Comments: NASCAR Picks for Pocono

Comments: NASCAR Picks for Pocono

While Pocono Raceway has been accused of producing boring races, the reputation is not entirely justified. It is true that the track's unique triangle shape and sweeping, flat corners make passing very difficult, but there are plenty of other interesting battles at work. Drivers have to try to get their cars to handle around three different sets of corners, and crew chiefs have to find the right fuel and tire strategy to deal with the long green flag runs. A race at Pocono is kind of like a basketball game between two teams that play confusing zones. It isn't fun to watch, but it should still be appreciated.

For fantasy owners, a trip to Pocono has different dangers. With laps taking nearly a minute to complete, most of the competitive drivers stay on the lead lap. Running out of fuel is a death sentence, and even a minor problem can drop a driver outside the top 30. Passing is too difficult to give away track position, and even the fastest cars on the track can suddenly become mediocre if they have to restart in heavy traffic. There might not be many wrecks at Pocono, but that doesn't mean fantasy owners won't have a rough day.

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  2. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  3. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  4. Kevin Harvick, Budweiser/Jimmy Johns
  5. Greg Biffle, Ortho
  6. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/3M
  7. Tony Stewart, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  8. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  9. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  10. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  11. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  12. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Great Clips
  13. Matt Kenseth, Dolllar General/DeWalt
  14. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  15. Paul Menard, Menards
  16. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  17. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  18. Regan Smith, Haas Automation
  19. Juan Montoya, Target
  20. Jeff Burton, PEAK BlueDEF
  21. Kurt Busch, Haas Automation
  22. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  23. A.J. Allmendinger, Kingsford/Clorox
  24. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  25. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  26. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  27. Landon Cassill, Snap Fitness
  28. Bobby Labonte, C&J Energy Services
  29. David Ragan, CSX Transportation/Peanut Patch
  30. David Reutimann, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
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