SM Pick ‘Em: Subway Fresh Fit 500

The two Kyles were the only writers able to pick top-ten finishing drivers at the Daytona 500.  Kyle Ocker earned ten points for correctly picking Trevor Bayne as the winner (his dark horse pick) and Kyle Brandt earned six points for his dark horse pick Juan Pablo Montoya finishing sixth.

UPDATED POINTS AFTER DAYTONA 500 PICKS: Kyle Ocker 11; Kyle Brandt 7; Jeffrey Boswell 1; Mark Odor 1; Ashley McCubbin 0; Barry Albert 0; Ben Gunby 0; Ed Coombs 0; Matt LaFlair 0; Roberta Cowan 0.

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WHO I REALLY THINK WILL WIN: Carl Edwards

Edwards set fast lap in November at Phoenix last year and I believe he is going  to lay down about 300 fast laps on Sunday. Edwards will carry momentum from his 2nd place finish at Daytona into defending his win from November of last year.

MY DARK HORSE PICK: Clint Bowyer

Chevys have pretty much cleaned up here as of late. Outside of Edwards, I do not  see anyone changing the trend. Watch for Bowyer to be towards the front when the  checkers fly Sunday Afternoon.

Kyle Brandt

Who I think will win: Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie has the best average finish at Phoenix (3.25), and has logged top-ten finishes in each of his 4 starts there since February of 2009, leading 27% of
the total laps in that timeframe.

Dark Horse: Ryan Newman

Ryan has a strong track record at Phoenix, having logged top-ten finishes in two of the four races at the track since 2009, and the fourth best average among
active drivers at the track (9.75). Having a win during the Spring 2010 race at the diamond in the desert makes his stock a lot stronger.

Jeffrey Boswell

Who I Really Think Will Win: Jimmie Johnson

My Dark Horse Pick:A.J. Allmendinger

Comments: Johnson and Carl Edwards battle down the stretch, both refusing to concede an inch. Johnson nips Edwards at the line, and the two exchange heated words afterwards, and Johnson boasts of his choke hold on the Sprint Cup.

Mark Odor

WIN: Jeff Gordon
MY DARK HORSE PICK: Brad Keselowski

Ed Coombs

WHO I REALLY THINK WILL WIN: Jimmie Johnson

MY DARK HORSE PICK: Dale Earnhardt Jr

COMMENTS: I’m thinking Johnson will make a statement in Phoenix by taking charge and dominating this race. No one really knows how the teams are doing because they’ve only tested at Daytona so its  anon plate track. I am going to think nothings really changed since last season.

Barry Albert

WHO I REALLY THINK WILL WIN: Jimmie Johnson
MY DARK HORSE PICK: Carl Edwards

Roberta Cowan

WHO I REALLY THINK WILL WIN: Jimmie Johnson

MY DARK HORSE PICK: Kevin Harvick

Kyle Ocker

WHO I REALLY THINK WILL WIN: Carl Edwards

MY DARK HORSE PICK: Regan Smith

COMMENTS: I’m just glad that I was one of the only people in the world who picked Trevor Bayne to win the Daytona 500, albeit as my dark horse. Still right.

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