Driver Group Game for Pocono (Sunday)


NASCAR will complete the triple-header of racing Sunday with the Pocono 350. The race can be seen Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. I am not sure why NASCAR thinks it is necessary to have two races at the Tricky Triangle. Unless you are from the Pennsylvania region, most fans could probably find another track to add another date too (Homestead and Watkins Glenn are two that come to mind), but it is what it is.


Race Rules

The race Sunday is 10 laps and 25 miles longer than the race Sunday. The field will be inverted. That means the drivers who finished in the top 20 will have their starting position flipped… The driver who finished 1st will start 20th, 2nd-place driver starts 19th, 3rd-place driver starts 18th and so on… The drivers who finished in positions 21-40 will start the race in the position they finished.

Teams are required to use the same car. They will have 4 hours to work on the car Saturday night and 4 hours to work on the car Sunday morning. Teams are not allowed to change engines, touch the radiator, transmission, brakes or housing. If they do, the driver will start from the back of the field and be scored from his original starting spot in Fantasy NASCAR.

I do not have a lot of time to break-down the drivers I pick for each game for the race Sunday. If you need to know which driver I like better, simply check out my Driver Rankings for the Pocono 350.


Picks for the Pocono 350:


Group A: Denny Hamlin will be my pick in Group A. He has a series-high 5 wins at Pocono, has a 1.5 average finishing position in the last two races at the track, had the 2nd fastest Green Flag Speed Saturday and the 2nd best Driver Rating. The No. 11 should be fast again Sunday.


Group B: It is hard to ignore how fast Aric Almirola was Saturday. He led a race-high 61-laps, had the best Green Flag Speed and the best Driver Rating in the race. Almirola also has a streak of three straight top-5 finishes. I will play him while he is on a hot streak. William Byron has great stats at Pocono. He starts 7th and should be able to stay up front. I also like Chad Knaus getting 8 hours to work on the car. The No. 24 should be fast.


Group C: The is the toughest group tough Sunday. Cole Custer has the track position but I doubt he can stay up front. I am debating between Christopher Bell and Matt Kenseth. Bell ranked 11th in Green Flag Speed Saturday (Matt Kenseth was 16th) and Bell had the 7th best Driver Ranking (Matt Kenseth ranked 13th). Bell has the faster car so I will use the No. 95 in the race.


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