Sin City is officially behind us and the points standings among our panel of writers changed slightly—again.
This week, two of our writers correctly picked Kyle "Rowdy" Busch to win the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas, earning each 10 bonus points entering the B/R Chase after 26 races.
At various times, it appeared each of our writers were on track to have good finishes. Well, except for LJ Burgess' selection of Matt Kenseth, who finished 43rd after an expired engine before lap 10.
In the picks earlier this week, Kelly Crandall said, "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."
Boy was she right!
The winner of the first two races was not even a contender for 10 laps on Sunday.
Crandall's pick of Mark Martin appeared to be headed towards a solid finish before suffering engine woes after the car popped out of gear and the engine was over revved.
Here is a summary of last week's picks, in order of where each writer stands in the points:
S.M. Napier—Kyle Busch, finished first, 525 points and one win.
Ben Bomberger—Brian Vickers, finished eighth, 454 points.
MJ Buchanan—Jeff Gordon, finished sixth, 435 points.
Adam Heasley—Kyle Busch, finished first, 420 points and one win.
David Phillips—Carl Edwards, finished 17th, 388 points.
Kelly Crandall—Mark Martin, finished 40th, 258 points.
LJ Burgess—Matt Kenseth, finished 43rd, 229.
That wraps up Week Three of the competition. Check back on Friday for "Hot-Lanta" picks.