Friday, April 28, 2017

Uncle Max: Richmond Weekend Picks

Weekly picks from Spade Racing’s writer/webmaster/janitor Mike Mackler’s uncle.

Well, it finally happened—thanks to a well-timed rain delay, I was finally able to sit down and watch an ENTIRE race, not just the second-half of it.  I gotta say that if you’re not on the Nascar bandwagon (and if you’re not, why the heck are your reading this), you should be.  It might not be wall-to-wall action like football, but its still a damn exciting show.
With that being said, I’ve been trying to gauge interest in the sport this past week and woah—big mistake going online looking for Nascar opinions.  Seems like everybody who likes Nascar also hates Nascar for whatever reason.  If you hate its so much, why do you watch it?  And now we got every Johnny-come-racefan saying that the sport is dead with Dale Earnhardt Jr. about to retire.  Hey, I remember when this happened to Major League Baseball after the strike—people said the sport was dead, but it came back, bigger and better than ever.  Of course, it later turned out that pretty much all the stars were on steroids, so…
Anyways, here’s my picks for the upcoming race weekend at Richmond (total wins in parenthesis):

Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 (3 wins): Kyle Larson—just too damn hard to pick against the guy.

Cup Series ToyotaCare 400:  FAVORITE (1 win)—Kyle Larson—Dale Jr.’s favorite driver (apparently) sweeps the weekend.  NEXT FAVORITE (1 win)—Matt Kenseth—always in Junior’s shadow, eh?  DARK HORSE—Dale Earnhardt Jr.—its an all-Junior-related trio for this race!