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It's that time again, ESPN 97.5's 2nd annual Bracket Madness presented by Bud Light Seltzer, supported by Four Roses Bourbon & Boost Mobile. We'll be giving prizes to 97.5 winners…..Yep the point five winner is the penultimate winner – second to last in the whole bracket. And did we mention this is all FREE?!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: https://www.runyourpool.com/join/pool_info.cfm?id=130926&p=espn975

Prizes include a custom Texas Mattress Makers custom queen size mattress, Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, $50 gift cards to Roosters Men's Grooming Center, iRace Entertainment, El Tiempo, Pitch 25, Heights Bier Garten, Holman Draft Hall, concert tickets, ESPN 97 .5 Listener Appreciation Party tickets a Zummo meat basket and lots more. And last but not least, the PENULTIMATE prize is an authentic autographed Carlos Correa Bat. Prizes being updated daily.

And of course, come hang out with us during the tournament as we broadcast live 11am-7pm from these locations

March 19th: Over Under Sports Bar 1416 FM 528 Rd ste D, Webster, TX 77598

March 20th: Revelry on Richmond 1613 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006

March 26th: World of beer Cypress 9945 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, TX

March 27th: iRace Entertainment 24984 Katy Rand Rd, Katy, Tx

April 6th: Belle Station 207 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002

ESPN 97.5 Houston BRACKET CHALLENGE 2019
Official Contest Rules

A complete copy of these rules can be obtained at the offices of radio station KFNC, ESPN 97.5FM, owned and operated by Gow Media LLC (collectively, the "Stations"),5353 W. Alabama, Suite 415, Houston, TX 77056, during normal business hours Monday through Friday or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address.

The Station will conduct the ESPN 97.5 Houston Bracket Madness (the "Contest") substantially as described in these rules, and by participating, each participant agrees as follows:

  • No purchase is necessary. Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local regulations apply.
  • Contest is open only to legal U.S. residents age 21 or older with a valid Driver's License at time of prize pick up. Employees, agents, representatives, or affiliates of the Station, Gow Media., its affiliates, participating sponsors, other radio stations, television stations and print advertising companies serving the metro area, and their immediate family members and household members are not eligible to participate. The term "immediate family members" includes spouses, parents, siblings, grandparents, children, grandchildren and cohabiting significant others.
  • An individual may win an on-going contest only once per 30-day period unless otherwise specifically stated. An individual may win other seasonal or one-time contests only once for the duration of the contest.
  • The contest will begin on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and will run through Monday, April 6, 2020 (the "Contest Period").
  • All of the ways to enter and/or participate in the contest (e.g., entry forms, call in, online, etc.)
  • ENTRY PAGE. To access and/or enter the Promotion, log-on to the Men's Tournament Challenge homepage and click the link: https://www.runyourpool.com/join/pool_info.cfm?id=130926&p=espn975
  • You must complete your entry by creating a username and password and completely filling out your bracket.
  • HOW TO PLAY.
    • General. The objective of the Promotion is to accumulate the most points by correctly selecting the "winning pick" for each of the sixty-three (63) match-ups associated with the Tournament.
  • ENTIRE Bracket must be filled out to be considered eligible for the ESPN 97.5 Bracket Madness
    • Scoring. A correct pick in a given round is shown below:
      • Round 2: 2 points per pick
      • Round 3: 3 points per pick
      • Round 4: 4 points per pick
      • Round 5: 6 points per pick
      • Round 6: 10 points per pick
      • Championship: 17 points per pick
    • In the event a Tournament match does not occur as scheduled (e.g., due to cancellation) no points will be awarded.
    • Lock-time. All picks will lock at the scheduled tip off time of the Tournament currently scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020. Your picks for the matchups must be submitted, received and recorded by Sponsor's computer by the scheduled locktime. Selections submitted after the deadline are considered invalid. Sponsor's computer is the official time-keeping device for this Promotion.
      • Ties. Entrants may, but are not required to, submit a predicted score for the championship game (the "Tiebreaker Game Score"). This prediction is used for tiebreaker purposes only. If no predicted score is submitted for an entry, it is given a default prediction of zero (0) points to zero (0) points.
  • If it is determined that the candidate is not eligible to receive prizes, in the Station's sole judgment and discretion, another candidate will be selected for eligibility consultation and this process will continue until such time as an eligible candidate is found. In the unlikely event that no candidates are found to meet the specifications, then the prize will go un-awarded. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by and at the Station's sole discretion.
  • 97.5 + the penultimate prizes will be awarded to the top 97.5 finalists + the penultimate winner in the ESPN Bracket Challenge. There will technically be 99 winners total and 99 prizes total.
    • All Prizes are valued at $50 or more.
    • Prizes will be awarded to winners based on placement in the ESPN Bracket Challenge.
      • For Example: If you finish in 36th place in the ESPN 97.5 Bracket Challenge, you will win the 36th prize.



