The Cup Series has made it to Northern California and we shouldn’t have any weather delays since the teams have rain tires this week. The Cup Series had a 20-minute practice to shake down their cars Saturday. That is not a lot of time to make many laps on a 2.52-mile road course. We did get to see which teams unloaded with some speed though, so I used that information for the picks for the race Sunday.
Here is my starting lineup for the Toyota / Save Mart 350…
* Kyle Larson has a really fast car. He missed a few of his marks in qualifying so now he will start 14th. I still think Larson will be really good, but I will save the allocation with the No. 5 car and play Chase Elliott. He needs a win and crew chief Alan Gustafson will be very aggressive with their pit strategy to get the No. 9 car to Victory Lane.
* Tyler Reddick is my pick to win this week, but this race tends to be crazy with pit strategy, so I am saving my allocation with the No. 45 car and I will use Chris Buescher and Daniel Suarez. If you really need the points, play Reddick over Suarez. I need Reddick at many of the oval tracks, so I will sit him out this week. I will I could use Michael McDowell over Suarez.
* Every year I tell myself that I will NEVER play AJ Allmendinger at Sonoma again. Well, here we are…. I am playing Allmendinger again Sunday. He looked awesome in practice and qualified up front, but he always does. I just need the No. 16 team to stop blowing engines at Sonoma. Also, I need to save Ty Gibbs for the oval tracks.
Good Luck Sunday!
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