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November 17, 12:30 PM ET
Fantasy NASCAR with Mark Garrow

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:29 PM)

It's going to be mostly sunny today with the temperature creeping up into the low 80's and be the end of the race under thelights it will be down in the mid to low 70's. There's only a 10% chance of rain so it's a great day to decide the 2013Sprint Cup Series championship and let's get this final fantasy racing race day partaaayyy started!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:30 PM)

This is my last fantasy racing chat session with ESPN. I have no idea if they are continuing the fantasy racing game next season,but I'm sure they will let you in on that. I have no plans yet for next season because I wanted to concentrate on ending thisseason with the best effort I could put forth for you and ESPN since that's what both of you deserve. I believe we've done that.There's three ways you can keep in touch with me. I can be followed @GuruGarrow on twitter...I just started a Facebook page...and my personal e-mail is mark.garrow@aol.com. For the folks I might work with down the road, please drop a note to the ESPN mailbag and copy to my e-mail.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:30 PM)

There's something else you can do for me too, call it my early Christmas present..lol...I'm currently at around 5800 followerson twitter and would love to go over the 6,000 mark today. If you haven't signed up to follow me on Twitter, could youplease do that today. If you already have, but have some NASCAR fans you know that haven't how about putting in a good word forthe Guru? It would be much appreciated.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:30 PM)

Just in case you missed this week's scorecard A.J. Allmendinger is back in the 47, the car he'll drive full-time next season.Kyle Larson is the 51 while this the final race in the 55 subbing for Elliott Sadler and Trevor Bayne is making another startin the 21 for the Wood Brothers. Parker Kligerman is back in the #30 Toyota for Swan Racing, after doing a great job at Texas.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:30 PM)

Don't know how it will affect their day but...This is the final race in the 42 for Juan Pablo Montoya..This is the last startKevin Harvick and Jeff Burton will make for Richard Childress. It's also the last race Martin Truex, Jr. will have withMichael Waltrip Racing, Ryan Newman with Stewart-Haas and Kurt Busch with Furniture Row. It is also the 882nd Sprint Cup start for Mark Martin and will likely be his last. There might be an odd circumstance where Martin might run a race or two next season, but Ken Schrader is positively done, as far as Cup is concerned, after this race.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:30 PM)

NASCAR does not have anyone going to the back.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:31 PM)

The potential start and parks today Tony Raines, Joe Nemechek, Josh Wise, and Michael McDowell.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:31 PM)

To learn more about the cars/chassis these guys will be racing today at Homestead go to http://www.jayski.com/news/races/2013/story/_/page/36-Homestead-2013-NASCAR-Race-Info#chassis

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:31 PM)

In the final practice here's the top-25 among those who had the best 10 lap averages..1. Jimmie Johnson 2. Greg Biffle3. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 4. Martin Truex, Jr. 5. Kyle Busch 6. Denny Hamlin 7. Joey Logano 8. Jeff Gordon 9. Clint Bowyer10. Kasey Kahne 11. Paul Menard 12. Mark Martin 13. Brad Keselowski 14. Jeff Burton 15. Kyle Larson 16. Ricky Stenhouse,Jr. 17.Matt Kenseth 18. Ryan Newman 19. Kurt Busch 20. Aric Almirola 21. Kevin Harvick 22. Elliott sadler 23. A.J. Allmendinger 24. Jamie McMurray 25. Danica Patrick.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:31 PM)

The Goodyear tire combination being used this weekend is very familiar to the teams because it's been used at Homestead-Miami since 2010 and has also been used since 2011 at Chicago.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:31 PM)

A bunch of drivers tested here recently for this season-finale. In that big group were Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jimmie Johnson,Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Trevor Bayne, Michael McDowell, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer,Elliott Sadler, Martin Truex, Jr., Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya. Sound like they could have had a pretty goodpractice race:)

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:32 PM)

The pit stall are decent size at Homestead-Miami Speedway with four openings between pits 3-4, pits 13-14, Pits 21-22 rightat the start-finish line and between pits 33-34. Now, let's find out who's pitting where in today's Ford EcoBoost 400and if you'd like to follow along go to http://www.jayski.com/news/races/2013/story/_/page/36-Homestead-2013-NASCAR-Sprint-Cup-Series-Pit-Stalls

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:32 PM)

Pit Road Segment One...Pole sitter Matt Kenseth took the first pit stall and right behind him is the 23rd place qualifierMarcos Ambrose. Normally that would hurt Joey Logano who's in the third pit after qualifying third. Since he's likely toout run Ambrose all day if Ambrose stays on the lead lap then him coming in late to pit could potentially block Logano.But, unique to Homestead stall three is in front of the first pit road opening so that will allow Logano to pit deep in his box to prevent getting blocked in. There's still a chance he could be leaving as Ambrose is coming in creating aproblem. On the other side of the opening in pit four is outside pole sitter Kurt Busch and right behind him is the sureto be lapped and potential start and park Michael McDowell in stall five. That's great news on exit for Kevin Harvick install six after he qualified sixth. Right behind him the sure to be lapped J.J. Yeley in pit seven. Ryan Newman, in piteight after qualifying 15th, will benefit on exit from Yeley being in front of him and on entry with Yeley's teammateDave Blaney, sure to be lapped as well, in stall nine. After qualifying 16th, Greg Biffle is using the tenth pit and willbe good on exit with Blaney in front of him.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:32 PM)

Pit Road Segment Two...Behind Biffle in pit 11 is Danica Patrick, who starts 24th. She might stay on the lead lap, but shewon't be running in front of Biffle so he'll be good on pit entry as well. In stall 12 after qualifying 36th is A.J. Allmendinger, who could wind up staying on the lead lap. That might present a little problem for Denny hamlin in pit13, but like Logano in a similiar situation, Hamlin has a pit road opening behind him to give him some more room to exithis stall. On the other side of the opening in pit 14 is fourth place qualifier Brad Keselowski. Behind him in the 15th pitis the 19th place qualifier Aric Almirola with 28th place qualifier Jamie McMurray in pit 16. He's get a break with thepotential start and park and sure to be lapped Tony Raines in stall 17 so the 1 car will be good on pit "in". Using Rainesfor a good pit "out" is Kasey Kahne in pit 18 after he qualified 13th. Right in back of him is the 27th place qualifierJuan Pablo Montoya, who I don't picture out running the 5 so Kahne will be in decent shape on pit entry as well. In pit20, the likely to get lapped Casey Mears following a disappointing 40th place qualifying effort.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:33 PM)

Pit Road Segment Three...Elliott Sadler had a strong 10th place qualifying effort and wound up with a great pit, 20th, with Mearsin front of him and behind him the third pit road opening. On the other side of that gap is the ninth place qualifierRicky Stenhouse, Jr. in pit 22 and to help him even further the start and park of Josh Wise is in stall 23. That also bringsa smile to Jeff Burton in pit 24 after qualifying 14th. Not to mention the start and park of Joe Nemechek in back of him inpit 25. Past favors coming into play there no doubt about it. Nemechek gets a two-fer helping Burton and fellow Toyota driverKyle Busch in pit 26 after he qualified 11th. Protecting his flank on pit entry the sure to be lapped Landon Cassill in stall27. That benefits Dale Earnhardt, Jr. as well. He's in pit 28 following a disappointing 21st starting position. In back of Junior, the sure to be lapped Ken Schrader in pit 29 after he qualified 41st. He also helps out Jeff Gordon in pit 30 afterhe stumbled in qualifying and will take the green flag 26th.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:33 PM)