Prizes are as follows:

Prizes are updated daily:

Prize 1: Texas Mattress Makers Custom Queen Mattress

Prize 51: $100 Aesthetica MD Spa Gift Card

Prize 2: ESPN 97.5 Listener Appreciation Party Tickets

Prize 52: Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 3: Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 53: El Tiempo $50 Gift Card

Prize 4: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 54: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 5: El Tiempo $50 Gift Card

Prize 55: $50 iRace Entertainment Gift Card

Prize 6: $50 iRace Entertainment Gift Card

Prize 56: $50 Burger Joint Gift Card

Prize 7: Sam Houston Race Park Winners Circle Dinner for 2

Prize 57: Sam Houston Race Park Winners Circle Dinner for 2

Prize 8: Rudy's $50 gift card

Prize 58: Rudy's $50 gift card

Prize 9: Pair of Shinedown Tickets on 5/2

Prize 59: Pair of Shinedown Tickets on 5/2

Prize 10: Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 60: ESPN 97.5 Listener Appreciation Party Tickets

Prize 11: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 61: Pair of Ron White Tickets on 5/12

Prize 12: $50 Pitch 25 Gift Card

Prize 62: $50 Pitch 25 Gift Card

Prize 13: $50 Burger Joint Gift Card

Prize 63: $50 Burger Joint Gift Card

Prize 14: El Tiempo $50 Gift Card

Prize 64: Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 15: Pair of Ron White Tickets on 5/12

Prize 65: El Tiempo $50 Gift Card

Prize 16: $50 World of Beer Gift Card

Prize 66: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 17: Sam Houston Race Park Winners Circle Dinner for 2

Prize 67: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 18: $100 Aesthetica MD Spa Gift Card

Prize 68: Sam Houston Race Park Winners Circle Dinner for 2

Prize 19: $50 El Tiempo Gift Card

Prize 69: $50 Pitch 25 Gift Card

Prize 20 Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 70: $100 Aesthetica MD Spa Gift Card

Prize 21: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 71:

Prize 22: $50 iRace Entertainment Gift Card

Prize 72: $50 Heights Bier Garten Gift Card

Prize 23: $50 Heights Bier Garten Gift Card

Prize 73: $50 El Tiempo Gift Card

Prize 24:

Prize 74: Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 25:

Prize 75: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 26: $100 Aesthetica MD Spa Gift Card

Prize 76:

Prize 27: Sam Houston Race Park Winners Circle Dinner for 2

Prize 77: Sam Houston Race Park Winners Circle Dinner for 2

Prize 28: Rudy's $50 gift card

Prize 78: Rudy's $50 gift card

Prize 29:

Prize 79:

Prize 30:

Prize 80: ESPN 97.5 Listener Appreciation Party Tickets

Prize 31: $50 El Tiempo Gift Card

Prize 81: $50 Pitch 25 Gift Card

Prize 32: Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 82: Pair of Shinedown Tickets on 5/2

Prize 33: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 83: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 34: $50 Burger Joint Gift Card

Prize 84: El Tiempo $50 Gift Card

Prize 35: Pair of Ron White Tickets on 5/12

Prize 85: Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 36: $50 Holman Draft House Gift Card

Prize 86: $50 iRace Entertainment Gift Card

Prize 37: Sam Houston Race Park Winners Circle Dinner for 2

Prize 87: Sam Houston Race Park Winners Circle Dinner for 2

Prize 38: $100 Aesthetica MD Spa Gift Card

Prize 88: $50 Burger Joint Gift Card

Prize 39:

