Thursday, June 7, 2012

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: At Pocono's Tricky Triangle

Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Daytona International Raceway •  Auto Club Speedway (Fontana)  
Indianapolis Motor Speedway • Michigan International Speedway • Talladega Superspeedway
Distance: 2.5 Miles

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Jimmie Johnson - 4
All with 3 - Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch

Best Average Finish (Among active drivers with 3 or more starts Pocono 
Jimmie Johnson (9.0)
Denny Hamlin (9.7)
Jeff Gordon (10.2)
Mark Martin (11.2)
Tony Stewart (11.8)
Ryan Newman (12.7)
Carl Edwards (13.8)
Kevin Harvick (14.0)
Matt Kenseth (14.2)
Martin Truex, Jr. (15.3)

Recent Pole Winners:  
2011 Kurt Busch
2010 Kyle Busch

The Likely Suspects: With the recent repave the racing is somewhat unpredictable this week, but I will assume that those drivers who have mastered the Tricky Triangle in the past will simply be faster than before. So I'm betting on thse drivers doing well this weekend: Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.

My 2 Cents: Think Hendrick Motorsports and Chevy when picking this week. Well my no-brainer pick this week is Jimmie Johnson, obviously! He is too good at Pocono not to pick him. I will pair him up with Kyle Busch although Denny Hamlin is also a fine pick. Why Kyle? Well we do expect there to be some slipping and sliding around and Kyle is a master at racing hard on weird angles without hitting the wall.

My next picks are Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex, Jr. I was tempted by Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton, but I think the other drivers just have the stronger runs here and more than a bit of momentum. I think I'll finish off my team with David Reutimann, who will be in the number 51 car this week and Casey Mears. Enjoy the race!

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