Creature vs. Creature: NASCAR Picks (Shelby 427)

Ben BombergerSenior Writer IFebruary 27, 2009

Each week, seven our our beloved B/R NASCAR writers discuss their picks for the upcoming race. Each week, the writer receives the total number of points their selected driver gets.

At the end of the 26-race regular season, writers will receive 10 bonus points for each win they had during the season and the Chase field will be set, just as the Cup stars do it.

Overall, last week was a successful one for all writers, with the worst finish being Jimmie Johnson in ninth. Unfortunately, two races in, none have correctly picked a winner.

This week, our writers spiced it up a little bit. Last week we had three drivers selected two times, for a total of only four drivers selected over our seven person panel.

Also last week, everyone "thought" about taking Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth but looked at history and saw that only three times had a driver won the next race after Daytona—in case you missed it...Kenseth became No. 4!

Here is a look at this week's picks:


me.jpgBen Bomberger

This week's pick: Brian Vickers—I know what you are thinking: "Vickers...really?" I know it's a bit of a long-shot, but I have a feeling Vickers is due to break out really soon. Team Red Bull has been coming along amazingly, and Vickers will visit Victory Lane sometime this year.

Will Vegas be the place? Well, if recent history says so, the answer will be "NO!" But, we all know that history can be broken. (See Kyle Busch last weekend...right?)

So I'm going out on a limb and selecting my new favorite driver. Is it crazy? Absolutely! But I wanted to shake the rankings up a bit and select someone out of the ordinary.

My darkhorse: Dale Earnhardt Jr. I almost picked him, but just don't think he's got the team to win this weekend. He finished second at Vegas last year, but engine problems at Auto Club Speedway could be a bad omen for the No. 88 team.

Last week: Kyle Busch (finished third).


mj.jpgMary Jo Buchanan

This week's pick: Jeff Gordon—I'm going with Jeff Gordon at Las Vegas. He's been close and good the first two races, and I just think (hope) that he is due.  I'm going with Brian Vickers as my dark horse pick.

Last week: Carl Edwards (finished seventh).


lj.jpgL.J. Burgess

This week's pick: Matt Kenseth—Kenseth and the No. 17 crew says..."Viva Las Vegas" this week, unless Jimmie or Jeff get lucky at the tables, eh?

The No. 17 wins this week.

Last week: Jimmie Johnson (finished ninth).


kelly.jpgKelly Crandall

This week's pick: Mark Martin—Martin has one win, nine top-10 finishes in 11 starts and has led 259 laps at Las Vegas. He's not spectacular there, but he brings the car home and gets the job done.

Last year, in the DEI No. 8, he brought it home in the top-10. I expect another good finish for Martin now in the Hendrick No. 5 to follow up his decent, before blowing a motor, run at California.

He also is the defending winner of the Nationwide race there.

I didn't pick Matt Kenseth, after regretting not doing so in California, because I think that while he may have a good run, his luck is going to run out eventually.

Carl Edwards didn't do much for me in California, I thought he was going to run a little better than he did, although he brought it home in the top-10. But from the defending winner at California and Vegas, he looked kind of shaky.

I'm not gonna take Jimmie Johnson, even though he did win three in a row. I'm not sure if they figured out what made them so horrible there last year when he finished 29th and was way off the pace. He started strong in California but couldn't keep up with it.

I was going to pick Dale Jr. but the way his luck has been going, I chicken out. He had a car that could have finished in the top-10 at California but had the engine problem. And he has finished second at Vegas on a few occasions in the past, including last year.

But, I'm gonna go out on a limb, and say Mark Martin brings home another top-10 or top-five this weekend.

Last week: Greg Biffle (finished fourth).



Adam Heasley

This week's pick: Kyle "Rowdy" Busch—Those Busch brothers like Vegas and its a home race for them. Since 2005, Kyle has finished second, third, ninth, and 11th.

That's an average finish of 5.0 for his career at Las Vegas. Last year he was one of the favorites 'til the handling on his car went away in later part of the race.

I don't expect that to happen this time. Expect Kyle Busch to finally break into the winner's circle at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

My darkhorse driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Last week: Jimmie Johnson (finished ninth).


sm.jpgS.M. Napier

This week's pick: Kyle Busch—Should be no surprise that I'm going to pick Kyle "Rowdy" Busch. He's on a roll now, hungry for a win on his home track and he always exciting to watch at Sin City.

Last week: Kyle Busch (finished third).


david.jpgDavid Phillips

This week's pick: Carl Edwards—Hey! I'm once again going to go with cousin Carl. He's just that "flippin'" good on these tracks and usually stays out of trouble.

That's my pick: Mr. Edwards.

Last week: Carl Edwards (finished seventh).

Creature Standings
SM Napier
Ben Bomberger
MJ Buchanan
David Phillips
Adam Heasley
Kelly Crandall
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