Thursday, June 15, 2017

Uncle Max: Michigan (and Gateway) Weekend Picks

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

So close to a weekend sweep!  Too bad Denny Hamlin had to lay an egg in the Cup race—also too bad that I had to miss most of the Truck Series race, including the bizarre finish, thanks to a long day at work—and yes, it was the long day at work, NOT the half a six pack of Rolling Rocks I finished off when I got home.
So this weekend’s Cup race is sponsored by a casino?  That reminds me—with casinos all over the place now, its helpful to know how to pick a good one for your weekend gambling trips.  My advice is to look for who’s offering the best “new member” deals for signing up for their loyalty cards—slot dollars, not junk like a toaster that will break in two weeks.  Also remember that having a hotel on-site isn’t always a good thing—you don’t want to wind up captive after you’ve dropped $500 by 6pm.  And always remember that if you go during off-peak hours, you’re going to wind up with off-peak freshness from the buffet.
Anyways, here’s my picks for the upcoming race weekend at Michigan and Gateway (total wins in parenthesis):

Truck Series Drivin for Linemen 200 (3 wins)—Christopher Bell—Bell keeps their heads ringin’ with another close win.

Xfinity Series Michigan 250 (5 wins)—Kyle Busch—nice to see that he races they way he deals with the media—he blocks them out.

Cup Series Firekeepers Casino 400:  FAVORITE (2 wins)—Kyle Larson—Bullseye reminds people who the original break out star of 2017 was.  NEXT FAVORITE (1 win)—Brad Keselowski—technically it would mean two straight weekends in Cup Series victory lane.  DARK HORSE—Dale Earnhardt Jr.—it IS one of his best tracks, after all.