Phew…writing this after spending a long 12-hour day at the track. I think I speak for all of us at that were in the stands, pits, and everyone at TDN when I say kudos to the entire staff at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, World Racing Group, and all three premier series that made this weekend happen. Every year seems it seems to grow in one form or another, and this year’s edition was by no means easy to get in. But alas, we were provided with a great track and great racing by the end of the weekend and I hope that’s something that we don’t take for granted.
Now to the Pick’Em standings….
Bringing home the 1st place crown and $200 top prize was Shawn Brink (@Sbrink7524) as he came one point shy of hitting the 500-pt mark! Brink’s win is the first TDN Pick’Em win to my knowledge, and what better way to hit it big than in our highest paying contest to date! His winning driver selections were Donny Schatz, David Gravel, Tim Shaffer, Brandon Sheppard, Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Brett Hearn and Matt Sheppard. Congrats Shawn on a great performance!
Finishing runner-up was Brian Shane (@shanegangracn) who fell 6 points shy of the winner’s total. He’ll receive a $50 Visa gift card for his efforts. Like Brink, I believe this is his first appearance on the podium of one of our major contests. Shane’s driver’s roster was comprised of Brad Sweet, Donny Schatz, Tim Shaffer, Brandon Sheppard, Scott Bloomquist, Darrell Lanigan, Brett Hearn and Tim Fuller.
Rounding out the World Finals Pick’Em podium is Ryan Smith (@smith_ryan8). Smith is a regular entrant in our special event contests and was able to utilize his prior experience en route to his Top 3 finish. He’ll receive the awesome prize of his choice of any R&R Racewear t-shirt! His driver picks were Brad Sweet, Donny Schatz, Tim Shaffer, Brandon Sheppard, Scott Bloomquist, Rick Eckert, Brett Hearn and Matt Sheppard.
For those keeping score at home, the best combination of picks would have been Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz, Tim Shaffer, Brandon Sheppard, Scott Bloomquist, Chase Junghans, Brett Hearn and Matt Sheppard. They would have yielded the highest possible total of 542 points!