reputation with his style of racing and decision making, but theres no arguing he has the best average finish in the field at Talladega and multiple Superspeedway victories. Also driving a Ford.

Pick #5- Matt DiBenedetto, my dark horse this week. Had a real strong showing at Daytona leading 49 laps before a caution ended his night. Matt has shown an ability to keep the car clean and be there at the end which is what’s most important at these tracks.

My heart pick is Jeffrey Earnhardt driving the #81 because, this is and always will be Earnhardt country.


What’s Cooler than Winning a Race?


Winning one hundred grand on top of it. Which is exactly what Tyler Reddick did today at Talladega winning the 3rd of 4 Dash 4 Cash races. Only made possible by a masterful display of blocking.

Now an extra 100k might not sound like big money to the normal sports fan that sees all of these athlete salaries but this isnt part of their salary. This is just cold hard cash, extra walking around money. Someone thing as like the bonus someone gets for making an all star team. Someone like Christopher Bell has said he will use his 100 grand winnings to jump start his own dirt racing team. Reddick will probably throw a couple extra bucks to his crew and throw one hell of a party tonight for his team.

Side note, go Gray Gaulding, driving an underfunded team to a second place finish has to feel special. Also that Panini car looks bad ass.