The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competes at Watkins Glen Sunday. This is the 22nd race of the season and there are 14 races remaining after today’s race. It is very important to save allocations whenever you can. This is a good race to leave your best drivers on the bench and take a shot with drivers you do not plan to use as much this season.
Group A: Kyle Busch has been the best driver in the sport the last month. I do not expect him to slow down now. Busch is the only driver with multiple wins at Watkins Glen. He was the fastest car in the first practice yesterday and he was fast in final practice. Busch will be looking for the sweep this weekend after he went to Victory Lane in the Xfinity Series race. Do not be afraid to burn an allocation with Busch this week.
Group B: The wild card in this group is AJ Allmendinger. Some of the other drivers in this group looked faster than Allmendinger in practice but I think you need to start Allmendinger this week since this is an allocation game. Allmendinger has finished 7 of his 8 starts at Watkins Glen in the top 13 so he should be a safe pick and a great choice to save an allocation.
I am pairing Kurt Busch with Allmendinger. Busch was 2nd fastest in the final practice. Busch has an average finishing position of 6.5 at Watkins Glen since he joined Stewart-Haas Racing. This is a good week to use an allocation with the No. 41 car. I thought about Chase Elliott. The No. 24 car was fast, but I think it is much easier for Elliott to make fast laps without other cars on the track. I will save my 6 allocations with Elliott.
Group C: Michael McDowell is the best choice from this group. He was 10th fastest in the morning practice and 9th fastest in the final practice. McDowell has a road course background in the Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series. If you have McDowell on your team you must use him this week.
If you need to know which driver I like the best, please look at my Driver Rankings.
Here are my picks for the I Love New York 355…
Group A: Kyle Busch (4)
Group B: Kurt Busch (5) AJ Allmendinger (8)
Group C: Michael McDowell (6)
Good luck this week!
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