Thursday, September 14, 2017

Uncle Max: Chicago Weekend Picks

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

Ah, autumn!  Football, fresh crisp air, and free donuts on Monday mornings in the break room!  This is easily my favorite time in the year, and not just because of the overtime at work!
You see, not a lot of people know this, but most retail places like where I work start gearing up for the holiday shopping season VERY early—as early as August!  They need extra people to work later in September to get everything set up on time and correctly, and that’s where I come in.  Used to be that as an Assistant Manager I couldn’t get overtime, but thanks to an old boss who tried to make a guy work 17 days straight, we’re now given nice little bonuses for our extra work.  Of course, no bonus is quite as nice as getting on the big bosses’ “good list”!

Anyways, here’s my picks for the upcoming race weekend at Richmond (total wins in parenthesis):

Truck Series Chicago 225 (4 wins)—John Hunter Nemechek—feeling like one of those races where the top two cars wipe each other out before the finish.

Xfinity Series Chicagoland 300 (6 wins)—Bubba Wallace Jr.—beyond drama, beyond joblessness, beyond comprehension that this guy doesn’t have a full-time ride.

Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400:  FAVORITE (4 wins)—Martin Truex Jr.—comeback Sunday for Mr. No-Luck.  NEXT FAVORITE (2 wins)—Brad Keselowski—“we did this for Joey”.  DARK HORSE*—Clint Bowyer—with the pressure off, he’s got the itch to win again.

*—NOTE—during the Cup Playoffs, a Dark Horse must be a driver who is out of championship contention.