Fantasy Chase picks: Atlanta Motor Speedway

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It’s time for the first “real” race of the season, so hopefully you’ve made a smart pick for this weekend.

The leading drivers: Kevin Harvick is the favorite with 152 people picking him, Carl Edwards had 120 and Jeff Gordon had 92.

As an FYI: Anyone who picked Kurt or Kyle Busch has had their pick changed to “Other.” Due to the unusual circumstances, I changed those picks so people have at least a chance to win.

Twitter ID Wins Atlanta
_BRYAN_H Earnhardt Jr.
_carlton Gordon
_ChelseaHarrell Edwards
07vanquish Gordon
14dabucs Johnson
1996lineman Other
1bmalone9 Kenseth
1Outlawbandit Keselowski
1youngster1 Johnson
22hemi13 Other
2weety13 Stewart
3cboysmommy Johnson
3Dingo Kahne
4ConnorCoyle Other
4harvicknation Harvick
50_chgreer Harvick
8spokesontheb24 Harvick
a76marine Gordon
Aaron_678 Harvick
AaronBearden93 Kahne
abadacejr182288 Other
ABCracing54 Harvick
abovawhisper Logano
Adam_Huth Gordon
Adamkirch1 Kahne
adamniemeyer Harvick
aestrada7 Gordon
AgentC617 Keselowski
ahaywood7 Harvick
Ahsumdude Other
akjs11 Gordon
alaina3213 Edwards
AlekBalvanz Other
alrich03 Hamlin
amandac141 Stewart
amathison Harvick
amishkd17 Keselowski
Andersen_Eva Kenseth
Andrea__Marie Kahne
AndrewGresenz Keselowski
AndrewWaldrop Edwards
AndyDow13 Johnson
AndyGerdis Edwards
AndyHoule99 Johnson
AngieF530 Edwards
annoyingracefan Other
AppBUCKEYE31 Edwards
apye314 Other
arails4 Kahne
arlenekrue Gordon
ArtistNancyNuce Gordon
ashaver13 Harvick
ashinyobject Larson
ashleyjoy4291 Earnhardt Jr.
ASUHan Edwards
audreyhillyard Other
avosgerg Edwards
b_miller27 Harvick
b_Verba Keselowski
babydolleyes88 Johnson
bailey_queen Edwards
Barb_Goldberg Harvick
basspro24chevy Gordon
bcon1207conrad Johnson
BDomanico Edwards
becproc32 Kahne
beek_39 Harvick
benthurman Harvick
beretta3000 Earnhardt Jr.
bevssf Johnson
bharden94 Kenseth
Bigbrother_fb Kenseth
biggest4fan Harvick
bigmoe8824 Larson
bigmohermitage Gordon
bigt41amp Harvick
billy_dowdy Johnson
Birdjlo400 Logano
bite Edwards
bknight2 Kahne
blackflagnascar Logano
blairlionel Kenseth
Blazerfan07 Harvick
Bob_14 Other
bobcgagramp Gordon
bobdare18 Harvick
bobfredchuck Johnson
BOCFAN75 Keselowski
Boop2366 Edwards
bossmom321 Gordon
BPierce158 Hamlin
braccoj Harvick
Bradley_016 Gordon
bradsauers Hamlin
brainasium3 Other
branfor14 Johnson
Brendan14394 Edwards
BrennanMercer Harvick
briancullather Kenseth
BrianDentlinger Edwards
briang3386 Kahne
briankertscher Logano
briankupp Keselowski
Briantikibar Edwards
brooks_taylor Kahne
bruce_compton15 Gordon
bsballfc Harvick
BScharfschwerdt Kenseth
bshell00 Edwards
bshreffler88 Earnhardt Jr.
BZieg66 Edwards
c_velin Kenseth
cablemike1234 Kahne
Cablemike1234 Kahne
campbell_sh Other
Canadianhomer1 Edwards
CandiceRandolph Kenseth
Candy9722 Kahne
Carlajarvi Kenseth
CARMABUTLER Newman
carolinagurl95 Edwards
caseylandrum15 Gordon
catfan270 Other
Cborgninjagumby Edwards
cdaviswx Other
Cedricsinanovic Harvick
Cesar_Chris Keselowski
CFoster92 Edwards
cfrosland Other
Cgros127 Gordon
Chad_Reno13 Johnson
Chargin_Chuck Harvick
ChasDan88 Kahne
chasedaddy88 Johnson
ChaseHoven Keselowski
chcobra95 Logano
chekrs_or_rekrs Edwards
chelsae1993 Earnhardt Jr.
Chevy3dude Larson
chiknhead81 Edwards
chris_siebold22 Edwards
Chris_Swett Harvick
ChrisHarvey33 Johnson
ChrisLTexas Earnhardt Jr.
chrismorgan4182 Logano
chrisonethree Kahne
chrisskreager Other
chrissmith4real Earnhardt Jr.
Chuck_Atl Harvick
cinmenn Johnson
CjACK1078 Logano
CJSully Edwards
clarinetbiter13 Kahne
classicnascar Harvick
claydan Edwards
claytonroots Johnson
clebren45 Johnson
ClintLJones Other
closedmic Edwards
CMPniklas Johnson
CoachJasonWesr Edwards
Coates_Burghfan Harvick
cocobeware33 Harvick
CodfishCodfish Gordon
Cody_Masse Edwards
codydawg Gordon
Codyreutzel Other
Commonsense258 Harvick
coolswagjay Harvick
corymcglone Gordon
Cpeuterb Johnson
Cracks1313 Edwards
craigtabler Earnhardt Jr.
craigweber8 Other
CrazyNateGo88 Hamlin
crispyporkbelly Earnhardt Jr.
crmtdeno1 Keselowski
cswiecki84 Edwards
cwat97 Kahne
cynicsNcritics Kenseth
dabrowmatt Johnson
dallasjhawk Edwards
dallasjunebug Kahne
damorga1 Kahne
damorgan86 Johnson
Dan_Hope Harvick
Danblosser Edwards
DanHendrson318 Johnson
Daniels_Caudill Larson
Darren__Evans__ Kenseth
DaveJr_88 Harvick
DaveTom1124 Harvick
David_brelsford Johnson
David33rcr Edwards
davidjeszke Other
DawnMMahar Keselowski
Db6speed Edwards
dbarrach Edwards
DBQRobCook Hamlin
dbrowning56 Kahne
debkeat Johnson
defyingteresa Logano
derek048 Harvick
DeuceStaley_48 Kenseth
dfairhurst2448 Harvick
dgoodin24 Gordon
dhopkinsjr Larson
dickiep1018 Other
digertwo Edwards
diggintony14 Keselowski
DillonSims Other
Dixie009 Stewart
dj_sexy Other
Djmia00 Stewart
DJstatman482455 Keselowski
dmcgrew Johnson
DMuncy Harvick
dn__bk Keselowski
DolFanDoug Edwards
DOmedicine Harvick
Dontae_Allen Harvick
Drashersteve Edwards
DreamyZack Other
DRLDeBoer Edwards
DRM3CIX Kahne
drmattila Kahne
dscanbs Edwards
dustinalbino20 Edwards
dustincary Harvick
dustinstroud88 Edwards
dutchfunctional Edwards
dweezymilan Kahne
dwilwer Gordon
dzkara Kahne
e_spo85 Earnhardt Jr.
E4budfan Harvick
EarnhFan Logano
Echo837 Keselowski
eddieaceves Harvick
edeme3 Edwards
EditFunction Edwards
ekbfield Logano
Elweazel Kenseth
emily_curtiss Larson
emwiss Other
EOlmos Gordon
epbdad316 Edwards
erica242424 Johnson
erick_morin Kahne
EricKChmiel Kenseth
Erin_VanGee Stewart
ernhrt1 Harvick
EthanWilliams04 Kahne
ETSmith9 Larson
evan_graf Johnson
fansince80s Harvick
fatbuzz66 Edwards
fbme4 Earnhardt Jr.
Fhatmaker Gordon
flahavin Edwards
Flairco Gordon
fnmetal Edwards
folimu Edwards
forrest55 Larson
froggyacs 1 Gordon
furcick Gordon
g_man_joe Keselowski
GambrelEric Harvick
Gary88Marion Keselowski
gibsterville Gordon
giguerephil37 Larson
gilmore_42 Keselowski
glockroo Harvick
gmracer29 Logano
gmuel Other
go43go Other
gonzalezterence Harvick
gorfanides19 Edwards
gozags79 Harvick
gph1256 Earnhardt Jr.
Greenfield88 Gordon
GreenFlag48 Earnhardt Jr.
Greg_Johnston_ 1 Harvick
Greg_Menotti Gordon
gregatkins Gordon
GregBrannan Gordon
Groupsects Edwards
GSL063 Kahne
hallock_kevin Gordon
HART_68 Harvick
HD388 Kenseth
heidievaline Other
heisenbeers Edwards
hellrod4 Johnson
herewego75 Kahne
heylookaturtle Johnson
heyMurf Other
hityourmarks Harvick
holleighwood09 1 Other
hollywoodtlb Kahne
HonestlySherry Harvick
hoopngoofy73 Gordon
HotStoverReport Larson
howmama99 Harvick
Huth88 Johnson
hwf0712 Johnson
hzirbel Other
iamaaronwhite Gordon
idkadte Harvick
IggyZogspot Other
igtamerica Harvick
iHealist Larson
IHopeDavis Harvick
ILuvthe88and78 Hamlin
imsteveking Keselowski
ineedclarity14 Larson
itsalldavey Logano
IW 549 Johnson
J_Fellenbaum Edwards
J_osborne79 Harvick
j_t_hoffman Edwards
jackihine Hamlin
JAGillespie90 Harvick
jamietroupe Hamlin
jaredzara Kahne
Jasonanderson55 Keselowski
JasonD2k14 Edwards
JasonPackard Harvick
jay_wilkins17 Keselowski
Jayua Harvick
Jayyy_bird20 Logano
Jbelote24 Edwards
jbenik Kahne
Jblohse Edwards
JBosley4 Kahne
Jcewing0614 Johnson
jclea1130 Johnson
jcnewton42 Keselowski
Jd00047 Edwards
jddorman2 Edwards
jeff_gluck Harvick
jeffgh24 Kenseth
Jen_mc_far_land Hamlin
jenbrott Edwards
jennifercg Kahne
Jeremy_Sparks Harvick
jeremybert9 Johnson
Jess43x8 Edwards
jflittle Kenseth
JHuchingson Gordon
JimHogle 1 Johnson
JimRouse96 Other
jjlow48 Larson
jjrs18 Other
jke_4 Harvick
jknuteson Kenseth
Jms611 Harvick
jnpennington14 Gordon
joe_thoma_iv Logano
joebeck24 Gordon
Joeberman Other
Joey_Chapman Edwards
joey_fonseca Larson
joey4542001 Keselowski
JoeyLoganoFan22 1 Other
johnbbatdorf Harvick
