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Fantasy NASCAR Rankings: Axalta 400

Fantasy NASCAR Expert Brian Polking ranks the top drivers racing at the Axalta 400 at the Pocono Raceway this coming Sunday!

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Axalta 400

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The Sprint Cup Series heads to one of the most unusual track on the schedule this weekend. Pocono Raceway will host Sunday's Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400, and thanks to its unique shape, the 2.5-mile track has earned the nickname the "Tricky Triangle."

In addition to its triangle shape, Pocono's three corners all have different degrees of banking and all have different layouts. As a result, finding a setup that handles well across all three sets of turns is next to impossible, and tire strategy and fuel mileage often decide the outcome.

Pocono's unique layout and emphasis on pit strategy have made it one of the more unpredictable tracks. Yes, there are a handful of drivers that have mastered the "Tricky Triangle," but many of the middle-tier options have up-and-down numbers, and there are even some big names that are just average at Pocono.

With that in mind, you may want to take some chance with your B-List options in the Yahoo game. You have to save some starts from guys like Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson at some point, and doing so at a track that tends to be a little tougher to predict makes a lot of sense.

1. MARTIN TRUEX, JR., #78 FURNITURE ROW, FURNITURE ROW RACING [YAHOO CLASS B]

He is coming off one of the most dominating victories in the history of the sport, and Truex also happens to be the defending winner of this weekend's race. In fact, he led a race-high 97 laps on his way to the victory at Pocono last June, so another impressive run should be on tap.

2. KEVIN HARVICK, #4 BUSCH BEER/JIMMY JOHNS, STEWART-HAAS RACING [YAHOO CLASS A]

Harvick blew an engine while leading at Pocono last August, and in the two previous race at the track, he finished second. Week in and week out, Harvick always seems to be in the mix for a win, and it is only a matter of time before he finally seals the deal at Pocono.

3. JIMMIE JOHNSON, #48 LOWE'S/KOBALT TOOLS, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS [YAHOO CLASS A]

He finished third and sixth in two starts at Pocono last year, giving Johnson 19 top 10 finishes in 28 starts at the track. His 9.5 average finish here ranks second in the series, and Johnson ranks second in driver rating and first in laps led. For his career, he is a three-time Pocono winner.

4. DALE EARNHARDT, JR., #88 NATIONAL GUARD/DIET MOUNTAIN DEW, HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS [YAHOO CLASS A]

Since the start of the 2013 season, no driver has been more reliable at Pocono than Junior. He has a series-leading 4.2 average finish in six starts during the stretch, winning twice and finishing in the top five on five occasions. No other driver has more than three top five finishes in the same span.

5. BRAD KESELOWSKI, #2 MILLER LITE, TEAM PENSKE [YAHOO CLASS A]

Keselowski knows how to finish up front at Pocono, and in the last nine races here, he has finished sixth or better five times. During the stretch, he won the August race in 2011, and he picked up his second runner-up finish at the track in the August race last season.


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