Alyssa Milano wins NASCAR fantasy celebrity league
November 17, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Actress Alyssa Milano capped off her NASCAR fantasy celebrity league title with the high score of 356.5 points for the final week of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season. Milano had the race winner of the Ford EcoBoost 400 and Sprint Cup championship winner Kevin Harvick in her lineup as well as Denny Hamlin (finished seventh) and Jeff Gordon (who led the most laps and finished 10th). Milano finished the season with 8,497.5 points to win the league by a whopping 1,495.5 points.
Singer Drew Ryniewicz capped off her strong surge in the latter third of the season by notching second place in the overall standings and for the week. Ryniewicz also had Harvick and Gordon in her lineup. Former NFL player Dhani Jones secured third place for the season thanks to the trio of Harvick, Gordon and Jimmie Johnson, who finished ninth.
Gordon and Harvick were popular plays this week with the four-time champion appearing in five lineups, while Harvick was in six lineups.
Week 35: With a score of 399 points, actress Alyssa Milano took home the top honors for the week as she had three of the top four finishers in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 in her lineup. As a result, Milano extended her overall lead to 1,465 points. Singer Drew Ryniewicz increased her hold on second place in the season standings. The top six finishers for the week all had Harvick in their lineups and the championship contender didn't disappoint as he won his third straight and fourth in five Sprint Cup Series races at the 1-mile track.
Week 34: Former NFL player Dhani Jones continued a late push to try and get to second place in the overall standings by topping the weekly leaderboard with 338.5 points as he had the first- and second-place drivers from the AAA Texas 500, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick, in his lineup. Actress Alyssa Milano placed seventh for the week, but continued to hold a commanding overall lead of 1,457 points.
Week 33: Actress Alyssa Milano topped the NASCAR fantasy celebrity league with a total of 332.5 points for the week thanks to having three drivers in the top 10 at Martinsville. Her overall lead moved up to 1,461 points. Second place in the overall standings changed hands as singer Drew Ryniewicz retook the spot from Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Tyler Clary. Three players had race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in their lineups.
Week 32: Former NFL player Dhani Jones topped the weekly leaderboard for the NASCAR fantasy celebrity league with a 240.5 point effort. Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Tyler Clary finished second for the week and moved up to second place in the overall standings thanks to having Talladega race winner Brad Keselowski in his lineup. Actress Alyssa Milano finished third for the week and maintains her lead in the overall standings. She holds a 1,340-point lead.
Week 31: Singer Drew Ryniewicz continued her late season push as she topped the weekly leaderboard with 313 points and increased her hold on second place to 72 points over Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Tyler Clary. The top four finishers for the week all head Charlotte race winner Kevin Harvick in their lineups. Actress Alyssa Milano continued to lead the overall standings with a 1,302 point lead.
Week 30: Actress Alyssa Milano and singer Drew Ryniewicz finish 1-2 for the second straight week. Milano had 299.5 points for the week thanks to having Kansas race winner Joey Logano in her lineup. Ryniewicz's strong showing pushed her to second place in the overall standings ahead of Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Tyler Clary. Milano's overall lead is increased to 1,408.5 points.
Week 29: Actress Alyssa Milano rebounded from a seventh-place performance the week before to top the weekly leaderboard with 376 points thanks to having two top-three finishers in her lineup. Singer Drew Ryniewicz finished second thanks to have Dover winner Jeff Gordon in her lineup. Olympic swimmer Tyler Clary finished third for the week but increased his hold on second place in the overall standings. Milano's overall lead was upped to 1.160.5 points.
Week 28: Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Tyler Clary continued his late season surge, topping the weekly leaderboard with 262.5 points to move into second place in the overall standings. Actress Alyssa Milano saw her overall lead take a small hit down to 1,110 points following a seventh-place result for the week.
Week 27: Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Tyler Clary led the way with a 269-point effort thanks to having Chicagoland race winner Brad Keselowski in his lineup as well as Kevin Harvick, who led the most laps in the MyAFibStory.com 400. Clary is now just 17 points behind former NFL player Dhani Jones for second place in the overall standings. Actress Alyssa Milano finished in seventh place for the week but her overall lead grew to 1,128.5 points.
Week 26: For the second straight week, actress Alyssa Milano led the way in the NASCAR fantasy celebrity league. Milano scored a whopping 410.5 points and boosted her overall lead to 1,117 points. Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Tyler Clary also topped the 400-point mark for the week and moved up to third place in the overall standings.
Week 25: Alyssa Milano topped the league with a high score of 332 points, while improving her overall lead to 819 points. No participants had Atlanta race-winner Kasey Kahne in their lineups.
Week 24: Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary took top honors for the week with three top-11 finishers at Bristol. Vanilla Ice was the only player to have race-winner Joey Logano on his roster, while Alyssa Milano increased her overall lead to 734 points.
Week 23: Alyssa Milano posts the high score from the Pure Michigan 400 thanks to have race winner Jeff Gordon in her lineup as well as third-place finisher Joey Logano. Her lead is now 728 points over former NFL player Dhani Jones.