Pit Road Segment Four...Behind him in stall 31 is 17th place qualifier Trevor Bayne. That could wind up being a problem for Gordon as far as pit entry, at least on the first few yellows. Behind Bayne in pit 32 is 30th place qualifier Parker Kligerman. He may get lapped and that's what Martin Truex, Jr. is rooting for in pit 33 after qualifying eighth. In hisrear view mirrow, however, is the fourth and final pit road opening. On the other side of that opening, after qualifyingseventh is Jimmie JOhnson in stall 34. In back of him is the 31st place starter David Gilliland, which means "Five Time"should be good "in and out" today. In stall 36 is Mark Martin, who takes the green 22nd and behind him is Gilliland's teammate David Ragan. If those two get lapped and Martin doesn't that will open up the 14 pit box a bunch. Kyle Larsonis in stall 37 after he qualified 20th and right behind him is Clint Bowyer in pit 38 after a surprisingly bad qualifyinglap that has him starting 25th. In back of him, however, in pit 40 is the sure to be lapped David Reutimann and that will help out the pit exit of Carl Edwards in stall 41 after qualifying 18th. Behind him, Reutimann's sure to be lappedteammate Travis Kvapil. Those two qualified 32nd and 33rd. Finally, in the last stall, pit 43, is 12th place qualifierPaul Menard.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:33 PM)

I think the drivers with the best pit stalls at Homestead are Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Jeff Burton, Kyle BUsch, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Martin Truex, Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards and Paul Menard.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:34 PM)

We'll be right back with the crew chief and driver notes.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:37 PM)

JTG-Daugherty Racing, Brian Burns, crew chief A.J. Allmendinger...They missed it in qualifying, but the balance of the caris pretty good. Our happy hour was one of their best of the season. I think this could be one of the best days we'vehad all season today if everything goes right. I believe the speed was good and that A.J. was running the top of the trackwhere the speed is. The car seemed to have a good balance up there. It really would be reasonable for us to have a top-15finish. His favorites the 48, and 88. He also thought Danica had good speed and seemed to be running stronger than she has inthe past.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:37 PM)

Furniture Row Racing, Todd Berrier, crew chief Kurt Busch...The car is okay, but not spectacular. I feel like it's a sixth placecar going into the race. Kurt has been okay with the balance of the car and he said all weekend it's been pretty quiet for themwith no major issues. We're optimistic we'll have a good day. His favorites 48,22, and 56.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:37 PM)

RCR, Slugger Labbe, crew chief Paul Menard....We've been okay all weekend, but hoped to have qualified better than 12th. Thecar has good speed, though. We've been a little free on entry otherwise the balance is okay. The tires are wearing like theydo at Atlanta or Darlington and I expect we'll see four tire stops most of the day. Paul's happy with the car. We made two15 laps runs in happy hour and the car had good balance. We feel like we can run top-10. The 29 has a good car and has beenhappy all weekend. Harvick's a top-5 car. The 31 has struggled a little bit and they've put the 29 set-up in to see if thatwill help. His favorites the 18,48, and the 56 looked the best on paper.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:37 PM)

RCR, Luke Lambert, crew chief Jeff Burton...We've been decent at times and off at times. We're making some changes before therace we think will help. Our issue has been rear grip on corner exit where Jeff's been pretty loose. Speed wise they have to bea little better. We have a shot at a top-15.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:38 PM)

RCR, Kevin Harvick...Harvick has had a lot of confidence in his car all weekend. Following qualifying he felt hehad a car that could win the race. Following happy hour practice he said his car is pretty close. The 29 was tooloose when practice began but toward the end he got the balance pretty comfortable. Overall, Harvick has a top-5 to a winning car.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:38 PM)

Stewart-Haas Racing, Tony Gibson, crew chief Danica Patrick...We unloaded pretty good, but have been battling tight in andloose in the middle. All in all we're not too shabby. The speed is okay, but they need consistency. Danica's done pretty wellgiven this is her first Cup race here. She's not that comfortable running the top of the track so they're giving up some speed there. We have a top-20 car. Newman has been loose off most of the weekend. They do, though, have good long run speed.If he comes on it won't be until the latter part of the race. The 39 struggled off the truck but they did improve it inhappy hour. Their lap times have been decent and Ryan likes to run the top. I like him as a top-15 car going in and thinkthey'll get better. Martin is pretty happy with his car, but he won't run the top and that will hurt his speed. The bottommight come in later in the race when the weather cools down and that may be to his advantage. If he shows any strength itwon't be until the later half of the race. Martin had decent car, the best in the Stewart-Haas stable, and had a shot ata top-10. His favorites 18, 48, 22, 2, 20, 29...and dark-horse is 51. I think Kyle Larson can run top-10 if he doesn't knockthe sides off the car.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:38 PM)

Hendrick Motorsports, Jimmie Johnson...The 48 has had good speed most of the weekend and in happy hour they werethe best car when it came to the 10-lap average. he said they were being smart about the changes they made in practice because the track conditions were different than they will be during the race. So, Johnson said they just worked on getting the car comfortable and they did. All of the Hendrick cars tested here and during thattime they focused on practicing at night when the race will finish. He spent happy hour running around on oldtires trying to make the car for comfortable for the hotter conditions. Johnson is racing his favorite cartoday and is very happy with it. Overall, Johnson has a top-5 to a winning car.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:38 PM)

Hendrick Motorsports, Kenny Francis, crew Chief Kasey Kahne...Kenny said the car has been tight, tight, tightall weekend. Speedwise they've been average...they got better near the end of happy hour as they continuedto try to make it turn better. Kasey does not like a tight racecar and Kenny says he gets frustrated when itdrives like that. For them, testing here did not help the 5 car. Francis is not sure how good or bad they will be today.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:38 PM)

Hendrick Motorsports, Steve Letarte, crew chief Dale Earnhardt Jr....Steve said the 88 is decent. The car hasbeen free off the corners but otherwise the balance has been okay and they have good speed. Dale seems happywith his car as he can run good around the top where he likes. Overall the 88 is a top 5 to a winning car. Jeff Gordon has had a pretty good weekend as well. The 24 has shown good long run speed and Jeff has not hadvery many complaints. Overall he felt the 24 has a top 10 car or better. he felt Jimmie Johnson could win the race but because he does nto have to he probably wont run the top as like many others. With that said, Johnsonhas a 3rd to 5th place car. Kasey Kahne has been the fourth best HMS car as they have been up and down this weekend. Favorites are the 18, 56, 88, and 48. The 51 is a darkhorse for a good finish. The 20 seems to have too much fall off to be considered a winning car going into the race.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:39 PM)

Joe Gibbs Racing, Matt Kenseth...After the first practice yesterday Matt said they were okay as they were workingon the balance of the 20 car. Being on the pole Kenseth said obviously we have the speed but they need to havethe consistency and handling over the long run and have something that will pass and be able to move around thetrack...and the weekend has been good so far. As for happy hour, which Kenseth said was more important becauseit would be more like race conditions and it went well as they were at the top of the speed charts.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:39 PM)

