Thursday, June 5, 2014

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Pocono 400



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 - 5
Tony Stewart - 4
All with 3 - Ryan Newman, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin 

By Track
Both with 6 - Jimmie Johnson  and Tony Stewart 
All with 5 - Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Recent Pole Winners:  
2013 Rained out
2012 Joey Logano

The Likely Suspects: Hendrick Motorsports and Chevys are usually winning combinations at Pocono. With this new performance package the speeds should be record-breaking this weekend. Look for these drivers to be racing to the finish line come Sunday: Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, the Busch Brothers, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano.

My 2 Cents: Now that Jimmie Johnson has gotten his groove back, look for this team to take off. My no-brainer pick this week is a two-way tie between Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Keep in mind that if there is even the slightest chance of rain come Sunday Jeff Gordon is the driver to pick. Gordon has the most wins at Pocono with six, two of those being rain-shortened races, as well as the most laps led with 972. Note that both Busch brothers are worthy of consideration at Pocono, and Kyle Busch certainly has extra motivation after last weekend's wreck.

My next picks are: Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin. I will complete my team with Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon.

Enjoy the race! Post your comments here or email me at ssfantasyracing@skirtsandscuffs.com

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