Week 22: Singer Drew Ryniewicz had the high honors for the week thanks to having both the Watkins Glen winner, AJ Allmendinger, and runner-up, Marcos Ambrose, in her lineup. Actress Alyssa Milano continued to build on her sizable overall lead, which is now up to 682 points.
Week 21: Actress Alyssa Milano did not have Pocono winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in her lineup but she did have three drivers that finished in the top six as she led the way for the week with 267.5 points and upped her overall led to 675 points.
Week 20: Actress Alyssa Milano tops the week with a 196.5 point effort thanks to being one of three players with race winner Jeff Gordon in the lineup. Milano also continued to build on her big lead in the overall standings.
Week 19: Actor Allen Covert and country stars Florida Georgia Line led the way for the week with 203 points. Actress Alyssa Milano finished in third for the week with 201 points and upped her overall lead to 513 points.
Week 18: Scoring was down in a big way with no player totaling more than 77 points and two players scoring in the negative. Country stars Florida Georgia Line led the way for the week, while Alyssa Milano extended her overall lead to over 400 points.
Week 17: Alyssa Milano leads the weekly scoring for the fourth time in six weeks and the actress built her overall lead up to 384.5 points thanks to having race winner Brad Keselowski in her lineup. Former NFL player Dhani Jones reclaimed second place.
Week 16: Points were tough to come by for the Sonoma race as no player topped 114.5 points. Alyssa Milano continued to lead the overall standings.
Week 15: Actress Alyssa Milano earned top honors for the week with 304 points and built on her overall lead. UFC star Johny Hendricks reclaimed second place from former NFL player Dhani Jones.
Week 14: Scoring was down for the Pocono 400 with no one topping 200 points. Former NFL player Dhani Jones led the way with 193.5 points to edge out actor Michael Rooker for the week's top honors, while also moving up to second place. Alyssa Milano maintained her overall lead.
Week 13: Six players scored 300 points or more led by Alyssa Milano's whopping total of 399 points, which set a new weekly season-high for the league. The top six all had Dover race winner Jimmie Johnson in the lineup.
Week 12: Alyssa Milano led the way as one of three players to score over 300 points for the week to extend her overall lead. Second place changed hands once again as UFC fighter Johny Hendricks moved past actor Michael Rooker.
Week 11: Actor Michael Rooker moved to second place in the overall standings after posting the high score for the week (254.5 points). Alyssa Milano maintained her overall lead.
Week 10: Country singers Florida Georgia Line had the top showing for the second week in a row with 205 points. Talladega's unpredictability was costly, with four league members scoring under 100 points. Milano scored a season-low 54 points, but kept the overall lead.
Week nine: Florida Georgia Line brought home its first winning week in the fantasy league as Alyssa Milano extended her overall lead. Dhani Jones moved up to take second place.
Week eight: Drew Ryniewicz sets a new season-high in points with 385 for the week. Alyssa Milano maintains her lead, but UFC star Johny Hendricks takes over second place.
Week seven: For the second consecutive week Allen Covert leads the 10-player league with a 273-point effort. Alyssa Milano's overall lead grows to 84.5 points.
Week six: Allen Covert posts a league-best 372.5 points for the week and was one of four players to score over 300 points in the week. Alyssa Milano's lead slips to just 11 points.
Week five: Michael Rooker had a group-best 268.5 points for the week, but Alyssa Milano maintained her overall lead.
Week four: Alyssa Milano topped the board with a league-high 229.5 points to extend her points lead.
Week three: Dhani Jones finished first this week with 195 points, but Alyssa Milano kept her overall points lead.
Week one: Johny Hendricks posted a group-best 209.5 points in the opening week to take the lead in the series standings.
Read the bios of this year's celebrity league competitors:
Alyssa Milano (commissioner)
Actress, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Alyssa Milano has spent almost her entire life in the public eye. A famous child actor, she has continued to work throughout her adulthood in both television and film. She currently stars in Lifetime's "Project Runway All Stars" as well as the ABC series, "Mistresses." She has been lauded for her philanthropic efforts throughout her career, most notably for her involvement with UNICEF. Recently, Alyssa created the comic book 'Hacktivist,' which tackles online activism and information-sharing as a means to political freedom. Alyssa created Touch by Alyssa Milano, which is the premier, high-end fashion brand for the female sports fan. The brand represents a breakthrough in fashion and function. Touch is the only brand that holds licenses for all four major sports leagues, Colleges and NASCAR. As commissioner of the 2014 Celebrity league, Alyssa will look to keep these teams in line.
Tyler Clary is an American competition swimmer and Olympic gold-medalist. He began swimming when he was 8 years old and began winning at all levels shortly thereafter. After a silver medal in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2007 Pan American Games and a third-place finish at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Clary accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Michigan, where he was a three-time national champion, before turning pro in 2010. In the 2012 Olympics in London, Clary won gold in the 200-meter backstroke. Tyler is a long-time motorsports enthusiast and is an early favorite to win the celebrity league.