Joe Gibbs Racing, Jason Ratcliff, crew chief Matt Kenseth...Jason said they got done what they wanted to do duringthe practices yesterday. He said the 20 car is pretty good but it needs to be better. He said it is really good at times and not so good at others but he believes they made enough laps to sort it all out for today and puttogether something good for today. Overall, they have a top 5 car.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:39 PM)

Joe Gibbs Racing, Darian Grubb, crew chief Denny Hamlin...The 11 is real good and they are really happy. They've been goodall weekend and Denny is very comfortable in the car. It's had good speed, turns good, and it has a good balance. He canrun high and he can run the low groove as well. I feel like we have a possible top-5 car. The 18 is really fast. He's gotgreat speed and runs all the lines really well. He'd like the balance to be a little better, but they are screaming fast.He's got a top-5 car that could contend for the win. The 20 of Kenseth is pretty good and pretty confident. He's comfortableand confident in the car. Kenseth can move around the track real well and will be able to find different places to pass. Hedefinitely has a top-5 to winning car. His favorites 18,56, 29,88,48,20, 11 and the 2 and 22 at times had a lot of speed.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:39 PM)

Roush Fenway Racing, Matt Puccia, crew chief Greg Biffle...Matt says the 16 car is okay. Their first practice wasgood but they went backwards yesterday so their going back to the P1 set up. The speed is okay and the balanceis okay. Their car can pass which is good. Overall, Matt saif they have a top 10 car with top 5 potential.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:40 PM)

Roush Fenway Racing, Jimmy Fennig, crew chief Carl Edwards...Fennig was very brief with us today. He said the 99is not very good. The balance is good but it has no speed. A top 15 car to start the race.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:40 PM)

Roush Fenway Racing, Scott Graves, crew chief Ricky Stenhouse Jr....Scott says they are just okay. They broughttheir best car they had left in the stable and it was good on Friday but too tight yesterday. They seem to begood on the short run but they don't have the good long run speed they need to keep up as it falls off too fast. They are making some chassis changes today they hope will help. Overall a top 15 car. Favorites are the 48, 18 and 20.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:40 PM)

Michael Waltrip Racing, Chad Johnston, crew chief Martin Truex Jr...Chad says the 56 is not too bad. It has beena very smooth weekend and Martin is happy with the balance and speed. Their two day Homestead test helped a lotas they only made six race runs...they are very happy with their long run speed. Overall, the 56 is a top 5 car. As for their teammates, Clint Bowyer is happy with his car...a top 10 car while Elliott Sadler ended practicereal happy as they spent most of yesterday working on the balance...the 55 is a top 15 car. Johnston favoritesare the 18, 48, 20, 22, 15 and 88.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:40 PM)

Michael Waltrip Racing, Scott Miller, crew chief Elliott Sadler...Scott said they were pretty darn happy whenhappy hour ended. Elliott seems to have a knack for this place as he can run the top where the speed is. The car was good in qualifying as they got a good draw. Their speed is okay and they're optimistic about theirchances. Overall, the 55 is a top 15 car. As for their teammates, Martin Truex Jr is very good and has a shotat a top five while Clint Bowyer is not bad at all. The 15 has shown decent speed...not good enough to challenge the really strong cars but still a 5th to 10th place car. Miller's favorites are the 18, 56, 48, 22, 288 and the 51 is the darkhorse for a strong finish.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:40 PM)

Penske Racing, Todd Gordon, crew chief Joey Logano...Todd says the 22 has had real good speed. P2 was decentbut Happy Hour they got off but they understand why. Joey likes the stability and they have enough confidencein the entry of the car into the corners they can go all the way to the top of the wall where the speed is...especially in turns 3 and 4. Todd was conservative in saying they have a top 10 car with a shot at a top 5. Brad Keselowski likes his car as their speed is good as well. The worn tracks likes Homestead, Atlanta, Chicagoand Dalrington are favorable to the Penske drivers, especially Brad who really knows how to conserve tires. The 2 car was fighting loose off during practice but they should be okay today. Overall, Keselowski has a solid top 10 car or better. Favorites are the 48, 18, 15, 20 and the 51 is your darkhorse for a good finish.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:41 PM)

Wood Brothers Racing, Donnie Wingo, crew chief Trevor Bayne...Wingo said the first practice the 21 car was okaybut not so good yesterday. They've struggled with the balance but felt they did get it good toward the end of Happy Hour. They are making minor changes this morning to help the car turn better. Trevor usually runs this track pretty well and Donnie believes they are a top 15 car going into the race.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:41 PM)

Earnhardt Ganssi Racing, Juan Pablo Montoya...Juan hopes the race will go smooth because he has had a lot of dramaover the years here at Homestead and told us he would like his last NASCAR race to be a quiet one. Qualifying was a struggle but Juan says the car had good pace in race trim.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:41 PM)

Earnhardt Ganssi Racing, Chris Heroy, crew chief Juan Pablo Montoya...The 42 tested here and some things workedand some did not. This is a real hard track for them to get a hold of and they have struggled this weekend. Their record has not been very good here but Chris feels like they have a chance for a decent day because this is a rough track and that plays into their strengths like Atlanta and Darlington. The 42 is good on the short run but they need that long run speed. Its hard to tell how good they are. As for their teammates the 1of Jamie McMurray is just okay while the 51 of Kyle Larson is the dark horse for a good finish as he learned a lot from the Nationwide race and has been fast in his Cup car. He feels like Larson could have a good daybecause this tracks suits his style and he likes it. The first practice on Saturday they were third on average andthe final practice they were still strong even though they fell off some. Favorites are the 48, 20, 56 and 18.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:41 PM)

Richard Petty Motorsports, Greg Ebert, crew chief Aric Almirola...The car's alright and the balance is neutral. It's beenloose and tight depending on the traffic, but in general neutral. Aric was pretty pumped up after happy hour andthis is one of his best tracks. They didn't make any real long runs, going from 5 to 15 laps, but still think theirlong run speed will be okay. He's optimistic they have a top-15 car going in. The 9 has struggled and Ambrose has morelike a top-20 car. They did get better in happy hour using a set-up similiar to the 43.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:42 PM)

That's it for the driver and crew chief notes...we'll be right back with our updated race day top-30 rankings.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:48 PM)

Here's our race day top-30 for Homestead....1.Kyle Busch2.Martin Truex, Jr.3.Matt Kenseth4.Dale Earnhardt, Jr.5.Kevin Harvick6.Jeff Gordon7.Brad Keselowski8.Jimmie Johnson9.Joey Logano10.Greg Biffle11.Carl Edwards12.Denny Hamlin13.Kasey Kahne14.Kurt Busch15.Ryan Newman16.Clint Bowyer17.Paul Menard18.Aric Almirola19.Mark Martin20.Jeff Burton21.A.J. Allmendinger22.Jamie McMurray23.Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.24.Elliott Sadler25.Kyle Larson26.Marcos Ambrose27.Juan Pablo Montoya28.Trevor Bayne29.Danica Patrick30.Parker Kligerman

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:49 PM)

Now, let's put the hammer down and get to some questions!

