NASCAR One & Done Picks for Watkins Glen


There are only five races left in the MENCS regular season. The action on the track always heats up at the series heads into the month of August. Drivers who are on the playoff bubble will likely continue to play it safe and score as many Stage points and finishing points as possible. Drivers on the outside, looking in at the playoffs will likely is fuel strategy to try and steal a win. Drivers who are already locked into the playoffs have one thing on their mind… Win the race! It should be fun to see how it all plays out. The Go Bowling at the Glen can be seen Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

My goal every year in the One & Done game is to have an average finishing position of 15th or better from my drivers. Last week I took a chance with Daniel Hemric and it paid off. The No. 8 car finished 7th and brought our yearly average up to 11.3. Not bad. Denny Hamlin won the race and brought the average up to 11.8. We need to keep the momentum going at Watkins Glen.

Here are my picks for Watkins Glen…

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 35th
Sonoma Michael McDowell 25th Sonoma Kurt Busch 13th
Chicago Alex Bowman 1st Chicago Alex Bowman 1st
Daytona Brendan Gaughan 19th Daytona Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 24th
Kentucky William Byron 18th Kentucky Daniel Suarez 8th
Loudon Ryan Preece 21st Loudon Erik Jones 3rd
Pocono Daniel Hemric 7th Pocono Denny Hamlin 1st
W. Glen Parker Kligerman ? W. Glen Chase Elliott ?

My One & Done pick this week will be Parker Kligerman. I do not have any road course specialist to use at this track. I want to save the good drivers I have left for the more predictable tracks. Kligerman has had some success on the road courses. He finished 24th at Watkins Glen last year in the Cup Series and 6th in the Xfinity Series. He posted the 26th fastest lap in final practice with the 23rd fastest 5-lap speed. If he can simply finish in the top 25, I will be happy.

* If you have the option to use Michael McDowell this week, I would use him over Parker Kligerman.


Good luck this week!


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