The Cup Series will travel to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Verizon 200. The race Sunday is also the 24th race on the schedule. That means we have used 23 drivers so far in the One & Done game. The picks are going to get tougher as NASCAR ends the regular season and starts the playoffs. Do not worry though; I have a plan to get us to Phoenix with some good picks. The Verizon 200 can be seen Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.
ONE & DONE CONTESTS
This pick is for games where you can only use a driver once throughout the season.
DANIEL SUAREZ will be my pick in games where you can use a driver once throughout the season. I wasn’t planning on using Suarez for this race, but the No. 99 car was the fastest in the field Saturday. Suarez has a lot of talent on the road courses. He won at Sonoma last year. Suarez worked with his teammate (Shane Van Gisbergen) in the simulator this week and it worked. Suarez starts from the pole, so he has the track position (and pit stall) to score a lot of points Sunday.
*SHANE VAN GISBERGEN needs to be your pick if you have not used him yet. I got a win from SVG at the Chicago Street Course, so he is not available for me. SVG should have a good chance to finish up front Sunday.
ONE & DONE (REGULAR SEASON/PLAYOFF GAMES)
This pick is for games where you are allowed to use a driver once in the regular season (the first 26 races) and then you can use them again in the playoffs, if your team advances in the playoffs. We only need 26 drivers in these games so we can be a bit more aggressive with our picks. Here are my picks for games that reset at the end of the regular season…
SHANE VAN GISBERGEN will be my pick in games where you can use a driver once in the regular season and then the picks reset for the playoffs. I have SVG in this One & Done format, so I will use him Sunday. He is no doubt, the most skilled driver on the road courses. SVG qualified eighth so he should score some Stage Points and have a good chance to finish in the top-five Sunday. SVG is a good pick for all One & Done contests this week.
ONE & DONE (USE A DRIVER MORE THAN ONCE)
I play in a game where I can use a driver three times throughout the season. I know some of you have told me you can use your drivers twice. We will only need 18 drivers in these games, so we do not need to dig too deep with our picks. Here is my pick in games where you can use a driver more than once….
MICHAEL MCDOWELL will be my pick in games where you can use a driver more than once. McDowell looked really fast Saturday. He posted the fastest speed in his group in practice and then McDowell went out and qualified fourth for the race. The No. 34 team gambles more than any team in the Cup Series. McDowell needs a win, and I would not be surprised if he got it Sunday.
Good luck Sunday!
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