Prize 89: Pair of Ron White Tickets on 5/12

Prize 40:

Prize 90: $50 Holman Draft House Gift Card

Prize 41: $50 Pitch 25 Gift Card

Prize 91: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 42: El Tiempo $50 Gift Card

Prize 92: Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 43: Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 93: $50 Pitch 25 Gift Card

Prize 44: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 94: Rudy's $50 gift card

Prize 45:

Prize 95: Sam Houston Race Park Winners Circle Dinner for 2

Prize 46: Pair of Ron White Tickets on 5/12

Prize 96: $50 Rooster's Men's Grooming Gift Card

Prize 47: Sam Houston Race Park Winners Circle Dinner for 2

Prize 97: Four Roses Bourbon

Prize 48: Zummo Meat Basket

Prize 97.5: El Tiempo $50 Gift Card

Prize 49: $50 iRace Entertainment Gift Card

Penultimate Prize (2nd to last): Autographed Carlos Correa Bat

Prize 50: Four Roses Bourbon

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This week the NASCAR cup series heads to the world center of racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the inaugural fourth of July version of the Brickyard 400. This is unprecedented for NASCAR considering over the course of 50 years they are usually in Daytona around this time. While this move was met with a lot of criticism from fans, there is a positive to come from this move though, as the sport will hold their first doubleheader with Indycar. This has been talked about for many years and now it has finally come to fruition. Another new facet of this weekend will be the Xfinity Series running on the road course configuration. This could very well lead to the cup series transitioning from the oval to the road course next season should everything go well when the Xfinity series does it. It will definitely be an interesting weekend.

Last week, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin dominated the first-ever doubleheader at Pocono. The two drivers finished first and second in both races with Harvick taking race one and Hamlin winning race two. Both of these races came down to pit-road strategy as Harvick was able to eke out a victory by taking two tires and fuel while his teammate Aric Almirola took four. The next day Denny Hamlin pretty much had the whole field covered as he went on to claim his fourth victory of the season. Overall, the idea of two races in a weekend went over well but for the racing itself, it was hard to watch. One of the main issues I had was how the drivers didn't have to shift this week. In my opinion, that was what made this track so unique. It was an oval that had road course characteristics and it usually produced some pretty good finishes. Hopefully this will be addressed when the new car makes its debut in 2022.

One of the big stories going into this week is the announcement a couple of weeks ago that NASCAR will be moving their all-star event to Bristol Motor Speedway. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a whirlwind of news from the Bubba Wallace story at Talladega, to the doubleheader races last week. A lot of this has put this announcement on the back burner but this is a huge story. The race will be held on Wednesday, July 15th as NASCAR continues with midweek races. This is the first time since 1986 that the race will not be run at NASCAR's home track in Charlotte back when it took place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The format will be pretty much the same as all the winners from 2019 and 2020 will all have an automatic birth into the race while the rest of the field will run in the open event the day before. The main event will feature four stages including a 15 lap closer around one of NASCAR's most popular race tracks. I think this move was long overdue and I hope that they continue with it in the future. Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with the race at Charlotte but I think a change of pace would be welcomed. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

As we move on to Indy this weekend, the driver I have winning is Kurt Busch. This weekend will be the 2004 Cup Series champion's 700th career start, and he's won just about every race that there is to be won except this one here at the Brickyard. This week, that is going to change. It hasn't been the most consistent season for the Vegas native, but he still sits tenth in points and right in the thick of the playoff battle. This track isn't his best as he currently has a 19.42 average finish, including a dismal 30th place finish last year. But this week, I think he gets back on track with a victory as he starts second. The veteran has flown under the radar this year, but he has definitely shown spurts where we think he is going to break-out. He also has runs where it seems like him and his team are mid-pack, but there aren't many drivers out there that have the experience he has. And a talented driver like him always finds a way to bounce back. Look for Kurt Busch to take the #1 Monster Energy Camaro to victory lane.

All stats and information used in this article are brought to you by the good folks at driveraverages.com and Racing-Reference.com, the best websites for all NASCAR stats.

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