Fantasy Picks ~ Pocono
Previous Race Recap and Results
Charlotte was like a Charles Dickens novel. For PattyKay, Berra and Frank and their pick of second place finisher, Martin Truex, Jr., it was the best of times. Together they secured the top three position. For Vivian, Vicq and J. L. and their pick of Kevin Harvick it was the worst of times, when a lap 83 blown tire resulted in in a last place finish.
The three “tweeners,” Mitch, Tim and David finished 12th, 16th and 22nd respectively.
When the 600-mile novel ended, totally dominated by Kyle Busch, Frank had moved into third place in our points standing and Mitch had retaken the lead of the second pack and is starting to run down the tail end of the front pack.
Thirteen races in, halfway to the Playoffs (which are not recognized here) and we still have a tight race going on and Pocono just might be the venue to shake things up again.
Here is the breakdown of the Coca-Cola 600 results-
This Week’s Picks
The “Kyle Busch 600” is finally over. Finally. The season’s longest race seemed to never end. I’m so glad NASCAR hasn’t adopted a lead change minimum or they would still be racing, waiting for someone to finally pass him.
Kyle had quite a run. Can he continue at the Pennsylvania Triangle? Can Kevin Harvick recover from his first last place finish and get back in Victory Lane? Brad Keselowski has been stout here. Busch the Elder has a recent win here as does Martin Truex Jr. Can Denny Hamlin keep Toyota in winning ways or will Clint Bowyer get the trophy back to Ford? Will Ryan Blaney or Chris Buescher add to their Pocono win totals or will Kyle Larson get his first Pocono win?
Will Jimmie Johnson break his streak here? Decisions, decisions!
Let’s see what our Fantasy prognosticators think will happen this weekend at Charlotte.
Last week the gut feeling worked and I got off the Harvick train just before it jumped the rails. Now we’re looking at Pocono, a track dear to my heart but not easy to predict. This isn’t a track where coming from the back is usually accomplished. It’s huge and flat, rather like Indy with a corner missing. No one dominates at the triangle, so I’m looking for a driver that qualifies and finishes well. It’s kind of a push between the 2 and the 4, but math says that #2 is slightly better, so Mama will ride with Brad Keselowski.
Pocono! Please don't let it be boring. Please don't let it be foggy (or rainy). Please don't let animals run across the track. Oh, and please don't let a one-race slump become a two-race slump; let Harvick's #4 win.
I am not giving up on Kevin just because he had problems at Charlotte. Usually, when he has problems in a race, he comes back the next race and takes control. It is time for him to win again so I am sticking with the #4 again this week.
J. L. Steele
Tough call this week. Will Harvick return to form? Will Kyle Busch stay hot or will someone else jump in the mix? Those questions should make Pocono interesting and although the 4 and 18 will probably be picked by most, I'm going in another direction. I'm taking Kyle Larson to win in Pennsylvania this weekend.
Denny Hamlin takes his Toyota to Victory Lane for his first win of the year.
So Pocono now. I’ve loved the racing at Pocono, wide track many grooves, high speeds, so let’s see what this year’s aero-package bring us! Sorry to say but the Chevy teams don't seems to be quite there yet, we are in need of some more teams that gets it together not just on fuel mileage strategy and crap-shoot Super Speedways.
So for this week there are a few questions that needs to be addressed. First, will Harvick get back on top of it after last week’s miss? Will Kyle Busch win back to back or are any of his JGR team mates due to win?? Seems to me that JGR have cut back a little on the support to the Truex Jr gang. He has been whining about finding speed and didn't have anything for the #18 last week. Or will someone like Larson or Blaney be able to put the race together all the way to the finish line!!
Danny Hamlin is one of the best when it comes to a bit flatter tracks And next to Kyle Busch is the one JGR driver who shown a lot of speed, especially on pit road and Hamlin is the one I personally like the least of the drivers now days!! So I think #18 Kyle Busch wins back to back!!
Gonna move to a non-favorites strategy for a while and points race. Mrs. Ruiz's favorite driver is Daniel Suarez (ever since he took over her previous favorite's ride) so I'll give him a shot. Promise me ya won't tell her about this if he crashes out on lap 5, OK?
My pick, every week, will be Bubba Wallace. My reasoning is my hope is that Richard Petty will have a successful year with his team and I'm supporting that hope every way I can.
Busch will win again this week, but it will be Kurt, not Kyle. Give me the 41 this week.
That’s this week’s picks for the Pocono 400 from Pocono.
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