Friday, May 26, 2017

Uncle Max: Charlotte Weekend Picks

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

Ahhh—its great to be back!  Vacation is nice, but its always refreshing to get back into the groove of things at work AND at home.  Things are chugging along nicely at the old job, getting ready for the big summer rush we always seem to have.  I’m being called-in to work most of the Memorial Day Weekend, but hopefully I can get off early on Sunday to catch most of the 600.  And at home, well, let’s just say its times like this that I’m glad I don’t have a lawn to mow!
This weekend is a high-holiday in the racing world, with Formula 1 and IndyCar having big races of their own on Sunday.  Speaking of which, what exactly IS the difference between F1 and IndyCar?  The cars look pretty much identical to me.  Only difference seems to be that F1 doesn’t run on oval tracks and they have lots more fans in the stands at THEIR races.
Anyways, here’s my picks for the upcoming race weekend at Charlotte (total wins in parenthesis):

Xfinity Series HiSense 4K TV 300 (4 wins)—Brad Keselowski—racing 300 miles in a little over 24 hours seems tough, until you realize that the first 300 are virtually meaningless.

Cup Series World 600:  FAVORITE (1 win)—Matt Kenseth—when JGR gets on a roll, they stay that way.  NEXT FAVORITE (1 win)—Jimmie Johnson—still hard to pick against the master of the 600 miler.  DARK HORSE—Kasey Kahne—its approaching the “is he ever going to win again?” stage of his career, so let’s hope he’s got some Bill Elliott/Terry Labonte magic in him.