JohnsonErikM Kenseth
jojoluvs18 Edwards
jojolv48 Keselowski
jonedwards24 Gordon
jordannilson Other
jordanthenascar Gordon
JosephMMcBride Gordon
JoshBralley Gordon
joshlook24 Larson
JoshuaCloninger Edwards
jppooooch Earnhardt Jr.
Jraymond87 Johnson
jrdrift Harvick
Jrioux_ Harvick
jrizzlerocks Keselowski
jrjams88 Keselowski
JRs_Creations Harvick
JRwhite52 Harvick
jseten Johnson
jshanerector Keselowski
jsmith_08 Harvick
jsoupzzz Logano
JSRacecars Harvick
Jsteen234 Hamlin
jsugi48 Kahne
jt4888 Earnhardt Jr.
JTonQ Johnson
Judith A.Crossman Johnson
Julie_huth Other
Justin24Payne Edwards
JustinC_Webster Harvick
justinleedy Edwards
Justinnett Hamlin
JustinNoe Harvick
Jwoz10 Harvick
K_Taraska Hamlin
kacsunshine Kahne
Karimcgowanhob Other
Kathy Harvick
katiecole125 Logano
kaylamarieklahn Gordon
kbr81911 Gordon
kbspy24 Gordon
KeithGHill Gordon
kennethriggs 1 Edwards
Kennywfan Edwards
kerryyymccarthy Harvick
kevin_lott Gordon
Kevingentile2 Gordon
kevinkletti Edwards
KevinRHatfield Harvick
kevmastro Johnson
kevsmall14 Kahne
kfisher88 Harvick
kid67y Kenseth
kimery Other
Kingtut2110 Harvick
kjb0585 Harvick
kjfinks2champ Johnson
kjflye Newman
KJL1521 Johnson
kkfan4ever1 Harvick
klightbown Logano
klund29 Other
KlynParker Harvick
KManger25 Edwards
kmestas Harvick
kouza34 Gordon
KPokrefky Larson
Kraig_Doremus Other
kristidbm Keselowski
krsheart Edwards
kwdvm1 Harvick
Kyle_Steffen Johnson
KylePemberton6 Kahne
KylesTemper Johnson
Lady_44 Kahne
landertb Stewart
lastlapgo29 Johnson
LauraSueHenshaw Johnson
LaurenADowney Edwards
leewarren Edwards
letseatsomedirt Stewart
lifesbusy Harvick
LillyM_99 Earnhardt Jr.
Linvidmar Harvick
LisaH731 Gordon
LissieAnn_ Keselowski
Lndado Harvick
LoganReardon20 Edwards
longtimeracefan Harvick
LoriKilmartin Harvick
lorils79 Edwards
LossiePrice Harvick
Lowes48isgreat Kenseth
lttlteapot Harvick
LuvsHMS48 Johnson
lvi56 Harvick
m_storm85 Keselowski
Macd_6 Edwards
maggiejean1504 Other
Magic1980 Gordon
MagnumPE Johnson
marc_b Gordon
marcusmacc829 Gordon
mark_ligon Harvick
MarkRH Logano
MarshallGabell Harvick
marty11196 Harvick
Matt_E_Robinson Kenseth
Matt_Ryan__4 Harvick
matt2359k Harvick
Mattakingabreak Harvick
Mattdobson_7 Earnhardt Jr.
mattgross Edwards
mattlovisa Gordon
MattPerreault2 Harvick
MattTidcombe Edwards
mattyg00dtimes Kenseth
MattyIce1228 Gordon
maureenholt Other
MaximeB92 Kahne
Mbishop995 Harvick
mearnest33 Harvick
Megan48x6 Johnson
meganleben Kahne
MeriJmeri Kahne
mhonch3 Edwards
Mhouser88 Kenseth
miamb Logano
michaelboelman Gordon
michaeljrspeers Stewart
mikelav4 Keselowski
mikemcvea Harvick
MikeS_127 Keselowski
MikeUnJoy Gordon
Mikuszewskij Keselowski
Missholly517 Gordon
missmary24 Gordon
MitchellB66 Edwards
mjavin Kahne
mlostraglio Logano
mmarkaholic Keselowski
Mnshurricane Edwards
MO_Outlaw41 Johnson
mod77737 Gordon
mohawgsfan Harvick
moneil87 Gordon
monfud20 Harvick
MoWhi Larson
MoylanKC Johnson
Mrdabrown Edwards
mrdevore3 1 Other
mrirond Harvick
Mrittenhouse84 Keselowski
MrsJPancake Harvick
Mrtawarren Keselowski
mstjohn_ Other
msudawg7880 Keselowski
N_14_fan Logano
Nancyjo12 Logano
nancymcb88 Hamlin
NASCAR_MT Gordon
Nascar42tas Harvick
NASCAR4EVA Harvick
NASCARJamesR Hamlin
nasfacts Other
Nat_A_Robinson Johnson
natecoinc Kahne
ncraiderfan17 Hamlin
Nemofarmer Edwards
Ngriffit Harvick
nick_freshfocus Keselowski
nick_iida Harvick
NickGraziano Edwards
Nickler6 Edwards
nicoleigh15 Kahne
NotInRioLinda Other
NSCRtruckFAN Logano
Nuggie99 Edwards
NYSportsfan48 Edwards
ocdizneygirl Edwards
oldguyjk Kahne
oldsporttTLT 1 Edwards
Oscareort Other
oukel23 Johnson
owen_s53 Johnson
PackerDuke Edwards
pamnielsen Edwards
pat_decola Harvick
patmacbaseball Harvick
paulineemma Johnson
pbuck13 Harvick
Peidelaney 1 Other
PhatCat_4_88 Kenseth
PhotoMatt_KCCO Kahne
picchicwendy14 Gordon
PitCrewJoel_25 Gordon
Poconojoe24 Kahne
Pour_George Logano
poyjoy75 Other
prettymonkey Kahne
princetrilliam Edwards
ProducerTed971 Other
Pstew03 Keselowski
punchthecore Other
quickdraw222 Harvick
Race5599 Logano
racefan_11 Edwards
Racinangel24 Harvick
racingwench Edwards
RacingWithRich Kenseth
RatedK13 Edwards
rb3547 Gordon
rblgrl95 Gordon
rdgordon Gordon
readymixchick Edwards
Realaortiz08 Keselowski
RealAustinBloom Stewart
RealJDogg_82 Johnson
redelstei Johnson
redhead1558 Kahne
reno_ty Edwards
RiaElinor 1 Kahne
RickinReno Harvick
ridingwithdale Johnson
RIRPrez Keselowski
rjalias Keselowski
RJCJR24 Harvick
Rkendust Harvick
rlberryyogi Kenseth
RMOOREJR99 1 Other
Rob_Wyman Johnson
Robertrich Johnson
robfl Harvick
Root418 Hamlin
RossRBrockman Larson
RowdyBug Other
rowdygurl19 Hamlin
roxnascarf9 Gordon
rsc654 Gordon
Rsunstrom Keselowski
RussPaquin Edwards
ryan2929 Logano
RyanECU Harvick
RyanHep24 Gordon
ryanhorne1028 Johnson
RyanLMcCollough 1 Harvick
Ryannewmanchick Harvick
RyanSiegRacing Gordon
Ryneaa Harvick
rzrutledge Harvick
samhissett7 Kenseth
Sampsoa1 Johnson
Sarah_Boyer_ Other
Savannahpr16 Gordon
schmoe84 Harvick
Sclindon Gordon
Scootershoney Gordon
scottaltimaman Edwards
ScottWilfong Kahne
Scubagirl10 Keselowski
seanmurray24 Harvick
Senna94 Other
shadygator 1 Johnson
shaggydogracing Kahne
shaneiliff Other
Sharblo Keselowski
ShaunPresley48 Other
ShowtimeChase 1 Edwards
silentnpale Harvick
simple_life723 Logano
Slever1 Harvick
slimbolen073315 Edwards
slothfingers Larson
slsmith54 Johnson
Smally127 Gordon
Smids09 Stewart
smithsan Kenseth
smokefins14 Logano
snowybwm Gordon
soller00 Kenseth
spalmer88 Gordon
Speedway_Steve Kahne
spencergary Edwards
Spitz121 Other
Sports2HipHop Gordon
SportsBySteger Gordon
steelerballs Logano
Stellarnarious Kahne
StephenieAlexSC Gordon
stephenlallier Gordon
stephenlochner Other
steve wacter Harvick
Steveburgess5 Harvick
stevemichalik Harvick
StevieRayDos Edwards
Stewcrew14 Kenseth
SubmarineMike88 Johnson
sugarsugar03 Hamlin
SunFunRach Kahne
Sunset__dawn Kahne
supfoolitschris Keselowski
surlymalcontent Edwards
Sushilegs Kahne
sweet50munoz Harvick
TalladegaVT Harvick
tammysjrfan Harvick
tampawriter89 Kahne
Tannera94 Kahne
TannerFoutz Gordon
tashamarie Edwards
tbone971 Johnson
tct97 Larson
Terry Bryant Harvick
terrymadill Keselowski
Terrywilfong Edwards
Texasangel88 Stewart
thasmoke Edwards
thatGrogan Kahne
The_GreenFlag Kahne
The_real_tc_ Harvick
TheColbster94 Edwards
thedon_58 Edwards
TheDrewCrook Logano
theglenprez Harvick
TheGreatDanBaer Harvick
thejosh20 Harvick
themike79 Edwards
theminichad Edwards
TheOrangeCone Keselowski
ThePizza_Dude Keselowski
TheRealBFricke Kahne
TheSilverFox24 Keselowski
TheTigerBones Gordon
thetyler_s Harvick
thndrnghrd24 Larson
ThomStinson Harvick
timbankerjr Edwards
tk1300 Logano
TLGalliher Johnson
TLPremix Harvick
tmil2021 Edwards
tmotleyracing Harvick
Tobalical Johnson
ToeNailUrFace Harvick
Tonypostma Edwards
torpedoman69 Johnson
toyotavol Keselowski
Traneguy Johnson
TravelinDora Gordon
treefiddy79 Logano
trey_chaffin Harvick
treyeidson53 Harvick
TreyKeesee Gordon
treyxas Earnhardt Jr.
Tripprogers Edwards
trv240sx Gordon
tuckermcclendon Harvick
Turtle_shelds Harvick
TweetyBob62 Johnson
tyler_gray11 Hamlin
tyler017 Kahne
TylerByrd26 Edwards
tylergoodson Harvick
Tylerpetty Larson
UcntHndleDaHuth Harvick
vasteve (dad) Gordon
vasteve (son) Other
veston75 Harvick
VinnieV77 Gordon
Vothski Kahne
VTVet12 Johnson
Waldo_Terrell Johnson
wbrice4 Other
wdoyle66 Hamlin
WFFW Harvick
WGI Johnson
will_estep47 Other
WillBell24 Gordon
WillCallicott Harvick
willh94 Kahne
Wilwielgosz Other
Wkid87 Johnson
wyocat50 Larson
xtaker2208 Gordon
YenndeeZ Harvick
YragNodrog Johnson
zacharylovesit Edwards
zachstur Larson
ZackaryDWilson Gordon
ZackaryShawn Gordon
zaffmelody Kahne
ztew Gordon
ZTsmiley Edwards