Michael (Alaska)

I got 48, 20, 22, 51, and 14 Great lineup ad guaranteed title what do you think

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:52 PM)

Here's the deal Michael...I don't see Johnson really forcing the issue and going for the win today no matter what he and Chad Knaus say. One, they don't have to..Secondly, it just wouldn't be smart. The 48 will find a nice place to ride somewhere inside the top-10 and roll to title number six. In my opinion if you want max points you trade the 48, collect the profit and use it to "Dare to be Great" one last time...That way you don't have to put 51 and 14 as your "floor"...I think Hamlin's the best floor going in and you can afford to work with him and work your way up from him by trading the 48...just a thought.

Bill (Dawsonville)

Pick two. 22, 16, 56, 78. Leaning 22 and 56 after practice. Thanks Guru!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:53 PM)

I agree with that assessment Bill. Good-luck.

TOny (NM)

Lower car--Trevor Bayne or E. Sadler

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:54 PM)

I'd go with Elliott Sadler..They tested here, qualified well and looked good in happy hour. Mr. Sadler could be a surprise top-15 if all goes well..certainly something under 20th.

Pete (Florida)

Tough one here....(29, 24) and one from (47,55)thanks and talk next year!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:55 PM)

Pete I'd go 29 and 47.

Mikey (EG, RI)

Mr. Guru, thanks for everything !!! Hitting the last race with # 20, 22, 11, 18 & 39 for the win ! Any bow wows there ? I'll be following you wherever you go !!! Mikey

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:57 PM)

Mikey, there are no bow wows there but I'd trade the 39 for the 56..only need .1 more..and then my friend you're going to be "ruff ruff" and ready..lol

Jim Boyd (junglejim) (Delaware)

Right now I have the 20, 78, 22, 55, benching 29, 16, 39, 21 in Yahoo. Am I doing right ? Thanks for all year.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:58 PM)

Jim..I might change out the 16 for the 78...and you're welcome.

dc (nc)

put these in order of preference78-16-99-24-22Thanks and hope to see you next year!!!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (12:59 PM)

24,22,16,99,78 and I hope to be seen next year...:)

john (alsip-ill)

morning-guru-is Larson in chip-ganasi-equipment or 51 equipment ? 55 or 51? thnk-you & thnx 4 your help on your handcapping the last 2 -years

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:01 PM)

John, Larson is in a car furnished by EGR..I think the 51 will have more speed than the 55...but like a typical rookie is a little less safe to finish the race trouble free...and you're welcome my friend..it's been my privilege to help you.

Bruce (Michigan)

Thanks for some great picks this year so, one last time. I have 20,48,29,56,55. Would you trade 48 and if so, for whom? Thks.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:03 PM)

Bruce, here's what I would do with your team..I'd trade the 55 for the 11..then drop the 48 and see what you have left..might have enough left to go with the 24,22,16,5,78 or 39.

jacob (Pa.)

Hi, Mark. Need one of these drivers: 78 17 27 55 31 39 21 43 51 9 10 42? Pick 2: 99 16 20 88 29? Thanks

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:04 PM)

Jacob I'd go with the 78..then 20 and 88.

James (Little Elm, TX)

Well Mighty Guru, it's been a fun ride and I hope they bring ya back next season. I finally made it to the front page of Jayski's Junkies, currently #39 - speaking of 39 how do you see Newman coming through - going with 39,20,29,56,11 $$$$ for Homestead?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:05 PM)

James, I see Newman as a top-15 car they might be able to dial into one that can finish as high as maybe ninth.

Jimmy Hoffa (Meadowlands NJ)

Which pair, 11+24 or 14 2?You scratcha my back, I scratcha yours.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:06 PM)

Nice to know you're still part of the Meadowlands there Jimmie...so which end zone you chatting from..underneath...:)...I'd go with 11 and 24.

GARY (TERRE HAUTE, IN)

EIGHT (8) DRIVER LEAGUE. MY TEAM: KENSETH, HARVICK, KESELOWSKI, TRUEX, KAHNE, LOGANO, BUSCH (KURT), & HAMLIN. POSSIBLE SUBS: JOHNSON, GORDON, EDWARDS, OR NEWMAN. YOUR THOUGHTS/SUGGESTIONS? THANKS!!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:08 PM)

Gary, if you can trade Kurt for Jeff Gordon go ahead and pull the trigger..Edwards might be a better pick than Kahne as well...Johnson better than those two even though he won't be running all out.

Dru (Indiana)

Hi, Guru. Is the 11 going to be ok for race? Last week he hurt my team. Pick 2: 31 17 11 55 14? Thanks for info.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:10 PM)

Dru, the 11 hurt my team last week, but the previous two races he helped with seventh place finishes at Martinsville and Texas..Think he's good to run top-10 again...I'd say 11,14

fast eddie (hewitt, mn)

Hope this isn't the last chat. Martin Truex hasn't been able to stay up front in the chase when he qualifies well, can I trust him today? And how about Kyle Larson being able to finish and not blow a motor this time?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:12 PM)

I think Truex goes out guns blazing in his last race with Michael Waltrip..as for Larson..never know about the engines..but should be okay on that end...can he not make a rookie mistake that's the bigger question. The kid is going to be a great driver..but still very early in Cup career.

Randy (Du Bois, Pa.)

Hi, Mark. Need help: 29 or 20? 18 or 16? 5 or 56? 2 or 22? Thanks

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:12 PM)

I'd go 20,18,56,and 2 Randy.

Cheryl (Nashville)

Hey Guru!! Last race and I?m hoping to hold on to 1st place thanks to your great advice all year. So, 20 or 29? 55 or 47? And please pick best 2 from 56, 22, 39, 16. Thanks again and have a great holiday season!!!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:13 PM)

I'm going 20 over 29 in close call..and I might be crazy as bad as he's qualified but I think I'll go 'Dinger over Sadler...then 56,22

Dawn (Franklin, Wi.)

G'Day to you Guru! Gonna miss our chats here! This is our last one of the season seems a bit sad. I have appreciated all you have help me through this season! You are the best! Now 1 final time for this season hope you can help me out to make this last one a really big one. My drivers I have come up for Homestead is.. 11-18-20-24-31. Is there any changes you can suggest that will help me out better. Thanks again mate & you have a awesome day there at the races!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:15 PM)

Dawn, I think on balance that's a pretty decent team..and thanks...this is a bitter sweet chat with all of you.

Bill (NH)

Good afternoon, Guru !!!Rolling the dice again with the 55, I'm locked in with 20, 29, 99, 56, 55. Really just need +/- 170 to lock in the win in my league. What say you ?? On a personal note, I truly appreciate your incredible knowledge these past years. You have given me much more insight into the sport that I love, and through this game have made watching much more enjoyable. For that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will send an email to your aol account, so I will know when you and Jayski put something together... ;-) (wishful thinking). All the best.......

