Dirt Fantasy Sweep – Game Notes

Game Notes

Erik Jones, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick take Truck, NNS and Cup wins at PIR

Posted by The Commish on Monday, November 11, 2013

Congratulations to Old Fart Racing on winning the RD#9 NSSN Vintage Tee Shirt for most points by tiebreaker over dolphin racing. Both teams started the same roster of drivers but the Old Fart, and I use that term with the utmost affection, earned the prize because he’s scored more points overall.

Young shavetail Erik Jones won Friday’s NASCAR Truck Series race at Phoenix Int’l Raceway, leading the most laps after qualifying second to beat pole sitter Ross Chastain, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon and Matt Crafton with Cale Gale, Ryan Blaney, Johnny Sauter, James Buescher and Chase Elliott filling out the top 10. Jeb Burton, German Quiroga, Daniel Hemric, Steve Wallace, Max Gresham and Timothy Peters filled out the FMFL top 16. Popular picks who scored zero for the players who started them included Darrell Wallace Jr. (13th), Joey Coulter (26th) and Ron Hornaday (28th).

Kyle Busch picked up his 12th NNS win of the season on Saturday at PIR, starting from pole and leading the most laps to beat Justin Allgaier, outside pole qualifier Austin Dillon, Regan Smith and Sam Hornish Jr. with Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Elliott Sadler, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney sixth through 10th. Alex Bowman, Parker Kligerman, Brian Scott, Michael Annett, Ryan Reed and Drew Herring were 11th through 16th with Brad Keselowski (19th) and Kyle Larson (32nd) the two most popular picks who scored nada.

Happy Harvick won Sunday’s Cup race at Phoenix on Sunday after Carl Edwards ran out of gas on the second-to-last-lap with Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jr. and Kurt Busch filling out the top five. Juan Pablo, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano and Ryan Newman filled out the top 10 with Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Paul Menard earhing the last of the game points. Cousin Carl came home 21st, Matt Kenseth was 23rd and outside pole sitter Denny Hamlin finished 28th.

Starting lineups for the final round of the National Speed Sport News Stock Car Fantasy Sweep powered by SPEED SPORT are due by midnight this coming Thursday, Arizona time, with Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon and Matt Crafton poised to take their respective series championships.

But who cares about them. Unless some really strange things happen at Homestead it looks like BUDWRENCH Racing will win the NSSN championship with sweetnina taking the Truck Series trophy, yardrat winning the NNS -only championship and winneralways topping the standings for Cup picks.

Then again … you never know, eh?

Ty Dillon, Bad Brad and Jimmie Johnson take Texas Truck, NNS and Cup Trophies.

Posted by The Commish on Monday, November 4, 2013

Ty Dillon started third and led the most laps at Texas Friday night to win the NASCAR NCWTS race, beating Johnny Sauter, Ron Hornaday Jr., Brendan Gaughan and Justin Lofton with James Buescher, Darrell Wallace Jr., Miguel Paludo, John Wes Townley and Matt Crafton filling out the top 10. Ryan Sieg, Joey Coulter, Brennan Newberry, German Quiroga, Ryan Blaney and Timothy Peters filled out the FMFL top 16 as Brad Keselowski (21st), pole sitter Jeb Burton (26th) and Kyle Busch (28th) all scored the big zip for the players who started them.

Bad Brad won Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas from outside pole over Denny Hamlin, Sam Hornish Jr., Matt Kenseth and Austin Dillon. Regan Smith, Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott, Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet were sixth through 10th with Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Michael Annett, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Kevin Swindell 11th through 16th. Polesitter Alex Bowman was 18th behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kyle Busch was 26th and Travis Pastrana, in what may have been his third-to-last ride with Roush Fenway Racing, came home 31st.

Jimmie Johnson qualified third but dominated Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas, leading Dale Earnhardt, Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne across the finish line with Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer filling out the top 10. Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earned the last of the FMFL top 16 points with Kurt Busch (17th), pole sitter Carl Edwards (37th) and Jeff Gordon (38th) among the popular picks who scored goose eggs.

