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Week 24 Winner

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I'm betting that Fishinchicks thinks she has the weekly win in the bag, but along comes another rookie to ruin her day! Sledneck concurs Bristol with all the drivers needed for the weekly win this week. Sled has had a couple of good scores this year but 344 points is his personal best this year! Congratulation SledNeck!!!

SledNeck ® 344

fishinchicks 340

2 by 4 and 1 by 2 335

1lkstage 328

Harvey Lee © 322

juneau4 320

Airjer 308

eric29 ® 308

BEAST/smoke20 306

Capt.Blaine © 306

The Pro ® 304

Tunrevir1 300

legend 89 292

eye8pout2 ® 292

musky999 292

metrojoe 290

PikeBayCommanche 282

Johnsonator 280

Reef Runner 277

wally20 276

SoldierGirl 274

mnhunter 271

Cheeser 268

Sprinter ® 266

huckfin ® 264

elevatorguy ® 264

Twinlake ® 256

Double D 256

mnwildman 255

jbell1981 254

JAR JAR ® 254

2dog 254

DDT26 248

gregg52 ® 246

Uncle Bill 246

amp88 ® 244

hanronson ® 244

LMITOUT88 238

Yaggie 238

takem34 ® 238

Sutty 238

HOF#13 236

BlueLundFisherman ® 236

Iron Cowboys 232

Fishing_Novice 228

walleyes12 ® 220

88fan ® 216

Rip_Some_Lip 210

thorski ® 210

TNFL 208

RosoRiverRat 204

BK19 ® 198

delzz7 196

Harmonica Bear 196

bbqhead 188

jwhjr 184

BpAki987 ® 166

Papa Grump 138

shiner2367 94

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Total Points

Reef Runner decides to lead the pack this week. With only 25 points separating the top five, things are getting interesting!

1 Reef Runner 6,724

2 BEAST/smoke20 6,722

3 legend 89 6,718

4 Airjer 6,715

5 Rip_Some_Lip 6,699

6 Fishing_Novice 6,693

7 Harvey Lee © 6,676

8 Iron Cowboys 6,581

9 Johnsonator 6,575

10 metrojoe 6,569

11 Tunrevir1 6,562

12 eye8pout2 ® 6,550

13 SledNeck ® 6,525

14 jbell1981 6,519

14 LMITOUT88 6,519

16 mnwildman 6,504

17 Cheeser 6,487

18 musky999 6,482

19 Sprinter ® 6,445

20 HOF#13 6,423

21 BpAki987 ® 6,361

22 DDT26 6,351

23 walleyes12 ® 6,339

24 BlueLundFisherman ® 6,317

25 huckfin ® 6,311

26 PikeBayCommanche 6,301

27 juneau4 6,276

28 88fan ® 6,268

29 eric29 ® 6,249

30 elevatorguy ® 6,247

31 delzz7 6,242

32 Yaggie 6,207

33 Papa Grump 6,204

34 Capt.Blaine © 6,199

35 bbqhead 6,186

36 1lkstage 6,171

37 BK19 ® 6,162

38 The Pro ® 6,150

39 fishinchicks 6,143

40 mnhunter 6,142

41 Harmonica Bear 6,134

42 jwhjr 6,112

43 JAR JAR ® 6,111

44 RosoRiverRat 6,078

45 gregg52 ® 6,048

46 Uncle Bill 6,019

47 2dog 6,010

48 TNFL 5,988

49 amp88 ® 5,966

50 2 by 4 and 1 by 2 5,961

51 takem34 ® 5,959

52 wally20 5,932

53 Sutty 5,911

54 hanronson ® 5,900

55 Twinlake ® 5,841

56 Double D 5,807

57 SoldierGirl 5,589

58 thorski ® 5,327

59 shiner2367 5,041

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Rank Changes

Reef Runner +2

BEAST/smoke20 +3

legend 89 +1

Airjer +2

Rip_Some_Lip -4

Fishing_Novice -4

Harvey Lee © 0

Iron Cowboys 0

Johnsonator 0

metrojoe +1

Tunrevir1 +2

eye8pout2 ® +2

SledNeck ® +7

jbell1981 -2

LMITOUT88 -4

mnwildman -1

Cheeser -1

musky999 0

Sprinter ® +2

HOF#13 -1

BpAki987 ® -4

DDT26 +1

walleyes12 ® -1

BlueLundFisherman ® 0

huckfin ® +2

PikeBayCommanche +3

juneau4 +7

88fan ® -2

eric29 ® +6

elevatorguy ® +1

delzz7 -3

Yaggie 0

Papa Grump -8

Capt.Blaine © +4

bbqhead -5

1lkstage +7

BK19 ® -4

The Pro ® +4

fishinchicks +5

mnhunter 0

Harmonica Bear -5

jwhjr -5

JAR JAR ® -2

RosoRiverRat -5

gregg52 ® 0

Uncle Bill +1

2dog +1

TNFL -2

amp88 ® 0

2 by 4 and 1 by 2 +4

takem34 ® -1

wally20 0

Sutty -2

hanronson ® -2

Twinlake ® 0

Double D 0

SoldierGirl 0

thorski ® 0

shiner2367 0

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If only I had put Mark Martin on my bench I would have been back in first. Montoya didn't exactly help things along this week either!!

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I told my family last night that it looks like I topped the veteran's league, but I had a feeling a rookie would beat me.

Congrats to SledNeck!

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I just got home from the race and really thought MM would have won. The cautions kinda helped the others.

During the Busch race when Kyle B crashed, the whole place cheered.

I could not believe so many did.

When the driver intro's were being done and they rode around the track in the back of pick ups, Kyle did not look into the stands as the fans boo'ed so loud.

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sledneck 13th in points

KB 13th in points

coinsidence?

LOL thats pretty funny! grin

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