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:18 PM)

Bill that looks like a pretty good team..but if you trade 29 for the 88 or 2 will then have enough money to bump to trade the 99 for the 24..Think on balance that team is a little better maybe...just a thought.

anthony (riverbank)

Hi Mark, we'll this the last race and want to get some advice. I'm iin first by fifteen points, need help with my bottom guy. 31,11 or go risky with 55 ,51 your thoughts Mark and thanks, hope to see u next year.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:19 PM)

Anthony...trying to protect the lead 31 and 11 are the way to go..15 down you go 55 and 51, but not when you 15 up...and thanks.

john k (New York, New York)

Should I start Matt Kenseth or Jeff Gordon? Also, should I start Biffle or Edwards? Lastly, Bayne or Allmendinger? Thanks!!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:23 PM)

I'd go with Kenseth over Gordon but closer call then you think. Gordon may have qualified poorly but he'll be coming up through the pack. Gordon told me in Texas right after Homestead test his car was flat flying and he couldn't wait to get back here. I give Biffle a little edge over Edwards and I'd go with Allmendinger over Bayne...good-luck John.

Ray Miller (Lenexa Ks)

Will #48 mentality be on following or leading?Will#56 maintain or fade? Who is fastest?56 48 88 20 29 22 24 5 2 11 99 16 18 78 27 15 39 14 55 1

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:25 PM)

Ray...wow...that's like a fly trying to digest a cow..lol..48 will be fast and find a place to ride and hide somewhere near the front, but not at the front...or I'd be very surprised if that's the case...56 should maintain...fastest cars in that group 56,88,20,29,24,18, and 2..with the 48.

Renee (Id)

Hey Guru! I am pretty sure I want these 20, 99, 56, 11 drivers but not sure who for my last one! Who do you think? 2, 24, 22

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:26 PM)

Renee, don't fret because the 2,24, and 22 are all fast..but I give a slight edge to the 24.

RudeDogg racing (Cali )

I have 56,29,20,11 can't decide 24 or 99, what you think?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:26 PM)

I'd go with the 24 my friend.

Jeff (Frozen MN)

Mark, thanks for all you've done this season and happy holiday's. See anything I could do different with these picks? 20, 48, 29, 78, 88, 11, 22 & 14. Thanks in advance!!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:27 PM)

There are no bow-wows there Jeff, but you've seen what I've had to say about the 48...maybe trade him for 18..trade 78 or 14 for the 56.

tom (stegar,ill)

hi-guru pick 2 out 4- 88-99-24-56/pick 1 51 or 55/thnk you

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:28 PM)

Tom, I'd go 56,88 with the 55.

Sara (SoIll)

Hi Guru! I'm a measly 14 points ahead of my husband in our fantasy league... I need to DTBG!! I have 24/29, 16/22/56/78, 17/55. Leaning towards the 29 and 17 but unsure of the others. Thanks again for helping us through another season I can't wait to hear what your plans are for next year!!!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:30 PM)

In protect mode I'd go with the 29 over 24...if you want to going into spank mode on your husband go with the 24..I, like you, prefer 17 over 55..As for the other two I'd go 56 and 22...and you're welcome Sara.

Nick Rolando (Lakeland, FL)

Hey Mark, last chat of the season, hard to believe. To Joanie in Michigan thank you for the congrats on graduating w/my MBA on December 14. Actually between the last time we spoke I have an interview w/The Golf Channel this Thursday. Trying to follow my dream of being in sports. Question I have is can the 22 notch a W and go into the offseason on a high note? Also, expect some emails from me Mark. Thank you for all your hard work on the chats and you do for us fans.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:32 PM)

Nick congrats again on the MBA...now let's get you a job right?..lol...Tell the guys at the Golf Channel the "Guru Nation" thinks you'd be a great hire...:)...As for the 22 he's top-10 or better ..I don't see him winning but he could be dark-horse top-5...and that would be ending the season on a high note. I think Logano and crew chief Todd Gordon are going to be very tough to deal with next season.

Drew (Fort Myers, FL)

Guru, thanks for your excellent reporting this year. Your notes enhance my enjoyment of NASCAR not just stock car challenge. My team stands as 11 17 20 24 and 78. I swapped 48 for 78 and I'm considering 27 over 11. Picking Busch over Truex is a sentimental pick but if you think the 56 will be a much better bet I'll pencil him in. Thanks again for everything this year!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:34 PM)

Drew I like the 56 more than the 78..and I would not trade the 11 for the 2...going with your heart Drew on the 78 won't kill you, but I think it will cost you a few points.

Spencer (KY.)

Hi, Mark.. Martin #14 will he have a great day or just a 15-25th place day?Pick 2: 48 29 20 18? I think all 4 will be good today though. And how about the 11 and the 31? Thanks for the help. Hoping your here next year!!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:35 PM)

Spencer...hate to say this but at this point in his career a 15th place is a great day for Mark. One of the reasons he doesn't want to drive on the Cup Series next season is that this deal with the 14 and earlier this year with the 55 has indicated to him he's lost a step.

Dave (New Hampshire)

Thanks for entertaining me before each race. Maybe the folks at the top will get their heads out their butts and bring you back next year. That said, do or die.. the 56 or 18?? Great job as always!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:36 PM)

I'm going with the 18, but both should be very good and spend a great deal of the day up front.

jimp (mi.)

Guru, I'm truly sorry to see you go....but I'm sure that you'll land on ur feet somewhere else and do a great job as you have always done in the past...can u help this mess...29 20 24 88 55 whadaya think??

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:36 PM)

Thanks Jimp...I see that team has 170-185 points..which would be a pretty nice afternoon.

last chance (STL)

pick two.........22, 16 or 99??? HELP PLEASE!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:37 PM)

22,16

Dwight (Memphis)

What are you hearing on Bobby Labonte's plans/future in Nascar for 2014 and beyond?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:37 PM)

Not hearing anything about a Cup ride Dwight, but he could wind up on the Truck Series.

Terry (FL)

Afternoon Guru! Thanks for all your help over the years. We will miss having you here for the great advise you give! Trying to make up 26 points with this lineup for today 56,29,20,18,51. Any changes you would make?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:39 PM)

Only way to make up that many points Terry is go for broke..and that's a pretty go for broke team since the people you're chasing won't have that line-up. If the 51 stays out of trouble and somehow finishes 20th or better then you should be in really good shape...and you're welcome.

Eddy "BOOMER SOONER" (Okla)

Hey GURU, Thanks for all your help all year long......Several of us would like to pay it forward again, to your kids christian school, in thanks for your helping us out Ccan you let us know the address again as we misplaced it from last year. Thanks Again GURU

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:43 PM)

Well thanks Eddy...Again, you guys blow me a way. We do have some pressing needs and if you'd like to show the Guru a little extra love byhelping out some well deserving kids as a "farewell gift"..Send what you can to Union Grove Christian School, c/o Mr. Peter Steinhaus, 2295Union Grove Road, Lexington, NC 27295...the phone number in case you need it is 336-764-3105.I know you and a bunch of folks really helped out in a big way last year..We've have some major needs that have popped up and anyone else in the Guru Nation feels led to help out that would be great..I said it once and I'll say it again. You guys are the best.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:44 PM)

I'll be right back...going to pick out my team for today's race.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:48 PM)

Okay folks...my last time in the captain's chair for the ESPN SCC and I'm "Daring to be Great"...I'm going to trade the 48,99, and 39...trading for the 18,56 and 24 to go along with the 11 and 88 that I kept from last week's team at Phoenix...