Allen Covert is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer best known for his frequent collaborations with actor Adam Sandler through his company, Happy Madison Productions. The two have been friends since college and have developed a professional partnership that has led to highly successful careers for both. Covert has served as a performer, writer, and/or producer in fan favorites Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy and Grandma's Boy. Covert may hold the record for last-place finishes in the Happy Madison fantasy football league, but he's not letting that hold him back. He maintains his confidence in being better at putting together a fantasy NASCAR team and says he has the speeding tickets to prove it.
UFC welterweight Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks began his career in 2007 with the goal of becoming the World Champion. And he did just that by winning the UFC welterweight title at UFC 171 on March 15. Hendricks was a four-time D1 All-American and two-time D1 National Champion wrestler at Oklahoma State University. Since joining the professional ranks, he has a record of 15 wins and only two losses with eight wins coming by TKO and one by submission. The southpaw spent some time at Texas Motor Speedway last year and counts several drivers as friends. How can you not love a guy who lists his preferred technique as "punching people in the face?"
Dhani Jones is a former linebacker who played 11 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the Michigan Wolverines, earning All-Big Ten honors for three straight seasons before being selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Jones stayed in New York for four seasons before moving to the division rival Philadelphia Eagles and finishing his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. During his playing days, Jones hosted the Travel Channel series "Dhani Tackles the Globe" and the VH1 show "Ton of Cash." Dhani is currently the host of Playbook360 on SPIKE TV & Nissan GT Academy on SPIKE TV. Dhani posted nearly 900 tackles in his NFL career, but never won a championship. That may give him the motivation he needs to take home this title.
Kal Penn is an actor, producer, and civil servant, known for his role portraying Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the hilarious Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series. In 2009, Penn served the Obama administration as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, a post he would serve twice over the next two years before returning to acting full-time. After a significant arc on the hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother, Penn recently boarded the CBS drama Battle Creek, from Vince Gilligan and David Shore. During the 2013 NASCAR season, Penn took over the @NASCAR Twitter account for an eventful evening from Richmond International Raceway.
Actor Michael Rooker was born in 1955 in Jasper, Ala. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions. He's spent much of his professional career playing brutes, villains and psychopaths with memorable roles in films such as JFK and Tombstone. Rooker was cast as Merle Dixon in AMC's hit series The Walking Dead, a role that earned him a large and loyal fan base all over the world. To NASCAR fans, however, Rooker will always be known as Rowdy Burns, his character from the 1990 hit movie "Days of Thunder."
The iconic Robert Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice) exploded on the Rap/Pop music scene in 1990. He has the fastest selling record of all time, topping the Billboard charts with the No. 1 single "Ice Ice Baby." His worldwide record sales total over 160 million -- and still selling. Vanilla Ice won two MTV Awards, two American music Awards, a People's Choice Award, and was nominated for a Grammy. Recently, he's had a lead role in the movies appearing with Adam Sandler in "That's My Boy," two DIY Network shows, 'The Vanilla Ice Project' and 'Vanilla Ice Goes Amish,' which is the highest rated show on DIY Network. He's had great success in real estate with mentoring courses in real estate investments as well as live seminars around the USA. He recently won an award for "Most Outstanding Citizen" of Wellington, Palm Beach 2014 for his charitable work for children. Also a competitive motocross racer, Ice hopes to lap the field this season with his NASCAR picks.
Comprised of Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida), FGL has exploded since releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the GOLD-certified “Stay,” the PLATINUM-certified hits “Get Your Shine On” and "Round Here," and 6X PLATINUM “Cruise.” Breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold over 6.8 million downloads in the US alone and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time according to SoundScan. The award-winning duo’s current single “This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan is quickly climbing the country radio charts and is from the deluxe version of their chart-topping, PLATINUM-certified debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES (Republic Nashville).
FGL has racked up four nominations - Vocal Duo of the Year, Album of the Year (HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES), Single of the Year (“Cruise”) and Vocal Event of the Year (“Cruise” Remix featuring Nelly) - for the ACM Awards, airing April 6 at 8:00P Eastern on CBS. Earlier in the weekend (April 4), FGL will join labelmates at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival for "Outnumber Hunger Live!" to raise awareness for the 1 in 6 Americans who struggle with hunger.
Drew Ryniewicz, simply known as “Drew” is a fan favorite from season one’s "X-Factor," when she almost won the competition at just 14 years old. Her soulful renditions of Must’ve Been Love, Flashdance (Oh What A Feeling) and her audition with Justin Bieber’s Baby won over tens of millions of fans, who more than once had her at the top of the voting charts. Now at age 17, she is being courted by major record labels who have been captivated by her recent original pop/indie compositions, which feature her angelic voice and soul. Now, she’s ready to show off her NASCAR skills and grab the Fantasy Live title in 2014!