What sports fan is not enthralled by March Madness, fantasy sports and loud, mean, aggressive horsepower? Well, take that bracket-style format, roll it into a fantasy game that pits NASCAR’s greatest 32 drivers against one another and you have the perfect game: The NASCAR Head 2 Head Knockout presented by DIRECTV.
Oh yeah, and you have a chance to win a new truck and $1 million.
Check out the contest here to play. NASCAR drivers are seeded and matched against one another from Aug. 7-Aug. 27 at Pocono, Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol. A weekly elimination-style tournament ensues at the four tracks that couldn’t be more different.
Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr. slot in as No. 1 seeds, and should advance past Pocono (where all but Edwards notched a top 10 in the circuit’s visit in early June). Jeff Gordon — a No. 2 seed — won that event after Denny Hamlin’s dominating run tapered off at the end.
The road course at Watkins Glen lines up well for Tony Stewart (3 seed), Juan Pablo Montoya (4) and super-sleeper Marcos Ambrose (6). Not so for Johnson, Earnhardt or No. 2 seed Matt Kenseth. Still, the roadies have turned into what the short tracks were to NASCAR just a few short years ago, so there’s no telling who will emerge from The Glen unscathed.
If Hamlin survives a potential second-round matchup with Gordon at The Glen, he’s a Michigan favorite, having won two of the last three events in the Irish Hills. Kenseth, Edwards and the Stewart-Haas Racing machines of Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman should shine, as well.
The ultimate NASCAR short track — Bristol Motor Speedway — is the sight of the “fastest four” finale in the NASCAR Head 2 Head Knockout presented by DIRECTV. Seeing brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch, along with Gordon and Johnson, duke it out for the title may be where the smart money lies. All have won at Bristol in the past, with Kyle Busch having been the man to beat of late, when he’s taken four of the last five checkered flags.
For a guy like me that eats, sleeps and breathes NASCAR — except when the mayhem of March forces me to split my attention — this is the ultimate combination of high-octane NASCAR excitement and an unequalled, time-tested elimination-style format.
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