Comments: NASCAR Picks for Chicagoland


Comments: NASCAR Picks for Chicagoland

The Chase for the Sprint Cup kicks off this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. While there was already plenty of tension and controversy during last weekend's season finale, the pressure is only going to build from here now that a championship is hanging in the balance. Any mistake from here on out can be the difference between winning and losing the title, and although it takes 10 good races to claim the Sprint Cup, it only takes one bad race to lose it. With just 10 races to go in the 2013 season, fantasy owners are starting to face similar pressure, especially those with ground to make up. Unfortunately, it is a lot easier to lose ground in bunches than to gain it, and for those that are currently in the middle of the pack or worse in your league, it is time to start taking chances. You won't catch the leaders by using the same drivers each week, and while the frontrunners can afford to play it safe, it is time for just about everyone else to start getting creative

Drivers listed in this article:
  1. Jimmie Johnson, Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
  2. Matt Kenseth, Dolllar General/DeWalt
  3. Kasey Kahne, Farmers Insurance/Great Clips
  4. Kevin Harvick, Busch Beer/Jimmy Johns
  5. Kyle Busch, Mars Brands/Interstate Batteries
  6. Clint Bowyer, 5-Hour Energy
  7. Carl Edwards, Arris/Stanley
  8. Brian Vickers, Bass Pro Shops
  9. Brad Keselowski, Miller Lite
  10. Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil
  11. Ryan Newman, Caterpillar
  12. Jeff Gordon, Drive to End Hunger/3M
  13. Martin Truex, Jr., Furniture Row
  14. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew
  15. Mark Martin, Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
  16. Kurt Busch, Monster Energy
  17. Greg Biffle, KFC
  18. Denny Hamlin, FedEx
  19. A.J. Allmendinger, Kroger
  20. Paul Menard, Menards
  21. Juan Montoya, Target
  22. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Zest/Fastenal
  23. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Can-Am
  24. Aric Almirola, Smithfield Foods
  25. Jamie McMurray, McDonald's/Cessna
  26. Marcos Ambrose, Stanley/Dewalt Power Tools
  27. David Ragan, Dr. Pepper
  28. Justin Allgaier, Brandt
  29. Danica Patrick, Nature's Bakery
  30. David Reutimann, Burger King/Doctor Pepper
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Given that I only have 3 starts left with Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards, would it make more sense to start Logano (9 left) and Newman (6 left) while saving the other two for later races?

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LeGoat 09/10/13 10:57 AM Writer

Using Logano and Newman this weekend is a sound strategy. For one, they actually rank first and second in terms of points scored over the last seven races so they are running well right now. Meanwhile, both finished in the top 10 at Chicagoland last year. I also think that Kyle and Edwards are more likely to be major players for the title, and history shows that the drivers that emerge as the top contenders usually dominate down the stretch as the rest of the field basically gives them plenty of room since nobody wants to be the guy that costs someone else a title.

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Brian Polking 09/10/13 10:25 PM
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