Fantasy Live 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.


Here are my Fantasy Live picks for the Pocono 350:


Denny Hamlin has Pocono figured out again. He started his career dominating the races at this track and then went into a slump. The new aero package is right in his wheel house. He won the race at Pocono last year and finished second Saturday. Hamlin also was second in Green Flag Speed, Driver Rating and Average Running Position yesterday. I will use another allocation with Hamlin Sunday.

Kurt Busch has been hit or miss at Pocono but I am hoping the 325 mile practice race yesterday and starting from the 3rd position will help him run up front and score a lot of Stage points. I have not used Busch much, so I will take advantage of this opportunity to use a start with the No. 1 car Sunday.

William Byron and Matt DiBenedetto should have much better races Sunday then what they had Saturday. Both cars had a lot of speed but no track position. Byron and Dibenedetto start on row 4 so they will have the track position they need to score a lot of Stage points and finish in the top 10 Sunday.

Aric Alimirola should be fast Sunday. He led every speed chart on Saturday (Green Flag Speed, Driver Rating, Average Running Position, Laps Led and Stage Points). I know track position had a lot to do with his speed, but I need to at least give him a chance to repeat his dominating performance from Saturday.

I will have Ryan Blaney in the Garage. His car was fast but crew chief Todd Gordon made a poor decision to come in and get 4 tires while everyone else stayed out. Blaney lost all of his track position and could not get it back. Blaney starts 9th and should be one of the best picks starting in the top 10 Sunday.


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