Starting lineups for this weekend’s RD#9 of the National Speed Sport News Stock Car Fantasy Sweep powered by SPEED SPORT are due by midnight MST on Thursday with all three NASCAR series racing at Phoenix on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Darrell Wallace Jr. wins first Truck Series race at Martinsville, Jeff Gordon jumps back in to Chase contention with Cup victory

Posted by The Commish on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Congratulations to NCC-1701 for scoring the most points for RD#7 of the National Speed Sport News Stock Car Fantasy Sweep powered by SPEED SPORT. Chris from Markham, Ontario, Canada (eh?) will soon receive a vintage NSSN t-shirt as a result of his pick performance, along with the envy and admiration of fantasy NASCAR players everywhere.

Darrell Wallace Jr. won the Saturday Truck Series race at the big paper clip in his Toyota, beating Chevy drivers Brendan Gaughan, Jeb Burton and Ben Kennedy with Ryan Blaney the first Ford in fifth. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin finished sixth ahead of German Quiroga, Johnny Sauter, Scott Riggs and James Buescher with Max Gresham, Joey Coulter, John Wes Townley, Ross Chastain, Jeff Agnew and John H. Nemechek.

Expected points earners Chase Elliott (20th), Ty Dillon (22nd), Timothy Peters (26th), Ron Hornaday (28th) and Kevin Harvick (30th) finished outside the top 16 to deliver zeroes for the players who started them. Harvick and Dillon also provided the media with a bit of drama as after an on track altercation the two bumped and banged each other both on the race track and in the pits. Then Kevin suggested Ty had no respect for other drivers because he was a member of the lucky sperm club — which did not please Ty’s grandfather and Kevin’s Cup team owner Richard Childress a bit. This was definitely must see TV.

Jeff Gordon finally found victory lane again on Sunday at Martinsville, passing most-laps-leader Matt Kenseth late with Clint Bowyer, Ford driver Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick and pole sitter Denny Hamlin. Dale Jr., Greg Biffle, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards, Juan Pablo, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. filled out the top 16.

Danica finished 17th in front of Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne was 27th and Ryan Newman 38th. There were 17 cautions that resulted in 111 laps being run under yellow but no big ones of any kind. Tip of the hat to Ken Schrader who started 38th and finished 10 spots better in his last Cup appearance at Martisville; Schrader has announced that Homestead will be his last Sprint Cup race as he is retiring from NASCAR’s premier series.

This week’s RD#8 will see Cup, NNS and Trucks at Texas with picks due by midnight MST (Arizona) this Thursday.

Sauter steals wild Talladega truck derby, McMurray takes relatively calm Cup race

Posted by The Commish on Monday, October 21, 2013

Congratulations to jumpinjackflash on scoring the most points for RD#6 of the National Speed Sport News Stock Car Fantasy Sweep powered by SPEED to win a Vintage NSSN Tee Shirt. Like just about everyone else this week, this player’s team scored a zero among their seven starters. But hey. It was Talladega.

Johnny Sauter stayed out of trouble and wound up winning Saturday’s NASCAR Truck Series race at the 2.66 mile oval with David Starr, Ross Chastain, Parker Kligerman and Dakoda Armstrong with Timmy Hill, John Wes Townley, Max Gresham, Matt Crafton and Kyle Busch filling out the top 10. Brendan Gaughan, Norm Benning, Clay Greenfield, Ty Dillon, Chris Fontaine and Bryan Silas scored the last of the FMFL top 16 points.

The 94 lap race ran 29 of them under caution and the seven yellows represented more than a couple big ones. Finishing out of the points were Darrell Wallace Jr. (17th), pole sitter Jeb Burton (18th), Ryan Blaney (21st), Ron Hornaday Jr. (24th), James Buescher (26th), Joey Coulter (27th) and Timothy Peters (29th).

