Thursday, July 30, 2015

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Windows 10 400 at Pocono



Track Classification: Superspeedway
Similar Tracks: Daytona International Speedway •  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
Jeff Gordon - 5
Both with 4 - Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle
All with 3 - Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

By Track
Both with 7 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Newman
All with 6 - Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson
Both with 5 - Joey Logano. Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch

Recent Pole Winners:
2014 Kyle Larson
2013 Jimmie Johnson

The Likely Suspects: This odd-shaped track is much coveted both by the local fans as well as these drivers who excel here: Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.  

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman. My next picks are Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne. I will complete my team with Justin Allgaier and Landon Cassill.

My final four: Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Landon Cassill.

Points to ponder:

  • Seven active drivers have multiple wins at Pocono: Jeff Gordon (6), Denny Hamlin (4), Jimmie Johnson (3), Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart (each have 2).   
  • Denny Hamlin (19 starts) leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Pocono with a 6.632.
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Pocono Raceway.    
  • 53 of the 75 (70.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono have been won from a top-10 starting position.
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