Weekly picks from Spade Racing’s writer/webmaster/janitor Mike Mackler’s uncle.
Well, it finally happened. They’d been dropping hints for weeks, but I guess I just ignored them. But as of yesterday, its official—I am being ostracized at work.
Oh, sure, they’ll TELL YOU everything’s fine, but I can tell. They’re turning their backs to me in the morning meetup. They’re not inviting me out for drinks at McDougal's when I work Friday afternoons anymore. And worst of all, the final nail in the coffin, they refused to participate in my third-annual MLB All-Star Game prop bet pool.
Well, there’s nothing left for me to do but move on. No, I’m not looking for another job (actively, that is), but I’ll still show up every day, looking for a NEW group to fit in with. Although there’s really not many more left—the overnight guys and I almost never see each other, and there’s a few guys who hang out on Sundays but I’m usually booked solid with Nascar and football. Speaking of which, I can’t wait till they come CRAWLING BACK in late-August, because I’m STILL the fantasy football commissioner will all the passwords! They’ll have to start a new league without me—bye-bye keepers!!!
Anyways, here’s my picks for the upcoming race weekend at New Hampshire, plus the mid-week race next week at Eldora (total wins in parenthesis):
Xfinity Series Overton’s 200 (5 wins)—Kyle Busch—no idea what Overton’s sells, but in this case it’s CHALK.
Cup Series Overton’s 301: FAVORITE (3 wins)—Joey Logano—Papa-to-be Joey JoJo gets himself unencumbered. NEXT FAVORITE (1 win)—Matt Kenseth—winning your first race of the year after finding out you don’t have a ride in 2018 would be a very Matt Kenseth thing to do (even if Joe Nemechek did it first). DARK HORSE—Ryan Newman—and NOT by fuel mileage this time (although if it is, I’ll still count it as a win).
BONUS Truck Series Aspen Dental 150 (3 wins)—Bobby Pierce—to get your first win, and the first win for MB Motorsports, you gotta get a little bit dirty.