Ryan Newman was out front when it counted most and that was when the leaders made the decision to pit with a Green-White-Checkered approaching. Kyle Busch who clearly had the best car all day saw it evaporate on Pit row as his close pal J. Logano blew a tire and brought out the final caution of the day. Newman stayed out along with two others and when the race resumed K. Larson restarting 3rd with 2 tires was unable to close the deal again with two laps to go and ample opportunity. Kyle Busch had the best car but K. Larson ran between 2nd and 3rd all race with an outstanding car on long runs. Newman made the smart decision and it netted him the win. Newman may have had a top #8 car but it was the smart strategy that brought him to Victory Lane after a long absence.
DFS – Mixed bag as the tournament entries paid for themselves thanks to Larson, E. Jones, and J. Johnson who were not popular in terms of ownership. Cash games won 4/7, covering the vig. but not making much profit this week. Logano going out really hurt the tournament entries because ultimately K. Busch and Larson did not finish 1 & 2. However, several entries still cashed with the consistent finishes amongst the selected drivers.
Wagering – This was a real screw job! With a little over Ten laps to go 4/5 drivers that were wagered on were in the top 5, with the #18 and #42 in first and second place. What can you say? We were right on point but it was a racin deal that turned the day on its head. In the end it turned out to be exactly what we discussed, the heat played havoc on the mechanics and Logano’s Right front tire suffered the explosion. It’s hard to be upset over the turn out because the overwhelming majority of the selections were on point, and that has and will continue to bring profits to the players.
Next week, California dreamin!