Jamie McMurray won the comparatively dull Talladega Cup race over Dale Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Paul Menard and Kyle Busch with Davids Ragan and Gilliland, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer sixth through 10th. Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, most-laps-leader Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Michael McDowell and Joey Logano 11th through 16th. There were only three caution periods for a total of 10 laps and the last was on the last lap, when the big one finally occurred to satisfy the fans of that kind of thing.

Picks who came up empty, mainly because it was just another restrictor plate race, included Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch (17th and 18th), Matt Kenseth (20th), Brad Keselowski (29th), Kasey Kahne (36th) and Denny Hamlin (38th with a blown engine).

This week its Cup and Trucks at the big paper clip with starters due by midnight MST Friday night. If you don’t have your picks in yet you might want to put them in now — and good luck!

Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski top Charlotte NNS and Cup races

Posted by The Commish on Sunday, October 13, 2013

Congratulations to AKChasing on scoring the most points for RD#5 of the National Speed Sport News Stock Car Fantasy Sweep powered by SPEED SPORT to win a Vintage NSSN Tee Shirt. Halfway through the game season Sipolt Bros. Racing leads KOOLMAN KOMETS and sniper24 in overall points but with five rounds to go, including next weekend’s lottery race at Talladega, it’s still anyone’s guess on who’ll win the game championship.

Brad Keselowski started 23rd but finished first in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte, passing Kasey Kahne’s Chevy late with Matt Kenseth third and first Toyota. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, pole sitter Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards filled out the top 10 with Clint Bowyer, Juan Pablo, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kurt Busch, Dale Jr. and Greg Biffle earning the last of the FMFL game points.

Joey Logano (18th), Martin Truex Jr. (22nd), Kyle Larson (37th in his Cup debut) and Mark Martin in Tony Stewart No. 14 Chevy (42nd) all scored the big zipperama for the players who started them. And at no time did it look like Bad Brad was going to wreck Kyle Busch in retaliation for recent on-track disagreements.

Kyle Busch won his 11th Nationwide Series race of the season from his ninth 2013 pole on Friday night, beating Chevy driver Austin Dillon and Ford racer Sam Hornish, Jr. with Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Justin Allgaier, Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Parker Kligerman and Michael Annet fourth through 10th. James Buescher, Brian Scott, Kyle Larson, Ryan Reed, Mike Bliss and Kevin Swindell filled out the FMFL top 16. Fifth-place-starter Regan Smith finished 19th, losing those 11 qualifying points, with Brian Vickers (31st) and Elliott Sadler (36th) also scoring bupkis.

Starters for RD#6 are due by this coming Friday night with Cup and Trucks at Talladega. The last four rounds will feature races for all three series so this is the last chance for players going for the Truck Series -only championship to start six drivers.

Harvick, Kenseth take Cup, NNS races at Kansas

Posted by The Commish on Monday, October 7, 2013

Kevin Harvick won Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas City in dominating fashion, leading the most laps after starting from pole in his Richard Childress Racing Chevy with Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon second and third. Joey Logano was fourth and first Ford in front of Carl Edwards with Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola filling out the top 10. Matt Kenseth was 11th and the highest placing Toyota with Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray filling out the FMFL top 16.

2012 Sprint Cup champ and non-Chase particpant Brad Keselowsi led 52 laps but came home 17th, joining Denny Hamlin (23rd), Brian Vickers (32nd), Kyle Busch (34th) and Ryan Newman (35th) as high expectation picks who came up empty.

Matt Kenseth drove his Joe Gibbs Toyota to the Nationwide win at Kansas on Saturday, beating Chevy drivers Paul Menard and most-laps-leader Regan Smith to the flag ahead of Kyle Busch, Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Brad Sweet and top Ford driver Trevor Bayne. Elliott Sadler, Alex Bowman, Michael Annett, Mike Bliss, Travis Pastrana, James Buescher and Sam Hornish Jr. were 10th through 16th.

Brad Keselowski, Brian Vickers and Kyle Larson finished 28th through 30th to score zero game points with Bad Brad’s poor result coming after Kyle Busch wrecked him while fighting for second place late in the race.