Doug (North Dakota)

Hi Mark; what looks better today the 18 or the 2 thanks

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:48 PM)

I like the 18 over the 2.

john (alsip-ill)

is egr = earnhart-gannassi or the true owner of the 51

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:48 PM)

EGR stands for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing.

Lee W (Morrisville NC)

Thanks for the years you have put up with us here and I am sure all here feel you are a big part Race Day! I hope you'll be giving us good news soon on your website as to where we'll be catching up with you next season.Oh yeah, I am DTBG and looking at the 56 and 11 along with the 18 and 29 (I just got a feeling about Happy here at Homestead) but I am left with the 99,16, 78 or 5 for the last slot, please help out here I have no real logic here.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:51 PM)

Appreciate the props Lee..I think the safest pick in that group is the 16...all four are top-15 or better..the 5 usually has the most upside on tracks this size..but they've been fighting tight and if changes they made today don't work that will make for a very long day and night for Kahne. Edwards and Busch seem a little snake bit lately.

CJ (Charlotte, NC)

Hi Mark, whats your thoughts on who I should start on my yahoo fantasy team?A: Kenseth, HarvickB: Logano, Truex, Edwards, BiffleC: Stenhous, AllmendingerThanks for the advice

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:51 PM)

CJ I'd go 20, 56,22, and 47 and you're welcome.

Guru-Wanna-Be (The Zoo)

Guru...can't believe last chat is today!!! ALL MY BEST IN THE FUTURE AND I HOPE WE CAN "CHAT" NEXT YEAR!! Ok, I'm down and need to be risky. The leader in my league (MUST use chase drivers) is out of Bowyer starts. Worth rolling the dice with him (and June Bug) today???? NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FAMOUS "GURU HAS LEFT THE BUILDING" message today!! ALL THE BEST!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:53 PM)

Bowyer will be just okay today in my opinion 88 should be really good though...and I'm not looking forward to the sign off either...:)

Dave (Williamstown, MA)

Okay Guru- I've settled on most of my team, (18, 20, 29, 55) but need the best one of 24, 22 or 5. Wife who is psychic, says 5. The 5 got better in practice, but the "tight, tight, tight" comment gives me pause.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:56 PM)

Just tell you're Wife, if she's willing to listen...isn't that a daring to be great line or what?...that now as a dead man walking..lol..that I got to talk to Jeff Gordon at length about Homestead test and he said he was the best of the Hendrick cars just like he was for this race a year ago..Kahne wasn't so hot in the test either...so go 24..and tell her I'm off my meds was the only reason for my earlier comment and that I grovel at her feet asking for forgiveness..lol

Mark Martin (Homestead)

Am I going to finish top 10 or is bad luck going to bite me in my "last race"?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:57 PM)

I'm thinking more like 15th my friend...no shame there and you are one of the best that's ever been..period.

fullofpace (reno)

mark, thanks for another great year. let us know where you pop up next year.

Jeff Jackson (Cartersville)

Mark,Thank you for the insightful information throughout the year. I hope to see you back in 2014!

joe (trinity ,nc)

hi MARK.. what do you think of p ,klingerman or the dinger for a sleeper ??who would you go with for quality passes and place diff, gordan, biffle,or edwards also who do you think will lead the most laps today ? thanks for everything you do for this great sport....

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (1:59 PM)

I trust 'Dinger as a sleeper more than Kligerman Joe..I'd go Gordon over Biffle and Edwards...If 18 is as good as people say he is..he loves to get out front and lead laps...Jeff Gordon is starting so deep he could wind up making a bunch of passes getting to the front..same thing for Dale Jr.

Carnac (Funk and Wagnall's Porch)

Remember when Smoke was racing for the cup at Homestead and he was able to slice through the field with almost no resistance? I think no one wants to be "that guy" who affects the chase by putting one of the two contenders into the wall. I see both six time and the 20 going Mano-amano like there was no one else on the track. I predict 20 wins and 48 finishes just outside the top 5. JJ won't stroke around in 18th because that would be messing with the plan that got him here too much.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:01 PM)

Oh great Carnac, you're thinking about what I am so great minds do think alike..lol

Stone Chucker (Glass House MA)

I'm breaking my boycott of MWR this week by picking MT Jr.He's probably the only one in that sewer hole who doesn't deserve the smelly end of the stick.

RAYGORDON REID (CORAL GABLES FL 33134)

TO MARK GARROW AT12.3O OKGURU LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:02 PM)

Thanks man..I've been hard at it...

Todd (South Carolina)

Thanks for all of your hard work all year Guru. You have helped put me in position to maybe win our league this year. The top picks are usually pretty obvious, but you really know your stuff when it comes to the next tiers of drivers. So today, which order would you rank these 4 drivers for today based on what you've seen in practice and the garage area. the 55, 21, 51, and 30. Any top 20 runs in this group?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:04 PM)

Thanks Todd..55 and 51 are the best of those four..both have a chance to run say 18 to 22nd..maybe a little better...Sadler tested here and seems to have something up his sleeve..Larson has been really fast, but can he finish? That's the question.

Dave (Ypsilanti, MI)

Thanks for all you do, Mark. I'm protecting a healthy lead in Yahoo. Who do you think is least likely to DNF among 20,24 - 99,78,16,56 - 47,55?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:05 PM)

20-24 that's a toss up Dave...I'd go 56 and 16..then the 47...and congrats ahead of time.

Katie (SC)

Really gonna miss you next season, but will continue to follow your advice once you figure out your plans!Which team: 99, 18, 14, 20,11 or. 99, 24, 78, 14, 47?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:06 PM)

Katie..thanks...and I'd go with the first team.

Brent (Indianapolis)

we have a 3 man race for the chase win with six points separating first from third, I am in third...my question is I have the 48,29,20,55 and the 51, if I dump JJ who is going to get me the biggest bang for my FNL buck? and if I save enough I could reach up and swap the 55 for the 47 p.s. thanks for all the help this season

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:07 PM)

Brent what I would do is trade the 48 and either the 29 or 20...put 11 as your floor...and then what you can afford..the 56 is going to be very good..24 or 22 would probably fit in then too...would be good average team across the board. Just a thought.

Thomas (Richmond, VA)

Just stopping in to say thanks Guru. Without your help there is no way team "Not Revved Up" would ever be 1 pt ahead going into the last race. Let's finish strong!!! Big day for Keslow or should I trade him in for Truex?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:08 PM)

Thanks Thomas...tough call..Keselowski should be good but garage says the 56 is a little better.

Caddis1 (Battle Creek)

Hi Mark, it really has been great. Thank you! I won the overall in our group and am 40 points ahead of second for the segment. How does 56, 29, 18, 14 and 24 look to stay in the hunt? I should look where again to see your decisions for the coming year? Cheers

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:09 PM)

I think you're looking good with that lead and that team.

aimee (tx)

47 or 21?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:09 PM)

47

daddyzracin (tx)

39 or 99?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:09 PM)

99

Barry (Pa)

what's up no Guru, panick is starting to set in!

Jerry (The Track)

Chevrolet's Jim Campbell just told me Kevin Harvick is a lock to win.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:10 PM)

Well Jim's a very smart guy and that IS a distinct possibility.

