March Madness, NASCAR style? Absolutely!
There’s no reason college basketball should get all the fun, so the folks here at Race Review Online decided to create our own NASCAR version of March Madness.
Out of necessity, the format is somewhat different from the NCAA version, but it’s basically the same. Here’s how it works.
We took the top 16 drivers in the Sprint Cup standings following Bristol, seeded 1-16. The “tournament” takes place over the four races at California, Martinsville, Texas, and Kansas. Single elimination, based on finishing order in that week’s race.
Eight drivers were eliminated at California (including No. 1 seed Brad Keselowski), leaving us with the following matchups for Martinsville:
16. Kurt Busch vs. 8. Carl Edwards
13. Matt Kenseth vs. 12. Joey Logano
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. vs. 7. Kasey Kahne
3. Jimmie Johnson vs. 11. Kyle Busch
Our Martinsville picks:
Region One: 8. Edwards over 16. Kurt Busch. Busch is bound to blow his top eventually, and it could happen at the mayhem that is otherwise known as Martinsville.
Region Two: 13. Kenseth over 12. Logano. Logano is very good at Martinsville and Kenseth is not. Only problem is, Sliced Bread has too many enemies on the track right now…
Region Three: 2. Earnhardt over 7. Kahne. A tough call in a battle of teammates, but it’s hard to argue with the way Junior is running so far in 2013.
Region Four: 3. Johnson over 11. Kyle Busch. Busch won at California, but I expect Johnson to bounce back and take home another grandfather clock from Hicksville, VA on Sunday.
Final Four matchup predictions (Texas): 13. Kenseth over 8. Edwards, and 3. Johnson over 2. Earnhardt.
And the winner at Kansas will be… 3. Johnson over 13. Kenseth.
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