Congratulations to LostInTunnel on scoring the most points this weekend to win a Vintage NSSN t-shirt. Starting lineups for the last two-race round of the game contest are due by Thursday at midnight MST with Cup and NNS at Charlotte.

Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano dominate in Cup, Nationwide at Monster Mile; Timothy Peters wins in Trucks at Las Vegas

Posted by The Commish on Friday, October 4, 2013

Timothy Peters only led three laps in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas but they were the last three in beating Johnny Sauter, Miguel Paludo, Ty Dillon and Darrell Wallace Jr. with Ron Hornaday Jr., John Wes Townley, Brendan Gaughan, James Buescher and Max Gresham filling out the top 10. Matt Crafton, Jeb Burton, Joey Coulter, Ross Chastain and Brennan Newberry — who spun at least three times during the race — and Dakoda Armstrong were 11th through 16th with lap leaders Justin Loftin (18th) and Ryan Blaney (20th) earning the big nada for the players who started them.

Joey Logano started from pole and led the most laps to win the NNS race at the Monster Mile, leading Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler across the line with Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Kyle Busch, Trevor Bayne and Mike Bliss sixth through 10th. Brian Scott, Justin Allgaier, Brad Sweet, Michael Annett, Regan Smith and Cole Whitt earned the last of the FMFL top 16 points as outside pole sitter Sam Hornish Jr. (17th) and fourth-place-starter Alex Bowman (18th) came up empty for the players who started them.

Jimmie Johnson started eighth but finished first at Dover on Sunday, leading the most laps and looking every bit like a soon to be six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. Pole sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second in front of Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch with Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer filling out the top 10. Jamie McMurray, Brian Vickers, Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton, Martin Truex Jr. and Marcos Ambrose were 11th through 16th with Kurt Busch (21st), fourth-gridded-starter Carl Edwards (35th) and 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski (37th) scoring zero game points.

This week’s RD#4 schedule includes Cup and NNS at Kansas with the deadline this Friday at midnight MST.

Ryan Blaney gets first NNS win at Kentucky, Matt Kenseth takes Loudon Cup race.

Posted by The Commish on Monday, September 23, 2013

Congratulations to Sipolt Bros. Racing on scoring the most points for RD#2 of National Speed Sport News Stock Car Fantasy Sweep powered by SPEED SPORT to win a limited edition NSSN Vintage Tee Shirt.

Ryan Blaney qualified second and led the most laps in winning the Saturday Nationwide Series race at Kentucky, holding off highest-placing Chevy driver Austin Dillon, Matt Crafton, pole sitter Sam Hornish Jr. and top Toyota racer Alex Bowman. Drew Herring was sixth in the JGR Toyota Kyle Busch usually driver with Brian Vickers, Jeb Burton, Cole Whitt and Michael Annett filling out the top 10. Elliott Sadler came home 14th to salvage his lap leader points while Joey Coulter (18th), Nelson Piquet Jr. (27th), Parker Kligerman (29th) and Kyle Larson (33rd) were among the favorites who finished out of the game-points-paying top 16.

Matt Kenseth won his second Sprint Cup race in a row and seventh of the season Sunday at Loudon and led the most laps in beating Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray; Dale Jr., Brian Vickers, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and early leader Martin Truex Jr. filled out the top 10. Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon were 11th through 15th with pole sitter Ryan Newman 16th to keep his qualifying and lap leader points.

Notable racers who did far worse than expected included Clint Bowyer (17th), Kevin Harvick (20th) and Kasey Kahne (37th), who ran strong until crashing and losing out on 44 points for qualifying second. Bummer.

This week its Cup and NNS at the Monster Mile in Dover with Trucks at Las Vegas. Lineups are due by late Friday night and remember to check those entry lists to make sure the Cup drivers you pick for Nationwide and/or Truck races are going to be running.