Ron (Canada)

Hi Mark, Sorry to see an end to the ESPN chats. I sent you mail to the mail bag. I am also following you on Twitter. How does this team sound. 48,24,56,14 29? Also, I have asked the last couple of week. If anyone wants the stats for the last 6 years plus the practice speed for next year. They can email me at cando69@gmail.com. These are the same stats from Ken (the old man)

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:14 PM)

Ron, that looks pretty solid all the way across. You'll need the 14 to finish 14th to 18th. Then, again as I've said many times today..I'd trade the 48..pick up 18,88, or 24 in that order..trade the 14 for the 11...and please drop me an e-mail so we can talk about Ken's statistical analysis..Before he passed away last December he and I used to go round and round on those numbers...thanks and have a great day.

Scottt (Concord)

top two out of these four:Biffle, Edwards, Kurt Busch, Harvick

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:14 PM)

Harvick and Biffle.

Jason (FL)

Mark thank you so much for your hard work especially for the last few years that I have been a part of NASCAR Fantasy. I have won the last few championships in my league. I know you will keep us updated of your next stop. Most of all I appreciate you the individual. Always calm and welcoming to those that some of us in fantasy NASCAR may not have the patience for..haha. God Bless you my friend and your future endeavors

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:14 PM)

Thanks man.

Buster (Woodstock, New Brunswick)

I HAVE to pick the winner today to finish in the top 3 of my pool. I already have the 48, 20, 22, 78. I like the 29. This is for a gallon of Syrup and Moose Back Strap, so please oh Guru... find me that special winner.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:15 PM)

29 will be a good pick and I also think the 18.

Adam (Indy)

How can we find your Facebook page? Thanks for everything you've done for us! I'm already a follower of you on Twitter. Hopefully we'll see your work somewhere next year.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:16 PM)

I guess just type in my name..and you're welcome.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:16 PM)

Since this is my last ESPN chat..in closing minutes I'm desperately looking for one more correspondence from Alan in PA or Nurse Helga...lol

Chad (Ohio)

Please come back next year Mark! Love the inside info!! Pick one: 24, 78, 56, 16, 99.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:17 PM)

It's not my choice Chad, but thanks...I like the 24 but daring to be great you can go with the 56.

Jeremy (louisville)

is Elliott Sadler a good floor pick so I can stack my roster with heavy hitters?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:18 PM)

I do think he's got some upside today Jeremy with testing at Homestead along with qualifying well Friday and practicing well Saturday.

WacoWarrior (Texas)

Thanks Guru for all that you do & have done...Us true Race Fans wish you the best going forward...

Tyler Benton (Snow Hill, NC)

G it has been my pleasure to be a part of your race day chats, I feel like im losing a friend. I have been a life long fan of Nascar and most of its traditions and as a life long passionate fan I can honestly say you are as big of a tradition of Nascar as there is in my book.You love it just like we love it and Im da"" sure gonna miss you when your gone. Again, its been a pleasure to be a part of your chat and I hope we find a way to continue the ride of "The Guru"!!! Everyone should def take a minute to give back to Mark and his crew who bring us the best race day/ fantasy inside info in the business. THANK YOU G!! Im out friend!!!!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:20 PM)

Wow..Tyler that blew me away...and a number of people have already e-mailed me about "giving back" and I guess I shouldn't be surprised...I've been asked to give out the address again so here it goes.....Union Grove Christian School, c/o Mr. Peter Steinhaus, 2295Union Grove Road, Lexington, NC 27295...the phone number in case you need it is 336-764-3105.

Steven (Florida)

Harvick has a great average finish here (all top 10's last 5) and Kenseth seems to be a bit off that pace, yet you have Kenseth finishing higher. What are the reasons and who is going to challenge for the win?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:21 PM)

29 has a chance to win today no doubt about it...but Kenseth is very, very fast and overall he's been the best driver this year on 1.5-mile tracks.

Andrew (Florida)

18 seems to be tougher on tires than most and he qualified just outside the Top 10. Why do you think he will win?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:22 PM)

In the words of Denny Hamlin's crew chief he's "blazing fast" and I'm "Daring to be Great"..:)

Big Ed (Wisconsin)

Hey Guru, wishing you a heartfelt farewell from ESPN !We will all greatly miss your insightful information and chat ! Please let us know where you land for net year, not sure I can make my picks without the knowledge you provide us week in and week out and I'm really going to miss the Jayski Junkies !No question this week, just wanted you to know you will be missed ! ! !

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:23 PM)

I'm most Italian...very emotional guy...and you guys are just trying to make me cry...lol

Jeff L (ATL)

Mark I hit the mail bag last week hope it helps and ESPN comes to their senses that being said ..... this week I have 29,20,24,11,56 I did not see the 11 in your top 30...where does he figure in todays race..thanks for all you do and hope to chat next year

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:24 PM)

I had Hamlin Jeff ranked 12th...on speed should be a little higher, but in last five races three top-10s and two disasters...so that dropped him down a little.

Garry (Jacksonville, NC)

Guru, sorry to see you go. Can't thank you enough for how much more fun and interesting you've made the fantasy league as well as watching the races themselves.So, I'm thinking of a complete overhaul today, starting with sharing your opinion of dropping the 48.I had Johnson, Kenseth, Keselowski, Martin, and Hamlin.I'm thinking of going with Gordon, Harvick, Kenseth, Biffle, and Sadler. Any thoughts?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:25 PM)

On paper that's a pretty good team and thanks for the props Garry.

Katie, again (SC)

Found one more possible combination: 99, 11, 39, 24, 56

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:25 PM)

Looks pretty good Katie.

Bubba (Burlington VT)

Hey Buddy... I need a lock today.. you like Truex and Busch?? I only need one. Thanks, stay in touch!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:26 PM)

Well then Bubby I'd go with the 18.

diana (Texas)

Mark, I've really enjoyed and leaned on your wisdom this season. I'm a big 48 fan, and I don't have the heart to drop them after 35 races, though your logic is spot on. So I've got 48, 88, 20 and 55... I can't pick up Harvick or KyBusch, but I can have anyone else. Who would you pick? Thanks! And I hope you have a productive off season!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:26 PM)

Thanks Dianna and I'd go with the 24 then.

Michael (NC)

Mark "THANK you for what you do"! Cant listen to PRN @ work and more when work Sunday's, and now possible no ESPN. Will be missed BY MANY...

Rick (SoCal)

Can't find you on facebook. Can you provide a link to your page or at least tell us how you are listed? I look forward to hearing from you next year and I don't do much with Twitter. Thanks

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:27 PM)

Just made the page last night and it's listed as Mark Garrow..don't know what else to say since I'm no Facebook expert. Please try again.

Terri (Alabama)

Our family is in a league and I am next to bottom and fading. Need a big day to not be the shame of the fam. What do you think of the 20, 29, 2, 56, and 55? Thanks!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:28 PM)

If the 55 comes through top-20 or better they'll might have to carry you on their shoulders..:)

jay (VT)

Guru, 24+11 or 18 27

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:28 PM)

24,11

Geoff (Hilton Head, SC)

Thank you, Mark...for everything.

Lj (maryland)

The great Mark "Guru" Garrow......Thank you for all you have done for us .