Fantasy Chase game: Daytona 500 results

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Congratulations to the 14 players (yes, just 14 out of 761!) who correctly picked Joey Logano in the Daytona 500.

You’re on the board first with a win. Only four more needed in the next 25 races to make the Fantasy Chase.

The winners:

froggyacs 1
Greg_Johnston_ 1
holleighwood09 1
JimHogle 1
JoeyLoganoFan22 1
kennethriggs 1
mrdevore3 1
oldsporttTLT 1
Peidelaney 1
RiaElinor 1
RMOOREJR99 1
RyanLMcCollough 1
shadygator 1
ShowtimeChase 1

Fantasy Chase picks: Daytona 500

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Hello to everyone and welcome to the first race of the 2015 Fantasy Chase game.

There are 761 people playing in our league this year! WOW. That’s more than double last year’s entries. Thanks to all who signed up; it’s going to be a fun year.

For those playing, check back on this website weekly for picks and results from the last race. Remember, you need FIVE wins to qualify for the Fantasy Chase this year.

Obviously, some of your picks are already off to a bad start if you picked one of the Busch Brothers. If you picked a Busch Brother, I will count it as an “Other” selection so you still have a chance to win that week.

Good luck to everyone!

Here are the Daytona 500 picks:

Twitter ID   Daytona 500
_BRYAN_H Keselowski
_carlton Stewart
_ChelseaHarrell Gordon
07vanquish Gordon
14dabucs Earnhardt Jr.
1996lineman Harvick
1bmalone9 Gordon
1Outlawbandit Stewart
1youngster1 Stewart
22hemi13 Kenseth
2weety13 Other
3cboysmommy Gordon
3Dingo Johnson
4ConnorCoyle Earnhardt Jr.
4harvicknation Gordon
50_chgreer Edwards
8spokesontheb24 Kenseth
a76marine Hamlin
Aaron_678 Keselowski
AaronBearden93 Keselowski
abadacejr182288 Stewart
ABCracing54 Kenseth
abovawhisper Earnhardt Jr.
Adam_Huth Stewart
Adamkirch1 Stewart
adamniemeyer Gordon
aestrada7 Gordon
AgentC617 Other
ahaywood7 Johnson
Ahsumdude Kenseth
akjs11 Gordon
alaina3213 Earnhardt Jr.
AlekBalvanz Gordon
alrich03 Gordon
amandac141 Earnhardt Jr.
amathison Kenseth
amishkd17 Other
Andersen_Eva Earnhardt Jr.
Andrea__Marie Stewart
AndrewGresenz Earnhardt Jr.
AndrewWaldrop Other
AndyDow13 Kenseth
AndyGerdis Other
AndyHoule99 Other
AngieF530 Earnhardt Jr.
annoyingracefan Hamlin
AppBUCKEYE31 Earnhardt Jr.
apye314 Hamlin
arails4 Earnhardt Jr.
arlenekrue Earnhardt Jr.
ArtistNancyNuce Other
ashaver13 Other
ashinyobject Keselowski
ashleyjoy4291 Other
ASUHan Other
audreyhillyard Other
avosgerg Other
b_miller27 Johnson
b_Verba Hamlin
babydolleyes88 Earnhardt Jr.
bailey_queen Gordon
Barb_Goldberg Stewart
basspro24chevy Keselowski
bcon1207conrad Harvick
BDomanico Johnson
becproc32 Stewart
beek_39 Johnson
benthurman Gordon
beretta3000 Earnhardt Jr.
bevssf Kenseth
bharden94 Keselowski
Bigbrother_fb Busch (Kyle)
biggest4fan Harvick
bigmoe8824 Earnhardt Jr.
bigmohermitage Earnhardt Jr.
bigt41amp Earnhardt Jr.
billy_dowdy Harvick
Birdjlo400 Other
bite Other
bknight2 Stewart
blackflagnascar Earnhardt Jr.
blairlionel Earnhardt Jr.
Blazerfan07 Gordon
Bob_14 Other
bobcgagramp Earnhardt Jr.
bobdare18 Gordon
bobfredchuck Kenseth
BOCFAN75 Earnhardt Jr.
Boop2366 Gordon
bossmom321 Harvick
BPierce158 Earnhardt Jr.
braccoj Johnson
Bradley_016 Johnson
bradsauers Earnhardt Jr.
brainasium3 Other
branfor14 Gordon
Brendan14394 Stewart
BrennanMercer Other
briancullather Earnhardt Jr.
BrianDentlinger Johnson
briang3386 Earnhardt Jr.
briankertscher Earnhardt Jr.
briankupp Other
Briantikibar Kenseth
brooks_taylor Other
bruce_compton15 Earnhardt Jr.
bsballfc Johnson
BScharfschwerdt Keselowski
bshell00 Stewart
bshreffler88 Gordon
BZieg66 Keselowski
c_velin Johnson
cablemike1234 Kenseth
Cablemike1234 Kenseth
campbell_sh Earnhardt Jr.
Canadianhomer1 Kenseth
CandiceRandolph Kenseth
Candy9722 Hamlin
Carlajarvi Other
CARMABUTLER Stewart
carolinagurl95 Stewart
caseylandrum15 Earnhardt Jr.
catfan270 Earnhardt Jr.
Cborgninjagumby Keselowski
cdaviswx Johnson
Cedricsinanovic Harvick
Cesar_Chris Keselowski
CFoster92 Earnhardt Jr.
cfrosland Other
Cgros127 Harvick
Chad_Reno13 Keselowski
Chargin_Chuck Earnhardt Jr.
ChasDan88 Other
chasedaddy88 Earnhardt Jr.
ChaseHoven Harvick
chcobra95 Edwards
chekrs_or_rekrs Stewart
chelsae1993 Earnhardt Jr.
Chevy3dude Keselowski
chiknhead81 Other
chris_siebold22 Earnhardt Jr.
Chris_Swett Earnhardt Jr.
ChrisHarvey33 Other
ChrisLTexas Gordon
chrismorgan4182 Johnson
chrisonethree Other
chrisskreager Edwards
chrissmith4real Other
Chuck_Atl Kenseth
cinmenn Johnson
CjACK1078 Harvick
CJSully Other
clarinetbiter13 Keselowski
classicnascar Other
claydan Stewart
claytonroots Stewart
clebren45 Earnhardt Jr.
ClintLJones Stewart
closedmic Earnhardt Jr.
CMPniklas Edwards
CoachJasonWesr Harvick
Coates_Burghfan Earnhardt Jr.
cocobeware33 Stewart
CodfishCodfish Gordon
Cody_Masse Johnson
codydawg Kenseth
Codyreutzel Earnhardt Jr.
Commonsense258 Stewart
coolswagjay Earnhardt Jr.
corymcglone Other
Cpeuterb Harvick
Cracks1313 Earnhardt Jr.
craigtabler Johnson
craigweber8 Earnhardt Jr.
CrazyNateGo88 Earnhardt Jr.
crispyporkbelly Larson
crmtdeno1 Busch (Kyle)
cswiecki84 Gordon
cwat97 Gordon
cynicsNcritics Other
dabrowmatt Gordon
dallasjhawk Gordon
dallasjunebug Earnhardt Jr.
damorga1 Earnhardt Jr.
damorgan86 Earnhardt Jr.
Dan_Hope Earnhardt Jr.
Danblosser Earnhardt Jr.
DanHendrson318 Stewart
Daniels_Caudill Other
Darren__Evans__ Earnhardt Jr.
DaveJr_88 Earnhardt Jr.
DaveTom1124 Hamlin
David_brelsford Gordon
David33rcr Earnhardt Jr.
davidjeszke Busch (Kyle)
DawnMMahar Stewart
Db6speed Johnson
dbarrach Gordon
DBQRobCook Harvick
dbrowning56 Earnhardt Jr.
debkeat Earnhardt Jr.
defyingteresa Keselowski
derek048 Keselowski
DeuceStaley_48 Edwards