Kenseth takes Cup race, Kyle sweeps NNS and Truck races at Chicagoland

Posted by The Commish on Monday, September 16, 2013

Kyle Busch won the Friday night NCWTS race at Chicagoland, leading the most laps in his Toyota to beat Ford drivers Brad Keselowsi and Ryan Blaney, fellow Toyota racer Matt Crafton and Ty Dillon in the first Chevy. John Wes Townley, Austin Dillon, James Buescher, Jeb Burton and Johnny Sauter filled out the top 10 with Darrell Wallace Jr., Miguel Paludo, Ron Hornaday Jr., German Quiroga, Justin Lofton and rookie Ben Kennedy, son of Lesa France-Kennedy, earning the last of the FMFL top 16 points.

Popular pick drivers who wound up with zeros included Joey Coulter (23rd), Brendan Gaughan (25th) and Timothy Peters (27th).

The Saturday night Nationwide Series race was another Kyle Busch runaway as the No. 54 started from pole and led the most laps to win over Penske Ford racers Joey Logano and Sam Hornish Jr. with Austin Dillon the first Chevy in fourth ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Brain Vickers, Matt Kenseth, Parker Kligerman, Kevin Harvick and Nelson Piquet Jr. were sixth through 10th with Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier, Regan Smith, Brian Scott, Trevor Bayne and Kevin Swindell 11th through 16th. Elliott Sadler (19th) and Kyle Larson (32nd) scored nada for the players who picked them. Bummer.

Matt Kenseth won the delayed, started, stopped and finally finished Cup race in Joliet, leading the most laps and beating team mate Kyle Busch, highest Chevy driver Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and top Ford driver Brad Keselowski. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman filled out the top 10 with Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, Jeff Burton, Marcos Ambrose and Greg Biffle completing the top 16.

Pole sitter and early race leader Joey Logano blew an engine to come home 37th, joining Denny Hamlin (33rd) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (35th) behind the wall due to motor woes.

Next week’s RD#2 of NSSN’s Stock Car Fantasy Sweep powered by SPEED SPORT will see Cup at Loudon and NNS at Kentucky as the Truck Series takes a week off. Starting lineups are due by midnight MST (Arizona) next Friday night and it sure couldn’t hurt for you to plug those picks in now.

Welcome to Fantasy Sweep racing powered by SPEED SPORT

Posted by The Commish on Thursday, August 26, 2013

In a very short while almost every motorsports series except NASCAR will be winding down, so National Speed Sport News is inviting you to enjoy the last 10 (and best) weekends of racing on the planet with our all-new Stock Car Fantasy Sweep game!

The game will run for 10 straight weekends, beginning with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Chicagoland and ending with Cup, NNS and Trucks at Homestead, when all three NASCAR champions will be recognized.

You could be a winner too. The player who scores the most points each weekend or round will win a limited edition National Speed Sport News Vintage Tee Shirt.

The three players who, at the end of the game period, have scored the most points from the Spring Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series picks ONLY, will receive a certificate good for a complimentary 1 year subscription (or renewal) to SPEED SPORT Magazine.

And at the end of the game period, after the final NASCAR weekend at Homestead, the three players who have scored the most points overall, from all starters in all series for that period, will receive a prize in descending order of value, from 1st through 3rd; the player with the most points will receive a $100 NSSN Online Store Gift Certificate, the player with the second highest points total will receive a $50 Gift Certificate and the player with the third highest points total will receive a $25 Gift Certificate.

Picks for RD#1 aren’t due until early Friday morning, September 13th, before the NNS race at Chicagoland, so you have plenty of time to select starters, change your mind and replace some starters, or just go with your first instinct.

The game is simple to play. You fill out a roster of your seven favorite NASCAR drivers before the day of each weekend’s first race and earn points according to how they finish. Bonus points are awarded for qualifying performance, leading a lap and type of car, as long as they finish in the top 16. And those potential bonus points can create a number of different strategy options when you’re picking your starters.

The only rule you need to remember is the requirement for starting at least one driver per race, per weekend, if you want to fill out your full 7-driver roster. If you don’t, the program will not allow you complete your lineup.

Easy, right?

So please join us in making this year’s ‘chase’ season a lot more interesting and fun … with our all new Stock Car Fantasy Sweep powered by SPEED SPORT game!

 

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