24Tatshka (WV)

Just want to say thanks for all the advice over the years and I'm not a tweeter so try to find a way to let those of us not-in-the-loop know where you will be next year!!!! Thanks again (and as always GO 24!)

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:30 PM)

Thanks I'll give out my personal e-mail address when I sign off in just a few minutes.

Pete (Boise)

Thanks Mark for all the great nascar insight and advice again this year. Your crew chief notes and race day chats are simply awesome. Hope to see you back next year. Enjoy the off season!

Alan (SC)

Guru....I'm the JJ in my league and protecting a 25 pt league. Do I roll with 88-24-22-56 and 14 or DTBG and go 48-88-18-56-51? Thanks for the great year and hope someone sees how valuable you are and get you to be their Guru!!!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:30 PM)

Go with the first team Alan..like Johnson no time to be a hero Alan.

jimp (mi.)

Thank You and Good Luck next where ever you land....God Bless

david (blue springs mo)

are my questions getting to you????20 or 18 thanks Guru

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:31 PM)

I like the 18 a little more than the 20 today...but both should be very good David.

steve (cyber space)

Guru, I hope you are back next season and the seasons to follow. I have really enjed your race day chats through the years. I did do the mailbag thing.

Michael (Orangeburg, SC)

Mark, I already have my team set but just wanted to thank you for all that you do and all that you have done. Good Luck with whatever unfolds for you in the future and once again, THANKS!

Wayne (Oregon)

Good day Mark. Am at the airport waiting for my flight which is departing late. Thank you for these chats. The information helps enjoy the Sprint Cup race lots! My team - 11-88-24-22-56. I am maxed out on points. Have you any suggestions? LAST - going to miss you next year. Thank you for your insight which is greatly appreciated. Good luck with what ever you do.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:33 PM)

Looks like a pretty good team Wayne...and thanks.

Joe (NY)

Why no love for the 78? He qualified well and somewhat happy with car. Yet you recommend 16 over him.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:34 PM)

78 has been a little hit or miss lately...16 has always been good at this place..year in, year out.

Nurse Helga (Alan Town Mental Ward)

Well Mark and to all other Guru followers, Alan and I would like to wish you luck in what ever comes your way. I will keep Alan in check with you know what ;). Hope to see you around next year. It has been a blast. Nurse Helga has left the building.

SHEILA (FLORIDA)

HELP PLEASE; 18,11, 14,20 - THEN EITHER 56 OR 24. OR 2ND TEAM; 24, 78, 14, 20, 56 ..... Mark, this is a sad day for all you visit you each week of nascar updates , info and comments. you will be missed.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:35 PM)

Sheila...relax 56 or 24 there's really no bad answer but think 56 out runs 24 today..but not by much..and I like the first team better than the second.

Ryan (Utah)

Thanks for holding these chats and taking the time and effort to get all this info. for us. I know I'm not alone in saying that we appreciate what you have done for us. It has been a valuable resource. Hopefully it can continue in some form next year. All the best.

Wayne (Oregon)

I heard Alan and Nurse Helga married...

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:37 PM)

Wow...what a way to end it...Alan and Nurse Helga in marital bliss.....with a special thermometer cooling in the fridge....

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

When was the Last Time that a Newly Crowned Sprint Cup Series Champion lost an engine on the Final Race of the Season?

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:38 PM)

Sorry Chris...don't know the answer to that one...thanks for all your questions over the years..you've kept me on my toes...:)

Guru-Wanna-Be (The Zoo)

Mark, PLEASE DON'T "LEAVE THE BUILDING"!!!!!

Guru-Wanna-Be (The Zoo)

And by the way...you will be missed dearly! I PRAY that you can "sit back" soon and realize the fun and incredible information u have provided over the past few years!!! THANKS, u are simply the best AND A HE** OF A RADIO BROADCASTER AS WELL!! Sadly, I am about to be "kicked out" of the building!!

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:40 PM)

too funny...lol

HELP!!!! PLEASE!!!! (Virginia Beach Virginia)

18 56 24 of 20 56 24 ???

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:40 PM)

I'd go with the first group.

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:41 PM)

Before a few final words..here's a look at today's top-30 rankings that I sent out earlier....1.Kyle Busch2.Martin Truex, Jr.3.Matt Kenseth4.Dale Earnhardt, Jr.5.Kevin Harvick6.Jeff Gordon7.Brad Keselowski8.Jimmie Johnson9.Joey Logano10.Greg Biffle11.Carl Edwards12.Denny Hamlin13.Kasey Kahne14.Kurt Busch15.Ryan Newman16.Clint Bowyer17.Paul Menard18.Aric Almirola19.Mark Martin20.Jeff Burton21.A.J. Allmendinger22.Jamie McMurray23.Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.24.Elliott Sadler25.Kyle Larson26.Marcos Ambrose27.Juan Pablo Montoya28.Trevor Bayne29.Danica Patrick30.Parker Kligerman

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:43 PM)

There's three ways you can keep in touch with me. I can be followed @GuruGarrow on twitter...(let's tell the friends and get me over 6,000 what do you say?)I just started a Facebook page...and my personal e-mail is mark.garrow@aol.com. For the folks I might work with down the road, please drop a note to the ESPN mailbag and copy to my e-mail...that would be great.

James (Chicago)

Mark, it's been a great ride. Love the information you give. No where else can you get this. The wife and I will miss your advice a lot. You helped me to my first championship and we've been a faithful followers since. Nobody gives the in depth coverage you give. We'll be watching to see where you land. #Gurunationforever

Norman (MI)

Sent you a fb request lol

Nurse Helga (Alan Town Mental ward)

Lets end this together. Alan, Nurse Helga, along with the great Mark "Guru"Garrow have left the building. :)

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:46 PM)

You know what...that's the best "mental" picture to leave everyone with as I say good-bye here on ESPN...the final word ....next.

Mark
  (2:47 PM)

We've been on for over two hours and as much as I don't want to I'm going to have to shut down so all of us can watch the race and see how our fantasy racing teams did in the Sprint Cup season-finale. I'm at a loss for words right now. I'd like to feel we're one big happy family. Over the years, the last few here at ESPN, you've gotten to know me and I've had chance to get to know you. So, it's hard to bring this deal to a close, not knowing definitively what's next. On the other hand, potentially there are some neat things I could get to do and hope to have some details worked out in the near future. As always, I hope that our advice today helped your teams and you had a little fun along the way. I want to wish you and your families a great Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. May you have safe travel and a wonderful time with your loved ones. Also many, many thanks to the folks that have or will help out $$ wise to the Guru's charity of choice..Union Grove Christian School, c/o Mr. Peter Steinhaus, 2295 Union Grove Road, Lexington, NC 27295...There are some great needs and you'll surely be blessed. Just another reason why you guys are the best, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I don't know what else to say...It's tough letting the curtain close today, but it has to be done...so for the final time on ESPN...Sad to say but must " With a tear in his eye, the Guru has left the building!"

Guru-Wanna-Be (The Zoo)

here u go: https://www.facebook.com/mark.garrow.90?fref=ts

Mark "Guru" Garrow
  (2:51 PM)

Has he really left the building? Okay...then somebody needs to shut the lights off...