dfairhurst2448 Gordon
dgoodin24 Other
dhopkinsjr Other
dickiep1018 Earnhardt Jr.
digertwo Stewart
diggintony14 Harvick
DillonSims Stewart
Dixie009 Edwards
dj_sexy Earnhardt Jr.
Djmia00 Harvick
DJstatman482455 Other
dmcgrew Kenseth
DMuncy Stewart
dn__bk Gordon
DolFanDoug Gordon
DOmedicine Other
Dontae_Allen Edwards
Drashersteve Gordon
DreamyZack Kenseth
DRLDeBoer Gordon
DRM3CIX Earnhardt Jr.
drmattila Kahne
dscanbs Edwards
dustinalbino20 Gordon
dustincary Stewart
dustinstroud88 Earnhardt Jr.
dutchfunctional Johnson
dweezymilan Harvick
dwilwer Earnhardt Jr.
dzkara Kahne
e_spo85 Earnhardt Jr.
E4budfan Gordon
EarnhFan Earnhardt Jr.
Echo837 Other
eddieaceves Gordon
edeme3 Earnhardt Jr.
EditFunction Gordon
ekbfield Other
Elweazel Harvick
emily_curtiss Busch (Kyle)
emwiss Other
EOlmos Other
epbdad316 Earnhardt Jr.
erica242424 Kenseth
erick_morin Gordon
EricKChmiel Stewart
Erin_VanGee Stewart
ernhrt1 Earnhardt Jr.
EthanWilliams04 Earnhardt Jr.
ETSmith9 Harvick
evan_graf Gordon
fansince80s Gordon
fatbuzz66 Gordon
fbme4 Harvick
Fhatmaker Stewart
flahavin Other
Flairco Harvick
fnmetal Other
folimu Earnhardt Jr.
forrest55 Gordon
froggyacs Logano
furcick Other
g_man_joe Gordon
GambrelEric Gordon
Gary88Marion Harvick
gibsterville Stewart
giguerephil37 Stewart
gilmore_42 Kenseth
glockroo Harvick
gmracer29 Kenseth
gmuel Hamlin
go43go Other
gonzalezterence Other
gorfanides19 Kenseth
gozags79 Other
gph1256 Gordon
Greenfield88 Other
GreenFlag48 Johnson
Greg_Johnston_ Logano
Greg_Menotti Earnhardt Jr.
gregatkins Hamlin
GregBrannan Other
Groupsects Kenseth
GSL063 Harvick
hallock_kevin Gordon
HART_68 Stewart
HD388 Earnhardt Jr.
heidievaline Stewart
heisenbeers Other
hellrod4 Edwards
herewego75 Earnhardt Jr.
heylookaturtle Earnhardt Jr.
heyMurf Gordon
hityourmarks Other
holleighwood09 Logano
hollywoodtlb Stewart
HonestlySherry Earnhardt Jr.
hoopngoofy73 Earnhardt Jr.
HotStoverReport Gordon
howmama99 Other
Huth88 Other
hwf0712 Other
hzirbel Johnson
iamaaronwhite Other
idkadte Harvick
IggyZogspot Gordon
igtamerica Earnhardt Jr.
iHealist Busch (Kyle)
IHopeDavis Stewart
ILuvthe88and78 Earnhardt Jr.
imsteveking Harvick
ineedclarity14 Other
itsalldavey Kenseth
IW 549 Harvick
J_Fellenbaum Hamlin
J_osborne79 Other
j_t_hoffman Earnhardt Jr.
jackihine Earnhardt Jr.
JAGillespie90 Harvick
jamietroupe Gordon
jaredzara Other
Jasonanderson55 Earnhardt Jr.
JasonD2k14 Earnhardt Jr.
JasonPackard Other
jay_wilkins17 Other
Jayua Earnhardt Jr.
Jayyy_bird20 Keselowski
Jbelote24 Gordon
jbenik Harvick
Jblohse Johnson
JBosley4 Other
Jcewing0614 Earnhardt Jr.
jclea1130 Other
jcnewton42 Kenseth
Jd00047 Earnhardt Jr.
jddorman2 Other
jeff_gluck Keselowski
jeffgh24 Gordon
Jen_mc_far_land Earnhardt Jr.
jenbrott Busch (Kyle)
jennifercg Stewart
Jeremy_Sparks Kenseth
jeremybert9 Other
Jess43x8 Gordon
jflittle Gordon
JHuchingson Harvick
JimHogle Logano
JimRouse96 Keselowski
jjlow48 Other
jjrs18 Hamlin
jke_4 Stewart
jknuteson Gordon
Jms611 Stewart
jnpennington14 Other
joe_thoma_iv Other
joebeck24 Other
Joeberman Keselowski
Joey_Chapman Other
joey_fonseca Keselowski
joey4542001 Kenseth
JoeyLoganoFan22 Logano
johnbbatdorf Earnhardt Jr.
JohnsonErikM Earnhardt Jr.
jojoluvs18 Kenseth
jojolv48 Edwards
jonedwards24 Earnhardt Jr.
jordannilson Harvick
jordanthenascar Gordon
JosephMMcBride Other
JoshBralley Other
joshlook24 Busch (Kurt)
JoshuaCloninger Kenseth
jppooooch Johnson
Jraymond87 Gordon
jrdrift Johnson
Jrioux_ Gordon
jrizzlerocks Kenseth
jrjams88 Earnhardt Jr.
JRs_Creations Earnhardt Jr.
JRwhite52 Kenseth
jseten Earnhardt Jr.
jshanerector Earnhardt Jr.
jsmith_08 Earnhardt Jr.
jsoupzzz Gordon
JSRacecars Earnhardt Jr.
Jsteen234 Kenseth
jsugi48 Earnhardt Jr.
jt4888 Johnson
JTonQ Earnhardt Jr.
Judith A.Crossman Gordon
Julie_huth Kahne
Justin24Payne Kenseth
JustinC_Webster Gordon
justinleedy Gordon
Justinnett Gordon
JustinNoe Gordon
Jwoz10 Stewart
K_Taraska Keselowski
kacsunshine Johnson
Karimcgowanhob Earnhardt Jr.
Kathy Other
katiecole125 Earnhardt Jr.
kaylamarieklahn Johnson
kbr81911 Kenseth
kbspy24 Gordon
KeithGHill Keselowski
kennethriggs Logano
Kennywfan Earnhardt Jr.
kerryyymccarthy Hamlin
kevin_lott Earnhardt Jr.
Kevingentile2 Other
kevinkletti Kenseth
KevinRHatfield Earnhardt Jr.
kevmastro Kenseth
kevsmall14 Kenseth
kfisher88 Gordon
kid67y Stewart
kimery Stewart
Kingtut2110 Other
kjb0585 Other
kjfinks2champ Keselowski
kjflye Stewart
KJL1521 Other
kkfan4ever1 Kahne
klightbown Hamlin
klund29 Earnhardt Jr.
KlynParker Kenseth
KManger25 Earnhardt Jr.
kmestas Stewart
kouza34 Earnhardt Jr.
KPokrefky Keselowski
Kraig_Doremus Gordon
kristidbm Stewart
krsheart Other
kwdvm1 Stewart
Kyle_Steffen Earnhardt Jr.
KylePemberton6 Earnhardt Jr.
KylesTemper Earnhardt Jr.
Lady_44 Gordon
landertb Johnson
lastlapgo29 Keselowski
LauraSueHenshaw Stewart
LaurenADowney Johnson
leewarren Edwards
letseatsomedirt Hamlin
lifesbusy Harvick
LillyM_99 Kenseth
Linvidmar Keselowski
LisaH731 Earnhardt Jr.
LissieAnn_ Harvick
Lndado Gordon
LoganReardon20 Gordon
longtimeracefan Other
LoriKilmartin Johnson
lorils79 Earnhardt Jr.
LossiePrice Keselowski
Lowes48isgreat Johnson
lttlteapot Other
LuvsHMS48 Other
lvi56 Stewart
m_storm85 Johnson
Macd_6 Johnson
maggiejean1504 Other
Magic1980 Earnhardt Jr.
MagnumPE Earnhardt Jr.
marc_b Stewart
marcusmacc829 Hamlin
mark_ligon Earnhardt Jr.
MarkRH Other
MarshallGabell Other
marty11196 Johnson
Matt_E_Robinson Gordon
Matt_Ryan__4 Gordon
matt2359k Johnson
Mattakingabreak Edwards
Mattdobson_7 Earnhardt Jr.
mattgross Gordon
mattlovisa Hamlin
MattPerreault2 Earnhardt Jr.
MattTidcombe Gordon
mattyg00dtimes Keselowski
MattyIce1228 Gordon
maureenholt Stewart
MaximeB92 Hamlin
Mbishop995 Johnson
