Thursday, July 28, 2016

NASCAR Fantasy Fusion: Pennsylvania 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

by Carol D'Agostino

Drivers with Most Top 10s (Last 5 Years):
By Race
Jeff Gordon - 5
All with 4 - Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
All with 3 - Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne

By Track
Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 7
Joey Logano - 6
All with 5 - Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin
All with 4 - Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne

Recent Pole Winners:
2015 Kyle Busch
2014 Kyle Larson

Last Year's Race Winner: Matt Kenseth

The Likely Suspects: This track has three challenging corners requiring drivers to approach each quite differently. It is very rare for a driver to successfully maneuver all three perfectly. However, these drivers have a knack for the "Tricky Triangle:" Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.  

My 2 Cents: My no-brainer pick this week is a tie between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. My next picks are Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Greg Biffle and Ryan Newman. I will complete my team with Tony Stewart and Chase Elliott.

My Final Four: Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon

Points to ponder:
  • A total of 34 different drivers have won at Pocono Raceway, led by Jeff Gordon with six wins.
  • Eight active drivers have multiple wins at Pocono: Jeff Gordon with 6; Denny Hamlin with 4; Jimmie Johnson with 3; Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart each with 2.
  • Kyle Larson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Pocono with a 9.400.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Pocono with six. Mark Martin still holds the record with seven. Gordon leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes at Pocono with 32, followed by Tony Stewart with 23. Mark Martin still holds the record with 34. Gordon is tied with Mark Martin in top-five finishes at Pocono with 20 each.  
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads the series in wins at Pocono with 17.
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