Weekly picks from Spade Racing’s writer/webmaster/janitor Mike Mackler’s uncle.
Thanksgiving is coming up, and I think its about time to go over some holiday ettiequte for sports fans:
—Arrive Early—this way you can duck out early to catch the 4pm NFL game.
—Work Black Friday—get enough of a reputation for working the day after Thanksgiving and you’ll never have people question why you’re leaving at 3pm ever again.
—Don’t Drink—unless you want a repeat of The Lions Upset Incident of ’13 (if my ex-wife is reading this, c’mon, YOU bought the beer).
Anyways, here’s my picks for the upcoming race weekend at Phoenix (total wins in parenthesis):
Truck Series Lucas Oil 150 (5 wins)—Christopher Bell—the kid keeps rolling.
Xfinity Series Ticket Galaxy 200 (7 wins)—Matt Tifft—a going away present to his crew at JGR.
Cup Series Can-Am 500k: FAVORITE (5 wins)—Kyle Busch—one way to create cut-line drama? Make sure none of the cut-line drivers can win. NEXT FAVORITE (2 wins)—Kevin Harvick—The Closer closes in on another championship battle. DARK HORSE*—Matt Kenseth—with nothing to lose, why not shoot for the moon?
*—NOTE—during the Cup Playoffs, a Dark Horse must be a driver who is out of championship contention.