mearnest33 Kenseth
Megan48x6 Johnson
meganleben Earnhardt Jr.
MeriJmeri Other
mhonch3 Stewart
Mhouser88 Earnhardt Jr.
miamb Keselowski
michaelboelman Gordon
michaeljrspeers Earnhardt Jr.
mikelav4 Stewart
mikemcvea Johnson
MikeS_127 Keselowski
MikeUnJoy Gordon
Mikuszewskij Earnhardt Jr.
Missholly517 Harvick
missmary24 Gordon
MitchellB66 Keselowski
mjavin Edwards
mlostraglio Kenseth
mmarkaholic Gordon
Mnshurricane Busch (Kyle)
MO_Outlaw41 Busch (Kurt)
mod77737 Gordon
mohawgsfan Earnhardt Jr.
moneil87 Earnhardt Jr.
monfud20 Johnson
MoWhi Hamlin
MoylanKC Other
Mrdabrown Earnhardt Jr.
mrdevore3 Logano
mrirond Gordon
Mrittenhouse84 Other
MrsJPancake Gordon
Mrtawarren Kenseth
mstjohn_ Stewart
msudawg7880 Kenseth
N_14_fan Keselowski
Nancyjo12 Other
nancymcb88 Earnhardt Jr.
NASCAR_MT Earnhardt Jr.
Nascar42tas Stewart
NASCAR4EVA Edwards
NASCARJamesR Stewart
nasfacts Other
Nat_A_Robinson Kenseth
natecoinc Earnhardt Jr.
ncraiderfan17 Kenseth
Nemofarmer Earnhardt Jr.
Ngriffit Earnhardt Jr.
nick_freshfocus Earnhardt Jr.
nick_iida Stewart
NickGraziano Gordon
Nickler6 Earnhardt Jr.
nicoleigh15 Earnhardt Jr.
NotInRioLinda Johnson
NSCRtruckFAN Earnhardt Jr.
Nuggie99 Other
NYSportsfan48 Harvick
ocdizneygirl Earnhardt Jr.
oldguyjk Earnhardt Jr.
oldsporttTLT Logano
Oscareort Busch (Kyle)
oukel23 Other
owen_s53 Kahne
PackerDuke Stewart
pamnielsen Gordon
pat_decola Johnson
patmacbaseball Other
paulineemma Stewart
pbuck13 Earnhardt Jr.
Peidelaney Logano
PhatCat_4_88 Harvick
PhotoMatt_KCCO Earnhardt Jr.
picchicwendy14 Earnhardt Jr.
PitCrewJoel_25 Harvick
Poconojoe24 Gordon
Pour_George Johnson
poyjoy75 Earnhardt Jr.
prettymonkey Gordon
princetrilliam Gordon
ProducerTed971 Earnhardt Jr.
Pstew03 Kenseth
punchthecore Stewart
quickdraw222 Kenseth
Race5599 Kenseth
racefan_11 Gordon
Racinangel24 Gordon
racingwench Earnhardt Jr.
RacingWithRich Gordon
RatedK13 Gordon
rb3547 Kenseth
rblgrl95 Other
rdgordon Hamlin
readymixchick Keselowski
Realaortiz08 Gordon
RealAustinBloom Other
RealJDogg_82 Kenseth
redelstei Kenseth
redhead1558 Earnhardt Jr.
reno_ty Stewart
RiaElinor Logano
RickinReno Earnhardt Jr.
ridingwithdale Earnhardt Jr.
RIRPrez Stewart
rjalias Earnhardt Jr.
RJCJR24 Johnson
Rkendust Earnhardt Jr.
rlberryyogi Stewart
RMOOREJR99 Logano
Rob_Wyman Earnhardt Jr.
Robertrich Gordon
robfl Keselowski
Root418 Gordon
RossRBrockman Other
RowdyBug Gordon
rowdygurl19 Keselowski
roxnascarf9 Earnhardt Jr.
rsc654 Stewart
Rsunstrom Gordon
RussPaquin Stewart
ryan2929 Harvick
RyanECU Earnhardt Jr.
RyanHep24 Edwards
ryanhorne1028 Earnhardt Jr.
RyanLMcCollough Logano
Ryannewmanchick Newman
RyanSiegRacing Other
Ryneaa Other
rzrutledge Earnhardt Jr.
samhissett7 Other
Sampsoa1 Newman
Sarah_Boyer_ Gordon
Savannahpr16 Other
schmoe84 Johnson
Sclindon Johnson
Scootershoney Earnhardt Jr.
scottaltimaman Harvick
ScottWilfong Larson
Scubagirl10 Other
seanmurray24 Kenseth
Senna94 Busch (Kyle)
shadygator Logano
shaggydogracing Earnhardt Jr.
shaneiliff Earnhardt Jr.
Sharblo Larson
ShaunPresley48 Earnhardt Jr.
ShowtimeChase Logano
silentnpale Earnhardt Jr.
simple_life723 Earnhardt Jr.
Slever1 Other
slimbolen073315 Other
slothfingers Earnhardt Jr.
slsmith54 Earnhardt Jr.
Smally127 Earnhardt Jr.
Smids09 Other
smithsan Hamlin
smokefins14 Stewart
snowybwm Earnhardt Jr.
soller00 Other
spalmer88 Earnhardt Jr.
Speedway_Steve Harvick
spencergary Earnhardt Jr.
Spitz121 Larson
Sports2HipHop Keselowski
SportsBySteger Busch (Kyle)
steelerballs Other
Stellarnarious Gordon
StephenieAlexSC Harvick
stephenlallier Gordon
stephenlochner Keselowski
steve wacter Earnhardt Jr.
Steveburgess5 Stewart
stevemichalik Other
StevieRayDos Kahne
Stewcrew14 Stewart
SubmarineMike88 Harvick
sugarsugar03 Johnson
SunFunRach Earnhardt Jr.
Sunset__dawn Other
supfoolitschris Other
surlymalcontent Other
Sushilegs Stewart
sweet50munoz Earnhardt Jr.
TalladegaVT Stewart
tammysjrfan Earnhardt Jr.
tampawriter89 Earnhardt Jr.
Tannera94 Gordon
TannerFoutz Other
tashamarie Johnson
tbone971 Earnhardt Jr.
tct97 Hamlin
Terry Bryant Stewart
terrymadill Earnhardt Jr.
Terrywilfong Other
Texasangel88 Earnhardt Jr.
thasmoke Earnhardt Jr.
thatGrogan Hamlin
The_GreenFlag Earnhardt Jr.
The_real_tc_ Hamlin
TheColbster94 Kenseth
thedon_58 Gordon
TheDrewCrook Gordon
theglenprez Earnhardt Jr.
TheGreatDanBaer Stewart
thejosh20 Other
themike79 Johnson
theminichad Harvick
TheOrangeCone Johnson
ThePizza_Dude Earnhardt Jr.
TheRealBFricke Kenseth
TheSilverFox24 Other
TheTigerBones Earnhardt Jr.
thetyler_s Harvick
thndrnghrd24 Johnson
ThomStinson Stewart
timbankerjr Hamlin
tk1300 Gordon
TLGalliher Stewart
TLPremix Harvick
tmil2021 Earnhardt Jr.
tmotleyracing Gordon
Tobalical Earnhardt Jr.
ToeNailUrFace Earnhardt Jr.
Tonypostma Other
torpedoman69 Harvick
toyotavol Earnhardt Jr.
Traneguy Gordon
TravelinDora Johnson
treefiddy79 Gordon
trey_chaffin Other
treyeidson53 Busch (Kyle)
TreyKeesee Other
treyxas Earnhardt Jr.
Tripprogers Earnhardt Jr.
trv240sx Other
tuckermcclendon Gordon
Turtle_shelds Stewart
TweetyBob62 Gordon
tyler_gray11 Hamlin
tyler017 Kenseth
TylerByrd26 Other
tylergoodson Other
Tylerpetty Keselowski
UcntHndleDaHuth Newman
vasteve (dad) Stewart
vasteve (son) Kenseth
veston75 Earnhardt Jr.
VinnieV77 Stewart
Vothski Kenseth
VTVet12 Johnson
Waldo_Terrell Other
wbrice4 Edwards
wdoyle66 Gordon
WFFW Earnhardt Jr.
WGI Keselowski
will_estep47 Johnson
WillBell24 Earnhardt Jr.
WillCallicott Earnhardt Jr.
willh94 Kenseth
Wilwielgosz Earnhardt Jr.
Wkid87 Gordon
wyocat50 Stewart
xtaker2208 Earnhardt Jr.
YenndeeZ Kenseth
YragNodrog Edwards
zacharylovesit Other
zachstur Gordon
ZackaryDWilson Earnhardt Jr.
ZackaryShawn Other
zaffmelody Earnhardt Jr.
ztew Stewart
ZTsmiley Gordon

