NASCAR One & Done Picks for Sonoma

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Road Course racing makes its return to the MENCS this week as the team will compete in the Toyota Owners / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma. The cars will be back to the 750 HP engines and the aero ducts will be removed. The cars will be nearly the same as what we have seen in the past but the track will be different. The teams will run “The Carousel” which will make the track 2.52-miles in length and have 12 tricky turns. It should be another great race in Northern California. The Toyota Owners / Save Mart 350 can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FS1.

My goal every year in the One & Done game is to have an average finishing position of 15th or better from my drivers. Erik Jones had a fast car at Michigan but his flat tire sunk our One & Done picks. Jones finished 31st and brought the picks down to an 11.8 average finishing position for the year. We need a good race at Sonoma to climb back inside the top 10 for an average finishing position for the season.

 

Here are my picks for Sonoma…

Pick Driver Once

Pick Driver Twice
Race Driver Result Race Driver

Result

Daytona

Jamie McMurray 22nd Daytona Jamie McMurray 22nd
Atlanta Aric Almirola 8th Atlanta Aric Almirola

8th

Las Vegas

Austin Dillon 20th Las Vegas Brad Keselowski 2nd
Phoenix Kevin Harvick 9th Phoenix Kevin Harvick

9th

Auto Club

Brad Keselowski 3rd Auto Club Brad Keselowski 3rd
Martinsville Clint Bowyer 7th Martinsville Clint Bowyer

7th

Texas

Jimmie Johnson 5th Texas Joey Logano 17th
Bristol Matt Dibenedetto 12th Bristol Erik Jones

24th

Richmond

Kyle Busch 8th Richmond Kyle Busch 8th
Talladega Ty Dillon 17th Talladega Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

25th

Dover

Chase Elliott 5th Dover Chase Elliott 5th
Kansas Kurt Busch 7th Kansas Aric Almirola

12th

Charlotte

Daniel Suarez 18th Charlotte Martin Truex Jr. 1st
Pocono Denny Hamlin 6th Pocono Kyle Larson

26th

Michigan

Erik Jones 31st Michigan Clint Bowyer ?
Sonoma Michael McDowell ? Sonoma Kurt Busch

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My One & Done pick this week will be Michael McDowell. McDowell grew up racing the Rolex Grand-Am Sports Cars on road courses. That experience has translated into success on the road courses in the MENCS. McDowell has finished five of his last six road course races in the top 18. I will gladly take a top-18 finish from a driver who will not have many top 20 finishes this season.

 

Good luck this week!

 

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