Fantasy Chase 2015: Entries are open! (Update: Nope, closed now)

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UPDATE: Fantasy Chase entries have now been closed.

 

Hello and welcome to the Fantasy Chase game for the 2015 NASCAR season! We had a great community play last year and I’m really looking forward to facing off against everyone again.

If you didn’t play last year, no worries. It’s a simple game, open to anyone and free to play. But for those who participated in 2014, make sure to carefully read the new rules below (the regular season format has changed).

Ready? Here we go:

FANTASY CHASE RULES:

1. Pick one driver for each race of the regular season. If your driver wins the race, you get credited with a win. You have to pick all 26 races when you enter.

2. You can pick the same driver as many times as you want (that’s one big change from last year). Heck, if you want to pick Jimmie Johnson every single week, you can.

You will have 15 drivers to choose from, plus an “Other.” If you don’t see the driver you want, just pick “Other” and you’ll be credited with a victory if anyone but the 15 listed drivers wins that week.

3. In order to clinch a spot in the Fantasy Chase, you must win *at least five races* (another major difference with last year’s rules). One victory isn’t going to cut it anymore, but don’t be too discouraged: @Adam_Huth won seven regular-season races last year under the old rules, which were much more difficult. So winning five should be doable.

Plus, the Fantasy Chase will be open to a minimum of 200 people — so if we don’t have 200 winners, the people with the most wins will become wild cards.

4. The rules for the 10-race Fantasy Chase will be announced later this summer. Subject to change, of course. Can anyone take down defending winner @sports2hiphop?

5. The deadline for picks is 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 21 (the night before the Daytona 500). One entry per person, please!

Fantasy Chase 2014: A champion is crowned

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Kevin Harvick’s victory at Phoenix International Raceway clinched a berth in NASCAR’s championship race, but it also did something more important for Brad Bogdane: It earned him the 2014 Fantasy Chase championship.

Bogdane, a 32-year-old Saskatchewan resident who goes by @sports2hiphop on Twitter, was the only player left standing after Phoenix. He survived a regular season with 326 players (Bogdane won three times before the Chase) and then made it through the Fantasy Chase by picking a favorite for each race instead of saving all the heavy hitters for the end (he used Jimmie Johnson at Dover, for example).

After winning the title, Bogdane chose to receive a Dale Call as his championship trophy. And while he calls himself an Earnhardt fan, it’s a bit more complicated than that.

“I feel like I have to say Dale Jr. is my favorite just because I know pretty much everything about his life,” said Bogdane, whose father was a diehard Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan. “But I enjoy heated NASCAR discussions and everyone can’t be Earnhardt fans, so I started cheering for the villains.”

Bogdane was sitting in the grandstands at Daytona International Speedway one day when he saw an elderly man get up from his seat and start cursing at Kyle Busch. It blew him away.

“I thought, ‘Damn, this old man who can barely walk hates a man he’s never met that much,” Bogdane said. “(That was) amazing to me. Ever since then, Kyle Busch has been a god to me.”

Busch has been tamer the last few years, Bogdane said, so he’s expanded his rooting interests for perceived bad guys.

“Now there’s a new villain that I like: Brad Keselowski,” he said. “But deep down, I’ll always be an Earnhardt fan.”

Congratulations to Bogdane and thanks to everyone who played in the Fantasy Chase this season. Hopefully, we can play a game together again next season.

Fantasy Chase: The final four

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Joey Logano’s surprising bottom-four finish at Texas Motor Speedway means there are only four people left in the Fantasy Chase — and only one can win the title at Phoenix International Raceway.

Here’s what happened:

— We started Texas with four people picking Brad Keselowski and three picking Logano, including the only remaining player with a clear path to Homestead — @amishkid17.

— But Logano finished fifth of the remaining Chase drivers at Texas, which eliminated @amishkid17, @chrisonethree and @jsoupzzz.

— That left our own version of the final four heading into Phoenix: @sports2hiphop, @devyanks90, @BPierce158 and @dave_phillips1. Of those four, however, only one has an eligible pick at Phoenix.

Twitter ID Phoenix pick
Sports2hiphop Harvick, Kevin
devyanks90 Johnson, Jimmie
BPierce158 Johnson, Jimmie
dave_phillips1 Johnson, Jimmie

Championship Scenario:

— @sports2hiphop wins the Fantasy Chase if Kevin Harvick finishes among the top four drivers at Phoenix.

— If Harvick fails to finish in the top four, everyone is eliminated and there will be a tiebreaker in place. Since all four of the remaining players picked Dale Earnhardt Jr. for Homestead, none of their picks can be used as the tiebreaker. Instead, the final four will be contacted via Twitter to submit a pick for the Homestead race. Whoever is closest would win the championship.

Fantasy Chase: Week 7 results, Week 8 picks

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As it turned out, both Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth were among the top four Chase drivers at Martinsville Speedway, which means everyone with an eligible pick survived until next week.

Unfortunately, most people (12 players) had chosen a driver who was already eliminated from the Chase. This included Adam Huth, our regular season champion, who went out with a bang: He chose Dale Earnhardt Jr., which would have been his 10th victory of the season if it counted. Adam, congrats on a GREAT run! Really impressive.

Those who went home this week:

wdoyle66
fatbuzz66
digertwo
CopaCavanna
gonzalezterence
Adam_Huth
Sam_Beishuizen
TheTigerBones
thndrnghrd24
Mattdobson_7
mattgross
kennethriggs

So we’re down to nine people for the final three races. Props to those who have made it this far — it hasn’t been easy.

Here are the picks for Texas. Seven players are eligible to move on after this week (four people chose Brad Keselowski; three people chose Joey Logano). Please see the tiebreaker procedures below the picks in case the game ends this week.

Twitter ID Texas
dallasjunebug Earnhardt Jr., Dale
trv240sx Johnson, Jimmie
Sports2hiphop Keselowski, Brad
devyanks90 Keselowski, Brad
BPierce Keselowski, Brad
dave_phillips1 Keselowski, Brad
chrisonethree Logano, Joey
Amishkid17 Logano, Joey
jsoupzzz Logano, Joey

TIEBREAKERS:

1) If both Keselowski and Logano finish among the bottom four Chase drivers at Texas, the Fantasy Chase game is over and will be decided on a tiebreaker. The winner will be the driver who finishes higher at Texas.

Since multiple people have the same driver, the winner would then depend on who has the most drivers still alive for their Phoenix and Homestead picks.

2) If both Keselowski and Logano are eliminated and Keselowski is higher, the Fantasy Chase winner would be @sports2hiphop. The reason is he is the only one of the four people who chose Keselowski and has a driver still eligible after Texas (he picked Harvick at Phoenix).

3) If both Keselowski and Logano are eliminated and Logano is higher, the Fantasy Chase winner would be @amishkid17. The reason is he has two drivers still eligible after Texas (Harvick at Phoenix, Keselowski at Homestead).

LOOKING AHEAD:

Only three players can still win the Fantasy Chase even if they survive this week (see championship scenarios below):

Twitter ID Phoenix Homestead
Sports2hiphop Harvick, Kevin Earnhardt Jr., Dale
devyanks90 Johnson, Jimmie Earnhardt Jr., Dale
BPierce Johnson, Jimmie Earnhardt Jr., Dale
dave_phillips1 Johnson, Jimmie Earnhardt Jr., Dale
chrisonethree Harvick, Kevin Johnson, Jimmie
Amishkid17 Harvick, Kevin Keselowski, Brad
jsoupzzz Busch, Kyle Kahne, Kasey

Note: If the three Harvick players survive Phoenix, it depends on whether Keselowski makes the final four. If he does, then @Amishkid17 wins. If not, then there could be a three-way tie and the tiebreaker would be whoever’s Homestead pick finishes highest between @Amishkid17 (Keselowski), @Sports2hiphop (Earnhardt) and @chrisonethree (Johnson).

No one else but those three can win the title because everyone else’s Phoenix picks are already eliminated.

Fantasy Chase picks: Week 7

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Before you read anything else on this page, know this: There’s a chance the Fantasy Chase could end this week.

Say what?! Yep, it’s true. The chances of our game still being undecided at Homestead are now quite small. In fact, it’s likely the game will be over in the next couple weeks.

First of all, look at how the Fantasy Chase field has shrunk:

Pre-race Players left
Chicago 197
New Hampshire 183
Dover 113
Kansas 107
Charlotte 71
Talladega 50
Martinsville 21

So you’re saying, “OK, still 21 players. That’s not so bad.”

Actually, it IS that bad when you consider the picks for this week:

Twitter ID Martinsville
wdoyle66 Busch, Kurt
fatbuzz66 Busch, Kurt
digertwo Busch, Kyle
CopaCavanna Earnhardt Jr., Dale
gonzalezterence Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Adam_Huth Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Sam_Beishuizen Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Sports2hiphop Gordon, Jeff
devyanks90 Gordon, Jeff
BPierce Gordon, Jeff
dave_phillips1 Gordon, Jeff
dallasjunebug Gordon, Jeff
chrisonethree Gordon, Jeff
trv240sx Gordon, Jeff
Amishkid17 Gordon, Jeff
TheTigerBones Johnson, Jimmie
thndrnghrd24 Johnson, Jimmie
Mattdobson_7 Johnson, Jimmie
mattgross Johnson, Jimmie
kennethriggs Johnson, Jimmie
jsoupzzz Kenseth, Matt

Did you see that? Look at all the italics! All of those picks in italics are worthless for Martinsville because those drivers are no longer in the Chase. So in reality, there are only nine people who can advance past this week:

Sports2hiphop Gordon, Jeff
devyanks90 Gordon, Jeff
BPierce Gordon, Jeff
dave_phillips1 Gordon, Jeff
dallasjunebug Gordon, Jeff
chrisonethree Gordon, Jeff
trv240sx Gordon, Jeff
Amishkid17 Gordon, Jeff
jsoupzzz Kenseth, Matt

So there you have it: The ONLY picks this week are Jeff Gordon (eight people) and Matt Kenseth (one). If they both finish in the top four of the remaining Chase drivers, they move on to Texas. But if both Gordon and Kenseth finish in the bottom half of the Chasers this week, the game is over.

In that case, it would be decided on a tiebreaker. Here are the tiebreaker rules I just made up for Martinsville:

Tiebreaker 1) If both drivers are eliminated, those who picked the driver who finished higher at Martinsville will win the championship.

— If both Kenseth and Gordon are eliminated but Kenseth finishes higher, @jsoupzzz wins the championship.

— If both Kenseth and Gordon are eliminated but Gordon finishes higher, there’s an eight-way tie for the championship and we go to Tiebreaker No. 2.

Tiebreaker 2) In the event of an eight-way tie, the tiebreaker will be the person who still has the most eligible Chase drivers for the remaining three races after Martinsville.

There is only ONE person out of all remaining players who has four eligible drivers in the remaining four races. So @amishkid17 would win the championship this week if both Kenseth and Gordon go out and Gordon finishes higher.

Details (eligible driver in bold):

Sports2hiphop Gordon, Jeff Keselowski, Brad Harvick, Kevin Earnhardt Jr., Dale
devyanks90 Gordon, Jeff Keselowski, Brad Johnson, Jimmie Earnhardt Jr., Dale
BPierce Gordon, Jeff Keselowski, Brad Johnson, Jimmie Earnhardt Jr., Dale
dave_phillips1 Gordon, Jeff Keselowski, Brad Johnson, Jimmie Earnhardt Jr., Dale
dallasjunebug Gordon, Jeff Earnhardt Jr., Dale Harvick, Kevin Johnson, Jimmie
chrisonethree Gordon, Jeff Logano, Joey Harvick, Kevin Johnson, Jimmie
trv240sx Gordon, Jeff Johnson, Jimmie Harvick, Kevin Keselowski, Brad
Amishkid17 Gordon, Jeff Logano, Joey Harvick, Kevin Keselowski, Brad

Let me know if there are any questions, since this might be confusing. By the way, in the event the game continues to next week, here are @jsoupzzz’s picks for the rest of the season:

Kenseth, Matt Logano, Joey Busch, Kyle Kahne, Kasey

Fantasy Chase: Week 6 results

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Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Can you believe it? The bottom four Chase drivers at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday were Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.

None of the remaining 50 players in the Fantasy Chase picked Johnson, so no harm done there. Only one picked Gordon and two picked Busch, so no biggie there, either.

But…um…a LOT of people picked Dale Jr. It’s ugly, folks. There’s no way around it.

Nearly half of the Fantasy Chasers — 23 people — picked Junior, and now they’re all going home. It’s kinda like this:


OUCH.

Hey, look — you made it this far. Great run. But it’s time to say goodbye to the following 29 players (including three who picked drivers no longer in the Chase):

Twitter ID   Talladega pick
ItsAlexKaplan Almirola, Aric
CFDIG Biffle, Greg
ClintLJones Busch, Kurt
Huth88 Busch, Kyle
katiecole125 Busch, Kyle
Kfisher88 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
lorettamagers Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Coates_Burghfan Earnhardt Jr., Dale
ZHorrall224 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
AppBuckeye31 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
bruce_compton15 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
tcholbrook Earnhardt Jr., Dale
davidlerner75 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
oldguyjk Earnhardt Jr., Dale
gregatkins Earnhardt Jr., Dale
coreyr12 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Gael78II Earnhardt Jr., Dale
rebel388 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Chubdubblub Earnhardt Jr., Dale
quickdraw222 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Bradley_016 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
poloshot Earnhardt Jr., Dale
turbojunker Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Toenailurface Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Readymixchick Earnhardt Jr., Dale
bakemoney2000 Earnhardt Jr., Dale
jdubharris Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Nascar_Nut Earnhardt Jr., Dale
Scottwilfong Gordon, Jeff

Now we’re down to the final 21 people with four races to go. I’ll post picks later this week, but congrats to those people still alive in the Fantasy Chase:

Twitter ID
wdoyle66
fatbuzz66
digertwo
gonzalezterence
Adam_Huth
CopaCavanna
Sam_Beishuizen
Sports2hiphop
devyanks90
BPierce
dallasjunebug
trv240sx
Amishkid17
chrisonethree
dave_phillips1
TheTigerBones
thndrnghrd24
mattgross
kennethriggs
Mattdobson_7
jsoupzzz

October 17, 1989: The Earthquake

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I can still vividly remember the moment it happened. The rest of my memories from that day are just fragments, little bursts of images strung together.

At 5:04 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1989, I was sitting into the second-to-last row of the upper deck at Candlestick Park with my mom. We were getting ready to watch the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s – my preferred team as a 9-year-old – play in Game 3 of the World Series.

If I close my eyes, I can remember it so clearly: The terror I felt while gripping the armrest of my seat as we were jolted back and forth, the sound like a train roaring down the tracks. When it stopped, we were uninjured; but as it turned out, that moment changed the course of my life.

This might sound weird, but I’m a sports writer because of an earthquake.

(Above: A picture taken from the upper deck walkway on the way up to our seats. Note the clock says 4:50 p.m.; the earthquake hit 14 minutes later.)

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I grew up in Los Altos, Calif. – about 40 miles south of San Francisco – and would go to both Giants and A’s games with my dad. But I preferred the A’s, because they had the “Bash Brothers” (Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco), a nickname which was appealing to a kid.

My dad somehow scored World Series tickets from his boss, but he had to fly to Japan on business. That left my mom – who had never been to a game at Candlestick – to take me to the World Series.

We got to the game pretty early, and I remember the excitement of pulling into the stadium parking lot. The Giants’ theme song that year was “I Feel Good,” and it played on the car radio; because of what happened later, it still triggers a brief second of nervousness for me today.

My mom and I got to our nosebleed seats, and settled in for the game. How could we have known we’d never see a single pitch? I pulled out my pencil and program to keep score, but the tip was broken; I pleaded with my mom to let me go buy a new one by myself, but she said no — we could go together later. I’m glad she refused, because we would have been separated at a bad time.

That’s when it happened.

My mom doesn’t remember this, but right before it hit, I looked up to the right — in the direction of the Bay — and saw a flock of birds suddenly flying over the stadium, shrieking. Then the rumbling started – like rolling thunder at first, then like a jumbo jet taking off. Our seats began shifting from side to side – hard.

Earthquake.

I couldn’t tell you how long it lasted – it seemed like forever. I just remember wanting it to stop. It was a rough one — being up high in the upper deck probably didn’t help — and it really tossed me around in my seat.

In writing this post, I asked my mom what she remembers from that moment. At first, she thought everyone in the stadium started stomping their feet.

“I put my arm around you,” she said. “I looked over your shoulder and where the stadium (roof) met, there were two walls that came together at a 45 degree angle — and they were moving in complete opposite directions back and forth.”

Then it slowed down — CHUG, CHUG, chug, chug, chug — and stopped. Strangely, everyone burst into cheers. My mom remembers jubilant people raising their fists up to the sky in triumph. It was like: Heck yeah! Now let’s get this game started!

We didn’t share their enthusiasm for the game. My mom wanted to get downstairs as quickly as possible — was the stadium going to collapse? — so we excused ourselves past the people remaining in their seats and headed for an escalator.

The power was out, but hundreds of people were still streaming up to their seats — we had to squeeze past everyone to reach ground level. The game wasn’t canceled yet; maybe we thought the quake was worse than it was?

My mom spotted a couple guys with boom boxes listening to the radio, and we gathered around to hear the news reports. After realizing the earthquake was pretty serious, my mom decided we should leave.

We walked out of the stadium gates and ran into two guys who asked my mom if we were going to use our ticket stubs as a rain check to come back. At the time, my mom either didn’t realize the significance of the stubs or just figured there was no way we’d return even if it were somehow rescheduled. Anyway, she gave our tickets away.

Someone else in the parking lot asked us if we’d heard the news: The Bay Bridge had just collapsed. What?! We were stunned. We hurried to the car and flipped on the car radio, which blared the Emergency Broadcast System signal – only this was not a test. My mom realized we needed to get back to my sister, who was at home with an elderly babysitter.

We didn’t have to cross the bridge to reach Los Altos, but my mom didn’t know how to get back to the highway from where we parked – and she took a wrong turn. I remember us driving through a neighborhood and looking at the glass on a bus shelter as it trembled with an aftershock.

By the time she figured out where we were, officials had called the game and we got stuck in all the traffic leaving the city. At that point, we had no communication with anyone – my sister, my dad, our other relatives and friends. Remember, this was in an era of no cell phones (yes, there was such a time).

Fortunately, we were in my dad’s car and he had a first-generation car phone, mounted in the center console with a handset. All the circuits were jammed, though, so we couldn’t call anyone.

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(Above: I showed up at Candlestick Park that day to see my favorite two teams play each other. I had no idea what was about to happen.)

Peeing in the car

When the earthquake hit, my dad was in Nagano, Japan showing customers around at a Fujitsu plant. It was mid-morning there, and he got an urgent call from a co-worker.

“He said, ‘Turn on the TV, the Bay Bridge is down, the Marina District is on fire,” my dad said. “I knew you and Mom were OK because they said nobody was hurt at Candlestick. But I said, ‘Los Altos must be leveled.’ I thought Laura (my sister) was gone. I was panicked.”

He called our neighbors but couldn’t get an answer for awhile. Finally, someone picked up. They told my dad everyone in our neighborhood was fine – and that my sister was sitting in the elderly babysitter’s car in the driveway, since that’s what the woman remembered her mother doing during an earthquake in the 1930s.

My dad figured we might be in the car on the way home, so he called the car phone. It went through, much to his relief.

Mine, too. I had to pee so badly at that point, and we were stuck in standstill traffic with no end in sight. I asked my dad if it would be OK if I just peed in his car.

He said yes. What a dad! So I pissed in my pants, right there on the front seat.

When we finally pulled into our neighborhood, it was dark — no one had power — but I remember seeing people barbecuing in their front yards.

Fortunately, our house had very little damage. Everything came out of the cabinets, of course, but structurally it was OK. We got lucky compared to some of our friends; one of my classmates broke his arm when a wall fell on him as he was trying to run out of his house.

That night – and for most of that week – my sister and I slept on mattresses in our front hallway, right next to the door. I refused to go upstairs to my room or even to take a shower because I didn’t trust the ground and an aftershock could happen at any second. What if that was the one that made our house fall down?

(Above: I slept in the hallway for several days because I was too scared to go upstairs in case of an aftershock.)

The fallout

That week was the first time my mom let me watch the news. And for months afterward, I was obsessed. Not only did I watch the TV news, but I listened to the all-news radio station (KCBS in San Francisco) in my room. All the time.

My dad said when we took a trip to see friends in Minneapolis a few months later, they picked us up from the airport and asked what kind of music we wanted to hear.

I asked them, “Do you have an all-news radio station here?”

That’s one part of the reason I’m in journalism today. Here’s the other: The earthquake triggered a chain of events which led me to NASCAR. This is sort of confusing, but bear with me:

1) My mom, spooked by the earthquake, told my dad that we should move to another state. She decided she couldn’t wait around for the Big One to hit. After all, the ’89 quake wasn’t the Big One – it was only a 7.1. Another one, 8.0 or larger, was predicted with a 90% chance in the next 25 years (how’d that work out?). Anyway, my dad eventually relented and we moved to Colorado.

2) Since I had only lived in Colorado for a relatively short time, I wasn’t tied down to the state for college. So I picked a school on the East Coast instead – the University of Delaware — since I figured I’d already lived in the West and (sort of) the Midwest.

3) At Delaware, a professor named Bill Fleischman encouraged me to try sports writing. I’d never thought of it before taking his class. If I hadn’t met him, I have no idea what I’d be doing today.

4) I got my first sports writing job at a small newspaper in Rocky Mount, N.C. – and my editor sent me to cover NASCAR (I’d never seen a race before that).

So to recap: If the earthquake had never happened, we would have never moved from California, I would have never gone to school and met my professor or become a sports writer and I might be a salesman or lawyer or Starbucks barista in the Bay Area instead of a NASCAR reporter living in North Carolina.

Got it?

Anyway, that’s how the Loma Prieta Earthquake changed my life, 25 years ago this week.

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(Above: My dad’s home office looked like a bomb went off after the earthquake. Below: Earthquake prep materials spooked our family into moving from California.)

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